'Jacks Travel to #3 Montana State; Game Televised on KCEB-TV
Sept. 12, 2012
NACOGDOCHES, Texas -
LUMBERJACKS HEAD NORTH TO FACE BOBCATS: After a tough loss at SMU, the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks will look to get back on the right track Saturday when they travel to No. 3 Montana State to take on the Bobcats. It will be SFA's (1-1) first trip to Bozeman since 2005. The nationally ranked Bobcats enter the season 2-0 posting wins over Chadron State and Drake. Saturday's contest is slated to begin at 1:35 p.m. (2:35 p.m. Nacogdoches time) from Bobcat Stadium, and will be televised on KCEB-TV (Local cable Ch. 8, Dish Network Ch. 54 and DirectTV Ch. 18). In addition to Saturday's game being carried live on KCEB-TV, the station will also televise an SFA Pregame Kickoff show 30 minutes prior to kickoff.
SFA vs. MONTANA STATE: The Lumberjacks are 1-3 (.250) all-time against Montana State, and are 0-2 against the Bobcats in Bozeman. SFA's lone victory during that stretch was a 30-13 decision in Nacogdoches during the 2002 campaign. The Lumberjacks are making their first trip to Bozeman since 2005, when Montana State recorded a 42-6 victory.
HOPING HISTORY DOESN'T REPEAT ITSELF: The Lumberjack offense has struggled in its first two trips to Bozeman. SFA has never scored a touchdown in Bozeman, scoring 12 points in the two previous contests.
TEXAS CONNECTION: Montana State is very familiar with the state of Texas. Fifteen players on the MSU roster played their high school football in the Lonestar State.
SFA CONNECTION: In addition to the Bobcat players who are originally from Texas, MSU secondary coach Brandon North is a former Lumberjack letterman who was a member of the SFA coaching staff from 2007-10.
THE STREAK: SFA's loss at SMU snapped a six-game win streak, but the 'Jacks still have a six-game win streak against non-FBS schools.
AFTERNOON GAMES: Saturday's contest in Bozeman will be the team's first afternoon game of the season. SFA played two afternoon games last season splitting the outcomes. SFA lost to Sam Houston State, but closed out the season with a 33-0 victory over rival Northwestern State.
SFA in TELEVISED GAMES: Saturday's game will be carried on KCEB-TV out of Tyler. The Lumberjacks are 14-15 (.483) in televised games since 2001. SFA has won six of its last nine televised games. The 'Jacks were 2-1 (.667) in televised games last season.
SLC RECORD BOOKS: Senior receivers Gralyn Crawford and Cordell Roberson are leaving their mark on the conference record books. Roberson is 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 130 all-purpose yards to move into third place all-time in the SLC record books (5,113 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 30-31 (.492) in five seasons as a head coach. Montana State head coach Rob Ash is 41-20 (.672) in his sixth season with the Montana State Bobcats. A former head coach at Juniata College and Drake, Ash was named the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year in 2011.