HSU Set For Homecoming Game With Sul Ross State

HSU Set For Homecoming Game With Sul Ross State

Game Notes 

 

Game 6

Sul Ross State    vs.       No. 9/11 Hardin-Simmons

(0-5, 0-4 ASC)                         (4-1, 3-1 ASC)  

Saturday, Oct. 13 • 1 p.m. • Shelton Stadium • Abilene, Texas

 

Series History

Series:............................. HSU leads, 35-3

Streak:........................................... HSU, 4

in Alpine:........................ HSU leads, 13-2

in Abilene:...................... HSU leads, 20-1

Neutral site:...................... HSU leads, 1-0

First Meeting: ..... HSU won 27-7 in 1928

Last HSU Win:................... 35-10 in 2017

Last SRSU Win:.................. 42-28 in 2017

Burleson Era:.................... HSU leads, 6-1

 

On The Air

Play-by-Play............................. Al Pickett

Color Commentary.............. Travis Jones

Radio............................... Kool FM, 100.7

Internet.......................... hsuathletics.com

Video. portal.stretchinternet.com/umhb/

Athletic Communications

Director............................... Chad Grubbs

Assistant Director...................... Silas Lott

Office............................... (325) 670-1473

Email: ........................ cgrubbs@hsutx.edu

Website ................ www.hsuathletics.com

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Twitter............................. @HSUAthletics

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Instagram........................ @HSUAthletics

 

Coaching Staff

Head Coach........................... Jesse Burleson

Career Record..................................... 53-24

Record at HSU.................................... Same

ASC Record ....................................... 34-14

Years at HSU........................................... 13

Years as Head Coach.................................. 8

 

Assistant Coaches....................... Yrs at HSU

 

 

Jeff Whitehead, Off Coordinator................. 8

Zach Wilkerson, Def. Coordinator .............. 5

Trent Barton, WR...................................... 5

Chris Jones, DL/Devo Team Coach ............ 9

Jonathan Petty, Secondary ......................... 2

 

 

Countdown To Kickoff

 

▶ The Cowboys return home for its annual Homecoming game at 1 p.m. Saturday against Sul Ross State. HSU is 43-13-5 all-time in Homecoming games and have won 10 straight games.

 

▶ The Cowboys must win out to have any shot at one of the five at-large spots into the NCAA playoffs. HSU has earned an at-large berth each of the last three years with a 9-1 record but nothing is guaranteed when you put your fate into the hands of a NCAA selection.

 

▶ HSU is facing an opponent that usually gives them a challenge. The Lobos are 0-5 on the year and are playing a younger group compared to its veteran team of a year ago, but they always find a way to step up and give the Cowboys a game.

 

▶ The Cowboys have now been ranked 41 straight weeks in the in-season D3football.com poll. HSU has been ranked inside the top 10 for 20 of those weeks and haven't been lower than No. 13 since week No. 8 of the 2015 season.

 

▶ HSU had a 256-game streak with a touchdown snapped in the 26-0 loss to Mary Hardin-Baylor. The Cowboys had scored in every games since a 10-0 shutout to Westminster in the NAIA Semifinals that were played in a snowstorm in Pennsylvania. The Cowboys averaged over 38 points per game during the scoring streak.  

 

▶ The Cowboys will be playing their first afternoon game of the season and the temperatures are supposed to be in the 70's with a heavy chance of a soaking rain throughout the day.

 

Saturday Rewind

 

▶ The Cowboys couldn't get going on offense on Saturday, recording just 71 yards of rushing against the Cru. The Cowboys were also 20-of-36 passing and converted just 4-of-11 third-downs in the shutout.

 

▶ The Cru dominated the field position game. The Cowboys best starting position the entire night was their own 33-yard line and that was on the last drive of the game. The Cowboys' deepest penetration was the Cru's 37-yard line on a drive right before the half that ended in an interception.

 

▶ The defense held up forcing three red-zone turnovers and a missed field goal. The Cowboys forced two fumbles and Blake Johnston had an interception.

 

OFFENSIVE Notes 

 

▶ The Cowboys will look to get back on track. Even after the tough game last week, HSU ranks fifth in the nation in total offense, third in rushing offense and 16th in scoring offense.

 

Zai Zai Smith recorded the first start of his career. The junior from Stamford is second on the team with 259 yards and four touchdowns rushing.

 

▶ HSU still averages 7.7 yards per play on the season. They are on pace to have one of their best offensive seasons ever.

 

Defensive Notes 

 

Chris Miller had a career-best 16 tackles in the loss in Belton.

 

▶ HSU received forced fumbles from Hunter Creasey and Dedrick Strambler and an interception from Blake Johnston. They are all three juniors.

 

Heriberto Elizondo had one of his best games as a Cowboy. He had eight tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and recovered a fumble.

 

▶ The Cowboys had 10 tackles for loss and two sacks on 13 pass attempts in the loss to UMHB.

 

Special Teams Notes 

 

Reese Childress had a 42.2 yard average on 10 punts against UMHB. He also had 24 yards on two punt returns.

 

Trey Proffitt had a touchback in his only kickoff of the game.

 

Scouting SRSU 

 

▶ The Lobos are averaging just 14.8 points per game and allowing just under 50 points a game.

 

▶ Williton Greer leads the team with 290 yards rushing.

 

▶ Fabian Baeza has completed 52.3 percent of his passes for 592 yards with four touchdowns and five interceptions.

 

▶ The Lobos have five receivers with 10 or more catches. Byron Jones leads the way with 19 catches for 153 yards and two TDs.

 

▶ Levah Terry has 40 tackles to lead the team.

 

Last Year In ALPINE

 

▶ The Cowboys jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter. Matthew Sandoval had a 40-yard TD pass from Ty Hooper, Reese Childress had a 90-yard punt return for a touchdown and Xavier Jones had a 5-yard run.

 

▶ The rest of the way the Cowboys went into a high-powered running game. Jones had 124 yards Marc Reed ran for 122 yards, Zai Zai Smith had 63 yards and Peyton Killam had 50 yards in the most extensive action of his career.

 

Ty Hooper was 13-for-18 for 129 yards.

 

▶ Josh White had 11 tackles to lead the Cowboys.

 

▶ The defense allowed just 213 yards on the night.

 

Other Notables


▶ HSU will stay home next week to play Texas Lutheran.

 

▶ HSU is now 43-7 all-time under Burleson when scoring first and just 10-17 when the opponent scores first. 

 

▶ The Cowboys have scored plenty on offense in the Burleson era, but they have also found ways to score in other areas of the game. The Cowboys have 41 non-offensive touchdowns. HSU had as many as nine in the 2015 season. This year Rae Millsap has a 91-yard kickoff, Reese Childress has a 60-yard punt return and Blake Johnston has a 16-yard interception return.

 

▶ The Cowboys will have five team captains this season with Alex Bell, Reese Childress and Jaquan Hemphill representing the offense and Chris Miller and Eriq Mitchell leading the way for the defense.

 

Head Coach Jesse Burleson


Head coach Jesse Burleson is starting his eighth season at the helm of the Cowboys. He has a career record of 53-24 and has led the Cowboys to three straight trips to the NCAA playoffs. He has produced a 14 All-Americans as the head coach and last year Vic Rodriguez was named the Rimington Award recipient as the top center in Division III. Burleson also coaches the offensive line.