DURANT, Okla. – Besides a Brandon McCain to Baylen Laury touchdown pass in the first quarter Southeastern (2-5, 1-1 LSC-N) fans had little to cheer about as Central Oklahoma (3-4, 2-0 LSC-N) handed the Savage Storm a hard-to-swallow 41-7 loss in Edmond, Okla., on Saturday evening.
Other than the lone highlight on offense, Noe Lopez provided a defensive spark with a season-best 16 tackles which is the most since Chris Hendricks turned in an 18 tackle performance against Panhandle State (Okla.) on Sept. 24, 2005.
The SE offense sputtered on the night, collecting 136 yards of total offense with 114 of that coming through the air.
McCain finished 13-of-23 for 111 yards and a touchdown, but was sacked four times. His replacement, Dallas McCutcheon fared no better completing one-of-five passes for three yards with an interception and a sack.
Laury netted just 16 yards on the ground, with the Storm totaling 22 yards rushing.
Will White was the only special teams player to carry over the momentum from last week’s game, punting eight times for an average of 48.0 yards, including three of 50 yards or more and three inside the 20 yard line.
For UCO, former SE player Brandon Noohi had a big night, completing 26-of-36 passes for 346 yards and two touchdowns. Ryan Gallimore accounted for 139 of the 346, as well as both touchdowns.
Turnovers were a bane for the Storm, putting the ball on the ground twice and throwing an interception. UCO turned the SE turnovers into seven points, coming on a 25 yard return of the interception.
The Bronchos turned the ball over once, but the Storm did make them pay, converting their only seven points of the game on the ensuing drive.
Southeastern got on the board first when McCain hooked up with Laury for a 31 yard TD pass to take the early 7-0 lead following UCO’s lone turnover.
The Bronchos answered in a big way, putting 28 points on the board in the second quarter, starting with a pair of Brandon Noohi runs, followed by a Noohi to Ryan Gallimore pass and a Freddie Harris return of a Dallas McCutcheon interception.
The game did not get any better for the Storm in the second half as UCO opened the third quarter with a third Noohi rushing touchdown to make the score 34-7, followed by another Noohi to Gallimore connection that marked 41 unanswered point for the Bronchos.
Southeastern will divert from North division play for a week to take on Lone Star Conference South opponent Angelo State (Texas) at 6 p.m. on Oct. 18 in San Angelo, Texas, before returning home to host Northeastern State (Okla.) at 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 25 for homecoming.