The SAGU Lion football team began a span of three road games in three straight weeks with a Saturday contest against Bacone College in Muskogee, Okla.
SAGU entered the game still looking for the first win of the season.
SAGU started the scoring on their opening drive of the day which started at their own 41-yard line. SAGU ran the ball seven times before their first pass by Joseph Garcia.
Garcia hit Andrew Colvin from 10-yards out for the score. With a good extra point by Raymond Santibenez, SAGU led 7-0.
Bacone responded with an opening scoring drive of their own that ended on a 9-yard touchdown pass. The extra point tied the game 7-7.
SAGU punted on their next possession and the Warriors marched 70 yards on six plays to score on a 23-yard touchdown. The extra point gave Bacone a 14-7 lead.
The score would remain unchanged until the second quarter where each team would reach pay dirt twice.
First SAGU would drive 63 yards on 16 plays to score on a Garcia 6-yard touchdown pass to Kendall Kersey to tie the game at 14 all.
Bacone bounced back with a long kick off return to set up a short field.
The Warriors went 13 yards on three plays to retake a 21-14 lead on a 5-yard touchdown pass.
The Lions returned the favor with a 42 yard, 9- play drive that ended with another Garcia touchdown pass. This time Taylor Wallis caught the 9-yard touchdown reception to tie the game 21-21.
The first half scoring ended when Bacon connected on a 45-yard touchdown pass to take a 28-21 halftime lead.
After 47 points in the first half, both teams would make defensive adjustments at halftime that would squelch the scoring in the second half.
In the third quarter, Bacone moved the ball 30 yards on 11 plays and came away with a 39-yard field goal to lead 31-21.
Later in the third quarter, SAGU hit their own field goal as Santibenez converted a 29-yard kick to trail by seven points.
Late in the fourth quarter with a little more than a minute on the clock, the Lions were driving inside the Warrior 30, when Garcia threw his lone interception of the game, halting the Lions drive.
The Lions defense held Bacone in the waning minute to get ball back with seconds on the clock. SAGU moved the ball to the Warrior 42-yard line for one last shot at the end zone. With SAGU receivers in the end zone, Bacone knocked down the last pass and held on to down SAGU 31-24.
Chris Eiland ran for an impressive 143 yards on 27 carries averaging 5.3 yards per carry.
Quarterback Joseph Garcia completed 21 of 36 passes for 205 yard and three touchdowns.
Andrew Colvin led the Lions in receptions with six and one touchdown while Taylor Wallis led all receivers in yards with 60.
Defensively it was a good day for Ryan Muhlman who led the team in tackles with eight and was one of three Lions who grabbed interceptions.
Tim Puckett and Kenneth Wuerch each also picked off Warrior passes.
Also worth noting on defense was the Lions four sacks on the day. Tim Blevins recorded 1.5 sacks. Both Ryan McCray and Shaunderrick Scott recorded a single sack while Willie Mitchell recorded the last sack.
The Lions will play their second of three games on the road next week as they head to Salina, Kan., to play Kansas Wesleyan University.