Courtesy of Tarleton Sports Information
Tarleton head football coach Sam McElroy has announced the 2007 Texan football schedule that is highlighted by six home games and a trip to NCAA Division I-AA Stephen F. Austin.
For the first time in several seasons, the Texans will host six home games including the season opener against East Central Saturday, Aug. 25, at 7 p.m.
“It is great to have six home games this season,” McElroy said. “Last year we had just four home games, but it is nice to be at home in front of our fans. It is also nice to be able to open the season at home. We have such great fan support, and this year, the home/away ration is finally in our favor.”
ECU leads the all-time series that started in 1961, 12-7.
The second game of the season will be at Stephen F. Austin State Saturday, Sept. 1, at 6 p.m. in Nacagodoches.
“I think it will be a lot like playing at Texas State last year,” McElroy said. “We went on the road and almost won the game at the Division I-AA opponent. They have a first team all-conference quarterback and running back returning, and the Lumberjacks have done well in the conference for a long time. This should be another exciting challenge. We played well last year at Texas State, and I don’t expect anything less this year when we go to SFA.”
The Texans trail 2-8 in the all-time series against SFA, which began in 1963.
Tarleton will play a full schedule this season with 11 games. The rest of the regular season consists of two long road trips (Texas A&M-Kingsville and Eastern New Mexico) and several important home games in Midwestern State, Abilene Christian and West Texas A&M.
“We have two long road trips to Portales and Kingsville, but we have three of the most competitive teams last season at home in 2007,” McElroy said.
Tarleton will travel to Southeastern Oklahoma Saturday, Sept. 8 for a 6 p.m. kickoff in Durant, Okla., before taking a week off. The game at SOSU will open Lone Star Conference crossover action. The Texans lead the all-time series that started in 1976, 7-5.
Tarleton will then host two straight home games. Texas A&M-Commerce is slated to travel to Stephenville Saturday, Sept. 22, for a 7 p.m. kickoff prior to Family Weekend Saturday, Sept. 29, when the Texans host Southwestern Oklahoma at 7 p.m. The Lions lead the all-time series, which started in 1970, against the Texans, 9-6. The series with the Bulldogs is tied at 10 games apiece.
The Saturday, Oct. 6, game has Tarleton traveling south for a 7 p.m. start time at Texas A&M-Kingsville. The game will open LSC South Division action. The all-time series started in 1970, and the Javelinas lead the record, 14-3.
The Texans will host Midwestern State for Hall of Fame Weekend Saturday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. Tarleton leads the all-time series that started in 1988, 11-5.
Eastern New Mexico will host Tarleton at 6 p.m. MST Saturday, Oct. 20. The two teams opened the series in 1961, but the Greyhounds hold a distinct advantage, 12-2.
Tarleton’s Homecoming Weekend will be Oct. 26-28 as the Texans host Abilene Christian Saturday, Oct. 27, at 2 p.m. Tarleton trails in the all-time series, 9-7.
“We have a big rival for Homecoming, and that always adds excitement to the weekend,” McElroy said. “The excitement is good for the university, the community and our alumni.”
The Texans will hit the road for the last time in the regular season when they travel to San Angelo for a 6 p.m. kickoff at Angelo State Saturday, Nov. 3. ASU leads the all-time series that began in 1965, 14-9.
The last regular season game the last two seasons has been an important contest against West Texas A&M. Tarleton has come up short both times, but the Texans will hope to change their luck at home against the Buffaloes at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10. Tarleton leads the all-time series, 9-6.
“We have had the chance to win the South Division in each of the last two seasons going into the last game of the season, but we have come up short,” McElroy said. “I hope we break that string this year. I would always rather play at home, especially when we get to play for something big. That would be great for our fans, university and community.”
McElroy is excited about the full schedule and the six games at home.
“People in the community and university are very supportive of our program,” McElroy said. “That support goes a long way to helping continue our success. We are very fortunate to have a great crowd that is always excited to see us play. We will do our best every Saturday to put on a good show and be competitive in both the conference and the nation.”