Bryce Murphy and James Nwankpah each ran for more than 100 yards as Austin College picked up its second straight home victory with a 27-17 win over Southwestern Assemblies of God on Saturday afternoon.

Bryce Murphy and James Nwankpah each ran for more than 100 yards as Austin College picked up its second straight home victory with a 27-17 win over Southwestern Assemblies of God on Saturday afternoon.


A pair of turnovers helped keep the ‘Roos (2-5) off the board early on, including a fumble at the SAGU goal line to keep the game scoreless through most of the first half.


However, Austin College managed to score 14 points in the span of just nine seconds with under a minute left before half-time.


Nwankpah plunged in from a yard out to cap off a 15-play, 75-yard drive with 52 seconds left and on the ensuing kickoff the Lions botched the return and the ‘Roos pounced on the loose ball.


The very next play was an 18-yard touchdown pass from Noah Jesko to Kyle Crawford with 43 seconds on the clock.


The Lions got on the board midway through the third quarter with a 35-yard field goal from James Gish but Austin College marched 86 yards in nine plays later in the quarter ending with a six yard touchdown run from Nwankpah.


After a blocked extra point the ‘Roos led 20-3 with just over a minute left in the quarter.


Southwestern Assemblies pulled within 10 points after a 10-play, 50-yard drive that was kept alive when Dylan Moore caught a deflected pass 20 yards downfield on third and 18, and Reid Golson found Josh Goodwin from 14 yards out to make it 20-10 with 8:50 left to play.


Jesko twice found Crawford for 21 yard connections on third down and Murphy rushed in from eight yards out to make it 27-10 with 4:22 on the clock.


On the ensuing SAGU possession, the Lions faced fourth-and-19 from the Austin College 48 when Goodwin caught a 43-yard bomb to the five-yard line, and three plays later Golson found Goodwin again, this time from three yards out, for the touchdown to make it 27-17 with 1:42 to play.


Murphy carried 22 times for 122 yards, Nwankpah had 24 carries for 102 yards and Jesko was 11-of-16 passing for 158 yards. Crawford had five catches for 84 yards and Logan Estes made 10 tackles and had five pass breakups from his cornerback spot to lead the ‘Roos defensively. De’Andre Holmes and Brooks Ward each made seven tackles for Austin College.


Golson completed 20-of-39 passes for 212 yards with two touchdowns and a pick and also rushed 15 times for 78 yards, and Goodwin finished with 71 yards on four catches with a pair of scores. Rodney Johnson led the Lions with 11 tackles.


This week the Roos will be looking to earn their third win in four weeks when they host Hendrix College on Homecoming Weekend with kickoff set for 1 p.m.