BETHANY, Okla. — Devlon Wortham and Nelson Akinwande each ran for more than 100 yards and combine for three touchdowns to power Southeastern Oklahoma State to a 31-14 victory over Southern Nazarene in Great American Conference action on Saturday afternoon.
Wortham tallied 115 yards and two scores on 21 carries while Nelson Akinwande turned in his first 100-yard performance with 101 yards on 21 carries with a TD for the Savage Storm (2-4, 2-3), who snapped a four-game losing streak.
The rushing paced the offensive attack as Southeastern ran for 218 yards and passed for 228 more.
Logan Russell and Chad Tucker each had 11 tackles for SOSU. Tucker also picked up his second interception of the season while Jacobi Crowley snagged his first against Southern Nazarene (0-6, 0-6). Russell and Coby Ragsdale each picking up a sack.
Nick Sioson completing 17-of-28 attempts for 228 yards and a touchdown with an interception.
His favorite target was Anthony Foster, who posted 130 yards and a touchdown on six receptions and has 100-plus yards receiving in five of six games. Kaymon Farmer added four catches for 47 yards.
Southeastern got on the board with an eight-yard run by Akinwande and the Storm were able to take advantage of a four-yard punt from SNU when Sioson found Foster for a 34-yards touchdown catch and a 14-0 lead with 12:15 to play in the first half.
Dylan Terry connected with Jarod Martin for a 10-yard TD pass to cut SE’s lead to 14-7 with 4:41 to play in the second quarter.
The Storm answered with a seven-play 75-yard drive, keyed first by a 25-yard Sioson to Foster pass and then a 29-yard Wortham run to get a first and goal at the five. Wortham finished the job with a five-yard TD run that put SE up 21-7 with 2:37 left in the quarter.
Brian Yenor scored from three yards on the ensuing drive out to cut the lead back to seven points.
With 16 seconds to go in the third quarter, Wortham scored from six yards out.
Crowley ended SNU’s next drive with an interception, but Southern Nazarene got the ball right back with a turnover with 8:51 to play in the game.
SNU was unable to do anything with the possession and Chris Peoples made on a 35-yard field goal with 2:49 to play to finish the scoring.
Southeastern will be back in action on Friday night when it hosts Southwestern Oklahoma State at 6 p.m. at Paul Laird Field.