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October 5, 2019

SAGU Senior Justin Allen

Fort Worth, TX – The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) football team made the trek up Highway 287 to face the Texas Wesleyan University (TWU) Rams in a Sooner Athletic Conference contest on Saturday evening at 7:00 pm. The Lions and Rams came into the game winless and in need of a victory. Unfortunately, it was the Rams who outlasted the Lions in a triple overtime thriller. TWU scored a touchdown and two-point conversion and the Lions (0-4, 0-2) could not answer to give TWU the victory 52-44.

Lion Review

  • TWU brought a prolific offense into the game and proved their offense is not a fluke against a Lion defense that had yet to give up more than 286 yards in a game. The Rams torched the Lion defense for 304 yards rushing and wound up with 411 total yards for the game.
  • SAGU rushed for over 300 yards but suffered 75 yards in negative plays to end with 226 yards rushing for the evening which represents their best output of the season.
  • SAGU picked off two TWU passes and recovered one fumble to win the turnover battle 3-2 but the old adage about turnovers did not hold true for the Lions on Saturday evening.
  • SAGU continues to dominate opponents on 3 rd down holding the Rams to 4 of 17 but allowed a critical 3 rd and long conversion in the fourth quarter and again in overtime.
  • SAGU was down 20-3 at halftime but scored 24 straight points in the second half to go up 27-20 on a Justin Allen (SR/Maypearl, TX) 62 yard run.
  • Eleven seconds later TWU would tie the score at 27-27 on a 69 yard pass play.
  • Following a punt by SAGU on their next possession TWU went 4 plays culminating in a 56 yard run to take the lead 33-27. The PAT conversion made the score 34-27 and set the Lions up for some late game heroics.
  • With 3:47 to go SAGU took possession of the ball at their own 35 yard line on a kickoff out of bounds by TWU. Eleven plays later the Lions were down to their last play on the TWU 13 yard line. Quarterback Landon Moon (FR/Logansport, LA) hit Bryant Dotson (SR/Grand Prairie, TX) with a pass in the end zone with 00:01 left on the clock. Tluang Hmung (SR/Lewisville, TX) added the PAT and the game was headed to overtime.
  • Both teams used two play drives to go 25 yards in the first overtime to make the score 41-41.
  • The defenses stiffened in the 2 nd OT and the Lions and Rams field goal kickers kept the game going with the score tied at 44-44.
  • In the third overtime the Rams scored on their possession and then held the Lions to preserve a 52-44 final outcome.
  • Moon finished 11-22-0 and two TD’s passing in his first start as SAGU QB.
  • Allen led the team in rushing with 122 yards on 17 rushing attempts.
  • Dotson and Reggie Agyei (SO/Grand Prairie, TX) led the receivers with four catches and one touchdown each.
  • Landon Jones (SR/Waco, TX) and Jaylan Moss (SO/Waco, TX) led the Lions defensively with seven stops apiece. Derek Shelby (SR/Sanger, TX) had 1.5 quarterback sacks on the evening.

Next Step

The Lions will continue to search for their first win of the season on Homecoming Weekend, this coming Saturday, October 12 th at 2:00 pm when they face conference opponent Lyon College in a 2:00 pm game at Lumpkins Stadium in Waxahachie, TX. Lyon suffered a 60-7 loss to Langston College on the 5 th of October.

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