NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Senior quarterback Jeremy Moses threw for 489 yards and three touchdowns as the Lumberjacks rolled to a 36-13 victory Saturday afternoon over Northwestern State. The win, coupled with McNeese State's loss at Central Arkansas, hands SFA its first outright Southland Conference title since the 1989 season. It also marked the first time in program history the 'Jacks have won back-to-back conference titles.
Stephen F. Austin (9-2/6-1 SLC) looked sluggish in the opening half, but managed a 12-7 lead heading into the locker room. Following a Northwestern State (5-6/4-3 SLC) punt, early in the second half, the Lumberjacks capitalized on the very next play. Moses found sophomore Cordell Roberson who broke a tackle and took the ball 46 yards for the score. It was the eighth consecutive game that Roberson has caught a touchdown pass. The play gave SFA the lead for good.
Roberson finished the night with eight catches for 141 yards and the score. Classmate Gralyn Crawford added eight catches for 150 yards and a touchdown. The 'Jacks' other touchdown pass was hauled in by sophomore Anthony Foster.
SFA scored 24-unanswered points to open the second half, and erase any doubt of the Demons getting back in the game. Northwestern State closed out the scoring when Tyler Wolfe found James Swanson in the back of the end zone from 28 yards out as time expired.
The Lumberjacks racked up 540 yards total offense on the night, while holding the Demons to 302, and only 75 yards rushing. Northwestern State hurt itself with penalties throughout the game. The Demons were charged with 15 penalties for 141 yards.
Junior Devin Ducote led SFA with 12 tackles on the night, while senior Kenneth Charles was a nuisance in the Demons' backfield. The Missouri City, Texas native recorded seven tackles on the night, including four for losses, and three sacks.
The fifth-ranked Lumberjacks will be hosting a watch party in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Theater Sunday morning at 9 a.m. The NCAA FCS Playoff selection show will be televised at 9 a.m. on ESPNU.
It marks the second-straight year that SFA will be making a return trip to the FCS Playoffs. Last season, the Lumberjacks defeated Eastern Washington in the opening round, before falling at Montana.