Claremore Daily Progress


September 3, 2012

UCO falls to Missouri Southern in season opener

EDMOND — A fourth-quarter surge fell short and Central Oklahoma came up empty in its Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association debut under new head coach Nick Bobeck Thursday night at Wantland Stadium.

The Bronchos scored twice in the final nine minutes to rally from a 25-7 deficit to within 25-20, but the Lions converted a big fourth-down gamble with less than two minutes to play and held on for the win in the first-ever meeting between the two new conference rivals.

Adrian Nelson’s 49-yard touchdown pass with 8:40 left to play and Joshua Birmingham’s one-yard scoring plunge at the 2:12 mark enabled UCO to get close, with the Bronchos then forcing MSSU into a fourth-and-one at its own 44-yard-line with 2:00 remaining.

The Lions went for it and quarterback Kellen Cox squeezed out two yards on a keeper to convert the first down and clinch the win.

“We made too many mistakes and didn’t do enough to win the ball game,” Bobeck said. “We played well in stretches and had some good things in the fourth quarter to get back in the game, but in the end we just didn’t get it done.”

The Bronchos were limited to 249 total yards (148 passing, 101 rushing) and managed just 56 yards in 29 plays over nine possessions from the first quarter until early in the fourth.

Birmingham finished with 83 yards and a TD on 19 carries, while Nelson completed 14-of-26 passes for 148 yards and a score while adding 24 rushing yards. Christian Hood led the receivers with five catches for 42 yards.

The Lions racked up 249 of their 298 yards on the ground with a ball-control option offense and owned a staggering 19-minute advantage in time of possession.

Central linebacker and Edmond native Adrian Shoecraft had nine tackles and defensive backs Brad Harmon and Devoris Dozier eight apiece to top the defense.

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