Quantcast

Southern football holds on for 25-20 win at Central Oklahoma - KOAM TV 7

Courtesy: MSSU Sports Information

Southern football holds on for 25-20 win at Central Oklahoma

Updated:

EDMOND, Okla. --  A fourth and inches run for a first down from senior quarterback Kellen Cox sealed win No. 1 for Daryl Daye and the Lions took out Central Oklahoma 25-20 in the 2012 season opener tonight in Edmond. 

Southern (1-0, 1-0 MIAA) ran the ball for 249 yards tonight as nine different players had rushes. Cox led the attack with 20 carries for 89 yards and a score, while he was 4-8 through the air for 43 yards. Javonte Edwards had eight carries for 48 yards, while Anthony Thayer and Travis Hurd both added rushing touchdowns. Landon Zerkel caught four passes for 41 yards. 

UCO (0-1, 0-1 MIAA) was led by quarterback Adrian Nelson as he went 14-26 through the air for 148 yards and one touchdown. Josh Birmingham had 19 carries for 83 yards and another score. 

Central started the scoring off as the Bronchos took the opening drive down field and Christian Bobo capped off an eight-play, 59-yard scoring drive with a two-yard run. 

The Lions answered back with a six-play, 29 yard drive where Thayer punched it in from six. The point after was no-good, but on the ensuing possession, Jonathan Rodgers and Brandon Williams combined to sack Bronchos quarterback Nelson in the endzone for a safety, giving the Lions an 8-7 lead. 

Southern added another score when Cox took the ball in from two to cap off an eight-play, 53-yard drive that took 4:02 off the clock. That would be the final score of the half as the Lions led 15-7 at the half. 

Southern started off the scoring in the second half as Hurd rushed for nine yards to give the Lions a 22-7 lead with 12:30 in the third. A 38-yard field goal from Dallas Herndon nearly ten minutes later, capped an 8:08 minute drive for Southern and the Lions were up 25-7 with three minutes to go in the third. 

The Lions defense was strong in the second half as Southern held the Bronchos without a first down until the 11:31 mark of the fourth, but UCO connected on a 49-yard touchdown pass and cut the Lions' lead to 24-14 with 8:40 left in the game. 

A touchdown from Birmingham cut the lead to 25-20 and the two-point try was no good with 2:12 left in the game. 

The Lions rushed the ball on each of its final plays and a fourth and inches scamper from Cox with 1:20 left in the game sealed the deal to get the Lions win No. 1 of the season.  

Southern won the time of possession war holding the ball for nearly 40 minutes to UCO's 20. The Lions limited the Bronchos to just 57 offensive plays and 249 yards as the defense came up strong. 

Brian Rodgers led the way with eight tackles and one pass break up, while Gatlin Ridgway added six stops. Williams, Breon Matlock and Ryon Phillips all had five stops, as Williams and Rogers combined to sack Nelson in the endzone for a safety. Matlock added an interception for 25 yards. The Lions had three stops behind the line of scrimmage and two fumble recoveries. 

Southern will be back in action next weekend as the Lions prepare for their home opener against Northeastern State on Saturday, September 8 at 6 pm. The game will kick off a year-long celebration of the 75th anniversary of Missouri Southern and the Lions will honor the 40th anniversary of the 1972 NAIA National Championship. 

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Suspects Identified in 1999 Oklahoma Cold Case

    Suspects Identified in 1999 Oklahoma Cold Case

    Monday, April 23 2018 4:19 PM EDT2018-04-23 20:19:34 GMT

    April 23, 2018: A Fox affiliate in Tulsa, Fox 23, is reporting that one person is in custody related to the disappearance of Ashley Freeman and Lauria Bible. KOAM and FOX 14 will Facebook live stream a media conference that could bring new information about a 1999 cold case out of Welch, Oklahoma. Authorities plan to speak about the case today at 2:00 p.m. The case dealt with the murders of Danny and Kathy Freeman in December of 1999 and the disappearance of the couple's...

    More >>

    April 23, 2018: A Fox affiliate in Tulsa, Fox 23, is reporting that one person is in custody related to the disappearance of Ashley Freeman and Lauria Bible. KOAM and FOX 14 will Facebook live stream a media conference that could bring new information about a 1999 cold case out of Welch, Oklahoma. Authorities plan to speak about the case today at 2:00 p.m. The case dealt with the murders of Danny and Kathy Freeman in December of 1999 and the disappearance of the couple's...

    More >>
  • Police Search for Armed Robbery Suspect

    Police Search for Armed Robbery Suspect

    Monday, April 23 2018 12:01 PM EDT2018-04-23 16:01:57 GMT
    JPDJPD
    JPDJPD
    Joplin Police received a call about an armed robbery on Sunday just before 10:00 p.m. (April 22, 2018). An employee at Charlie's Chicken (2020E. 32nd Street) says she locked the business up and was walking to her vehicle when a male walked up to her in the parking lot. She said he pointed a handgun at her and demanded the night deposit bag. She gave the suspect the bag and says he ran to the southwest. Police officers could not find him. Authorities say the suspect is described as ...More >>
    Joplin Police received a call about an armed robbery on Sunday just before 10:00 p.m. (April 22, 2018). An employee at Charlie's Chicken (2020E. 32nd Street) says she locked the business up and was walking to her vehicle when a male walked up to her in the parking lot. She said he pointed a handgun at her and demanded the night deposit bag. She gave the suspect the bag and says he ran to the southwest. Police officers could not find him. Authorities say the suspect is described as ...More >>
  • Vandalism Rampage by Teen in Stolen Truck Damages Erie HS & St. Paul Business

    Vandalism Rampage by Teen in Stolen Truck Damages Erie HS & St. Paul Business

    Sunday, April 22 2018 9:06 PM EDT2018-04-23 01:06:58 GMT

    A St. Paul, KS  teenager went on a vandalism crime spree Saturday night. 

    More >>

    A St. Paul, KS  teenager went on a vandalism crime spree Saturday night. 

    More >>
  • Top Sports Stories in the 4-StatesTop Sports HeadlinesMore>>

  • NEO Assistant Coach Takes Over Men's Program

    NEO Assistant Coach Takes Over Men's Program

    Monday, April 23 2018 12:55 AM EDT2018-04-23 04:55:46 GMT

    Jeremy Jackson is named NEO men's basketball head coach.  Jackson has spent the last eight seasons as the assistant coach for the Golden Norse.  Last season, NEO finished third in the OCAC with an 11-5 conference record, and second in the Region II Tournament with a 22-9 overall record.

    More >>

    Jeremy Jackson is named NEO men's basketball head coach.  Jackson has spent the last eight seasons as the assistant coach for the Golden Norse.  Last season, NEO finished third in the OCAC with an 11-5 conference record, and second in the Region II Tournament with a 22-9 overall record.

    More >>
  • PSU Splits DH Season Finale with UCO

    PSU Splits DH Season Finale with UCO

    Monday, April 23 2018 12:22 AM EDT2018-04-23 04:22:57 GMT

    The Gorillas end the season 22-23 overall, and 12-14 in conference play.  Pitt State misses the MIAA post-season tournament for the first time since 2014.

    More >>

    The Gorillas end the season 22-23 overall, and 12-14 in conference play.  Pitt State misses the MIAA post-season tournament for the first time since 2014.

    More >>
  • Southern Softball Wraps Up the Season

    Southern Softball Wraps Up the Season

    Monday, April 23 2018 12:16 AM EDT2018-04-23 04:16:24 GMT

    Sophomore Elizabeth Windsor went a combined 6-for-9 on the day, with a grand slam and two doubles, and five RBI.  The Lions finished the year 22-29 overall, and 9-16 in MIAA play.

    More >>

    Sophomore Elizabeth Windsor went a combined 6-for-9 on the day, with a grand slam and two doubles, and five RBI.  The Lions finished the year 22-29 overall, and 9-16 in MIAA play.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly

KOAM - Licensed to Pittsburg, Kansas
Send tips, ideas and press releases to: tips@koamtv.com
Send newsroom questions or comments to: comments@koamtv.com
Phone: (417) 624-0233 or (620) 231-0400
Web comments or questions: webmaster@koamtv.com
Newsroom Fax: (417) 624-3158

Powered by WorldNow All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KOAM. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.