The Lumberjacks concluded their 2020 home slate by defeating the Pittsburg State Gorillas 26-7 on Saturday night. The victory sealed the Jacks’ first six-game win streak since 2010 and marked the first time since 2012 that they went undefeated at home.
SFA improves to 6-3 on the season and the Gorillas stand at 1-2. The Jacks have clinched a winning season, their first since 2014 in which they went 8-5.
Offensively, the Lumberjacks recorded 390 yards of total offense with 249 coming through the air and 141 from the ground game. In addition, their time of possession was 36:16. Defensively, they forced three turnovers (2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovery), only allowed one score and kept Pittsburg State out of the red zone. Junior linebacker Day Day Coleman led the team with nine tackles.
“It was a really good win for us,” said Head Coach Colby Carthel. “Tough win. Credit to Pittsburg State and Coach [Brian] Wright. Those guys came in and they were ready to play.”
The Gorillas, who are the winningest all-time program in NCAA Division II, recorded 346 yards of total offense and recorded seven tackles for loss, including three sacks.
The Jacks got on the scoreboard first as redshirt freshman kicker Chris Campos nailed a 32-yard field goal to give SFA the early 3-0 lead.
SFA scored their first touchdown toward the end of the first quarter as junior quarterback Trae Self leaped into the end zone on a two-yard touchdown run to give the Lumberjacks a 10-0 lead.
The Gorillas answered as sophomore quarterback Mak Sexton connected with redshirt freshman wide receiver Christian Carter on a 43-yard touchdown pass to cut Pitt State’s deficit by three points.
The Lumberjacks extended the lead as Campos booted a 41-yard field goal to give SFA a 13-7 lead going into halftime.
On the first play after receiving the second half kickoff, sophomore safety Jeremiah Davis forced and recovered a Gorilla fumble to give SFA the ball in PSU territory. The Jacks scored three plays later as Self connected with sophomore wide receiver Xavier Gipson for a 23-yard touchdown pass to go up 20-7.
Gipson, the FCS’s leader in receiving yards, concluded the night with 69 yards on five receptions and recorded 119 all-purpose yards.
SFA’s final score of the night came early in the fourth quarter as Self connected with senior wide receiver Remi Simmons on a 17-yard touchdown pass. The two-point conversion was no good which gave the Jacks the 26-7 advantage.
The Lumberjacks will conclude the 2020 season in Memphis, Tennessee, with a matchup against the Memphis Tigers at 11 a.m. Saturday from Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. ESPN+ will provide a television broadcast and Q107.7 will be on hand w