SFA Falls On Senior Day
Nov. 9, 2013
NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Stephen F. Austin football team could not keep pace with No. 11/13 McNeese State, as the Lumberjacks closed their 2013 home slate with a 69-38 decision on Senior Day Saturday afternoon at Homer Bryce Stadium.
Special teams proved to be the catalyst in the game for the Cowboys (8-2, 4-1 SLC), with the senior Diontae Spencer recording 365 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns (two kickoff returns and one punt return). Spencer recorded five touchdowns in all, as senior quarterback Cody Stroud completed 17-of-33 passes for 333 yards and four touchdowns. The three special-teams touchdowns tied a NCAA recorded, as he was the fourth player to ever do so.
SFA (3-7, 1-4 SLC) senior quarterback Brady Attaway moved into second place all-time in Southland Conference’s career passing yards, with a 62-yard touchdown strike to sophomore Tyler Boyd with 9:37 in the first quarter. Attaway passed Central Arkansas’ Nathan Brown and now only trails 2010 Walter Payton Award winner Jeremy Moses. Attaway completed 18-of-38 passes for 255 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in the final home game of his career. Both of Attaway’s touchdowns went to Boyd (four receptions, 142 yards), as the wide receiver passed for one of his own on a 51-yard pass to junior Marquis Mosley, his third of the season. Backup quarterback Joe Minden also recorded a touchdown on two-of-three passing.
On the ground, senior Keith Lawson recorded 51 yards on 17 carries to lead the running back core.
Defensively, SFA was led by junior linebacker Collin, who recorded 10 tackles.
After a scoreless five minutes to open the game, the ‘Jacks took the lead on a 61-yard catch and run by Boyd. The lead was short-lived however as Spencer answered with a 93-yard return for MCN on the ensuing kickoff.
SFA then got a 20-yard field goal from kicker Jordan Wiggs and another touchdown on a 17-yard pass from Attaway to Boyd to build its lead to 10, before Spencer again answered for the Cowboys, this time on an 85-yard kickoff return to make it 17-14.
Senior Mike Brooks immediately responded with a NCAA and SFA record-tying 100-yard kickoff return to push the lead back up to 10 in favor of the ‘Jacks. Brooks became the third SFA player to record a 100-yard return, tying Gralyn Crawford (2011) and Richard Daniels (2000).
MCN then scored 31 unanswered points across the 17 minutes of play to take a 45-24 lead into halftime.
In the second half, the ‘Jacks were outscored 24-14 to arrive at the 69-38 final.
SFA will now close out the regular season with a pair of matches on the road. The ‘Jacks will take on Lamar in Beaumont on Nov. 16, before closing the season at Northwestern State (Nov. 23) in the annual battle for Chief Caddo.