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.

It worked.

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.