“Our defense came up big, came up real big,” Langston coach Mickey Joseph said. “SNU, (coach) Mike Cochran does a great job with them, and they're still a tough team. They're playing a tough Division II schedule, too. It's always a good game against them.”
Langston managed to kill the final time on the clock, though SNU used two remaining timeouts. But on third-and-5, Langston picked up a big first-down run from Will Taylor to clinch the win.
“We came in this 1-3, but we have told the kids to take it one at a time,” Joseph said. “One down, one to go — and that's next week against Wayland Baptist.”
Langston had a 14-0 lead early in the game, with both TDs coming after Terry interceptions.
Defensive back Chace Green stopped an SNU drive by stepping in front of an intended receiver who appeared to not see the ball. Green stepped in between the receiver and Terry and had clear sailing for a 68-yard touchdown return with 1:01 left in the first quarter. Terry was intercepted on the Crimson Storm's next possession, early in the second quarter.
Although Southern Nazarene's defense came up with a few big plays from Josh Daugherty, Jake Garrett and Michael Hicks, the Lions took a 14-0 advantage with Crawford dropping a 31-yard TD pass to Sheldon Augustine.
SNU answered with 4:36 left in the second quarter, Terry threw a 29-yard touchdown pass to Johnson, who was about two steps behind a defender.
The Crimson Storm tied the game on its first possession of the third quarter when Terry again found Johnson open in the end zone for a 9-yard TD.