HSU Set To Host Texas Lutheran

HSU Set To Host Texas Lutheran

Game Notes 


Game 6

Texas Lutheran   vs.       No. 9/11 Hardin-Simmons

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

Saturday, Oct. 20 • 1 p.m. • Shelton Stadium • Abilene, Texas


Series History

Series History:................ HSU leads, 18-2

Streak:........................................... HSU, 3

in Seguin:........................ HSU leads, 10-1

in Abilene:........................ HSU leads, 8-1

First Meeting: ..... HSU won 83-6 in 1998

Last HSU Win:... 33-30 in 2017 in Seguin

Last TLU Win:.. 37-14 in 2014 in Abilene

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/hsu


Countdown To Kickoff


▶ HSU will host Texas Lutheran in the next-to-last home game of the season. The Cowboys are 3-0 at home so far this season.


▶ 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.


▶ Both teams are 4-1 in conference and both have played league-leader Mary Hardin-Baylor. The winner will have the inside track for second-place in the American Southwest Conference and stay in contention for an at-large NCAA playoff bid.


• TLU was the last team not named Linfield or Mary Hardin-Baylor to beat the Cowboys in Abilene. That came in the season opener in 2014. HSU has won 21 straight at home against teams other than UMHB or Linfield.


• HSU ranks fourth nationally with a 28.87 yard per kickoff return average, sixth in total offense and sixth in rushing offense.


• Saturday's game will be a battle of wills. The Cowboys average 298 yards per game on the ground, which ranks sixth nationally. The Bulldogs are allowing just 60.3 yards per game on the ground, which ranks 11th nationally.


• Due to weather changes and just general scheduling the football game on Saturday is the only HSU athletic event on Saturday.


Saturday Rewind


▶ HSU overcame a slow start and ended up rolling by Sul Ross State 48-27. The Cowboys trailed 13-7 until a Bryson Hammonds touchdown catch from Ty Hooper with 4:35 to play in the first half. It fueled a 35-7 run for the Cowboys to take control of the game.


Ty Hooper threw for five touchdown passes in the win over Sul Ross State. He twice found freshman speedster Kevi Evans on inside pitches that were taken the distance.


▶ The Lobos tried to play keep away from the Cowboys as they had the ball for 35:24 in the game.

They converted 8-of-21 third-downs in the game.


▶ The Lobos tried to play keep away from the Cowboys as they had the ball for 35:24 in the game.

They converted 8-of-21 third-downs in the game.




Ty Hooper threw touchdown passes of 18, 19, 9, 45 and 43 yards on Saturday in the win. It more than doubled his touchdown output on the season.


Kevi Evans scored a pair of touchdowns. He is averaging 31 yards per catch on his six catches this season and he has moved into the two-deep this week.


Bryson Hammonds finished with 133 yards on Saturday. He has a pair of 100-yard games and has made the full-time move to running back. He averages 9.2 yards per carry.


Reese Childress added a pair of scores and had 10 catches for 112 yards against the Lobos.


Defensive Notes 


Zac Richardson had a career-best 10 tackles, forced a fumble and had a pass break-up.


▶ Freshman Caleb Bell received his first career start on Saturday against the Lobos.


Chris Miller leads the team with 58 tackles and Eriq Mitchell has 36 tackles, the two have combined for 15 tackles for loss on the year.


Special Teams Notes 


Rae Millsap ran a kickoff back 91 yards for a score on the final play of the game against Sul Ross State. It was his second 91-yard kickoff return for a score this season. He also had a 40 yard kickoff return and he is averaging 36.7 yards per return on the year.


Jamie Pogue was a perfect 6-for-6 on PATs. The Cowboys did not attempt a PAT after Millsap's score as the game was over.


Reese Childress averaged 45 yards on four punts. He had a season-best 55-yarder. 



Scouting TLU


▶ The first thing that jumps off the stat page for the Bulldogs is they are allowing just 60.3 yards per game on the ground and 2.1 yards per rush. They allow just 323.2 yards per game on the year.


▶ Chris Monroe and Austin Matthews have been a 1-2 combination at running back. Monroe averages 7.2 yards per carry and has 532 yards rushing and Matthews has 436 yards and seven TDs.


▶ Senior Kyle Grona is efficient with the passing game. He has six TDs and just one interception on the year.


▶ DaKwa Davis and Emory Cuzze each have 45 tackles on the year. Manny Longoria leads the league with nine sacks and 13 tackles for loss. The Bulldogs have 25 sacks on the year.


Last Year In Seguin


Dedrick Strambler intercepted a pass as Texas Lutheran was driving late for a tying field goal or go-ahead touchdown. His interception sealed a 33-30 win for the Cowboys.


Jaquan Hemphill had 115 yards rushing for the Cowboys.


▶ Landry Turner had one of his best games completing 28-of-43 passes for 324 yards and three TDs. Devonte' Walker had 11 catches for 125 yards and a touchdown.


▶ Josh White had 14 tackles to lead the Cowboys and Matthew Hawkins added 12.


Other Notables

▶ The Cowboys will hit the road the next two weeks to play at Southwestern and Belhaven.


▶ HSU has a 53-6 record under Burleson when they lead at halftime. HSU is just 2-18 when tied or trailing at half.


▶ 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 42 non-offensive touchdowns. HSU had as many as nine in the 2015 season. This year Rae Millsap has a pair of 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 54-24 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.