Finally back home, the Texas College Steers were hoping to throw a kink into the CSFL playoff scenario with an upset win over Southwestern Assemblies of God University on Saturday afternoon at Trinity Mother Frances-Rose Stadium.
It was not to be however, as a big Lions squad scored 38 unanswered points for a 38-15 win over the Steers. SAGU dominated both sides of the line with 467 total yards to only 268 for the locals.
SAGU scored on its first possession before a fumble recovery by Steer Zimbalist Williams stopped the next Lions drive.
However, with 28 seconds left in the opening period, SAGU added another score on an 81-yard scoring strike from quarterback Reid Golson to Caleb Shelly. Lions kicker James Gish came on for his first of five PAT kicks in the contest.
Goodwin was on the finishing end of another SAGU scoring toss, hauling in a 19-yard Golson toss early in the second quarter.
Gish punched in a 27-yard field goal to make it a 24-0 Lions shutout of the Steers after one half. SAGU held a commanding 309-152 advantage in total yards in the opening half of play.
TC finally got on the board after a long sustained drive as Curtez Griffen bulled in from one-yard away. The Erick Tiqueros point-after kick was good to make it 38-7.
Running back Taylor Gray did most of the work up the middle and to finish with 47 yards on 12 carries. Edward Burns came on for all 40 of his rushing yards in 10 tries.
Gilmer's Jeremy McMillan added a highlight for the Steers in the final 2:06 as he blocked a Lion punt, recovered the ball and returned it seven yards for his first college touchdown and a 38-15 score. Josh Isaac caught the conversion pass from Griffen for the last points of the game.
Griffen ran for 49 yards and was 16-of-31 for 149 yards through the air.
The loss set back the Steers to a 1-8 record on the year and 1-3 in CSFL action. Texas College wraps up George Cumby's third year at the helm Saturday against Oklahoma Baptist University. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. at TMF Rose Stadium.
SAGU will play league-leading Bacone College at home next week for the CSFL title.
Southwestern Assemblies of God 38, Texas College 15
At Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium (Earl Campbell Field)
SAGU 14 10 14 0 — 38
Texas College 0 0 0 15 — 15
SAGU: Troy Griffen 3 run, (James Gish kick), 9: 46
SAGU: Josh Goodwin 43 passs from Reid Golson, (Gish kick), :2Second Quarter
SAGU: Goodwin 19 pass from Golson, (Gish kick), 10:03.
SAGU: Gish 27 field goal, :13
SAGU: Griffen 1 run, (Gish kick good), 5:37
SAGU: Caleb Shelly 10 pass from Golson, (Gish kick), 1:03.
TC: Curtez Griffen 1 run, (Erick Tiqueros PAT kick), 9:00.
TC: Jeremy McMillan 7 punt block return, (Josh Isaac pass from Griffen), 2:06
First Downs 26 16
Rushes-Yds. 47-256 34-137
Att-Comp-Int 14-18-0 16-31-1
Passing Yds. 211 149
Total Yds 467 286
Punts-Avg. 3-38.0 5-19.6
Fumbles-Lost 4-2 3-1
Penalties-Yds 10-115 6-49
RUSHING — SAGU, Reid Golson 11-98; Troy Griffen 15-50; James Hopkins 5-14; Benton 4-22; Chris Bingham 6-38; Carvin Colston 4-10; Josh Harris 2-8; Jeremy McDonald 1-10. 47-256. TC, Curtez Griffen 10-49; Edward Burns 7-40; Marques Thomspon 4-7; Taylor Gray 12-42; Michael Sidberry 1-minus1. 34-137.
PASSING — SAGU, Golson 14-17-0-3-211; Harris 1-2-0-0-0. TC, Griffen 16-34-1-0-149.
RECEIVING — SAGU, Caleb Shelly 3-32; Jeremy McDonald 3-18; Goodwin 2-62; Jenkins 2-31; Dylan Moore 4-72. TC, Jamaal Johnson 3-17; Ja'Marius Allen 6-78; Michael Sidberry 4-13; Bradford Lewis 2-25; Joshua Isaac 1-3; Edward Burns 1-6.