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**For Immediate Release**
OPSU Falls 13-10 in Final Seconds
- Aggie Sports on 08/26/05
by Scott Puryear

Weatherford, OK – Rusty Voight’s 20-yard field goal with but two seconds remaining gave Southwestern Oklahoma State a 13-10 victory over Oklahoma Panhandle State on Thursday night. It was the first college game of the 2005 season in Oklahoma.

On the 95 degree night with only a slight wind, it was a tale of two halves with the OPSU Aggies getting the better of things in the first half, and the Bulldogs getting the job done in the second.

OPSU freshman quarterback Brandon Warner opened the scoring with a five yard plunge with six minutes left in the first quarter and Hal Rogers booted the point after to put the Aggies ahead 7-0.

With not quite four minutes gone in the second quarter, Rogers nailed a 35-yard field goal to give OPSU a 10-0 lead.

The Aggies took the ten point lead to the lockers at halftime, and the first half heroes were definitely the OPSU defenders, who held the Bulldogs to a mere 15 yards of total offense.

The home crowd of nearly 5,000 cheered loudly for the Bulldogs as they entered the field of play for the second half and their offense began to click. With just over three minutes to play in the third period, a 20-yard Steve Day to Rusty Wall scoring pass and the ensuing conversion narrowed the Aggie lead to 10-7.

In the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs put together a nice drive, capped by Voight’s 21-yard field goal that tied the score at 10-10.

The heat began to take its toll on both teams as the game clock moved into the final minutes, and it was virtually anyone’s contest up until Voight’s successful twenty yard boot with two ticks remaining.

David Daniels led the OPSU ground attack with 52 yards in seven carries and hard-running freshman fullback Tanner Williams, smashed for 25 yards in eight carries.

Warner connected on five of his ten passes for 35 yards and hard working senior Jeff Cornwell caught three of them for 14 yards.

On defense, OPSU defensive back LaKendrick Bevil had a nice night with four solo tackles and eight assists, plus an interception he returned for 13 yards. Lineman Hershell Alfred had three tackles (including a quarterback sack) and seven assists.

The Aggies will head north next week for a Thursday night game with Minnesota State (in Mankato).

Minnesota State is also 0-1, after falling in overtime to Northwest Missouri, 24-21.





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