#13 Carson-Newman vs. #7 Humboldt State
Location: Burke-Tarr Stadium
Time: 1:30 P.M.
Broadcast Time: 12:30 P.M.
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#7 HUMBOLDT STATE
2015 Record: 10-2 (6-0 GNAC)
2015 Record: 9-3 (5-2 SAC)
• Carson-Newman is 29-6-1 in season-opening games under Carson-Newman head football coach Ken Sparks. Carson-Newman hasn't scored any less than 44 points in an opening day win since 2003 (a 21- 14 win over Winston-Salem State) save for 2014's 38-24 win over Edinboro. The only losses on opening day in the last decade game in back-to-back years in 2009 and 2010 to Winona State. Carson-Newman has scored more than 70 once, more than 50 four other times. The Eagles have only failed to score less than 40 three times since 1999 in wins.
• Humboldt State will be the second California school Carson-Newman has faced. The Eagles beat UC Davis 29-26 in the 1996 national semifinals. The Eagles are 2-0 against members of the GNAC. C-N defeated Western Oregon 24-7 in 2000 and 55-20 in 2002. This will be the second meeting between Carson-Newman and Humboldt State on an athletic department-wide scale. The C-N volleyball team scored a 3-2 win over the Jacks in 2014.
• HSU's Ja'Quan Gardner is really freakin' good. The runner-up for the Harlon Hill trophy led the nation with 2,226 rushing yards and 25 touchdowns last year. He compiled 200-plus rushing yards in six games, and prior to being held to 24 yards on 14 carries against Northwest Missouri State, had rushed for 100 yards in 11 successive games.
• While the Jacks return seven starters from an offense that led the GNAC, the defense only returns starting linebacker Cameron Buell. He led the team with 90 tackles (50 solo) and 12.5 tackles for loss. He was a second team All-GNAC selection last year