WEEK 7 PREVIEW: Austin

Credit: Erin Cassell
Credit: Erin Cassell

Game Notes

SEWANEE, Tenn. - The Sewanee football team will host Austin College for Fall Break on Saturday afternoon for a noon kickoff inside Historic Hardee-McGee Field at Harris Stadium.

THE BASICS
Sewanee (0-6, 0-4) vs. Austin (3-2, 2-1) | Oct. 19, 12 p.m.
Historic Hardee-McGee Field at Harris Stadium
All-Time Series: Austin leads, 14-13


GAMEDAY INFORMATION: The campus will begin Fall Break on Thursday, but expect heavier than usual traffic coming onto campus, especially off Interstate 24 in Monteagle for the Bigfoot Blues Festival this weekend in Tracy City.

Please be advised, due to policies initiated by the Southern Athletic Association, the consumption or possession of alcoholic beverages, tobacco products and vaping products are NOT permitted inside Hardee-McGee Field at Harris Stadium.

POWER OUTAGE: Announced by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and Duck River Electrical Membership, the Sewanee campus will be without power from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Saturday morning. We anticipate that this outage will affect all campus buildings, as well as homes and businesses throughout the Domain.

TVA has scheduled these outages during the University's fall break, and early in the morning, to minimize the impact on the community.

We encourage fans to please plan accordingly during this time period. 

PARKING INFORMATION
$20 per vehicle in the asphalt lot at the intersection of Texas Avenue and Florida Avenue and in the grass lot behind the stadium, nearest to Texas Avenue and Curlicue Road. Parking in both lots will be first come, first served.

Gates will open at the following times on Saturday:
8 a.m. - Grass lot
8 a.m. - Asphalt lot

Additional parking is available on the main road onto campus, University Avenue. "Event Parking" signs will be set up from Texas Avenue to North Carolina Avenue. Fans can park here free of charge.


A LOOK AT THE ROOS: Austin College is 3-2 on the 2019 season, and after a 48-34 loss to Howard Payne in Week 1, the 'Roos claimed a 27-26 win at Southwestern Assemblies of God and a 20-13 win at home against then 19th-ranked Centre. 

As the calendar shifted to October, the win streak came to an end with a 52-35 loss at Trinity before bouncing back with a 20-7 victory over Millsaps. 

Colt Collins, an All-SAA Honorable Mention selection last season, has thrown for 1,187 yards and eight touchdowns. Despite throwing for 41.8% (69-of-165), the senior makes up for it with the running game. He leads all rushers with 308 yards on 92 carries and has scored six times. 

Against Centre, Collins, the SAA Offensive Player of the Week in Week 3, broke a 59-year-old school record in total yards for offense. Totaling 6.958 career yards, he has accumulated 5,482 yards at quarterback and 1,476 yards on the ground. 

Maika Brinkerhoff has led the way with the receiving core. The freshman has caught 317 yards and scored three of the eight receiving scores this season. 

Keegan Nichols has averaged 10 tackles a game with 50 this season, 31 of those were solo stops. The sophomore leads the SAA in tackles for a loss with 13 totaling 49 yards. Three of those stops in the backfield were on the opposition's quarterback. 

Nichols was the SAA Defensive Player of the Week in Week 2 after recording 13 tackles, 3.5 for a loss, and a sack. Because of his performance, he was named to the D3football.Com National Team of the Week. 

 

LAST TIME VERSUS AUSTIN: Sewanee and Austin opened league play last season at Historic Hardee-McGee Field last Sept. 15. 

The Tigers claimed a 28-20 victory over the Roos, scoring 14 points each in the second and third quarters. 

After Austin made it a one-possession game with 7:07 left in the contest, the Tigers gave the visitors the ball back with 1:50 on the clock. However, with a little over 30 seconds left at midfield, Colt Collins ended the drive, and Austin's attempt to tie the contest, on an interception to Sewanee's William Phillips

Alex Darras threw for three touchdowns on 212 yards with a 17-of-24 performance. In the game, Darras targeted 10 different receivers. 

 

THE ALL-TIME SERIES: Saturday's meeting will be the 28th all-time between the two schools. Sewanee has won the last four meetings, but it is Austin that has the slight advantage, 14-13. 

This is the first time Sewanee and Austin have played in the month of October since the 2010 season. After a November matchup in 2011, the last three meetings have all come in September.

The first-ever meeting came in 1960, and the teams met each year until 1977. 

The series was restarted in 2006 when both teams were members of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) until Sewanee broke away from the conference in 2012. 

In 2017, the teams reunited their rivalry on the gridiron as members of the SAA. Austin, who has remained in the SCAC, is an affiliate member in football. 

 

TIME FOR SOME POSTSEASON RECOGNITION: Cyrus McCullough has surpassed his career-high in receiving yards in a season with 501, passing his freshman record of 478. 

The junior has recorded his first 100-yard receiving games earlier this season in back-to-back games against Washington & Lee and Birmingham-Southern. Against BSC, the Dallas, Texas native recorded a career-high 192 yards and two touchdowns. 

Nationally, McCullough is 46th in receiving yards and 59th in receptions per game, averaging six. 

 

MAKING ADJUSTMENTS: Coming into the contest against Berry two weeks ago, Sewanee was 242nd out of 245 teams in time of possession, averaging 24:13 of time on offense.

In the team's last two games against Berry and Centre, the Tigers have averaged 31:13 on the football. 

Against the Vikings in Week 5, the Tigers finished the contest with almost 30 minutes of time on the ball. 

Last week versus the Colonels, the Purple and Gold held the football for the longest in a game this season with 32:26. 

In the last two football games, Sewanee has climbed over 23 football teams in Division III and has improved their average time of possession to 26:53. 

 

THE ART OF THE PUNT RETURN: Sewanee is 52nd in punt returns, averaging 11.6 yards per return. The team is second to Trinity's 20.5 in the conference in the same category. 

Wesley Porter (63) and Cyrus McCullough (42) are fourth and fifth, respectively, in the conference in return yards off a punt. 

 

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