DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern football team (1-3) were unable to recover from a rocky start as No. 4 Abilene Christian (Texas) (3-0) handed the Savage Storm its first home loss of the season, 59-10, at Paul Laird Field.
Southeastern had trouble stopping the tandem of quarterback Billy Malone and running back Bernard Scott. Malone completed 17-of-19 passes for 317 yards and three touchdowns, while Scott rushed for 161 yards and a pair of scores.
The Storm had a pair of early drives end in turnovers, including an interception that was returned 99 yards for ACU’s second touchdown of the day.
In all, Southeastern put up 279 yards of total offense, 83 on the ground and 196 through the air.
Brandon McCain completed 18-of-23 for 178 yards, while Baylen Laury led the team in rushing with 43 yards and a touchdown.
Defensively, Noe Lopez paced SOSU with a game-high 11 tackles as well as 2.5 tackles for loss. Brandon Ford also added an interception near the ACU goal line.
The Wildcats took the early lead on a 20 yard connection of alone to Johnny Knox, and added to it when Mike Kern returned McCain’s only pick 99 yards for a touchdown.
Another Malone pass with 13:49 to play in the first half put ACU up 21-0, but a Cole Jones field goal got SOSU on the board with 2:14 to play in the half.
Southeastern got on the board first in the second half when Laury turned the corner on a 12 yard TD scamper to cut the ACU lead to 28-10 with 9:44 to play in the third.
ACU would end the game, however, scoring 31 unanswered points to fashion the final of 59-10.
Southeastern will be back in action on Sept. 27 when it travels to Northwestern State (La.) for a 6 p.m. kickoff in Natchitoches, La.