The SFA Lumberjacks will look to go over the .500 mark for the first time this season against the Western Colorado Mountaineers at 2 p.m. on Halloween at Homer Bryce Stadium..
The Lumberjacks come into this matchup coming off of a 35-32 overtime victory last Saturday against the winless (0-3) Abilene Christian Wildcats at Globe Life Park.
SFA's offense scored over 30 points for the third consecutive week after combining for just 31 points through their first three games of the season. Junior Quarterback Trae Self finished last Saturday's contest with a career-high 352 passing yards and three touchdowns. Self also had 22 yards on the ground, including a four-yard touchdown early in the second quarter to give SFA their first score of the contest, making it a 7-7 game.
In addition to Self's performance, sophomore wide receiver Xavier Gipson also had a big game, hauling in 9 receptions for 110 yards and an eight-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter to
give SFA a 22-21 lead right before the two-minute mark. With this stat-line, Gipson has now posted at least four receptions, 110+ receiving yards, and one touchdown in each of SFA's three last games, which have all been victories.
Despite allowing 30+ points for only the second time this season, SFA's defense held up for the most part, as they forced the Wildcats into committing their season-high amount of turnovers with five. In contrast, their five takeaways were the most garnered all year so far. Before last weekend's game, SFA hadn't forced more than two turnovers in any game this season.
They forced ACU to settle for a field goal on the opening drive of overtime. On the ensuing possession, redshirt freshman tight end Chad Aune caught a sixteen-yard touchdown pass to clinch SFA's third win of the season and their first 3+ game-winning streak since 2016.
Redshirt freshman cornerback Bruce Harmon led the team with a career-high in interceptions (2), bringing his season total to three, which is currently the most on the team. Additionally, sophomore linebacker Brevin Randle forced a fumble early in the first quarter en route to leading the team in tackles (10), bringing his season total to 46, which also currently leads the team.
For the Mountaineers, this will be their season opener; and as of right now, the first of only three games for their 2020 season. This matchup will be the first time in history where the Mountaineers and Lumberjacks square off. On top of that, this will only be the third time in university history where they play against an opponent from the Southland Conference.
An SFA victory this weekend would not only ensure that they eclipse last year's three-win season but would also be the first time since 2011 where they go on a 4+ game-winning streak.
KTBQ-FM Radio will be providing play-by-play analysis for the game.