A&M-COMMERCE TO MAKE HISTORY SATURDAY FACING UT-SAN ANTONIO
A&M-Commerce Lions at UT-San Antonio Roadrunners
Saturday, September 8 · 1:00 p.m.
Alamodome · San Antonio, Texas
Records: A&M-Commerce (0-1); UT-San Antonio (1-0)
A&M-Commerce makes history Saturday afternoon, traveling to the Alamo City for a meeting with UT-San Antonio at the Alamodome. It marks the first time in program history the Lions will square off with a Division I FBS program as kickoff against the Roadrunners is set for 1 p.m.
Lions on the Web
Fans unable to make it to San Antonio for this weekend's game against the Roadrunners can still stay up to date on every play from the Alamodome. KETR 88.9 FM will carry the game live, with Charlie Chitwood calling the game action and Brock Callaway providing the play-by-play, and will be streamed online at KETR.org. Live video is available through GoUTSA.com with live stats available at LionAthletics.com. Twitter followers can also receive periodic updates by following @Lion_Athletics.
Scouting the Roadrunners
Record: 1-0 overall, 0-0 Western Athletic Conference (4-6 overall in 2011)
Last Game: W at Southern Alabama, 33-31
Head Coach: Larry Coker (Northeastern (Okla.) State, 1970). Second season at UT-San Antonio (5-6, .455); eighth season overall (65-21, .756)
Key Offensive Players:
· Eric Soza (Jr., QB): 18-of-30 passing for 215 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT, long of 58
· David Glasco II (So., RB): 9 carries for 70 yards, 7.8 ypc, long of 50
· Kam Jones (So., WR): 2 catches for 81 yards, 40.5 ypr, 1 TD, long of 58
· Cole Hicks (Jr., WR): 2 catches for 33 yards, 16.5 ypr, 1 TD, long of 23
Key Defensive Players:
· Brandon Reeves (Sr., LB): 12 tackles (four solo)
· Triston Wade (So., S): 11 tackles (five solo), 1 TFL (7 yds.), 1 INT, 1 FF
· Steven Kurfehs (Jr., LB): 8 tackles (six solo), 1 PD, 1 BU
· Cody Rogers (So, DE): 4 tackles (four solo), 1 TFL (7 yds.), 1 sack (7 yds.)
Key Special Teams Players:
· Sean Ianno (So., K): 4-of-4 FGS (long of 51), 3-of-3 PATs
· Kenny Harrison (So., WR): 2 kick returns for 48 yards, 24.0 avg., long of 27
Synopsis: UT-San Antonio opened up their second season of football with a 33-31 victory over South Alabama on September 1, recording the first road victory in program history. Sean Ianno kicked a career-long 51-yard field goal with 23 seconds remaining, giving UTSA the victory. The Roadrunners are coached by former Miami head coach Larry Coker, who guided the Hurricanes to the 2001 national championship. UT-San Antonio competes in the Western Athletic Conference this season before making the jump to Conference USA in 2013.
Saturday marks the first meeting between A&M-Commerce and UT-San Antonio.
Lions Stumble in 31-6 Season-Opening Loss to Southeastern Oklahoma State
A&M-Commerce was looking for a fast start to its challenging 2012 slate, but struggled to find its groove as the Lions fell to Southeastern Oklahoma State 31-6 in the season-opener at Memorial Stadium. A&M-Commerce managed just 185 of total offense, forcing the defense to remain on the field for 40 minutes against the Savage Storm. The turning point in the game was late in the first quarter with the Lions driving deep in SEOSU territory as quarterback Deric Davis attempted a throw to the sidelines, but it was intercepted by Storm linebacker Houston Slemp, who returned it 79 yards to put Southeastern Oklahoma on top 7-0. A&M-Commerce started to claw their way back into the game in the third quarter as Davis found Tevin Godfrey in the back of the endzone to cut the deficit to 17-6. But the Savage Storm clamped down in the fourth quarter with a 16-play, 99-yard drive that ran 12 minutes off the clock, sealing the victory over the Lions. A&M-Commerce has now dropped two-straight season openers and nine of their last 11.
Mason Sets Strong Tone for Season
While the outcome wasn't what he had hoped for, senior linebacker Danny Mason did what he could to help energize the Lions against Southeastern Oklahoma State, finishing with a career-best 16 tackles. Mason notched nine solo stops against the Savage Storm and led the way with a pair of tackles for loss and a sack. A first team All-Lone Star Conference selection in 2010, Mason is striving to become the eighth linebacker in Lion program history to be a two-time first team All-LSC selection and the second in as many years for A&M-Commerce.
Lions Against the Big Boys
When the Lions take the field against UT-San Antonio on Saturday at the Alamodome, it will mark an historic moment in the Lions tradition-rich program as A&M-Commerce will go head-to-head against a Division I FBS school for the first time in school history. The Lions have faced 10 teams in their history who are currently Division I FBS members, but they were not at the time they squared off against then East Texas State. Texas State (formerly Southwest Texas), who made the transition to Division I FBS status this season, has squared off against the Lions the most times as the two have met 57 times dating back to 1920 when the duo battled yearly as former Lone Star Conference rivals.
· Arkansas (0-1): First – 1948; Last – 1948
· Arkansas State (0-4-1): First – 1953; Last – 1987
· Houston (2-1): First – 1946; Last – 1948
· Louisiana Tech (1-1-1): First – 1950; Last – 1964
· North Texas (5-20-1): First – 1916; Last – 1951
· Southern Methodist (1-0-1): First – 1916; Last – 1916
· Southern Mississippi (2-1): First – 1936; Last – 1957
· Texas A&M (0-1): First – 1916; Last – 1916
· Texas Christian (0-4): First – 1924; Last - 1930
· Texas State (26-29-3): First – 1920; Last – 1983
Fifth Annual Harvey Martin Classic Returns to Cowboys Stadium
A&M-Commerce is gearing up for the fifth installment of the Harvey Martin Classic, with this year's game set to be bigger than ever before. For the second-straight year, the game, named after former Lion All-American and Super Bowl MVP Harvey Martin, will be played at Cowboys Stadium as part of the Lone Star Football Festival as A&M-Commerce and defending LSC champion Midwestern State kick-off the three-day event Thursday, September 13 at 7 p.m. This year, however, Lion fans across the nation can see their team play as CBS Sports Network has selected the game as the Division II National Game of the Week and will air live on their network to a national audience. Log on to LionAthletics.com for a station finder to watch the game.
The complete weekly release for the game against UT-San Antonio will be available soon.