WICHITA FALLS, TX – The Southeastern football team (0-2) got three touchdowns from Baylen Laury, but came up on the short end of the 27-20 final at Midwestern State (Texas) on Saturday night in Wichita Falls, Texas.
Laury ran for 116 yards on the night and three touchdowns, accounting for all of SOSU’s rushing offense and supplied over half of the Storm’s total offense.
His third touchdown came at the 2:50 mark of the third quarter and after a botched extra point try, left the game tied at 20-20.
The Southeastern defense came up big on multiple occasions, but a 54 yard pass completion by MSU with less than two minutes to play would set up a Bobby Ransom one-yard TD plunge and fashion the final of 27-20.
“We fought hard,” said head football coach Ray Richards, “We fought hard and it’s tough to see the game come out the way it did.”
The Storm enjoyed a 14-7 lead at the end of the first quarter with Laury punching the ball in from lengths of five and two yards.
The Mustangs, however, answered with a TD and a pair of field goals to hold a 20-14 advantage at the break.
Laury’s third score tied the game at 20-20 to set the stage for MSU’s last second score to swipe the game 27-20.
Defensively, Bernard Daniel led all tacklers with 11, as well as 3.0 tackles for loss. Eric Favors, Johnny Seals and Hunter Phelan each snagged an interception, while Patrick Kay and Rocky Phillips each tallied a sack.
On the offensive side of the ball, McCain was 11-for-25 passing for 95 yards with three interceptions. Jerrod Temple was his favorite target with three receptions, while Michael Goodlow had the most receiving yards with 34.
SOSU held the Mustang quarterbacks to a combined 12-of-29 for 164 yards, a touchdown and three picks.
MSU’s leading rusher was Beejay Mathis who racked up just 57 yards, while Marcus Mathis and Bobby Ranson each had a rushing TD.
Southeastern will open its home schedule on Sept. 13 when it hosts Eastern New Mexico at 6 p.m. at Paul Laird Field.