Oct. 31, 2009
SAN MARCOS, Texas -
The 11th-ranked Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks' win streak came to an end Saturday with a 28-7 setback at Texas State. The loss, which is SFA's first conference loss of the season, ended a six-game win streak which dated back to Sept. 12th. The Lumberjacks are now 6-2 on the season and 3-1 in Southland Conference , while the Bobcats are 5-3 and 3-1 in league play.
"You have to give credit to Texas State," said SFA head coach J.C. Harper. "They came out ready to play and took advantage of their opportunities, and we didn't. Their coaches did a great job of preparing them to play. They are coming off a championship, and they know what it takes to get the job done. We knew coming in that we were going to get their best and we did."
Although dominating the opening-half stats, the `Jacks went into the locker room down by a touchdown, 7-0. It is only the second time this season that SFA has trailed at the intermission. The Bobcats took the lead on their first drive of the game, and the SFA defense held for the rest of the half. SFA outgained the Bobcats, 243-174, in total offensive yards, and 92-26 in yards rushing, but the `Jacks struggled to crack the goal line. SFA missed two field goals in the opening half, and was stopped on downs from the one-yard line. The `Jacks, who entered the game 28-of-30, from inside the red zone, were 0-of-3 in the opening half, and finished the day 1-of-4.
SFA tied the game midway through the third quarter when junior Jeremy Moses found senior Duane Brooks from 11 yards out for his 73rd touchdown pass of his career, but Bobcats reclaimed the lead at the end of the quarter. Texas State picked off a pass that bounced out of Brooks' hands, and converted the turnover into seven points five plays later. It marked the first time all season that SFA trailed after three quarters. The Bobcats tacked on two more scores late for the final margin.
SFA outgained Texas State, 416-376, on the day including a 151-52 advantage on the ground. Moses completed 29-of-43 passes for 244 yards and one touchdown. Senior Vincent Pervis led the `Jacks ground attack with 10 carries for 75 yards.
The `Jacks return to action Saturday, Nov. 7, when they return home to host Nicholls. The game against the Colonels is slated to begin at 6 p.m. from Homer Bryce Stadium.