Game 6 - Sul Ross State
6 p.m. CT | Oct. 14, 2017 | Jackson Field
Radio: 100.7 FM
Al Pickett - Play-by-Play; Chad Grubbs - Color
The Cowboys will travel to Alpine for the 38th all-time meeting with the Lobos. HSU is 34-3 all-time against the Lobos and have won 13 of the 15 meetings in Alpine. HSU has won three straight in the series and 19 of the last 20 meetings overall.
An HSU Win Would
► Make the Cowboys 35-3 all-time against SRSU.
► Push the Cowboys winning streak against SRSU to four and be the 19th win in 20 meetings.
► Push the Cowboys record to 22-3 in the last three regular seasons.
Last Time Out
The Cowboys fell 17-7 to No. 1 Mary Hardin-Baylor on Saturday at Shelton Stadium. The game was a defensive struggle throughout for both teams. Sul Ross State lost 29-27 on a last-second field goal by Southwestern in Georgetown.
The Cowboys will continue on the road at Texas Lutheran, with a 1 p.m. game in Seguin. It will be HSU's final trip out of Abilene for the regular season. The Lobos will travel to Howard Payne.
In The Polls
The Cowboys did not lose any ground in the D3football.com poll, remaining fifth in the national ranking. HSU did fall three spots in the American Football Coaches Association poll to eighth. Sul Ross State is not ranked in either poll.
On the Air
You can listen to Cowboy football on 100.7 in Abilene and on the internet at www. hsuathletics.com. You can also listen on your mobile phone using the HSU Athletics app. Al Pickett is in his 12th season in the Cowboys' play-by-play chair and 14th overall on the broadcast team. Former Cowboy quarterback Travis Jones will handle the color commentary duties for home games and director of athletic communications Chad Grubbs will handle the color analysis for the road games.
Turning Up The D
The Cowboy defense came up big last week against Mary Hardin-Baylor, allowing just 270 yards in the contest and 11 first downs. The Cru had 177 of the 270 yards on four plays in the contest. Over the other 51 offensive snaps, the Cru averaged just 1.8 yards per play in the contest. The Cowboys had five sacks in the contest and 11 tackles for loss.
Last week's game pitted the top two defense in the conference against each other and this week will also be a stern test as the Lobos ranked third in the conference in total defense (342.8) and scoring defense (22.4). HSU is second in both categories allowing 14.4 points and 305.8 yards per contest. The Lobos are second in the conference against the pass allowing 200.4 yards and are tied for the league lead with eight interceptions.
Hailey Gets Home
Senior defensive end Donavon Hailey was able to get to the quarterback twice for sacks last week against Mary Hardin-Baylor. It was his first career multi-sack game.
Adding To The Resume
Junior Reese Childress already has a stellar all-around resume and he added to it on Saturday with his best day of punting. He averaged 45.8 yards on eight punts and stopped two at the 1-yard line and another at the seven. He also had a 70-yarder in the game. He is also the Cowboys' primary kick and punt returner with Alex Bell's injury.
Still No. 1
The Cowboys still lead the nation in total offense at 585.6 yards per game. The Cowboys are now second nationally behind only Mount Union in points per game. HSU is ninth nationally in rushing at 282.4 yards per game and 28th passing at 303.2 yards per contest.
Flipping The Field
The Cowboys ranked seventh nationally in net punting at 39.37 yards per punt. Opponents have -4 punt return yards on the year.
Moving The Chains
The Cowboys are one of just three teams to be perfect on fourth-down conversions on the year. HSU is 6-for-6 on fourth-down conversions. HSU is converting 43 percent on third-down for the year.
Getting To The Quarterback
HSU is 10th nationally in sacks per game. HSU is averaging 3.6 sacks per game on the year. The Cowboys are 15th nationally in tackles for loss per game at 11 per contest.
Jaquan Hemphill leads the nation in yards per carry at 8.8. He is also second in scoring and third in total touchdowns. His 142.4 yards per game ranks 17th.
Getting Off The Field
HSU is limiting teams to 30 percent on third-down conversions. Teams are also just 2-for-11 on fourth down.
Red Zone Efficiency
The Cowboys have scored touchdowns on 20 of its 25 trips to the red zone this season. The defense has only allowed four touchdowns in 10 opponents' trips to the red zone.
► Jaquan Hemphill needs seven rushing yards to pass Paxton Hurst for 10th on the ASC-era career rushing charts. He is also eighth with 23 rushing touchdowns.
► Reese Childress is now 10th on the career receiving charts with 2,069 yards. He is seven catches away from Jared May for 10th on the receptions charts. He is eighth in receiving touchdowns but would move all the to fourth with two more TDs. He has 26 career receiving TDs.
► Childress and Hemphill have scored 28 career touchdowns, which is 10th all-time at HSU.
► Matthew Hawkins is now No. 10 on the career tackles charts with 240. He is nine away from Scott Forbes, 10 away from Michael Tracy and he could realistically get to No. 5 all-time with 38 more tackles.
Individual ASC Leaders
► Jaquan Hemphill leads the ASC in rushing with 142.4 yards per game.
► He also leads the conference with 14 total touchdowns and 16.8 points per game.
► Hemphill averages 188.2 all-purpose yards per contest to lead the league and Reese Childress is second with 134 yards per game.
► Childress is also the second-leading punter in the conference at 39.6 per kick. He has the longest punt in the ASC this season, a 70-yarder last week.
►HSU managed one touchdown last week. It marked the 247th straight game the Cowboys have scored a touchdown.
►Last week was the first time in the Jesse Burleson era that the Cowboys allowed less than 20 points and lost the game. HSU had been 20-0 when allowing less than 20 points under Burleson.
►The UMHB game also broke another HSU trend. The Cru was 3-for-13 on third-down. It marked the first time that an opponent was under 25 percent on third-down conversions and the Cowboys did not come away victorious.
About The Lobos
Sul Ross State comes into the game off a tough loss at Southwestern when the Pirates hit a field goal as time expired for a 29-27 win. The Lobos have played only one game at home and that was a 35-7 win over McMurry. Sul Ross has played the last two games on the road and won 34-31 at Louisiana College and lost at Southwestern.
The Lobos are averaging 30 points per game and allowing just 22.4.
Offensively, the Lobos had a three-headed rushing attach with Jordan Batson, James Davis and Williton Grear all with 47 or more carries on the year. Davis is completing 52.6 percent of his passes for 1,026 yards and nine touchdowns. Speedster Byron Jones averages 17.9 yards per catch and leads the way with 19 catches.
Defensively, Zack Roberson is one of the top defensive linemen in the conference and he has 9.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. Derrick Winters has three interceptions and Mike Quinonez leads the way with 48 tackles.
The Lobos have 19 seniors on the team which is the most in recent memory for the Lobos.
Jermaine Stevens, Byron Jones and James Davis were three of the four Lobos on the 4x100 team that placed fifth in the nation a year ago with a 41.18 in the final. Stevens also placed fourth in the long jump at the NCAAs. Stevens plays corner and returns kicks for the Lobos, Davis is the quarterback and Jones is a wide receiver.