**For Immediate Release**
Aggies Fall to Southwestern, 38-8
by Scott Puryear of OPSU Sports on 9/17/07
Goodwell, Okla. - The Bulldogs of Southwestern Oklahoma State dropped the Aggies of Oklahoma Panhandle State, 38-8, here on Saturday night in college football action. An opportunistic Bulldog defense sealed the fate of the Aggies with seven quarterback sacks, three interceptions, and three defensive touchdowns.
Over two thousand fans witnessed the action on a warm, though breezy evening and the game was offered free to the public thanks to the patronage of Tri-County Electric Cooperative. Tri-County was recognized at halftime for their significant contributions to the university and Gene Brooks of Tri-County was presented a special award from OPSU president Dave Bryant and athletic director Jerry Olson.
The Aggies trailed 24-0 at the half and 38-0 at the end of the third quarter before picking up their only touchdown of the night – in the fourth quarter – on Chris Manross’ 16-yard scoring reception from Kevin Lauchland.
After the Aggie touchdown, Lauchland hit Johnny King with a two-point conversion to close the scoring at 38-8 with 6:15 remaining in the game. With their win, Southwestern raised their season record to 3-1 while the Aggies fell to 0-2.
The Bulldogs scored on a 25-yard fumble recovery and return by Greg Franklin in the first quarter, a 43-yard fumble recovery and return by Brandon Wicks in the second quarter, and an eight yard interception return by Joe Castle in the third quarter.
Though the Aggies picked up 219 yards via the pass, they were held to a -20 in rushing by an experienced and athletic Southwestern defensive front.
Lauchland was the game’s passing leader with 15 completions in 33 attempts for 193 yards, with the longest being a 43-yarder to King (who caught a total of six balls for 106 yards). Eric Lucero led the Aggies in rushing with 22 yards on six tries.
On the defensive side of the ball, Antonio Townsend and Matt Warner were both in on 11 tackles and a very tough Ben Lane was in on ten. Lane also notched a 12-yard tackle for a loss and an interception. The hard hitting Aggie defensive back – Mario Wokocha – was in on seven tackles, and recovered two fumbles while forcing another.
The Aggies will take to the road and next week to take on Tabor (0-2) in a Saturday night game in Hillsboro, Kansas.