Bradley George threw for 324 yards and four touchdowns to lead Texas State to a 28-7 victory over No. 11 Stephen F. Austin in its annual homecoming game at Bobcat Stadium.
In addition, the Bobcat defense held the nation’s top scoring offense to a season-low seven points as the Bobcats forced three turnovers and held the Lumberjacks to out of the end zone three of their four times in the red zone.
“It was one of those days where offensively and defensively, we kept swinging. It was like a heavyweight fight and some of the punches were landing there in the end,” Texas State head coach Brad Wright said. “This was a heck of a football game versus a very good and much improved football team over the past couple of years.
Texas State took an early 7-0 lead with 8:43 left to play in the first quarter when George hit Mishak Rivas in the back of the end zone from nine yards away. It was the first touchdown reception of the season for Rivas and it capped a nine-play, 67-yard drive. Ryan Batchelor added the extra point.
That was how the score ended in the first half as Texas State held the Lumberjacks scoreless in their three trips inside the Red Zone. The first stop came in the first quarter when Stephen F. Austin’s Evan Engwall missed a 22-yard field goal wide to the right.
In the second quarter, Texas State’s Travis Houston pressured SFA’s Jeremy Moses to throw his pass on a fourth-down play from the one-yard line.
The third stop inside the red zone, Texas State’s Joe Bell forced a fumble by Romont Hampton and Marcus Clark recovered it at the Bobcat 11-yard line.
The Lumberjacks entered the game having converted 28-of-its 30 red-zone scoring opportunities this season.
Stephen F. Austin tied the score at 7-7 with 7:58 left to play in the third quarter when Jeremy Moses hit Duane Brooks in the right corner of the end zone from 11 yards away to cap an eight-play, 65-yard drive.
Texas State pinned the Lumberjacks at their own six yard line after their drive stalled at their own
The Bobcats took advantage when George hit Alvaro Garcia for an eight-yard touchdown pass to cap a five-play, 35-yard drive. The Bobcats gained most of the yardage when George hit Rivas on a screen pass that resulted in a 21-yard gain down to the three-yard line. After Alvin Canady was tackled for a five-yard loss, George hit Garcia in the end zone to put the Bobcats ahead for good.
Texas State increased its lead to 21-7 with 3:58 left in the fourth quarter when George hit Rivas for a second touchdown, this one from 32 yards out.
The Bobcats closed out the scoring with 1:08 left when George hit Da’Marcus Griggs for a 17-yard pass to make the final score 28-7.
“We fought all the way to the end until that final horn blew and that’s all you can ask your players to do,” Wright added. “That’s what I’m most excited about. Our kids played hard and with class today.”
The victory improves Texas State’s record to 5-3 overall and 3-1 in Southland Conference play. Stephen F. Austin falls to 6-2 overall and 3-1 in the SLC standings.
— FROM TEXAS STATE SPORTS INFORMATION/RICK POULTER
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