Lumberjacks Face Texas State Saturday
Sept. 19, 2012
OLD RIVALRY RENEWED IN A NEW ERA: After dropping two of three to start the season, the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks will look to get back in the win column Saturday when they travel to San Marcos, Texas to take on Texas State. The Bobcats are 1-1 (.500) after opening the season with an impressive 30-13 victory over Houston, but dropped a 58-10 decision to Texas Tech two weeks ago. Longtime conference rivals, Saturday's matchup will be the first time the game will be played as an FCS vs. FBS showdown. Saturday's game is slated to begin 6 p.m. from Bobcat Stadium.
SFA vs. TEXAS STATE: The Lumberjacks are 29-56-1 (.343) all-time against Texas State, and have really struggled lately dropping five consecutive, seven of the last eight meetings. The lone victory during that stretch was a 24-13 come-from-behind win in San Marcos during the 2006 season. The 'Jacks have found little success in San Marcos throughout program history, posting a 6-17 (.261) record in San Marcos dating back to the 1965 season. SFA is 3-7 (.300) in the last 10 meetings against the Bobcats in San Marcos.
FCS vs. FBS: Saturday's contest against the Bobcats will be its second against an FBS opponent (SMU) this season. The last time SFA played two FBS opponents in the same season was 2006 (Tulsa and Arizona). The 'Jacks are 2-12 (.143) against FBS teams, with its last victory coming in 2003 at Louisiana-Monroe.
A LOOK BACK AT LAST YEAR: The Bobcats jumped out to a 28-10 lead midway through the third quarter before SFA rallied to make it a game. After Texas State took its 18-point lead SFA returned the ensuing kickoff 100 yards to pull within 11. Josh Aubrey picked off a pass and returned it 49 yards for a touchdown to pull SFA within two with four minutes remaining. The Bobcats answered on their final drive of the game scoring a touchdown with 2:30 remaining to ice the victory.
WRITING HIS NAME IN RECORD BOOK: Freshman punter Nick Bruno added his names to the Lumberjack record books when he booted a 76-yard punt in the third quarter. The punt is the third-longest in school history, and the longest since Ryan Gooch recorded an 80-yarder at Northwestern State in 2007.
STARTING ON BOTH SIDES OF THE BALL: Sophomore defensive end Darren Robinson had a career-first at Montana State. A normal starter at defensive end, Robinson also got the start Saturday at fullback. He did not record a carry in the contest.
SLC RECORD BOOKS: Senior receiver Cordell Roberson is leaving his mark on the conference record books. Roberson is second all-time on the conference touchdown reception list with 31 (Simmie Yarborough). He needs only two more TD catches to break the record.
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 30-32 (.484) in his sixth season as a head coach. Texas State head coach Dennis Franchione is 194-109-2 (.639) in his 28th season as a head coach. He is 19-17 (.528) in his second stint with the Bobcats.