Football Bowl Subdivision

Lamar to play six home games in 2011

Beaumont, TX (Sports Network) - Lamar football will visit Southeastern Louisiana in its first Southland Conference game on Oct. 1 and play six home games during the 2011 season.

The Cardinals were 5-6 during a startup campaign last year, when they played an FCS independent schedule.

Their SLC opener at Southeastern Louisiana will be followed by their first home conference game on Oct. 8 against Northwestern State.

Lamar's other games at Provost Umphrey Stadium are against Langston College (Sept. 3) and Incarnate Word (Sept. 17) in non-conference action, and Central Arkansas (Oct. 22, Homecoming Day), defending SLC champion Stephen F. Austin (Nov. 5) and McNeese State (Nov. 19) in conference action.

In addition to Southeastern Louisiana, the Cardinals will visit South Alabama (Sept. 10), Texas State (Oct. 15), Sam Houston State (Oct. 29) and Nicholls State (Nov. 12).

"We're looking forward to being eligible for the Southland Conference championship this year, although we realize the conference schedule is going to be very tough," Lamar head coach Ray Woodard said. "With our last two home games being against SFA and McNeese State, it ought to make for an exciting closing stretch.

"The only thing is we're hoping the McNeese game won't be our last one. One of our team goals is to make the playoffs in our first year of eligibility."

2011 Lamar Football Schedule

All Times ET

Sept. 3, Langston College, Beaumont, Texas, 8 p.m.

Sept. 10, at South Alabama, Mobile, Ala., 5 p.m.

Sept. 17, Incarnate Word, Beaumont, Texas, 8 p.m.

Oct. 1, at Southeastern Louisiana, Hammond, La., TBA

Oct. 8, Northwestern State, Beaumont, Texas, 7 p.m.

Oct. 15, at Texas State, San Marcos, Texas, TBA

Oct. 22, Central Arkansas (Homecoming), Beaumont, Texas, 7 p.m.

Oct. 29, at Sam Houston State, Huntsville, Texas, TBA

Nov. 5, Stephen F. Austin, Beaumont, Texas, 7 p.m.

Nov. 12, at Nicholls State, Thibodaux, La., TBA

Nov. 19, McNeese State, Beaumont, Texas, 7 p.m.

02/15 10:41:08 ET