EDMOND — Central Oklahoma just couldn't get off the field when it needed to Saturday.
Clinging to a one-point lead with 10:39 remaining, the Bronchos failed to stop rival Northeastern State, and kicker Drew Patton made a game-winning 21-yard field goal against a stiff wind with 1:53 remaining to give the RiverHawks a 22-20 victory at Wantland Stadium.
“It comes down to kids making plays, and that's what we have to do as coaches,” UCO coach Nick Bobeck said. “We put the kids in the right spot, but we didn't get a stop. They ended up getting first down after first down after first down, and put our offense in a tough spot there at the end.”
The Bronchos (2-8) had one final chance to respond, starting at their own 43, but NSU's Jack Gray eventually broke up a pass on fourth down to end the game.
The RiverHawks, who finish the season 4-6, have now won three straight against UCO. More importantly, they gain momentum heading into their second season in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association with their fourth straight victory.
“I'm really excited, No. 1 because we found out we can compete with anybody in this conference,” NSU coach Kenny Evans said. “And No. 2, to finish with four wins and a positive note here in this last game.”