“I just saw the guy hitch up and run a quick little route,” Harkins said. “Just read the quarterback’s eyes, and I ran for the end zone. It felt good to get a little revenge.”
Basks made it 49-28 on an 85-yard kickoff-return touchdown right after Harkins' pick-six. McAlester struggled all night to tackle to Basks, leading to 181 all-purpose offensive yards, including the 70-yard touchdown in which Basks crossed up two McAlester defenders to convert a second-and-19 situation into seven points.
Smith responded to Basks’ big catch with a 49-yard touchdown run on the Buffs' next possession to once again make it a four-possession game. Smith finished with 13 carries for 134 yards and three touchdowns, having equal success cutting up the middle and running around the edge.
“It was just a game of mistakes, and we made too many of them, and they outplayed us tonight,” Claremore coach Rob Gilbreath said.
“You take four plays away and it’s a different ballgame.”
Along with converting all eight extra-point attempts, Taeam Kang kicked a 42-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter, setting a school record for longest field goal at Hook Eales Stadium. Both teams moved to 2-1 with McAlester’s win.
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