GAME NOTES: at Lamar
Nov. 14, 2013
SFA vs. THE CARDINALS: The Lumberjacks trail the all-time series 11-18-2 to Lamar, but are in the midst of their most successful run in series' history. SFA has won five consecutive meeting, with the last three coming since the Cardinals revitalized the program. The 'Jacks won 40-26 over LU last season in Nacogdoches.
COVERAGE: Saturday's contest will be broadcast on KTBQ (107.7 FM).
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 passing offense (401.1 YPG) and second in total offense (583.2 YPG). The Lumberjack running game currently ranks 44th (182.1 YPG) in the nation. Individually, quarterback Brady Attaway ranks second in passing yards per game (361.1) and fourth in total offense (355.3 YPG). Running back Gus Johnson ranks 29th with 99.1 yards per game, while SFA recievers Tyler Boyd (28), Mike Brooks (31) and Aaron Thomas (47), all rank in the top 50 in receiving yards per game.
BOYD AND BROOKS RECEIVE FCS NATIONAL WEEKLY HONOR AGAIN: Stephen F. Austin wide receivers Mike Brooks and Tyler Boyd earned FCS College Football Performance Awards honorable mention honors for a second straight week. Brooks was named Honorable Mention National Kickoff Returner of the Week, while Boyd was named Honorable Mention Receiver of the Week in loss to No. 11/13 McNeese State. Brooks contributed 174 return yards on seven kickoffs. He returned a NCAA record tying 100-yard kickoff for a touchdown in the first quarter, to become the third SFA player to ever do so. Boyd finished with four catches for 142 yards and two touchdowns. He also added a 51-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter. Both players were honored the previous week for their outstanding receiving performances.
ATTAWAY CLIMBING THE CHARTS: SFA senior quarterback Brady Attaway continues to move up in the conference record book. He now has 1,604 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 moved into second all-time in the league's completion list (952) and passing yards (10,776), passing former Central Arkansas quarterback Nathan Brown in home games against Nicholls State (completions) and McNeese State (passing yards). The Whitehouse, Texas, native, also ranks third on the SLC's list of career passing touchdowns (85).
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 37-43 (.463) in his six plus seasons in Nacogdoches.