Courtesy of VSU Athletics:
VALDOSTA, Ga. - Valdosta State limited Southern Arkansas to just 39 yards of total offense as the Blazers defeated the Muleriders 32-7 in Gulf South Conference football action at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium Saturday evening.
The 39 yards of total offense marked the second fewest surrendered by the Blazers in school history, behind the 22 tallied by Mount Senario on September 2, 1993. SAU (0-2) managed just 53 passing yards and lost a total of 14 yards on the ground, the third-fewest rushing yards surrendered by VSU (1-1) in school history. Valdosta State allowed just seven first downs in the game, including three via penalty, which tied for the sixth-fewest first downs allowed in program history, and gave up its only points of the game on an interception return in the second quarter.
After the two teams exchanged punts on the first two drives of the game, Valdosta State opened the scoring on its second drive as it marched 62 yards on 10 plays. Kellen Lewis completed all five passes he threw on the drive and capped off the drive with a two-yard touchdown run to put the Blazers in front 7-0.
Southern Arkansas, which tallied no yards on its first drive, lost nine on its next drive and gained just three on its final drive of the first quarter to end the frame with negative six yards of offense through the first quarter.
VSU upped its lead to 14-0 on its first drive of the second quarter as Lewis capped off a 12-play, 80-yard drive with a three-yard touchdown run. The senior quarterback was again perfect passing the ball on the drive as he completed five passes for 43 yards while rushing for 29 yards on three carries.
Southern Arkansas got its only score of the game on Valdosta State's next drive as Lewis' arm was hit as he began to come forward with it on a pass attempt. The ball sailed into the arms of Trent Stevenson, who raced 29 yards untouched for a touchdown.
The Blazers added a 32-yard Daniel Anderson field goal 32 seconds before the half to claim a 17-7 halftime lead.VSU outgained the Muleriders 238 to 3 in total offense during the frame.
Anderson added a 49 yard field and Derrick Harris ran for a four-yard touchdown in the third quarter while a safety, on a snap over the head of SAU punter Zach Massingill and a 35-yard field goal by Anderson in the fourth closed out the scoring.
Lewis completed 27-of-33 passes for 192 yards in the game while also picking up 23 yards on nine carries. Michael Brown led the rushing attack with 71 yards on 13 carries while Gerald Ford, Ronnye Nelson and Cedric Jones each caught five passes for the Blazers. Larry Dean led the VSU defense with eight tackles, including two-and-a-half for loss.
Ryan McCombie completed 13-of-33 passes for 53 yards in the game for Southern Arkansas while Chris Metcalf carried the ball nine times for 11 yards. Ryan Terry led the Mulerider defense with 11 tackles.
Valdosta State hits the road for the first time in 2009 when it travels to Ouachita Baptist next Saturday, September 19. The GSC game is scheduled for a 8:00 p.m. Eastern kickoff.