DURANT, Okla. — Southeastern Oklahoma State put up over 300 yards through the air and held an 11-point lead in the final quarter but Oklahoma Baptist would score the final 14 points of the game in the final 5:07 to stun the Savage Storm, 34-31, in Great American Conference play at Paul Laird Field.
Southeastern (1-2, 1-2) took a 31-20 lead on a 43-yard Braxton Kincade touchdown reception from Rollin Kinsaul with 2:56 to play in the third quarter.
The Storm defense would twice bring drives to an early end in the fourth quarter but found their backs against the wall after an OBU interception with 6:35 to play. Preston Haire hit Noah McGraw for a seven-yard TD pass a little more than a minute later but the two-point try failed to keep the score 31-26.
Southeastern then ran nearly four minutes off the clock but was unable to keep the drive alive or tack on points and OBU took over at midfield with 1:16 to play.
Four plays later Haire hit Shae Garner for a 27-yard TD strike with 50 seconds left and the two-point conversion gave OBU a 34-31 lead.
Southeastern was unable to pick up a first down in an attempt to win the game or at least force overtime.
The Storm racked up 419 yards on the strength of 348 passing yards, with Kinsaul posting a career-high 331 yards passing on 25-of-47 with three touchdowns but he was picked off twice and sacked three times.
He hit Kincade seven times for 127 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Duce Pittman added six catches for 81 yards and a score while Felton Hatcher put up 51 yards on five grabs.
C.J. Shavers led the Storm rushing attack with 53 yards on 16 carries.
Defensively, Conner Swope had his sixth straight game with double-digit tackles, finishing with 16 — including 1.5 for loss and a pass breakup.
Jeremiah Baltrip, Hunter Wageneck and Jared Bell each added nine tackles and Andrew McBeth and Jonathan Torres combined for the team’s lone sack.
In the secondary, Keelan Chilton broke up a pair of passes, while Kevin Simes, Baltrip and Torres each added PBUs.
Pablo Tarango connected on his only field goal try from 29 yards out.
Southeastern nearly found itself behind early with a turnover on the opening kickoff but an OBU missed a field goal.
After neither team moved the ball Southeastern went 60 yards in four plays with Kinsaul hitting Hatcher for 21 yards to set up a 27-yard TD strike to Pittman a play later for a 7-0 lead.
Southeastern doubled that lead in the second quarter when Kinsaul capped a 10-play, 69-yard drive with a 39-yard touchdown pass to Kincade to take a 14-0 lead with 9:45 to play in the first half.
OBU answered on the ensuing drive with a Haire-to-McGraw TD and later tied the game on a five-yard run by Tyler Stuever.
Tarango then connected on his field goal for a 17-14 half-time lead.
The Bison took the opening drive of the second half 62 yards in six plays for their first lead of the game when Isaiah Mallory scored from 16 yards out but a missed PAT left the advantage at 20-17.
The Storm then answered with a 10-play march over 75 yards that was capped by a three-yard Shavers run to regain the lead at 24-20 with 8:45 to play in the third quarter.
Southeastern followed with a defensive stand, getting the ball back at its 13-yard line and setting up the nine-play, 87-yard drive that was capped by Kincade’s second score for a 31-20 lead.