Game 10 – McMurry
No. 5/6 HSU (8-1, 7-1 ASC) vs. McMurry (2-7, 2-6 ASC)
1 p.m. | Nov. 11, 2017 | Wilford Moore Stadium
An HSU Win Would
► Make the Cowboys 9-1 on the year and 8-1 in conference play and put them into a position for an at-large berth into the NCAA playoffs for the third straight year.
► Be the third straight nine-win regular season. HSU has not done that since 1998-2000, which is the only other time in school history it has happened.
► Make the Cowboys 27-4 all-time against their crosstown rivals. HSU has won all but one game in the series since bringing back football in 1990.
Last Time Out
HSU had a complete outing in all three phases and rolled to a 55-7 win over Belhaven on Senior Day. The Cowboys had 579 yards of offense and limited the Blazers to 317 on the day. It was the final home game for 26 HSU seniors.
HSU needs a win on Saturday and then will hope for a bid into the NCAA Playoffs from the selection committee. The field will be announced at 4:30 on NCAA.com.
In The Polls
HSU is ranked fifth in this week's D3football.com poll and sixth in the American Football Coaches Association poll. They have held both of those positions for the last four weeks.
On the Air
You can listen to Cowboy football on 100.7 in Abilene and watch 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 13th 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.
The Wilford Moore Trophy
The winner of the HSU-McMurry game gets to keep the Wilford Moore Trophy for the year. Wilford Moore is in both school's athletic Hall of Fame. He was a standout player for HSU and was a coach for McMurry. HSU has won 15 of the 16 times it has been awarded.
Historically Good Defense
The Cowboy defense limited its seventh opponent of the season to one or fewer offensive touchdowns in a game. You have to go all the way back to 1947 the last time that has happened for Cowboy football. That year the Cowboys had four shutouts and eight games with no one scoring more than a touchdown. The year before that when the Cowboys went 11-0 they did not allow a team to score more than eight points in a game.
South Region Rankings
Hardin-Simmons was ranked second in the second NCAA regional rankings that were released this week. The regional rankings are part of the process for selecting the teams that will be in the NCAA playoffs. The playoff field will be announced at 4:30 on Sunday on NCAA.com.
Spreading The Wealth
Freshman quarterback Landry Turner had one of his best games of the season last week when he completed 18-of-26 passes for 293 yards and had five touchdown passes. He completed the five TD passes to five different receivers - Jaquan Hemphill, Breon Simmons, Devonte' Walker, Colton Kent and Reese Childress.
Sophomore safety Dedrick Strambler had his fourth interception of the season in the game against Belhaven. It came as the Blazers were driving to the end zone. It was another red zone stop for the defense, which has allowed a touchdown on just 9-of-21 opponent trips into the scoring zone.
Just Knock It Down
Senior cornerback Reggie Davis has 14 pass break ups on the year. With two more he would pass eight different players to sixth on the single-season charts.
New Faces Making Plays
Breon Simmons and Bryson Hammonds are a pair of Cowboy freshmen receivers that have stepped into more prominent roles as the season has progressed. Both are returning kicks and Simmons had his first career touchdown last week.
The Cowboys have 2,283 yards rushing on the season which is just 467 yards away from the school record set in 2004. The 32 rushing touchdowns are the second-most behind the 2004 team's 43. HSU's 6.1 yards per carry are the best in school history, as are the 253.7 yards per game.
HSU's 533.9 yards per game are the second-most in school history behind the 558.4 per game the 2012 team had. HSU is averaging 7.46 yards per play which is also a school record.
The Cowboys have allowed just 16 touchdowns which is five fewer than the previous record.