Home kickoff times slated for Tarleton Football


STEPHENVILLE – Kickoff times for Tarleton State Football’s six home games are officially set, the Texans announced Thursday. 

The Texans, who are set to compete in their first season as a full-fledged NCAA Division I program in 2024, open the season at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 24 at 2:30 p.m. Tarleton State’s next four home games (Sept. 28 vs. Southeastern Louisiana, Oct. 12 vs. Utah Tech, Nov. 2 vs. Eastern Kentucky, Nov. 16 vs. Abilene Christian) will be played at 6 p.m. The regular season finale on Nov. 23 against Central Arkansas will kick off at 2 p.m. 

Shining in its first four years in NCAA Division I, Tarleton State has posted four straight winning seasons and finished with the third highest winning percentage in a reclassification period since 2004 at .610 (25-16). Owning the best winning percentage in the state among all Texas D1 and D2 programs since 2018 (.727, 48-18), the Texans were ranked No. 19 in Craig Haley’s 2024 FCS Football Preseason Top 25 Rankings on Opta Analyst last month. 

Season tickets start at just $150 and are on sale now by visiting TarletonSports.com/Tickets or by visiting the Tarleton Ticket Office in person located on the west side entrance of Memorial Stadium. Single-game tickets will be available for purchase the week of each home game on Mondays. 

The Texans finished the 2023 season 8-3 overall and 4-2 in United Athletic Conference play, good for second in the league. Head coach Todd Whitten was named UAC Coach of the Year, his fifth career Coach of the Year accolade. 

Tarleton State ranked first in the UAC in yards per play (6.4), rushing yards per game (201.7), rushing touchdowns (25) and was second in the conference in points per game (33.3), yards per game (430.5) and yards per rush (5.2). In addition to ranking in the top two in the UAC in five categories, the Texans finished in the top 25 nationally in all those categories. 

Defensively, the Texans had the most defensive touchdowns in the conference (four, tied-fourth nationally) and led the UAC in fumbles recovered (11, tied-ninth nationally), yards per play (4.8, 17th nationally) to go with sacks (26, tied-28th nationally). Tarleton State also finished in the top four in the UAC in takeaways (18), tackles for loss (65), and scoring defense (24.5 points per game). Tarleton’s special teams led the UAC in kickoff returns (24.3 yards per return, eighth nationally) and was second in the conference in punt returns (18.2 yards per return, fourth nationally).

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