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College football: They’re on the board

COC picks up its first win of the season with victory over Pasadena

Posted: September 23, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: September 23, 2012 2:00 a.m.

College of the Canyons receiver Dan Vear (88) backs into the end zone as he catches a touchdown pass in the final seconds of the first half over Pasadena City College defender Andrew Medrano at Cougar Stadium on Saturday night.

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In its National Division, Northern Conference opener, College of the Canyons started the game sluggish, but caught fire and rallied to a 36-14 victory Saturday at Cougar Stadium.

Good defense from both teams kept the game scoreless for much of the first half.

Pasadena (0-4, 0-1) broke the tie with 4:44 to play in the second quarter when Andrew Medrano capped off a 15-play scoring drive with a 33-yard field goal to give the Lancers a 3-0 lead.

The Cougars (1-3, 1-0) took a 7-3 lead with 27 seconds left in the first half as quarterback Ryan Kasdorf connected with Dan Vear for a 17-yard touchdown pass to the right corner of the end zone.

From there, COC never looked back.

The Cougars extended the lead to 13-3 with their opening possession of the third quarter, as the second touchdown pass from Kasdorf to Vear from 12-yards out capped off an eight-play, 76-yard scoring drive.

Vear finished with four receptions for 86 yards and two scores.

The teams traded field goals on both teams’ next possessions, which made the score 16-6.

With 1:21 left in the third, Kasdorf threw his third touchdown pass of the game to Dijon Barnes, who took a slant 34 yards to the house.

The touchdown put the Cougars ahead by the score of 22-6.

Kasdorf added a 7-yard rushing touchdown with 11:25 to play in the fourth to make the score 29-6.

The freshman quarterback finished the game going 18-for-29 for 299 yards and three touchdowns through the air, along with 45 yards and one score on 15 carries.

COC running back, and Golden Valley graduate, Earl Johnson finished with five rushes for 63 yards.

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