7/7 HARDIN-SIMMONS (3-0, 2-0 ASC) vs. LOUISIANA COLLEGE (1-2, 1-1 ASC)
Sept. 28, 2019 - Noon - Pineville, La.
Wildcat Stadium - 100.7 FM
Overall: HSU leads 13-5
Streak: HSU, Won 4
Last Meeting: HSU won 57-21 in Pineville in 2018.
Hardin-Simmons overcome a pair of weather delays to roll over Louisiana College 57-21 in Pineville. Jaquan Hemphill had 150 yards on the ground and scored three times. Ty Hooper took over in the second half after starter Marc Reed tore his ACL and went 11-of-14 for 153 yards. Rae Millsap took the opening kickoff of the game 91 yards for a touchdown. Dedrick Strambler had a 64-yard interception return and Eriq Mitchell also added an interception.
Series Notes: The Cowboys have won four straight meetings in the series...HSU is making the trip to Pineville for the second straight year...The Cowboys are now 6-3 all-time in Pineville...HSU is 5-3 against LC under Jesse Burleson.
Setting The Scene
The Cowboys will travel to Pineville for a rare noon kickoff against the Wildcats. It marks the first home game of the year for LC, who comes into the game 1-2. HSU is 3-0 on the year and ranked No. 7 in the nation. HSU is in the top 10 nationally in total offense and total defense. HSU is coming off a 63-20 win at Howard Payne last week. Brennen Wooten threw for five touchdown passes to five different receivers and Jaquan Hemphill had 198 yards and two touchdowns on the ground and added a 25-yard touchdown reception in the game. The Cowboys return home for a pair of games sandwiched around a bye week after the longest trip of the season.
On The Air
Hardin-Simmons Football will once again be broadcast locally on 100.7 FM. Video broadcasts with full production will be available for all home games. Most road games will have a video broadcast produced by the home team. There will be links available on www.hsuathletics.com for each game. You can also listen on your mobile phone using the HSU Athletics app. Al Pickett is in his 15th season in the Cowboys' play-by-play chair and 16th 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 returns home next week for a 6 p.m. game against Texas Lutheran and then have an open week before hosting Belhaven for Homecoming.
In The Polls
HSU is still No. 7 in the D3football.com poll. The Cowboys debuted at No. 7 in the first AFCA poll of the season. The Cowboys have now been ranked 49 straight weeks in the in-season D3football.com poll. HSU has been ranked inside the top 10 for 28 of those weeks and haven't been lower than No. 13 since week No. 8 of the 2015 season.
An HSU Win Would
▶ Give HSU five straight wins over Louisiana College.
▶ Give HSU 20 straight wins in the month of September.
▶ Push the Cowboys streak to 26 in a row against ASC opponents other than Mary Hardin-Baylor.
▶ Give HSU a 4-0 start for the fifth straight season.
The Cowboys came out and scored touchdowns on six of seven drives in the first half and took a 42-13 lead into halftime and rolled 63-20 in the game. HSU mixed the run and pass effectively and the Cowboys ran for 332 yards and passed for 291 in a 623-yard output. Howard Payne was limited to 323 yards, over 200 yards under its season average. The win was the 12th straight over Howard Payne and was the eighth straight in Brownwood.
Hemphill Continues Record Climb
Senior running back Jaquan Hemphill had 198 yards rushing and scored two touchdowns on the ground last week and also added a 25-yard receiving touchdown. He tied Lance Moore's school record for rushing touchdowns in a career with 37 and he also went over the 3,000-yard mark in career rushing yards. He now has 3,022 yards and needs 26 more yards to pass Quinton Jones for second in school history. He is 936 yards away from Matt Carroll's school record for rushing yards. He also has 44 career touchdowns (37 rushing, seven receiving) and ranks fifth on the all-time list. He needs three to pass Reese Childress, four to pass Lance More, five to pass Jessie Ramos and eight to break Kirk Rogers' school record. He earned ASC player of the week honors for his performance against Howard Payne. He ranks second nationally with 437 rushing yards on the season and is seventh in rushing yards per game.
Only Team To Do It
The Cowboys rank seventh nationally in total offense with 538 yards per game and are eighth nationally in total defense with 207 yards per game allowed. HSU is the only Division III team to be in the top 10 in total offense and total defense at this point in the season.
Spreading The Wealth
Brennen Wooten had five touchdown passes last week against Howard Payne and he hit five different receivers for touchdowns. Sophomores Cale Nanny and Jayden Coleman each had their first career touchdown receptions. Kevi Evans, Rae Millsap and Jaquan Hemphill also had touchdown receptions. Wooten completed 17-of-29 passes for 291 yards in the game.
Rae Goes And Gets It
Watching from a distance it was hard to see what a spectacular catch Rae Millsap made for his touchdown. He went over the defender and reached up and made the catch while getting his feet down. He is known for his freakish ability to make the impossible seem routine. He had a season-best six catches for 58 yards in the game.
Jayden Coleman is one of six tight ends the Cowboys use and he was able to catch a pass and take it 22 yards for a touchdown against Howard Payne. It was his first career reception.
Sophomore linebacker Matt Girard was ejected in the third quarter of Saturday's game for targeting. After a postgame review with the NCAA Coordinator of Officials, the ruling was over turned and the suspension is vacated. Girard would have had to sit out the first half of Saturday's game as well if the infraction stood, but is now allowed to play against Louisiana College.
Strambler Gets Another Interception
Dedrick Strambler recorded the 10th interception of his career on Saturday and returned it 44 yards. It was his first interception of the season. He moved into a tie for fifth on the HSU all-time charts with Will Galusha, Darren Allman and Michael Fitzgearld. He needs one more to move to a tie with David Rausch and two more to catch Jay Wise for third.
HSU's Sophomore CLass Continues To Show Up
The Cowboys' sophomore class may go down as one of the most talented groups in school history. There was depth all over the field from that class and they continue to show up big on Saturdays. In all, 26 sophomores got in the game on Saturday, 15 are in the two deep and six are starters. A year ago, 15 of the current sophomores saw action as freshmen on Saturday's and the developmental squad went undefeated as well. In the game against Howard Payne, Kevi Evans, Rae Millsap, Jayden Coleman and Cale Nanny had touchdown catches, Gatlin Martin had a touchdown run on a fake field goal and Byron Brown had a sack.