DURANT, Okla. – Rushing records fell on Saturday afternoon as Devlon Wortham and Ronnie Green powered the Southeastern rushing attack to 443 yards in a 55-34 win over Northwestern Oklahoma State on Saturday afternoon at Paul Laird Field.
The win moves the Savage Storm to 4-2 overall and in the Great American Conference on the season heading into a road matchup with nationally-ranked Harding in Searcy, Ark. on Oct. 15.
The day belonged to a rushing attack that snapped the previous rushing record, set last season against Southern Nazarene, by 22 yards.
Green led the way in yardage with 220 yards on 19 carries, while Wortham was just shy of the 200 yard mark with 195 on 20 carries, but did break the two oldest individual game, season or career record with six touchdowns. He snaps a mark of five touchdowns as well as 30 points scored held by Harlan Fannin which was set in 1922 while also breaking Fannin's record for points in a game with 36.
Wortham also became Southeastern's career rushing yardage leader by passing the 2,907 yard mark set by Earnest Hunter from 1993-94, and has lifted his total to 3,066.
Green also took his career total to exactly 2,000 yards with his performance, as the SE running backs now combine for 5,066 yards in their careers.
CB Cantwell would add 195 yards and a touchdown through the air on 17-of-29 passing.
He spread the ball around with Bryce Steele, Kaymon Farmer and Anterric Maxey-Meshileya each grabbing four catches for 61, 53 and 44 yards, respectively. Farmer would haul in the lone receiving score, an 11 yard connection.
Combined the Storm would pile up 638 yards of total offense which also breaks the team's single game record for total offense which was previously 616 set in 2014 against Arkansas-Monticello.
While the nation's leading defense in forcing turnovers did not force a single one on Saturday, it was still able to make its presence felt by harassing the Ranger quarterback and receivers.
The defense would log seven sacks and 13 tackles for loss, while adding six quarterback hurries. The secondary did its part by breaking up eight passes.
Kevin Jones led the charge with eight tackles including 1.5 tackles for loss and a half sack.
Justin Young and Trent Hannah each logged two sacks, while Sione Taufahema and Damarius Lavender had one apiece and Andrew McBeth logged a half sack as well.
Raheem Wilson was held without an interception, however he was able to breakup four passes and register a QB hurry, while Luke Craddock and Orlando Swift each broke up a pair of passes.
Overall the Storm held the Rangers to over 100 yards under their per game passing average of 337.8.
The SE kicking game was solid as well with Joel Carlos going 2-for-2 on field goals, including a season-best 42 yarder while also averaging 38.0 yards per punt, placing two of his four punts inside the 20 yardline.
Wortham would cap the first SE drive of the game with a 1 yard score to finish off an eight play, 93 yard drive that was kept alive with a big Cantwell to Maxey-Meshileya 25 yard completion to convert on third-and-nine just one play before the TD.
NWOSU would answer on its next drive going 63 yards in five plays in 1:50 to even the game at 7-7 with 9:56 to go in the first quarter.
Things would slow a bit as the teams traded fruitless possessions before the Storm would put together a six play 44 yard drive before Carlos hit from 42 yards out for a 10-7 lead with 5:25 to go in the first.
The Rangers would strike first in the second quarter with a 77 yard drive that took six plays and 1:50 off the clock before Jacob Peyton scored from 10 yards out to put the visitors up 14-10 with 7:41 to go in the half.
The Storm responded immediately and went 73 yards in five plays with Wortham plunging it in from 21 yards out to take a 17-14 lead with 5:33 to go in the half.
The SE defense would log three-straight sacks on NWOSU's ensuing drive and them take the ball 45 yards in seven plays for Cantwell to hit Farmer for 11 yards and a TD for a 24-14 lead with 30 seconds to go in the half.
Southeastern matched its first drive of the second half down the field, going 81 yards on 16 plays and milking 8:41 off the clock before a Wortham one yard run with 6:16 to play in the third would put the Storm up 31-14.
The pace would then pick up as the Rangers needed just three plays and 52 seconds to go 64 yards for a score to make it 31-21, but SE needed just two plays and 56 seconds to answer when Wortham ripped off a 54 yard touchdown run, but a failed two point try would leave the score at 37-21.
Just 1:26 later NWOSU would again score, this time with a Reid Miller 28 yard pass to Lorenzo Rosario to make the score 37-28 with 2:52 to go in the third.
A Carlos 25 yard field goal would open the fourth quarter scoring and put SE up 40-28.
The Rangers would close with a touchdown on the ensuing drive to make it 40-34 with 9:23 to play.
However, it would take Wortham just one play to stretch that lead back out as he took advantage of a 44 yard CJ Elkins kick return to the 50 yard line by going 50 yards to the house and a 47-34 lead.
The Storm would hold on downs on the ensuing NWOSU drive, and the offense would then march 56 yards on eight plays, taking up 3:17 before Wortham capped it with his sixth rushing score of the game, and a Jake Walters to Carlos two-point conversion would fashion the final score of 55-34.