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Nick Collins runs the ball during Saturday's game against Wayland Baptist University. —Kenton Schmidt photoNick Collins runs the ball during Saturday's game against Wayland Baptist University. —Kenton Schmidt photo
**For Immediate Release** OPSU Bounces Back Big against Wayland Baptist —By Daulton Perry on 11/04/2012 Goodwell, Okla.—The Oklahoma Panhandle State University football team rewrote the definition of bounce back on Saturday afternoon.

Wayland Baptist University came to town with a 2-6 record, but the Aggies knew that they could not take the Pioneers lightly. One of the two WBU's wins came against the team who defeated the Aggies in overtime last week, Southwest Assemblies of God University. So OPSU had their hands full...or so they thought.

WBU received the opening kickoff to start the game, but after a quick three and out they were forced to punt it away to OPSU and thanks to a lackluster punt, the Aggies started with great field position. However, the Aggies did not complete their fourth down attempt on the WBU 3-yd line and turned the ball over on downs. The Aggie defense put their offense back on the field with a Justin Fogle interception at the WBU 40-yard line and on the ensuing drive, Justice Patterson found the end zone with a 2-yard TD run, which would only be the beginning of his huge day, and the Aggies took an early 7-0 lead. After another three and out by the Pioneer offense, Patterson again found the end zone, this time from 11 yards out and with the extra point, OPSU led 14-0 heading into the second quarter.

Just two plays into the second quarter, Jared Pecore was in the right place at the right time as he picked off another one of Anthony Campuzano's passes and set the Aggie offense up with prime field position. Unfortunately, the Aggies were unable to convert on fourth down and turned the ball over on downs. Backup Braden Hudson replaced Campuzano at quarterback for Wayland and with his first pass of the ball game, Kei Harris intercepted it and returned it 14 yards for the Aggie TD and after Carlos Nieto's PAT, the Aggies led 21-0. Wayland, again, could not get anything going offensively as the Aggie defense caused a turnover on downs and gave the Aggie offense great field position yet again. The Aggies started the drive on the WBU 25-yard line but were only able to pick up 13 yards and settled for a 29-yard field by Nieto to put the Aggies up 24-0, the score at halftime. OPSU received the ball to start the second half and they didn't take any time to add to their lead as on their very first play, Patterson shed several tackles and chugged his way 92 yards for a TD. On a bad snap, the place holder Isaac Lewis was able to turn nothing into something as he ran the botched play in for a 2-point conversion to increase the Aggie lead to 32-0. On Wayland's ensuing possession, they got some help from the men in black and white as a very controversial roughing the passer call helped continue the Pioneer drive and 4 plays later, Hudson connected with Josh Bailey for a 34-yard TD pass to finally put points on the board for WBU as they now trailed 32-7. The Aggies responded with a 12 play, 79-yard TD drive that was aided by a clutch fake punt on fourth down. Offensive lineman Michael Cole took the direct snap and was able to pick up the first down and then some. OPSU now led 39-7 over WBU. On the Pioneers following drive, they were again helped out by the referees as what looked like a perfectly defending pass by Dekarrion Cooper turned into a big fourth down pass interference call that gave WBU the first down. Five plays later, Kendall Roberson got the handoff from 8-yards out and ran it in for the touchdown to reduce the Aggie lead to 39-14. Just before the fourth quarter, Patterson scored his third rushing TD of the game, but this time it was from 32 yards out and the Aggies led 46-14 going into the final quarter.

Backup quarterback Justin Billiot took over for the Aggies, and on the first drive of the fourth quarter he connected with Jawon Johnson for a 5-yard TD pass and OPSU now led 53-14. On the ensuing Pioneer drive, Hudson was again picked off, but this time it was Andrew Dougherty who made the interception and returned it 38 yards for the TD and with the PAT, the Aggies led 60-17. Chris McClendon ran for his second rushing TD of the game with 3:56 left in the game to make the score 67-14, the final score.

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