SFA Edged Out by Texas State
Sept. 22, 2012
SAN MARCOS, Texas - The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks rallied from a 24-point deficit at Texas State scoring the final 20 points of the game Saturday night, but came up just short falling to the Bobcats, 41-37, at Bobcat Stadium. The loss was SFA's third-straight and drops SFA to 1-3 on the season.
Senior Cordell Roberson became the SFA and Southland Conference's all-time leading receiver in terms of touchdown catches in the first half. His first TD tied the record, and he set a new mark (33) with his second TD catch surpassing Southeastern Louisiana's Simmie Yarborough.
SFA and Texas State combined to score 27 points in the opening quarter. The homestanding Bobcats scored the first 10 points of the game, and took a 17-3 lead before SFA cut the lead to seven on a 36-yard touchdown pass to Roberson.
Trailing by 10, SFA mounted another drive moving the ball down to the Bobcat nine yard line, but Brady Attaway's pass was picked off in the back corner of the end zone. The Lumberjack defense held forcing a punt, but the Lumberjacks fumbled the return and Texas State recovered, and punched it in five plays later. Similar to the previous week, the Lumberjacks rallied in the closing seconds of the opening half to score when Attaway found sophomore Gus Johnson in the end zone to pull within 10 points, 27-17, with 28 seconds remaining in the half.
The two teams combined for 500 yards of total offense in the opening half with the `Jacks getting the upper hand recording 270, including 230 through the air.
Texas State opened the second half with 98-yard touchdown pass on its first play of the 3rd quarter, and would tack on another score to take a commanding 41-17 lead midway through the third quarter, but similar to the 2011 contest, SFA rallied to make a game of it scoring 20 unanswered to pull within four, 41-37, with 8:35 remaining. The Lumberjacks forced a fumble on the ensuing Texas State possession but couldn't convert it into points. SFA got the ball back with just over two minutes remaining, but the drive stalled out as time expired.
SFA finished the game 505 yards of total offense. Attaway finished the night completing 44 passes for 385 yards and three touchdowns. With his 39th completion of the night Attaway moved into fifth all-time on the school's all-time completions list, passing Wes Pate. Roberson recorded his third 100-yard receiving effort of the season hauling in 10 passes for 109 yards and two scores. While senior Ryan Gambel added a career-high 11 catches for 97 yards. Sophomore Gus Johnson added 15 carries for a career-high 105 yards rushing and two touchdowns. He also hauled in his first career TD reception.
SFA returns to action Saturday when it hosts Central Arkansas in Nacogdoches. The game is slated to begin at 6 p.m. from Homer Bryce Stadium. It will be the team's first home game since the season opener in August.