Lamar welcomes Nicholls for final home football game
Nov. 8, 2012
BEAUMONT - Lamar University will play its final home football game of the 2012 season this Saturday when the Cardinals welcome Nicholls State to Provost Umphrey Stadium for a 3 p.m. Southland Conference contest.
Both teams are in search of their first conference win this season and are sporting identical 0-5 league record. The Cardinals, who are 2-0 all-time in Beaumont against NSU, are 3-7 on the year. The Colonels are 1-7.
Saturday's game will be Veteran's Appreciation Day at Provost Umphrey Stadium with all active and retired military admitted free with a valid military I.D. Lamar is also offering buy one, get one free tickets if purchased by Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. For ticket information, call (409) 880-1715, or visit LamarCardinals.com.
Saturday's contest can be heard live in the Golden Triangle on KLVI 560 AM with Harold Mann providing the play-by-play and former LU linebacker Bo Brown serving as analyst. It can also be watched live through the Lamar Athletics Web site at www.LamarCardinals.com/allaccess.
This will also be the final home game for Lamar's 19 seniors, all of which have been with the Cardinals for at least two seasons.
Lamar is 3-1 all-time against the Colonels, including a 34-26 Southland Conference win in Thibodaux, La., last season. Andre Bevil passed for 186 yards and three touchdowns with J.J. Hayes catching a pair of touchdowns and Marcus Jacksongetting the other.
NSU quarterback LaQuintin Caston ran for 177 yards and a score and passed for 214 yards and two more touchdowns as he accounted for nearly 400 yards of total offense.
The Cardinals are coming off a 40-26 loss at Stephen F. Austin in which wide receiver Jordan Edwards finished with six catches for 208 yards and three touchdowns. Junior quarterback Ryan Mossakowskicame off the bench at halftime to throw for 231 yards and all three scoring strikes.
Defensively, the Cardinals got a 17-tackle effort out of Chad Allen against the Lumberjacks which is the second most tackles by a Southland Conference player this season. Linebacker Jermaine Longino, who leads the team with 89 tackles, wasn't far behind as he registered 16 stops.
The LU defense also picked up a season-high four interceptions in the game as defensive lineman Mark Murrill, linebacker James Washington and defensive backs Tyrus McGlothen and Nashon Davisall picked off a pass. It is just the second time since Lamar reinstated its football program in 2010 that any Southland school has gotten an interception from all three lines of defense in the same game.
For the second straight week, Lamar will put up its strong pass defense against one of the better passing offenses in the conference. LU is allowing just 203 yards per game through the air to rank second in the league, while NSU is third in passing offense at 231.1 yards per game.
The Colonels are last in the conference in pass defense (260.5 yards per game allowed) and total defense (456.8 ypg) and rank seventh in scoring defense at 35.0 points per game allowed. Lamar comes in scoring nearly 21 points per game, while NSU is averaging 19 per contest.
Senior running back DePauldrick Garrett is coming off a 68-yard rushing performance at SFA and leads the team with 412 yards on 100 carries. Freshman Darrell Harris has 248 rushing yards on the year and is averaging 4.5 yards per carry, while fellow freshman Desmond Richardsis averaging 4.7 yards per carry.
Junior wide receiver Barry Ford has nearly twice as many catches as any other Cardinal with 35 and he is second to only Edwards on the team with 320 receiving yards. Sophomore transfer Kevin Johnsonhas 17 catches for 285 yards on the year, but has scored on nine of his receptions.
The Colonels, who are coming off a 42-10 loss to McNeese State, picked up their lone win earlier this season by a 73-17 score over Evangel.
Junior quarterback Landry Klann is fourth in the conference in passing yards per game at 183.1. Klann is 113-of-198 on the year with seven touchdowns and eight interceptions. Five Colonels have caught at least 10 passes on the year with senior running back Jesse Turner leading the way with 24 grabs for 272 yards and two scores.
Junior running back Marcus Washingtonleads the team with 399 rushing yards on 78 carries for a healthy 5.1 yards per carry average. Washington also has four of the Colonels' 10 rushing touchdowns.
Senior linebacker Jordan Piper leads the conference in tackles per game at 10.5. Piper, who has 3.5 tackles for loss on the year, has 84 total tackles. Fellow senior Rashard Knight leads the team with 7.5 tackles for loss.