Tarleton State has never won a football game at Javelina Stadium in Kingsville.

The No. 14 Texans look to change that Saturday when they visit Texas A&M-Kingsville at 7 p.m.

The battle serves as the Lone Star Conference South Division opener for the Texans, who are 5-0 for the first time since 1990.

Saturday's meeting presents the Texans with perhaps their best opportunity for victory over the Javelinas.

TAMK enters the contest with a 1-4 overall record. The Javs began South play last week with a 36-3 loss to two-time defending LSC champ West Texas A&M.

The Javelinas are dead last in the conference in offense at 243.2 yards and 10.8 points per game.

The Texans, ranked No. 14 in both the American Football Coaches Association and D2Football.com polls, are racking up 35.8 points per contest while gaining an average of 450.8 yards per game.

The Texans lead the league in total defense, surrendering only 256.6 yards per contest, and are second in scoring defense at 14.8 points per game.

In contrast, the Javs are giving up 32.1 points and 359.6 yards each time out.

Tarleton shut out TAMK in Stephenville last year, 23-0. Bestides that, the Texans have had almost no success against the Hogs.

TAMK had won six straight over the Texans before being shut out in 2006, and have won 16 of the 19 meetings between the two schools. Tarleton's only other wins in the series came in 1973 and 1999 - both at home.

Tarleton is the formidable favorite. But backing that up on the field is something the school has never done at Javelina Stadium.

Brad Keith is the sports editor at the Empire-Tribune. He can be reached at (254) 965-3124, ext. 241, or by e-mail at brad.keith@empiretribune.com.