MUSKOGEE, Okla. – Another solid effort from the Southwestern University defense gave the Pirates a lead at halftime. However Bacone College scored 21 unanswered points late in the second half to hold onto a 32-14 win Saturday night in non-conference college football action.
The Pirates (0-2) took their first lead of the season when Jarrett Bornstad picked off a Warrior pass on the Bacone (2-1) 31-yard line. From there the Pirates would need just three plays as Dante Smith found Colten Shea for a 17-yard touchdown pass and catch to take a 14-12 lead.
Although the numbers were not as impressive from Shea as last week’s numbers, Smith and the Pirate offense was more effective in the first half finishing 18-of-28 for 190 yards. Shea caught four passes for 50 yards in the loss.
The touchdown came just two minutes removed from Dylan Wilburn’s first touchdown of the year. Wilburn burst through the line from the 8-yard line to cap a five play 51-yard drive to pull Southwestern within a touchdown, 12-7.
After holding a 14-12 lead at halftime, Southwestern saw its defense complete another solid effort as they held the Warriors to a punt and missed field goal in their first possessions of the second half.
The solid defensive effort included an interception and two fumble recoveries; however the Warriors controlled the ball for almost 10 minutes more than the Pirates to wear the defense down.
Linebacker Tyler Frisby led the Pirate defense with 12 tackles and 1.5 sacks. He also added 3.5 tackles for a loss as Southwestern finished with 7 tackles for a loss in the game for 37 yards.
After holding Bacone scoreless for the first 10 minutes of the second half, the Warriors scored on a long 71-yard pass from Karl Birkenfield to David Chapman. The touchdown gave Bacone an 18-14 lead after the two-point conversion failed.
The Warriors would get two more quick strikes late in the fourth quarter to extend its lead. Kyle Kuban found Chapman again followed by a 57-yard touchdown from Kuban with 2:57 remaining to ice the game.
Southwestern returns home to face East Texas Baptist University (1-0) at Birkelbach Field Saturday, September 21. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.