ALVA, Okla. — Joel Carlos’ 35-yard field goal with one second remaining Saturday lifted Southeastern Oklahoma State to a 30-27 victory over Northwestern Oklahoma State at Ranger Field.
Carlos kicked three field goals and Rashod Polk rushed for 201 yards and a touchdown as the Savage Storm improved to 5-0 for the first time since 1988.
Northwestern Oklahoma State rallied from a 20-point deficit late in the third quarter to tie the game on Jalen Williams’ 7-yard TD run with 3:48 remaining. That was enough time for the Storm as Polk carried six times for 36 yards on the winning drive, including five plays in a row before Carlos’ kick.
The Storm built its lead on a 5-yard pass from Rollin Kinsaul to Codey McElroy, an 18-yard pass from Austin Skinner to C.J. Elkins and Polk’s 9-yard TD run. The Rangers’ lone score of the first half came on a 14-yard run by Isiah Weed.
Carlos hit from 19 yards with two seconds left in the first half and from 24 yards to give SOSU a 27-7 lead with 8:06 left in the third quarter.
The Rangers (2-3) came back on TD runs of 3 and 4 yards by Anthony Cota before Williams tied it.
Skinner finished 5 of 10 passing for 102 yards. Elkins caught two passes for 58 yards and Skyle Lowe had two catches for 27 yards, including a 13-yard gain to convert a third down on the final drive.
NWOSU outgained the Storm 443 total yards to 348, but lost four turnovers that led to 17 points for SOSU.
Cota rushed for 117 yards, while Weed rushed for 73 and passed for 174.