SFA Travels to Dallas to Face SMU

SFA to face Mustangs Saturday evening.

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The Last Meeting
September 5, 2009
Dallas, Texas
SMU Rallies to Beat Lumberjacks in Season Opener
Despite six Stephen F. Austin turnovers, the SMU Mustangs had to rally to defeat the Lumberjacks, 31-23, Saturday night at Gerald J. Ford Stadium in Dallas, Texas. SFA starts the season 0-1, while SMU begins 1-0. SFA has now dropped four of its last five season openers.

SFA OPENS THREE-GAME ROAD SWING AT SMU: After an impressive 49-14 victory over Southwestern Oklahoma to open the 2012 campaign, the Lumberjacks will look to make it two in a row in 2012, and seven consecutive Saturday when they travel to Dallas, Texas to take on SMU. The Mustangs opened the season with a 59-24 setback at Baylor in a rare Sunday afternoon game. Saturday's game is slated to begin at 7 p.m. from Ford Stadium.

SFA vs. THE MUSTANGS: SFA will be facing SMU for the second time in the past four seasons. The Lumberjacks dropped the only meeting between the two schools, 31-23, in 2009. SFA led late in the game before the Mustangs rallied for the win.

RETURNING TO FORD STADIUM: The Lumberjacks traveled to Ford Stadium to open the 2009 season, and almost pulled off one of the biggest upsets in school history. Led by future Walter Payton Award winner Jeremy Moses, SFA held a nine-point lead with 14 minutes remaining in the game. The Mustangs rallied to outscore SFA 17-0 in the final 14:01 of the contest to snatch the win. SFA finished the game with 460 yards of total offense.

THE STREAK: With SFA's season-opening win over Southwestern Oklahoma, the Lumberjacks have now rattled off six-straight wins dating back to last season. The current streak equals the team's longest since the 2010 season.

THE DEFENSE DOESN'T REST: The Lumberjacks held Southwestern Oklahoma scoreless until 7:09 remaining in the fourth quarter. It was the first points surrendered by SFA since the fourth quarter of the 2011 game against Southeastern Louisiana. The touchdown by the Bulldogs ended a streak of more than 117 minutes without a point surrendered by the SFA defense.

ONE SHY: Senior receiver Gralyn Crawford needs only one more reception to become just the third receiver in Southland Conference history to record 200 in a career. His first career reception, and touchdown reception came in his rookie season against SMU.

SPREADING THE WEALTH: SFA did a good job Friday night of spreading the wealth. Thirteen different players caught a pass.

BIG PLAYS: The Lumberjacks recorded six plays of at least 37 yards against Southwestern Oklahoma. Of the six plays, three of them were from at least 58 yards.

SLC RECORD BOOKS: Senior receivers Gralyn Crawford and Cordell Roberson are leaving their mark on the conference record books. With Roberson's lone TD reception against Southwestern Oklahoma he moved into second all-time on the conference touchdown reception list with 30 (Simmie Yarborough). He needs only three more TD catches to break the record. Crawford recorded 101 all-purpose yards to move into fifth place all-time in the SLC (4,983 yards).

THE COACHES: J.C. Harper became the 18th head coach of the SFA Lumberjack football team in December 2006. A two-time SLC Coach of the Year, Harper has guided SFA to two conference titles and NCAA playoff appearances. He is 30-30 (.500) in five seasons as a head coach. June Jones is 24-28 in his fifth season at SMU. He is 100-69 in 13 seasons as a head coach.


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