'Jacks Cruise Past Nicholls
Oct. 22, 2011
Thibodaux, La. - Riding the arm of sophomore quarterback Brady Attaway, the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks cruised to a 57-21 victory at Nicholls Saturday night in Thibodaux, La. The 'Jacks improved to 2-5 on the season and 1-2 in conference play, while the Colonels dropped to 1-7, and 0-3 in conference play.
"We overcame a couple of early turnovers and jumped out to a big lead tonight," said head coach J.C. Harper. "That really took the pressure off the defense. I felt like the defense also played well by coming up with big plays, forcing Nicholls defense to stay on the field."
SFA rolled up 480 yards of total offense, including 385 through the air. The Lumberjack defense held Nicholls to 168 yards, while forcing them into four turnovers (two interceptions and two fumbles). The defense also held Nicholls to seven points, with two of the three Colonel scores coming off kickoff returns.
The 'Jacks took the first lead of the game when sophomore Brady Attaway guided SFA on a 10-play, 63-yard drive that ended with a 10-yard completion to Ryan Gambel. It was the first touchdown reception of Gambel's career. The next two plays would go against SFA and help Nicholls take its first lead of the game. Following a blocked extra point, Chika Madu returned the ensuing kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown.
SFA was back on the attack less than two minutes later when Attaway completed a pass to junior Cordell Roberson who took the ball 46 yards for his third TD reception of the season. Attaway added another scoring strike to Roberson with 2:09 remaining in the half and the Lumberjacks took a 30-7 lead into the locker room.
The Lumberjacks racked up 325 yards of total offense in the opening half while holding the Colonels to 34 yards. Attaway completed 22 passes for 265 yards and tied a career-high with four first-half touchdown passes.
Attaway finished the game completing 30-of-49 passes for 364 yards and seven touchdowns, just one shy of the school record set by Todd Hammel in 1989. Roberson hauled in eight passes for 115 yards and three scores, while junior Gralyn Crawford caught seven passes for 87 yards and a score.
Roberson passed Mikhael Ricks for fourth all-time in school history with his three touchdown receptions.
The 'Jacks return to action Saturday to host McNeese State. The homecoming game against the Cowboys is slated to begin at 3 p.m. from Homer Bryce Stadium.