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SFU's football Clan head home after two road wins
Make that two tough opponents on the road, and two wins for the SFU Clan football team.
A fumble recovery deep in Clan territory by safety Travis Hayes with 11:22 left in the game set the table for a scoring drive that traveled almost the entire length of the field and gave SFU a 21-14 win over the Central Washington Wildcats in Ellensburg on Saturday. It was the Clan’s first win over the Wildcats since their old NAIA days in 1980.
“Obviously we couldn’t have gotten off to a better start,” said SFU head coach Dave Johnson of his side’s early-season winning streak that kicked off two weeks ago with a victory over Humboldt State in Arcata, Calif.
After kicker Chad Heerspink’s 18-yard field goal staked the Clan to a 3-0 advantage, Wildcats’ running back Jordan Todd scampered 65 yards up the middle to put Central Washington in front 7-3.
Heerspink’s second field goal, from 26 yards out, made the score 7-6 at the half.
The Wildcats widened their advantage to 14-6 on their first series of the second half.
It wasn’t until early in the fourth quarter that the Clan were able to mount their comeback.
Linebacker Mitchell Barnett knocked the ball loose from Wildcats’ running back Jordan Todd, recovering it on Central Washington’s 46 yard line. SFU quarterback Ryan Stanford connected with tight end Jamal Kent for a first down and a roughing the passer penalty put the ball on the 10-yard line. From there running back Chris Tolbert punched it into the end zone.
Stanford and receiver Bobby Pospischil successfully completed the two-point conversion to tie the game.
The Clan will play their first home game Saturday at 12:30 at Terry Fox Field against Western Oregon.