DURANT — Kenneth Burks’ 3-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter Saturday lifted Southeastern Oklahoma State to a 21-17 victory over Oklahoma Baptist in the Savage Storm’s home opener at Laird Field.
SOSU (2-0) outgained OBU (0-2) 499 total yards to 376, but trailed 17-14 with nine minutes remaining.
Storm quarterback C.B. Cantwell was 13 of 16 passing for 211 yards, connecting with Drake White for a 9-yard touchdown to give SOSU an early 7-0 lead. White caught six passes for 117 yards.
The Bison pulled even on Isaiah Mallory’s 69-yard run late in the first quarter and took a 14-7 halftime lead on Preston Haire’s 7-yard keeper with 2:29 left in the second. Mallory finished with 117 yards rushing on 16 carries, while Haire was 14 of 24 passing for 172 yards.
The Storm tied it in the third quarter on a nine-yard pass from Rollin Kinsaul to Cody McElroy, but OBU went back in front 17-14 on Luke Wendl’s 26-yard field goal with 9:12 left in the game.
Southeastern’s O.J. Walker returned the ensuing kickoff 58 yards, setting up a six-play, 34-yard drive for Burks’ deciding touchdown with 6:01 to go. Burks finished with 121 yards on 25 carries.
Larry Bridges picked off Haire’s fourth-down pass at the SOSU 43 with 2:51 remaining, and the Storm ran the clock down to 20 seconds before Joel Carlos pinned the Bison at their own 1 with a 38-yard punt.
Jacob Harper, Justin Young and Troy Parker each had five solo tackles to lead SOSU’s defense.