SAGU wins 21-13 over Southern Nazarene
Bethany, OK—SAGU Football (3-5) had their two game winning track knocked off the rails two weeks ago in Langston, Okla. against Langston University. With a Saturday afternoon contest in Bethany, Okla. against Southern Nazarene University (3-7), in their final game of the season, SAGU had the opportunity to be winners in three of their last four games.
After a defensive first quarter, with :30 left in the first stanza, the Crimson Storm struck first with a 43-yard field to take a 3-0 lead.
SAGU was the first team to break the defensive barrier for a touchdown in the first half. With 17 seconds left in the first half, Jason Rice hit Kendal Kersey on a two yard touchdown pass.
On Raymond Santibenez’s good extra point, SAGU held a 7-3 lead at the half.
That touchdown completed a 16-play 96-yard drive that started at the SAGU four-yard line and lasted five minutes and fifty-two seconds.
SAGU then struck first in the second half on a 20 yard touchdown pass from Rice to Kersey. Santibenez’s extra point put SAGU up 14-3.
It was not until the fourth quarter until any team scored again, and again, it was SAGU. This time, Jason Rice used his legs to score on a 19-yard run for the Lions third touchdown of the day.
After another good extra point, SAGU commanded a 21-3 lead with 14:08 left in the game.
The Crimson Storm then struck like lightening. On a 56-yard touchdown run, Southern Nazarene closed the game to 11-points and trailed SAGU 21-10 with 13:44 remaining.
Southern Nazarene ten minutes later would add a 27-yard field goal to their score, but could not catch the Lions. SAGU wins their season finale 21-13.
The SAGU defense forced six Crimson Storm punts and one turnover as Ryan Muhlman led SAGU in touchdowns with eight.
Offensively, Jason Rice was good on his legs and with his arm. The quarterback ran for one touchdown and 121 yard on 30 carries. With his arm, Rice completed 24 of 37 passes for two touchdowns, 222 yards and no interceptions.
Kendall Kersey may have been on the receiving end of two touchdowns but Robby Foster had the leading day for all receivers with 12 catches and 130 yards.
The Lions end their season with the most wins in program history, four and their best home record in program history with three wins and two losses.
SAGU also finishes as a winner in three of their last four games; by far the largest leap forward for the football program in school history.