OBU receiver Nyko Symonds breaks away for a 45-yard touchdown reception against Wayland Baptist.

SHAWNEE—Class reunions, Harvest Festival, Musical Gala and other festivities have long been a part of Homecoming at Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU). The year’s Homecoming will renew a tradition from long ago.

The OBU football team will play in its first homecoming game in 73 years, hosting Panhandle State University at 1 p.m, Nov. 9. The matchup originally was announced to begin at 2 p.m., but kickoff has been moved up an hour earlier.

The Bison recorded their first victory since 1940, Oct. 12, defeating Southwestern University (Texas), 42-21, in Georgetown, Texas. In the following week, OBU collected its first home win and conference victory against Wayland Baptist University, 37-10.

Running backs Darryl Fields and Jordan Barnes have been leading the OBU ground game. Wideouts Nyko Symonds and Derek Serowski have been effective leading the receiving corps.

The OBU Defense also has produced electrifying moments this season, led by Eugene Estes who has returned two interceptions for touchdowns. The last time Estes claimed a “pick-six,” came against Wayland when he raced 33 yards for the score.


OBU Men’s Hoops ranked
second in NAIA Preseason Poll

OBU is tied for second in the nation in the 2013-14 NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Preseason Top 25.

The Bison share No. 2 with LSU Shreveport after an appearance in the 2013 National Championship Second Round. OBU and LSU-S play each other Nov. 29 in the Texas Wesleyan Classic. Georgetown (Ky.) ranked first preseason.

OBU men’s and women’s basketball teams will host Dallas Baptist University on Thurs., Nov. 7. The women’s game tips off at 6 p.m.