HAMMOND, La. (AP) -- Martin Hankins threw for 431 yards and five
touchdowns and Felton Huggins had 195 yards on 13 catches as
Southeastern Louisiana beat Mercyhurst College 58-14 on Saturday
Ray Perkins rushed for 168 yards on 18 carries as Southeastern
(5-2) piled up 685 yards total offense on 38 first downs.
Hankins, the Division I-AA leader in passing yards, threw
touchdown passes of 27, 13 and 28 yards to Huggins. Hankins also
connected with Byron Ross on a 24-yard strike and found Perkins
behind the Mercyhurst defense for a 42-yard touchdown before being
relieved by Trey Willie and Chase Holbrook.
Willie found Robbie Scates on an 11-yard touchdown pass that put
Southeastern ahead 58-14 with 7:20 left in the game.
Mercyhurst, a Division II school, led 3-0 on a 30-yard field
goal by Phil Scanlon with 2:59 left in the first quarter before
Southeastern went ahead for good on Hankins' 27-yard pass to
Huggins in the final minute of the first quarter.
Southeastern increased its lead to 23-6 at halftime and scored
on its first possession of the second half when Hankins connected
with Huggins on a 28-yard strike that capped a three-play, 65-yard
Justin Adams scored on a 2-yard run for the Lakers (3-5) on
their next possession and Adams ran in the 2-point conversion that
cut the lead to 30-14.
But Southeastern scored the next four touchdowns as Ross caught
his first career touchdown from Hankins. Perkins scored a pair of
touchdowns -- including a 41-yard sprint after Marvin Jones picked
off a Mitch Phyllis pass at the Mercyhurst 41.
The Lions held Mercyhurst to 216 yards total offense as Jones
tallied 12 tackles and a sack.