The game is scheduled to begin at 6 p. UCCS also ended last season ranked in the top 25 as they owned the 24 spot in the nation. The Mountain Lions finished last season ranked in the top five of the RMAC in the following statistical categories: Goals and goals per game: 62, 2.
The preseason favorite is defending champion Tarleton State, who defeated the Cougars in the first round of the playoffs last season.
Williams completed Bryce Grandison yards, 6 touchdowns and Zikel Reddick yards figure to both see action in the backfield, while the receiving corps is led by the returning Brandon Jackson 47 receptions, yards, 5 touchdowns and Darrell Adams 39 receptions, yards, 3 touchdowns.
The biggest change to the Cougar offense will be up front, as four-year starter Sakalaia Hungalu has graduated, and the Cougars will be starting a new center on Saturday, but the line still boasts plenty of experience from the likes of Joe Murphy, Eric Esquer, and Mataio Fatuesi.
Fair had 75 tackles last season, leading all returning players for Azusa Pacific, including 5.
The main point of this game is really always for the ones that have never put the uniform on. I think it gives them a sense of what that feels like — going through gameday warmup, going through the routine of getting prepared to play a game.
The real strength of the defense this year figures to be the secondary, where sophomores Josh Olave 44 tackles, 5 interceptions, 8 pass breakups and Quentin Frazier 66 tackles, 3 interceptions, 5 pass breakups were both first team all-conference selections in They will be joined on the back line by returning seniors Ulysses Pickett 62 tackles and Lee Pitts to form a formidable ball-hawking group.
Alex Benter 34 tackles, 4 sacks and Robert Bohanna 24 tackles, 2 sacks will be in charge of leading the defensive line.
Changing of the Herd — While the Buffaloes return all-conference running back Duke Carter yards rushing, 11 receptions for 88 yards and 9 total touchdowns last season , they will be breaking in a new quarterback on opening night for the second consecutive year.
Series History — This will be the fifth consecutive season that the Cougars and Buffaloes will open the season against each other. West Texas won the first meeting between the two schools in a blowout, back in while the Cougars were still in the NAIA.
But Azusa Pacific has won all four meetings since.
Junior safety Lee Pitts had two first-half interceptions, including a critical one in the end zone just before halftime to preserve what at the time was a lead.
Tyrone Williams was held to only 12 completions for yards on the night in his second-career start, but the defense did its job, forcing three turnovers and holding the Buffaloes to 76 rushing yards and on third down conversions.