Lumberjacks pound hapless ASU

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, September 30, 2003

NACOGDOCHES, Texas &045; Let’s start with the positives: Had Alcorn State not scored on Stephen F. Austin’s reserves near the end, the Braves would have suffered their worst loss in 45 years.

It was a 58-yard pass from Milton Green pass to Charlie Spiller with 2:16 left that put the Braves on the board before they dropped a 60-7 loss at SFA Saturday.

The Braves didn’t have an enormous amount of turnovers &045; one fumble and one interception &045; but couldn’t get any momentum on offense and couldn’t shake the bad breaks.

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The Lumberjacks scored a touchdown on a drive that started after Shane Phillips shanked a 8-yard punt in the second quarter, after regular kicker David McConnell had a punt blocked out of the end zone in the third quarter, after Donald Carrie was picked off at the Alcorn 32 and after Lonnie Teagle fumbled at the Alcorn 13.

The Braves trailed 3-0 by the end of the first quarter before Stephen F. Austin scored 27 points in the second to lead 30-0 at halftime. Then the Lumberjacks piled up an eight-play, 80-yard drive to start the second half that ended with a Ron Middleton 3-yard touchdown run for a 37-0 lead.

The next drive ended with the blocked punt for a 39-0 lead, and the Lumberjacks drove 63 yards on seven plays when Zeke Dixon hit Eric Chapman or a 16-yard TD pass for a 46-0 lead with 7:06 left in the third.