March 25, 2014
BEAUMONT, Texas -
The Lamar Cardinals will play seven games in Provost Umphrey Stadium during the 2014 season announced head football coach Ray Woodard Tuesday afternoon. The 12-game schedule will consist of three non-conference home games, four Southland contests in Beaumont, and will include a trip to 2013 bowl participant Texas A&M.
"The eight Southland games have been set and we've had A&M on the books for some time," said head coach Ray Woodard. "So we wanted to fill three more spots, hoping to get two home games, but we were fortunate enough to get all three at home. I'm very excited that our kids will be able to play in front of their friends and family so often this season."
The one thing fans will notice is different about the upcoming schedule is rival Stephen F. Austin is not on the upcoming schedule. With addition of several new teams to the league in 2014, SFA was dropped, but Lamar added Abilene Christian, Houston Baptist and Incarnate Word.
The Cards kick off the season Saturday, Aug. 30th when they host Grambling State. The game against GSU is a rematch of the 2013 contest in Grambling that saw Lamar fall behind 16-0 before rallying to score the game's final 27 points for the victory.
Lamar will travel to College Station, Texas the following week for a showdown with Texas A&M. The date against the Aggies will be Lamar's lone road game in the non-conference portion of the season.
The Cardinals will then turn their attention to a three-game homestand that will extend into the start of Southland play. Lamar hosts Texas College (Sept. 13th) followed by a date against Mississippi College (Sept. 20th) to close out the non-conference schedule. The Cards close out the month of September, and open the conference docket against Sam Houston State on Saturday, Sept. 27.
Lamar will travel to Abilene Saturday, Oct. 4th for their first game against the Wildcats since the 1972 season. The Cardinals will return to Beaumont the following week to face defending SLC Champion Southeastern Louisiana. Following the game against the Lions, Lamar will prepare for a Nov. 18th showdown against Nicholls in Thibodaux, La. The game in southern Louisiana leads into Lamar's open week.
The Cardinals begin the season's final month against conference newcomer HBU (Nov. 1), before making the trek to Central Arkansas to take on the Bears (Nov. 8). The Cards close out the home portion of the regular season the following week against UIW, before traveling to Lake Charles, La. to take on rival McNeese State.
"I said heading into last season that it would be the best team we have fielded since we brought the program back, and it was," said Woodard. "This season we have an opportunity to be even better. We have a lot of players returning who played well for us last season. Now they return with a sense of confidence which needs to translate into wins on the field."