Turnovers costly to Hounds in loss to Midwestern State

CNJ STAFF

WICHITA FALLS, Texas — D.D. Dotson caught only two passes, but both went for touchdowns Saturday night as Midwestern State defeated Eastern New Mexico University 24-14 in Lone Star Conference South Division football.
Dotson caught a 32-yard pass from quarterback Phillip Boggs on MSU’s opening possession to give the Indians (5-2, 2-1 South) a 7-0 lead, capping a 70-yard drive in six plays. Eastern answered with the first of two 81-yard scoring drives with sophomore Dwayne Davis, who rushed for 109 yards on 18 carries, going over on a 2-yard run late in the first quarter.
The Indians broke the tie on a 41-yard field goal by Jerry Holstrom with seven seconds left in the half, capping a five-play, 39-yard march after ENMU quarterback Steven Hinson lost a fumble.
Midwestern then marched the second-half kickoff 65 yards in nine plays for a 17-7 cushion, with Dodson hauling in a 37-yard scoring strike from Darrell White.
The Greyhounds (5-2, 1-2), ranked 21st in NCAA Division II, came right back with their second scoring drive, capped by fullback Sukora Cooper’s 2-yard TD run midway through the third stanza.
The Hounds stayed close when linebacker Jeff Howard recovered a fumble on a fourth-and-goal play at the ENMU run with 5:10 left. But Hinson fumbled the ball back on the next play, with MSU’s Kevin Taulton recovering, and the Indians clinched the victory when Rahsaan Bell scored from the 1 with 5:02 left in the game on the first play after an ENMU fumble recovered by the Indians’ Kevin Taulton.
The teams were nearly even statistically, with the Hounds posting a 22-16 edge in first downs and gaining 424 total yards — 313 on the ground — to 436 for MSU. But Eastern turned the ball over four times, including losing three of seven fumbles, while the Indians had two turnovers.
Boggs went 14 of 23 passing for 221 yards for Midwestern. Isaac Powdrell caught six of the passes for 140 yards.
ENMU’s leading receiver was sophomore Derrick Hunter with four catches for 79 yards.