'Jacks Drop Road Contest at Southeastern Louisiana
Nov. 10, 2012
HAMMOND, La. - Sophomore running back Gus Johnson tied a single-game school record with four rushing touchdowns in a losing effort Saturday night in Hammond, La. The 'Jacks (4-6/3-3 SLC) dropped a 42-27 decision to Southeastern Louisiana.
Johnson finished the night with 124 yards on 28 carries. He had scoring runs of 13, 4, 19 and 11. SFA finished the game 380 yards of total offense, which ended a streak of four consecutive games of at least 500 yards of total offense. It also marked the first time in 2012 that SFA has been outgained, 487-380.
Southeastern Louisiana dominated the first 23:20 of the game, but the Lumberjacks managed to take a one-point advantage into the locker room. SLU jumped out to a 14-point lead after an opening drive that went 11 plays for 76 yards, and consumed 6:02 off the clock. After forcing an SFA three-n-out, the Lions Tony McCrea took a Nick Bruno punt 54 yards to give Southeastern Louisiana a 14-0 lead.
After making a switch at quarterback, SFA picked up the pace and got on the scoreboard. Sophomore Gus Johnson capped a six-play, 66-yard drive with a 13-yard touchdown run. Following and SLU punt, and a 32-yard return by freshman De'Vante Lacy, Johnson pulled SFA within a point on a four-yard touchdown run.
Johnson tacked on his third rushing score of the night when he carried the ball in from 19 yards out to cap a seven-play, 67-yard drive, but the Lions responded immediately by taking the ensuing kickoff 96 yards for the score. The 'Jacks went into the locker room with a one-point advantage after blocking the extra-point attempt.
The Lumberjacks out gained Southeastern in the opening half, 212-190, with the majority of that coming in the final 6:30 of the second quarter. SFA finished the half with 132 yards rushing, led by Johnson's 71 yards on 11 carries. Freshman Doug Gentry carried the ball nine times for 53 yards in the opening half. Johnson was also the team's leading receiver in the first 30 minutes hauling in three passes for 35 yards.
The Lumberjacks pushed their advantage back to seven points when Johnson tied the school record with his fourth rushing touchdown of the night just over five minutes into the second half. The lead was short lived as the Lions responded by closing out the quarter with 14 unanswered points, to reclaim the lead. The advantage could have been more but the Lions missed a 31-yard field goal in the final seconds of the third quarter. SLU tacked on one final score with 6:45 remaining the game.
SFA finished the game with 210 yards on the ground. In addition to Johnson's 124 yards, freshman Doug Gentry added 86 on 14 carries. Junior Brady Attaway and freshman Joe Minden rotated at quarterback. Attaway got the start and completed 10-of-22 passes for 69 yards, while Minden was 9-of-23 for 101 yards. The Lumberjack signal callers were picked off three times, and did not have a touchdown pass.
The Lumberjacks return to action Saturday to face Northwestern State for the 2012 regular-season finale. The game has been moved to 3 p.m., and will be televised on the Southland Television Network.