Don't expect the Angelo State Rams to be all that spectacular when they face Eastern New Mexico University in today's 2 p.m. Lone Star Conference matchup at Greyhound Stadium.
They're nothing if not efficient, ENMU coach Josh Lynn said.
"They're a good defensive football team; they allowed 10 rushing yards (actually, a net of nine yards in last week's 28-23 upset of Abilene Christian)," he said. "They're not real flashy. They just do a good job of lining up and playing football."
Offensively, he said, it's pretty much the same thing from the Rams (2-2, 1-0 LSC) — a ball-control style of play.
Both teams are looking to make a mark in the league with this game. The Greyhounds (2-2, 1-1) are coming off a fairly competitive 35-23 loss last week at Tarleton State.
Second-year Rams coach Will Wagner is concerned about his team's emotional state after last week's win, as well as dealing with ENMU's triple-option ground attack.
"We're worried about how our kids will respond," he said. "Their offense is tough to prepare for because you don't see it that much. You have to maintain your responsibilities on defense."
Lynn said the Hounds played reasonably well at Tarleton, keeping the game close most of the way.
"I thought we played pretty well," he said. "What hurt us was the long touchdown pass just before halftime (a 50-yarder from Aaron Doyle to Jamal Mays, making it 21-10).
"Last week I thought our defense was on the field a little too long in the first half, and we just got worn down."
Ball control will be important, he added, but it may be hard to do against the rugged ASU run defense.
"We've got to be able to run the football," Lynn said, "and Angelo's done a good job of stopping the run."
As for the Rams, Wagner said turnovers will be a key. So far this year, ASU has nine turnovers (five interceptions, four lost fumbles) while forcing its opponents into only three.
"In the two games we lost, we didn't get close to winning the turnover battle," he said.
Angelo State (2-2, 1-0 Lone Star Conference) at ENMU (2-2, 1-1)
2 p.m. today at Blackwater Draw
• Radio: KSEL-FM 105.9.
∫Coaches: Angelo State, Will Wagner, 2nd year, 7-8; ENMU, Josh Lynn, 1st year, 2-2.
• Last meeting: 2011, ENMU blocked a field goal in the final minutes to preserve a 23-21 win over the Rams at San Angelo, Texas, ending a four-game losing streak in the series. The Greyhounds' last home win against ASU was a 38-14 decision in 2005 in which they outscored the Rams 31-0 over the final three quarters.
• Last week: Angelo State opened conference play by upending then-No. 19 Abilene Christian 28-23 at San Angelo, while the Hounds dropped a 35-23 decision at Tarleton State.
• Angelo players to watch: Rush Seaver, 6-2, 235, So., LB; Alvin Johnson, 5-8, 185, Sr, FS; Blake Hamblin, 6-2, 215 Jr., QB; C.J. Akins, 6-1, 209, Sr., WR.
• Notes: ASU leads the all-time series with the Hounds 21-14-1. … This is ENMU's second home game of the season, and the Rams' first true road game. … Angelo's defensive coordinator is former ENMU two-time All-American linebacker Mike Walton. He's in his second year at the school. … The Hounds lead the league in interceptions and turnover margin, and are fifth in NCAA Division II in turnover margin. … Seaver, the LSC's reigning defensive player of the week, leads the conference through four weeks with 43 tackles (27 solos).
• Quotable: "They're coming off a big win; they kind of controlled the game." — Lynn, on the Rams' upset of ACU.
— Compiled by Dave Wagner