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Preview: Saint Francis at Texas College

When: 1 p.m. today

Where: Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium, Earl Campbell Field (3,000, turf), Tyler, Texas

Radio: 1450 AM

2011 records: No. 6 Saint Francis (9-3); Texas College (0-11)

Series: First meeting

On the Web: To watch a video preview for today’s game, go to the Saint Francis page at www.journalgazette.net

Saint Francis

Offensive statistics*

Points per game: 37.5 (9th in NAIA)

Yards per game: 383.3 (26th)

Passing yards per game: 227.8 (17th)

Rushing yards per game: 155.5 (35th)

Defensive statistics

Points per game: 21.2 (27th)

Yards per game: 274.2 (17th)

Passing yards per game: 159.9 (25th)

Rushing yards per game: 114.3 (25th)

Keys

Top 3 offensive players: RB Antoin Campbell, 57.8 yards per game, 11 TDs; WR Aaron Knight, 52.7 yards per game, 3 TDs; WR Austin Coleman, 21.3 yards per game, 6 TDs

Top 3 defensive players: LB Brody Kalbaugh, 122 tackles, 2 interceptions; DE Rex Drabenstot, 46 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 9 sacks; DE Tony Moore, 30 tackles, 6 sacks

Keys to victory: Stay focused and stay disciplined. Because Texas College didn’t provide Saint Francis with a two-deep roster, the Cougars are going in somewhat blind of the Steers’ personnel. Starting quarterback Josh Miller will have to exploit what the Texas College defense provides. It could be a day of him running the ball a lot.

Injury: DB Erick Humphrey (knee) out

Texas College

Offensive statistics

Points per game: 5.5 (T-79th)

Yards per game: 135.2 (81st)

Passing yards per game: 163.5 (55th)

Rushing yards per game: 233.5 (8th)

Defensive statistics

Points per game: 11.8 (4th)

Yards per game: 204.7 (2nd)

Passing yards per game: 199.3 (55th)

Rushing yards per game: 172.1 (49th)

Keys

Top 3 offensive players: RB Charles Jackson, 33.2 ypg, 1 TD; WR Ja’Marius Allen, 21.1 ypg; RB Devin Lee, 21.0 ypg, 1 TD

Top 3 defensive players: LB Dontay Livingston, 72 tackles, 11 tackles for loss; DE Henry Tapps, 9.5 tackles for loss, 5 sacks; DE Samuel Houston, 22 tackles, 9 tackles for loss

Keys to victory: Stun visiting Saint Francis with athleticism. The Steers are fast and fly to the ball defensively. Chris Marez is a 6-foot-4, 290-pound defensive lineman who is a transfer from Arizona Western, one of the top junior colleges in the country. He’ll challenge a young Saint Francis offensive line.

Injury: None reported

* All statistics from 2011

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– Steve Warden, The Journal Gazette

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