NACOGDOCHES – Quarterback Ryan Mossakowski came off the Cardinals’ bench in
the second half to throw three long touchdown passes to Jordan Edwards on
Saturday night at Homer Bryce Stadium, but Lamar University couldn’t overcome
a 21-point halftime deficit in dropping its Southland Conference football
contest 40-26 to Stephen F. Austin.
The game was delayed nearly two and a half hours due to inclement weather and
the two teams were finally cleared to begin the game at 8:23 p.m. After falling
behind 27-6 at the half, it was Mossakowski and Edwards who were lighting up the
sky in the second half.
LU linebacker James Washington intercepted Brady Attaway midway through the
third quarter to stop a Lumberjack drive and give the Cards the ball at their
own 21-yard line. After a pass interference call gave Lamar a first down at its
own 40, Mossakowski hit Edwards for a 60-yard score to make it a 27-13 game with
5:58 to play in the third.
SFA (4-5 overall, 3-2 in the Southland) answered with a touchdown less than two
minutes later as backup quarterback Joe Minden found Ryan Gambel from eight
yards out to cap an eight-play, 65-yard drive and give SFA a 34-13 lead.
Following a 54-yard kickoff return by VanLawrance Franks, Lamar began its
ensuing drive at the SFA 40-yard line. On third-and-nine, Edwards was able to
come down with a tipped pass for a 39-yard score that pulled the Cards to within
34-20 with three minutes on the clock.
Jordan Wiggs would close the third quarter with a 27-yard field goal for the
‘Jacks to push the lead back to 37-20. Wiggs hit four field goals in the game
for the Lumberjacks, including a 21-yarder with just under 10 minutes to play in
the game to close out the SFA scoring.
Lamar’s final score was a 56-yard hookup from Mossakowski to Edwards that came
with 6:23 to play in the contest and ended up being the final points of the
game. Mossakowski finished 11-of-27 for 231 yards with three touchdowns and one