Game Notes: SFA vs. Lamar

Lumberjacks prepare to host Lamar in conference showdown.

Oct. 31, 2012


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'JACKS LOOK TO MAKE IT FIVE IN A ROW OVER THE CARDINALS: The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks (3-5/2-2 SLC) will look to rebound from an 11-point setback at McNeese State when they step on the field Saturday to face Lamar. The Cardinals are 3-6 (.333) on the season and 0-4 in conference play. The Cardinals have dropped four of their last five games, including two straight, and are coming off a 56-7 loss to Sam Houston State. Saturday's game is slated for a 6 p.m. kickoff from Homer Bryce Stadium.

SFA vs. THE CARDINALS: The Lumberjacks trail the all-time series 10-18-2 (.367) to the Cardinals, but are in the midst of their most successful run in series history. SFA has won four consecutive meetings, with the last two coming since LU revitalized the program. The Lumberjacks are 3-2 (.600) against Lamar in Nacogdoches dating back to the 1980 season. SFA recorded a 69-10 victory in Beaumont last season.

DECKING THE CARDS: The Lumberjacks have recorded overwhelming victories against Lamar since the team brought back its football program. SFA has outscored Lamar 140-13 in those two games. The 71 points in 2010, and the 69 points last season are the two highest point totals surrendered by the Cardinals since the revitalization of the program.

HOME SWEET HOME: SFA has made Homer Bryce Stadium a very tough place to play for Southland Conference opponents. The Lumberjacks enter Saturday's game having won six-straight, and 11 of the last 12 (.917) conference games in Nacogdoches.

JUST PLAIN OFFENSIVE: SFA recorded 529 yards of total offense at McNeese State. It marked the fifth time this season the 'Jacks have recorded at least 500 yards of total offense.

HOLD THE LINE: The Lumberjacks' offensive front is once again among the nation's best at protecting the quarterback. SFA surrendered only one sack at McNeese State. It was the first sack allowed by SFA in the past three games, and only the second in the last five.

AGONY OF DEFEAT: Saturday's 11-point loss at McNeese State was SFA's largest margin of defeat to an FCS school in 2012.

EN FUEGO: Junior Brady Attaway is in the midst of one the hottest stretches of his career. He has completed 122 passes for 1,397 yards and 13 touchdowns in the past three games. Attaway also became only the fourth player in program history to record 50 career touchdown passes durimg that time.

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 32-35 (.478) in his sixth season as a head coach. Lamar head coach Ray Woodard is 12-19 (.387) in his third season with the Cardinals' program. He is 0-2 in his two previous meetings against SFA.


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