Hardin-Simmons will look to get back on track versus old conference opponent Texas Lutheran. The Bulldogs, in their first year in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference, have a 7-0 record on the year and are in the hunt for an NCAA at-large bid.
Last Time Out
Sul Ross State rallied to beat Hardin-Simmons for the first time in 17 tries on Saturday in Alpine. HSU led 28-6 in the first half, before the Lobos made their run. Tevin Mitchell had 232 yards rushing and scored two touchdowns.
Last Time Versus Texas Lutheran
Hardin-Simmons won a double overtime thriller 65-58 in Seguin last season. The Cowboys exploded offensively gaining 728 yards of offense and Logan Turner completed 38-of-53 passes for 559 yards and seven touchdowns. Texas Lutheran had 635 yards of offense in the game. Scott Newberry sent the game to overtime with a 36-yard field goal with :26 to play. TLU had the ball first and scored on a Jo Jo Epps 1-yard run and HSU sent it to a second overtime on a 24-yard TD pass from Turner to Corey Jones. Devin Carver scored on a 25-yard run on the Cowboys first play of the second overtime and the defense held for the win.
The Cowboys will close out the 2013 campaign with a 1 p.m. game against Louisiana College on Saturday at home. It will be the final game for the Cowboys 18 seniors - Brandon Abbott, Zeth Barron, Colton Brewer, Josh Christian, Ty Fisher, Matt Hall, Taylor Huff, Mike Hursh, Nolan Mills, Tevin Mitchell, Chuck North, Jacob Peacock, Jonathan Petty, Reid Pride, Ivan Shelnutt, Wyatt Walton, Matt Wamble and Jonathan Wilder.
Senior linebacker Jonathan Wilder continued his climb on the single season and career tackle charts. He had eight stops last week and now has 92 on the season. He needs five to have a top 10 season at HSU. He is now ninth on the career charts in tackles with 210.
Mitchell Goes For 200 Again
Tevin Mitchell went for 232 yards against Sul Ross State. It was his third 200 yards effort of the season and the fourth of his career, both of which are school records. In 13 full games in his career he has gone over 100 yards nine times. His 1,833 yards ranks eighth on the career charts. His 22 career rushing touchdowns ranks seventh. He has 1,170 yards on the season which is seventh. He needs to average 225 yards per game over the next two contests to break Tommy Cupil’s single-season record. He ranks 10th nationally in rushing.
Jessie Ramos (173.9 ypg) and Tevin Mitchell (161.9 ypg) both are on pace to have higher averages than previous single season leader Tommy Cupil (160.0 ypg in 1994). Teams have totally started kicking away from Ramos for good reason on kickoffs, which has lowered his once NCAA leading average. Ramos has seen just one kickoff in the last three games. He has returned two kickoffs for touchdown this season and averages almost 29 yards per return.
Consistency Up Front
The Cowboys have started the same six players on the offensive front with the exception of the Texas College game when Wyatt Walton had to set out for a targeting penalty. Josh Morales, Walton, Jacob Peacock, Chuck North and Ivan Shellnut have led the Cowboys to one of the top rushing attacks in the league.
Clogging The Middle
It is rare to see a defensive tackle be among your leading tacklers, but sophomore Korey Zavala has been a beast on the defensive line. He is second on the team with 52 tackles and leads the team with 12 tackles for loss and five sacks.