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WAC Standings;

SFA 1 - 0.....1 - 1

Sam Houston 0 - 0......2 - 0

Abilene Christian 0 - 0......1 - 1

Lamar 0 - 0.......0 - 1

Dixie State 0 - 0.....0 - 2

Tarleton 0 - 1......1 - 1

 

This week:

Mississippi Valley State @ SFA

Lamar @ Northern Colorado

UT Permian Basin @ Abilene Christian

Southern Utah @ Tarleton

Dixie State @ UC Davis

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Standings in the WAC:

SFA 2 - 1......1 - 0

Sam Houston 2 - 0.....0 - 0

Abilene Christian 2 - 1.....0 - 0

Lamar 1 - 1.....0 - 0

Dixie State 0 - 3.....0 - 0

Tarleton 1 - 2......0 - 1

 

Last Weeks Results:

SFA 58, Mississippi Valley State 13

Lamar 17, Northern Colorado 10

Abilene Christian 34, UT Permian Basin 9

Southern Utah 40, Tarleton 35

UC Davis 60, Dixie State 27

 

This Weeks Schedule:

Lincoln (CA) @ SFA

Sam Houston @ Central Arkansas

Abilene Christian @ Lamar

New Mexico Highlands @ Tarleton

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Standings in the WAC:

SFA 3 - 1......1 - 0

Sam Houston 3 - 0.....0 - 0

Abilene Christian 3 - 1.....0 - 0

Lamar 1 - 2.....0 - 0

Dixie State 0 - 3.....0 - 0

Tarleton 2 - 2......0 - 1

 

Last Weeks Results:

SFA 61, Lincoln 13

Sam Houston 45, Central Arkansas 35

Abilene Christian 56, Lamar 0

Tarleton 40, New Mexico Highlands 21

 

This Weeks Games:

SFA vs. Sam Houston

Tarleton @ Eastern Kentucky

Dixie State @ South Dakota State

Central Arkansas @ Abilene Christian

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TICKETSMARTER WAC FOOTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK ANNOUNCED
Sam Houston's Eric Schmid, Tarleton's Greg Eggleston Jr. and Sam Houston's Seth Morgan have been named TicketSmarter Western Athletic Conference Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week, respectively, for September 20 through September 26.
 
Schmid, a redshirt junior quarterback from The Woodlands, Texas, went into Conway, Ark. and helped the Bearkats open up WAC/ASUN Challenge play with a 45-35 win at nationally-ranked Central Arkansas. The Preseason WAC Offensive Player of the Year was 19-of-37 on his pass attempts for 283 yards and four touchdowns, which all came in the first half. He also added 48 yards on the ground on 10 rushes, including a long of 19 yards.
 
Eggleston, a freshman defensive back from San Antonio, picked of a pair of passes in just his third collegiate game as the Texans earned a 40-21 win over New Mexico Highlands. His first pick came on the first play of NMHU's second drive of the game, picking off a 22-yard attempt. On the Cowboys' final drive, he gathered his second interception, putting together a 12-yard return to allow Tarleton to kneel down to end the game. He also added four tackles in the winning effort. 
 
Morgan, a freshman from Houston, earns his second WAC Special Teams Player of the Week honor after going 3-for-3 on field goals and 4-for-4 on extra points in a 45-35 win over nationally-ranked Central Arkansas. Now a perfect 17-for-17 on extra points and 4-for-4 on field goals, his scores against UCA came from twice from 22 yards and once from 32 yards. 
 
Other offensive nominees: Abilene Christian's Stone Earle completed 13-of-18 pass attempts for 185 yards and three touchdowns as the Wildcats earned the 56-0 road win at Lamar … Stephen F. Austin's Korbyn White led the 'Jacks with 71 yards rushing, scoring on a nine-yard rush early in the game in a 61-13 win over Lincoln (Calif.) … Tarleton's Daniel Wright Jr. rushed for a season-high 142 yards and two touchdowns in a 40-21 win over New Mexico Highlands. 
 
Other defensive nominees: Abilene Christian's Jordan Paup added five more tackles, including a tackle for loss and fumble recovery, to his season totals in 56-0 non-conference win at Lamar … Stephen F. Austin's Rayshad Nichols recorded seven tackles, including three tackles for loss and a pair of sacks, in the Lumberjacks 61-13 win over Lincoln (Calif.).
 
Other special teams nominees: Stephen F. Austin's Lenard Lemons had a 67-yard punt return for a touchdown and added 23 yards on kick returns in a 61-13 win over Lincoln (Calif.) … Tarleton's Dray Roberson gave the home fans some excitement early in the second quarter with a 100-yard kickoff return for a score to put the Texans up 30-7 over New Mexico Highlands.
 
KICKING OFF
It's a big week around the WAC and not only because it's time for the Battle of the Piney Woods between top-ranked Sam Houston and Stephen F. Austin at NRG Stadium in Houston. Dixie State returns after the bye week as they travel to South Dakota State, who is ranked second in the Stats Perform Top 25 and third in the AFCA Coaches' Top 25. Tarleton will head to Eastern Kentucky while Abilene Christian hosts Central Arkansas in AQ7 action. Both EKU and UCA are among those receiving votes in both the Stats Perform and AFCA polls.
 
STATISTICALLY SPEAKING
As a team, Sam Houston leads the WAC in scoring offense (46.3), total offense (533.0), rushing offense (259.0), rushing defense (77.33), third down conversions (.500) and sacks against (3). Stephen F. Austin also leads the league in a number of categories, holding the top spot in total defense (266.5), socring defense (16.0), defensive pass efficiency (86.2), passing offense (287.0), field goals made (9), net yards per punt (52.5), punt return average (22.1), punt return TDs (3), interceptions (8), turnover margin (+1.3), fourth-down conversions (.571), sacks by (14) and time of possession (31:42). Abilene Christian is the leader in touchdowns scored (22), total offense/play (7.13), total offense TDs (19), pass efficiency (162.5), yards per rush (6.43), pass completion percentage (.676), pass defense (140.5), passing TDs (11), PAT kicks made (20), kickoff return yardage (42.5), opponents third-down conversion (.280). Tarleton is tops in total offense yards (450.8), rushing TDs (9), rush attempts (151), rushing yards (208.8), kick return TDs (1), first downs (95), first downs rushing (44) and red zone defense (.727). Lamar has the top red zone offense (100.0).
 
Individually, SHSU's Ramon Jefferson is the leader in rushing (133.3) and scoring/touchdowns (8.00) while teammate Eric Schmid is the leader in total offnese (288.0) and passing/game (267.0). SFA's Chris Campos is the leader in total scoring (11.25) and scoring/kick (11.25). ACU's Stone Earle holds the top pass efficiency among starters (172.88). SFA's Xavier Gipson continues to be the top receiver at 112.33 yards per game and is also the leader in all purpose yards (139.33). His 'Jacks teammate Max Quick leads the WAC in punting average (48.27) while Campos' nine field goals made is a WAC-best. On defense, Dixie State's Tyrell Grayson leads the league with 12.33 tackles per game. SFA's James Sylvester has the lead in sacks/game (1.25) while SHSU's Markel Perry is tied with SFA's BJ Scarlett for the lead in tackles for loss/game (2.00). SFA's BJ Thompson and Tarleton's Ronnell Wilson are tied for the lead in fumbles forced (2) while Tarleton's Devin Hafford is the leader in fumbles recovered (2). SHSU's Jaylen Thomas and SFA's Myles Brooks are tied for the lead in interceptions with three each.
 
NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED
Sam Houston remains the top team in the two major FCS polls, ranking first in both the Stats Perform Top 25 and AFCA Coaches' Top 25. The Bearkats are also second in the College Sports Madness Top 25 and fourth in the Athlon Sports Top 25. Stephen F. Austin is among those receiving votes in both the STATS and AFCA polls.
 
BATTLE OF THE PINEY WOODS
In a rivalry dating back to 1923, the Battle of the Piney Woods will take place this Saturday between Stephen F. Austin and Sam Houston at NRG Stadium in Houston. Sam Houston has won the last nine meetings and holds a 57-35-2 advantage over the rival 'Jacks. 
 
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Standings in the WAC:

 

Sam Houston 4 - 0.....1 - 0

SFA 3 - 2......1 - 1

Abilene Christian 3 - 2.....0 - 0

Lamar 1 - 2.....0 - 0

Dixie State 0 - 4.....0 - 0

Tarleton 2 - 3......0 - 1

 

Last weeks results:

Sam Houston 21 SFA 20

Eastern Kentucky 20 Tarleton 3

South Dakota St. 55 Dixie St. 7

Central Arkansas 42 Abilene Christian 21

 

This Weeks Schedule:

SFA @ Jacksonville St.

Lamar @ Sam Houston

Dixie St. @ Montana

Abilene Christian @ Eastern Kentucky

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This Week in WAC Football - Oct. 4

This Week in WAC Football - Oct. 4
Posted: Oct 04, 2021
 
 

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TICKETSMARTER WAC FOOTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK ANNOUNCED
Sam Houston's Keegan Shoemaker and Jahari Kay and Stephen F. Austin's Max Quick have been named TicketSmarter Western Athletic Conference Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week, respectively, for September 27 through October 3.
 
Shoemaker, a sophomore quarterback from Prosper, Texas, made his first start as a Bearkat in one of the biggest games of the year, leading top-ranked Sam Houston to a 21-20 come-from-behind win over rival Stephen F. Austin in the Battle of the Piney Woods at NRG Stadium in Houston. On the day, he was 16-for-29 passing for 222.0 yards, finishing with two touchdowns and a 135.3 efficiency rating. He also rushed the ball seven times for seven total yards. 
 
Kay, a senior defensive lineman from Berkely, Calif., led the Bearkat defense to a 21-20 win over rival Stephen F. Austin in the Battle of the Piney Woods at NRG Stadium in Houston. Establishing his place in the SFA backfield all day, he finished with 1.5 sacks and a pair of quarterback hurries while also forcing a fumble late in the game. He finished with eight tackles, including six solo stops.
 
Quick, a junior punter from Lufkin, Texas, notched five punts for 266 yards in the 'Jacks upset bid against rival Sam Houston. Averaging 53.2 yards per punt, he kept the Bearkats deep in their own territory much of the game, placing one punt inside the 20 and recording a booming 74-yard punt as well. He currently leads the WAC in punting average a 49.8 yards per kick.
 
Other offensive nominees: Stephen F. Austin's Xavier Gipson nearly led the 'Jacks to an upset win over rival Sam Houston, recording nine catches for an even 100 yards receiving and a touchdown … Tarleton's Tariq Bitson led the Texans in receiving for the third straight game, bringing in three catches for 66 years in a 20-3 loss at Eastern Kentucky.
 
Other defensive nominees: Stephen F. Austin's Amad Murray posted four tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss, and recovered a fumble as the 'Jacks battled rival Sam Houston in the Battle of the Piney Woods in Houston … Tarleton's Devin Hafford earned his third interception and fifth takeaway of the year in the Texans' 20-3 loss at Eastern Kentucky.
 
Other special teams nominees: Sam Houston's Matt McRobert averaged 50.6 yards per punt while placing two punts within the 20 yard line and forcing one fair catch in the top-ranked Bearkats' 21-20 win over rival Stephen F. Austin … Tarleton's Jake Walrath boomed a 61-yard punt to pin EKU within their on 10-yard-line and finished with eight kicks for 367 yards in the Texans' loss to the Colonels.
 
KICKING OFF
For the first time this season, the WAC has two top-25 teams as top-ranked Sam Houston plays host to Lamar while 23rd-ranked Stephen F. Austin heads to 24th-ranked Jacksonville State. Dixie State will have yet another nationally-ranked opponent, traveling to sixth-ranked Montana while Abilene Christian, who is receiving votes in the latest AFCA Top 25, makes the trip to Eastern Kentucky.
 
STATISTICALLY SPEAKING
As a team, Sam Houston leads the WAC in scoring offense (40.0), total offense (472.0), rushing offense (211.0), rushing defense (82.0), third-down conversions (43.86) and are tied for the lead with Lamar for field goal percentage (100.0). Stephen F. Austin is the leader in total defense (271.0), scoring defense (17.0), pass defense efficiency (96.3), passing offense (272.6), passing defense (167.4), total passing yards (1363), field goals made (11), punt average (41.3), punt return average (22.1), interceptions (9), turnover margin (+1.2), sacks by (15) and time of possession (31:28).  Abilene Christian has the top spot in touchdowns scored (25), total offense yards (2074), pass efficiency (158.5), total rushing yards (993), pass completion percentage (.674), passing touchdowns (13). Tarleton is tied with ACU for the lead in rushing touchdowns (9) and also holds the lead in kick returns touchdowns (1), first downs (105) and red zone defense (.750).
 
Individually, SHSU's Ramon Jefferson is the leader in rushing (115.25) and teammate Eric Schmid is the leader in total offnese (288.0) and passing average (267.0). SFA kicker Chris Campos is tops in scoring (10.6) and teammate Xavier Gipson holds the lead in receiving yards per game (109.25) and all-purpose yards (130.25). ACU quarterback Stone Earle has the lead in pass efficiency (167.11). SFA's Max Quick has the top punting average (49.81) and teammate Campos is the leader in total field goals (11). Lamar kicker Bailey Giffen and SHSU kicker Seth Morgan are tied for field goal percentage (100.0). 
 
On defense, DSU's Tyrell Grayson is the leader in tackles (11.25) and the SFA trio of Edward Bobino, BJ Thompson and BJ Scarlett are tied for the lead in sacks/game (1.00) while Thompson is also the leader in fumbles forced (2). SHSU's Markel Perry is the leader in tackles for loss/game (2.25) and Tarleton's Devin Hafford has the lead in fumbles recovered (2). SHSU's Jaylen Thomas, SFA's Myles Brooks and TAR's Hafford are all tied for the lead in interceptions with three each.
 
BEST IN THE COUNTRY
After helping lead Sam Houston to a 21-20 rivalry win over Stephen F. Austin in the Battle of the Piney Woods, senior defensive end Jahari Kay has been named Stats Perform FCS Defensive Player of the Week. He finished with eight tackles (six solos), including 2.5 for loss and 1.5 sacks. He also forced a fumble late in the game and had two quarterback hurries and a pass breakup.  
 
NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED
Sam Houston remains the top team in the two major FCS polls, ranking first in both the Stats Perform Top 25 and AFCA Coaches' Top 25. The Bearkats are also third in the College Sports Madness Top 25 and fourth in the Athlon Sports Top 25. Despite the BOTPW loss, Stephen F. Austin moved into the Stats Perform Top 25 for the first time since 2015. The 'Jacks are also receiving votes in the AFCA polls and are ranked 23rd in the CSM Top 25. Abilene Christian is also receiving votes in the AFCA poll.
 
BATTLE OF THE PINEY WOODS
In a rivalry dating back to 1923, the Battle of the Piney Woods lived up to expectations, with top-ranked Sam Houston eeking past Stephen F. Austin, 21-20, to stretch their BOTPW win streak to 10. 
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Standings in the WAC:

Sam Houston 5 - 0.....2 - 0

SFA 3 - 3......1 - 1

Abilene Christian 3 - 3.....0 - 0

Dixie St. 0 - 5.......0 - 0

Lamar 1 - 3.....0 - 1

Tarleton 2 - 3......0 - 1

 

Last weeks results:

Jacksonville St. 28 SFA 24

Sam Houston 41 Lamar 7

Montana 31 Dixie St. 14

Eastern Kentucky 30 Abilene Christian 15

 

This Weeks Schedule:

Lamar @ Abilene Christian

Tarleton @ Dixie St. 

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This Week in WAC Football - Oct. 11

This Week in WAC Football - Oct. 11
Posted: Oct 11, 2021
 
 

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TICKETSMARTER WAC FOOTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK ANNOUNCED
Sam Houston's Noah Smith, Dixie State's Tyrell Grayson and Stephen F. Austin's Chris Campos have been named TicketSmarter Western Athletic Conference Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week, respectively, for October 4 through October 10.
 
Smith, a sophomore running back from Cypress, Texas, posted his first career 100-yard rushing game in the Bearkats' 41-7 win over Lamar on Saturday afternoon. His biggest run came midway through the third quarter, taking the ball 49 yards for a score to put the 'Kats up 26-7. In addition to his 14 rushes, Smith also caught one pass for five yards to give him 124 all-purpose yards in the winning effort.
 
Grayson, a redshirt freshman defensive back from Fresno, Calif., helped the Trailblazer defense stay tight with sixth-ranked Montana. His first-quarter strip sack helped Dixie State keep the Griz off the scoreboard for most of the first half, heading into the break down 3-0. On the day, he finished with 14 tackles to go with two tackles for loss and a forced fumble. He recorded double-digit tackles for the third time in five starts this season. 
 
Campos, a redshirt freshman kicker from Nacogdoches, Texas, did his best to keep the 'Jacks in Saturday's bout at Jacksonville State, finishing with a 30-yard field goal and three extra-points made in a 28-24 loss. On the season, he is a perfect 23-for-23 on extra points and an impressive 12-of-15 on field goal attempts with a long of 49 yards. His 59 points scored is nearly double anyone in the WAC this season.
 
Other offensive nominees: Stephen F. Austin's Trae Self posted his second 300-yard passing game of the season in a close 28-24 loss at Jacksonville State, going 26-for-47 for 305 yards with two touchdowns against the nationally-ranked Gamecocks. 
 
Other defensive nominees: Sam Houston's Markel Perry helped hold Lamar to just 23 yards rushing in the first half, finishing with five tackles and three tackles for loss, including a sack, in the 'Kats 41-7 win … Stephen F. Austin's Rayshad Nichols posted six tackles and had 1.5 sacks in a 28-24 loss at nationally-ranked Jacksonville State.
 
Other special teams nominees: Abilene Christian's Logan Burke punted the ball five times, averaging 48.6 yards per kick with a long of 56 yards … Lamar's Bailey Giffen averaged 42.4 yards per punt on seven attempts, placing two within the 20 and forcing two fair catches.
 
KICKING OFF
It's a light week with just two games on the schedule but both games will count in the WAC standings as Lamar travels to Abilene Christian for a 3 p.m. CT kick while Tarleton travels to Dixie State for a 7 p.m. MT kick. Both games will be broadcast on ESPN+.
 
STATISTICALLY SPEAKING
As a team, Sam Houston leads the WAC in scoring offense (40.2), scoring defense (18.4), total offense (465.2), rushing offense (222.2), rushing defense (70.2), passing touchdowns (15), field goal percentage (100.0), opponent first downs (15.6) and are tied with Abilene Christian for touchdowns scored (27). Stephen F. Austin is tops in total defense (280.0), pass defense efficiency (100.6), passing offense (283.7), passing defense (165.0), field goals made (12), punting average (40.3), punt return average (18.8), punt return TDs (3), kickoff return aveage (42.8), interceptions (9), first downs (121), first downs passing (72), opponents third-down conversion (28.92), fourth-down conversions (47.37), opponents fourth-down conversion (23.08), sacks by (19) and time of possession (31:28). Abilene Christian is the leader in rushing TDs (11), pass efficiency (147.3), yards per rush (5.88), pass completion percentage (.653), PAT kicks made (24) and third down conversions (46.48). Lamar has thrown the least number of interceptions (4) while Tarleton has the only kick return for a touchdown this season.
 
Individually, SHSU's Ramon Jefferson is the leader in rushing (94.40) while his quarterback Eric Schmid leads the WAC in total offense (270.50) and is tied with SFA's Trae Self for the lead in passing average (240.0). SFA kicker Chris Campos has the lead in scoring (9.83) and field goals (12) while 'Jacks punter Max Quick is the leader in yards per punt (49.05). ACU's Stone Earle has the top pass efficiency rating (152.90) and Dixie State's Jalen Powell is the leader in receptions per game (7.50). SFA's Xavier Gipson is the leader in both receiving yards per game (104.20) and all purpose yards (127.0). 
 
Defensively, DSU's Tyrell Grayson leads the league in tackles per game (11.80) while SFA duo Edward Bobino and BJ Scarlett share the lead for sacks per game (1.00). SHSU's Markel Perry is the leader in tackles for loss per game (2.40). SFA's BJ Thompson is the leader in fumbles forces (2) while TAR's Devin Hafford, ACU's Jordan Paup and SFA's Myles Heard are tied for the lead in fumbles recovered (2). SHSU's Jaylen Thomas, TAR's Hafford and SFA's Myles Brooks share the lead in interceptions with three each.
 
NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED
Following a crazy week around the FCS, Sam Houston not only remained the top team in the Stats Perform Top 25 and AFCA Coaches' Top 25 but the 'Kats also moved up to the top spot in the Athlon Sports Top 25. SHSU is also second in the College Sports Madness FCS Top 25. Stephen F. Austin is also among those teams receiving votes in the Stats Perform Top 25 and AFCA Coaches' Top 25.
 
BEST IN THE COUNTRY
After helping lead Sam Houston to a 21-20 rivalry win over Stephen F. Austin in the Battle of the Piney Woods, senior defensive end Jahari Kay was been named Stats Perform FCS Defensive Player of the Week. He finished with eight tackles (six solos), including 2.5 for loss and 1.5 sacks. He also forced a fumble late in the game and had two quarterback hurries and a pass breakup. 
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WAC Standings:

Sam Houston            2 - 0........5 - 0

Abilene Christian      1 - 0......4 - 3

SFA                            1 - 1.......3 - 3

Tarleton                     1 - 1.....3 - 3

Dixie St.                     0 - 1.....1 - 6

Lamar                        0 - 2.....1 - 4

 

Last Week:

Abilene Christian 24, Lamar 17

Tarleton 41, Dixie St. 20

 

This Week:

SFA @ Dixie St.

Jacksonville St. @ Sam Houston

Central Arkansas @ Lamar

Midwestern St. @ Tarleton

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This Week in WAC Football - Oct. 18

This Week in WAC Football - Oct. 18
Posted: Oct 18, 2021
 
 
 
 

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TICKETSMARTER WAC FOOTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK ANNOUNCED
Tarleton's J.F. Thomas, Abilene Christian's Hunter Kier and Tarleton's Adrian Guzman have been named TicketSmarter Western Athletic Conference Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week, respectively, for October 11 through October 17.
 
Thomas, a senior wide receiver from Dallas, scored on the Texans' first drive of the game, bringing in two catches for 64 yards including a 30-yard touchdown, to set the pace in Tarleton's 41-20 win at Dixie State. He finished the contest with six catches for 169 yards to record his first 100-yard receiving game in over two years. On the season, he ranks fifth in the WAC in receiving yards at 57.0 per game and he is one of 13 receivers across the league with multiple touchdowns this season.
 
Kier, a redshirt senior linebacker from Washington, Kan., was a presence on defense all game long, finishing with 10 tackles in the Wildcats' 24-17 win over Lamar on Saturday. Of those double-digit tackles, two were behind the line of scrimmage for a cumulative loss of 12 yards. On the season, the linebacker is fourth in the WAC in total tackles with 41.0, averaging 5.9 per game.
 
Guzman, a freshman kicker from Temple, Texas, made a pair of 37-yard field goals and was a perfect 5-for-5 on extra points in the Texans' 41-20 win at Dixie State on Saturday night. The two made field goals give him seven on the season, ranking second in the WAC this season. He is also 22-of-23 on extra points for the 3-3 Texans.
 
Other offensive nominees: Abilene Christian's Peyton Mansell was 10-of-18 passing for 135 yards and also added 106 yards and two touchdowns on 18 rushing attempts in ACU's 24-17 win over Lamar … Dixie State's Drew Kannely-Robles finished with a career-high 81 yards on 20 carries with two touchdowns in a 41-20 loss to Tarleton … Lamar's Mike Chandler made his first career start and nearly led the Cardinals to a win at Abilene Christian, going 9-for-17 with 206 passing yards and a touchdown in a 24-17 loss to the Wildcats.
 
Other defensive nominees: Lamar's Tylo Phillips finished with four tackles, including a sack and two tackles for loss, in the Cardinals' 24-17 loss at Abilene Christian … Tarleton's Benjie Franklin picked off his first interception of the season, stopping a Dixie State drive in the endzone and adding five solo tackles and a pass breakup in the Texans' 41-20 win
 
Other special teams nominees: Abilene Christian's Logan Burke averaged 42.0 yards per punt on four kicks, recording one touchback in the Wildcats' win over Lamar … Dixie State's Andrew Day punted the ball six times, averaging 41.7 yards per punt with one inside the 20, one touchback and four fair catches … Lamar's Bailey Giffen booted a career-long 54-yard field goal late in the first half and was 2-for-2 on extra points as the Cardinals fell in a tight one at Abilene Christian, 24-17.
 
KICKING OFF
Following a bye week, both Sam Houston and Stephen F. Austin will get back on the gridiron this weekend. The top-ranked Bearkats will play host to Jacksonville State in a crucial AQ7 matchup while the 'Jacks head to Utah to take on Dixie State in a WAC game. Lamar also has an AQ7 battle as the Cardinals host Central Arkansas while Tarleton plays host to Midwestern State in a Lone Star Conference throwback.
 
STATISTICALLY SPEAKING
As a team, Sam Houston leads the WAC in scoring offense (40.2), scoring defense (18.4), total offense (465.2), rushing offense (222.2), rushing defense (70.2), passing touchdowns (15), field goal percentage (100.0), opponent first downs (15.6) and least sacks allowed (6). Stephen F. Austin is tops in total defense (280.0), pass defense efficiency (100.6), passing offense (283.7), passing defense (165.0), field goals made (12), punting average (40.3), punt return average (18.8), punt return TDs (3), kickoff return aveage (42.8), interceptions (9), first downs passing (72), opponents third-down conversion (28.92), fourth-down conversions (47.37), opponents fourth-down conversion (23.08), sacks by (19) and time of possession (31:28). Abilene Christian is the leader in touchdowns scored (30), rushing TDs (14), pass efficiency (146.3), yards per rush (5.69), pass completion percentage (.644), pass yards per completion (7.7), PAT kicks made (27), first downs (136) and third-down conversions (48,28). Lamar has thrown the least number of interceptions (4) while while Tarleton has the only kick return for a touchdown this season.
 
Individually, SHSU's Ramon Jefferson is the leader in rushing (94.40) while his quarterback Eric Schmid leads the WAC in total offense (270.50) and is tied with SFA's Trae Self for the lead in passing average (240.0). SFA kicker Chris Campos has the lead in scoring (9.83) and field goals (12) while 'Jacks punter Max Quick is the leader in yards per punt (49.05). ACU's Stone Earle has the top pass efficiency rating (154.57) and Dixie State's Jalen Powell is the leader in receptions per game (7.50). SFA's Xavier Gipson is the leader in both receiving yards per game (104.20) and all purpose yards (127.0). 
 
Defensively, DSU's Tyrell Grayson leads the league in tackles per game (11.00) while SFA duo Edward Bobino and BJ Scarlett along with TAR's Corban James share the lead for sacks per game (1.00). SHSU's Markel Perry is the leader in tackles for loss per game (2.40). SFA's BJ Thompson is the leader in fumbles forces (2) while TAR's Devin Hafford, ACU's Jordan Paup and SFA's Myles Heard are tied for the lead in fumbles recovered (2). TAR's Hafford also has the lead in interceptions with four.
 
NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED
Following a crazy week around the FCS, Sam Houston not only remained the top team in the Stats Perform Top 25 and AFCA Coaches' Top 25. The 'Kats are also in the top spot in the Athlon Sports Top 25 and ranked third in the College Sports Madness FCS Top 25. Stephen F. Austin is among those teams receiving votes in the Stats Perform Top 25 and AFCA Coaches' Top 25.
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