The Lions stuck first as Southeastern kicker Jeff Turner nailed a 46-yard field goal with 7:06 left in the first quarter to give the Lions an early 3-0 lead over the home standing Bulldogs. Hanging tough with the Bulldogs was about to come to an end for Southeastern and Mississippi State flexed their muscles and scored 34-unanswered points on their way to their first win of the season.
The Bulldogs outgained the Lions 401 to 148 in total yards of offense but the Lions more than held their own against a team that went to and won a bowl game in 2007. Now after two straight weeks on the road the Lions come back home with a 1-1 mark.
Senior Running Back, Jay Lucas, scored the Southeastern Lions lone touchdown of the game when he found the End Zone on his one-yard run late in the game. Jeff Turner then tacked on the PAT and Southeastern trailed 34-10 with a shade under five minutes left in the game.
Like most of Southeast Louisiana, the Lions had to deal with the effects of Hurricane Gustav as they were forced to evacuate like many others. The Southeastern Football Team evacuated to Oxford, Mississippi where Coach Huston Nutt and the Ole Miss Rebels put the Lions up for the rest of the week.
Lucas and his staff had nothing but praise for the folks in North Mississippi. Coach (Houston) Nutt and his staff have been fantastic in accommodating us,” Lucas said. “We’ve had access to their indoor facility, along with their weight room and other facilities and we’re extremely grateful. It’s been a tough week for us with everything happening back home, but we’re making it through and looking forward to getting back,” Coach Lucas said last week in a press release.
Southeastern practiced in Oxford and then made the trip over to Starkville for their date with the Mississippi State Bulldogs last Saturday. The Lions are now back in Hammond and will play their home opener this Saturday as they host South Dakota (1-1), which lost at No. 9-ranked Northern Iowa, 24-13, in a 6 p.m. game at Strawberry Stadium.