Fort Lewis College slogged to a 23-14 win over Oklahoma Baptist Saturday in the first Bison road contest.

Fort Lewis College slogged to a 23-14 win over Oklahoma Baptist Saturday in the first Bison road contest.

The Bison, who played two home games in 100-plus heat index conditions, saw the game Saturday delayed by lightning for 45 minutes, before taking the field in a cold rain.

Footing was an issue for much of the game, disallowing cutback moves and strong pass patterns.

“Those kind of conditions almost make it not fun to play a football game, but this was a fun game,” said OBU coach Chris Jensen. “We were both just battling it out and neither of us could really move the ball well.”

OBU got the scoring started after the defense stiffened, thwarting a drive inside the 10 when Nic Shegog intercepted a pass at the goal line and returned to the Skyhawk 2. Three plays later, Cale Grauer found Turner Coon in the back of the end zone for a 4-yard scoring strike.

Austin Manger added the PAT kick for a 7-0 lead with 8:46 left.

Fort Lewis got on the scoreboard with a Dewaun Wesley scored from a yard out. The PAT snap was high and the pass attempt failed, making the score 7-6 with 13:46 left in the half.

The Skyhawks added a 22-yard field goal with 6:44 left in the half and took a 9-6 lead into halftime.

OBU got a third-quarter lead when Grauer passed to Eric DeLay. DeLay bounced off a defender, angled to the corner of the end zone and spun off another tackler and into the end zone. Manger’s kick made it 14-9 with 3:27 left in the third period.

FLC answered with a steady and successful diet of running plays, covering 58 yards on nine rushes. Wesley scored from 2 yards out and then added a two-point run for a 17-14 lead with 9:58 left in the game.

Wesley scored again from 5 yards out with time ticking off the clock for the final margin.

“I thought our defense and special teams kept us in the game,” Jensen said. “We just need to find a way to finish a game and win it. They got us out of our routine but successful people don’t put all their eggs in the ‘routine’ basket.”

Oklahoma Baptist has its bye week Saturday and returns to action Sept. 28 at NCAA Division I Houston Baptist.

Note: Report provided by Ray Fink, OBU sports information director.