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SANTA CLARITA, Calif. - The College of the Canyons football team suffered a 24-21 loss to Santa Ana College in the Southern California Bowl game on Saturday, Nov. 17.
Sophomore quarterback Ryan Kasdorf put the Cougars on the board first with an 8-yard rushing touchdown, and then with 2:55 left to go in the first quarter connected with freshman wide receiver Tim White on a 6-yard touchdown pass.
The Cougars and the Dons traded touchdowns, as the game was tied 14-14 heading into the second quarter.
With 5:15 left in the half, the Cougars blocked a punt that led to a Kasdorf 12-yard touchdown pass to sophomore tight end Dan Vear, giving COC a 21-14 lead heading into the half.
Kasdorf finished the game 25-of-46 for 285 yards and two touchdowns and also had 59 yards rushing. White caught five passes for 59 yards and a touchdown while Vear had five catches for 39 yards and a score.
The Cougars offense got shutout in the second half, as they were forced to punt four times, had one turnover and a gave the ball away on downs.
COC held a 21-17 lead heading into the fourth quarter, which quickly vanished as the Dons scored on a 27-yard rushing touchdown to give them a 24-21 lead with 14:36 left to go.
With 9 minutes left to go in the game, the Cougar offense had first down at the Santa Ana 20-yard line looking to take the lead or kick a game tying field goal. However, Kasdorf threw a costly red zone interception and the Cougars missed out on a golden opportunity.
The Cougars then started a drive on the Santa Ana 47-yard line with five minutes left to go in what would be their final drive of the game.
Kasdorf and freshman running back Drew Phillips help drive the Cougars all the way to the Santa Ana 9-yard line with less than 3 minutes to go.
Then the COC offense started going backwards, as they had a 15-yard personal foul penalty called against them, a sack for a 5-yard loss and then a rush for a 2-yard loss.
So the Cougars went from first down at the 9-yard line to 4th down and 28 at the 31-yard line. Kasdorf threw an incomplete pass to Kwasi Washington on fourth down, marking the Cougars' last opportunity
COC finished the season with a 6-5 overall record and a 4-2 Northern conference record.
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