Three straight road games proved to be one too many for Haskell Indian Nations University's football team, but the good news is the Fighting Indians' last three games will be at home.
After taking a 56-14 pounding from Texas College Saturday in Longview, Texas, the Indians will play host to Northwestern Oklahoma State at 1 p.m. Saturday.
HINU also has games against Panhandle State (Oct. 30) and Langston (Nov. 13) at Haskell Stadium.
Texas College, a provisional member of the Central States Football League, exploded for 28 points in the second quarter and dominated the second half despite being whistled for 17 penalties and turning the ball over four times.
The Steers improved to 5-3 overall and 2-3 against Central States Football League opponents. Haskell fell to 4-4. The Indians had posted successive road wins over Southwestern Assemblies of God and Peru State.
Texas College outgained HINU, 538 yards to 101. Jonathan Combs, a senior running back from Houston, gained 187 yards on just 12 carries and scored three touchdowns. Wide receiver Dontay Spillman caught three passes, all for TDs.
Haskell threw three interceptions, lost a fumble and suffered five sacks.
Midway through the second quarter, HINU capitalized on a TC turnover when Jody Franklin tossed a 10-yard TD pass to Tyler Berry. Franklin then three a two-point conversion pass to Marcus Bennaly to forge a 14-14 deadlock.
But the Steers exploded after that, scoring three times in a three-minute span.
Haskell had grabbed an early 6-0 lead on field goals by of 46 and 44 yards by Mac Farris.