Turnovers lead to playoff loss against defending national champs

NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Senior quarterback Jeremy Moses set an NCAA FCS career record for completions but the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks lost to the defending National Champions, 54-24, Saturday afternoon at Homer Bryce Stadium.
"My hats off to Villanova," said two-time Southland Conference Coach of the Year J.C. Harper. "There is a reason they are the defending National Champions. That is a very tough football team. We made way too many mistake, and a team like Villanova will always make you pay, and that's what happened tonight. You have to give Coach (Andy) Talley all the credit. He had his team ready to play."
After jumping out to a 21-7 first quarter lead, the Lumberjacks struggled to hold on to the football and Villanova took advantage of the miscues. The Lumberjacks scored only three points on their next five possessions, which including an interception, and a fumble punt and kick return. Villanova seized the opportunity outscoring SFA, 27-3, over the next 16:33 to take a 10-point lead into the locker room. The Wildcats never trailed after that rattling off 40 unanswered points.
A two-time SLC Player of the Year and the school and conference all-time leading passer, Moses finished his career as the FCS all-time completions leader (1,184). It marked the first time since the 2009 playoff game at Montana that Moses did not record a touchdown pass.
Freshman running back Keith Lawson recorded all three of SFA's touchdowns on one-yard runs in the first quarter. He finished the night with 15 carries for 75 yards and the three scores. He also caught four passes for 25 yards.
Moses completed 33-of-51 passes for 340 yards. His favorite target was sophomore Cordell Roberson who hauled in nine passes for 71 yards.
Three Lumberjacks finished the game with double figure tackles. Sophomore Josh Aubrey recorded a game-high 13 tackles, while seniors Sean Warren and Jabara Williams each added 10. Warren was also credited with 2.5 tackles for losses, and 1.5 sacks.
SFA finishes the year with a 9-3 overall record, winning back-to-back conference titles for the first time in program history. It also marks the first time that SFA has recorded consecutive seasons of at least nine wins since the 1988 and 1989 campaigns.