DURANT — Southeastern faced first-and-goal at the nine-yard line in the closing minutes but was unable to convert on four straight pass plays in a 23-16 loss against rival East Central in Great American Conference action at Paul Laird Field on Saturday.

DURANT — Southeastern faced first-and-goal at the nine-yard line in the closing minutes but was unable to convert on four straight pass plays in a 23-16 loss against rival East Central in Great American Conference action at Paul Laird Field on Saturday.


The loss is the fourth-straight in the series for the Storm (2-9, 2-8) and gives ECU (5-5, 5-5) a 46-45-6 advantage in the 97 year history of the rivalry.


Southeastern jumped out to a 9-0 lead in the first quarter with a season-long 43 yard field goal off the foot of Chris Peoples with 12:26 to play in the first and then a 44-yard Nick Sioson to Kaymon Foster TD pass with 6:43 to play in the quarter.


The Tigers answered when Spencer Bond connected with Caleb Holley for a nine- yard touchdown pass at the 10:24 mark of the second quarter, followed by a Trevor Hunt 28-yard field goal with 5:29 to play in the half.


ECU scored twice in the third quarter with Lindsey Anderson returning a fumble 36 yards for a score at the 13:27 mark and Bond picking up another TD on a one-yard keeper with 7:06 remaining to put the Storm in a 23-9 hole.


Devlon Wortham helped Southeastern start a comeback attempt with a 10-yard touchdown run with 7:03 to play in the game to cut the deficit to 23-16.


The Storm got a final chance with 1:56 to play. Farmer had a 30-yard catch on third-and-14 and Wortham picked up 22 yards on a catch to the ECU four-yard line.


A false start penalty backed up the Storm to the nine-yard line and ECU survived four throws to hang on for the victory.


Despite only scoring 16 points, Southeastern held a 391-to-253 edge in total yards, with 138 yards rushing and 253 through the air.


The Southeastern offense broke five single-season school record, including the record for total offense set in 2004 by the program’s last playoff team, posting 4,895 yards to break the old mark of 4,780.


Both records were set in 11 game seasons and this season’s offense set the yards per game record at 445.0, passing the 2004 mark of 434.5. SE also broke the total plays ran record of 810 during the 1995 season by running 947 in 2013.


The offense also broke the 1985 marks for passing attempts that was 468 by attempting 511 passes in 2013 and the completions mark of 258 was also passed with 289 completions.


Southeastern’s offense also had a trio of players reach records or milestones on the season.


Nick Sioson was 28-of-52 for 253 yards, setting new school marks in completions and attempts, with his 280 completions besting Troy Taylor’s mark of 253 and his 493 attempts passing the old record of 453.


He also finished the year with 2,958 yards passing which places him second on the all-time single-season yardage list.


Kaymon Farmer also posted a new school record by hauling in eight catches for 69 yards against ECU to bring his season receptions total to 77, which passes Henry Hill’s record of 74 catches set in 1985.


At one point during the contest Farmer and Anthony Foster had both broken the record and were tied with 75 receptions.


Foster finished the day with five catches for 60 yards and a score, leaving him at 75 catches for the year but he does become just SE’s fourth 1,000-yard receiver and finishes with the third-best season in school history with 1,036 yards.


Wortham turned in 138 yards on the ground on 25 carries with a touchdown. It was his fifth game on the year with more than 100 yards rushing and he will be the eighth player to post a 1,000-yard rushing season, finishing the year with 1,119 yards — tying Scott Martin for the third-best single season rushing yardage total.


The 2013 season was the first time in school history that Southeastern has had a 2,000 yard passer, a 1,000 yard receiver and a 1,000 yard rusher in the same year.


The defense against ECU was led by Derek Ogg who turned in 16 tackles in the contest, a season-high mark by any SE player, with 2.5 tackles for a loss.


Raheem Wilson picked up his fourth interception of the year, while Kevin Jones-Dickerson picked up the team’s second punt block of the season.