It was homecoming in Durant and Southeastern sent the fans that filled Paul Laird Stadium home happy.
Southeastern defeated Northwestern, 45-7, and moved 5-3 overall and 4-3 in the Great American Conference.
Northwestern fell to 1-7 overall and in league play.
The win was the fourth straight, the longest winning streak for the Storm since closing out the 2008 season to finish 6-5.
Each team put points on the board within the first two minutes and it looked like the game was going to be a high scoring affair.
Southeastern held the visitors to a three-and-out in their first possession. Then Devlon Wortham ran the Storm’s first play from scrimmage 51 yards for a touchdown.
On the ensuing possession, however, the Rangers evened things up, going 75 yards on a four-play drive that was capped by a 17-yard run by Zackary Doyle for the score.
Then the Storm intensified and the points were tallied by only one team for the rest of the contest.
Nelson Akinwande finished the next Southeastern possession with a 4-yard touchdown run.
A couple of plays later Ranger quarterback Reid Miller’s fumble was in and out of three Storm defenders’ hands and eventually recovered by Raheem Wilson, who took it 33 yards for a score.
SOSU led 21-7 at the end of the first quarter.
And the Storm doubled its point total by the half.
Southeastern scored with a passing touchdown and rushing touchdown in the second quarter, and also had a punt return for a touchdown by Layton Dworaczyk. The 63-yard score by was the first SOSU punt returned for a touchdown since 2008, when Jerome Hewitt, the school’s all-time leader in punt returns and return yardage, ran one back 54 yards against East Central.