Tarleton State did in its season finale Saturday what the Texans had done for much of the year - shoot themselves in the foot.
The Texans committed 13 penalties for 142 yards and quarterback Nick Stephens tossed four interceptions including three in the first half.
Eastern New Mexico took full advantage, building a 28-3 third-quarter advantage on its way to a 35-10 win in the season finale for both teams at Tarleton Memorial Stadium.
The Texans lost their sixth straight regular-season finale and finished 3-8 on the year including 3-7 in the LSC. They completed LSC South Division play last week with a 2-4 mark. The overall record is their worst since 1998 and their league mark is the program's worst since 1997.
Tarleton appeared to be about to cut into a 14-3 deficit late in the first half until Stephens was picked off at the 2-yard line by Devin Sweet. He returned the ball 78 yards to the Tarleton 20 before being wrapped up and alertly flipping a lateral to teammate Chase Kyser, who took it the rest of the way for a Greyhound touchdown.
The play ended in chaos with three flags and a hat on the turf representing four penalties. When it was all sorted out there were off-setting personal fouls, a sideline warning and penalty on Tarleton and an ejection. Texan center Mike Hernandez was ejected for hurling a Greyhound player's helmet 20 yards into the end zone.
ENMU marched down the field on its second possession of the second half and scored on Tony Valenzuela's third TD run from four yards out to lead 28-3. Valenzuela, who led all rushers with 92 yards on 24 carries, also scored the Greyhounds' first two TDs on carries of 1 and 11 yards.
The Texans showed signs of life early in the fourth when a 29-yard screen pass to Jerome Regal set up the true freshman running back for a two-yard scoring plunge. It didn't matter, however, because Eastern answered on its next drive with a four-yard scoring pass from Wesley Wood to Jessie Poku to provide the final tally.
The Texans took the opening kickoff and ate up the first six minutes with a 13-play 66 yard drive before settling for a 25-yard Blake Wiest field goal.
The Greyhounds wasted no time taking the lead for good, going 67 yards on 12 before Valenzuela's first score late in the first. Valenzuela made it 14-3 in the second at the end of a 15-play, 69-yard drive.
Wood was 23-41 for 220 yards for the Hounds and also tossed a pair of interceptions, both to Texan junior Terrence Henry. That was better than Taleton's Stephens, who completed only 15 of 34 attempts for 169 yards. Two of his four picks went to Tavius Bigelow while Sweet and Curtis Jackson had one each.
Both teams averaged less than three yards per run, but Eastern was still clearly better on the ground than the Texans. The Hounds picked up 122 yards on 43 carries while Tarleton rushed 35 times for only 64 yards.
Eastern finished with 342 yards of total offense while Tarleton had only 233.
Marquis Wadley, Dashaun Phillips and Damian Perkins had 10 tackles each to lead Tarleton while Nathan Uland and Curtis Jackson both made seven stops for the Hounds.
Eastern snapped its six-game losing streak to Tarleton. The Hounds last defeated the Texans in 2000.