Cole Starns, RB, SO, Frisco, performs at Provost Umphrey Stadium against SFA losing 7-34 on 10/28/17.

Cole Starns, RB, SO, Frisco, performs at Provost Umphrey Stadium against SFA losing 7-34 on 10/28/17. UP photo by Matt Beadle

Lamar University’s football team took another loss Saturday against Stephen F. Austin, 34-7, at Provost Umphrey Stadium. The loss dropped the team to their sixth-consecutive loss since their win against University of Texas-Permian Basin in September.

Big Red caused SFA to fumble several times but that wasn’t enough to hold back SFA’s 571 offensive yards, four touchdowns and two field goals.

“Obviously, we’re disappointed,” coach Mike Schultz said. “We’ve just got to do a better job and we didn’t get it done tonight. All the credit goes to Stephen F. Austin. They’ve got a good football team. It was probably as good of a defense performance we’ve had this year.”

SFA scored the first touchdown at the 6:26 mark. LU defensive end James Jefferey caused SFA quarterback Jake Blumrick to fumble, which gave the ball back to LU, who executed a trick play. Senior quarterback Andrew Allen caught a six-yard pass after Kirkland Banks took a reverse end-around, equalizing the score 7-7 after a 74-yard drive.

“We actually ran that against Southeastern (Louisiana),” Allen said. “We knew we were going to run that play. We were waiting on the right time and that sparked the team up.”

After a field goal from SFA, Allen found Dorian Gaston open but the ball slipped through his hands for an incomplete pass. SFA made another touchdown 14 seconds before heading in the locker room with the half-time score at 17-7.

With seven minutes remaining in the third quarter, SFA scored another touchdown against the Cards. In the fourth quarter, SFA kicked a field goal and made a touchdown to make the final score 34-7.

“We knew we weren’t going to be able to move the ball consistently,” Schultz said. “You know, offense doesn’t win the game, defense doesn’t win the game, special teams doesn’t win the game — it’s got to be a collective effort. We’ve got to play collectively across the board and that’s what we got to keep working towards.”

Allen, threw nine complete passes out of 19 attempts for 118 yards and rushed 17 times for 26 yards. Isaiah Howard, junior wide receiver, caught a career high three passes for 90 yards.

Chaston Brooks and Jaylon Bowden led the Cardinal defense with double-digit tackles. Bowden had 13 and Brooks with 12 and a forced fumble.

Nate Jones got his team-high fourth interception, and James Jefferey picked up five tackles and a forced fumble.

“Motivation could’ve gone down,” Jones said. “But at the end of the day, we just need to keep fighting and have that next day mentality.”

Allen said the offense did not execute well on Saturday.

“Our defense played well,” he said. “They had five turnovers and we capitalized on one of them. We just have to get that on offense. I put that on myself. I need to drive the offense more and be more enthusiastic.”

Big Red (1-7, 1-6 SLC) will play their Homecoming game, Saturday, against Central Arkansas at 6 p.m. at Provost Umphrey Stadium.

Karisa Norfleet, UP contributor

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