Roy White | Staff Reporter
November 8, 2014; 4:40 p.m.
Updated November 9, 2014; 4:30 p.m.
The Lions hosted the Central Oklahoma Bronchos in their final home game of the season, resulting in a 45-13 loss.
Both defenses opened the game strong, forcing three-and-outs on both sides.
LU was the first to reach the scoreboard as they kicked a 41-yard field goal, successfully giving the Lions an early 3-0 lead.
UCO immediately followed up with a kick return to the Lions 49-yard line.
Four minutes later, UCO confused the defense with a trick run play which resulted in a touchdown to give them a 7-3 lead.
LU answered back in the second quarter, as quarterback Graham Lindman found an open Francisco Llanos in the corner of the end zone with a three-yard pass to give the Lions their second lead in the game, 10-7.
UCO once again quickly retaliated, completing their drive with a short touchdown run to change the lead once again, 14-10 UCO.
Following a Steven Pace interception near the end of the first half, the Lions were set up in scoring position.
Though two costly personal fouls set them back, Lindman connected on a screen pass to Lavorrie Johnson, allowing the Lions to kick a field goal as time expired in the half.
They entered the locker room trailing 14-13.
As the third quarter started, momentum shifted completely in the direction of UCO.
The Bronchos rushed down the field, ending the opening drive of the half with a five yard quarterback run for a touchdown, extending the lead, 21-13.
On the ensuing LU drive, the Lions hopes dwindled as they watched Lindman throw a costly interception, setting up UCO in scoring position. The Bronchos would not waste the opportunity, throwing a 17-yard touchdown just plays later to extend the lead to 28-13.
Just when things looked like they couldn’t get any worse for LU, Lindman threw yet another interception, this one returned for a touchdown, taking all of the life out of the already-quiet Hunter Stadium.
“We couldn’t get a fast pace out there. You don’t want the defense to get all their calls out and we just weren’t fast enough,” Llanos said as he explained the disappearance of offense.
Into the fourth quarter, Lindman continued to play with the type of inconsistency that has haunted him this season, tossing two more interceptions and forcing the severely-undersized defense to spend too much time on the field.
UCO would add to their lead in the final quarter, ultimately winning 45-13.
“It’s on us, UCO played well, but it’s on us, we just didn’t play well,” said head coach Patrick Ross.
The Lions have now thrown a total of 25 interceptions this season, combined between Dillon Miller and Graham Lindman.
They finish this season winless at home.
LU travels to winless Northeastern State next weekend to conclude the 2014 season.
The Lions will head into the matchup winning just one game dating back to Oct. 5 of last year.