FB Preview | #15 West Alabama vs. Delta State | Game 8 | 10/23/2021

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#15 West Alabama (6-1, 3-1) vs. Delta State (2-5, 0-4)
Oct. 23, 2021 | Tigers Stadium | Livingston, Ala. | FloSports
4:00 p.m. CT | SLY104.9

Tiger Game Day Information

THE SERIES
This is the 67th meeting between the two programs. Delta State leads the series 35-28-3. However, UWA has gone 7-3 since 2010, including a five-game winning streak from 2015-18. In the last meeting, the Tigers traveled to Cleveland, Miss., and fell 14-7 on Oct. 19, 2019. The last time the two opponents met in Livingston, UWA defeated the Statesmen 17-14 on Oct. 20, 2018.

WEST ALABAMA
West Alabama is 6-1 for one of the best starts to a season in program history, rivaled only by 1949 (7-2-1), 1968 (9-2), 1972 (8-1-2), and 2017 (10-3). UWA is 3-1 in the GSC and ranks third in the conference behind Valdosta State (6-0, 3-0) and West Georgia (6-1, 4-1). The Tigers are ranked 15th in the AFCA Coaches’ Poll, falling from 10th after the 42-17 loss against Valdosta last week.

DELTA STATE
The Statesman are 2-5 on the season and 0-4 in the conference and looks to halt a five-game losing streak.

THE COACHES
In his eighth season with West Alabama, Head Coach Brett Gilliland is 51-27 overall and 4-2 against Delta State. Statesmen head coach is 45-37 in his eighth season at DSU and is 2-5 against the Tigers.

RADIO
SLY 104.9: Robert Upchurch and Will Atkinson on the call. The Tiger Tailgate show starts at 3 p.m. To listen to the Tiger radio broadcast of the game, tune into SLY 104.9 via the SLY1049 app.

FLOFOOTBALL.COM
The Gulf South Conference signed a partnership with FloSports for all GSC football and postseason play. FloSports will carry all Tiger football home games at FloFootball.com. Month access starts at $12.50. The live video feed will incorporate the radio call of plays.

DUNKLE LEADS IN FG
Senior kicker Gabe Dunkle is at the top of the rankings for his performance as a field goal kicker. He ranks first in the conference in field goals per game and fourth nationally, averaging 1.67. He is third in the conference and 33rd nationally in field goal percentage at 71.4 percent. The Glendora, Calif. native also tops the ranking in scoring, averaging 9.0 points per game to rank first in the conference and 18th nationally.

MARTIN AMONG RECEIVING LEADERS
Wide receiver Tyriq Martin ranks second in the Gulf South Conference in receiving. In six games (NAU does not count), Martin has had 36 receptions for 525 yards and five touchdowns. He averages 14.6 yards per carry, 6.0 receptions per game, and 87.5 yards per game.

TOTAL OFFENSE, PASSING
UWA quarterback Jack McDaniels ranks fourth in the GSC in total offense with an average of 269.8 yards per game. He ranks third in passing with 1,567 total yards and has the least interceptions out of GSC starting quarterbacks with two.

LEWIS WITH THE INTERCEPTION
Defensive back Shamar Lewis is No. 1 in the conference in interceptions and 25th nationally. The Dixon, Mills, Ala. native has three on the season for 35 yards and averages 0.5 per game. His longest carry was 20 yards.

THE BLOCK NATIONALLY
The Tiger defense ranks high nationally in crucial statistics. The D-Block ranks sixth nationally and third in the conference in tackles for a loss, averaging 3.17 per game. The team ranks 11th in team passing efficiency defense, allowing only 100.53 passing yards per game, and 20th in punt return defense, limiting the opposing teams to just 3.17 yards.

HOMECOMING AT UWA
West Alabama’s annual homecoming game is where alumni and friends return to Livingston for a week full of events. The 75th Homecoming queen will be crowned during the competition. Also, a flyover by the Meridian Naval Air Station will take place during the pregame National Anthem.

UP NEXT
West Alabama will return to the road, traveling Tigerville, S.C. to take on the Crusaders of North Greenville University. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. CT/ 12 p.m. ET inside Younts Stadium.

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