Although ENMU quarterback J.J. Harp set NCAA D-II and Lone Star Conference records while slinging 64-for-95 for 767 yards with three scores and two picks, the biggest offensive play of the night belonged to the Storm. SE trailed 44-43 in the fourth quarter when Baylen Laury broke free of defenders and went 75 yards for a touchdown. SE failed on the 2-point conversion, but finally managed to get a stop on the next series.
ENMU was forced to punt for the first time in the game with a little less than 7:30 left in the fourth quarter, and that was more than enough time for either quick scoring offense.
SE worked close to a minute off the clock before being forced to punt, and ENMU answered with a 37-yard field goal by Taylor Cannon that cut the lead to 49-47 at the 3:53 mark.
The Storm did better milking the clock on the next series, using 3:19 on six plays and forcing ENMU to burn all its time-outs before having to punt. The Greyhounds got a little bit of breathing room after an SE penalty for kick-catch interference on the punt set the Greyhounds up at their own 27 with 33 seconds left.
ENMU got exactly what it needed in that situation — big yardage on first down. Harp got the Greyhounds into field goal range by hooking up with Chase Kyser for 47 yards to the SE 30. More craziness ensued. Linebacker Noe Lopez came up big for the Storm with a sack for a seven-yard loss. Harp had no choice but to spike the ball and leave Cannon with a 47-yard attempt for the win. He never got that chance. A botched snap was recovered by SE defensive back Welton Johnson sealing the win.
The teams combined for 1,229 yards of total offense, also an LSC record. Laury led SE with 184 yards rushing, and caught five passes for 71 yards. Dallas McCutcheon finished with 265 passing yards and four touchdowns for the Storm. Daniel Nichols led SE receivers with seven receptions for 95 yards and two TDs, while Ty Hull had 3 receptions for 79 yards and two TDs.
SE will be back on the road Saturday to take on No. 2 Abilene Christian at 6 p.m.