COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack football team managed only seven points dropping a 48-7 decision to Texas A&M Saturday night at Kyle Field.
"We have to take our hats off to Texas A&M," said head coach J.C. Harper. "They are a fine football team. I thought they came out tonight well prepared and focused. Their defense hits hard and plays well together, and their offense is one of the tops in the country."
A 30-yard completion to junior Brandon Scott put SFA into Texas A&M territory with just under five minutes remaining in the opening quarter, but the drive stalled and the `Jacks had to punt the ball away. Texas A&M responded by taking the ball 80 yards on 10 plays to take a 7-0 lead. The Aggies Christine Michael capped the drive with a 15-yard run for the score.
After falling behind 17-0, the Lumberjacks responded with a 10-play, 56-yard drive that ended in a 23-yard touchdown completion from Jeremy Moses to sophomore Cordell Roberson with 4:24 remaining in the half. It was Moses' 88th career touchdown pass.
The Aggies closed out the half with a 10-play, 52-yard drive that ended in a Randy Bullock 32-yard field goal. Texas A&M took a 20-7 lead into the locker room.
Texas A&M tacked on seven points early in the third quarter, and then forced a turnover on the ensuing return. The Aggies converted the SFA miscue into seven points, taking the ball 39 yards on seven plays for a touchdown. SFA was unable to answer, and the Aggies closed out the game tacking on two more scores.
Moses became the Southland Conference all-time leader in completions with his ninth completion of the game (857), surpassing Central Arkansas' Nathan Brown. The record-breaking play was a 17-yard completion to Roberson.
Moses completed 19-of-37 passes for 171 yards and one touchdown. Sophomore Gralyn Crawford caught a team-high five passes for 52 yards. Sophomore Romonte Hampton finished the game with 18 yards on 11 carries in his first career start. Preseason All-America selection Jabara Williams recorded a game-high 10 tackles.
The official attendance was 81,287 which was the 27th largest crowd in Texas A&M history, and the largest opening day crowd in program history. It also marked the largest crowd an SFA team has played in front of.
The Lumberjacks return to action Saturday, Sept. 11, when they host Albany. The 2010 home opener against the Great Danes is slated to begin at 6 p.m. from Homer Bryce Stadium. Tickets are available through the SFA Ticket Office at (936) 468-JACK.