Oklahoma Panhandle State University defensive back Craig Maynard intercepted two passes in Saturday’s 35-14 loss to Southern Nazarene. One of them he returned 100 yards for a touchdown. - Laura Hays photo
**For Immediate Release**
Southern Nazarene Defeats OPSU 35-14
- by Scott Puryear of OPSU Sports on 11/05/07
Goodwell, Okla. - Oklahoma Panhandle State lost 35-14 in college football action against Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma on Saturday, but things were fun as well as interesting.
Perhaps the most fun came in the second quarter when Aggie defensive back Craig Maynard swiped a pass in his own end zone and raced “coast-to-coast” for a 100-yard interception return for a touchdown. On the day, the senior from Santa Clara, California had two interceptions.
Southern Nazarene held the halftime lead at 21-14 with the other Aggie touchdown coming on a two-yard run by quarterback Gabe Gillmore and the game was a close one nearly all the way.
SNU (ranked 25th in the NAIA coming into the game) added fourteen points in the second half to close the scoring at 35-14 and raise their season record to 6-3. The Aggies made things interesting with a strong effort for the entire game and they were hitting hard right up until the final play.
Aggie linebacker Matt Warner – currently leading the NCAA Division II with a per game average of 13.4 tackles – was in on a game high 18 stops. Maynard was also in on five tackles and teammate Ben Lane was in on seven.
Gillmore led the Aggie passing attack with 13 completions in 26 attempts for 122 yards. He also rushed for 47 yards on 17 carries (including his touchdown). Johnnie King led the OPSU receivers with seven receptions for 75 yards.
The Aggies are winless in nine games and will have their final game of the season next Saturday at home against Eastern New Mexico.