SOSU Set to Renew Rivalry vs. ECU

Southeastern will close out the 2013 season on Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. when it hosts long time arch-rival East Central at Paul Laird Field in the 97th all-time meeting between the teams on the gridiron.

The SE versus ECU rivalry is the second oldest instate rivalry in Oklahoma behind only the Oklahoma versus Oklahoma State Bedlam Matchup.

The series record is as tight as it could possibly be, with the teams knotted in a 45-45-6 tie.

The teams have previously met 96 times, beginning with a 49-0 win by SE in 1909 which was the founding year for both universities.

The Storm won three of the first four meetings, with the 1911 meeting, the second on record, being a 5-5 tie. ECU picked up its first win in 1914, 10-8.

With the exception of the last three seasons, the series has been dominated by Southeastern since the teams made the jump to Division II as the Storm have won 11 of the 14 meetings between 1996 and 2009.

The Tigers, however, have picked up the last three games, the last two on their home field, to even the series.

This season the Savage Storm enter the weekend with a 2-8 record and a 2-7 mark in Great American Conference play, while the Tigers come to town with a 4-5 mark overall and in league play.

The SE offense has put on a show this season that unfortunately has not translated into victories. The Offense is poised to break school records as it is averaging 450.4 yards per game, which is third in the GAC.

It has come on the heels of a balanced attack, with Devlon Wortham pacing an effective run game as a redshirt freshman, piling up 981 yards on the year, good for third in the league. He also has a chance to become the first 1,000-yard rusher since Baylen Laury in 2010.

Nick Sison has already turned in the best passing yardage season in the Ray Richards era, racking up 2,705 yards with 19 touchdowns.

His primary targets have also posted near record numbers, as Anthony Foste has pulled in 70 catches for 976 yards and has a chance in the final game to not only become SE's fourth 1,000-yard receiver, but he is five catches away from breaking Henry Hill's 1985 receptions record of 74. Foster is not the only one with a shot at that record, however, as Kaymon Farmer has snagged 690 catches on the year and both average more than six receptions per outing.

The Tiger offense is paced by Spencer Bond at quarterback where he has tallied 2,641 yards and 22 touchdowns while completing 51.2 percent of his passes.

Caleb Holly has served as the primary target, hauling in 51 receptions for 906 yards and eight scores.

JoJo Snell leads the rushing attack with 393 yards on the year and five touchdowns, while Bond has carried for 329 yards and four scores.


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