‘Jacks Move to 7-3 with Win At UCA

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Luis Ruperto
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Conway, Arkansas – The SFA football team picked up their first road win over UCA since 2009 with a 27-14 victory Saturday night at Estes Stadium.

With the win, the ‘Jacks move to 7-3 on the season marking the first time since 2014 the ‘Jacks eclipsed the 7-win mark.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The ‘Jacks opened the scoring with a bang. Trae Self hit Xavier Gipson for a 73-yard strike on a screen pass on the first play from scrimmage. UCA responded at the end of the first quarter and tied the game, but Chris Campos gave the ‘Jacks the lead with a 42 yard field goal with 10:21 left in the half.

On the ensuing drive, the Bears took their first lead of the game, 14-10, with a 5-play, 65-yard scoring drive with 8:30 on the clock before the half. But the ‘Jacks answered right before the half with a quick strike 7-play, 73-yard scoring drive capped off by a 6-yard touchdown pass from Self to Gipson to give SFA the 17-14 lead at the break.

The second half was all Lumberjacks. The SFA defense locked down allowing just 113 yards of offense to UCA in the final 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, the SFA offense strung together a pair of 9-play scoring drives. The first, was end with a beautiful 7-yard touchdown pass from Self to Gipson in the corner of the endzone and the second a 34 yard Campos field goal. 

NOTABLE STATS
– Gipson, who was put on the FCS Walter Peyton Award Watchlist, prior to kickoff, hauled in six catches for 99 yards and 3 TDs.

– Self went 18-for-31 for 261 yards and three touchdowns through the air. He also ran 10 times for 99 yards.

Miles Reed was the leading rusher for the ‘Jacks. He accounted for 131 yards on the ground on 32 carries. Reed has become a workhorse in the SFA backfield for the last two games. He’s carried the rock 58 times for 263 yards while accounting for back-to-back 100 yard games on the ground and the third straight game for the ‘Jacks.

Trey Ramos continued the SFA INT streak with a pick. 

Amad Murray accounted for a pair of sacks and three total tackles in the game.

Rayshad Nichols led the SFA defense with seven total tackles.

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