Central Oklahoma's fourth-quarter rally was quickly halted in the final minutes Saturday by No. 7 Missouri Western.
Trailing 31-7 in the fourth, the Bronchos rattled off 16 points before the Griffins delivered the final blows for a 45-23 victory in Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletics Association action.
Michael Hill, Division II's leading rusher, scored on a 30-yard run with 1:08 remaining and just about one minute later Michael Jordan intercepted UCO quarterback Adrian Nelson's pass and returned it 42 yards for the touchdown.
UCO (1-4, 1-4 MIAA) started its comeback with a 4-yard touchdown run by Joshua Birmingham. Later, Nelson found Marquis Walker for an 8-yard TD.
Nelson completed 25 of 45 passes for 244 yards and Birmingham rushed for 80 yards and two TDs.
Hill finished with 143 yards on 22 carries for Missouri Western (5-0, 4-0).
NORTHEASTERN STATE CRUSHED
Northeastern State led for all of one minute, three seconds against No. 11 Northwest Missouri State. Quarterback Johnny Deaton connected with Jahmai Coleman with 8:35 remaining in the first for a 17-yard touchdown.
The Bearcats, though, rattled off 66 unanswered points for a 66-6 victory that kept the RiverHawks winless.
Northwest Missouri State offensive output reached 654 yards, while Northeastern State's reached just 271.
MCMURRAY (TEXAS) TOPS PANHANDLE STATE
At Goodwell, McMurray (Texas) quarterback Jake Mullen threw for 440 yards and five touchdowns in a 42-33 win over Panhandle State.
Panhandle State quarterback Caleb Holbrook was 16-of-31 passing for 260 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for 88 yards and a score.
OUACHITA BEATS SOUTHEASTERN
Ouachita Baptist of Arkansas, ranked No. 12 in NCAA Division II, beat Southeastern State 27-24 in Durant.
Southeastern quarterback Jercolby Bradley racked up 316 yards of total offense in the loss, throwing for 181 yards on 16-of-29 passing with one score and rushing for another 135 yards and two scores.
EAST CENTRAL FALLS
Hardin (Ark.) topped East Central 31-14 in Ada.
Qumain Black returned a fumble 35 yards for a score for East Central, and Spencer Bond added a 1-yard touchdown run.
HENDERSON STATE ROLLS OVER SOUTHWESTERN
Henderson State (Ark.) scored 35 unanswered points to cruise to a 50-22 win over Southwestern Oklahoma in Weatherford.
SWOSU quarterback Dustin Stenta was 19-of-46 passing for 271 yards and a touchdown.
ARKANSAS TECH TOPS NORTHWESTERN STATE
Kyle Jech threw for 354 yards and a touchdown for Northwestern State, but Arkansas Tech won 41-20 in Russellville, Ark.
Jech also carried 12 times for 32 yards and a score.