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    Gameday Central: SFA at Baylor

    Sept. 16, 2011

    Stephen F. Austin (1-1) at
     #19 Baylor (1-0)


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    6:00 pm - Saturday, Sept. 17
    Floyd Case Stadium

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    Baylor Gameday Central

      'JACKS LOOK TO BOUNCE BACK AGAINST THE BEARS: The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks (1-1) will look to rebound from their disappointing 34-23 setback to No. 4 Northern Iowa Saturday when they travel to Waco, Texas to face Baylor. The 19th-ranked Bears (1-0) opened the season with a thrilling 50-48 victory over No. 14 TCU and are coming off an open week. Saturday's game marks the first away game of the season for SFA, and its only game against and NCAA FBS opponent this season. Saturday's contest will begin at 6 p.m., from Floyd Casey Stadium.
    SFA vs. THE BEARS:
    The Lumberjacks are 0-3 all-time against Baylor, but Saturday's contest will mark the first meeting between the two schools since the 1947 season. SFA enters Saturday's contest not only looking for their first win in the series, but also its first points. The Lumberjacks have been outscored 152-0 in the three previous meetings.
    The Lumberjacks outgained No. 4 Northern Iowa, 407-362, in total offense despite the fact the Panthers held the football nearly 15 minutes more than SFA.

    SFA carried the ball 29 times for 126 yards and a touchdown against a very strong Northern Iowa defense. It marked the second-straight game the 'Jacks have rushed for at least 100 yards. Last season, Northern Iowa finished 10th in the nation in rush defense.

    The Lumberjacks were hurt by miscues against Northern Iowa. SFA turned the ball over four times (including three interceptions), and were penalized nine times for 91 yards.

    Northern Iowa was able to accomplish something that has been nearly impossible for SFA opponents over the course of the past three seasons. The Panthers' victory Saturday was only the second regular-season home loss for the Lumberjacks since the start of the 2009 season. The 'Jacks are 11-2 (.846) during that stretch.

    Two weeks into the 2011 season, the Lumberjacks lead the nation in two statistical categories, and are ranked among the nation's top-10 in several others.  SFA is currently tops in the nation in scoring offense and pass protection. The 'Jacks are among the nation's top 10 in pass efficiency defense (2nd), total offense (3rd), passing offense (4th), tackles for loss (5th), total defense (8th) and pass defense (9th)

    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 consecutive conference titles and playoff appearances. Harper is 24-26 (.480) in five seasons as a head coach. Art Briles is 50-50 (.500) in nine seasons as a head coach, and  is 16-22 (.421) in his fourth season with the Bears. Briles guided the Bears to a 7-6 record and an appearance in the Texas Bowl last season. It marked the first bowl appearance for Baylor in 16 seasons.