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Stephen F. Austin returns to Homer Bryce, hosting Southeastern Louisiana Saturday

OPENING KICK
After a two-week break, Stephen F. Austin returns between the hills at Homer Bryce Stadium, hosting Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday, October 15, 2016. The game, presented by Tipton Ford-Lincoln of Nacogdoches, marks the Lumberjacks’ annual Zeta Tau Alpha Pink Out game, aiding in the fight against breast cancer.

FOLLOWING THE LUMBERJACKS
Stephen F. Austin’s game with Southeastern Louisiana will once again stream live in HD on ESPN3. Fans can find the game online at ESPN3.com or on mobile devices by downloading the WatchESPN app. Rob Meyers, the voice of the Lumberjacks, will have the game along with analyst Tyler DePascal. The audio broadcast will once again be carried live on Q107.7 FM and online at Q1077.com, as well as through the Lumberjack Sports Network on the TuneIn app. Live stats will be available at SFAJacks.com complemented by Twitter updates @SFA_Football.

LUMBERJACKS AT HOMER BRYCE STADIUM
Since Homer Bryce Stadium opened in 1973, SFA has enjoyed a great deal of success between the hills. The Lumberjacks have compiled a 153-99-2 (.606) record at Homer Bryce Stadium, winning five-straight home games dating back to the 2015 season. The ‘Jacks have notched a winning home record in 28 of the 42 seasons Homer Bryce Stadium has served as the ‘Jacks’ home field. SFA has been especially tough at home in recent years, posting a 31-10 (.756) record since the start of the 2009 season. The five game home winning streak is the longest for SFA since the stadium-record nine-game winning streak from 2011-13.

SCOUTING THE LIONS
2016 Record: 2-3 overall, 2-1 Southland Conference
Last Three Games: W vs. McNeese (31-24), L at Lamar (38-14), W vs. Northwestern State (34-24)
Head Coach: Ron Roberts (Tennessee-Martin, 1990). Fifth season at SLU (31-23, .574), 10th season overall (78-39, .667)
Key Offensive Players:
• #8 Justin Alo (Sr., QB): 58-of-106 passing (54.7%) for 1,018 yds., 8 TDs, 4 INTs; 38 rushes for 129 yds.
• #2 Rasheed Harrell (Sr., RB): 47 rushes for 217 yds., 2 TDs 
• #22 Julius Maracalin (So., RB): 37 rushes for 166 yds., 1 TD
• #5 Brandon Acker (Sr., WR): 19 catches for 484 yds., 4 TDs
• #1 Juwan Dickey (Jr., WR): 13 catches for 242 yds., 2 TDs 
Key Defensive Players:
• #12 Max Lyons (Jr., DB): 41 tackles (21 solo), 0.5 TFL, 4 PBU
• #1 Javon Tillman (Jr., DB): 40 tackles (22 solo), 1 INT, 2 FR
• #7 Torrance Mosley (Jr., DB): 36 tackles (25 solo), 1.0 TFL, 3 PBU
• #44 Lee Spight (Jr., LB): 31 tackles (17 solo), 5.5 TFL, 1.0 sack
• #2 Ryan Sigers (Jr., DB): 34 tackles (16 solo), 5 PBU
Synopsis: Southeastern Louisiana enters the weekend at 2-3 overall and 2-1 in Southland Conference play. The Lions are coming off a 31-24 win against 22nd-ranked McNeese in Hammond on Saturday, scoring on an 82-yard touchdown pass in the final minute to beat the Cowboys. Offensively, Southeastern Louisiana is averaging 21.8 points and 381.0 yards per game, comprised of 156.6 rushing and 224.4 passing yards per game. QB Justin Alo leads the Lion offensive charge, passing for 1,018 yards on the year, with nearly half of that total going to WR Brandon Acker, who has caught 19 passes for 484 yards and four touchdowns. Three RBs have each run for at least 166 yards on the year for the Lions as well. Defensively, Southeastern Louisiana is giving up 35.0 points and 397.6 yards per game, including 198.2 rushing and 199.4 passing yards per game. The Lions’ defensive secondary has been a strength of the unit in 2016, led by 41 tackles from DB Max Lyons, 46 stops by DB Javon Tillman and 36 tackles by Torrance Mosley.

SERIES INFORMATION
Stephen F. Austin and Southeastern Louisiana meet for the 20th time Saturday with the Lumberjacks holding an 11-7-1 lead in the all-time series which began in 1950. SFA has won two-straight against Southeastern Louisiana, rallying from a 20-point deficit to defeat the 22nd-ranked Lions 28-27 in Hammond in 2015. SFA is 6-4 against Southeastern in Nacogdoches and has won four of the last five, including the 27-17 win over the sixth-ranked Lions in 2014. Head coach Clint Conque is 7-2 all time against Southeastern Louisiana during his coaching career, including a 2-0 mark during his time at SFA.

LAST TIME OUT: NICHOLLS 35, SFA 28 (2OT)
Stephen F. Austin and Nicholls needed two overtime periods to settle their Southland Conference showdown Saturday in Thibodaux, but it was the Colonels that came out on top, defeating the Lumberjacks 35-28 in double overtime. SFA had the early momentum, racing out to a 14-0 lead within the first three minutes of the game, then tied things up late in the third  to end a 21-0 run by Nicholls. The ‘Jacks registered a touchdown in their first overtime possession, only to be answered by a Nicholls touchdown on its first play. After the Colonels found the endzone again in second overtime, SFA was driving to even the score, but a fumble recovered by Nicholls sealed the win. The loss was the first for the Lumberjacks against the Colonels since 2007, ending an eight game winning streak, as SFA played in its first overtime game since 2008, dropping to 6-3 all-time.
 
CONQUE PUTTING UP A FOUR SPOT
QB Zach Conque led SFA’s offensive charge against Nicholls Saturday as the senior had a part in all four of the Lumberjack touchdowns. Conque threw for two scores (30 and 49 yards) while rushing for two others, marking the seventh time in his SFA career the Little Rock native had accounted for four or more touchdowns in a game. He accomplished the feat three times each in both 2014  (Central Arkansas, Houston Baptist and McNeese) and 2015 (Abilene Christian, Incarnate Word and Houston Baptist), upping his career total touchdown to 68 for his Lumberjack career. 

CONQUE CONTINUES TO MOVE UP THE CHARTS
Senior QB Zach Conque continues to move up the career charts at SFA, now ranking among the program’s all-time top-10 in five statistical categories. Conque threw for 201 yards against Nicholls Saturday, upping his career total to 5,679 and moving past Zeke Dixon (2001-05) for sixth all-time. Conque also ranks fourth all-time in career completions (515) and rushing touchdowns (29), fifth in career total offense (6,987) and eighth in touchdown passes (38). The only player in SFA history to both pass for 5,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards, Conque also ranks 19th all-time in career rushing yards with 1,3081 for his career.

PACE-ING THE OFFENSE
WR Tamrick Pace has emerged as one of the Lumberjacks’ top offensive weapons through the first six games of the 2016 season. The freshman ranks second on the team in both receptions (25) and receiving yards (354) while leading the team with five touchdown catches, including one in each of the past four games. Pace has registered back-to-back 100-yard receiving games, the first for a Lumberjack since Tyler Boyd in 2013, hauling in five catches for 104 yards and a touchdown against the Colonels, one week after posting SFA’s high game of the 2016 season with 11 catches for 144 yards against Sam Houston State.

WEST DOING IT ALL
RB Joshawa West continues to add to his reputation as a “do-it-all” player. Against Nicholls, he rushed 15 times for 36 yards, hauled in a 30-yard touchdown pass and had four kickoff returns for 54 yards, fielding kickoffs the Colonels were intentionally kicking short. Through the first six games of his senior campaign, West has proven to be one of the team’s most versatile players, rushing for 1,394 yards, hauling in 528 receiving yards and posting 566 kick return yards, giving him 2,488 career all-purpose yards. West has found the endzone six times in his career, playing in 41 games with 20 starts and averaging 60.7 all-purpose yards per game.

LIGGINS, EASLY CLOSING IN ON 1,000
A pair of Lumberjacks continue to inch closer to impressive career milestones, one through the air and one on the ground. Senior WR Justice Liggins enters Saturday’s game with 87 catches for 947 yards, needing 53 yards to become the 36th player in SFA history to surpass 1,000 career receiving yards. In the backfield, sophomore Loren Easly has rushed 166 times for 925 yards, sitting 75 yards shy of becoming the 28th Lumberjack to rush for 1,000 yards. Two of those 28 players are currently on the SFA roster as RB Joshawa West has rushed for 1,394 yards with QB Zach Conque amassing 1,308 rushing yards.

HARRISON ADDS TO HIS LEGACY
Senior DE Kedrick Harrison has been a mainstay among the Lumberjack defensive line for the past four seasons and he has now put his name among the program’s elite. Harrison posted another tackle for loss against Nicholls this past Saturday, upping his career total to 31 for his Lumberjack career, ranking seventh all-time. Six games into his senior season, Harrison is also tied for eighth in career sacks (16.5), ranking first in the Southland Conference in sacks and fourth in tackles for loss in 2016.

10-TACKLE CLUB ADDS NEW MEMBER
SFA’s 10-tackle club had a repeat performer and a newcomer join the ranks this past weekend. LB George Stone and CB Aaron Foy both finished with 10 stops against the Colonels, bringing the number of 10-tackle performances on the year to four. Stone was the first member of the club, registering 13 stops in the win over McNeese, followed by LB Price Miller’s 15 tackles in the victory over Abilene Christian the following week. The 10 tackles are a new career-best for Foy, playing in his fifth game as a Lumberjack.

SFA AMONG NATIONAL RANKINGS
Through the first half of the 2016 season, Stephen F. Austin finds itself among the national FCS leaders in a number of categories. As a team, the Lumberjacks rank fourth nationally in fumbles recovered (7), 11th in passing offense (298.5), 13th in punt return average (15.9) and 15th in sacks per game (2.83). Individually, Trevon Smith ranks third nationally in kick return yards (475) with Kedrick Harrison sitting eighth in sacks per game (1.00) and Trae Hart ranking 10th in punt return average (19.5). A pair of newcomers have also made their presence felt with K Storm Ruiz ranking 13th in field goal percentage (87.5%) and WR Tamrick Pace is tied for 18th nationally in touchdown receptions (five).

SFA RECEIVING VOTES IN LATEST MEDIA POLL
Despite the double overtime stumble at Nicholls Saturday, Stephen F. Austin is still receiving votes in this week’s FCS media poll. The Lumberjacks garnered 16 points in the October 10th poll, unofficially tied with Indiana State for 36th nationally. SFA has been receiving votes in each of the past four weeks, reaching as high as the first team receiving votes following the win over Abilene Christian. The last time SFA cracked the top-25 was in the 2015 preseason poll, being ranked 24th nationally.

CONQUE AGAINST THE HOME LAND
Saturday’s game against Southeastern Louisiana adds another chapter into head coach Clint Conque’s coaching history facing his home state. Conque, a native of Baton Rouge, has had some success against teams from the Pelican State, posting a 26-15 record during his 17-year coaching career. Conque is 0-2 all-time against Louisiana Tech, 6-4 against McNeese, 8-3 against Nicholls, 5-4 against Northwestern State and 7-2 facing Southeastern Louisiana. Since taking over the helm of Stephen F. Austin, Conque is 7-3 against schools from Louisiana, including a 4-2 mark in games played on Louisiana soil.

LUMBERJACKS ON OCTOBER 15th
For the 11th time in program history, Stephen F. Austin will suit up on the 15th day of October, posting a 4-6 record all-time on the date. The last time the Lumberjacks played a game on the 15th day of October was in 2005, falling to McNeese in Lake Charles 33-23. Of the 10 games played on the date, SFA has played in Nacogdoches just once, and never between the hills of Homer Bryce Stadium. The only time SFA played a home game on October 15th was in 1966, a 14-13 loss to Sul Ross State.

LOOKING AHEAD
Following Saturday’s tilt against Southeastern Louisiana, Stephen F. Austin will enter its bye week for the 2016 season. The Lumberjacks will return to action on Saturday, October 29th, making the program’s first-ever trip to San Antonio to face Southland Conference newcomer Incarnate Word at Benson Stadium.

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