SAGU loses to Oklahoma Panhandle State, 38-22
Source: Mark Warde - SAGU Sports Information Director
WAXAHACHIE - Southwestern squandered three scoring chances while the lead was taking bids, allowing Oklahoma Panhandle State to rise up and stake their claim themselves. The visiting Aggies (2-5 record) then seized control and rolled to a 38-22 victory at Lumpkins Stadium. OPSU began the season with five consecutive defeats.
The Lions offense racked up 429 yards, but could only convert 4-of-12 third down plays.
Running the ball was successful, though two quarterbacks combined to complete 13 of 32 passes.
Twelve penalties for 118 yards negated several big plays or, committed by the defense, enabled Mustang drives to continue.
The game was tied at 7-7 late in the first half before a last minute touchdown lifted USW into a 14-7 advantage at intermission.
The Lions appeared set to tie the score when they drove inside the Mustangs 20 to start the second half. But a fumbled handoff swung momentum to the Ponies. They led 24-7 heading into the fourth quarter.
Quarterback Kevin Lauchland had his best game of the season, connecting on 19-of-26 passes for 253 yards and touchdown throws covering nine, 47, eight and 53 yards.
SAGU senior wide receiver David Howard scored twice in his final home game. Howard, who caught six passes for 147-yards, made a pair of tough catches, evaded a tackler and raced down the sideline for touchdown’s that went 18 and 56 yards.
Quarterback Reid Golson threw the first, and senior Jason Rice fired the second. The latter led the team in rushing with 81 yards.
Therian Lewis and Brad Heathcock each had eight tackles to lead the defensive charge.
SAGU honored 10 seniors at halftime; Jacob Anderson, Richard Embry, Quentin Holloman, David Howard, Jonathan Hulett, Marcus Lester, Nathaniel Pruitt, Jason Rice, Patrick Smith and Joey Vinson.
Southwestern (3-5 overall, 0-3 in the CSFL) who dropped their fourth game in a row, will finish the regular season on the road. They travel to Northwest Oklahoma State (3-5, 2-2) next Saturday, Oct. 29 at 4 p.m. (CST). SAGU finishes against Texas College (0-8, 0-2) on Saturday, Nov. 12.