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College football: COC runs outof time

Cougars can’t come back in loss, finish season 6-5

Posted: November 18, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: November 18, 2012 2:00 a.m.

College of the Canyons' Kwasi Washington, center, tries to evade Santa Ana defenders Allen Atkins, right, and Justin Lenzelle. The Cougars lost 24-21.

In a reverse of its fortunes, College of the Canyons football started stronger than it finished on Saturday night at Santa Ana Stadium, capping an otherwise successful ending to its season with a 24-21 loss to Santa Ana in the Southern California Bowl.

The Cougars (6-5) rallied off three straight wins to end the regular season just to become bowl eligible and earn a spot in Saturday’s game.

The Cougars scored first in what proved to be an electric first quarter, with Cougars quarterback Ryan Kasdorf capping a 72-yard drive with an 8-yard touchdown run.

Kasdorf finished the game 25-of-46 through the air for 285 yards and two touchdowns. He also added 59 yards and a touchdown on 11 rushes.

The lead would last just 13 seconds, as Dons receiver Joshua Webb returned the ensuing kickoff 91 yards to tie the game at 7-7.

Webb finished with 10 receptions for 87 yards and a touchdown for Santa Ana (8-3).

After Kasdorf’s two passing touchdowns, the Cougars entered halftime up 21-14 in a game that would come down to the wire.

The Cougars offense hit a rut that it couldn’t escape in the second half, failing many times to capitalize on Santa Ana gambles that didn’t pay off.

Instead, the Cougars defense was given the task of keeping the game close following letdowns by the offense.

While the Cougars had been able to overcome close situations previously in many of their wins this season, the lack of offensive production was too much to overcome.

After a Dillan Freiberg field goal brought Santa Ana to within four points at 21-17 in the third quarter, Terifa Tafuna scored the game-winning touchdown on a 27-yard scamper early in the fourth quarter.

Canyons had an opportunity late, taking over with five minutes left.

But the comeback faded as the Cougars found themselves in a fourth-and-28 with 2:20 remaining and couldn’t convert.


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