Lions to host ENMU in regular-season finale
Texas A&M University-Commerce closes out the 2013 regular-season schedule against a resurgent Eastern New Mexico University team on Sat., Nov. 16 at Memorial Stadium. Opening kick against the Greyhounds is set for 2 p.m. Saturday’s game marks the 2013 Lions’ Senior Day.
Eastern New Mexico has emerged as the surprise team in the Lone Star Conference, knocking off top-15-ranked opponents in consecutive weekends.
The Greyhounds rallied late for a 39-38 victory at eighth-ranked West Texas A&M on Nov. 2, and then raced out to a commanding 28-0 lead before upending 12th-ranked Midwestern State in Blackwater Draw this past weekend.
Eastern New Mexico has won five straight and currently sits tied with Tarleton State a top the LSC. The Greyhounds’ strength comes in their running game, as Eastern New Mexico is averaging 245.2 rushing yards per game with seven players rushing for over 100 yards on the season. On defense, the Greyhounds are giving up just 356.1 yards of total offense, including 204.1 through the air.
A&M-Commerce and Eastern New Mexico meet for the 27th time this Saturday at 2 PM.
Eastern New Mexico holds a slim 14-12 edge in the all-time series. The Greyhounds hold a one-game winning streak after outlasting the Lions in a 7-3 defensive shootout last season in New Mexico, one year after A&M-Commerce dominated Eastern New Mexico 60-28 in the 2011 season finale at Memorial Stadium.
The Greyhounds have had the upper hand in recent seasons; winning seven of the last three meetings, but A&M-Commerce has been consistently tough to handle at home, posting a 10-3 all-time mark against Eastern New Mexico at Memorial Stadium.
SCOUTING THE GREYHOUNDS
2013: 6-3 overall, 4-1 Lone Star Conference
Last Week: Defeated twelfth-ranked Midwestern State, 40-21, in Blackwater, N.M.
Last Three Games: Defeated twelfth-ranked Midwestern State, 40-21, in Blackwater, N.M.; Defeated eighth-ranked West Texas A&M, 39-38, in Canyon, TX; Defeated A&M-Kingsville, 13-10, in Blackwater, N.M.
Head Coach: Josh Lynn-Second season at ENMU (9-10, .474)
Key Offensive Players:
#15 Jeremy Buurma (R-So., QB): Passing: 86-159, 1,423 yards, 8 TD, 3 INT
#28 Jordan Wells (Jr., RB): Rushing: 83-611 yards, 3 TD
#6 Christian Long (Sr., FB): Rushing: 108-432 yards, 9 TD
#7 E’lon Spight (Jr., RB): Rushing: 56-233 yards, 3 TD
#81 Jacob Johnson (Jr., WR): Receiving: 32-571 yards, 2 TD
Key Defensive Players:
#32 Seth Bailey (R-Jr., LB): 74 tackles, 4.5 TFL, 3 INTs, 4 PBU, 2 QBH
#8 Julian Yearwood (Jr., LB): 62 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 1.5 sacks, 5 PBU, 2 FR
#11 Benjamin Langford (Jr., LB): 59 tackles, 9.5 TFL, 2.0 sacks, 3 PBU, 2 FF, 2FR
#4 Kevin Reaves (Jr., DB): 54 tackles, 4.5 TFL, 2 INT, 8 PBU, 1 FF
#52 Christopher Barnard (Sr., LB): 51 tackles, 8.0 TFL, 6.0 sacks, 9 QBH, 2 FF
LIONS ON THE WEB
Fans unable to make it to Memorial Stadium for Saturday’s game against the Greyhounds can still catch every Lion play. A live video stream will be available at LionAthletics.com, powered by Stretch Internet, with a subscription required. 88.9 KETR will carry the game live with Charlie Chitwood and Brock Callaway on 88.9 FM, and it will also be streamed online at KETR.org. Live stats are available at LionAthletics.com, while Twitter followers can get in-game updates through the A&M-Commerce Football Twitter account @Lions_FB.