SFA returns to action Saturday at Nicholls.
Oct. 20, 2011
NACOGDOCHES, Texas -
SFA FOOTBALL HEADS TO SOUTHERN LOUISIANA FOR DATE WITH COLONELS: The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks will head to Thibodaux, La., following their off week looking to get back in the win column after dropping five consecutive games. The 'Jacks are 1-5 (.167) on the year and 0-2 in Southland Conference play after dropping a 45-10 decision against Sam Houston State. The Colonels (1-6/0-3 SLC) have faced a similar fate to SFA this season. After recording an impressive 42-0 victory over Evangel to open the season, the Colonels have dropped six straight and are coming off a 47-7 setback at Sam Houston State. Saturday's game is slated to begin at 5:30 p.m. from Guidry Stadium in Thibodaux.
SFA vs. THE COLONELS: The Lumberjacks are 20-7 (.741) all-time against Nicholls, and have won five of the last six, including three straight in the series. The 'Jacks lone setback during that stretch was a one-point decision, 17-16, during the 2007 season. SFA is 9-4 against Nicholls in Thibodaux, and hasn't lost a game in Thibodaux since the 2004 season.
SLOWING DOWN TIM FLANDERS: A 2010 first-team All-SLC selection and co-freshman of the year, Tim Flanders has made a habit of torching league defenses, but SFA was able to prevent him from doing his usual damage. The 'Jacks held Flanders to 42 yards rushing on 19 carries. It was only the fifth time in his career that Flanders has been held below 100 yards rushing in a game. It was also just the second time he has been held to less than 100 yards rushing when recording at least 10 carries in a contest.
LOSING STREAK: SFA has seen so much success under head coach J.C. Harper, that its current five-game skid is quite unfamiliar. It is the first time the Lumberjacks have dropped decisions in five consecutive games since losing five straight to close out the 2008 season.
GREAT WALL OF NACOGDOCHES: For a third consecutive season the 'Jacks' offensive line is proving itself to be one of the tops in the nation, but it hasn't come without a little bit of work in 2011. The 'Jacks currently rank fourth in the nation in pass protection, having only surrendered three sacks and two of those came at No. 19 Baylor. What makes that stat even more impressive is that three starters have missed significant time on the offensive front, including pre-season all-conference selection Corey Dickerson and preseason All-America selection George Bias.
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 consecutive conference titles and NCAA playoff appearances. Harper is 24-30 (.444) in five seasons as a head coach. Nicholls head coach Charlie Stubbs is 5-12 (.294) in his second season with the Colonels.