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JuCo Football: OCC falls in scorefest, 52-50

Roadrunners outlast Pirates in unprecedented game when two-point pass fails with 3:11 left.

October 07, 2012|By Barry Faulkner

COSTA MESA — A 52-50 nonconference loss to visiting College of the Desert sent Orange Coast College football historians to the record book Saturday.

But with just four regular-season games left, all against Southern Conference opponents, the Pirates' players and coaches will be better served heading back to the drawing board in an attempt to salvage their season.

Upon immediate reflection, OCC might spend some time trying to figure out how it lost a game in which it scored 50 points, committed no turnovers, had fewer than half as many penalties as the opponent and averaged 3.4 plays on its seven touchdown drives.

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Further, the Pirates produced 430 yards of offense, all but 17 through the air, and scored 36 points after intermission, 22 of those in the final 11:03.

The last of those fourth-quarter points came on a two-yard touchdown run by sophomore tailback Robert Penny to give the hosts (3-3), ranked No. 11 in Southern California and No. 21 in the state, a chance to tie the score. This appeared anything but likely when OCC, which never led, was down, 52-28, nearly four minutes into the final period.

Freshman reserve quarterback Cameron Biedgoly's pass floated just beyond the fingertips of a diving — and open — Buzzy Yokoyama in the end zone on OCC's final two-point try with 3:11 left.

Desert (2-3), which amassed 362 rushing yards and 637 yards of total offense, earned the final two of its 29 first downs after the ensuing kickoff to run out the clock and claim victory in the highest-scoring game in OCC history.

Now in its 65th season, OCC had never before surpassed a combined 100 points in a game. The previous high came in a 50-46 loss to Long Beach in 2008.

The 50 points are the most ever in a loss for the Pirates, breaking the mark set in the aforementioned Long Beach track meet. It was only the 12th time OCC has scored at least 50 in a game, only the third time since 1991, a span of 216 games.

In addition, OCC is now 0-3 all-time against COD, which becomes the only opponent that the Pirates have played at least three times without procuring a victory.

OCC may take solace in the play of Biedgoly, who replaced starter Jon Newsom (six for 12 for 110 yards and one touchdown, but with enough indecision in the pocket to contribute to four sacks) late in the first half.

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