LANGSTON, Okla. – Langston University converted 70 percent (7-of-10) of its third-down conversions and outgained Lyon College 481-257 Saturday afternoon at W.E. Anderson Stadium as the 25th-ranked Lions ended the Scots’ Central States Football League slate with a 40-12 win.
The Scots, who dropped to 3-7 on the year and 2-4 in CSFL action, struggled on third down, moving the sticks only 5-of-17 (29.4%) times and were forced to overcome 13 penalties for 136 yards in the contest. Langston was penalized 12 times for 123 yards.
Lyon was in striking distance at the half, trailing only 21-5 after securing a 42-yard field goal by Cade Almond and a safety following a downed punt late in the half.
But Langston (6-2, 4-1 CSFL) outscored Lyon 13-0 in the third quarter on drives of 67 and 89 yards to build a comfortable 34-5 lead heading into the final period.
Both squads took care of the football as there were no turnovers in the contest.
Lyon College senior running back Michael Bowles, who entered the game as the third-leading ground gainer in the country, was held to just 71 yards on 24 carries. He now has 1,257 yards on the season, after finishing the Scots’ inaugural season a year ago with 1,431. Quarterback Dwane Robinson added 52 yards on 15 carries, while completing 17-of-36 passes for 124 yards.
Bowles was the leading receiver for the Scots, with five receptions for 29 yards. Trent Webb added three for 31 yards, Joe Mahe pulled in three for 17 and Jonathan Hendrix, Reace Kinley and Jason Biddy each caught a pair of aerials.
Langston’s Kievon Jackson was the leading ground gainer in the contest, picking up 116 yards on 16 runs. Mark Wright, Jr. added 62 yards, while completing 16-of-25 passes for 181 yards and a score. Jackson was the leading receiver for the Lions, with five grabs for 64 yards.
The Lions scored the only points in the opening period when they took a punt and drove 65 yards in six plays. Corey Myers hit paydirt from 40 yards out with 2:28 on the clock. Juan Carpio’s extra point gave LU a 7-0 lead.
After the kickoff, the Scots moved into field goal range and Almond’s kick was true, trimming the deficit to 7-3 with 13:28 left in the half.
The Lions came back after the ensuing kickoff and moved 64 yards in only three plays. Wright hit Darius White with a 50-yard scoring toss with 12:45 still left in the period to boost the Langston lead to 14-3.
Later in the quarter Langston scored again. Wright did the honors this time, scoring from 18 yards out to boost the lead to 21-3.
After the Scots pinned the Lions at their own one-yard line on an outstanding punt by Almond, Wright was tackled in his own endzone for a safety with 30 seconds on the clock and Lyon trimmed the deficit to 21-5 at the break.
But two long scoring drives by the Lions in the third quarter added 13 points to their total. The first came after the second-half kickoff and the second after a Lyon punt.
The Scots would add one more touchdown in the fourth quarter when Robinson bounced in from three yards out with 10:25 remaining. That cut the Langston lead to 34-12.
Lyon’s Stephen Benedik recorded his fourth double-digit tackling game in seven games played this season. He finished with 10 stops, including five solo tackles. Cedric Cooney added nine tackles and Xavier Story posted seven tackles, including five solos. Jamarae Finnie led Langston with nine tackles.
WHAT’S UP NEXT FOR LYON
The Scots will wrap up the season in St. Louis with a non-conference contest against Missouri Baptist University next Saturday. The game has a 1 p.m. kickoff.