Football Game Preview - UWA at Mississippi College
9/15/2016 | Football
Football Game Preview
UWA (0-2) at Mississippi College (1-1)
Robinson Hale Stadium | Clinton, Miss. | 7 p.m. l Sept. 17, 2016
This is the 43rd meeting between the Tigers and the Choctaws. UWA leads the series 21-19-2. The Tigers have won five straight in the series which dates back to 1946.
West Alabama is 0-2 after a 30-24 loss at FCS Stephen F. Austin last week. This is the third straight road game to open the season for UWA.
Mississippi College is 1-1 and playing the third of four straight home games to open the season. The Choctaws opened GSC play with a 41-0 loss to Florida Tech last week.
Brett Gilliland is 12-12 in his third season at UWA, his third as a head coach. John Bland is 4-18 in his third season at MC, 79-44 in his 12th year as a head coach.
Radio: ESPN 104.9 or www.espn1049.com
Live Stats: https://portal.stretchinternet.com/mc/
TAE LEADS THE WAY
UWA wide receiver Donta "Tae" Armstrong leads the Gulf South Conference in receptions with 18 and yards receiving per game with 107.5. Tiger tight end Christian Patterson is fifth in the league in receptions with 13 and yards per game at 76.5
Mississippi College leads the GSC in time of possession at 31:51 per game. UWA is third in that category at 29:33.
STILL NO PICKS
West Alabama is one of two GSC teams to not have an interception two weeks into the season. On a brighter flip side, Tiger quarterbacks Austin Grammer and Harry Satterwhite have also not thrown an interception in those two games.
ONE SHY OF RECORD
West Alabama's 12 punts at Stephen F. Austin last week were one shy of the school record. UWA has punted 13 times in two games over the years, the last being against Valdosta State in 1984.
West Alabama has opened the season 0-2 in night games with three more to play before kicking off a 4 p.m. against Delta State on Oct. 8. The Tigers were 4-1 under the lights last season.
BIG NFL SUNDAY FOR TIGER ALUMS
Three former West Alabama players had big days last week at the NFL opened its 2016 season. Kansas City rookie Tyreek Hill had his first catch for 9 yards and a TD. Oakland receiver Seth Roberts caught a TD pass in a Raiders' comeback win and New England cornerback Malcolm Butler had four tackles, three solo, as the Patriots defeated Phoenix.
Uniform Combinations RECORD
Red Jersey, Red Pants: 0-0
White Jersey, Red Pants: 0-1
White Jersey, White Pants: 0-1
Red Jersey, White Pants: 0-0
TIGERS WEARNG RED THIS WEEK
Since Mississippi College is promoting this weekend's game as a "Whiteout", the home standing Choctaws will buck college football tradition and wear their white uniforms at home, leaving UWA to put on the red for the first time this season.
TIGERS 7-3 IN SEPTEMBER UNDER COACH G
Since returning to his alma mater as head coach prior to the 2014 season, Brett Gilliland has put together a 7-3 record in games played in September. The only losses are to FCS programs Jacksonville State in 2014 and Stephen F. Austin last week, as well as North Greenville to open the 2016 season.
IN THE RED
The Tigers have scored seven times in eight trips to the red zone this season. Two opponents are five-of-five. Six of UWA's scores are TDs, while three of five for UWA opponents were touchdowns.
1ST AND 4TH BETTER FOR 3RD
The first and fourth quarters have been significantly more productive for UWA in third down conversions. The Tigers are 10-for-22 (45%) in those quarters, but just 4-for-19 (21%) in the middle two periods.
This week's game is the 2016 GSC opener for UWA. The Tigers are 0-2 in conference openers under Brett Gilliland,
West Alabama plays at home for the first time in 2016 when No. 15 North Alabama and former Tiger head coach Bobby Wallace come to Tiger Stadium for an ESPN3 game. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.
West Alabama comes into the game third in the GSC in passing with an average of 287 yards per game. Mississippi College is third in the league in rushing with 178.5 yards per game. Interestingly enough, MC is fifth in the league against the pass (168) and UWA is fifth in the league against the run (209.5).
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