Lamar University will open its 2011 football schedule on Sept. 3 with a home game against Texas College, a member of the Texas State Football League.
Texas College, which went 1-9 overall and 1-4 in the TSFL last season, replaces Langston University on the previously-released 2011 Lamar football schedule. Coach Ray Woodard’s Cardinals defeated Langston 14-0 in their homecoming game last season.
Texas College, which was coached by George Cumby last season, played two schools – Langston and Oklahoma Panhandle State – that Lamar also played during the 2010 season. Texas College was a 45-0 loser to Langston, and it dropped a 23-14 decision to Oklahoma Panhandle State, which the Cardinals defeated 44-6 in their season finale.
Texas College’s lone win last season was 27-13 over Southwest Assemblies of God.
For the second-straight season, the Cardinals, who are coming off an encouraging 5-6 startup campaign, will play six home games and five road contests. Their other non-conference home game will be on Sept. 17 against Incarnate Word College, a team coached by Mike Santiago who was once a member of Larry Kennan’s Lamar staff.
The Cardinals’ non-conference road games will be Sept. 10 at South Alabama, which defeated them 26-0 in Beaumont last season, and on Oct.15 at Texas State, which is leaving the Southland Conference for the Western Athletic Conference in 2012.
Lamar will open the SLC portion of its schedule with an Oct. 1 game at Southeastern Louisiana, which the Cardinals upset 29-28 last year, also in Hammond, La. The Cardinals’ first conference game in Provost Umphrey Stadium is set for 6 p.m. on Oct. 8 against Northwestern State.
Central Arkansas will be the Cardinals’ Homecoming opponent on Oct. 22, and their other two home games will be against Stephen F. Austin on Nov. 5 and vs. longtime rival McNeese State on Nov. 19. The Cardinals also have road league games at Sam Houston State on Oct. 29 and Nicholls on Nov. 12.
“We’re looking forward to being eligible for the Southland Conference championship this year, although we realize the conference schedule is going to be very tough,” said Woodard. “With our last two home games being against SFA and McNeese State, it ought to make for an exciting closing stretch.
“The only thing is we’re hoping the McNeese game won’t be our last one. One of our team goals is to make the (FCS) playoffs in our first year of eligibility.”