TULSA, Okla. – Texas College was within striking distance after three quarters, but No. 8 Langston scored a pair of unanswered touchdowns in the final period to beat the Steers 44-17 on Saturday in the Central States Football League.
The Steers pulled within 23-17 with 2:20 left in the third quarter on Vontyne Williams’ 43-yard touchdown run and Markese Denmon’s PAT.
Langston countered with a 30-yard scoring pass from Milton Harper to Glenn Irons with 31 seconds to play in the third quarter.
The Lions took a 30-17 lead into the fourth and added to it with Irons’ 91-yard touchdown reception at the 9:41 mark. Irons finished with 162 yards and two TDs on six catches. Jaylen Lowe, who threw the long TD, capped the scoring with a 1-yard run with 3:18 left.
Texas College was tied 7-7 after the first period, thanks to Dyamond Woods’ 60-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
Langston’s Tim Whitfield outrushed Texas College by himself, 175-135, and scored two TDs as the Lions improved to 6-0 overall and 4-0 in league play.
Denmon rushed for 56 yards on 12 carries for the Steers (1-6, 1-4), who were coming off a 21-11 win against Texas Wesleyan last week. Starting quarterback Sean Stell was 7 of 16 for 70 yards against Langston. Williams was 5 of 7 for 38 yards.
Reginald Hardison was TC’s leading receiver with five catches for 37 yards.