ABILENE, Texas – Jaquan Hemphill ran for a school-record 304 yards and scored three touchdowns but it wasn't enough as the Cowboys fell 38-27 to Texas Lutheran on Saturday night at Shelton Stadium.
The Bulldogs scored three times on defense and turned the Cowboys over five times. TLU converted that into 28 points.
After a punt by TLU on the first possession of the game, the two teams exchanged turnovers then exchanged punts in the first quarter. HSU took over at its own 3-yard line and Hemphill exploded for 97 yards on the first play to give the Cowboys a 7-0 lead with 2:56 to play in the first quarter.
TLU answered with a 39-yard field goal by Juan Ocampo. Brennen Wooten then was intercepted and the Bulldogs went 17 yards in four plays Austin Matthews capped the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run.
HSU came right back with a long drive that went 66 yards in 13 plays and Jamie Pogue kicked a field goal from 32 yards out to tie the game at 10 with 2:30 to play in the half.
The defense forced a quick punt and the Cowboys were driving when Daniel Enriquez stepped in front of a Wooten pass and raced it 58 yards for a touchdown to make it 17-10 with :12 to play in the half.
HSU took the ball in the second half and Pogue nailed a 40-yard field goal to make it 17-13. The defense forced another punt and then the Cowboys fumbled a handoff between Kavan Johnson and Kevi Evans and Manny Longoria picked it up and went 39 yards for a touchdown.
The Cowboys answered with a 10-play 95-yard drive that Hemphill did most of the damage on and he capped it with a 10-yard touchdown run to cut the deficit to 24-20. TLU answered with a drive of its own as Austin Mathews raced 30 yards for a touchdown on fourth-and-two to make it 31-20.
HSU again went back down and scored as Hemphill scored from 57 yards out to make the score 31-27 on the last play of the third quarter.
The two teams exchanged five straight punts to start the fourth quarter and the backbreaker came when Jackson Worley intercepted Wooten and returned it 25 yards for a touchdown to make the score 38-27 with 6:45 to play.
Hemphill broke his own school record of 293 yards set in 2017 against East Texas Baptist. He finished the night with 32 carries. Wooten finished 9-of-18 for 57 yards and four interceptions. Zai Zai Smith led the Cowboy defense with 10 tackles.
TLU's Derek Dunn had 17 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and two sacks in the contest. The Bulldogs had five sacks and eight tackles for loss in the game.
The Cowboys are now 4-1 on the year and 3-1 in ASC play. Texas Lutheran improved to 3-1 and 3-0 in ASC action. HSU has an open date next week before returning home Oct. 19 to play Belhaven for Homecoming.
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