Rams destroy OPSU in last three quarters

Homecoming victory pulls men to 3-3 overall

By Mary Brown
On October 14, 2016

Photo by Kaitlin Trujillo
Bright Ihegworo, defensive lineman,  rushes to make a tackle on OPSU quarterback.

The Rams out gained the Oklahoma Panhandle State University Aggies with a possessive win 31-9 Oct. 8 in the homecoming game at LeGrand Stadium at First Community Credit Union Field.

Neither team scored in the first quarter but ASU scored a touchdown less than two minutes into the second quarter. Freshman quarterback Carson Cook threw the pass to freshman defensive end Lawson Ayo for a 23-yard touchdown.

Ayo made his first career touchdown and had seven receptions for 60 yards.

“On both sides of the ball they were hurting us on a couple of plays,” Head Coach Will Wagner said. “Defensive Coordinator Coach Jeff Girsch and Assistant Coach Gary Salgado really did a lot with our guys up front.”

Sophomore defensive end Markus Jones delivered four sacks on the Aggies with a loss of 27 yards. In addition, Jones had nine tackles for the night. Junior running back Josh Stevens carried the football 15 times for one touchdown and 131yards.

“I felt ready for the game,” Stevens said. “I knew I started off a little bit slow. That happens, but once you get that adrenaline rush, the game starts working well.”

Cook struggled with holding on to the football in the third quarter and had to make a few adjustments to his plays in the fourth quarter. Cook made two touchdowns, and with 11 carries, he rushed for 47 yards. He completed 16 passes.

The Aggies had a problem when they kicked for a field goal and missed. Junior kicker Casey Eyman made a 32-yard field goal two plays later. Eyman has six field goals for the season.

  “We changed the way we were blocking up front,” Wagner said. “They were putting pressure on our quarterback.  The coaches delivered the right changes and the team made it work.”

ASU defense caused another turnover in the fourth quarter. Sophomore linebacker Justin Jackson retrieved the football from the Aggies quarterback and ran 15 yards into the end zone.

OPSU had their one and only touchdown in the fourth quarter due to an interception. ASU recovered from the interception and made another touchdown. Stevens ran 51 yards for the touchdown.

The Rams are currently 3-3 overall and 2-2 in conference play. They will go on the road to meet up with Midwestern State University on Oct. 15 in Wichita Falls.

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