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College football: A break finally goes to COC

Blocked extra point proves the difference in Cougars’ wild, double-overtime win over AVC

Posted: October 7, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: October 7, 2012 1:55 a.m.
 

LANCASTER — This one had to be seen to be believed.

After 110 combined points in regulation, hemorrhaging by both defenses, terrible penalties, and two overtimes, College of the Canyons football defeated Antelope Valley College 62-61 at Marauder Stadium on Saturday night.

And the difference was a point after touchdown.

In the second overtime, the Marauders scored on a 6-yard run by quarterback Edwin Westlund, giving AVC a 61-55 lead. But on the ensuing point-after try, COC blocked the kick.

The Cougars (2-4) had one shot to win the game and quarterback Ryan Kasdorf got bailed out on a third-and-7 from the AVC 22-yard line.

The Marauders (4-1) closed in on him in the backfield and he lofted the ball up to the right corner.

Wide receiver Tim White made an adjustment came back and caught the ball, tip-toeing the sideline for a 21-yard gain.
Andre Davis then drove in from a yard out to score his third touchdown of the game.

COC’s Neil Franklin made the extra point, setting off a celebration that was half-relief and half-elation from the Cougar sideline.

The numbers were mindboggling.

There were seven ties in the game. There was 1,180 yards of total offense. There were two punts in the game. There was one three-and-out, as AVC forced COC out on the first drive of the game.

Kasdorf was 36-of-51 for 499 yards, four touchdowns and one interception — a crucial one with 45 seconds to play in regulation in the red zone that killed a potential game-winning drive.

The freshman quarterback also ran for two touchdowns.

White caught 13 passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns.

AVC was led by Jhaston Faggans, who carried the ball 25 times for 183 yards and three touchdowns.

The Marauders scored six rushing touchdowns.

COC committed 13 penalties for 137 yards.

The Cougars blocked Keoki Kaiahua’s 46-yard field goal attempt in the first overtime. The field goal would have given AVC the win.

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