-By Daulton Perry on 11/11/2012
Goodwell, Okla.-Saturday afternoon was not just the last football of the
Aggie season, but it was also the last collegiate football game for several
of the OPSU seniors including Joe Middleton, Henry Caldwell, Nick Collins,
Willie Hall, Justice Patterson, Jihad' Wright, Chase Boyer, Trevor Lutz,
Chris Robinson, Jared Pecore, Michael Simpson, Rantz Traylor, Michael Cole,
and Stephen Perriera. These seniors were honored before the game and were
ready to get their last collegiate football game against the Langston
University Lions underway.
Both teams were going to have more than just each other to battle as the
winds were blowing strong at around 50 mph throughout the entire game. This
didn't just mean that the air attack for both teams was going to be
hindered, but would affect the special teams as well. The Aggies were set to
receive the opening kickoff, but the wind forced the ball out of bounds and
the Aggies started with great field position for their first drive of the
game. They drove down the field, but were forced to attempt a 32-yard field
goal. Carlos Nieto's kick was wide left and the Aggies turned the ball over
to the Lions. The Aggie defense held them to a three and out, and Xavier
Murry blocked the ensuing punt, bouncing the ball right into Timothy
Hollingshed's hands and he ran it in for the 29-yard touchdown return.
Nieto's PAT was good and the Aggies put the first points on the scoreboard
as the led after the first quarter 7-0.
The Aggies had the ball to start the second quarter, thanks to a fumble
recovered by linebacker Nathaniel Mathurin following a sack of quarterback
Brendon Crawford, and after a 31-yard pass and catch from Caleb Holbrook to
linebacker Trevor Lutz, Chris McClendon punched it in from one yard out.
Nieto's PAT was no good this time, but the Aggies still led 13-0. On the
second Lion possession of the second quarter, Kenrick Roberson ran it for
the 2-yard TD and with the PAT, the Aggies lead was now just 13-7 and that's
what the score would be going into the half.
Langston received the second half kickoff and after putting together an
11-play drive, they were unable to convert on the 4th and 2 play and turned
the ball over on downs. Five plays later, Holbrook, with the wind behind
him, connected with WR Ricky Backstrom for a 57-yard TD. With the extra
point, OPSU now pushed their lead to 20-7 going into the fourth and final
quarter. Langston had the ball going into the final quarter and ended an
18-play drive that seemed to never end with a Roberson TD from a yard out.
The PAT was blocked so the Aggies now led 20-13. On the first play of the
ensuing Aggie drive, the ball was snapped over the head of wildcat QB
Justice Patterson and was recovered by the Lions in the end zone for a TD.
The PAT was no good and the Aggie lead shrunk to just one point with the
score at 20-19. The Aggies had to start every drive going into the wind and
were forced to resort to the run game and the Lions defense kept their team
in the ball game until the winds took over. OPSU was forced to punt, and
Antonio Mendoza's punt had too much hang time. The winds caused the ball to
travel only 15 yards and the Aggies' punting unit ran past the ball. The
Lions returner Shelton Augustine scooped up the ball and took it back 40
yards for the TD. The 2-point conversion was good and the Lions took their
first lead of the ball game, 27-20 and with the Aggies offense struggling
with the wind, that's all they needed to win this ball game. OPSU fell in
their final game of the season with that score, and Aggies ended their
Patterson did have a successful day on the ground as he was able to get over
the century mark with 104 yards and he also surpassed 1,000 yards on the
season as well. Holbrook was 12-20 for 133 yards with one TD and two
interceptions. Backstrom was the leading receiver with his one catch of 57
yards. This is not how the Aggie seniors wanted to go out, but judging how
each one of them played, they left everything out on the field and that's
something to be proud of.