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.