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Bulldogs Conclude 2017 Season at Northwestern


November 12, 2017

ALVA, Okla. – The final game of head coach Dan Cocannouer's nine-year career at SWOSU ended on Saturday night with a 35-7 setback against Northwestern Oklahoma State in Alva.

The Rangers scored twice in the first five minutes to build an early 14-0 lead, breaking off big runs on each drive to gain control of the game. Northwestern threatened to add to their lead late in the first quarter, but quarterback Isaiah Weed was stripped as he crossed the goal line and Dominic Blue recovered in the end zone to give possession back to the Dawgs.

After the Rangers scored to up the lead to 21-0, SWOSU had their best threat of the first half. The Bulldogs had an 11-play drive in the second quarter that reached the Northwestern five yard line before being stopped on downs when Karltrell Henderson was tackled in the backfield on third and goal and NWOSU's lead stayed at 21-0 heading to the break.

SWOSU was unable to find any momentum after halftime while Northwestern added one score in each quarter before the Bulldogs got on the board with a 21-yard touchdown pass from Casey Freeman to Marcellous Dowell in the closing seconds.

In addition to completing the 2017 season, the game brought to an end the nine-year tenure of SWOSU head coach Dan Cocannouer, who departs his alma mater for retirement with 37 career wins to his credit and ranks fourth in SWOSU Football history for wins. While leading the Bulldogs, Cocannouer guided SWOSU to the best single-season in the NCAA Division II era with an 8-4 record and Live United Texarkana Bowl appearance in 2015.

"Things aren't always going to be the way you wanted them to be and tonight is a perfect example of that," Cocannouer said in his postgame interview. "You have to keep fighting and keep going and I think our guys did that. A few breaks here and there and we have a different football game tonight. I'm very proud of these guys, I love them like they're my family and I'm so thankful for them."

SWOSU ends the 2017 season with a record of 3-8, finishing 10th in the Great American Conference standings.


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