Norman (AP): The North Central South Dakota Polytechnic Institute (Norcentral) Freaking Plovers needed to make a statement on Saturday night to wiggle their way back into contention for the National Championship. They delivered that statement before 86,000 fans at Owen Field at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium (you thought our stadium had a weird name), as the Plovers rolled 42-10 over the Big Red.
Norcentral followed an unusually conservative approach on offense, rolling up 405 total yards. Running back Jim May rushed for 140 yards on 19 carries with a touchdown while quarterback J. P. Richardson chipped in 221 yards and 3 touchdowns through the air. Richardson hit pay dirt on 3 passes of 30 or more yards.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Plovers held the Sooners to 225 total yards with only 33 on the ground.
For the second week in a row sophomore Anthony Moss punched through all six of his extra point attempts.
The game was close to error free with no turnovers by either team and only a five-yard penalty against Oklahoma for a false start in the third quarter.
Plover Head Football Coach and Chancellor (for life), Gomer S. Blake commented at his post-game presser. “I wanted to play this game in a plain manila style, back to good old smash mouth football. Let’s win! We are looking forward to the challenge ahead to regain the respect we deserve at the top of the BCS. Let’s win!”
This win was enough to move the Plovers up to the fourth spot in the BCS.
In two weeks the Plovers travel to Houston for the Big Huge Conference Championship against 15th ranked Ohio State.
|How They Scored:|
|1st Quarter||1:34 TD Plovers: J. Sparks 1 yd run (A. Moss kick)|
|2nd Quarter||2:34 FG Sooners: J. Jones 20 yd|
|1:47 TD Plovers: J. May 4 yd run (A. Moss kick)|
|0:14 TD Plovers: B. Ford 49 yd pass from J. Richardson (A. Moss kick)|
|3rd Quarter||1:52 TD Plovers: J. May 6 yd run (A. Moss kick)|
|4th Quarter||4:56 TD Sooners: S. Witherspoon 9 yd pass from M. Gray (J. Jones kick)|
|4:36 TD Plovers: K. Powell 30 yd pass from J. Richardson (A. Moss kick)|
|1:40 TD Plovers: B. Ford 53 yd pass from J. Richardson (A. Moss kick)|
|3-5||3rd Down Conv||4-10|
|2-2||4th Down Conv||1-1|