ARKADELPHIA, Ark. – Southeast Oklahoma State used a balanced offense to pile up over 500 yards and also forced four turnovers to finish a 35-21 upset win over No. 5 Ouachita Baptist in Great American Conference game.
Not only was the Storm’s second win this season over a ranked opponent, it trumps the highest-ranked opponent the Storm has defeated (8-2, 8-2) since joining the NCAA, with the last happened and then No. 5 Central Oklahoma in 2003.
It was also the 500th win in the program’s history.
Despite a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter by OBU (8-2, 8-2), Southeastern kept the Tigers’ vaunted hasty attack, averaging 303 yards per game, to 177 yards.
The Storm recovered a few fumbles and added a few interceptions against a foul that only had five turnovers all season.
Ouachita Baptist only crossed the midfield late in the second quarter and only made his second trip there in the fourth quarter.
Scooter Baker had a game-high 12 tackles, 11 solo, with three tackles for a loss and a forced fumble. Micah Rogers took the game seal interception on OBU’s final drive and Ke’Shawn Somerville collected his first interception of the season.
Keelan Chilton and Jared Bell each added fumbles, while Kevin Simes and Cameron Tate sat on a sack together.
CJ Shavers piled up 151 yards on 14 carries with a pair of touchdowns to help the Storm to 510 yards in total. Deundre Wheeler added 65 yards on 11 carries and Ryan Taylor put on 32 on 15 carries.
Daulton Hatley was 20-of-32 with 237 yards and three touchdowns. Braxton Kincade made a total of seven catches for 59 yards and a pair of touchdowns, Katrell Blakely added six grabs for 68 yards and a score, and Duce Pittman chipped in two receptions for 43 yards.
After being pinned to his own eight-yard line to open his first drive, Southeastern matched the length of the field and capped the series with an 18-yard Shavers touchdown to put the Storm on top at 8:42 of the first quarter.
Early in the second quarter, Hatley tied with Kincade for a five-yard touchdown and a 14-0 lead.
Southeastern forced another three-and-out before busting out a 13-play drive that burned 5:45 from the clock and covered 68 yards with Hatley and Kincade connecting for a four-yard score, extending the lead to 21-0 with 7:04 to go in the half.
The Tigers scored on their next drive and went 75 yards in 10 plays, with TJ Cole scoring from 33 yards with 2:44 left in the second quarter.
Southeastern managed to put points on the board before the break when Hatley found Blakley for a nine-yard attack to take the lead to 28-7 with 26 seconds left.
The Storm took a 35-7 lead in the opening drive of the third quarter when Shavers was released on a 45-yard run.
Southeastern missed several opportunities to extend the lead, including a turnover, a turnover on downs and a missed field goal.
Ouachita Baptist narrowed the deficit on Kendell Givens’ 11-yard run with 11:31 to play.
Givens scored again, this time on an eight-yard run with 5:29 left and the Tigers were within two scores.
Pablo Perini recovered OBU’s onside kick attempt, but the Storm had to kick at 3:40 to play.
The Tigers reached the 20-yard Storm line before Rogers sealed the win with an interception when Southeastern ran out of clock.
This article originally appeared on Herald Democrat: Southeastern football upset No. 5 Ouachita Baptist in GAC play