Lamar looks to even record against Langston
Sept. 20, 2012
BEAUMONT - Lamar University will look to rebound from a tough football loss at Hawai`i, and stay perfect at home, when the Cardinals host Langston University on Saturday evening at 7 p.m. from Provost Umphrey Stadium.
The Cardinals are 1-2 on the young season with their lone win coming at home by a 31-0 score over Prairie View A&M two weeks ago. The game will be televised locally on Fox 4 and can be heard on KLVI 560 AM with Harold Mann providing the play-by-play.
It is also "Value Night" at Provost Umphrey Stadium with $5 tickets available in the white section and hot dogs and drinks available for $1 each. Tickets are available at the Montagne Center ticket office, by calling (409) 880-1715 or by visiting LamarCardinals.com.
This will be the second ever meeting between the Cardinals and the Lions (1-2) with Lamar winning the first game 14-0 on Oct. 9, 2010. It was the Cardinals' first shutout win since the football program was reinstated for the 2010 campaign.
Lamar quarterback Andre Bevil hooked up with Marcus Jacksonfor a pair of long touchdowns in the first contest to lead the Cardinals to victory. Despite shutting out the Lions, Langston outgained Lamar 354-351 and picked off a pair of Bevil pass attempts.
Lamar's offense sputtered in Saturday's 54-2 loss at Hawai`i, its second loss to a Football Bowl Subdivision level school this season. The Cardinals finished with only 127 yards of total offense, including just 44 on the ground.
"It was a learning experience, and we knew we'd play three very good football teams over the first three weeks," said LU head coach Ray Woodard. "We hadn't done this before, and we have nine games left and the entire conference slate left. We're healthy coming back, and we'll be at full strength.
"I wanted to be 3-0. I didn't really know what to expect playing our first FBS school on the road, but I thought we came back and put in a very good week. We really improved in a lot of areas. When we went to Hawai`i, I thought we had a good week, but we didn't play well. We didn't do the things you need to do. So I like where we are as a team mentally, but we have to get better at what we're doing physically. We have to put in another good week and bounce back. We're still progressing."
Despite the lopsided loss, Lamar's defense put up a solid effort that allowed just 369 total yards to the Warriors. Junior linebacker Jermaine Longinohas his best game since transferring to the Cardinals with 10 total tackles in the contest.
Longino is now tied with junior defensive back Chad Allenfor the team lead in tackles with 22 on the season. Lamar is allowing 321.3 yards per game to its opponents, while averaging 251 per contest on offense.
Offensively, quarterback Ryan Mossakowski is 44-of-69 on the year for 388 yards and two touchdowns. Both of his scoring strikes went to wide receiver Kevin Johnson in the win over Prairie View. Senior wideout Barry Fordleads the Cards with 10 catches for 100 yards.
"I'm glad we don't have an open week this week after the way we played," said Woodard about facing Langston. "We came back with a really bad taste in our mouth. We have to go out and work and focus on our opponent. We've lost one day this week, and that's fine, but I'm glad we don't have two weeks to sit around and wallow in this. These first three games are preparing us for conference play, and we have one more before Southeastern (Louisiana) comes in here. We're going to put in good work and I fully expect our team to bounce back mentally and physically."
The Lions, who are coming off a 37-7 loss to Saint Xavier, are coached by former Nebraska quarterback Mickey Joseph in his second season. Former USC athletics director and 1965 Heisman Trophy winner Mike Garrett is currently Langston's athletics director.
Langston has 269 yards rushing and 483 yards passing on the season for an average of 250.7 yards of total offense per game. Defensively, the Lions are allowing 271.7 yards per game to stand 14th in the NAIA national rankings in total defense.
Junior quarterback Jac'Quon Miles is 24-of-42 on the year for 332 yards with one touchdown pass and one interception. Miles is also second on the team with 66 rushing yards. Junior running back William Taylor leads the team with 122 rushing yards on the year for an average of 40.7 per game.
On the other side of the ball, senior defensive back Isaiah Ross and sophomore defensive back Chace Green lead the team with 18 total tackles. Defensive end Ronald Burgess has 11 tackles and two of the Lions' five sacks on the year.