ARKADELPHIA, Ark. — Southeastern Oklahoma State built a big lead, then held on late to take a 41-35 victory over Ouachita Baptist at Cliff Harris Stadium.
At 3-0, the Savage Storm is off to its best start since 2002.
Rollin Kinsaul passed for 231 yards and a touchdown and ran for two more scores, while Kenneth Burks added 144 yards and a TD rushing.
Ryan Sonces, who had 93 receiving yards on two catches, hauled in Kinsaul’s 79-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter, Jaylen Sims caught six passes for 54 yards for SOSU.
Tied at 14 after the first quarter as Kinsaul ran for on TD and connected with Sonces for the second, SOSU outscored the Tigers 17-0 in the second quarter on TD runs by Burks and Kinaul and a 35-yard field goal by Joel Carlos.
Kinsaul finished 18 of 30 passing.
The Storm led 41-21 at the end of the third quarter as Jacob Harper returned an interception 43 yards to score on the final play of the period.
Ouachita Baptist rallied in the fourth quarter with Austin Warford’s TD pass to Allie Freeman and Drew Harris’ scoring run, making it a one-possession game with more than 10 minutes to go.
Warford finished 17 of 31 passing for 215 yards with Freeman catching 10 passes for 134 yards. The duo also hooked up for a TD in the first quarter.
Warford was also the Tigers’ leading rusher, finishing with 101 yards and a TD on 16 carries.