College of the Desert sophomore running back Jai Steib had a three-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter, lifting Desert to a 28-24 East Conference victory over Orange Coast College on Saturday night at OCC.
The Pirates played Desert, ranked No. 8 in Southern California and No. 18 in the state, close throughout. OCC took a 24-21 lead with 10:31 left on a one-yard touchdown run by freshman Domenic Betts.
It was the second score of the night for Betts, who had 27 carries for 147 yards.
But the Roadrunners (6-2, 2-1) immediately went on a 12-play, 70-yard drive, culminating in Steib's second short touchdown run of the game.