Last Time Out
HSU played its most complete game of the year in a 55-17 win over East Texas Baptist in Marshall. The Cowboys had 537 yards of total offense and limited the Tigers to a season-low 252 yards. Tevin Mitchell ran for 143 yards and three touchdowns in the game and Darren Seamster led the defense with 11 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and two sacks. Korey Zavala had two sacks for the second straight game. Jessie Ramos scored his 20th career touchdown in the game.
Last Time Versus Mary Hardin-Baylor
Last year against the Cru HSU had a fourth-quarter lead for the first time since 2004 in the series. HSU took a 32-31 lead on a 36-yard touchdown pass from Logan Turner to Jimmie Simpson with 12:16 to play. HSU then forced a Cru punt and was driving again when Brodrick Crain intercepted Turner. The Cru then scored on a third-and-seven play when LiDarral Bailey scrambled and found an open Jon Ross from 42 yards out. Bailey threw for 250 yards and ran for 172 on the day. Turner completed 29-of-58 passes for 470 yards and four TDs and had four interceptions.
The Cowboys will hit the road for the final time this season to take on Sul Ross State in Alpine in a 1 p.m. game. HSU will then close the season with a pair of home games against Texas Lutheran and Louisiana College.
Cowboy Defense Is Turning The Corner
The Cowboy defense came up big against East Texas Baptist, allowing a season-low 252 yards and a season-low 3.4 yards per play. The Tigers came into the game with the top offense in the conference. The HSU defense has made significant strides since the beginning of the season. In the first two games, the opponents averaged 578.5 yards and 67.5 points per game. Take away two scores in the kicking game and two fumble returns for touchdowns by the opponents and the opponents are averaging just 24 points and 364 yards per game in the last four games. The defense had a stretch of 12 possessions that resulted in eight punts, an interception, a fumble, a turnover on downs and a drive that ended the half. In those 12 possessions ETBU ran 43 plays for just 131 yards.
Seamster Has Huge Impact
HSU played a 3-4 defense for the first time this season and Darren Seamster had a huge impact against the Tigers. He had 11 tackles, 3.5 for loss and two sacks at the outside linebacker position/safety position.
Mitchell On A Roll
Senior running back Tevin Mitchell has averaged over 180 yards per game over the last four contests and he has scored eight touchdowns in that time. He also has gone for 132 or more yards in all four games. For the season, he averages a league-best 150 yards per game. He ranks ninth nationally in rushing yards per game and is 11th in rushing touchdowns. He also leads the league with 11 touchdowns. He and Tommy Cupil are tied for the most career 200 yards games with three. He has moved to ninth on the career rushing yards charts with 1,563 yards and needs 38 to pass Paxton Hurst.
Consecutive 100-Yard Games Career 100-Yard Games
Matt Carroll 6 1992 Matt Carroll 21
Tevin Mitchell 4 2013 Quinton Jones 13
Quinton Jones 4 2005 Lance Moore 12
Quinton Jones 4 2007 Derrick Grant 9
Matt Carroll 4 1993 Tevin Mitchell 8
Tommy Cupil 4 1994 Patrick Baca 8
Mark Pawelek 4 1995 Steven Rockwell 8
Lance Moore 4 2004 Tommy Cupil 7
20 Career Touchdowns
Scoring 20 career touchdowns is a rare accomplishment as only 17 Cowboys have scored 20 touchdowns in a career and Ramos joined the list last week with a 26-yard touchdown pass from Josh Christian. The only non-running back that scored 20 or more touchdowns in their first two seasons was career touchdown leader Kirk Rogers, who had 20 touchdowns after his sophomore season but that was through 23 career games counting playoff appearances.