Southern defense becomes glaring issue


Ian Taylor | The Chart

Senior wide receiver Michael Nelson misses a touchdown pass during the second quarter of the game against University of Central Oklahoma Oct. 10 at Fred G. Hughes Stadium. The Lions lost the game 55-21.

The Missouri Southern football team gave up its second consecutive 50-point game as the Lions fell to the University of Central Oklahoma 55-21 inside Fred G. Hughes stadium last weekend in the Pink Game.

The Lions were down 14 in the first quarter before getting on the board in the second quarter with a rushing touchdown from running back Giresse Forchu. The Lions would trail at the half 31-7.

The Lions would score one touchdown in both the third and fourth quarters, but that would prove to be not nearly enough to keep up with the high powered Broncos. Receiver Terrell Crawford caught a 12 yard touchdown reception from Kyle Keller in the third quarter. Keller also had a rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter.

The Broncos scored 10+ points in each of the four quarters. The Lions gave up 661 total yards on defense. That’s two consecutive games where the Lions have given up 650+ total yards of offense. The Broncos doubled the Lions in several statistical categories including first downs, total offensive yards, rushing yards, and third down conversions.

Defensively, the Lions were led by Kyjuan Tate with 15 tackles, including one for a loss. Ricky Green had ten tackles and added his fourth interception of the year. Justin Tomlinson had ten tackles, while Martice Buckley had nine.

Offensively, Keller completed 15-31 attempts throwing for 290 yards. Last week’s starter TJ Fleeton also got some snaps behind center. Fleeton completed 4-5 passes for 19 yards. The Lions could only gain 12 rushing yards on the ground, a season low.

The Lions will be back in action tomorrow when Southern travels to Tahlequah, Okla. to take on Northeastern State. Kickoff from Doc Wadley Stadium is slated for 1 pm.