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THE DIRT: HSU set to host UMHB

Published On: Oct 23 2013 03:55:05 PM CDT

Game 7

Hardin-Simmons vs.

Mary Hardin-Baylor

Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013

Kickoff: 1 p.m. CST

Shelton Stadium

Abilene, Texas

 

Radio: .............................. 100.7 FM in Abilene

HSU Internet Broadcast: ... hsuathletics.com

Play-by-play...................................... Al Pickett

Color Commentator..................... Phil Ashby

 

The Series

Overall............................... UMHB leads, 13-5

In Belton.............................. UMHB leads, 7-3

In Abilene............................ UMHB leads, 6-2

Last Meeting         UMHB won 45-32  in 2012

 

Hardin-Simmons Cowboys

Record................................... 3-3, 2-1 ASC

Location............................. Abilene, Texas

Colors............................. Purple and Gold

Enrollment.......................................... 2323

Athletic Director.................... John Neese

Head Coach...................... Jesse Burleson

HSU Record, seasons................. 15-11 (3)

       Home Record................................. 9-3

       Away Record.................................. 6-8

       vs. ASC Teams ............................ 10-8

Record vs. UMHB................................ 0-2

Offensive Coordinator... Jeff Whitehead

Defensive Coordinator............ Bob Fello

 

Mary Hardin-Baylor Cru

Record................................... 6-0, 2-0 ASC

Location............................... Belton, Texas

Colors................ Purple, White and Gold

Enrollment......................................... 3,409

Conference......................................... ASC

Athletic Director................. Randy Mann

Head Coach.................. Pete Fredenburg

ETBU Record, seasons.......... 152-34 (16)

Record vs. HSU.................................. 13-5

Off. Coordinator....................... Jeff Shinn

Def. Coordinator............. Larry Harmon

SID............................................. Jon Wallin

Website www.cruathletics.com

The Basics

Hardin-Simmons will host rival Mary Hardin-Baylor in a 1 p.m. game at Shelton Stadium. The winner of this game has won at least a share of the American Southwest Conference title every year since 1998. HSU is looking to snap an 11-game losing streak to the Cru.

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.

Up Next

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. 

TD Leaders Among Players That Weren’t Primarily Rushers

51 - Kirk Rogers (1 rush, 50 rcv) - 1998-01

40 - Mychal Carrillo (2 rush, 38 rcv) - 2005-08

29 - ZaVious Robbins (1 rush, 25 rcv, 3 ret) - 2006-10

28 - Collin McCormick (4 rush, 23 rcv, 1 ret) - 1991-94

27 - Joe Lemberg (26 rcv, 1 ret) - 2000-03

25 - Mitch Ables (25 rcv) - 1993,96-98

25 - Brian Rogers (25 rcv) - 1990-93

20 - Jessie Ramos (1 rush, 15 rcv, 4 ret) - 2012-13

20 - Jared May (1 rush, 14 rcv, 5 ret) - 2002-05

Zavala Living In the Backfield

Sophomore defensive tackle Korey Zavala has been living in the backfield the last two games. He has two sacks in each of those games and has six tackles for loss to go along with 12 tackles.

Welcome Back

Junior slotback Jimmie Simpson has missed most of the season with a quad injury. He played a few snaps against Howard Payne and last week was back. He had two catches for 47 yards, including a 42-yard touchdown pass from Josh Christian. 

More on Ramos

Jessie Ramos slipped to second this week in all-purpose yardage after ETBU did not send a kickoff deep the entire night. He had 86 yards receiving and 12 yards on a punt return. He now averages 209 yards per game, one yard behind national leader Domonique Hayden of Thomas Moore.

Fisher Has Career Game

Tight end Ty Fisher had a career-best six catches for 59 yards against East Texas Baptist. Fisher leads the Cowboy tight ends with 15 catches on the year.

Getting Offensive

Saturday’s game features the top two scoring and total offense teams in the conference. Hardin-Simmons leads the league at 45 points per game and UMHB is second at 39. As far as total offense, UMHB leads the league with 486.5 yards per game and the Cowboys are second at 484 yards per outing. The two teams are also the top two rushing teams in the league. UMHB averages 257.5 yards per game and HSU averages 250.7 ypg.

Kicking Contest

HSU leads the ASC in kickoff returns at 25.1 per return. UMHB leads the league in kickoff coverage, netting 39.6 yards per kickoff. UMHB is 30-for-30 in PATs and HSU is 36-of-37.

Strengths on Strengths

HSU leads the league in first downs at 28 per game. UMHB leads the league in fewest first downs allowed per game at 15. Mary Hardin-Baylor leads the conference with 25 sacks on the season. The Cowboy offensive line has allowed a league-low nine sacks on the season.

Turnover Margin

HSU leads the league in turnover margin at +5 after forcing three turnovers last week against East Texas Baptist. HSU has forced 13 turnovers in the last four games and have committed only three turnovers in that time frame. UMHB has forced a league-best 20 turnovers, but have committed 19 turnovers on the year.

Abbott Leads The League

Brandon Abbott is leading the league in punting at 40.5 yards per kick. He nailed three of his eight kicks inside the 20 last week and two more went for touchbacks,

About The Cru

UMHB comes into the game rated third in the nation in the D3football.com poll and second in the AFCA poll. They are 6-0 on the year. UMHB has won 40 straight regular season games and have won 28 straight ASC games and 61 of its last 62 ASC contests. UMHB has scored 40 or more points in each of the last three games. It has allowed 18 points or less in five of the six games this season. Deshon Kinsey leads a balanced defense with 47 tackles, five forced fumbles and four sacks. Brodrick Crain has 36 tackles, three interceptions and 11 pass break ups. Zach Anderson is the new quarterback for the Cru this year after LiDarral Bailey started for four seasons. Anderson is completing 70 percents of his passes for 1,021 yards and 10 touchdowns. He has also rushed for 300 yards and five touchdowns on the season. Marcus Wimby and Kamray Runnels are the top two receiving threats with 18 catches each. Elijiah Hudson, who missed two games earlier in the season due to injury, is averaging 122 yards per game on the ground and has five touchdowns. 

Head Coach

Jesse Burleson is in his third season at the helm of the Hardin-Simmons football program. As a former player, graduate assistant, assistant coach and now head coach Burleson has been on the ground floor of all levels of the HSU program. He is a talented recruiter, organizer and motivator. He has had a strong amount of retention within the program since taking over in December of 2011 and that has built experienced depth across the board. The Cowboys have gone 6-4 in each of his first two seasons. He has consistently had one of the top offensive lines in the nation since becoming the HSU offensive line coach in 2006. He has had at least one All-American offensive lineman in all but one season.

 

The Burleson File

Birthdate.............................. June 3, 1977

Hometown........................... Clyde, Texas

High School.................................... Clyde

College......................... Hardin-Simmons

               BBS, 1999 (Magna Cum Laude)

Currently Pursuing M.Ed. in Counseling

Family............... Wife, Lois Lee (16 years)

                       Daughter, Marissa (age 15)

                         Daughter, Lainey (age 10)

 

Burleson Career Track

1995-99............................ Player at HSU

1999................... Grad. Assistant at HSU

2000............. Offensive Line at Clyde HS

2001-02... OL at South Grand Prairie HS

2003-04....................... OC at Temple HS

2005.................... OC at Odessa Permian

2006-07............... Offensive Line at HSU

2008-10.... Asst. Head Coach/OL at HSU

2011-13................... Head Coach at HSU

 

Burleson Year-By-Year

2011.................................. 6-4 (4-4 ASC)

2012.................................. 6-4 (5-2 ASC)

2013................................................... 3-3

 

Coaching Staff

Bob Fello, third year at HSU

Defensive Coordinator/LBs

Jeff Whitehead, third year at HSU

Offensive Coordinator/QBs

Kyle Coats, first year at HSU

Special Teams Coordinator/DBs

Chris Jones, fourth year at HSU

Defensive Line/Dev. Squad

Joey McQueen, second year at HSU

Wide Receivers

Information for this story provided by HSU Athletics.