Southwestern vs. No. 8/9 Hardin-Simmons
(4-3, 3-3 ASC) (6-1, 5-1 ASC)
Saturday, Oct. 27 • 1 p.m. • Birkelbach Field • Georgetown, Texas
Series History:............... HSU leads, 8-2-2
Streak:........................................... HSU, 4
in Georgetown:............. HSU leads, 3-2-1
in Abilene:..................... HSU leads, 5-0-1
First Meeting: ....... HSU won 5-0 in 1926
Last HSU Win:.... HSU won 21-7 in 2017
Last SW Win:................................... 1932
Burleson Era:.................... HSU leads, 3-0
On The Air
Play-by-Play............................. Al Pickett
Color Commentary............ Chad Grubbs
Radio............................... Kool FM, 100.7
Countdown To Kickoff
▶ The Cowboys hit the road for back-to-back games beginning with a 1 p.m. kickoff against Southwestern on Saturday at Birkelbach Field at Georgetown High School. The Cowboys close out the road slate with a 1 p.m. game at Belhaven next week.
▶ 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 looking to continue the roll they were on last week against Texas Lutheran. The Cowboys offense, defense and special forces were all firing on all cylinders on Saturday and the Cowboys led 44-0 early in the fourth quarter.
• Who do you kick to? The Cowboys are averaging 31.5 yards per kickoff return this season and Rae Millsap is averaging 34.4 yards per return with a pair of touchdowns and Kevi Evans returned his first kickoff 89 yards for a score last week.
• Bryson Hammonds continues to emerge at running back after Jaquan Hemphill went down with a shoulder injury. Hammonds has run for 133 and 176 yards the last two weeks and has three 100-yards games on the season.
•It's a homecoming for a pair of Cowboy defensive linemen - Hunter Creasey and Cole Northcutt. They are Georgetown natives and are playing in their high school stadium. Creasey is coming off a two-sack game against TLU. They are both expected to get the start on Saturday.
▶ The Cowboys rolled up 557 yards of total offense and held TLU to 313 as HSU moved to 6-1 with a 58-14 win. TLU did not score until a pick six early in the half and they finally drove and scored an offensive touchdown with :20 to play.
▶ Ty Hooper was 20-for-30 or 343 yards and four touchdowns. He had scoring strikes of 86, 33, 63 and 34 yards.
▶ TLU came into the game allowing just 2.1 yards per runs and 60 yards per game on the ground and the Cowboys ran for 214 yards and 6.7 yards per carry.
▶ HSU had its longest drive of the season with a 17-play drive that took 9:37 off the clock and eventually ended with a Jamie Pogue 32-yard field goal.
• Senior quarterback Ty Hooper has been great the last two weeks, completing 41-of-59 passes for 597 yards and nine touchdowns with no interceptions.
▶ Bryson Hammonds showed off his speed with a 77-yard touchdown run as part of a 176-yard day with two touchdowns on just 14 carries.
▶ Rae Millsap had his most productive game as a wide receiver with five catches for 134 yards and two touchdowns as he and fellow freshman Kevi Evans combined to score four touchdowns. Evans also had five catches for 106 yards and a touchdown and he returned a kickoff 89 yards for a score.
▶ Hayden Day had a 33-yard touchdown, it was the first catch of his career.
▶ Zac Richardson continues a spectacular stretch of play at cornerback. He had seven tackles last week and forced a fumble when he punched a ball out and also had an interception.
▶ Tim Ismail had a 30-yard interception return last week in the win over TLU.
▶ The Cowboys recorded five sacks against TLU. Hunter Creasey had two, Kyle Zavala had one, Cameron Chafin and Ellie Newkirk split one and Heriberto Elizondo had one on a blitz from his linebacker position.
▶ Markell Ringo had three tackles in his first career game for the Cowboys on the defensive line.
▶ Dedrick Strambler picked up a fumble. He now has three interception, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery on the season.
Special Teams Notes
▶ Kevi Evans returned a kickoff 89 yards for a score. The Cowboys have returned four kicks for scores this season. Rae Millsap has a pair of kickoff return TDs and Reese Childress has a punt return touchdown this year.
▶ Jamie Pogue hit a 32-yard field goal last week and he is now 4-for-6 on the year and has made three in a row. He is also 41-of-45 on the year on PATs.
▶Trey Proffitt continues to do a nice job on kickoffs as he has recorded touchbacks on 24 percent of his kickoffs and the opponents average starting position is the 28-yard line.
▶ The Pirates come into the game allowing 27.6 points per game and scoring 28.9 per game. They are also allowing just 314.7 yards per game.
▶ Southwestern is -8 in turnover margin on the year and have lost 13 fumbles.
▶ The Pirates have run 366 times on the year and average 4.6 yards per carry. Kalon Heim is averaging 7.8 yards per carry and has 628 yards on the year. Quarterback Frederick Hover has 612 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground.
▶ Hover has completed 61-of-109 passes for 937 yards and eight touchdowns and five interceptions.
▶ Ben Brockman leads the team with 50 tackles and Hayden Smith has four sacks on the year.
Last Year In Abilene
▶ After playing to a 7-7 tie at halftime, the Cowboys received second-half scoring passes to Reese Childress and Woody Watson from Landry Turner. Watson scored with 2:23 to play in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.
▶ Josh White had 14 tackles and Eriq Mitchell and Matthew Hawkins had 10 tackles each to fuel a strong HSU defensive effort.
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 55-24 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.