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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Bison fall 59-24 to OPSU

  • Oklahoma Baptist’s first homecoming game since 1940 spiraled quickly downward after a good start as the Bison fell to Oklahoma Panhandle State 59-24 Saturday in front of 4,987 fans.
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  • Oklahoma Baptist’s first homecoming game since 1940 spiraled quickly downward after a good start as the Bison fell to Oklahoma Panhandle State 59-24 Saturday in front of 4,987 fans.
     
    Phillip Spess recovered an OPSU fumble on the opening kickoff and the Bison used a 24-yard pass from Cale Grauer to Derek Serowski to set up a 2-yard touchdown run by Jordan Barnes 14 seconds into the game.
     
    Austin Manger added the PAT for a 7-0 Bison lead.
     
    A bad punt snap put the Bison in business at the OPSU 6. OBU got a 10-0 lead on a 21-yard field goal by Manger.
     
    The Aggies scored on a 10-yard run by Caleb Holbrook to get on the scoreboard at the 7:33 mark of the first quarter.
     
    OBU answered quickly after Eugene Estes set the Bison up with a 45-yard kick return. Blake Woodard passed to Nyko Symonds for a 27-yard scoring pass for a 17-7 lead with 5:01 left in the opening quarter.
     
    Then things turned around for the Aggies, who scored the next 52 points.
     
    “We took advantages of some early opportunities,” said OBU coach Chris Jensen. “But it’s a long game. We don’t get to stop after 15 minutes. We couldn’t find a way to make plays and things started steamrolling on us.”
     
    Panhandle State took the lead before the end of the quarter with Holbrook touchdown passes to Rickey Backstrom from 88 yards away and to Jermaine St. Louis from four yards out. The Aggies led 21-17 at the end of the first quarter.
     
    Panhandle State added a second quarter field goal by Carlos Nieto from 25 yards away.
     
    Holbrook passed to JB Frontz for a 5-yard score with 12:08 left in the third quarter for a 31-17 lead, starting a 35-0 third quarter. Chris McClendon scored on a 9-yard run, Derrick Williams recovered a Bison fumble in the end zone, Holbrook passed to Hernandez for a 41-yard score and Holbrook hit Backstron for a 13-yard touchdown.
     
    The Bison got the final tally of the game with 6:17 to go when Woodard passed to Cy Stallard for a 25-yard touchdown on fourth-and-21. The drive also included a 40-yard burst by Chase Kreutzer.
     
    Panhandle State racked up 551 yards total offense with Holbrook accounting for 328 yards and five touchdowns passing. Backstrom had 152 yards in receptions.
     
    The Bison had 338 yards with Kreutzer rushing for a team-best 54 yards on 11 carries. Woodard threw for 115 yards on 9-of-24 passing with one interception and two touchdowns. Grauer was 7-13 with three interceptions and 98 yards.
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    Symonds had 49 yards on five receptions.
     
    Defensively, the Bison got 15 tackles from Kimes Gilbert, including 5.5 tackles for loss. Brynden Pitzer had 11 tackles. D’Ante Meeking and Eugene Estes had one interception apiece.
     
    OBU concludes the season Saturday at Texas College. Kickoff is at 2 p.m. from Tyler, Texas.
     
    Note: Report provided by Ray Fink, OBU sports information director.

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