HAMMOND, La. -- Corey Avery ran for 129 yards and two touchdowns to help Sam Houston State get past Southeastern Louisiana 33-23 in Southland Conference action on Saturday night.
Avery had scoring runs in the third and fourth quarters to give Sam Houston State (7-1, 5-1) just enough cushion to hold off the Lions (5-4, 5-2), who had won five straight before dropping this one. SHSU has won four consecutive since losing to league-leader Central Arkansas.
Avery had rushes of 7 and 24 yards before plunging into the end zone from the 2 on SHSU's nine-play, 70 yard game-clinching drive in the fourth.
Southeastern Louisiana's Lorenzo Lee Nunez, who rushed for 102 yards and threw for 132, ran it in from the 3 to tie the game at 23-23 with 6:57 left in the third.
Tre Honshtein booted a 24-yard field goal and then Avery scored to clinch the win for SHSU.