NACOGDOCHES, Texas -
The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks scored 31 unanswered points in a 52-minute first quarter to pound visiting McMurry, 82-6, in a rare Thursday evening game at Homer Bryce Stadium. It was the largest point total for the Lumberjacks (1-0) since a 92-point outburst against Texas College in 2009, and the second-largest point total in school history.
The War Hawks cracked the scoreboard in the second quarter following a Will Morris' 88-yard interception return. It would be the only points McMurry (0-1) would score as the SFA defense held the visitors to 128 yards of total offense, and only 20 rushing yards. SFA closed out the game by scoring the final 51 points in the final three quarters.
Sophomore quarterback Brady Attaway went 27-for-37 for 275 yards and four touchdowns in his first career start. He guided a Lumberjack attack that finished the night with 668 yards of total offense. Junior Dalton Williams saw significant time early in the first half completing 15-of-22 passes for 163 yards and two touchdowns.
The Lumberjack signal callers passed for seven touchdowns on the night, and connected with 13 different receivers. Junior Gralyn Crawford caught eight passes for 77 yards and three touchdowns, while classmate Cordell Roberson added eight grabs for 80 yards.
Another offensive bright spot was the backfield which finished the night with 32 carries for 161 yards and three touchdowns, led by a couple of rookies. Freshman Fred Ford had 11 carries for 102 yards and two scores, while Gus Johnson added five carries for 37 yards and a touchdown.
Junior Ryan Epperson led the Lumberjack defensive effort with 10 tackles, including one for a loss and forced a fumble. Sophomore Malcolm Mattox added six tackles, including three for losses and 1.5 sacks. Fifteen different players finished the night with a tackle for a loss, and five different Lumberjacks were credited with a sack.
The defense also forced six turnovers on the night. SFA picked off three passes, including sophomore Willie Jefferson who returned one 41 yards for a score, and three fumbles.
The Lumberjacks return to action Saturday, Sept. 10, when they host No. 7 Northern Iowa. The game against the Panthers, a 2010 NCAA playoff participant, is slated to begin at 6 p.m. from Homer Bryce Stadium.