Oct. 21, 2006
The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack football team rolled up more than 400 yards of total offense Saturday but it wasn't enough to get by McNeese State. The Cowboys held on to out last SFA, 20-17, in front of the Homecoming crowd.
The Lumberjacks jumped on the scoreboard first when junior Louie Runnels capped a nine-play, 85-yard drive with a seven-yard touchdown carry with 3:39 remaining in the first. Runnels was the workhorse in the first half with nine carries for 41 yards.
The Cowboys cut the lead to 7-3, when SFA went back on the attack. The Lumberjacks drove the ball down to the Cowboy 30-yard line before the offense stalled. Sophomore kicker Cory Long drilled a career-long 47-yard field goal to give SFA a 10-3 advantage with 4:12 remaining in the half.
But the Cowboys battled back to tie the game at 10 heading into the locker room. McNeese State held the momentum in the second half as the Cowboys rattled off 10 unanswered points to take a 20-10 lead with 6:35 remaining in the third quarter.
Junior quarterback Danny Southall then led the Lumberjacks on a 10-play, 69-yard scoring drive that ended with a 25-yard touchdown pass to junior Tyrell Williams. Williams made a nice spin move to break out of one tackle and then had an open field to the goal line.
After battling through a scoreless fourth quarter, the Lumberjacks got the ball at their 36-yard line with 1:40 on the clock. SFA moved the ball to the Cowboy 34 yard line, where Long attempted a 51-yard field goal to send the game into overtime, but the kick sailed wide left.
Southall completed 24-of-39 (61 percent) passes for 257 yards and one touchdown. Williams caught the lone TD pass and finished the game with seven receptions for 71 yards. Runnels led the SFA ground attack with 14 carries for 58 yards and score.
The loss dropped SFA to 1-6 (.143) overall and 1-1 (.500) in Southland Conference play, while McNeese State improved to 3-4 (.429) overall and 1-1 (.500) in league action.
The Lumberjacks return to action Saturday, Oct. 28 to face Southeastern Louisiana. The game is slated to begin at 7 p.m. from Hammond, La., and will be televised by Fox Sports Net.