HELENA, Mont. — The Southern Oregon University football team couldn't overcome the biggest homefield advantage in the NAIA on Saturday afternoon, and its Frontier Conference title hopes took a major blow as a result.
Five turnovers doomed the 20th-ranked Raiders in their 48-30 loss at fifth-ranked Carroll College, marking the Saints' 50th win in their last 52 games at Nelson Stadium. The Saint (8-1 overall, 7-1 conference) took over sole possession of first place with the win and the Raiders (6-3, 6-2) dropped into a second-place tie with Rocky Mountain.
SOU quarterback Austin Dodge hit Ryan Retzlaff with a 15-yard touchdown pass to cut Carroll's lead to 14-10 with 10 minutes left in the second quarter, but the Saints responded with 34 unanswered points.
The Raiders actually outgained the Saints, 559-531, but the Saints didn't turn it over once and at one point scored on three straight takeaways.
The back-breaking sequence of the afternoon occurred in the third quarter when Dustin Rinker ran in a touchdown for Carroll and on SOU's next play from scrimmage Matt Upham returned an interception for a touchdown, making it 41-10. Upham finished with two picks.
Carroll tailback Dustin Rinker rushed 31 times for 160 yards and a touchdown. Dakota Stonehouse completed 12 passes for 298 yards and three scores, and threw in 55 rushing yards and a TD on the ground.
Dodge completed 29 of 45 passes for 435 yards and three touchdowns but also threw three interceptions for the first time since his freshman season.
Ryan Retzlaff caught 12 passes for 181 yards and two scores while Matt Retzlaff had three catches for 104 yards and a score. Ryan Retzlaff has hit triple-digits receiving yardage in four straight games.
Sean Tow accounted for SOU's other touchdown. The freshman netted 81 rushing yards on 14 carries.
Laurence Calcagno paced the Raider defense with seven assisted tackles, five solo and a sack. Daniel Breaux chipped in 7.5 total tackles.
The Raiders will host Eastern Oregon in their final home game next Saturday at 1 p.m. If SOU wins and Rocky Mountain can knock off Carroll that same day, there will be a three-way tie for first in the Frontier.
COLLEGE OF IDAHO 3, SOUTHERN OREGON 1 — At Ashland, a night after delivering payback to one of the Cascade Conference's top volleyball teams, Southern Oregon found itself on the receiving end.
College of Idaho went down in the first set, 19-25, but rolled over the Raiders in the next three by scores of 25-16, 25-17 and 25-18 at Bob Riehm Arena. Liz Myers was a force in the middle, accounting for four solo blocks and three assisted of the Coyotes' total of 14. She also had 11 kills to complement Emily Ottinger's match-best 21.
C of I (14-9 overall, 14-2 CCC) held Southern Oregon (15-8, 12-4) to a .182 attacking average. Mona Goudarzian piled up 17 kills and Paulla Pinheiro had 16 with nine digs for the Raiders, whose eight-match win streak came to an end.
SOU's upset of 10th-ranked Eastern Oregon on Friday helped the Coyotes move into a first-place tie with the Mountaineers in the CCC standings. With one weekend to go in the regular season, C of I's odds of winning an eighth straight conference title have improved dramatically.
And they had the middles to thank for that as they stopped the Raider attack from getting going as it did on Sept. 27 in Caldwell, Idaho, when SOU snapped C of I's 73-match home CCC win streak.
Kylee Nawahine contributions helped swing the tone of the match, too, as she chipped in 11 kills and 10 digs.
SOU libero Renee Yomtob had a match-high 33 kills on the senior night for her, Goudarzian and Liz Madden. Setter Lauren McGowne tallied a match-high 45 assists.
The Raiders will wrap up the regular season next weekend in Portland at Warner Pacific and Concordia.
NORTHWEST 1, SOUTHERN OREGON 0 — At Kirkland, Wash., one goal was all that separated the Southern Oregon University women's soccer team from a bye to the Cascade Conference tournament's semifinal round.
The Raiders went down Saturday afternoon at Northwest University in their regular-season finale, 1-0, and in turn gave up the No. 2 seed to the postseason. SOU (8-4-3 overall, 4-3-1 CCC) slipped to No. 4 and will host fifth-seeded Eastern Oregon in Wednesday's first round at a time yet to be determined.
Tatyana Reveles scored the match's lone goal in the 54th minute, taking a through-ball from Tiffany Taylor for an 18-yard shot over the head of SOU keeper Kylie Moltzen.
SOU had the advantage in shots, 16-11, and put six on goal but couldn't convert. Megan McArthur recorded four, including two on goal, and Syndey Paulsen and Alyssa Bricker had two apiece.
The Eagles (9-7-1, 5-2-1) finished tied for second in the standings but got the No. 3 seed. Top-ranked Concordia has the No. 1 spot after clinching its 14th straight tournament championship.