McMurry vs. No. 7/8 Hardin-Simmons
Saturday, Nov. 10 • 1 p.m. • Shelton Stadium • Abilene, Texas
Countdown To Kickoff
▶ HSU will close the regular season against crosstown rival McMurry as the two teams battle for the Wilford Moore Trophy. The Cowboys own a 27-4 all-time advantage in the series and are 16-1 in the games since the Wilford Moore Trophy game began in 1998. Moore is in both school's athletic halls of fame. The winner will also receive points for the Dyess Trophy, which is the new competition in all sports between the two teams.
▶ The Cowboys will look to get to 9-1 for the fourth straight season. HSU is one of just eight teams in Division III with a chance at nine or more wins each of the last four seasons. Mount Union, Mary Hardin-Baylor and Saint John's have already reached nine wins this season. Delaware Valley, HSU, Johns Hopkins and St. Thomas need a win on Saturday to get to nine and Linfield would need a win on Saturday and a win in the playoffs to get to nine wins.
▶ HSU is honoring its 32 seniors as they play their last regular-season game at Shelton Stadium.
Head Coach........................... Jesse Burleson
Career Record..................................... 57-24
Record at HSU.................................... Same
ASC Record ....................................... 37-14
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
▶ Bryson Hammonds continued his dominance on the ground with 179 yards on 18 carries. He scored a touchdown rushing and also added a 20-yard touchdown reception. He has recorded four straight 100-yard games since taking over as the starter at running back and he has five 100-yard games on the year. The HSU record for consecutive 100-yard games is by Matt Carroll in 1992 when he had it in six straight. Carroll had another four-game stretch, Tommy Cupil had a four-game stretch and Tevin Mitchell had a four-game streak of 100-yard games.
▶ Ty Hooper threw three more touchdown passes and he now has 17 touchdowns and just one interception in the last four games.
▶ Dedrick Strambler had a pair of interceptions in the game to give him five for the season and nine for his career. He was named the ASC Defensive player of the week.
▶ The Cowboy defense held the Blazers to 136 yards of total offense and did not allow over 100 yards passing or rushing. The Blazers had 34 yards on their first drive of the game, after that they combined for 12 yards on the next nine possessions.
▶ Kevi Evans had three touchdown receptions in the game. He led the team with five catches for 92 yards. The freshman speedster has six touchdown receptions and is averaging 22 yards per catch.
▶ The Cowboys are 295 rushing yards away from setting the school record for rush yards in a season. The 2004 team had 2,750 yards and the Cowboys have 2,456 this season. HSU's 6.86 yards per rush is a school record by almost a yard per carry. The 272.9 yards per game rushing is the school record by 22.9 yards per game.
▶ Bryson Hammonds needs 149 yards rushing to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark for the season.
▶ HSU is averaging 533.6 yards per game which is the second-best season in school history behind only the 558.4 yards per game in 2012. The Cowboys are averaging 7.81 yards per play this season which is first by almost a half a yard per play over the next best season per play average.
▶ The Cowboys are averaging 48.8 points per game which would be the school record. The Cowboys averaged 47.6 per game in 2001.
▶ Reese Childress needs 26 yards to pass Collin McCormick in receiving yards. He has 3,010 yards for his career. Childress needs three receiving touchdowns to catch Mychal Carrillo and Jessie Ramos for second all-time. Childress needs three touchdowns to tie Lance Moore for third and four more to tie Jessie Ramos for second all-time in touchdowns scored.
▶ HSU is allowing 3.0 yards per rush on the year. That is the fourth-best mark in school history.
▶ Dedrick Strambler has 173 interception return yards which is a new school record, passing the old record of 160 by Will Galusha. He also is in the top 10 in career interceptions with nine. He could move to fifth with just two more.
▶ Hunter Creasey ranks eighth in sacks in a season with eight. The record is 13 by Scott Forbes. He also has moved into the career top 10 with 14.5 for his career. He is tied with Marte Amrine for ninth. He could get to fifth with three more sacks.
▶ The Cowboys have 13 different players that have recorded at least one-half of a sack this season. Jonathan Hoover recorded his first career sack last week against Belhaven.
Special Teams Notes
▶ The Cowboys three kickoff returns for touchdowns ties the school record also set in 1990, 2013 and 2016.
▶ Jamie Pogue needs five made PATs to break Mark Smith's school record of 60. He also is 12 points shy of Smith's record of 83 for points in a season.
Top Scoring Seasons By a Kicker
83 – Mark Smith, 1998
81 – Mark Smith, 1999
76 – Scott Newberry, 2012
71 – Jamie Pogue, 2018
▶ Jamel LaFond leads the Cowboys with eight special teams tackles on the year.
▶ McMurry is scoring 15.9 points per game and allowing 44.9 points per contest.
▶ Kevin Hurley has thrown for 2,022 yards and 14 TDs on the year.
▶ Eriel Dorsey leads the team with 58 catches for 921 yards and four TDs.
▶ Josh Smith leads the team with 106 tackles.
Last Year Versus McMurry
▶ HSU's defense pitched a shutout, limiting the War Hawks to 207 total yards.
▶ Woody Watson had his first career receiving touchdown.
▶ Reed ran for 141 yards and a touchdown.
Salute To The Heroes
▶ HSU is hosting Military Appreciation Day today.
▶ Dyess personnel and their families are our guests today.
▶ Chief John Palmer from Dyess is assisting with the coin flip.
▶ McMurry and HSU bands are doing a special pregame Military Medley.
▶ Decorated War Hero and Hall of Fame HSU golf coach Jeff Goodin is doing the invocation.
▶ We are honoring local families who have lost loved ones in service to our country.
▶ Dyess will be doing a flyover at the end of the national anthem.
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 57-24 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.