Aggies Lose Tough Game against Bacone

—By Daulton Perry on 10/14/2012 Muskogee, Okla.—The OPSU Aggies traveled to Muskogee, Okla. on Saturday to battle the Warriors of Bacone College and were looking to keep up their winning ways.

Bacone entered the game with a 4-2 record and were coming off a big 34-0 victory against Southwestern Assemblies of God. OPSU was coming off their own 30-9 win over Texas College and were hoping to improve their record to 4-2.

The first quarter was a defensive battle as both teams had an interception a piece, but OPSU was able to put the first points on the scoreboard with a 10-yard touchdown run by quarterback Caleb Holbrook. At the end of the first quarter, the Aggies led 7-0.

Unfortunately, the Warriors offense broke out in a big way throughout the second quarter. It started with a 5-yard TD pass from QB Kyle Kuban to wide receiver Kenneth Price, but the point after attempt was missed so the Warriors were down 6-7. Bacone capitalized on a Holbrook fumble with a 17-yard TD pass from Kuban to Rashad Rich. The 2-point conversion attempt was no good so Bacone's lead was just 12-7. On OPSU's ensuing drive, Jercorey Quarterman picked off Holbrook's pass and on the following offensive play, running back Tyler Thomas took the handoff and ran for 57 yards into the end zone. The extra point was good and the Warriors now led 19-7. On the Warriors next drive, Ryan Morrow put it in from a yard out to push Bacone's lead to 26-7 and that was the score at the end of the first half.

On OPSU's second drive of the second half, Quarterman again picked off Holbrook's pass and again set his team up for a touchdown drive as Kuban found Rich for a 37-yard pass to put Bacone up 33-7 going into the fourth quarter.

Backup quarterback Justin Billiot took over for the Aggies, but in his first drive, Chase Rettig intercepted his pass attempt. On OPSU's next drive, they were held to a punt and Rettig returned the punt 45 yards for a TD. That touchdown was the final score of the game, giving the Warriors the 40-7 win.

The Aggies were held to just 254 yards of total offense and the killers for their offense were the 4 interceptions and one lost fumble, with four of those five turnovers helping the Warriors set up touchdowns.

OPSU travels to Alva, Okla. next Saturday to take on Northwestern Oklahoma State University with kickoff at 2:00 p.m.

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