No. 9 Blinn College football falls on the road to NEO, 42-12

MIAMI, Okla. — No. 9 Blinn College football (4-2, 2-2) fell to Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, 42-12, on the road Saturday night.  

Quarterback Brock Landis completed 25 of 51 passes for 242 yards, Devin McAdoo rushed for 28 yards on seven carries for one touchdown, Danny Gray made eight catches for 71 yards and Xavier Hutchinson caught six receptions for 13 yards.

Jared Esparza led the defense with 16 tackles, while Darius VanDyke followed with 10 tackles, one interception, and broke up two passes. 

Although Blinn limited the Golden Norsemen to one touchdown in the second half, the Buccaneers couldn't recover from an early 29-point deficit in the first half.

Northeastern Oklahoma was the first to score on a 36-yard touchdown pass at the 8:41 mark in the first quarter. Blinn followed to jump on the scoreboard in the opening quarter as Alec Schroeder made a 37-yard field goal with 4:32 remaining for the Buccaneers to trail 7-3.

The Golden Norsemen tacked on the next 28 points in the second quarter by scoring on a 48-yard touchdown pass with 11:25 showing, a rushing touchdown with 9:20 on the clock, a quarterback sneak with 5:55 left, and a touchdown pass at the 1:19 mark to lead 35-3. With one second remaining, Schroeder kicked a 24-yard field goal for Blinn to trail 35-6 at the halftime.

Blinn limited the Golden Norsemen to one touchdown in the second half, a passing touchdown with 11:30 showing in the third quarter. The momentum shifted in Blinn's direction when VanDyke intercepted the ball and McAdoo rushed the ball in from the one-yard-line for with five seconds remaining in the third quarter. The score remained 42-12 throughout the final quarter as neither team scored.

Next, Blinn will take on Cisco College on Saturday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m. at Cub Stadium for the Buccaneers final home game of the regular season.

Blinn has competed in intercollegiate athletics since 1903 and captured 41 NJCAA national championships since 1987.