Continuing to struggle with a porous defense, Northeastern A&M's Golden Norsemen have little time to find answers following a 41-14 drubbing at the hands of 8th ranked Blinn College Saturday at Robertson Field.
Coach Rob Green's Norsemen conclude the road portion of the regular season next Saturday with a 2 p.m. contest against seventh ranked Kilgore, Texas at R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium.
The Rangers improved to 6-1 on the season and 4-0 in the Southwest Junior College Football Conference with a 34-6 win over Trinity Valley Saturday afternoon.
While suffering their third straight loss, the Golden Norse slip to 1-3 in the SWJCFC and 4-3 overall.
Since surrendering 700 total yards three weeks ago in a 42-36 loss to 12th-ranked Cisco College, the Golden Norse defense has been victimized for 342 yards in a 34-12 loss to unranked Navarro College and now 484 yards by Blinn.
Under the direction of redshirt sophomore quarterback Terrance Cain, the Buccaneers built a 14-0 lead through one quarter.
Cain scored on a 1-yard run and connected with tight end Samer Elqutab for a 5-yard touchdown pass in the first 15 minutes.
The Buccaneers defense, ranked fifth overall in the nation, increased the lead to 21-0 on an 84-yard interception return by cornerback Husani Sallah with 9:54 until halftime.
Golden Norse sophomore quarterback-running back Bo Bowling scored the first of his two touchdowns on a 2-yard plunge with 8:43 before intermission.
Jeremy Knott's extra point created a 21-7 deficit.
Brad Hicks kicked a 22-yard field goal with 30 seconds left as the Buccaneers built a 24-7 halftime lead.
The Buccaneers amassed 211 yards in the first 30 minutes. Cain connected on 14 of 21 passes for 102 yards while the Bucs' ground game supplied 109 yards on 22 carries.
During the third quarter, Cain found wide receiver Kevin Ferguson open for an 18-yard TD pass and Hicks booted a 21-yard field goal as the Blinn lead swelled to 34-7 through three quarters.
Bowling bedazzled the partisan homecoming crowd with a 64-yard touchdown run just 12 seconds into the fourth quarter.
Knott kicked the point-after for NEO's final points.
Tailback Zach Booker scored on a 14-yard run with 4:25 left in the game to close out the scoring after Hicks kicked the extra point.
With 104 yards on 25 carries, Bowling led all rushers. Freshman Jeremiah Johnson added 98 yards on eight carries as the Golden Norse gained 220 yards on 39 carries.
Averaging 5.5 yards per play, the Bucs' ground game was led by Booker with 97 yards on 10 carries.
Cain hit 25 of 39 passes for 262 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. Rod Harris led the Blinn receiving corps with seven catches for 73 yards.
Sophomores strong safety Emmanuel Jones and outside linebacker Jayson Bates led the Golden Norse defense.
Jones recorded 10 unassisted tackles and five assists while Bates contributed five solo tackles and 10 assists.
Veteran cornerback Adryan Adams contributed 10 solo tackles, three assists and three deflected passes.
Leading the Blinn defense was sophomore linebacker Sterling Lewis with eight unassisted tackles and six assists.