SF Austin 30

(1-0, 1-0 home)

8:00 PM ET, September 2, 2004

Homer Bryce Stadium, Nacogdoches, TX

1 2 3 4 T
HEN 0 7 0 714
SFA 13 3 0 1430

Top Performers

Passing: Z. Dixon (SFA) - 27 YDS

Rushing: L. Runnels (SFA) - 5 CAR, 16 YDS

Receiving: C. Price (SFA) - 3 REC, 50 YDS

Stephen F. Austin 55, Henderson State 12

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (AP) -- Damian Melancon passed for one touchdown and ran for another Saturday as Southern Arkansas topped Henderson State 31-27.

SAU (5-6, 3-6 Gulf South Conference) and HSU (2-8, 2-7) were tied at 19 points each at the half, but the Muleriders took a 28-14 lead with two touchdowns in the third period.

The Reddies scored first, on a 1-yard run by Arthur Burnett, and SAU responded with a pass from Melancon to Johnny Fields on a 24-yard TD, in the first quarter.

In the second period, the two teams traded TDs again, with HSU regaining the lead when Blake Christenson connected with Jace Garrison for a 45-yard scoring play. SAU answered with a 19-yard TD run by LaRon Sylvester.

After intermission, Melancon put SAU in front 21-14 with a 9-yard run for a touchdown, and Torrence Jones added another score for the Muleriders with a 1-yard run.

The final period saw the Reddies score two touchdowns themselves -- on a 5-yard run by Larry Owens and a 10-yard dash by Rodney Stewart. But a point-after kick was blocked, and SAU's David Korff kicked a 21-yard field goal for the final margin.