By BRAD KEITH
STEPHENVILLE (September 12, 2015) — The offenses are explosive and the defenses are eager to answer questions.
That’s the case for both teams as Tarleton State (0-0) kicks off its 2015 campaign against a Findlay (Ohio) (1-0) team that has already traveled out of state and earned a win.
Here’s what you need to know about Tarleton vs. Findlay:
Game: 7 p.m. Saturday at Tarleton Memorial Stadium
Live Blog: TheFlashToday.com
Live Video: http://www.tarletonsports.com/watch/?Live=459
Radio: Tarleton Sports Network: KTRL 90.5 FM and http://tarletonsports.com/watch/?Live=459
Tailgating Info: http://www.tarleton.edu/recsports/TexanAlley/index.html
About the Texans – Tarleton is coming off a 5-5 season and third place finish in the inaugural Lone Star Conference Football Playoffs. The Texans were an offensive juggernaut last season, and nine starters return after averaging 44 points and 522 yards per game. Junior quarterback Zed Woerner set the school mark for single-game passing yards with 477 in his first career start, an LSC semifinal loss at regular-season champ Texas A&M-Commerce. Zach Henshaw rushed for 673 yards last year, Bubba Tandy had 45 receptions for 830 yards and four TDs while Le’Nard Meyers hauled in 65 passes for 755 yards and eight scores. Tarleton has four starters back on the offensive line. Head coach Cary Fowler, 27-25 entering his sixth season at the helm, has assumed the role of defensive coordinator himself. He’s looking for improvements after surrendering 38 points a game last year.
Texans last week – N/A. This is the season opener for Tarleton.
About Tarleton – A multi-campus university primarily located in Stephenville, Tarleton State University is home to a robust 12,326 students, an increase of almost 2,500 since 2011. Tarleton offers 66 undergraduate degree programs, 22 graduate degree programs, two associate degree programs and a doctoral program in education leadership and administration. Some of the most popular areas of study include agriculture, business, education, kinesiology and nursing. Home to 14 NCAA sanctioned sports, Tarleton is also a National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association super power and won the men’s national team title last spring.
About the Oilers – Like Tarleton, Findlay was 5-5 last season, but like Tarleton, the Oilers play in a Division II power conference, the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference (GLIAC). This is their fifth season operating under head coach Rob Keys, who is 27-17 at Findlay.
Oilers last week – The Oilers amassed 589 yards in a 45-34 win at Hillsdale College (Mich.) last week. Sophomore quarterback Rhys Gervais passed for 364 yards and three scores, hitting Jason Moore and X Blunk for more than 100 yards each. Chauncey Bridges rushed for 82 yards and Daiquone Ford added 79. Junior defensive back Troy Robinson led the team with seven tackles.
About Fndlay – Founded in 1882 as Findlay College, the institution became the University of Findlay in 1989. A small university in Findlay, Ohio with approximately 4,000 students enrolled in 2014-15, Findlay offers nearly 60 areas of undergraduate study, the most popular including animal science/pre-veterinary medicine, pharmacy, business, equestrian studies and biology. Findlay competes in 24 NCAA sanctioned sports.
History – Just one previous meeting in the opening round of the 1978 NAIA playoffs, with Findlay winning 13-6.