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Heartbreak in Ottawa
September 25, 2010
Ottawa, Kan. - The Ottawa University Braves defeated the Sterling College Warriors in an epic battle in Ottawa, Kansas by a score of 34-39. The Warriors were unable to get a crucial first down in the fourth quarter that allowed the Braves to have the ball with enough time remaining to engineer a game-winning fourth quarter drive.
The first quarter started off poorly for Sterling. On their first drive of the game, the Warriors were unable to gain a first down and then had a punt blocked. The Braves capitalized on the blocked punt by recovering the blocked punt for a touchdown. After a 29 yard Rashard Colquitt kick-off return, the Warriors were able to respond with a touchdown drive. Jesse Bundrage finished the drive with a 2 yard touchdown run. After an Ottawa three and out, the Warriors got the ball again in the first quarter. With the ball, the Warriors were able to put together another touchdown drive topped off by an incredible Matt James touchdown reception from Keoki Burbank in the back corner of the endzone. At the end of the first quarter, the Warriors led 14-7.
Ottawa would respond in the second quarter. After an early Ottawa field goal, the Ottawa defense would stall the Sterling offense causing Sterling punter Josh Wheeler to punt into the wind. The Braves would get good field position after the punt and capitalize on that field position with a Bobby Adamson touchdown run. The rest of the quarter was a battle for field position until Adamson connected with explosive wide out Clarence Anderson for an Ottawa touchdown right before the half. At the half, the score was 24-14 in favor of Ottawa.
Sterling would strike first in the second quarter with a Burbank to James touchdown c