Junior running back Gus Johnson started his year off well against the Weber State Wildcats.
Playing in a pass-happy offense, Johnson managed to scrounge up 114 rushing yards on 24 attempts. He averaged 4.6 yards per carry which would easily get a first down every three plays.
The longest run by Johnson, who was named to the 2012 All-Southland Conference First Team, was 23 yards and he scored a touchdown. He's not just a rusher though, Johnson caught four passes for 35 yards too. The wealth was spread around to eight Lumberjack receivers as Stephen F. Austin fell 50-40 in Ogden, Utah.
The Lumberjacks have minimal room for error against the Texas Tech Red Raiders. If Stephen F. Austin is going to win, they will need to control the clock. The Red Raiders run a fast-paced no-huddle offense that will wear down the Lumberjack defense by halftime, if not earlier. The best way to control the clock is by running the football.
Stephen F. Austin's defense gave up 315 yards and four touchdowns on the ground against Weber State. The Wildcats won the time of possession game. The Lumberjacks put up 450 yards in their aerial attack, but still lost by 10 points.
Stephen F. Austin must win time of possession by 10 minutes against the Red Raiders. The Lumberjack defense must stay off the field for long periods of time. Senior quarterback Brady Attaway was picked off three times in the first week. The Red Raider defense had a strong showing against an offensive-minded SMU team allowing just two touchdowns.
For the Lumberjacks to win, they must run the ball. Gus Johnson will have to carry his team if Stephen F. Austin wants any chance to upset the Red Raiders.