The Reddies walked out of Durant, Okla. with a win on Saturday, scoring 20 in the fourth quarter in the 44-35 comeback win against the Southeastern Oklahoma State University Savage Storm.
The Reddies’ offense totaled 513 yards, with 384 coming from the arm of Kevin Rodgers.
The Reddies’ defense allowed 377 passing yards and four passing touchdowns, while stifling the running game to just 1.4 yards per carry for a total of 39 yards.
Kevin Rodgers went 27-50 with one pick-six and one touchdown, getting sacked once.
Henderson scored first, with a 10-play, 63-yard drive ending in a two-yard touchdown run by Keaton Stigger, who was on double-duty at both linebacker and fullback.
The two teams traded three-and-outs before Henderson linebacker Tim Llewellyn recovered a fumble by SOSU quarterback Nick Sioson at the Henderson 45-yard line.
The ensuing drive would end on a four-yard run by Stigger for a touchdown, giving the Reddies a 14-0 lead in just under 10 minutes.
After the out-of-bounds kickoff gave the Savage Storm good field possession at their 40-yard line, Sioson would find a man in the end zone for a touchdown just three plays later, getting them on the board at 14-7
Henderson began their next drive at their own 34-yard line, ending with a field goal from the SOSU 13 by kicker Charles Gonsalves with 1:58 left in the first quarter, to extend the Reddies lead to 10 points, 17-7.
After both teams went scoreless for most of the third quarter, SOSU scored on a 7-yard Sioson pass to Kaymon Farmer, cutting the Reddies lead to three, at 17-14.
Keaton Stigger got his third rushing touchdown, and second of two yards, just under four minutes into the second half, bringing Henderson back to a 10-point lead, 24-14.
However, SOSU would score twice on the Reddies: once on a 20-yard Sioson pass to Xavier Smith, and again on a pick-six with Logan Russell intercepting a Kevin Rodgers pass at the goal line.
This gave SOSU their first lead of the game at 28-24.
Henderson would start the fourth quarter out with a Gonsalves field goal from 26 yards out, cutting it to a one-point deficit, 28-27.
The Reddies would get revenge for their Rodgers sole pick on SOSU’s next drive, with Chris King coming down with an interception at the Henderson 34-yard line, returning it 12 yards to the 46.
On the ensuing drive, Kevin Rodgers would get his only touchdown through the air, with a 26-yard pass to Darius Davis, tying a school record in career touchdown receptions for Davis with 16.
This would give the Reddies back the lead, 34-28
After forcing an SOSU punt on the next drive, the Reddies would go on a 66-yard drive, ending in yet another 2-yard touchdown run by part-time fullback Stigger, both his and the Reddies’ last TD of the game. Henderson extended their lead to a comfortable 41-28.
SOSU wasn’t done yet, however, as Sioson got it into the end zone a fourth time, to narrow the deficit to 41-35.
The Reddies answered right back with a clock-sucking 4:15 nine-play, 30-yard drive ending in a kick by Gonsalves, his third on the day, tying a great American conference record.
With Henderson in the lead 44-35, they kicked the ball off with 1:51 left to play. SOSU would move 11 yards down the field before a pick by Cameron Deveraux at their 46-yard line would all but seal the fate of this one.
With the 44-35 win, the Reddies improve to 3-0 on the year and extend their regular season win streak to 15 games.
The Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) have selected Rodgers as one of the 22 players who are being honored for their countless “good works” and remarkable stories of service to others.
They are also being recognized by the way they represent the sport’s finest in terms of character and leadership, in addition to maintaining a good academic standing.
Rodgers is now on the website where you can vote for him to be a team captain.
The website is promo.espn.go/contests/allstate/2013/goodworks/phase1/index.
The Reddies will return to Carpenter-Haygood Stadium to face 1-2 East Central University this Saturday.
Kickoff is set for 3 p.m.
Additional reporting by Troy Mitchell.