ADA - In the annual Pink Out! game hosted by Mercy Ada, the East Central University football team fell to Northwestern Oklahoma State, 38-20, in Great American Conference action at Koi Ishto Stadium.
For the first time in 2017, the Tigers (1-5 GAC) saw three players record over 100 all-purpose yards in the game, with freshman Ontario Douglas leading the way with 175 (161 rush/14 reception). Senior Devyn Williams added 114 (29 reception/85 kick return) and senior Dezmon Jackson netted 103 (3 rush/100 reception).
Junior RayJohn Austin-Ramsey went 17-of-27 for 256 yards and a touchdown, with two more TD's scored on the rush by ECU in the game.
The teams ended with close to the same number of offensive yards (546-597), but the Rangers (3-3 GAC) claimed a clear advantage in time of possession (33:35/26:25) and added a TD off an interception to push the game in their favor.
NWOSU was the first to score, ending a four-play; 66-yard drive on a 49-yard pass for a TD, with 13:41 left in the first quarter.
ECU responded with 4:40 left in the period to tie the game at seven. Dezmon Jackson earned his first TD of the game, with a three-yard run that ended a 39-yard drive.
The Rangers added a touchdown in the second quarter, but missed the extra point for a 13-7 advantage.
Before the end of the half, the Tigers took the lead, with a three-yard rushing touchdown by junior Tre'von Jackson and a made extra-point kick by junior Wyatt Austin for the 14-13 lead.
Neither team scored until there was just 1:35 left in the third quarter, but it was NWOSU that got on the board, with a TD (and another missed extra-point attempt) for a 19-14 advantage.
The Rangers then added a TD, with 12:02 left in the fourth, to push the lead to 27-14. NWOSU then added another TD, with a third missed extra-point attempt, less than four minutes later to push the advantage to 32-14.
The Tigers cut the deficit to 32-20, just 1:05 later. Dezmon Jackson netted his second TD of the game, with a 27-yard reception.
The Rangers added the final points to the board on an interception return, with 33 seconds left on the clock for the 38-20 final.
ECU will remain at home for the second-straight week, as they face Southern Arkansas Saturday, Oct. 14 at 2 p.m. at Norris Field.