Moses, Brown square off with records at stake
By Andrew Gaddess, FCS Assistant
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Stephen F. Austin senior quarterback Jeremy Moses has been setting school and league records for the better part of two seasons now, but Saturday, against Central Arkansas, he has the opportunity to capture a couple of significant Southland Conference records in dramatic fashion.
Moses sits just one touchdown and 336 yards shy of the Southland records for touchdown passes and total offense. The current record holder is recent Central Arkansas graduate and current Bears quarterbacks coach Nathan Brown.
Brown, a four-year starter at Central Arkansas, was the 2008 Southland Conference Player of the Year, a 2008 Walter Payton Award finalist and a three-time All-American. He will have one of the best seats in the house, trolling the opposing sidelines on Saturday as his records hang in the balance.
Central Arkansas head coach Clint Conque, who had the opportunity to coach Brown just a few years ago, is quick to point out the similarities between the two accomplished signal-callers.
"(Moses) is one of the finest quarterbacks in the country," Conque said. "From his presence on the field, he makes everybody better around him. He has that ability, a lot like Nathan Brown, to get the ball out quick, get it to the right people and that innate ability to lead just by his presence on the field.
"What's key to me for a quarterback is when you can win games late in the game," Conque continued. "Nathan Brown did that for us on several occasions in his career and as recently as last week (Moses) was able to lead his team back to a victory."
The comeback Conque referred to is Stephen F. Austin's 32-27 victory over McNeese State last Saturday. Trailing late in the game, Moses led the Lumberjacks on a 12-play, 83-yard drive that culminated in a 15-yard touchdown pass to Cordell Roberson. The pass proved to be the game-winner, and also tied Moses with Brown, setting the stage for this Saturday.
"We were extremely happy to get the win," said Stephen F. Austin head coach J.C. Harper. "Jeremy really played well and really played well in that last drive. I think he ended up with four touchdown passes and I think he is at 100 total now for his career."
Harper was right, Moses has 100 career touchdown passes, and needs just one more for the record. Evident in Harper's recollection of Moses' statistics is that a win is more important than personal achievements.
With a quarterback as talented as Moses, however, it appears both are possible.
"He has been here a long time and I'll be glad to see him go," Conque said. "But we've got to see him one more time this week."
No. 5-ranked Stephen F. Austin (4-1) and Central Arkansas (3-2) square off in Nacogdoches, Texas, at 3 p.m. Eastern on Saturday.
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