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Hounds rout Southwestern Oklahoma


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WEATHERFORD, Okla. — Sophomore quarterback J.J. Harp threw for three touchdowns and nearly 500 yards Saturday night as Eastern New Mexico University beat Southwestern Oklahoma 45-7 in a Lone Star Conference crossover football game.

Harp, who set an NCAA Division II record with 78 passes and threw for 513 yards in a season-opening loss at Colorado State-Pueblo,broke a school record with 520 total yards (492 passing, 28 rushing), previously held by Kevin Kott (496 on Sept. 14 1986). All three of his TD passes — two to Jesse Poku and one to J.T. Thompson — cmae in the first half.

Harp ran for a 4-yard TD in the third quarter before turning it over to Muleshoe freshman Wes Wood, who completed a 7-yard TD pass to Troy Harris with 12 minutes left to complete the scoring.

Harp finished 37-of-60 for the game, with one interception. Wood went 7-for-12 for 41 yards in his stint.

Poku led the team in receiving with nine catches for 162 yards, while Darian Dale caught 8 for 89. Harris caught seven passes for 49 yards and also rushed 16 times for 87.

Defensively, cornerback Mark Patterson was in on 12 tackles, including five solos. The Hounds intercepted four passes, including two by Rodney Mitchell.

The Bulldogs (0-2) tied the score 7-7 on a 22-yard run by Steve Day in the first quarter, but managed only 11 first downs to 34 for ENMU.

Harris scored the game’s first touchdown, on a 6-yard run with 9:29 left in the first quarter. It capped a nine-play, 63-yard drive.

The Bulldogs promptly countered, going 60 yards in 10 plays for Day’s tying run. But it was all ENMU after that.

ENMU then went 64 yads in 11 plays, with Harp hitting Poku from 7 yards out for the lead with 2:54 left in the period. Two possessions later, Harp and Poku connected again from the Southwestern 36.

Taylor Cannon added a 27-yard field goal with just under three minutes left in the half. ENMU scored again before halftime, going 73 yards in seven plays after a Mitchell interception with Harp hitting Thompson for the score with six seconds left in the half.


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