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October 11, 2013

Buffs blow out Rangers

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Smith added a touchdown run and a touchdown reception in the first quarter. Facing first-and-10 from the Hale 23, Smith tried to rush to his left, broke a tackle from Jonathan Beasley, cut horizontally back towards the right sideline, turned back up field and broke one more tackle near the 10 before running it in for a 21-0 lead.

Starting at quarterback for the first time this season, Pratt missed on four of his first five passing plays, but he started finding his receivers on the drive that ended in Smith’s big run. He completed three of four passes in that drive, including a 19-yard pass to Zach Baugh on fourth that set up Smith’s run, then completed his next four passes as well, including a 34-yard touchdown pass to Smith and a 35-yard touchdown pass to Harkins that made it 33-0 with 38.8 seconds left in the half.

“It’s been awhile since I’ve done anything like that,” Pratt said. “Coming out here and getting in the zone and getting that relationship going back again with my receivers, it’s going to take me a little bit to start hitting again.

“The coaches always say it doesn’t matter who you’re playing, it matters how you play. I think we took that the right way, came out here and got our business done.”

Pratt added two more rushing touchdowns late in the first and then midway through the second quarter, and Rhyln Stephens scored his first touchdown as a member of McAlester’s varsity. Stephens ran it in from 6 yards out to make it 40-0 Buffs with 9:46 left in the first half, but he had to recover his own fumble in the end zone to complete the score.

“Quarterback reads the defensive end, and if the defensive end waits for him, he just gives me the ball,” Stephens said of the play. “He just gave me the ball, I ran up and a dude tried stripping the ball. Right when he tried stripping the ball, another dude came and hit my leg and the ball came away. I ended up turning and looking around and see the ball, so I just jumped on it, and it happened to be in the end zone.”

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