Blinn (3-1, 1-1 SWJCFC) rallied out of a 10-0 hole with 21 unanswered points and led 21-10 with just more than 13 minutes left in the ballgame. The unbeaten Broncos (5-0, 3-0) would rally, however, scoring with 12:57 left to cut the Bucs’ lead to 21-17 before jumping ahead for good with 8:56 to go.
Blinn missed what would have been a game-tying 46-yard field goal with 3 and a half minutes left in the fourth quarter. NMMI took over from its own 29-yard line and moved the chains sufficiently enough to drain the clock.
“We’re obviously disappointed in the result,” Blinn head coach Ryan Mahon said. “Traveling to face the number one team in the country is always going to be hard, but we just made too many errors to win that football game.
“It hurts now, but as we told our kids, this isn’t a loss if we make it into a lesson. We’re going to learn from this, keep working hard, and I think we’ll be ok.”
Blinn got on the scoreboard with 8:21 left in the first half when freshman quarterback Brock Bolfing and sophomore wide receiver Ma’jon Wright connected on a 14-yard touchdown pass. Blinn would later take the lead when Bolfing flashed his arm strength on a 46-yard deep ball to sophomore wideout Canen Adrian. The Bucs carried its 14-10 cushion into halftime.
Blinn’s offense took over and scored its final TD of the night when Bolfing crossed the goal line on a 1-yard keeper with 58 seconds left in the third.
Sophomore defensive back Daniel Onwuachi intercepted his fourth pass of the season in the third quarter to set up the Bucs’ final scoring drive.
Blinn College now begins homecoming week ahead of the Buccaneers’ SWJCFC tilt against Navarro College on Saturday, Oct. 1, at Cub Stadium in Brenham, Texas.
Blinn has competed in intercollegiate athletics since 1903 and captured 42 NJCAA national championships since 1987.