'Jacks Set to Face Nationally Ranked Western Illinois
Sept. 15, 2008
LUMBERJACKS PREPARE FOR FIRST-EVER TRIP TO MACOMB, ILL.: After an unscheduled off week due to Hurricane Ike, the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks look to return to business as usual. SFA is preparing for its first trip to Macomb, Ill., to face No. 20 Western Illinois. The 'Jacks enter the contest having split their first two games, while the Leathernecks are 1-2 (.333) on the season after heartbreaking 24-22 setback at No. 13 South Dakota State Saturday. The game against the Leathernecks is slated to begin at 6:05 p.m., from Hanson Field.
SFA vs. THE LEATHERNECKS: Saturday's contest will mark the third meeting between SFA and Western Illinois on the gridiron. The two previous meetings have been high-scoring affairs with SFA winning the inaugural clash, 63-36 in 2007. The Leathernecks rebounded with a 34-13 victory last season. Saturday's game will be the first meeting between the two schools in Macomb, Ill.
TCU TIDBIT: The TCU Horned Frogs were able to accomplish something that not too many Lumberjack opponents have been able to do throughout the history of the program. The NCAA Division I FBS program scored 67 points against a youthful SFA squad, marking only the fourth time in school history that a team has been able to score that many points against the 'Jacks. It is also the most points a Lumberjack squad has allowed since dropping 70 to Montana in the third round of the 1995 playoffs.
CLIMBING UP THE SFA RECORD BOOKS: Senior receiver Dominique Edison led all SFA receivers with his five receptions for 37 yards against TCU. He now has 124 career receptions which places him sixth all-time in the school records. Edison needs only 41 more receiving yards to move onto the school's all-time top-10 list in that category. Senior kicker Cory Long is currently ninth all-time at SFA with 163 career points.
AVOIDING THE PENALTIES: The Lumberjacks have done a good job of not giving away field position through penalties. The 'Jacks were penalized only three times for 25 yards at TCU. SFA has only been penalized nine times for 80 yards in their two games.
THE BATTLE IN THE TRENCHES: Saturday's game will pit a Western Illinois starting offensive line that averages 6-4, 284 pounds against a young Lumberjack defensive line that averages 6-2, 256 pounds. The 'Jacks' offensive line enters the game averaging 6-4, 289. The Leathernecks' defensive line averages 6-3, 260 pounds.