BILLINGS, Mont. — Rocky Mountain College scored 31 points in the second quarter to overcome an early 17-7 deficit and hand Southern Oregon its first loss of the 2012 season, 52-30 Saturday afternoon at Herb Klindt Field.
Bryce Baker passed for 544 yards and five touchdowns, completing 41 of 52 pass attempts and running for another score to lead a Rocky Mountain offense that was unstoppable most of the day, gaining 703 yards on 82 plays in the Frontier Conference shootout.
For Southern Oregon (1-1 overall, 1-1 Frontier), Austin Dodge completed 32 of 59 passes for 345 yards and a pair of touchdowns and one interception. Cole McKenzie led all receivers with 10 catches for 184 yards and two scores, and six different SOU runners combined for 181 yards on 39 attempts.
SOU's Kalii Robinson led the SOU defense with 15 tackles and a forced fumble.
Cole Cattelan caught eight passes for 130 yards and Ryan Toner added five for 110 for the Bears (3-0, 2-0 Frontier).
Southern Oregon started the game strong, as the defense forced punts on Rocky Mountain's first two possessions and the Raider offense scored on its first three. Colin Amsler put SOU on the board midway through the first period with a 32-yard field goal, and the Raiders went up 10-0 when Dodge hit McKenzie for a 25-yard touchdown pass.
Baker made it 10-7 when he ran 25 yards for the Bears' first touchdown of the game, but Dodge responded with his second TD pass when he found McKenzie for a 34-yard score late in the opening quarter.
Everything changed in the second quarter, as the Rocky Mountain defense buckled down and forced SOU into seven consecutive punts and the RMC offense scored on five straight drives. Nick Knell's 27-yard field goal made it 17-10 SOU, but the next four Bear drives ended with Baker touchdown passes as the quarterback finished the half with 433 yards through the air and four scoring passes.
Rocky Mountain 52, S. Oregon 30
Southern Oregon 17 0 6 7 —30
Rocky Mountain 7 31 7 7 —52
SOU — FG Amsler 32.
SOU — McKenzie 25 pass from Dodge (Amsler kick)
RMC — Baker 25 run (Knell kick)
SOU — McKenzie 34 pass from Dodge (Amsler kick)
RMC — FG Knell 27
RMC — Ray 32 pass from Baker (Knell kick)
RMC — Toner 78 pass from Baker (Knell kick)
RMC — Wilson 38 pass from Baker (Knell kick)
RMC — Cattelan 14 pass from Baker (Knell kick)
RMC — Descheemaeker 23 pass from Baker (Knell kick)
SOU — Olson 2 run (kick blocked)
RMC — Payne 8 run (Knell kick)
SOU — Olson 3 run (Amsler kick)
First Downs 33 35
Rushes-Yards 39-181 30-159
Passing Yards 345 544
Comp-Att-Int 32-59-1 41-52-0
Total Yards 526 703
Punts 8-41.3 6-37.8
Fumbles-lost 0-0 2-0
Penalties-yards 10-94 8-98
Southern Oregon — Barragan 11-56, Marshall 14-50, Dodge 5-24, Olson 6-22, Donahue 2-21, Otaguro 1-8.
Rocky Mountain — Payne 11-72, Baker 9-36, Ray 4-30, Linthicum 3-24, St. John 1-4, Team 1-1, Lott 1-(-8).
Southern Oregon — Dodge 32-59-1 345.
Rocky Mountain — Baker 41-52-0 544.
Southern Oregon — McKenzie 10-184, Otaguro 5-58, Olson 5-38, Donahue 5-22, Barragan 3-13, Sierra 2-15, Kirkpatrick 1-14, Marshall 1-1.
Rocky Moutain — McCollouch 9-57, Cattelan 8-130, Toner 5-110, Descheemaeker 4-52, St. John 4-45, Concienne 4-16, Wilson 3-78, Ray 3-43, Robinson 1-13.
HUMBOLDT STATE INVITATIONAL — At Trinidad, Calif., Southern Oregon claimed the individual titles in both the men's and women's races, and the Raider men placed first and the women second in the team standings at Patrick's Point State Park.
Eric Avila completed the 8,000-meter course in 24:48.24 to lead a group of four Raider finishers in the top six. The top-ranked Southern Oregon men's team totaled 23 points to fend off host Humboldt State (33) for the team title, followed by Fresno Pacific (98), Simpson (107) and College of the Redwoods (132).
Summer Cano dominated the women's field with a 27-second win, finishing the 6,000-meter course in 22:00.04. The Raiders totaled 65 points to finish behind NCAA Div. II No. 22 Humboldt State (29 points).
SOUTHERN OREGON 3, CONCORDIA 0 — At Portland, Southern Oregon followed Friday's five-set comeback victory over Warner Pacific with a much less dramatic sweep of Concordia, 25-17, 25-20, 25-14, in a Cascade Collegiate Conference match at Cavalier Court.
Natalie Scheller led Southern Oregon (7-6, 3-0) with 13 kills and a .650 attack percentage, finishing the match without a single attack error. Haley Kasler also played error-free ball to post 11 kills on 24 attempts.