No. 10 Lions host Angelo State on Youth Sports Day at 1 p.m. Saturday
Game Notes attached
COMMERCE - The No. 10 Texas A&M University-Commerce Lions' football team hosts Angelo State this Saturday for Youth Sports Day in the second of two consecutive home games.
WHO: Angelo State University at Texas A&M University-Commerce
WHERE: Commerce | Memorial Stadium
WHEN: 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 14 - Note: The game was rescheduled from a 4 p.m. kickoff
RECORDS: A&M-Commerce is 5-1 overall and 3-1 in the Lone Star Conference schedule. Angelo State is 3-3 overall and 1-3 in the LSC.
RANKINGS: Texas A&M-Commerce is ranked No. 10 in the AFCA Coaches' Poll and the D2Football.com Media Poll. Angelo State is unranked.
LIVE AUDIO: Lion Sports Network -- KETR 88.9 FM, Commerce (http://www.ketr.org)
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LIONS HOST RAMS IN EFFORT TO START STREAK
• The Lions will aim to get a winning streak going again after last week's 52-3 victory over Western New Mexico.
• The game was originally scheduled for a 4 p.m. kickoff but has been moved up to 1 p.m. to avoid an incoming storm system.
• Both teams defeated A&M-Kingsville going into an off week, then lost to Midwestern State.
• This has traditionally been a tightly played game. Prior to last year's blowout, none of the last six games had been decided by more than a score.
ALL-TIME AGAINST THE RAMS
• The Lions and Rams are meeting for the 49th time in the history of the two programs.
•ASU leads the all-time series 29-17-2.
• A&M-Commerce has an advantage at home, with a 13-12-1 record against the Rams.
• The Lions have won three consecutive games against Angelo State, including the 2015 LSC Playoff Championship. A&M-Commerce has won four of the last five meetings.
• The Lions' 41-40 win in San Angelo in 2014 snapped a five game Ram win streak.
• A Lion win would give A&M-Commerce its longest win streak in the series.
STILL PUSHING #ToTheTop
• The Lions have risen one spot, now up to No. 10 in the nation in both the AFCA and D2Football.com polls.
• A&M-Commerce has been ranked in 34 straight AFCA polls, dating back to the 2015 preseason poll.
• This is A&M-Commerce's 40th all-time appearance in the AFCA poll since its inception in 2000.
LSC LANDMARK ACHIEVED
• The Lion victory over Western New Mexico was their 300th Lone Star Conference victory in football action.
• This puts A&M-Commerce at second all-time in LSC football wins.
• Based on available records in the LSC media guide, A&M-Kingsville has won the most conference games in LSC history at 302.
CARTHEL 5TH IN SCHOOL HISTORY IN WINS
• Head coach Colby Carthel now ranks fifth in A&M-Commerce history in coaching wins with 39 wins.
• However, he will be in fifth for a while, as his 39 wins are just over half of J.V. Sikes' 63 wins in fourth place.
SUCCESS ON THE BOUNCEBACK
• Under head coach Colby Carthel, the Lions have only lost consecutive games three times in five seasons.
• The Lions' last five losses - including last year's loss to Midwestern State - have been followed by wins.
• A&M-Commerce has not lost consecutive games since the 2015 postseason, when the Lions lost the LSC Playoff Championship game, followed by a loss to Ferris State in the NCAA Playoffs.
• Two of the three back-to-back loss occurrences came in the 2013 season, the first under Carthel.
• Now including the WNMU win, 10 times in the last five seasons, a Lion loss has been immediately followed by a win.
PEREZ KEEPS CLIMBING THE PASSING CHARTS
• Preseason All-American quarterback Luis Perez earned Lone Star Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors with the WNMU win - taking the A&M-Commerce lead in all-time completions and touchdown passes.
• He has moved up to fifth in school history in passing yards at 5,212. He needs 151 yards to move up to fourth. He needs 734 yards in the next five guaranteed games to take the all-time lead.
• He leads the conference this season in completion percentage, passing efficiency, and touchdown passes.
• He ranks third in the nation in completion percentage (73.1), seventh in the nation in completions per game (25.33), seventh in passing efficiency (177.9), fourth in passing touchdowns (22), 17th in passing yards (1,873), ninth in passing yards per game (312.2), fourth in point responsibility (140, 23.3/gm), and 17th in total offense (302.3).
• He ranks second in Division II and seventh in all of the NCAA in career passing efficiency.
MARTINEZ IS NEW PAT LEADER
• Kicker Kristov Martinez ranks 14th among career leaders in Division II in scoring with his 249 career points.
• Martinez is currently the leader in scoring amongst kickers in the Lone Star Conference with 48 total points and 8.0 points per game.
• Martinez is 6-for-7 on field goal attempts and 30-for-31 on PAT attempts through five games in 2017.
• He has scored 249 points in his career, which moves him up to second in A&M-Commerce history.
• Martinez' 141 PATs made is the new A&M-Commerce career record.
• The A&M-Commerce all-time leader in scoring is Billy Watkins, who scored 281 points from 1990-93 on 134 PATs and 49 field goals.
• Martinez moved up to third on the career field goal list with a pair of 30-yarders at UNA.
PROTECTION AT A PREMIUM
• Two of the best teams in the nation at getting behind the line of scrimmage will meet up on Saturday afternoon, as the Rams rank sixth nationally in tackles for loss, and the Lions rank 17th.
FIREWORKS AFTER A SCORE
• The Lions have excelled on kickoffs, both when kicking the ball away, and when receiving the kickoff.
• A&M-Commerce is 4th in the nation in kickoff return average at 26.92 yards per return.
• The Lions are also 2nd in the league and 6th nationally in kickoff return defense, allowing 14.86 yards per return.
• Opponents have averaged starting at the 27.1 yard line on kickoffs, while the Lions average starting on the 41.0 yard line after kickoffs.
• Martinez has had touchbacks on 22 of 41 kickoffs.
ON THE SCOREBOARD
• The Lions rank in the top 25 nationally in both scoring offense and scoring defense.
• At 41.7 points scored per game, the Lions are 2nd in the LSC and 10th in the nation.
• A 15.3 points allowed per game, the Lions rank 1st in the LSC and 11th in the nation.
HOOKS ATOP PUNT RETURN LEADERBOARD
• Preseason All-American return man Shawn Hooks ranks first in the Lone Star Conference with an average of 12.8 yards per punt return this year.
• The only LSC player who has returned a punt for a touchdown this year was Jay Bias' five-yard punt block return for a score in the fourth quarter against Western N.M.
• All-American tackle Jared Machorro has been fantastic on the left side of the offensive line, which could have been expected.
• Likely unexpected? He ranks 11th in the LSC in average punt yardage at 35.5 yards per punt.
• That's just awesome.
SCOUT TEAM PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
• The Lions will announce scout team players of the week each Tuesday for the 2017 season. Winners so far this year are:
at North Alabama
OL Richard West, DB Bryse Burris
QB Mason Ray, DL Nick Petitti
EASTERN NEW MEXICO
WR Deonta Adams, DL Lamonte Williams
at Texas A&M-Kingsville
DL Kolt Fullen
at Midwestern State
OL Nic Smith, DL Ty Reed
WESTERN NEW MEXICO
RB Antonio Lealiiee, LB Kendric Ford
On October 21 in Texas A&M-Commerce/East Texas State Football (5-4) :
• 1950 - The Lions play their third straight road game and pull off a 35-27 win at Midwestern in Wichita Falls. Bob Sloan has a school-record 100 yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the game. He has two in his career, also doing so against Midwestern in 1951.
• 1961 - ET loses to Howard Payne in Brownwood. 36-6.
• 1967 - The Lions snap a three-game losing streak with a 31-0 whipping of Sul Ross.
• 1972 - The Lions pick up their sixth consecutive win, with a key 32-29 victory at home over Southwest Texas State.
• 1978 - ET is edged on the road at Abilene Christian, 28-27.
• 1981 - The Lions drop a 19-14 decision to Abilene Christian at home.
• 1989 - A long trip to Blackwater Draw in front of a sparse crowd ends in a 45-28 at Eastern New Mexico. The Greyhounds were coached by Don Carthel.
• 1995 - The Lions win their second straight game of an eventual five-game winning streak, taking a 28-14 win over Eastern New Mexico at Blackwater Draw.
• 2006 - Cliff Edwards and Rusty Holmes earned LSC North Division Player of the Week honors as the Lions win at Angelo State 17-9 despite only 198 yards of offense. That stat is particularly impressive, considering Edwards had 201 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns., including a 67-yard carry. Holmes made a 31-yard field goal in the third quarter.
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