Central Oklahoma's conference football game Saturday vs. Central Missouri was postponed after the first quarter due to lightning in Warrensburg, Mo. UCO led 10-6 when officials and coaches decided to stop a game that was scheduled for a 2 p.m. start but did not kick off until 4 because of severe weather. The Mid-America Athletics Association game will resume at 1 p.m. Sunday with Central Oklahoma having the ball at Central Missouri's 45-yard line.
“It's an unfortunate situation, but it was the best decision,” UCO coach Nick Bobeck said. “We just need to make sure we come out (Sunday) with the same focus we had at the start of the game today. We were off to a good start and need to keep it going.”
Chris Robbs kicked a 23-yard field goal, and running back Joshua Birmingham added a 4-yard touchdown carry to help give the Bronchos the lead. Ethan Sharp started at quarterback for UCO, replacing previous starter Adrian Nelson, who was sidelined by injury. Sharp was the Bronchos' starting quarterback the previous two years but lost the No. 1 job during spring football when he opted to play baseball. Sharp, who has thrown for more than 4,500 yards as a collegian, was 8 of 11 for 86 yards in the first quarter.
ECU BLANKED BY MULERIDERS
Southern Arkansas held East Central to 123 total yards and blanked the Tigers 19-0 in a Great American Conference game at Norris Field in Ada.
Freshman quarterback Spencer Bond, who was The Oklahoman's State College Player of the Week after a stellar performance Oct. 6 against Northwestern State, led East Central with 22 yards rushing and 70 yards passing. Southern Arkansas (5-1 overall, 5-1 conference) intercepted four Bond passes and sacked the former Madill High standout once.
East Central (3-4, 1-3) surrendered 477 yards. The Tigers played without All-America defensive end Armonty Bryant, who was arrested earlier in the week on a complaint of felonious distribution of marijuana.
SNU GETS WIN NO. 1
Southern Nazarene returned to the win column with its 44-19 trouncing of Kansas Wesleyan in Salina, Kan. SNU (1-6) snapped a seven-game losing skid dating back to last season's NAIA playoff setback to Mid-America Nazarene (Kan.). The Crimson Storm is making a transition to NCAA Division II, and the 2012 season has been rough for a program that is used to winning. After back-to-back three-point losses -- vs. Langston and McMurry -- SNU broke through Saturday night.
Quarterback Dylan Terry passed for 360 yards and three touchdowns. He completed 11 passes to Sedrick Johnson for 121 yards and two TDs. Running back Chris Hunter added 123 yards.