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NAIA Football Weekly Report No. 8

October 11, 2012
By Alan Grosbach, Manager of Communications and Sports Information

NAIA Game of the Week
No. 7 Saint Francis (Ind.) (4-1, 2-0 MSFAE) at No. 1 Marian (Ind.) (5-0, 2-0 MSFAE)
Saturday, Oct. 13 | 1 p.m. EDT | Indianapolis, Ind. | St. Vincent Health Field
Live Video (Marian) | Live Audio (Marian) | Live Audio (Saint Francis)
Marian Game Notes - PDF
 | Saint Francis Game Notes - PDF 
• A pair of top 10 Mid-States Football Association Mideast League teams do battle on Saturday when top-ranked Marian (Ind.) hosts No. 7 Saint Francis (Ind.) at St. Vincent Health Field in Indianapolis, Ind. The two sides are currently 2-0 in the division and tied atop the standings.
• Saint Francis (Ind.) holds a 4-1 all-time record against Marian, however the Knights claimed the 2011 meeting, 40-13.
• Last season, the Knights utilized a balanced offensive attack while the defense neutralized the Saint Francis ground game en route to the victory. Running back Tevin Lake emerged as the offensive star for Marian, tallying 144 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 28 carries. He also caught three passes for 46 yards. In addition to Lake, quarterback Adam Wiese completed 72.2 percent (13-of-18) of his passes for 188 yards and two scores.
• Marian, who is making its second appearance in the NAIA Football Game of the Week this season, extended its regular-season win streak to 20 games with a 49-21 win at Taylor (Ind.) last week. Lake and Wiese again proved to be the dynamic duo for the Knights. Lake ran for a school record 229 yards on 34 carries and scored four touchdowns. He also had three receptions for 64 yards. Wiese finished 22-of-31 (71.0 percent) for 262 yards and two touchdowns.
• Lake, who has ran for 100-plus yards in 4-of-5 games this season, leads the Marian ground attack with 672 yards rushing on 120 attempts. He also leads the squad in scoring with 11 touchdowns (eight rushing, three receiving). Lake ranks amongst the top six nationally in all purpose yards per game (180.6), rushing yards per game (134.4), scoring per game (13.2), total scoring (66), total rushing (672) and all purpose yards (903). He currently rests only 84 yards shy of 2,000 career rushing yards in less than two seasons at Marian.
• In addition to Lake, Wiese continues to be a consistent force for the Knight's offense. He is completing 74.1 percent (103-of-139) of his passes for 1,198 and 13 touchdowns. Arguably more impressive has been his ability to avoid turnovers, tossing only two interceptions in five games. Wiese ranks second in the NAIA in pass efficiency (174.5) and 18th in passing yards per game (239.6). He has eclipsed 250 yards passing in three-straight games, including a season-high 301 yards against Siena Heights on Sept. 8.
• The Knights showcase arguably one of the nation's best defenses, leading the NAIA in total defense per game (206.8), while ranking in the top 10 in rushing defense per game (61.8), scoring defense per game (10.2) and passing defense per game (145.0).
• Defensive lineman Seth Vondersaar paces the squad with 28 tackles (10 solo), 5.0 tackles-for-loss and three sacks. Five other Knights have at least 20 tackles, one tackle-for-loss and 0.5 sacks this season.
• Head coach Ted Karras, Jr., owns a 41-22 (.651) record in six seasons at Marian.
• Saint Francis enters the weekend looking to play giant-killer for the second-straight game after knocking off previous No. 1 Saint Xavier (Ill.), 25-13, on Sept. 29. The Cougars improved to 8-0 all-time in night games and held the high-powered Saint Xavier offense to only one touchdown - Nick Pesek's 18-yard run late in the second quarter - despite surrendering 416 yards of total offense. Starting quarterback Josh Miller, who was removed from the game in the third quarter due to injury, completed 11-of-14 passes for 137 yards and one touchdown. Miller's replacement, David Yoder, proved similarly efficient, completing 7-of-12 throws for 96 yards, including a 23-yard touchdown strike to Clayton Smith early in the fourth quarter.
• The Cougars only blemish this season came against No. 15 St. Ambrose (Iowa) (then-No. 20), 15-14, who jumped as high as ninth in the Coaches' Top 25 Poll before sliding back to its current position.
• Running back Antoin Campbell and wide receiver Austin Coleman spearhead Saint Francis' offense, which ranks eighth in scoring offense per game (40.0 points per game) and 15th in total offense per game (436.4). Campbell has carried the ball 99 times for 573 yards (114.6 yards per game - seventh in NAIA) and eight touchdowns. He has scored in every game for Saint Francis this season, including a season-high three touchdown performance against Texas College on Aug. 25. Coleman leads the receiving corps with 21 catches for 300 yards and four touchdowns. He set a season-high in catches (8), yards (98) and touchdowns (2) against NCAA Division III Wisconsin-Stevens Point on Sept. 1.
• Miller and Yoder have split quarterbacking duties this season for the Cougars. Miller leads the team with 554 yards passing and four touchdowns, while Yoder boasts 380 yards and one touchdown. Miller is currently third on the team with 156 rushing yards.
• Saint Francis' defense ranks in the top 15 nationally in the following categories: opponent first downs (72), rushing defense per game (109.4), scoring defense per game (16.0) and total defense per game (285.6).
• Linebacker Justin Juarez leads the defense with 41 tackles (16 solo) and ranks second in tackles-for-loss with 3.5.
• Saint Francis head coach Kevin Donley is in his 14th season with the Cougars. He is currently the NAIA career wins leader with 258-117-1 record in 33 seasons of coaching.
• The NAIA Football Game of the Week is selected by fans via the official NAIA Facebook page - Play NAIA. Game of the Week voting will begin on Monday evenings after the Top 25 announcement with the winner posted Wednesday morning. Click HERE to visit the Play NAIA Facebook page.
Note: Portions of this information was provided by the Marian and Saint Francis Sports Information Departments

NAIA National Championship Note
The date and time of the 2012 Russell Athletic-NAIA Football National Championship has been changed to Thursday, Dec. 13 with a kick-off at 6:30 p.m. EST. The change was made in order to ensure national television exposure for the participating schools and the NAIA on the CBS Sports Network.

NAIA Football Featured on FOX College Sports Atlantic
Information provided by Chris Megginson, Campbellsville Sports Information Director
The Mid-South Conference West Division football game between Campbellsville (Ky.) and Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) will be televised nation-wide on FOX College Sports Atlantic, Campbellsville officials announced Monday.

Coverage of the game, known as the Highway 55 Battle, will begin at 2 p.m. EDT with kickoff scheduled for 2:06 p.m. EDT at Finley Stadium and Citizens Bank Field. FOX College Sports (FCS) has a 15 million home reach and is available by most all cable or satellite providers in their sports packages. To check your local area for viewing of the game, visit the FCS Channel Guide by clicking HERE.

This Week Around the Top 25
• This week (Oct. 8 - 14) features 18 Top 25 squads in action, in addition to the two teams featured in the NAIA Game of the Week. Those contests include:
     o Saturday:
     (9) Cumberlands (Ky.) (6-0) at (2) Georgetown (Ky.) (6-0)
     (12) Benedictine (Kan.) (5-1) at (3) Missouri Valley (5-0)
     (19) Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) (4-1) at (4) Morningside (Iowa) (5-0)
     (5) William Penn (Iowa) (6-0) at Saint Mary (Kan.) (2-4)
     (6) Saint Xavier (Ill.) (4-1) at Siena Heights (Mich.) (3-3)
     Montana Western (2-3) at (8) Carroll (Mont.) (4-2)
     (10) MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) (4-1) at Gardner-Webb (N.C.)
     (11) Northwestern (Iowa) (5-1) at Concordia (Neb.) (3-3)
     Iowa Wesleyan at (15) St. Ambrose (Iowa) (4-1)
     (16) Cumberland (Tenn.) (5-1) at (RV) Faulkner (Ala.) (4-2)
     (17) Hastings (Neb.) (5-0) at Midland (Neb.) (2-3)
     Trinity International (Ill.) (3-4) at (20) St. Francis (Ill.) (4-3)
     Peru State (Neb.) (3-3) at (21) Evangel (Mo.) (4-2)
     (24) Tabor (Kan.) (4-2) at Bethany (Kan.) (2-4)
     (25) Friends (Kan.) (4-2) at Southwestern (Kan.) (3-3)
• Last week's (Oct. 1 - 7) Top 25 Results:
     (1) Marian (Ind.) (5-0) (V) def. Taylor (Ind.) (2-4) (H), 49-21
     (2) Georgetown (Ky.) (6-0) (V) def. Campbellsville (Ky.) (1-5) (H), 42-13
     (4) Morningside (Iowa) (5-0) (V) def. (18) Doane (Neb.) (4-2) (H), 28-3
     (5) William Penn (Iowa) (6-0) (H) def. (15) St. Francis (Ill.) (4-3) (V), 19-8
     (9) Cumberlands (Ky.) (6-0) (V) def. (23) Faulkner (Ala.) (4-2) (H), 31-27
     (10) MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) (4-1) (V) def. Culver-Stockton (Mo.) (0-6) (H), 63-3
     (11) Northwestern (Iowa) (5-1) (H) def. Midland (Neb.) (2-3) (V), 39-20
     (12) Benedictine (Kan.) (5-1) (H) def. Central Methodist (Mo.) (2-4) (V), 21-14
     (13) Montana Tech (5-1) (V) def. Dickinson State (N.D.) (1-5) (H), 42-6
     (14) Grand View (Iowa) (5-2) (H) def. Waldorf (Iowa) (3-3) (V), 51-0
     (16) St. Ambrose (Iowa) (4-1) (V) def. Quincy (Ill.) (H), 34-18
     (17) Cumberland (Tenn.) (5-1) (H) def. Union (Ky.) (3-3) (V), 42-21
     (19) Baker (Kan.) (5-2) (H) def. Avila (Mo.) (1-5) (V), 42-13
     Tabor (Kan.) (4-2) (H) def. (20) Kansas Wesleyan (4-2) (V), 56-31
     (21) Hastings (Neb.) (5-0) (V) def. Dakota State (S.D.) (0-6) (H), 55-19
     Webber International (Fla.) (1-4) (V) def. (22) Menlo (Calif.) (4-2) (H), 19-14
     Southern Oregon (3-2) (H) def. (24) Eastern Oregon (2-3) (V), 68-22
     (25) Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) (4-1) (H) def. Dordt (Iowa) (0-6) (V), 45-31
• No. 5 William Penn (Iowa) scored two defensive touchdowns and held high-flying quarterback E.J. White 43 yards under his season average as the Statesmen downed then-No. 15 St. Francis (Ill.), 19-8, in last week's NAIA Football Game of the Week. William Penn scored its only offensive touchdown on the opening possession of the game, marching 88 yards on 11 plays, capped by a Taylor Parsons 1-yard run. The Statesmen's other two scores came on a Jacob Batterson 54-yard fumble return in the first quarter and on a wacky interception return and fumble late in the third quarter. St. Francis place kicker tallied six of the Saints eight points on field goals of 38 yards and 25 yards.
• Three ranked teams fell to unranked opponents last week: Tabor (Kan.) def. then-No. 20 Kansas Wesleyan, 56-31; Webber International (Fla.) def. then-No. 22 Menlo (Calif.), 19-14; Southern Oregon def. then-No. 24 Eastern Oregon, 68-22.
• In Southern Oregon's 68-22 upset win over then-No. 24 Easter Oregon last week, the Raiders set program records for points (68), passing offense (611) and total offense (706). Quarterback Austin Dodge, who was named NAIA National Offensive Player of the Week for his performance, completed 23-of-30 attempts for 468 yards and five touchdowns despite only playing in the first half. It marks the fourth-straight time Southern Oregon has defeated Eastern Oregon and second-straight time the Raiders have upset a ranked Mountaineer squad.
• For the second-straight week Marian (Ind.) claims the top spot in the NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 Poll. Nos. 1-14 remained unchanged this week. No. 19 Dakota Wesleyan posting the largest improvement, vaulting six positions, while No. 20 St. Francis' five-spot slide was the biggest negative movement. Four newcomers entered the poll: No. 21 Evangel (Mo.), No. 23 Robert Morris (Ill.), No. 24 Tabor (Kan.) and No. 25 Friends (Kan.). The ranking for Robert Morris is the first-ever for the program.
• For this week's NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 Poll, click here.
• For a complete look at the 2012 NAIA football schedule, click here.

Top 25 Poll Superlatives
Top 25 Consecutive Poll Leaders (Poll No. 5)
School Record
1. Saint Francis (Ind.) 161
2. Carroll (Mont.) 146
3. MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 74
4. Morningside (Iowa) 67
5. Saint Xavier (Ill.) 56
6. Missouri Valley 34
T7. Marian (Ind.) 31
T7. William Penn (Iowa) 31
9. Georgetown (Ky.) 25
T10. Benedictine (Kan.) 20
T10. St. Francis (Ill.) 20
   
No. 1 Poll Leaders (Since 2000)
School Record
1. Carroll (Mont.) 56
2. Sioux Falls (S.D.) 55
3. Georgetown (Ky.) 23
4. Saint Xavier (Ill.) 14
5. Northwestern Oklahoma State 11


For the Record
• Edward Waters' (Fla.) 66-34 victory over Point (Ga.) marked the third-consecutive season that two NAIA schools have combined for 110 points in a game. (information provided by Tex Noel, Intercollegiate Football Researchers Association)
• Ninth-ranked Cumberlands (Ky.) extended its nation leading win streak to 11 games with a 31-27 road victory against then-No. 23 Faulkner (Ala.) on Oct. 6. This weekend the Patriots put the streak and their perfect 6-0 record on the line when they travel to No. 2 Georgetown (Ky.).
• Saint Francis head coach Kevin Donley added another win to his already NAIA career-wins record with a 25-13 victory at Saint Xavier (Ill.) on Sept. 29. Donley is now 258-117-1 all-time, two victories ahead of Dickinson State's (N.D.) Hank Biesiot and Frosty Westering.
     o Current Race for the Record Standings:
       - Kevin Donley: 258-117-1
       - Frosty Westering: 256-81-7
       - Hank Biesiot: 256-106-1
• Benedictine (Kan.) head coach Larry Wilcox became only the fifth NAIA football coach to eclipse the 230 career win plateau with a 59-6 thumping of Sterling (Kan.) on Sept. 1. Wilcox is currently third amongst active coaches with a 234-127 all-time record.
• Bill Cronin of Georgetown (Ky.) claimed his 150th career win when his then-No. 4 Tigers knocked off Bethel (Tenn.), 63-21, on Sept. 29. Cronin owns a 151-35 record in 15 seasons at Georgetown, which ranks fifth amongst active NAIA coaches.
• There are four programs making their NAIA varsity debut in 2012: Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.), made famous by the bright-red turf of its new field, Point (Ga.), Bluefield (Va.) and Wayland Baptist (Texas). Lindenwood-Belleville (4-2) won its season opener, 43-37, against Avila (Mo.) on Sept. 1, while Wayland Baptist (1-4) claimed its first victory, 27-23, against NCAA Division III Howard Payne (Texas) on Sept. 15. Point (0-5) and Bluefield (0-7) remain in search of that elusive first victory.
• A pair of long-time Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference rivals played for the 100th time when then-No. 24 Kansas Wesleyan traveled to Bethany (Kan.) on Sept. 22. The Coyotes won a thriller, 33-31, over the Swedes to improve to 8-4 against Bethany since 2000. Bethany leads the all-time series with a 55-40-5 record.

National Statistics (Through Oct. 10)
• St. Francis (Ill.) quarterback E.J. White continues to lead the NAIA in total offense through week seven with 2,214 yards. He is the first and only NAIA player to pass 2,000 total yards at this point in the season.
• Mike Keese of Saint Mary (Kan.) paces the NAIA with 1,949 yards passing in six games. Keese has eclipsed 300 yards passing in four games, including a season-high 448 yards against Tabor (Kan.) on Sept. 22.
• Derek Lear of Montana State-Northern set a 2012 NAIA single-game high with 606 yards of total offense in the Lights' 46-39 victory against Montana Western on Sept. 22. Lear, who accounted for more than 80 percent of the Montana State-Northern offense, finished the game 32-for-45 (71 percent) for 532 yards and seven touchdowns.
• Bryce Baker of Rocky Mountain (Mont.) set the NAIA game-high in passing yards with 544 in the Battlin' Bears' 52-30 victory against Southern Oregon on Sept. 8.
• Robert Morris' (Ill.) Lamont Wims leads the NAIA with 1,031 rushing yards in seven games, while Josh Endres of Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) holds a NAIA-best 164.4 rushing yards per game average. Wims, Endres, Lemeco Miller of Cumberland (Tenn.) and Peru State's (Neb.) Ryan Ludlow are the only NAIA running backs with more than 700 yards rushing this season.
• Kenny Zoeller of Concordia (Neb.) is currently the NAIA's highest scoring kicker with 55 points. He enters the week 11-for-12 in field goals and 22-for-22 in PATs.
• Evangel's (Mo.) Jesse Vaughn leads all NAIA receivers with 845 yards on 35 receptions, while Daniel Beals of Trinity International (Ill.) is first with 64 catches. Beals holds the 2012 NAIA single-game high with 16 catches against Concordia (Mich.) on Sept. 8.
• Eastern Oregon linebacker Howard McDonald owns an NAIA-best 17.0 tackles per game average, while Dexter Davis of Friends (Kan.) leads the way with 10.0 sacks. Davis set a career-best and NAIA game-high with five sacks on Sept. 15 against NCAA Division II Southern Nazarene (Okla.).
• Adrian Hightower of Cumberlands (Ky.) leads the NAIA with six interceptions, including two multi-interception performances against Cumberland (Tenn.) on Sept. 8 and Pikeville (Ky.) on Sept. 22.
• Team Offensive Leaders
     o Scoring Offense per Game: Southern Oregon - 48.4 points per game
     o Total Offense per Game: Southern Oregon - 610.4 yards per game
     o Rushing Offense: Tabor (Kan.) - 1,976 yards (329.3 yards per game)
     o Passing Offense: Southern Oregon - 2,042 yards (408.4 yards per game)
     o Turnover Margin per game: Tabor (Kan.) - 3.2 turnover margin per game
     o First Downs per Game: Southern Oregon - 30.6 first downs per game
     o Third Down Conversion: Faulkner (Ala.) - 59.1 percent
     o Fourth Down Conversion: Cumberland (Tenn.)/Ottawa (Kan.) - 100 percent
• Team Defensive Leaders
     o Scoring Defense per Game: Morningside (Iowa) - 5.4 points per game
     o Total Defense per Game: Marian (Ind.) - 206.8 yards per game
     o Rushing Defense per Game: Morningside (Iowa) - 43.8 yards per game
     o Passing Defense per Game: Mayville State (N.D.) - 116.2 yards per game
     o Sacks: Northwestern (Iowa) - 24.0 total sacks
     o Opponent Third Down Conversion: Morningside (Iowa) - 20.7 percent
     o Opponent Fourth Down Conversion: William Penn (Iowa) - 11.1 percent
• For a complete look at the NAIA statistical leaders, click here.

List of NAIA Schools Participating in Football - Click HERE
NAIA Football Winningest Active Coaches - Click HERE
NAIA Football All-Time Winningest Coaches - Click HERE
NAIA Regular-Season Record Book - Click HERE

Looking Ahead to the National Championship
The 57th annual NAIA Football National Championship will take place at Barron Stadium in Rome, Ga., for the fifth-straight season. The 2012 championship will be contested on Dec. 13 at 6:30 p.m. EST. The NAIA Football Championship Series is scheduled for Nov. 17, 24 and Dec. 1 at campus sites.

NAIA Football National Championship Information - Click HERE

National Championship Superlatives
Most Postseason Appearances
School No. Record Last Time
1. Carroll (Mont.) 20 39-14 2011
T2. Georgetown (Ky.) 17 24-14 2011
T2. Westminster (Pa.)* 17 31-11 1997
4. Sioux Falls (S.D.)* 16 36-12 2010
T5. Dickinson State (N.D.) 15 6-15 2010
T5. Northwestern (Iowa) 15 20-13 2006
T5. Pacific Lutheran (Wash.)* 15 24-12 1996
T5. Lindfield (Ore.)* 15 16-12 1994
T9. Findlay (Ohio)* 13 21-9-1 1997
T9. Central Arkansas* 13 12-10-2 1992
 
Most Wins in Football Championship Series
School Record
1. Carroll (Mont.) 39-14
2. Sioux Falls (S.D.)* 36-12
3. Westminster (Pa.)* 31-11
T4. Pacific Lutheran (Wash)* 24-12
T4. Georgetown (Ky.) 24-14
6. Findlay (Ohio)* 21-9-1
T7. Northwestern (Iowa) 20-13
T7. Carson-Newman (Tenn.)* 20-6-1
9. Saint Francis (Ind.) 19-12
T10. Linfield (Ore.)* 16-12
T10. Texas A&I* 16-1
 
Programs with Most National Championship Titles
School Years No.
1. Texas A&I* 1959, 69-70, 74-76, 79 7
T2. Carroll (Mont.) 2002-05, 07, 10 6
T2. Westminster (Pa.)* 1970, 76-77, 88-89, 94 6
4. Carson-Newman (Tenn.)* 1983-84, 86, 88-89 5
T5. Findlay (Ohio)* 1979, 92, 95, 97 4
T5. Sioux Falls (S.D.)* 1996, 2006, 2008-09 4

For the complete NAIA Football National Championship Record Book – Click HERE