Cardinals Clip SFA With Late Field Goal
Nov. 16, 2013
BEAUMONT, Texas – Lamar’s Alex Ball kicked a game-winning 41-yard field goal with 15 seconds remaining, as the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack football team fell 46-45 Saturday night at Provost-Umphrey Stadium.
The loss to the LU (5-6, 2-4 SLC) is the first since 1987 and ends a five-game winning streak for SFA (3-8, 1-5) against the Cardinals. The ‘Jacks had won all three meetings against LU since the program was revitalized, as well as a pair of victories in 1988 and 1989.
Senior quarterback Brady Attaway completed 24-of-42 passes for 342 yards, with three touchdowns and three interceptions, the last of which coming in a desperation-drive in the closing seconds of the game. Two of Attaway’s three touchdowns were on plays 50 yards or more, including a 71-yard pass-and-catch to junior Tyler Boyd, his second of the game, in the fourth quarter. Junior Marquis Mosley added a 20-yard touchdown reception.
Boyd finished with a career-high 229 yards on nine catches. The Dangerfield, Texas, native also scored on a 55-yard play in the first quarter (13:52). Boyd’s previous high was 206, set in the loss to then No. 8/9 Sam Houston State in the Battle of the Piney Woods in Reliant Stadium (Nov. 2).
Junior Gus Johnson highlighted the running game, bruising his way to 165 yards on 20 carries. The 165 yards is the second most for the native of Gilmer, Texas, this season since rushing for 179 in SFA’s loss to Prairie View A&M (Sept. 28).
The ‘Jacks wasted little time, taking a 7-0 lead on Attaway’s 55-yard pass to Boyd (13:52) to cap off a three-play, 60-yard drive that spanned just over a minute.
After consecutive touchdowns from the Cardinals, SFA tied it 14-14 on Mosley’s grab (00:21) at the end of the first quarter.
Johnson and fellow running back Keith Lawson each punched one in inside LU’s redzone in the second quarter, as the ‘Jacks took a 28-24 lead into halftime.
SFA, down 36-31 in the fourth quarter, regained the edge on a 71-yard strike to Boyd, before building it 45-36 on a one-yard touchdown run from freshman Joshawa West (4:59) with under five minutes to go.
After the Cardinals pulled within two on a 20-yard touchdown pass to Reggie Begelton from Caleb Berry, LU stopped the Johnson on a fourth-and-one to take possession with 2:20 to play. Berry then the Cardinals on an eighth-drive that culminated in from Ball with 15 seconds remaining.
The ‘Jacks will close the 2013 season with their annual “Battle for Chief Caddo” at Northwestern State Saturday, Nov. 23, at 1:00 p.m.