But the final stat sheet showed three interceptions for Grauer and two more by backup quarterback Blake Woodard. Throw in Grauer's fumbled snap, and the mistakes were too much to overcome.
The good news was OBU's defense held the Moundbuilders to four field goals instead of touchdowns, which gave the Bison a chance to win the game at the end.
“I thought our defense played phenomenal,” Grauer said. “They had a lot of young guys, freshmen, come up with some big plays for us. We just have to correct our mistakes, like the turnovers.”
Oklahoma Baptist had one more crack with the football with 3:44 left in the game. Pinned at his own 1-yard line, Jordan Barnes ripped off a 29-yard run and later added a 2-yard plunge on fourth-and-2 to the OBU 40. That's where Southwestern's defense delivered, pressuring Grauer into two incomplete passes, a sack and finally a Kaman Holt interception on fourth-and-long with 53 seconds left.
“Between weeks 1 and 2 is when you see a lot of improvement, and I think we'll see that from our guys,” Jensen said. “They gave great effort and attacked — our goal is to put the best product out on the field, and we didn't do that today. But we just have to press on and get better.”