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B2 - THE JOURNAL, Thursday, September 8, 2011 Sports Oklahoma State tailback Joseph Randle scores the first of two touchdowns during first quarter action of the Cowboys' 62-34 romp over the Louisiana-Lafayette Rajun' Cajuns Saturday night at Boone Pickens Stadium. Randle topped the century mark for the first time as a Cowboy with 129 yards on 22 carries. Journal photo by Kyle Lomenick Despite loss, Pioneer outlook shows promise The losing streak grew to seven straight games, but Stillwater High's 2011 Pioneer football team did show some signs of life in last week's 27-21 loss at Tulsa East Central. East Central, the top ranked team in Class 5A, capitalized on a barrage of turnovers by SHS to enjoy a 27-0 advantage at half time. The Cardinals picked off three Pioneer passes and recovered a fumble in the first two quarters, return- mg one of the pass thefts for a touchdown. The other turnovers gave East Central excellent field position. But, the second half belonged to the Pioneers with the SHS defense taking the spotlight. SHS limited the Cardi- nal offense to less than 100 yards in the second half while the offense began t.o OSU gra(y)teful of 61-34 win + j STILLWATER - One of the biggest mysteries headingstate,s season-openerint Oklahomasat_ il urday against Louisiana i.d was answered well before ............................... , .................................. ........................... the fifth best in program ing all the kicking chores. history too. Sharp, who was one o the It was also a game where top punters in the nation last several familiar players year, punted only twice for an average of 50 yards. His longest was 52 yards. His placekicking could cause the OSU faithful to start for- getting about orange shoes who had provided support- ing roles last season, had breakout games. Tailback Joseph Randle notched his first 100-yard rushing game. He finished with of Dan Bailey. Sharp split the uprights every time he was called upon with four field goals and seven extra points for 19 points. The Cowboys were clicking on all cylinders in the second quarter as the defense got the stops and the offense turned them into points. Quarterback Brandon Weeden threw two touchdown passes while Randle notched his second rushing TD. Sharp capped the quarter with a 22-yard field goal as time expired in addition to three PATs that lifted OSU to a 34-10 lead. Louisiana's lone TD was a cheap one as a pass intended for receiver Josh Cooper slipped out of his hands and rolled over the back of his head into the hands of a Louisiana defender and returned 38 yards for a score. A total of 51 points were scored in the second half with Sharp's 23-yard field goal with 5:36 remaining giving the Cowboys a 27- 24 advantage. And combine all the scoring with the numerous timeouts - both team and media - extended the game to just shy of four hours. Weeden finished the game hitting 24-of-39 passes for 388 yards and three touchdowns. He did have three interceptions two of which were returned for Louisiana scores. But Weeden's efforts enabled him to move into fourth See COWBOYS Page BX the opening kickoff; what uniform combination the Cowboys would wear. In the event you didn't know, the team wore the new gray jerseys with orange numbers with their names in black. The pants were white with orange and black stripes down the side with the one-eyed Pete. The helmets were the familiar white with accompanying logo. Oh yeah, the Pokes finished with a 61-34 win tOO. A record season-open- ing game crowd of 55,382 saw the Pokes hold a 10-3 lead after the end of the first quarter. But it was a 24-7 second quarter blitz that allowed the Cowboys to keep the Ragin' Cajuns a comfortable distance away. That crowd total was also 129 yards on 22 carries and scored two first half touchdowns. Wide receiver Tracy Moore wasn't the leading receiver for the Cowboys, but he still had a career night catching 7 passes for 112 yards and one touch- down. His performance showed how much oppo- nents will most likely be keying on standout receiver Justin Blackmon. And finally, kicker Quinn Sharp didn't appear to have any troubles assum- Trey, Luke, and Jace Myem;i;v Monda 8:3ffa,m.-1 i :" ,+iiii I !:!By Ron noR: click and made things inter- esting down the end. The inspired play of the defense has to be encour- aging for the coaches and players. And, the offense out-gained East Central despite the miscues. No doubt, SHS will work hard this week to diminish the mistakes. The Pioneers will make their first home appear- ance Friday when Edmond Memorial's Bulldogs visit Pioneer Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. The game will be aired over Stillwater Radio, FM-101.1. Edmond Memorial, which beat SHS 38-15 a year ago, also will be look- ing for its first win. The Bulldogs fell to Edmond Santa Fe, 31-6, last week. XXX It was a successful debut for the University of Texas-San Antonio as the Roadrunners played their first-ever football game last Saturday afternoon in the Alamodome. UTSA defeated North- eastern State of Tahlequah, 31-3, in the program's first game. Even though the win was over a Division II school, the excitement for the game couldn't have been greater. Two years ago, Texas- San Antonio hired Larry Coker as the head coach. He had the responsibil- ity of building a Division I football program from nothing. Coker was a former assistant coach at Oklahoma State. He won a national championship as the head coach of the Miami Hurricanes. One of Coker's first hires was the naming of Neal Neathery as defensive coordinator. Neathery was a standout football player at Stillwater High, graduating in 1989. The program spent last year finding and recruit- ing players and putting the program together. That hard work culminated with the first game Saturday. A recent television pro- gram on Fox Sports noted the enthusiasm created by the program within the uni- versity and the city of San Antonio. It was evident Sat- urday as a crowd of 56,743 attended the game, the larg- est crowd to ever watch an inaugural college game. That had to be a thrill of an athletic lifetime for Northeastern' s team, which normally plays in front of 3,000 to 6,000 fans. It also left the UTSA players and coaches in awe. After this season, UTSA will join the Western Ath- letic Conference. JH Demons split games at Bethel ran for another to complete the tally. Bledsoe first hit Thunder Sharp on a 12-yard scoring pass. Later, he hit Jacob Peyton on a 32-yard strike. Peyton would complete the task with the two-point con- version. Bledsoe plunged in from three yards out with Peyton adding his second two-point conversion to complete the scoring. In the seventh grade game, the contest was scoreless until the host Wildcats scored twice in the second quarter for a 14-0 halftime lead. Bethel added another score in the fourth quarter. BETHEL - Perkins- Tryon's junior high Demons split their games with Bethel last Thursday night on the road. The eighth and ninth graders combined for a 28-6 win while the seventh graders dropped a 22-0 verdict. The eighth and ninth grade offenses both notched points euroute to the win. Eighth grader Brady Davis scored on a three-yard run. The score was set up by a pass completion from Dillon Longbrake to Cade Richards. The two-point conversion failed. Freshman Zac Bledsoe threw for two scores and Harris 66 We Do