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September 15, 2012

Blazers blow out Rams, 43-10, at Cowboys Stadium

ARLINGTON, Texas — The 18th-ranked Valdosta State Blazers blew out the Angelo State Rams 43-10 on the final day of Lone Star Football Festival at Cowboys Stadium on Saturday afternoon to win their second-straight game.

“I was really proud with the way our kids handled all of the distractions that go along with this incredible place,” Valdosta State head coach David Dean said. “We talked all week about coming out here and concentrating on playing well against a very good football team. To our kids’ credit, that is exactly what they did.”

Led by strong performances from quarterback Cayden Cochran, wide receiver Gerald Ford, and freshman running back Austin Scott, the Blazers racked up 520 yards of total offense, scored five touchdowns, including four in the red zone, to blew out the Rams and improve to 2-1 on the season.

The Blazer defense was impressive, too. The Black Swarm held the Rams to seven punts, four three-and-outs and just 262 yards of total offense on the day.

Cochran finished the game 16 of 28 passing for 173 yards with two touchdowns, both of which went to Ford, who hauled in seven catches for 110 yards with his two scores.

Austin Scott finished with his first-career 100-yard rushing performance, tallying 131 yards on the day. Cedric O’Neal finished with 77 yards and Eric Scott added 75 yards on the ground as the Blazers ran for 292 yards.

The Blazers return to action next Saturday against West Alabama. Kickoff from Bazemore-Hyder Stadium is set for 7 p.m.

More on Saturday's win at Cowboys Stadium will be available in Sunday's print and online edition of The Valdosta Daily Times. Postgame video is available online at www.blazersportsbeat.com.

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