MAGNOLIA, Ark. — Southeastern Oklahoma State used a late Rollin Kinsaul-to-Hunter Hawthorne touchdown pass to avoid a shutout in a 49-7 loss against Southern Arkansas in Great American Conference action.
Southeastern’s late score saved its streak of games without being shut out, extending it to 203 straight games dating back to the 2000 season.
The Storm (1-6, 1-6) finished with 203 yards with that number hampered by a minus-three-yard rushing effort. A big portion of that came on the first drive with a snap that sailed past the punter and was recovered for a loss of 41 yards.
That coupled with 47 yards lost in sacks, then Storm had 91 yards in lost rushing while Rashod Polk put up 66 yards on 13 carries and Ryan Taylor added 22 more and nearly get the Storm back to even on the day.
Southeastern finished with 206 yards passing as Daulton Hatley got his first start of the season and completed 13-of-32 passes for 148 yards but he was sacked five times and picked off once.
Kinsaul came in and completed 2-of-2 passes for 58 yards, including the seven-yard score.
Katrell Blakely finished as the top target with 93 yards on six catches and Braxton Kincade added 62 yards on three grabs.
Hawthorne’s TD catch was his first reception of the season.
Defensively, Scooter Baker, Josh Mulumba and Brandon Swope each finished with 10 tackles to lead all defenders.
After starting with solid field position on a Polk 42-yard kick return to open the game, the bad punt snap went back to the Storm four-yard line.
Southern Arkansas capitalized on a four-yard Kor’Davion Washington run to take a 7-0 lead at the 12:44 mark.
Later in the first the Storm forced a three-and-out but a mishandled punt would give the Muleriders a second chance at the Southeastern 46-yard line and SAU took advantage with an O.B. Jones one-yard run with 38 seconds to go in the first quarter for a 14-0 lead.
SAU then went 94 yards on four plays, capped by a 63-yard Hayden Mallory to SirCharles Perkins pass to open up a 21-0 lead with 12:57 to play in the half.
After another punt pinned the Muleriders at their nine, SAU covered 91 yards in seven plays to put up their last score of the half, a seven-yard pass from Mallory to Dekendrick Bender for a 28-0 advantage with 7:34 to play.
Southeastern got the offense moving on the ensuing drive, covering 56 yards and reaching the Southern Arkansas six-yard line before seeing its drive end without points on a fourth-and-goal try that was unsuccessful.
The Storm lined up for a field goal on its first drive of the second half but the 39-yard try was blocked and on the first play of SAU’s next drive Mallory hit Jared Lancaster for 54 yards to push its lead to 35-0.
The Muleriders tacked on another Mallory passing TD and capped the third quarter when Brock Floyd picked off a Hatley pass and return it 62 yards for a touchdown to take a 49-0 lead through three quarters.
Southeastern forced SAU to punt on its first possession of the fourth quarter and two plays later Kinsaul found Kincade for 51 yards up the sideline and down to the Mulerider 27-yard line.
The Storm ended that drive with Kinsaul’s seven yard TD strike to Hawthorne.