No. 8 - Hardin-Simmons (1-0, 0-0 ASC)
vs. Louisiana College (1-0, 0-0 ASC)
Sept. 16 - 1 p.m. - Shelton Stadium
Series History:.................... HSU leads 11-5
Streak:............................................... HSU, 2
in Pineville:......................... HSU leads, 5-3
in Abilene:........................... HSU leads, 6-2
First Meeting (2000)....... HSU won, 45-12
Last Meeting (2016) ....... HSU won, 42-21
Last LC Win .......................... 42-35 in 2014
Burleson Era.................................. Tied, 3-3
The Cowboys will open American Southwest conference play against Louisiana College on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Shelton Stadium.
Building On It
The Cowboys are looking to build on last week's 74-0 win over Texas College in the season opener. HSU had the chance to play everyone that suited up for the game.
HSU's defense pitched its first shutout since Sept 29, 2012. The defense had a dominating day, limiting the Steers to just 18 yards rushing and 136 total yards. TC was just 4-of-17 on third-downs and 0-of-7 on fourth down. The Cowboys had 11 tackles for loss, four sacks and forced a safety.
Freshman quarterback Landry Turner had a strong debut, completing 15-of-18 passes for 246 yards and four touchdowns. Turner marks the eighth different starting quarterback to start the season opener for the Cowboys in the last eight years.
Nine Different Players Score Touchdowns
HSU had a school-record nine different players score touchdowns on Saturday. Reese Childress had touchdowns on both of his catches, Alex Bell, Devonte' Walker and Matt Sandoval had touchdown receptions and Marc Reed, Jaquan Hemphill, Kavan Johnson and Nate Everett had rushing scores. Hayden Day recovered a fumble in the end zone for another score.
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.
HSU will hit the road for the first time next week when it travels to Brownwood to play Howard Payne. It is the first of two straight games on the road for the Cowboys.
In The Polls
HSU comes into the week ranked No. 8 in the D3football.com poll. The American Football Coaches Association poll will be released for the first time after next week's games.
An HSU Win Would
- be the fourth straight win in the conference opener. HSU is 17-3 all-time in ASC openers.
- give the Cowboys 16 straight wins at home in the regular season.
- give the Cowboys a three-game winning streak against Louisiana College.
Childress Adds Two More TDs
Reese Childress had two catches last week against Texas College and he took them both to the end zone for scores. It was his 20th career receiving touchdown which puts him ninth all-time at HSU just one game into his junior year.
The Cowboys preach having a fast start and it is one of the staples of the program. Saturday was no different, as the Cowboys led 16-0 just 4:26 into the game. The defense forced a three-and-out, the offense scored in three plays and the defense forced another stop that led to a snap out of the end zone for a safety on a punt. The offense then scored on the first play of the next drive.
Always Make A Strong First Impression
Freshman quarterback Marc Reed comes from a track family and he showed that background in his first touch as a Cowboy. He took a snap and raced 64 yards for a touchdown, running away from the defense in the end. He finished the day tied with Jaquan Hemphill with 85 yards rushing to lead the team.
Living In The Backfield
The Cowboys returned a defensive line that was loaded with experience and they showed out in the first game, limiting Texas College to 18 yards rushing on the day. The Cowboys had 11 tackles for loss in the game and recorded four sacks.
HSU went 7-of-11 on third down against Texas College and limited the Steers to 4-of-17 on third down. TC was 0-for-7 on third down. HSU is 15-0 all-time under Jesse Burleson when converting over 50 percent on third down and 14-0 when holding opponents under a 25 percent third-down conversion rate.
Senior captain Matthew Hawkins had a big first game with seven tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and a sack. He now has 218 career tackles and is 12 away from joining the career top 10. He also is in the top 10 in fumbles recovered and quarterback hurries.
Around the ASC
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Fred Hover, QB, Sr., Southwestern
Southwestern University junior quarterback Fred Hover (McAllen, Texas / McAllen HS) helped engineered a new school record of 472 rushing yards with 23 carries for 134 yards and two touchdowns. He also went 9-for-14 through the air for 113 yards and another two TDs in the Pirates' 56-12 win over the War Hawks.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Ty Parsons, LB, Jr., East Texas Baptist
East Texas Baptist University junior linebacker Ty Parsons (Dallas, Texas / Dallas Christian) tallied 19 tackles – nine solo, with two for a loss of 10 yards and a sack for a loss of seven. He also forced a fumble in the Tigers' 59-17 win over Southwestern Assemblies of God.
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Kentavious Miller, RS, Fr., East Texas Baptist
East Texas Baptist freshman return specialist Kentavious Miller (Orange, Texas / West Orange Stark HS) returned a punt 72 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter of the Tigers' 59-17 victory at Southwestern Assemblies of God. Miller also had a kick return of 51 yards.
HSU vs. Louisiana College, 1 p.m.
Mary Hardin-Baylor at Linfield, 3:30 p.m.
Howard Payne at McMurry, 6 p.m.
Belhaven at Texas Lutheran, 6 p.m.
East Texas Baptist at Southwestern, 6 p.m.
East Texas Baptist 59, Southwest Assemblies 17
HSU 74, Texas College 0
Hendrix 38, Texas Lutheran 28
Mary Hardin-Baylor 23, Sul Ross State 7
Southwestern 56, McMurry 12
• Jaquan Hemphill had 85 yards rushing and 24 receiving in his first game of the year.
• Ty Hooper hit Matt Sandoval for a 19-yard touchdown pass. It was the first career touchdown for either player.
• Sophomore tight end Hayden Day was in the right place at the right time as he recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown. It came at the end of a 47-yard run by Zai Zai Smith. That run was Smith's longest as a Cowboy.
• Dedrick Strambler had three pass break ups in the first game. He will get the start this week at weak safety.
• Reese Childress took over the punting duties for the Cowboys and he is replacing three-time All-American Nico Francino. He was impressive in his debut with two punts for a 45-yard average and both were inside the 20.
• Luis Diaz hit all seven extra points and hit a 28-yard field goal in his first game as the Cowboy placekicker.
The Cowboys will have five captains for the 2017 season. Alex Bell, Reese Childress, Reggie Davis, Matthew Hawkins and Vic Rodriguez. All but Childress are seniors and this is the second year for Hawkins to be a captain.
Head Coach Jesse Burleson
Jesse Burleson is in his seventh season at the helm of the Hardin-Simmons football program. As a former player, graduate assistant, assistant coach and now head coach Burleson has been on the ground floor of all levels of the HSU program.
Year O'All ASC Home Road
2011 6-4 4-4 4-1 2-3
2012 6-4 5-2 4-1 2-3
2013 4-6 2-4 2-3 2-3
2014 6-3 3-2 4-1 2-2
2015 9-2 4-1 5-1 4-1
2016 9-2 4-1 5-1 4-1
2017 1-0 0-0 1-0 0-0
Total 41-21 22-14 25-8 16-13
Trending Under Burleson
The Cowboys are 25-8 in the Burleson era at Shelton Stadium…HSU is 40-6 all-time under Burleson when leading at halftime...HSU is 31-7 when scoring first…HSU is 29-1 under Burleson when scoring 40 or more points…HSU is 18-0 when the opponent scores less than 20 points...HSU is 14-0 when the opponent does not convert more than 25 percent on third down.