Thursday, September 10, 2015

Game Previews Week 2

Week One had a little bit of everything - good offensive showings, some defense, some teams coming out quickly, answering questions, and some teams with questions still unanswered.  Overall, LSC teams went 4-2, 3-1 against fellow Super Region 4 teams.  This week, all of the LSC teams are in action, with 6 games against regional foes, and a top 20 matchup between Texas A&M-Commerce and Delta State from the GSC.

And ICYMI, Tarleton State announced a $24 million plan to renovate Memorial Stadium.

Texas A&M-Commerce announces four finalists for AD position.

Week 2 Matchups
#12 Angelo State at Western State

2:00, Gunnison, Co.

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Angelo State Game Notes
Western State Game Notes

Western State gave FCS Northern Colorado a scare last week, dropping a 42-34 decision to the 2-time former D2 national champion.  In an all offensive game, WSC outgained UNC 587-524, rushing for 285 yards and throwing for 302.

Kyle Washington started the season where he left off last year, running for 89 yards, and throwing for 291.  The defense (31 pts, 451 yds to OPSU) struggled, especially in the third quarter.  It will be interesting to see how much improvement the defense shows this week.  Angelo State 45-27

#2 Coloardo State Pueblo at West Texas A&M
5:00, Canyon, Tx.
Live Stats
Live Audio

The defending national champion opened with a 41-14 win over Central Washington.  New starting QB Malcolm Ruben didn’t exactly light it up (7-14, 113 yds) throwing the ball, but when you have 300 yards rushing, you’re going to be okay on offense.  The defense limited CWU to 290 yards, just 100 rushing.  More important than anything on the stat sheet - knowing how to win.

Will the real Buffalo team step forward?  Is it the dominant squad that rushed out to a 21-0 first half lead? Or an overmatched group that was outscored 27-3 the remainder of the game.  This isn’t the type of opponent to try to rebound against, but a win, or at least a competitive game could boost WT’s confidence level heading into conference play next week.  CSUP 38-10

Missouri S&T at Texas A&M Kingsville
7:00, Kingsville, Tx.

The Miners fell behind Chadron State 31-0 late in the third quarter, but put together 4 TD drives totaling 290 yards over the last 20 minutes, closing the gap to 40-27 at the final buzzer.  The offense was balanced, picking up 150 rushing and 213 passing yards.  The defense wasn’t good, allowing 278 yards rushing and 206 passing.

The Javelinas offense was inconsistent last week, putting together just two scoring drives, but the defense played well, bending but not breaking on a hot September afternoon in San Antonio.  The special teams really hurt – allowing a punt return for a TD, having a field goal and punt blocked, and allowing the winning points to score on a blocked PAT late in the fourth quarter.  Sidenote - Javelina defensive coordinator David Brown is a former head coach at Mo-S&T. TAMK 28-21.

Eastern New Mexico at Adams State
7:00, Alamosa, Co.
Adams State Game Notes

The Grizzlies were manhandled last week in Commerce, losing 48-17.  Adams did a decent job in the passing game, completing 21-31 for 177 yards and 2 TDs, and limiting TAMC to just 17-33 passing, but gave up some big plays, including an 86 yard TD.  They didn’t do a good job running the ball (79 yds on 40 carries) or stopping the run (282 yds).  That’s not promising for this week.

The Greyhounds came out on fire in the second half, scoring 3 TDs in a 1:09 span early in the third quarter to pull away from NMHU.  Jeremy Buurma needs to improve on his 3-13 passing performance.  Look for the Greyhounds to race past Adams State 35-14.

Findlay at Tarleton State
7:00, Stephenville
Tarleton Game Notes

Findlay opened up last week with an LSC-like 45-34 win over Hillsdale.  The offense controlled the game with a 73-49 advantage in offensive plays and a 39:29 – 20:31 time of possession advantage.  The running game was good for 223 yards, while Rhys Gervais threw for 364 yards and 3 TDs and the tandem of Jason Moore and Dylan Blunk combined for 14 receptions and 216 yards. 

The only LSC team to not play last week, the Texans bring back 7 starters on offense and 4 on defense.  Like the rest of the LSC, Tarleton needs to improve on last year’s defense(33.8 pts, 449 yds), but would be just fine repeat last year’s offensive production (43.7 pts, 523 yds).  Tarleton opens with an impressive 38-17 win.

Midwestern State at Colorado Mesa
8:00, Grand Junction, Co.
MSU Game Notes

The Mavericks opened with an impressive 43-3 win over Dixie State last week.  (circular reference – Dixie State beat CWU 49-20 last night, CSU-Pueblo beat CWU 41-14).  They did it running the ball very well (363 yards, 8.1 y/carry) and passing efficiently (16-26, 219 tds no Ints).  The defense held Dixie State to under 300 yards and no TDs.

The Mustangs defense was impressive, holding Truman State to 171 yards and 3 points.  Just as important, they set the offense up with short fields that led to 3 MSU TDs.  The offense didn’t put up big numbers, but took advantage of their opportunities, scoring on 5-6 trips into the red zone.  Despite last week’s big win over DSC, we’re not really expecting a big fight out Colorado Mesa, MSU 35-14.

#10 Delta State at #18 Texas A&M Commerce 
7:00, Commerce
TAMC Game Notes

Big plays, big passing plays more specifically, were key in DSU’s big 48-7 win over Fort Valley State.  The Fighting Okra threw for four TDs, all of at least 58 yards.  The Fighting Okra (is there a more fun team mascot out there?) only picked up 101 yds rushing, so there is some room for improvement.  Defensively, they stopped the run well (94 yds) but did allow 250 yards passing.

While the Lions won’t repeat last year’s offensive numbers, they opened up with a 48 point performance.  The ability and inclination to run the ball could actually make the team more difficult to stop.  This should be a great game and barometer for two teams looking for the playoffs.  TAMC 35-31

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