Southeastern Moves Up to 13th in Stats Perform FCS Top 25
Published 1:16 pm Tuesday, September 7, 2021
The Southeastern Louisiana University football team moved up two spots to No. 13 in the latest Stats Perform FCS Top 25 released on Monday.
The Lions (1-0) opened the season with a 49-28 victory over North Alabama on Saturday in Florence, Alabama. Southeastern racked up 495 yards of total offense and 30 first downs, controlling the ball for nearly 37 minutes and converting 10-of-15 third-down situations.
Walter Payton Award winner and SLU quarterback Cole Kelley connected with 11 different receivers, finishing with 263 yards on 30-for-41 passing, while also finding Nolan Givan, Austin Mitchell and Cephus Johnson III on scoring throws. Taron Jones helped Southeastern to its highest rushing output under fourth-year head coach Frank Scelfo (232 yards), leading the Lions with 85 yards and a touchdown on 11 carriers. Jones, Kelley and Johnson III all found the end zone on the ground.
Alphonso Taylor led SLU with nine tackles, as the Lions held UNA to just 54 yards rushing. Mike Mason, Arlen Williams and Tainano Gaulua all recorded sacks for the Lions. Buck Buchanan Award candidate Ferlando Jordan returned an interception 41 yards for a touchdown – his Southland Conference-record fifth pick six of his career.
Southeastern is the only Southland team ranked in the Stats Perform poll this week. Nicholls is among those receiving votes.
On Saturday, SLU travels to Louisiana Tech for a 6 p.m. game in Ruston. The game will be televised on ESPN3 and can be heard in the Hammond area on Kajun 107.1 FM, Tangi 96.5 FM and WFPR 1400 AM, as well as online on kajun107.net and tangiradio.net.
Stats Perform FCS Top 25
Team (First-place votes) Record Points Prv.
- Sam Houston (32)1-0 1,212 1
- South Dakota State (11)1-0 1,185 3
- James Madison (2)1-0 1,150 2
- Montana (5) 1-0 1,087 9
- North Dakota State1-0 1,050 4
- Delaware 1-0 965 5
- Eastern Washington 1-0 880 11
- Southern Illinois 1-0 873 7
- North Dakota 1-0 858 8
- Weber State 0-1 764 6
- Montana State 0-1 598 12
- Villanova 1-0 585 16
- Southeastern 1-0 584 15
- UC Davis 1-0 576 23
- ETSU 1-0 442 NR
- Jacksonville State0-1 427 10
- Austin Peay 1-0 417 20
- VMI 1-0 415 17
- Central Arkansas 0-1 407 14
- Monmouth 0-1 290 13
- Northern Iowa 0-1 287 21
- Kennesaw State 1-0 208 19
- Missouri State 0-1 187 24
- Holy Cross 1-0 160 NR
- Richmond 1-0 135 NR
Others receiving votes: Murray State 125, Chattanooga 72, Nicholls 61, Sacramento State 40, Samford 40, New Hampshire 36, Alabama A&M 34, Furman 20, Sacred Heart 17, Jackson State 14, Illinois State 10, Rhode Island 8, Stephen F. Austin 8, North Carolina Central 7.
2021 opponents in bold italics
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