GAME NOTES: at Northwestern State
Nov. 21, 2013
SFA vs. THE DEMONS: The Lumberjacks trail the all-time series 24-42-3 (.370) to Northwestern State, but the Lumberjacks have found a great deal of success in the series lately. The Lumberjacks have won four straight, and five of the past seven meetings, including a 34-17 victory last season in Nacogdoches. A win Saturday for the Lumberjacks would be the longest streak of consecuvtive wins against Northwestern State in program history.
NUMBER ONE IN THE NATION: The Stephen F. Austin football team possess one of the most prolific FCS offenses in the country. SFA currently ranks atop the nation in passing offense (395.7 YPG) and second in total offense (581.3 YPG). The Lumberjack running game currently ranks 40th (185.5 YPG) in the nation. Individually, quarterback Brady Attaway ranks second in passing yards per game (359.4) and fourth in total offense (354.5 YPG). Running back Gus Johnson ranks 18th with 105.7 yards per game, while SFA recievers Tyler Boyd (12) and Mike Brooks (40) both rank in the top 50 in receiving yards per game.
BOYD AND JOHNSON EARN CFPA ACCOLADES: Stephen F. Austin wide receiver Tyler Boyd and running back Gus Johnson earned FCS College Football Performance Awards for their outstanding performances against Lamar on Saturday. Boyd was named Honorable Mention Wide Receiver of the Week for the third consecutive week after registering career-high 229 yards and two touchdowns on nine receptions. Both touchdowns gave the 'Jacks leads in the contest. Johnson finished with 165 rushing yards on twenty carries with one touchdown. He also added eight receiving yards. In the fourth quarter, Johnson produced an 81-yard rush to the Lamar one-yard line. The carry set up a Joshawa West rushing touchdown on the next play.
ATTAWAY CLIMBING THE CHARTS: SFA senior quarterback Brady Attaway continues to move up in the conference record book. He now has 1,646 passing attempts and will finish second on the SLC career list behind 2010 Walter Payton Award winner and former Lumberjack Jeremy Moses. Moses finished his career with 1,893 passes. Attaway also moved into second all-time in the league's completion list (976) and passing yards (11,118), passing former Central Arkansas quarterback Nathan Brown in home games against Nicholls State (completions) and McNeese State (passing yards). The Whitehouse, Texas, native, also ranks third on the SLC's list of career passing touchdowns (88).
TRIALS OF THE ROAD: The Lumberjacks, 0-5 in away games and 0-1 at a neutral site, are still searching for their first victory on the road in the 2013 season. SFA, with a pair of road losses to open the 2013 slate, dropped a 50-40 decision to Weber State in Ogden, Utah, followed by a 61-13 struggle at Texas Tech. The Lumberjacks are 0-2 in Southland Conference road games, with a 56-14 loss at Southeastern Louisiana and a 66-31 decision at Central Arkansas. The 66 points allowed by SFA is the fifth most allowed in program history and is the most given up to an FCS opponent since the Lumberjacks surrendered 70 to Montana in the 1995 NCAA FCS semifinals. SFA also fell 56-49 at the Battle of the Piney Woods inside Reliant Stadium, home of the Houston Texans, and loss 46-45 on a field goal with 15 seconds remaining at Lamar.
THE COACH: J.C. Harper became the 18th head coach of the SFA Lumberjack football team in December 2006. A two-time SLC Coach of the Year, Harper has guided SFA to two conference titles and NCAA playoff appearances. SFA is 37-44 (.457) in his six plus seasons in Nacogdoches.