QB Richardson looking for another career performance in Saturday’s Home Opener

BURNABY, BC — Simon Fraser University came the closest it has since 2015 to a victory at Arizona Christian last week and will take that performance, and an impressive showing by QB Mile Richardson, into Saturday’s Home Opener against Texas A&M Kingsville.

Texas A&M University-Kingsville fell to Central Washington University 34-10 Saturday at home.

The Clan closed to within a touchdown midway through the fourth quarter before Arizona Christian stopped the potential winning drive deep in its own territory to hand the Clan a 34-28 loss. Richardson put up career-high numbers in the game. He completed 28 of 55 passes for 434 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for a pair of touchdowns on five-yard and 10-yard runs, accounting for all four SFU touchdowns. His 434 yards passing was the 10th best effort in Division II last weekend and the 12th best single game performance in Great Northwest Athletic Conference history.

Kick-off for Saturday’s game is 1 PM on Terry Fox Field, as Simon Fraser University returns to the Burnaby Mountain campus for all five home games this year. SFU students are admitted free while tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for visiting students and $2 for youth, seniors and SFU staff. Parking in the West Parkade is also free. Fans will have the opportunity to win prizes, select in-game songs with a live DJ, and enjoy food trucks.

Saturday’s game is on pay-per-view for $4.99 beginning at 1 PM. Click here for the webcast.

Simon Fraser enters the week leading the GNAC and ranked fourth in Division II in passing offense at 434 yards per game. The Clan also leads the GNAC with 460 yards of total offense per game.

Simon Fraser wide receiver Gavin Cobb caught eight passes for 183 yards while Nathanel Durkan caught eight passes for 115 yards and a touchdown. Simon Fraser outgained Arizona Christian in total offense 460 yards to 376. Cobb enters the week ranked first in the GNAC and 20th in Division II with 200 all-purpose yards per game and is fifth in Division II with 183 receiving yards.

Linebacker Jordan Leech led the Simon Fraser defense with nine tackles (four solo) while linebacker Trevor Kemp and defensive back Brendan Lowry each had eight tackles. The Clan had five tackles for a loss for a total of 35 yards.

Texas A&M Kingsville out-passed CWU 224-to-182 in its loss. TAMUK QB Conner Smith finished 23-for-36 and Nick Pelrean rushed for 102 yards on 11 carries. Kyle Plum led the way with six catches for 68 yards.

The defense for the Wildcats held the Javelinas to just 88 yards on the ground and was especially dominant on third downs where TAMUK converted on just 1 of 14 attempts.

TAMUK averaged 4.9 yards per play

Simon Fraser returns to the Burnaby Mountain campus for all five of its home games during the 2017 season. The University has announced plans to build the first phase of the student-led stadium project, which will see covered stadium seating built into the hillside at Terry Fox Field by April 2020 through a $10-million contribution from SFU students.

Source: SFU Clan



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