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**For Immediate Release**
Turnovers Cost the Aggies in 35-3 Loss
- by Scott Puryear of Aggie Sports on 9/24/05

Goodwell, OK - Southeastern Oklahoma took advantage of five first half Oklahoma Panhandle State turnovers, jumped to a 28-0 halftime lead, then held on for a 35-3 win here Saturday.

At the outset, it appeared it might be a close battle between the OPSU Aggies and the Savages. Each was considered better than their season-to-date records (Southeastern at 1-2 and the Aggies at 1-3) and there was an anticipated match-up between a pair of excellent freshman quarterbacks (OPSU’s Brandon Warner and the Savages’ Justin Pitrucha).

The Savages scored on their first possession, capped by a one-yard Sean Cooper dive and a Pete Cuva PAT to make the score 7-0 (and it stood that way at the end of the first period).

Shortly after the start of the second period, the Savages recovered an Aggie fumble. Soon after, Tim Holt caught a 31-yard scoring pass from Pitrucha, and with Cuva’s kick, the score stood 14-0 with ten minutes left in the first half.

Though Warner and fullback David Daniels ran hard, the Aggie offense could not get untracked in the first half and by intermission, Southeastern was up, 28-0.

In the second half, the hitting was hard on both sides and the Savages forced a fumble (which they recovered at the OPSU 25) with six minutes left in the third quarter. Two plays later, Southeastern took a 35-0 lead on a Pitrucha to Derek Hixon 25-yard scoring hook-up and another Cuva PAT.

OPSU’s first drive of the fourth quarter was capped by Hal Rogers’ 34-yard field goal to narrow the score to 35-3 and resulted in the only OPSU points on the day. The Aggie defense, which did not play badly in the game, held Southeastern scoreless in the final quarter.

Both first year quarterbacks played well. Warner had 145 yards in total offense (94 on the ground and 51 passing). Pitrucha had 276 yards passing, but was limited to minus-8 yards rushing by the Aggie defense.

Daniels ran hard for OPSU in each of his 15 carries (totaling 81 yards). Jeff Cornwell snagged four passes for the Aggies (totaling 25 yards) and teammate Shane Black caught three for 45 yards.

Some of the hardest hits of the day came from the OPSU defense, led by Clifford Dean’s ten tackles. Jeborric Evans was in on nine stops and forced a pair of fumbles.

Aggie middle linebacker Ranoaldo Davis also had some great hits on his way to nine tackles (two of them for losses) and a quarterback sack. Kendrick Bevil was in on six tackles and broke up two passes, while Orlando Vargas recovered two fumbles and Gary Hendricks recovered one as well.

The Aggies will be on the road each of the next four Saturdays, starting with the University of Nebraska–Omaha.

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