Matchups: SFA heavy underdogs this weekend



    TCU: Andy Dalton might have not thrown a touchdown in the season-opener last week, but he did a better job of running the offense and ran the ball effectively when pressured out of the pocket.

    SFA: Sophomore quarterback Jeremy Moses threw for 280 yards and six touchdowns in the Lumberjacks’ season-opening 56-19 win against Langston. Moses also ran for another score.

    Advantage: TCU


    TCU: The Horned Frogs had five rushers combine for 171 yards and three touchdowns. Joseph Turner averaged 4.2 yards per rush and scored a touchdown on eight carries.

    SFA: The Lumberjacks combined for just 19 net yards in last week’s game. Junior running back Tyron Ross rushed for 22 yards on five attempts.

    Advantage: TCU

    Wide Receivers

    TCU: Eight different wide receivers made catches against New Mexico. Jimmy Young and Walter Bryant both made four catches, but Young led the team in yards with 44.

    SFA: Five receivers caught two or more passes. Senior Tyrel Williams, who redshirted last season, made his presence felt by catching seven passes for 89 yards and a touchdown.

    Advantage: TCU

    Offensive Line

    TCU: Blake Schlueter led the offensive line that allowed just two sacks last week and gave Dalton plenty of time in the pocket to make smart decisions.

    SFA: Junior Chris Garrison transferred to Stephen F. Austin from Mesa Community College and helped give Moses enough time in the pocket to throw for six touchdowns.

    Advantage: TCU

    Defensive Line

    TCU: The Frogs combined for five sacks in the game against UNM. Junior Jerry Hughes had one of those sacks and had three tackles to go along with a forced fumble, fumble recovery and interception. Hughes earned Mountain West Conference Player of the Week honors for week one.

    SFA: Junior Tim Knicky had two of the team’s three sacks, made six tackles and forced a fumble. Knicky was named to the preseason All-Southland conference team.

    Advantage: TCU


    TCU: The linebacker trio of Jason Phillips, Robert Henson and Darryl Washington combined for 20 tackles and 1.5 sacks. Henson had nine of those tackles and 1.5 tackles for a loss.

    SFA: Sophomore Jabara Williams made six tackles and had a forced fumble in last week’s game. Williams was the second-leading rusher for the Lumberjacks last season due to all of the injury problems at the position.

    Advantage: TCU

    Defensive Backs

    TCU: TCU’s secondary allowed just seven completions for 130 yards against the Lobos. Redshirt freshman Tekerrein Cuba made four tackles in his debut for the Horned Frogs.

    SFA: The Lumberjack secondary allowed 195 yards through the air and three touchdown passes last week. The unit is lead by sophomore Chad Haynes, who had seven tackles in the season opener.

    Advantage: TCU

    Special Teams

    TCU: Freshman Evan Ross had a great start to his college career, making a 50-yard field goal, but then proceeded to miss a 20-yard field goal and an extra point. Ross rebounded to make a 30-yard attempt and another extra point in his debut.

    SFA: Senior Cory Long connected on all eight of his extra-point attempts during the first game. Long came into the season with 154 career points.

    Advantage: TCU


    TCU: Gary Patterson led his team into a rowdy stadium against the Lobos and allowed just three points, winning the team’s conference opener.

    SFA: J.C. Harper won his first game as the head coach of the Lumberjacks last week against Langston. The win ended an 11-game losing streak for Stephen F. Austin.

    Advantage: TCU