Jacks Stopped By Northwestern State 31-17
Nov 17, 2001
NATCHITOCHES, La. The Lumberjacks' hopes of at least sharing the 2001 Southland Football League title were dashed Saturday afternoon in Natchitoches as RB Jeremy Lofton gasdhed the SFA defensive unit for 169 yards rushing in leading Northwestern State to a 31-17 over SFA.
Lofton, a junior who carried 27 times, had touchdown runs of 66, 15 and 1 yards and Clint Sanford kicked a 22-yard field goal to stake Northwestern (8-3 overall, 4-2 SFL) to a 24-7 lead midway through the second period.
The loss in its last conference game of the season knocked SFA (6-4, 4-2) out of a first-place Southland tie with Sam Houston State, which beat Southwest Texas 31-13 on Saturday, and out of the conference title picture.
SFA scored on a 24-yard pass from Wes Pate to Lawrence Hamilton following Lofton's first period touchdown runs to narrow Northwestern's lead to 14-7, but its comeback bid crumbled after Craig Nall gave the Demons a 31-10 lead with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Bernard Green with 2:42 left in the first half.
QB Wes Pate threw a career high 50 passes in the game, connecting on 35 of those attempts for 353 yards and two touchdowns. The 353 yards Saturday gives Pate 2,626 yards passing heading into the season finaly next week against Texas Tech. That total is the secon highest single season passing total in SFA history, behind only Todd Hammel's 5,362 yards in 1989.
SFA closes out the 2001 regular season on Saturday against Texas Tech, in Lubbock, at 1:00 p.m.