After a season-opening loss on national television, the Southwestern Assemblies of God University Lions turned up the offensive tempo against Austin College on Saturday.
SAGU entered the third quarter down 21-17 but outscored Austin College 20-7 in the second half for the 37-28 win. The Lions ran 90 total offensive plays on the afternoon — up from 70 in a 28-9 loss to Evangel College in week one.
SAGU senior quarterback CJ Collins finished the game 22-of-33 through the air for 244 yards and one interception.
Samuel Northey recorded team-highs in catches (11) and receiving yards (126). Jeremy Carr added 97 yards on seven catches.
The Lions were led on the ground by Michael Bledsoe (17-103) and Stephon Free (17-77, 2 TDs). Collins added 52 yards on 15 carries, while Jatyn Taylor (4-21) and Garry Powell (3-3, TD) rounded out the SAGU rushing attack.
SAGU totaled 500 yards of offense during the win, up from 126 yards in the week one loss. The Lions ran for negative-six yards in that defeat. They ran for 256 yards during Saturday's win.
Toriente Williams led the defense with nine tackles.
The Lions return to action at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 against Wayland Baptist, who begins its season this week against Austin College.