Last-second loss

Originally Published: Sptember 10, 2008

With just eight seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, it was receiver Jamie January pulling in a 20 yard reception that gave the Yellow Jackets from Black Hills State University the 21-14 lead and the win. The loss drops the Mustangs to 1-1 on the year, while the Yellow Jackets are 1-0.

The second annual Ag Bowl and the Grand Opening of the Regional Event Center was a wet and wild affair and the weather conditions affected the Mustangs’ passing attack. Senior quarterback Josh Shudlick struggled, only completing six of 22 passes for just 67 yards in the game.

The Mustangs were on the scoreboard first as they capped off a 41-yard, 11-play drive on a 3-yard touchdown run by junior Zach Wysong with 3:19 left in the first quarter. BHSU tied the score midway through the second quarter on a 12-yard passing play.

BHSU took advantage of a SMSU special teams mistake to take over the lead. On fourth and five from the BHSU 46-yard line, a Mustang was flagged for running into the kicker and the Yellow Jackets were awarded a first down on the SMSU 49-yard line. BHSU then proceeded to drive 49 yards, capping off the drive on a one yard run by their quarterback to take the lead.

Seven plays later, Wysong delivered again on a three yard run to tie the score at 14-14. That was the score until the final drive when January crossed the goal line for the win.

The Mustang offense finished the game with just 192 yards of total offense. This was the first game Southwest was held under 200 yards of total offense since Nov. 4, 2006, when Winona State held the Mustangs to just 169 total yards.

On the defensive side of the ball, Mike Liggins led the Mustangs with a career high ten tackles and one forced fumble. Junior Bryce Haessley added seven tackles, while senior Tyler Reed tackled six Yellow Jackets.

The Mustangs will return to conference play on Thursday when they will face the Bulldogs of the University of Minnesota, Duluth. Opening kickoff is set for 7 p.m. The game will be televised nationally on CBS College Sports Television and regionally on Fox Sports Net North.

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