'Kats Spoil SFA Homecoming

Oct. 27, 2007

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NACOGDOCHES - Senior Louie Runnels carried the ball 23 times for 129 yards and a touchdown, but it wasn't enough to stop Sam Houston State. The Bearkats recorded a 45-17 victory on Homecoming Saturday at Homer Bryce Stadium. The loss drops SFA to 0-8 on the season and 0-3 in Southland Conference play.

Runnels showed signs of finally recovering from a high ankle sprain suffered in the season opener. Runnels' performance marked his best game since rushing for a career-high 205 yards at Southeastern Louisiana, but that would be the lone highlight for SFA.

The Bearkats jumped out to a 28-3 first half lead behind an offense that posted 290 yards of total offense in the first half. SHSU rode the arm, and legs, of quarterback Rhett Bomar who completed 10 of his first 12 passes for 168 yards. He also carried the ball seven times for 74 yards and two touchdowns in the opening 30 minutes.

The 'Kats upped their advantage to 39 points, 42-3, before SFA scored its first touchdown. Senior Danny Southall recorded a one-yard touchdown run with 1:17 remaining in the third to cut the lead to 42-10. After a Bearkat field goal, Louie Runnels ended an 11-play, 76-yard drive with a 16-yard scamper for a touchdown, his first of the season.

The Lumberjacks recorded 375 yards of total offense, including 203 on the ground, but as has been the case so many times this season SFA was hurt by injuries. Starting quarterback Jeremy Moses was knocked out of the game in the first half forcing freshman Jeremy Claybon and Southall to handle the responsibilities the rest of the way.

Claybon completed 12-of-18 passes for 118 yards, but threw two interceptions. Southall finished the game completing 2-of-5 passes. He also carried the ball eight times for 38 yards and a touchdown.

Bomar finished the game completing 15-of-20 passes for 251 yards. He also led the team with 67 yards on the ground. Running back Chris Poullard carried the ball 17 times for 62 yards and three scores.

The Lumberjacks return to action Saturday, Nov. 3, when it will host McNeese State on Senior Night. The game against the Cowboys is slated to begin at 6 p.m. from Homer Bryce Stadium.



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