GAME NOTES: vs. No. 11/13 McNeese St.
Nov. 7, 2013
THIS WEEK: The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack football team returns home for their final home game of the 2013 season. SFA's meeting with No. 11/13 McNeese State will serve as Senior Day and its Military Appreciation game, honoring veterans and the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. The home finale will also represent the football's team Toys for Tots donation event.
SFA vs. THE COWBOYS: The Lumberjacks are 13-17-2 (.438) all-time against McNeese State, but hold a 9-6-1 (.594) advantage over the Cowboys at Homer Bryce Stadium. SFA had won three consecutive meetings and was one win shy on its longest winning streak against MCN before falling 35-24 last season in Lake Charles, La. The 'Jacks won 37-17 in the last meeting between the two schools in Nacogdoches back in 2011.
COVERAGE: Saturday's contest will be broadcast on KTBQ (107.7 FM) and streamed on SFA All-Access.
NUMBER ONE IN THE NATION: The Stephen F. Austin football team possess one of the most prolific FCS offenses in the country. SFA currently ranks atop the nation in total offense (596.6 YPG) and passing offense (409.0). The Lumberjack running game currently ranks 38th (186.7 YPG) in the nation. Individually, quarterback Brady Attaway ranks second in passing yards per game (372.9) and fourth in total offense (366.4 YPG). Running back Gus Johnson ranks 15th with 110.6 yards per game. SFA recievers Mike Brooks (21), DJ Ward (T34), Tyler Boyd (42) and Aaron Thomas (47), all rank in the top 50 in receiving yards per game.
BOYD AND BROOKS RECEIVE FCS NATIONAL WEEKLY HONOR: Stephen F. Austin wide receivers Tyler Boyd and Mike Brooks were named FCS College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention Wide Receivers of the Week after loss to No. 8/9 Sam Houston State. Boyd finished with a career-high 206 receiving yards on 11 receptions. He caught a 75-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter, narrowing the Sam Houston State lead to 14 points. Brooks contributed 123 receiving yards and three touchdowns on seven receptions. He added a 43-yard rush and 37 yards on two kickoff returns.
ATTAWAY CLIMBING THE CHARTS: SFA senior quarterback Brady Attaway continues to move up in the conference record book. He now has 1,566 passing attempts and ranks second on the SLC career list behind 2010 Walter Payton Award winner and former Lumberjack Jeremy Moses. Moses finished his career with 1,893 passes. Attaway also earlier this season moved into second on the league's all-time completion list, passing former Central Arkansas quarterback Nathan Brown (856) against Nicholls State, completing 36-of-51 passes and then adding 67 over his last two games to give him 934 for his career. The Whitehouse, Texas, native, also ranks third on the SLC's list of career passing yards (10,521) and passing touchdowns (83).
TRIALS OF THE ROAD: The Lumberjacks, 0-4 in away games and 0-1 at a neutral site, are still searching for their first victory on the road in the 2013 season. SFA, with a pair of road losses to open the 2013 slate, dropped a 50-40 decision to Weber State in Ogden, Utah, followed by a 61-13 struggle at Texas Tech. The Lumberjacks are 0-2 in Southland Conference road games, with a 56-14 loss at Southeastern Louisiana and a 66-31 decision at Central Arkansas. The 66 points allowed by SFA is the fifth most allowed in program history and is the most given up to an FCS opponent since the Lumberjacks surrendered 70 to Montana in the 1995 NCAA FCS semifinals. SFA also fell 56-49 at the Battle of the Piney Woods inside Reliant Stadium, home of the Houston Texans.
THE COACH: 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. SFA is 37-47 (.440) in his six plus seasons in Nacogdoches.