Bronchos Tame the Lions

The University of Central Oklahoma football team won their first game of the season in a shootout over Lindenwood, 52-42, in a Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association matchup.

The two teams combined for 13 touchdowns in Saturday night’s matchup. The only non-touchdown came from a 23-yard field goal by UCO sophomore kicker Alex Quevedo early in the first quarter; his third of the season.

The Broncho offense racked up sixth touchdowns on 436 total offensive yards: 318 passing and 118 rushing.

“We had a good team effort tonight,” said UCO head football coach Nick Bobeck. “We responded to adversity today and that’s how it’s been this week.”

After losing sophomore defensive back Derek Loccident earlier in the week, the Bronchos lost starting quarterback Keats Calhoon on their final drive in the first half due to injury. Calhoon had thrown for three touchdowns, 213 yards, on 14 of 16 attempts.

In the absence of Calhoon, backup quarterback Chandler Garrett stepped in and threw two touchdowns in the second half. One to Tyrone Howell to give UCO a 38-35 lead, and another to Ronald Monroe to extend the score gap to 45-35 with just over eight minutes left in the fourth quarter. Garrett finished with 105 yards, and one interception, on four of 11 attempts.

The Broncos final touchdown came from Daniel Baughman, who returned a 58-yard fumble recovery with just over a minute and a half to play to give UCO a 52-35 lead. The UCO defense would give up their fifth touchdown of the night on a last second touchdown pass to end the game but the defense did enough to win.

The Broncho defense recorded four sacks Saturday coming from Mike Rios, Noah Ingram and Dreyvon Christian, who each had one sack, and half sacks to Tyrell Cummings and Noble Lybrand.

“We needed to respond to a really tough situation and we did and we had to do that within this game too and we did,” Bobeck said. “I’m really proud of the team for that effort.” 

Christian, who started in place of the injured Loccident at safety, recorded seven tackles along with his sack. 

Chris Pogi and Jason Harris lead the Bronchos with eight tackles. One shy of Loccident’s game record of nine, which he recorded in UCO’s previous game against Nebraska-Kearney.

After the game UCO Redshirt Freshman Running Back Saboor Daniels tweeted out to Loccident saying, “This one for you bruh”.

With the win, the Bronchos advance their record to 1-2. 

UCO will host the undefeated Northwest Missouri Bearcats on Saturday at 6 p.m. in Wantland Stadium.

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