COSTA MESA — When Long Beach City College sophomore Ryan Craighead's threw an interception with 7:44 remaining and his team trailing, 38-31, in a nonconference football game at Orange Coast on Saturday, he almost certainly wished he could have had the pass back.
The red-hot quarterback, however, never took another snap, as he could only seethe on the sideline while the Pirates ran out the clock to collect their first win of the season.
The OCC offense, which has found more success in the smashmouth double wing this season than the spread, used its increasingly bruising ground game to possess the ball for 12:42 of the final 15:55 against the Vikings.
OCC (1-1) amassed nearly a 14-minute edge in time of possession, running 87 plays, 21 more than the Vikings (0-2).
OCC's ability to eat yardage, as well as the clock, helped stave off the visitors, who rallied from a 24-7 deficit to pull even at 31, thanks largely to the aerial acumen of Craighead (15 for 21 passing after halftime for 246 of his 348 passing yards).