Football Game Day: Saturday, September 8 Tarleton State at Stephen F Austin


Fresh off its largest season-opening victory in the last decade, Tarleton will now hit the road for a showdown against Division I FCS Stephen F Austin in Nacogdoches Saturday at 6 p.m. It will be the first home game of the season for the Lumberjacks.

A complete broadcast of the game can be heard on the Tarleton Sports Network presented by the North Texas Ford Dealers. The Tarleton Sports Network team of Byron Anderson, Kyle Masters, Savion Washington, and J.P. Stingley have the call on the flagship station of Tarleton Athletics – KTRL 90.5 FM in Stephenville – and worldwide at A link to live Stats can be found on the football schedule of A video broadcast of the game can be seen on ESPN+, which is an online subscription-based service at


The Stephen F Austin Ticket Office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and can be reached by telephone at 936-468-5225. Cash, check, and cards are all accepted. The football box office will open an hour and a half before kickoff. Ticket prices range from $25 for chairback seating down to $8 youth admission.

Tarleton is 1-0 after opening the season with a 44-13 win over Delta State last Thursday night. It was the largest season-opening win since 2008 and the third largest margin to begin a campaign under head coach Todd Whitten. Tarleton boasted 448 yards of total offense, including 285 on the ground, while holding Delta State to just 326 total yards. Daniel McCants led the ground attack with 145 yards on 14 carries while Zimari Manning made noise through the air with 144 yards and two touchdowns on three receptions. Defensively, Jai Edwards made quite the debut for Tarleton with a team-high eight tackles from the safety spot and a 76-yard interception return for a touchdown. Prince Robinson also had a pick-six in the opener.

Stephen F Austin opened the season with a 63-6 loss at the hands of FBS No. 18 Mississippi State in Starkville, Mississippi last weekend. Quarterback Foster Sawyer threw for a team-high 147 yards with wide receiver Tamrick Pace leading the way with 73 yards on five catches. The ‘Jacks had three players record a team-high seven tackles – Lawrence Ghansah, Trenton Gordon, and Bert Morris. Kicker Storm Ruiz was 2-2 on field goals with a long of 36 yards. The ‘Jacks are coming off a 4-7 season in 2017 as a member of the Southland Conference and are coached by interim head coach, Jeff Byrd.

Tarleton and Stephen F Austin have met 11 times in their history, including twice as NCAA rivals. The Texans won the last meeting, which came in 2007 in Nacogdoches. The Texans pulled out a 27-24 overtime win on a Stephen Arnold 37-yard field goal to upset the ‘Jacks at Homer Bryce Stadium. The ‘Jacks lead the all-time series 8-3, which dates back to 1963.

Tarleton will begin Lone Star Conference play next weekend with a road trip to Canyon for a 6 p.m. game at West Texas A&M. It will be the final time Tarleton will visit Kimbrough Memorial Stadium as West Texas A&M will open Buffalo Stadium in 2019.

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