Oct. 19, 2000
The Lumberjacks return to the road once again as the team travels to Thibodaux, Louisiana this weekend to take on Nicholls State in a 6:30 p.m. match-up Saturday, at Guidry Stadium.
SFA, 3-3 and 0-2 in Southland Football League play enters the game looking to snap a three game losing streak that started with a 37-30 loss at Northern Iowa. Nicholls State meanwhile is riding a streak of their own, having dropped six straight since a season opening win over Central Arkansas.
The 'Jacks scored a lot of points in a 52-41 loss to Sam Houston last weekend, and look for an improved defensive effort this week in an effort to halt the skid. The Lumberjack offensive unit rolled up over 550 yards of total offense last weekend, but Sam Houston countered every SFA score with one of their own.
The Lumberjack offensive unit enters this week's action as the second best unit in the league, averaging 375.0 yards per game of total offense. The unit also leads the league in scoring offense, averaging 32.8 points per game.
Running back Derrick Blaylock turned in the second 200+ yard rushing game of his career last week as he recorded 28 carries for 204 yards and two touchdowns. Blaylock needs only 218 yards over the next five weeks to become the first SFA back since Pat House, in 1996, to break the 1,000 yard mark in a single season. Only seven other backs in the history of the university have rushed for over 1,000 yards in a season.
The SFA rush defense will be tested by a Colonels offensive unit that has moved to the option attack over the past several weeks. SFA enters the game with the league's seventh ranked rush defense allowing just under 185 yards per game on the ground.
SFA has given up on average, 34.8 points per game, but Nicholls State enters play scoring only 15.7 points per contest.