“There were other mistakes that hurt us, mistakes that were not obvious,” Jensen said. “Maybe they don't put us in a situation where we have to pass the ball. But we challenged Cale and the backs to protect the ball in the second half, and they did that.”
And because of that, OBU still had a chance to win it. The Bison tied the game 23-23 early in the third quarter on Fields' 1-yard TD run and then 30-30 in the fourth quarter on Grauer's 32-yard pass to wide open Nyko Symonds.
St. Mary, playing its first game of the season, scored the winner with 47 seconds left in the game. Spires quarterback Josh Ervin found Ronnie Cooper behind the Bison secondary for a 58-yard touchdown.
“It's important to make progress every week, and I think we're doing that” Jensen said. “But the thing is, this one still hurts.”
OBU appeared it would turn the turnover tables early in the game, when defensive back Eugene Estes stepped in front of a receiver and intercepted an Ervin pass. Estes returned the ball 29 yards for a touchdown, and Austin Manger added the point-after kick, and the Bison led 7-0.
Defensive lineman Matt Shirey came up with a fumble recovery later in the quarter that stopped a St. Mary drive at OBU's 12. But with 1:10 left in the first and the game tied 7-7, the turnover plague started again when Udi snagged the first of his two interceptions.