TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Eastern New Mexico University scored 28 consecutive points on Saturday and handed winless Northeastern State a 35-14 non-conference loss.
Junior Jordan Wells and senior fullback Christian Long combined for three touchdowns and were both over 100 yards rushing for the Greyhounds (3-4), with Wells needing just eight carries to gain 132 yards and Long adding 102 on 21 totes. It’s the first time since Sept. 15, 2007, that ENMU has had two 100-yard rushers in the same game.
The Hounds finished with 485 total yards, including 368 on he ground — their most since they rushed for 488 yards since that same contest against ENMU, when Jeremy Benton rushed for 167 yards and J.T. Thompson added 140.
Junior quarterback Jeremy Buurma was efficient through the air, going 6-for-7 for 117 yards, including a 16-yard TD pass to junior wide receiver Jacob Johnson in the final minute of the half that extended the Hounds’ lead to 21-7, a score set up by junior linebacker Seth Bailey’s pass interception..
Long scored on runs of 2 yards and 1 yard in the first half, the latter capping a 67-yard, nine-play drive and putting ENMU in front for good at 14-7 with 3:06 left in the half.
Wells scored on a 10-yard run early in the third quarter, capping an 87-yard march, and junior running back Cameron Mikell added an 11-yard run midway through the final period.
ENMU’s defense limited the RiverHawks (0-7) to 250 total yards, much of that coming on a 76-yard pass from quarterback Thor Long to wide receiver Cruz Williams with under five minutes left in the contest. NSU’s other score was a 16-yard run by Terrance Dixon in the first quarter, tying the score 7-7.
Junior linebacker Julian Yearwood was in on 10 tackles (eight solos) for ENMU. The Hounds had 10 tackles for loss against NSU, including two sacks of Long for 17 yards.
The RiverHawks were 0-6 in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association coming in. Five of their first six opponents this season were unbeaten and ranked in the top 20 in NCAA Division II while the sixth, Missouri Southern, which escaped Tahlequah with a 17-14 win in early September, was 5-1.
It was also the first time ENMU, which rallied to win 29-28 last week at Angelo State, has won consecutive road outings in the past two seasons.
ENMU returns to Lone Star Conference play on Saturday with a 3 p.m. kickoff against Texas A&M-Kingsville at Blackwater Draw.