Provided by Wayland Baptist University
GOODWELL, Okla. - Oklahoma-Panhandle State handed Wayland Baptist a 67-14 loss as the Pioneers' first season in 72 years came to a close here Saturday afternoon.
The Aggies (3-5) scored the first 32 points of the game before Wayland (2-7) got on the board. The turnover-prone Pioneers, who trailed 24-0 at halftime, scored on a 34-yard pass from back-up quarterback Braden Hudson to a wide-open Josh Bailey in the third quarter.
Wayland's other touchdown came on an 8-yard run from Kendall Roberson that made it 39-14.
"We just couldn't get anything going offensively in the first half," WBU coach Butch Henderson said. "Defensively we got after it well, but we just didn't move the ball consistently at all. We didn't get the ball to the right people at the right time, and (receivers) didn't get open.
"We had things that we had worked on that we felt like (OPSU) was going to do, we just didn't get it executed well."
The Aggies took advantage of a handful of Wayland turnovers to gain the early upper hand. Wayland threw five interceptions - two by Anthony Campuzano and three by Hudson - and OPSU returned two of the picks for touchdowns.
"Turnovers hurt us real bad," Henderson said.
Wayland also botched a snap on a punt to lead to an Aggie field goal to make it 24-0 at the half.
OPSU picked up where it left off early in the third quarter by scoring on a 92-yard run by Justice Patterson, who ended with 246 yards and four TDs on 18 carries, averaging 13.7 yards per rush.
The Aggies also scored after converting a fake punt.
The Pioneers ended with 15 first downs and were held to 138 yards of offense, including 19 yards rushing. The Aggies piled up 28 firsts, 351 yards rushing and 180 passing for 531 total. Roberson had 12 carries for 34 yards. Hudson finished 10-of-28 for 89 yards while Campuzano completed 5-of-11 for 24 yards. Luiz Gonzalez was 1-of-3. Bailey had four catches for 41 yards.
Henderson praised the play of Chris Acosta, both on offense and on special teams. "He ran good routes and made some big plays for us," the coach said. "Center Wayne Lum also had a good game blocking their noseguard, who was a good athlete."
On defense, safety David Hockenberry turned in a team-high 11 tackles, including five solo stops. Linebacker Jon-Lucas Poe added eight tackles and tackle William Chiodo seven.
"Jon Poe was everywhere," Henderson said, adding that Hockenberry had at least three pass break-ups and a couple of touchdown-saving tackles. "Chiodo and those guys on the defensive front also played well."