SFA Reigns Over Bears, End Three-Game Skid
Sept. 29, 2012
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Sophomore running back Gus Johnson powered his way to 215 yards rushing, and four touchdowns in a constant downpour as Stephen F. Austin upended No. 14 Central Arkansas, 42-37, Saturday night at a soggy Homer Bryce Stadium. The 'Jacks (2-3) rolled up 467 yards of total offense against the Southland Conference's hottest team, while the Bears were held to just 217.
UCA took advantage of Lumberjack mistakes to build a six-point lead, 21-15, heading into the second quarter, despite being outgained by SFA, 175 yards to 81. SFA fumbled the ball six times, losing four of those fumbles, including one in the end zone. In addition to the fumbles, SFA also missed two first-quarter PATs, but the Lumberjacks would rally to score the final 20 points of the half, to take a 35-21 lead into the locker room.
The 'Jacks maintained their 14-point lead until the 4:29 mark of the fourth quarter with UCA's Jonathan Woodard recovered a fumble and returned it 72 yards for a score. The Bears also picked off a Brady Attaway pass on the ensuing possession but senior Josh Aubrey returned the favor against UCA on the very next play. The Lumberjack offense was able to run out the clock as punter Nick Bruno took a safety in the back of the end zone with only four seconds remaining for the final tally.
Johnson was a workhorse for SFA carrying the ball 32 times for a career-high 215 yards and four touchdowns. Junior Brady Attaway completed 22 passes for 296 yards and two scores, while senior Cordell Roberson caught nine passes for 149 yards and a score.
The Lumberjack defense finished the game with four players in double-figure tackles. Junior Jordan Aubrey finished with a team-high 12 tackles, and one interception. Freshman Collin Garrett, and seniors Ryan Epperson and Cedric Barlow each added 11 tackles. The Lumberjacks forced four turnovers on the night.
The rain played a major role in the out come of the game. Both teams combined for 13 fumbles, and there were three missed PATs in the contest.
The Lumberjacks will return to action Saturday, Oct. 6, in the climate-controlled confines of Reliant Stadium for the annual Battle of the Piney Woods. The game against Sam Houston State is slated to begin at 3 p.m., and will also be televised on the Southland Network.