Nov. 5, 2011
BEAUMONT - Brady Attaway passed for 359 yards and five touchdowns Saturday night as Stephen F. Austin handed Lamar University its fifth-consecutive loss by a 69-10 margin.
The loss, suffered before a Provost Umphrey Stadium crowd of 13,596, came on the heels of a 66-0 blanking administered by Sam Houston State the previous week and dropped the Cardinals to 3-6 overall and 1-4 in the Southland Conference.
"These have been the worst two weeks back-to-back in my career," said a disappointed Ray Woodard, the Cardinals' head coach. "It's an understatement that we got outplayed.
"I have to do a better job. I'm disappointed in a lot of things, but it's not the time to start pointing fingers at anyone other than myself. I don't make excuses. That's not me."
In just a little over three quarters of work, the 6-foot-1, 205-pound Attaway completed 24 of 39 passes with only one interception. He led his teammates on touchdown drives of 79, 23, 34, 63, 50, 63, 80 and 90 yards.
Attaway had 229 of his passing yards and four of his scoring tosses in the runaway first half in which the Lumberjacks built an insurmountable 55-7 lead. The 55 points were 17 more than the Cardinals allowed to SFA in their record-setting 71-3 loss in Nacogdoches last year.
Attaway's first-half touchdowns covered 20 yards to wide receiver Cordell Roberson, 14 yards to wideout Marquis Mosley, 50 yards to wide receiver Brandon Scott and 6 yards to wideout Calib Hadnot.
The Lumberjacks, who improved to 4-5 on the season and 3-2 in the league, enjoyed other eventful first-half happenings such as Ben Wells' 40-yard interception return for a touchdown and Jordan Aubrey's 29-yard return of a blocked punt for a score. Also, a fumble recovery on a Lamar kickoff return set up Keith Lawson's 23-yard bolt up the middle for an early first-quarter TD, and Travis Walker contributed a 1-yard scoring dive.
"I'm going to go home tonight and feel sorry for myself," said Woodard. "Tomorrow I'll be back out here figuring out what I can do to make it better. There are some things systematically we need to do better, and there are some things technique-wise we need to do better."
Defensively, the Jacks sacked Lamar sophomore quarterback Doug Prewitt
five times in the opening half, and they added four more sacks in the final two quarters. The Cardinals limited the Cardinals to 16 net rushing yards and 76 passing yards in the first half and to 40 yards rushing and 173 total yards.
Forty of Lamar's 76 first-half passing yards came on wide receiver Kevin Smith's grab of a Prewitt pass for the Cards' only score of the opening half. In the first start of the season, the Beaumont Kelly product completed 16 of 28 attempts for 133 yards for one touchdown with one interception.
"I didn't think it would be a good thing to pull Doug," said Woodard. "It was a tough situation for him to have to endure, but he will become a better player for having gone through it.
"He gave me a look when the offense was on the sideline in the second and told me he wanted to finish it. I admire him for that."
Jeremy Barmes tacked on an 11-yard touchdown run for the game's final score early in the fourth quarter,
The Cardinals scored again on Justin Stout's 29-yard field goal late in the third quarter, and they drove to the SFA 9-yard line late in the game, but they ran out of downs before they could get the ball into the end zone.
Attaway skillfully took the Lumerjacks down the field on their first possession, completing six of eight passes for 63 yards along the way. The sophomore quarterback capped the 11-play, 79-yard drive with the 20-yard pass to Roberson inside the left side of the south end zone.
Josh Aubrey stripped Marcus Jackson of the ball on the ensuing kickoff, and Devin Ducote recovered for the Lumberjacks at the Cardinal 23-yard line. It took Lawson just one play and five seconds to rip practically untouched up the middle for the Jacks' second touchdown.
The Jacks' lead grew to 20-9 less than a minute later when Wells intercepted a Prewitt pass and weaved his way for his 40-yard scoring return.
The Cardinals stopped the bleeding when Prewitt and Smith combined on the quick-strike, 40-yard touchdown that made it 20-7 at the 8:19 mark of the first quarter. Lamar then came up with back-to-back defensive stops to force SFA punts.
The momentum swung back in the other direction, however, when Jacob Fincher blocked a Kollin Kahler punt, and Aubrey snared it in flight to ignite his 29-yard touchdown return that increased the Jacks' lead to 27-7 with 2:20 remaining in the first quarter.
A 40-yard punt return by Graylyn Crawford set up SFA's four-play, 34-yard drive that eventually put the ball in position for Walker's 1-yard TD dive to run the Jacks' advantage to 34-7 at the 13:53 mark of the second quarter.
The Cardinals reached the SFA 27-yard line on the ensuing possession but it fizzled on a fourth-down sack of Prewitt for a 10-yard loss. The Jacks than zipped 63 yards on five plays with the final two being Attaway passes of 20 yards Ryan Gambel and 14 yards to Moskey to run the score to 41-7 with 9:04 left in the half.
There was 6:17 left on the clock when Attaway and Scott combined on the 50-yard bomb that made it 48-7. Later in the half, Atttaway connected with Crawford on a 56-yard pass and run play to set up Calib Hadnot's 6-yard reception for the touchdown that made it 55-7 with 12 seconds left before halftime.
The Cardinals play their final road game next Saturday travel Thibodaux, La. to challenge Nicholls in 12,800-seat Guidry Stadium.