Southern Nazarene played its first home game of the football season Saturday night, but there wasn't much else to celebrate.
Harding (Ark.) picked up 544 total yards out of its option offense and trampled the Crimson Storm 42-13 before 2,496 fans at SNU Stadium in Bethany.
D'Nico Jackson-Best and Kelvin Martin had two touchdowns apiece for Harding (3-0).
SNU linebacker Michael Hicks set a single-game record with 19 tackles, and defensive back Josh Daugherty returned a fumble 29 yards for a touchdown.
Southern Nazarene, which finished 9-3 and as Central States Football League champion in 2011, fell to 0-4. The Storm is playing a schedule heavy with NCAA Division II teams; Southern Nazarene has dropped out of the NAIA and is in its second year of NCAA candidacy.
FORMER OSU PLAYERS KEY LAMAR
Former Oklahoma State players Herschel Sims and Kevin Johnson accounted for all touchdowns scored Saturday as Lamar whipped Langston 31-0 before 12,383 fans at Provost Umphrey Stadium in Beaumont, Texas. Sims ran for 47 yards and a TD on 10 carries. Johnson caught touchdown passes of 34, 14, and 33 yards from Ry Mossakowski.
Langston fell to 1-3, while Lamar moved to 2-2.
HORNETS DROP RIVERHAWKS
Tyler Eckenrode's 11-yard touchdown pass to Shjuan Richardson with 3:49 left in the game iced Emporia State's 30-20 conference victory over Northeastern State before 2,163 fans at Doc Wadley Stadium in Tahlequah. The score came less than two minutes after Northeastern State drew within three points on Joel Rockmore's 2-yard touchdown run.
Emporia State (Kan.) improved to 4-0 overall and 4-0 in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Conference. Northeastern State fell to 0-4 and 0-4.
COKER'S ROADRUNNERS CRUISE
Texas-San Antonio had a 39-point lead by halftime and cruised to a 56-3 win over Northwestern State before 25,742 fans in the Alamodome. Former Oklahoma assistant coach Larry Coker, now the head man at Texas-San Antonio, has the Roadrunners at 4-0 after overwhelming Northwestern State (0-4) on both sides of the ball.
Triston Wade of UTSA intercepted a Kyle Jech pass and returned it 38 yards for a touchdown in the first half. It was the first interception against Jech in 245 pass attempts. Texas-San Antonio took advantage of the rout by playing three quarterbacks; nine different players ran the ball.
TURNOVERS COST BULLDOGS
Three turnovers in the fourth quarter contributed to Southwestern State blowing a pair of 14-point leads Saturday night and losing a 35-34 decision to Southern Arkansas in Magnolia. Southwestern State (1-2 overall, 1-1 Great American Conference) led 34-28 when quarterback Dustin Stenta fumbled. A few plays later, Carlos Brown caught a 9-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Sykora to give the Muleriders (3-0, 2-0) the lead for good with 5:10 left in the game.
NEW QB LEADS EAST CENTRAL
Redshirt-freshman quarterback Spencer Bond started his first collegiate game Saturday, helping East Central to a 31-17 triumph over Arkansas-Monticello at Norris Field in Ada. Bond threw for 143 yards, and running back Titus Mobley added 130 yards and touchdown rushing. East Central moved to 2-2 overall and 1-1 in the Great American Conference. Arkansas-Monticello fell to 1-3 and 0-2.