riggertST. JOSEPH – A 17-point halftime deficit was too much for the Missouri Western football team to overcome on Homecoming Saturday at Spratt Stadium. The Griffons (4-3) lost for the first time in a month, 17-16 to Central Oklahoma (4-3).
Missouri Western dominated the stat sheet, but 10 points off two first half interceptions helped UCO to the advantage on the scoreboard. Down 17-14 with 1:49 left, the Griffons drove 52 yards on 11 plays to set up a potential game-tying field goal for Sam Aviles from 45 yards out. The reigning MIAA Special Teams Athlete of the Week left the kick a little short and allowed UCO to take over and run the clock down before running it out by taking a safety on a fourth and 16.
- Central Oklahoma led 17-0 at halftime, but the Griffons stormed back in the second half, scoring on two Dom Marino rushing touchdowns
- Missouri Western outgained UCO 418-229 on offense. The 229 yards by UCO were the second fewest given up by the Griffons this season
- The Griffons had 300 yards rushing and limited UCO to 135 on the ground
- Central Oklahoma managed just 94 yards passing on the Griffon defense, only 36 in the second half. The 94 yards passing were the fewest by a Griffon opponent this season.
- Missouri Western averaged 6.1 yards per play while UCO averaged 3.8
- The Griffons punted just three times, once a pooch punt while UCO punted five times
- UCO stayed away from the Griffons’ dangerous punt return duo, holding the Brandin Dandridge and Carlos Thompson to a total of two yards on two punt returns
- After throwing just two interceptions through the first six games, UCO picked off Dom Marino twice in the game, setting up a touchdown and a field goal in the first half
- Dom Marino rushed for a career-high 121 yards with two touchdowns on top of his 118 yards passing
- Derek Gray Jr. also had a career rushing day, going for a career-best 82 yards
- Keylan Mack led the team with four catches and 56 receiving yards
- Kobe Cummings led the team for a third-straight week with nine total tackles
- James Huskey had eight total tackles and 1.5 sacks
- MWSU travels to Emporia State (4-3) next Saturday for a 2 p.m. kickoff
- Emporia State has won its last two, including a 41-23 victory at Central Missouri, Saturday
— MWSU Athletics —