Special teams step up in win at Texas College

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Special teams step up in win at Texas College

Jared Jackson at Texas CollegeTYLER, Texas (9-25-11) – A punt block and a return highlighted a road victory by Northwestern Oklahoma State University on the gridiron Saturday afternoon, as the Rangers roll in their conference opener over Texas College, 44-7.

The victory is the first of the season for the Rangers after dropping the first three, including two straight on the road prior to Saturday’s win.

Northwestern will have an opportunity to continue with their forward momentum on Oct. 1 against Missouri Science at Technology. The homecoming contest will kick off at 3 p.m. at Ranger Field.

Against the Steers in Texas, the offense started off slow the first quarter of the contest, scoring on their third drive as Jared Jackson took the ball off the right side from a yard out.

After a quick four and out by the Steers with the first quarter coming to a close, the Rangers added their second score of the game with 11:35 remaining in the first half on a two-yard blast up the middle from transfer running back Jermil Martin.

On the ensuing Texas College drive, the Rangers forced the Steers into a punting situation from their own end zone. On the snap, Michael Ray busted through the line, getting a hand on the ball and popping it in the air, eventually coming down with it for the touchdown.

Ray added two tackles and an interception in the game.

The Rangers closed the first half with a 27-0 lead following a 1-yard keeper by Kyle Jech.

In the second stanza, the special teams stepped up again to extend the 34-0. On yet another Texas College punt, last week’s special teams player of the week Chris Jones received the kick, taking it back to the house 53-yards for another Ranger touchdown.

Northwestern had the game well in hand when the Steers finally got on the board late in the third quarter.

The Rangers final touchdown of the afternoon came midway through the fourth. Jech drove his offensive unit down the field, finding Kent McDonald from 15-yards out and the score.

Jech finished with 148 yards passing on 14 completions, and McDonald led all receivers in the game with 91 yards.

Jackson was the leading rusher for the visitors with 15 carries and 53 yards, and Martin added 12 carries for 41 yards.

The Ranger defense had no problem getting to the three separate Texas College quarterbacks, recording eight sacks in the victory, including two by Cameron Allen.