Tarleton returns home to Stephenville as the new champions of the Lone Star Conference. The No. 8 Texans will take the field at Memorial Stadium Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. with a one-game break from LSC play to host Lincoln (Mo.).
WHAT’S AT STAKE
Tarleton’s positioning in the NCAA regional rankings is on the line with every game left on the regular season schedule. The top seven teams in the NCAA regional rankings advance to the national playoffs with the top seed earning a bye and the No. 2, 3, and 4 seeds earning the right to host the first-round games. Tarleton is currently ranked No. 2 in the regional rankings.
MEMORIAL STADIUM TOURS COMING NOV. 10
The construction on Memorial Stadium is still ongoing. However, Tarleton State University will be hosting tours through the stadium prior to the season’s final regular season game against Western New Mexico on Saturday, November 10 in Stephenville. The free tours will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 10. Elevators will not be available. More information will be made available next week at TarletonSports.com and Tarleton.edu.
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 TarletonSports.com/ListenLive. Links to live stats and a video stream of the game can be found on the Tarleton Football schedule, the Game Day preview story, and on the @TarletonSports social media channels. The live video stream is free of charge, courtesy of the Tarleton Sports Network.
Single-game reserved tickets are $15 while general admission tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students. All Stephenville-Campus Tarleton students with a valid ID receive free admission. There will be three ticket booths available to fans, one each on the North and South ends of the stadium and a third under the current press box on the east side. All gates will open at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday. The ticket booth under the press box on the east side is home to the visitor will call tickets while the south end by the Tarleton Field House will host the home will call tickets. On game day, the new Rudder Way Ticket Office, located in the old police station, will be open from noon to 4 p.m.
Tarleton Football remains among the top 10 football programs in the nation according to the latest American Football Coaches Association poll. The Texans stayed at No. 8 in the nation and lead the way among Lone Star Conference schools with Texas A&M-Commerce at No. 16 and MSU Texas at No. 18. Tarleton is ranked No. 10 in the nation by D2Football.com.
ABOUT THE TEXANS
Tarleton guaranteed itself a share of the Lone Star Conference Championship by defeating No. 10 MSU Texas in Wichita Falls last Saturday night. With the win, Tarleton improved to 8-0 on the season, which is tied for the second-longest win streak to begin a season in program history (2007). Tarleton continues to dominate both sides of the line of scrimmage as the Texans rank among the national leaders at No. 5 in rushing offense (294.6) and No. 17 in rushing defense (100.1). Xavier Turner leads the ground attack with 800 yards while Daniel McCants (732), D’Anthony Hopkins (237), Ben Holmes (291), and Adam Berryman (293) have also gone for over 200 yards each on the season. Holmes also leads the air attack with 1,774 yards passing and 20 touchdowns. Zimari Manning leads the receiving corps with 643 yards on 32 catches and nine touchdowns. Defensively, Jai Edwards leads the team with 61 tackles while EJ Speed (10.0), Chris Radford (7.5), Gary Moore (7.5), Sean Walton (5.5), Prince Robinson (5.0) and Tyrell Thompson (5.0) lead the way for the Texan defense in making tackles behind the line of scrimmage.
The Lincoln Blue Tigers will make their first trip to Stephenville with a record of 3-6, including a 2-4 mark within the Great Lakes Valley Conference. Lincoln comes into the game averaging 15.8 points per game while allowing nearly 25. Kimbo Ferguson leads the ground attack with 457 yards and two touchdowns while Henry Ogala leads the team in passing with 1,503 yards and nine touchdowns. Defensively, Saint Durassaint leads the team with 73 tackles including 5.0 for a loss.
This will be the inaugural meeting between the Blue Tigers and Texans.
UP NEXT FOR TARLETON
Tarleton will host Western New Mexico Saturday, November 10 at 2 p.m. with a chance to win the outright Lone Star Conference Championship for the first time since 2001. It will be the regular season finale for both teams.