Quarterback Brady Attaway moved into second all-time in the SLC's completions list in 55-41 win over Nicholls State.
Oct. 19, 2013
NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Senior quarterback Brady Attaway moved into second all-time in the Southland Conference’s completions list, as the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack football team knocked off Nicholls State in a 55-41 victory Saturday afternoon on Homecoming at Homer Bryce Stadium.
SFA (3-4, 1-1 SLC) recorded 687 yards of total offense, with Attaway finishing 35-of-50 for 337 yards and six touchdowns. The Whitehouse, Texas, native, now has 866 competitions in his career, passing Central Arkansas quarterback Nathan Brown (856), and sits only behind 2010 Walter Payton Award winner Jeremy Moses.
The Lumberjacks receiving core of Aaron Thomas, Mike Brooks and DJ Ward, each hauled in two touchdowns against the Colonels (4-3, 1-1, SLC). Thomas finished with 109 yards on six targets, while Brooks (10-67), Ward (5-65) and Tyler Boyd (5-61) all eclipsed 60 yards.
Freshman Joshawa West led SFA on the ground with 175 yards on 14 carries. Junior Gus Johnson narrowly missed his sixth 100-plus rushing game, finishing with 99 yards and one touchdown on 11 touches.
Freshman linebacker Jordan Burton led the back field for the ‘Jacks finishing with 13 tackles, while the SFA defense recorded eight tackles for loss, five sacks and two fumbles.
Despite surrendering their most points ever in the all-time series, the ‘Jacks improved to 22-8 against NICH and won their sixth straight meeting between the two teams. With the win, SFA also moved to 38-35-1 all-time in Homecoming games.
In what proved to be a back-and-forth affair in the first quarter, Johnson put the ‘Jacks on top with a two-yard touchdown run with 9:48 on the clock. However, Dalton Hillard answered for the Colonels with a touchdown run of his own from five yards out. The two teams each found the end zone one more time in the first quarter, before SFA jumped out to a 28-14 lead over NICH with 9:20 remaining in the second quarter. Thomas capped off a five-play, 63-yard scoring drive for the ‘Jacks that spanned a total of 48 seconds, with a nine-yard haul in the end zone. SFA scored two more times in the quarter to take a 42-21 lead into the half.
The SFA offense, despite being outscored 20-13 in the second half, capitalized on field goals from kicker Jordan Wiggs and an additional touchdown from Thomas to arrive at the 55-41 final.
The ‘Jacks will look to match their season-high two game win streak, when they travel to Conway, Ark., for a 3:00 p.m. tilt with the Bears Oct. 26.