State college football: Southern Nazarene coach blames poor communication for loss

by Scott Munn Published: October 11, 2012
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Southern Nazarene football coach Mike Cochran blamed poor communication between coaches and players as a reason why the Crimson Storm blew a great chance to win its first game of the season.

SNU was on the McMurry 3-yard line and faced a fourth-and-goal with the fourth-quarter clock nearing zero. With the field-goal unit scrambling to take the field for a potential game-tying kick, quarterback Dylan Terry raced behind center, took the snap and spiked the ball to stop the clock.

McMurry gets the ball. McMurry wins 22-19.

“I've been a head coach for 135 games, and that will never happen again,” Cochran said of Saturday's game in Grand Prairie, Texas. “It wasn't Dylan — you practice for situations like that all week — it was just a confusing cluster of things that happened.”

Southern Nazarene had two timeouts to burn, too.

If the Crimson Storm tied the game with a field goal, Cochran said he felt SNU had a good chance to win overtime. Terry had perhaps his best game of the season, throwing for 274 yards and two touchdowns. The first-year starter was zoned in with receivers Sedrick Johnson and Jarod Martin. Johnson caught nine passes for 151 yards and two touchdowns; Martin caught five passes for 93 yards.

“I was pretty confident with the receivers we have that we could win,” Cochran said.

But SNU came home an 0-6 team and returned to the drawing board. The Storm plays Kansas Wesleyan (4-2) this Saturday in Salina, Kan.

“We've become a better football team, especially after the first-three weeks,” Cochran said. “We've worked on personnel issues, tried to start executing better. The kids are playing hard on both sides of the ball.”

GRID BITS

*Here's something you don't see much from Central Oklahoma. Someone other than Josh Birmingham leading the team in rushing. Birmingham had 10 carries for just 17 yards Saturday against then-No. 8-ranked Northwest Missouri State, which likely boned up on how to stop the Bronchos' junior running back. Quarterback Adrian Nelson topped UCO rushers with 73 yards on 13 carries. The junior-college transfer throws a good ball, but once the 6-foot-4, 230-pounder takes off running, he's tough to bring down.

*Mark Gastineau, an Ardmore native and former defensive end at East Central U., was added to the New York Jets' Ring of Honor during halftime of the Monday night game between the Jets and Houston Texans. Gastineau played 10 seasons with the Jets; he joined fellow defensive linemen Joe Klecko, Marty Lyons and Abdul Salaam as the “New York Sack Exchange” in the 1980s. Gastineau twice led the NFL in sacks and finished his 10-year career with 107.

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by Scott Munn
Sports Assistant Editor
Scott Munn joined The Oklahoman/Oklahoma City Times sports staffs in October 1982. He spent a year as a formcharter, three years on the desk and 16 as a reporter. Scott has spent the last nine years as an evening assistant sports editor. Scott's...
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