Kayvon Britten's 14-yard touchdown run with 12:03 left in the first quarter gave Tarleton State (7-3, 3-2 United Athletic Conference) the lead for good. Gabalis threw touchdown passes of 26 yards to Trevon West and 22 yards to Darius Cooper before his TD run made it 28-10 with 19 seconds left in the period.
Cooper scored on an 86-yard catch-and-run early in the second quarter and Dawson Hearne's 9-yard TD reception made it 42-10 at halftime. Britten added a 6-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and Kristian Dalton scored on a 70-yard run in the fourth.
Jerrell Wimbley and Jaylen Jenkins each had a rushing touchdown for Stephen F. Austin (3-5, 0-3).
The Lumberjacks finished with 208 yards rushing but lost each of their five fumbles. Tarleton State had 577 total yards, 188 rushing.
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