Despite holding the ball for less than 10 minutes in the opening half, the Eastern New Mexico University football team (4-5; LSC North -2) charged to a 41-13 halftime lead over visiting Southeastern Oklahoma State (3-6; LSC North 2-4) en route to a 55-20 victory in Lone Star Conference North Division action, Saturday afternoon at Greyhound Stadium.
With the win, ENMU improved to 2-6 in their series with the Savage Storm, with the last win coming during the 1998 season at Blackwater Draw.
ENMU's Darian Dale opened the scoring by hauling in a 27-yard touchdown pass, and Rodney Mitchell returned his first interception, 76 yards to give the Hounds a 14-0 lead. Baylen Laury's one-yard plunge trimmed the Hounds' lead to 14-7, but Eastern scored the next three touchdowns to pull away for the win.
The Greyhounds outgained the Savage Storm by a 507-432 margin in total offense, led by Wesley Wood's 360 yards passing and Tony Venezuela's 64 yards rushing. Laury, the LSC's leading rusher, went for 118 yards and two touchdowns. ENMU's Tillman Stevens finished with 18 tackles, while Matt Kalisch had 2.5 of the Greyhounds' seven sacks. Brad Chesdhir SOSU with seven tackles.
Eastern New Mexico will travel to Northeastern State next weekend, while the Savage Storm will host Angelo State.