Cowboys Come to Town for Homecoming Contest
Oct. 27, 2011
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - LUMBERJACKS HOST McNEESE STATE FOR HOMECOMING: The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks return to Homer Bryce Stadium for the first time in more than a month when they host McNeese State Saturday. The Lumberjacks (2-5/1-2 SLC) ended a five-game skid Saturday with a 57-21 victory at Nicholls. The Cowboys (3-4/2-2 SLC) have lost three consecutive games after a 3-1 start to the season, and are coming off a 38-14 setback to Sam Houston State. Saturday's game is slated to begin at 3 p.m., and will serve as SFA's Homecoming. The game will also be televised on the SLC Television Network.
SFA vs. THE COWBOYS: The Lumberjacks trail the all-time series 12-16-2 (.433) against McNeese State, but have won the past two meetings between the two schools, including a 32-27 outcome in Lake Charles, La., last season. SFA is 7-7 (.500) all-time against McNeese State in the Nacogdoches.
SFA in HOMECOMING GAMES: The Lumberjacks will be looking to move above .500 (35-35-1) all-time in homecoming games Saturday when McNeese State comes to town. SFA will also be looking to reverse a current trend in homecoming contests having dropped four of their last five games, including a 27-24 setback to Texas State last season. SFA is 2-4 (.333) all-time against McNeese State on homecoming, but Saturday's game will be the first homecoming matchup against the Cowboys since 2006.
THE DEFENSE DOESN'T REST: The Lumberjack defense forced Nicholls into four turnovers Saturday (two interceptions and two fumbles). In addition to the forced turnovers, SFA's defense only allowed Nicholls seven points, which came late in the contest. The Colonels other two scores came on kickoff returns.
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 patch work in 2011. The 'Jacks currently rank fourth in the nation in pass protection, having only surrendered four 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 25-30 (.454) in five seasons as a head coach. McNeese State head coach Matt Viator is 42-19 (.689) in six seasons as the Cowboys head coach.