4/4 BAYLOR (1–0) vs. Lamar (1–0)
Sept. 12, 2015 | 6:30 p.m. CT
Waco, Texas | McLane Stadium (45,140)
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OPPONENT: Lamar Cardinals
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OFFICIAL WEBSITE: lamarcardinals.com
MEDIA GUIDE: 2015 Lamar Cardinals Media Guide (Click here for roster)
LAST MEETING: Sept. 5, 1981: Lamar 18, Baylor 17
LAST GAME: Lamar 66, Bacone College 3
SB NATION BLOG: N/A
SPREAD: No Lines Listed
TV COVERAGE: 6:30p.m. FSN
WEATHER FORECAST: Sunny , high of 88 with 10–15mph winds from NNE, 10% chance of rain (Wunderground puts temp at 83° at gametime)
BAYLOR UNIFORMS: Unknown; announced Saturday Morning
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For those that don’t know, Lamar was without football from 1990 through 2009. The program was rebooted in 2010 and after a year of being an independent squad, the team rejoined FCS’s Southland Conference, which it had been a member of from 1963 through 1986. The Cardinals are coming off an 8–4 season, their best since rebooting the team in 2010.
Lamar and Baylor have played thrice, with winning the first two meetings in 1979 and 1980 by a combined score of 62–14. The Cardinals shocked the Bears in 1981, winning the game 18–17. According to Wikipedia, the Bears were ranked 20th in the UPI poll at the time; this is considered the Cardinals’ signature win.
The Cardinals are coming off a complete thrashing of NAIA school Bacone College, 66–3. I’m glad that there’s an E on the end of the name there, because there would be no justice in the world if a school called Bacon College got drubbed that hard in a football game. Lamar led the game 45–0 at the half; interestingly, both coaches agreed to shorten both the 3rd and 4th quarters to 10-minutes each.
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We don’t have the benefit of the normal sport-reference stats this week, so all of the individual stats here are pulled from last weekend’s box score on the Lamar website linked above. Despite the lopsided stats, both senior Joe Mindon and junior JUCO-transfer Carson Earp got significant minutes throughout the game. Despite only having six passing attempts, Earp led the Cardinals on multiple scoring drives in the second quarter to cement Lamar’s lead. Apparently true freshman Brett Cox also played but did not register a pass in the game.
Not a whole lot to say here, other than the fact that they had a lot of opportunities to spread the ball around. Mr. Earp also got in on the rushing action, carrying the ball three times for 36 yards.
Some of these names overlap because I’m not pulling WR stats vs. RB stats. This took way too much work. They clearly spread the ball around against Bacone College, but had no massive gainers and only two receivers netting over 50 yards receiving.
2015 Lamar Team Stats and Rankings
It’s Question Time!
FIRST: Given a few days’ separation between you and the SMU game (and the opportunity to re-watch the game sans emotion), how do you feel about the Bears’ performance overall?
SECOND: Give us your uniform prediction for Saturday’s contest.
THIRD: The AP and Coaches Polls drop today. Do you predict any movement? If you’re reading this post-poll, where would you have put Baylor in the poll?
FOURTH: Which play was your favorite from Friday night’s game?