Lumberjacks Hang On, Win Thriller in Conway
Oct. 17, 2009
CONWAY, Ark. - Freshman kicker Evan Engwall drilled a 35-yard field goal with seven seconds on the clock to boost Stephen F. Austin to a 33-30 win over No. 10 Central Arkansas Saturday night in Conway, Ark. The Lumberjacks are now 5-1 on the season, and a perfect 2-0 in Southland Conference play. The victory also marked the first time since the 2004 season that SFA has rattled off consecutive wins over top 25 teams.
The Lumberjacks jumped out to a 7-0 lead when SFA capitalized on a Central Arkansas special team's mistake. Drew Nelson's punt was touched a UCA player as he was trying to evacuate the area, and the Lumberjacks recovered the ball. Sophomore Jeremy Moses had SFA in the end zone three plays later when he found Aaron Rhea in the corner of the end zone. SFA was back on the attack early in the second quarter. Leading 7-3, Moses found Rhea again from 12 yards out. The TD pass gave SFA an 11-point lead, 14-3, and marked the 66th career touchdown pass of Moses' career making him the school's all-time leader in that category.
The Bears answered with 2:13 remaining in the half when Robbie Park guided UCA on a 16-play, 80-yard drive to cut the lead to 14-10. The drive marked UCA's longest drive of the season. SFA followed the score by driving the ball down inside the UCA 10-yard line, but after a sack and a penalty, the Lumberjacks had to settle for a 33-yard field goal attempt that sailed wide.
The start of the third quarter was similar to the first, as UCA tacked on a field goal, and SFA converted a fumbled punt return into seven points when freshman Gralyn Crawford caught a 23-yard pass from Moses to give SFA an eight-point lead. Following the SFA score, UCA ran off 5:04 with a 10-play, 68-yard drive capped off by a Brent Grimes four-yard run.
After stopping the Bears on third down, the Lumberjacks blocked a punt and recovered the ball at the UCA one. Senior Vincent Pervis punched it in on the very next play, but the extra-point attempt was blocked keeping the score at 30-20.
The Bears appeared to be mounting a drive to cut into the SFA lead, but junior safety Chad Haynes picked off Park's pass at the SFA 15-yard line to thwart the drive. SFA drove the ball down to the UCA 23-yard line, and sent freshman Evan Engwall onto the field to attempt to the 40-yard field goal but the kick was blocked.
UCA took the ensuing kickoff down the field and converted a field goal to cut the lead to seven points with just over a minute remaining. The Bears recovered the onside kick, and on the next play Park found Preston Echols on a 44-yard strike to tie the game with 59 seconds remaining.
It would prove to be more than enough time for Moses, and the SFA offense. The `Jacks drove the ball down to the Bears' 18-yard line where Engwall converted a 35-yard field goal with only seven seconds on the clock for the game winner.
Moses finished the game 29-of-40 for 320 yards and three touchdowns. Moses connected with seven different receivers on the night lead by senior Duane Brooks who caught nine passes for 87 yards. Rhea had four grabs for 63 yards and two scores. Moses also led the `Jacks with seven carries for 33 yards rushing.
Sophomores Devin Ducote and Derrick Choice led the `Jacks' defensive effort with 12 tackles. Ducote also recorded two tackles for a loss. Junior Jabara Williams finished the night with 11 tackles, including three for losses.
The Lumberjacks return to action Saturday when they host rival Sam Houston State. The game against the Bearkats is slated to begin 2 p.m. from Homer Bryce Stadium, and will serve as Homecoming.