Athletic News

BethanyLindsborg, Kansas- September 7, 2014- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) football team lost to Bethany College (Swedes) in the final seconds of the game with a final score of 21-14. 

In the first quarter SAGU went up 7-0 thanks to Promise Jackson intercepting the ball and giving SAGU great field position.  A few plays later freshman quarterback CJ Collins hit senior Dylan Moore with a 13 yard touchdown pass.  

Bethany was quick to answer, scoring two touchdowns in the second quarter thanks to two long drives consisting of 12 plays and 15 plays.  Going into halftime Bethany was up 14-7.

“Defensively we could not get off the field.  Interestingly, much of that was due to giving up way to many yards on first down.  Bethany was in second and short and third and short situations for much of the evening,” explains Head Coach Jesse Godding. 

In the third quarter SAGU tied it up with a 7 yard touchdown pass from Collins to junior Caleb Shelly. 

With six minutes left in the fourth quarter the Lions had the chance to take the lead with a 46 yard field goal but didn’t seal the deal.  Bethany regained possession and drove down the field taking up the remaining time.  The SAGU defense came up with a big stop, forcing Bethany to set up for a field goal attempt.  At that time the Lions were drawn off sides, leaving Bethany with a 1st and goal attempt. 

With 36 seconds left Bethany quarterback Virgil Bridges scored a 1 yard touchdown, taking the lead 21-14. 

Losing to Bethany was a tough loss, but Coach Godding is hopeful the Lions will learn from their mistakes, “If we are capable of playing with discipline and learning from our mistakes we will become a decent football team.  We will rebound, use the bye week to fix mistakes and make our strengths stronger and get ready for HPU.” 

Collins ended the night 8/13 with 2 touchdowns and 1 interception.  The bright spot on the SAGU offense were the running backs.  Senior running back James Hopkins rushed for 71 yards on 7 carries for the night while senior Troy Griffin rushed for 46 yards on 10 carries.   

SAGU will take a week off and play their next game against Howard Payne on September 20, 2014 at 6:00pm. 

Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927 and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

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