Joshua Birmingham shines, but UCO falls to Southwest Baptist

Late fake field goal seals victory for SBU, but Bronchos' standout running back continues to close in on several school records.
by Scott Munn Published: November 3, 2012
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Another superb day for Birmingham, personally, was drowned by Southwest Baptist's fourth-quarter comeback. The Bearcats (2-8) scored 16 unanswered points in the final 11:24 of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association matchup, aided by a couple of late thrown penalty flags against UCO — the least penalized team in the MIAA.

John Colliver had a 22-yard field goal that drew Southwest Baptist within 14-13 early in the fourth quarter. The Bolívar, Mo., school received an impressive 74-yard touchdown run by Via Via Manuma, who broke several tackles while getting there. A missed two-point conversion kept Southwest Baptist's lead at 19-14 with 7:18 left.

Central Oklahoma (2-7) had the ball just once more, and the Bronchos went three and out. Chris Robbs sent a 34-yard punt to the Bearcats' 32, but UCO was issued a 15-yard penalty for interfering with kick catcher Chris Muhammad — although it appeared Muhammad never waved for a fair catch. That gave Southwest Baptist the football at its own 47 with 6:07 left. Southwest Baptist chewed almost five minutes off the clock before Colliver was sent in for a field-goal attempt.

Instead of trying a 29-yarder, Colliver snatched the ball and found a wide open tight end Brad Sundstrom for a win-clinching 9-yard TD pass.


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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