UCO extended its lead early in the second quarter. The Blue Tigers answered before halftime with a 14-yard touchdown pass from Jacob Morris to Andre Borney and a 76-yard touchdown run by Morris Henderson.
Birmingham scored his second touchdown late in the quarter, and UCO entered halftime with a 30-21 lead.
Second half shootout
The second half turned into an offensive shootout with the Bronchos staying on top, thanks to two late field goals by Seth Heddink, one of them a 41-yard beauty with 3:12 left in the contest to seal the victory.
With the strong emphasis on offense, sophomore defensive tackle Kenny Allen had a sack that thwarted the Blue Tigers (another opponent with a strange nickname) last gasp attempt with 59 seconds left in the contest. Allen also had a fumble recovery that set up Birmingham's final TD. Another sophomore defensive ace, Tanner Koons of Tuttle, had a pass interception that set up another UCO score.
Lincoln drew first blood in the second half but UCO answered with a five-play, 70-yard drive that featured a 33-yard completion from T. J. Eckert and runs of 11, 10 and the final 16 for his third TD to make it 37-28 after Heddink's PAT.
The Blue Tigers again pulled to within two with 7:46 left in the third period and appeared to be headed for the go-ahead score when Allen came up with the fumble to give the Bronchos a first down at the 39.
But Eckert, who replaced Adrian Nelson after the second series, was again equal to the task as he hit Clark for a 25-yard gain. After a 15-yard penalty, Eckert connected with Birmingham for 14 more to the six and two plays later, Birmingham had the 59th touchdown of his illustrious career and a 43-35 lead for UCO.
Heddink's two fourth quarter field goals were sandwiched around a Jacob Morris touchdown for Lincoln with 9:43 left to make it 46-42, but Heddink drove the final nail into the Blue Tigers' coffin with his 41-yarder.