Nov. 4, 2012
NACOGDOCHES, Texas -
Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack fans had to wait nearly two-and-half hours for the start of Saturday's Southland Conference showdown against Lamar, but in the end they got what they came to see. SFA defeated Lamar 40-26 to improve to 4-5 on the season, and 3-2 in conference play. The Cardinals dropped to 3-7 overall and 0-5 in the league.
The 'Jacks used a more balanced attack Saturday night to get past a struggling Lamar football team. SFA rolled up 537 yards of total offense, including 147 yards on the ground, while holding the Cardinals to 346. It is the sixth time this season that SFA has eclipsed the 500-yard mark in total offense.
After the Cardinals cut SFA's lead to one point, 7-6, with just over two minutes remaining in the first quarter, the 'Jacks responded by outscoring Lamar by 20 to take a 27-6 lead into the locker room. SFA appeared to be heading to another blowout victory, which has marked the series over the past two seasons, but Lamar made a switch at quarterback to start the second half and fought back into the game.
Ryan Mossakowski came off the bench to complete 11-of-27 passes for 231 yards and three scores. The Cardinals pulled within two touchdowns with three minutes remaining in the third, but SFA would respond.
Sophomore kicker Jordan Wiggs converted two of his four field goals on the night within a 5:22 span to give SFA back a commanding 20-point lead less than 10 minutes remaining in the game. Lamar scored one final touchdown to close out the scoring.
Quarterback Brady Attaway completed 26 passes for 242 yards and two scores, and backup Joe Minden came off the bench to complete 12 passes for 148 and a score. Transfer Doug Gentry led the SFA ground attack with 19 carries for a career-high 93 yard and a score. Senior Jeremy Barnes added nine rushes for 52 yards. Freshman DJ Ward hauled in 11 catches for 105 yards and a score. It was Ward's third 100-yard receiving game of his career. Senior Ryan Epperson recorded a team-high 11 tackles.
The Lumberjacks return to action Saturday when they travel to Hammond, La., to face Southeastern Louisiana. The game against the Lions is slated to begin at 7 p.m.