SHAWNEE, Okla. — Southeastern Oklahoma State suffered a pair of second-half turnovers and saw Oklahoma Baptist put up 20 straight points over that span as the Savage Storm suffered a 34-28 loss in Great American Conference action on Saturday afternoon.
Austin Skinner led the Storm (1-1, 1-1) with 212 yards on 20-of-33 passing with a score while adding 31 yards on four carries with a touchdown.
Kenneth Burks led all rushers on the afternoon with 21 carries and 122 yards with two scores, marking his second straight contest with 100-plus yards and two touchdowns.
Jaylen Sims led the receiving corps with five catches and 86 yards with one receiving TD. Felton Hatcher and Skye Lowe matched his catches with five each, with Lowe racking up 60 yards and Hatcher totaling 35.
As a team, Southeastern finished with 371 yards of offense, putting up 204 through the air and 167 on the ground.
The defense was stout on the ground, holding OBU to 80 rushing yards total, but allowed 298 yards through the air.
Conner Swope paced the defense with 13 tackles, while Zac Scott and Troy Parker added seven apiece.
Scott and Larry Bridges each snagged an interception while Jonathon Torres recovered a fumble, however the Storm would finish even in the turnover battle.
Southeastern cashed in on its first drive of the contest, going 72 yards in three plays with the scoring strike 69 yards through the air from Skinner to Sims to go up 7-0 at the 13:23 mark.
OBU answered with an eight-play, 56-yard drive and scored through the air from 25 yards out with Preston Haire hitting Jakel Henderson for 25 yards to knot the game with 10:36 to go in the first.
Southeastern answered three-and-a-half minutes later after a Bridges interception set the Storm up in Bison territory and two plays later Burks cashed in from two yards out to go up 14-7.
OBU found its own answer with 3:38 to go in the first quarter when Haire hit Dillon Smith for a 23-yard TD pass to knot the game again at 14.
Burks again put the Storm up midway through the second quarter, scoring from a yard out to cap a 98-yard, 13-play drive and take a 21-14 lead.
OBU tacked on a field goal with six seconds to go in the half to cut the Storm lead to 21-17 at the break.
The Bison opened the second half with the ball and marched 75 yards on 12 plays to take a 24-21 lead on a Haire to Cagney Roberson connection with 9:52 to play in the third quarter.
Neither team found paydirt for the remainder of the third quarter, however OBU would add to the Storm deficit early in the fourth with a 10 yard Haire to Smith TD toss pushed the lead to 31-21 with 13:47 to play.
A Luke Wendl 45-yard field goal with 11:35 to play extended the home team’s lead to 34-21.
The Storm found some late life as Andrew McBeth forced a fumble recovered by Torres at the OBU 26-yard line and one play later Skinner ran it in from 26 yards out to close the gap to 34-28.