NAIA Game of the Week
No. 7 Montana Tech (8-1, 8-1 Frontier) at No. 12 Southern Oregon (7-2, 7-2 Frontier)
Saturday, Nov. 10 at 1:05 p.m. PST | Raider Stadium | Ashland, Ore.
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• Frontier Conference supremacy is on the line Saturday as No. 7 Montana Tech travels to No. 12 Southern Oregon. The Orediggers, who hold a one-game lead over Southern Oregon in the league standings, can win the outright title with a victory. However, a Montana Tech loss would result in a shared title between the two squads.
• Both squads are vying for a spot in the NAIA Football Championship Series. Montana Tech last made the playoffs in 2005, while Southern Oregon's previous appearance came in 2002.
• Southern Oregon has won eight-straight home games, the longest such streak since the 1961-63 teams won 10 in a row (information from Southern Oregon Sports Information Department). Montana Tech is 4-0 in road games this season.
• Montana Tech leads the all-time series 3-1, including a 48-45 double-overtime victory on Sept. 29. In that meeting, the two sides combined for 1,134 total yards, including a combined 704 yards passing. Southern Oregon quarterback Austin Dodge registered a game-high 390 total yards, including 384 yards through the air. Montana Tech's offense was led by quarterback Nick Baker and running back Pat Hansen. Baker completed 33-of-46 attempts for 320 yards and four touchdowns, while Hansen led the ground game with 173 yards and two scores on 24 carries.
• The Orediggers enter Saturday riding an eight-game win streak with their only loss before the stretch coming against Eastern Oregon, 26-23, in the season opener on Sept. 1. Since that loss, Montana Tech has outscored opponents 273-141 en route to its first winning season since 2009 (7-4).
• The consistent play of Baker has led the Orediggers to the NAIA's ninth best passing attack - averaging 274.9 passing yards per game. Individually, Baker is completing 69.1 percent (242-of-350) of his passes for 2,403 yards - ninth nationally - and 23 touchdowns. His 267.0 passing yards per game enters the weekend as the eighth-best average in the NAIA. Baker has eclipsed 250 yards passing in 5-of-9 games this season, including a season-best 394-yard effort in the Orediggers' loss against Eastern Oregon.
• Hansen leads the Montana Tech ground attack with 200 carries for 923 yards and 13 touchdowns. Hansen, who has ran for more than 100 yards five times this season, set a season-best with a 173-yard effort in the first matchup against Southern Oregon. Hansen needs 77 yards on Saturday to reach at least 1,000 yards rushing for the second-straight season.
• Five receivers have at least 20 catches this season, led by Zack Kinney's 53. Kinney also paces the team with 567 receiving yards, while Trent Thomas is a close second with 566 yards.
• Pressure on the quarterback has been a key to the Orediggers defense, which ranks second nationally in sacks per game (3.7) and fifth in total sacks (33.0). Five different Montana Tech defenders have at least 3.0 sacks on the year with defensive lineman Jacob Workman boasting a team-best nine sacks, which ranks sixth in the NAIA.
• Linebacker Mike Touzinsky leads the team with 75 tackles, including 13.5 tackles-for-loss.
• Southern Oregon brings arguably the NAIA's most prolific offense in the contest. The Raiders lead the NAIA in total pass offense (4,148), pass offense per game (460.9), first downs per game (30.9), total offensive yards per game (652.6), scoring offense (498) and scoring offense per game (55.3).
• Dodge's play at the quarterback position has keyed the Southern Oregon offense. Dodge, who currently leads the NAIA in passing (3,839) and total offense (3,933), has led the Raiders to 600-plus total yards in 6-of-9 games this season, including a program record 731 yards against Montana Western on Oct. 20. He boasts a 66.2 completion percentage (266-for-402), 31 touchdowns and only six interceptions this season.
• Wide receivers Patrick Donahue and Cole McKenzie have played an important role in Dodge's success this season. Donahue paces the squad with 78 catches, while McKenzie owns a team-best 1,215 yards and 14 receiving touchdowns. Donahue is second with 1,147 yards and six scores.
• Manny Barragan leads the ground game with 854 yards on 169 carries - 94.9 yards per game.
• Defensively, Kalii Robinson leads the team with 84 tackles and 7.0 tackles-for-loss.
• The 2012 NAIA Football Championship Series 16-team field and first round pairings will be announced on Sunday at 3 p.m. CST on www.NAIA.org. The certified conference champions rated in the top 20 (including ties) in the Final Coaches' Top 25 Poll, which will be announced on Sunday at 1 p.m., will automatically qualify for the Football Championship Series. The highest rated independent team - provided it is ranked in the top 20 - shall also automatically qualify. The remaining at-large berths will be awarded based on the final ranking.
Note: Portions of this information was provided by the Southern Oregon and Montana Tech Sports Information Departments
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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.
Conference Championship Watch
• Frontier Conference
Montana Tech enters the weekend with a one-game lead over Southern Oregon in the Frontier Conference standings. With a win, the Orediggers claim the outright Frontier Conference title, however a loss would result in a shared championship with Southern Oregon.
• Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC)
Morningside (Iowa) claimed its second-straight outright Great Plains Athletic Conference football title with a 50-0 win against Concordia (Neb.) on Nov. 3.
• Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC)
As the only unbeaten team in the Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC), Missouri Valley can raise its second-straight HAAC title with a win against Central Methodist (Mo.). A loss could potentially result in a shared championship with MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.), who rests one game behind the 8-0 Vikings with a 7-1 league record. The Pioneers host Evangel (Mo.) on Saturday.
• Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC)
Ottawa (Kan.) and Tabor (Kan.) are tied at the top of the standings with one loss each. The two sides have already played each other this season, which maintains the opportunity for a shared title in the KCAC.
• Mid-South Conference East
Georgetown (Ky.) guaranteed itself at least a share of the Mid-South Conference East championship with a 77-0 rout of Union (Ky.) on Nov. 3. A win on Saturday against UVa-Wise (Va.) would give the Tigers their third-straight outright league title. Cumberlands (Ky.), who wrapped up the regular season on Nov. 3 with a 26-15 win at Kentucky Christian, needs Georgetown to fall to claim a share of the banner.
• Mid-South Conference West
Similarly to the east, Bethel (Tenn.) assured itself at least a share of the conference championship with a 42-17 win at Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) on Nov. 3. Belhaven (Miss.) trails the Wildcats by one game in the league standings and looks to play spoiler when the two sides face off on Saturday in Jackson, Miss.
• Mid-States Football Association Mideast (MSFAE)
Saint Xavier's (Ill.) 23-6 win against Marian (Ind.) on Nov. 3 ensured a three-way tie for the Mid-States Football Association Mideast championship between the Cougars, Knights and Saint Francis (Ind.). All three teams finished the season with 4-1 conference records.
• Mid-States Football Association Midwest (MSFAW)
Grand View (Iowa) remains as the only unbeaten team in the Mid-States Football Association Midwest, thus resting in the driver's seat for an outright conference title. The Vikings play one-loss William Penn (Iowa) on Saturday. A victory by the Statesmen would cause a shared title between the two sides. However, do not count St. Ambrose (Iowa) out of the mix. The Fighting Bees can join the group with a win against St. Francis (Ill.) on Saturday and a William Penn victory.
This Week Around the Top 25
• This week (Nov. 5 - Nov. 11) features 21 Top 25 squads in action, in addition to the two teams featured in the NAIA Game of the Week. Those contests include:
(1) Georgetown (Ky.) (9-0) at UVa-Wise (Va.) (3-7)
Central Methodist (Mo.) (2-7) at (2) Missouri Valley (9-0)
(3) Morningside (Iowa) (9-0) at Briar Cliff (Iowa) (1-9)
(4) Saint Xavier (Ill.) (8-1) at (RV) Robert Morris (Ill.) (8-2)
(6) Saint Francis (Ind.) (7-2) at Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.) (4-5)
(9) Grand View (Iowa) (8-2) at (15) William Penn (Iowa) (8-2)
(24) St. Francis (Ill.) (6-4) at (10) St. Ambrose (Iowa) (8-1)
(19) Evangel (Mo.) (7-3) at (11) MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) (7-2)
Graceland (Iowa) (5-5) at (12) Baker (Kan.) (7-2)
Dordt (Iowa) (1-7) at (14) Northwestern (Iowa) (8-2)
(16) Ottawa (Kan.) (7-2) at Bethel (Kan.) (0-9)
Friends (Kan.) (6-4) at (17) Tabor (Kan.) (7-2)
(18) Bethel (Tenn.) (7-3) at Belhaven (Miss.) (6-4)
Concordia (Neb.) (5-4) at (20) Doane (Neb.) (6-3)
(21) Cumberland (Tenn.) (7-3) at Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) (3-7)
Dickinson State (N.D.) (2-8) at (22) Carroll (Mont.) (6-4)
(23) Bacone (Okla.) (6-2) at McMurry (Texas)
(25) Benedictine (Kan.) (6-4) at Culver-Stockton (Mo.) (1-9))
• Last week's (Oct. 29 - Nov. 4) Top 25 Results:
(5) Saint Xavier (Ill.) (8-1) (H) def. (1) Marian (Ind.) (8-1) (V), 23-6
(2) Georgetown (Ky.) (9-0) (H) def. Union (Ky.) (3-7) (V), 77-0
(3) Missouri Valley (9-0) (V) def. (15) Evangel (Mo.) (7-3) (H), 35-21
(4) Morningside (Iowa) (9-0) (H) def. Concordia (Neb.) (5-4) (V), 50-0
(6) Saint Francis (Ind.) (7-2) (H) def. Taylor (Ind.) (3-4) (V), 21-0
(7) Montana Tech (8-1) (H) def. Montana Western (2-7) (V), 43-7
(8) Cumberlands (Ky.) (9-1) (V) def. Kentucky Christian (6-4) (H), 26-15
(9) Grand View (Iowa) (8-2) (H) def. Iowa Wesleyan (V), 51-7
(11) St. Ambrose (Iowa) (8-1) (V) def.(10) William Penn (Iowa) (8-2) (H), 20-17
(12) MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) (7-2) (V) def. Peru State (Neb.) (4-6) (H), 38-28
(13) Baker (Kan.) (7-2) (V) def. (18) Benedictine (Kan.) (6-4) (H), 38-28
(14) Southern Oregon (7-2) (V) def. Eastern Oregon (4-5) (H), 63-35
Rocky Mountain (Mont.) (5-5) (H) def. (16) Carroll (Mont.) (6-4) (V), 31-28
(17) Northwestern (Iowa) (8-2) (V) def. (25) Hastings (Neb.) (6-3) (H), 45-6
(19) Ottawa (Kan.) (7-2) (H) def. Friends (Kan.) (6-4) (V), 35-3
(20) Tabor (Kan.) (7-2) (V) def. Southwestern (Kan.) (4-6) (H), 51-27
(21) Bethel (Tenn.) (7-3) (V) def. Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) (3-7) (H), 42-17
Valley City State (N.D.) (7-3) (H) def. (22) Robert Morris (Ill.) (8-2) (V), 21-20
McPherson (Kan.) (4-4) (V) def. (23) Kansas Wesleyan (6-4) (H), 28-24
(24) Doane (Neb.) (6-3) (V) def. Dordt (Iowa) (1-7) (H), 55-6
• Then-No. 5 Saint Xavier (Ill.) used a strong defensive effort to earn a 23-6 victory over then-No. 1 Marian (Ind.) in last weekend's NAIA Football Game of the Week. The Cougar defense held the Knights off the scoreboard for the first three quarters of play, forced seven punts and two turnovers. Offensively, quarterback Jimmy Coy finished with 17 completions on 35 attempts for 314 yards and three touchdowns. Running back Nick Pesek led the ground attack for Saint Xavier with 108 yards on 20 carries, including a game-best 42-yard scamper. Wide receiver Shane Zackery rounded out the Cougar three-headed monster on offense with four catches for 101 yards and a touchdown. It's the fourth time Zackery has eclipsed the 100-yard mark this season.
• Four upsets occurred last week: then-No. 5 Saint Xavier def. then-No. 1 Marian, 23-6; Rocky Mountain (Mont.) def. then-No. 16 Carroll (Mont.), 31-28; Valley City State (N.D.) def. then-No. 22 Robert Morris (Ill.), 21-20; McPherson (Kan.) def. then-No. 23 Kansas Wesleyan, 28-24.
• For the 24th time since 1999, Georgetown (Ky.) boasts the No. 1 ranking in the NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 Poll. Additionally, the Nos. 2 - 4 all improved one position after previous No. 1 Marian's loss dropped the Knights to No. 5. No. 21 Cumberland (Tenn.), No. 23 Bacone (Okla.) and No. 24 St. Francis (Ill.) joined the Top 25 this week. It's the first-ever Top 25 mention for Bacone, dating back to 1999, while Cumberland and St. Francis were ranked earlier this season.
• 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 Consecutive Poll Leaders (Poll No. 9)|
|1. Saint Francis (Ind.)||165|
|2. Carroll (Mont.)||150|
|3. MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)||77|
|4. Morningside (Iowa)||71|
|5. Saint Xavier (Ill.)||60|
|6. Missouri Valley||38|
|T7. Marian (Ind.)||35|
|T7. William Penn (Iowa)||35|
|9. Georgetown (Ky.)||29|
|10. Benedictine (Kan.)||24|
|No. 1 Poll Leaders (Since 2000)|
|1. Carroll (Mont.)||56|
|2. Sioux Falls (S.D.)||55|
|3. Georgetown (Ky.)||24|
|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)
• Georgetown (Ky.), Missouri Valley and Morningside (Iowa) are tied for the NAIA's longest winning streak at nine games. All three teams are 9-0 on the season and will be in action on Saturday. They are also the nation's last unbeaten teams.
• Four programs are searching for their first win of the season.
• Saint Francis (Ind.) head coach Kevin Donley extended his lead to four games over Dickinson State (N.D.) head coach Hank Biesiot on the all time wins list when the Cougars shutout Taylor (Ind.), 21-0, on Nov. 3. Donley currently owns a 261-118-1 career record, while Biesiot is 257-109-1. Both coaches are in action on Saturday.
• 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 235-130 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 154-35 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 (4-5) won its season opener, 43-37, against Avila (Mo.) on Sept. 1, while Wayland Baptist (2-7) claimed its first victory, 27-23, against NCAA Division III Howard Payne (Texas) on Sept. 15. Point (1-8) earned its first win on Oct. 27 in a 48-14 thrashing of The Apprentice School. Bluefield (0-10) remains 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.
• Southern Oregon's high powered offense, led by quarterback Austin Dodge, is on record watch as the Raiders enter Saturday with an opportunity to set five NAIA regular season records. Below is a list of the potential records and Southern Oregon's current average (old records in parenthesis).
o Yards per game: 652.6 yards per game (583.9 ypg, Georgetown (Ky.), 1999)
o Passing yards per game: 460.9 passing yards per game (429.5 ypg, Ohio Dominican, 2007)
o Points per game: 55.3 points per game (54.7 ppg, Florida A&M, 1961)
o Individual yards per game: Dodge, 437.0 yards per game (423 ypg, Josh Hollingsworth, Faulkner (Ala.), 2011)
o Individual passing yards per game: Dodge, 426.6 passing yards per game (418.0 ypg, Cris Reisert, Ohio Dominican, 2007).
National Statistics (Through Nov. 7)
• Southern Oregon quarterback Austin Dodge leads the NAIA in total offense through week eight with 3,933 yards (437.0 per game) - 958 yards more than second place Mike Keese of Saint Mary (Kan.). Dodge also boasts an NAIA-best 3,839 passing yards (426.6 per game).
• 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.
• Dodge set the NAIA individual game-high in passing yards with 550 in the Raiders' 63-35 in against Eastern Oregon on Nov. 3.
• Terrance Cobb of Cumberlands (Ky.) leads the NAIA with 1,640 rushing yards in 10 games - 164.0 rushing yards per game. Cobb ran for a NAIA individual game-high 327 yards in the Patriots, 62-19, victory against Campbellsville (Ky.) on Oct. 27. The performance earned Cobb NAIA National Football Offensive Player of the Week honors.
• Colin Amsler of Southern Oregon is currently the NAIA's highest scoring kicker with 92 points. He enters the week 12-for-17 in field goals and 56-for-60 in PATs.
• Evangel's (Mo.) Jesse Vaughn leads all NAIA receivers with 1,248 yards on 55 receptions, while Daniel Beals of Trinity International (Ill.) is first with 82 catches.
• Eastern Oregon linebacker Howard McDonald owns an NAIA-best 16.6 tackles per game average, while Dexter Davis of Friends (Kan.) leads the way with 14.0 sacks each. 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.) and Ottawa's Donald Anderson and Logan Schultz are tied for the NAIA lead with nine interceptions. On Nov. 3, Anderson set the NAIA individual game-high with four picks against Friends (Kan.).
• Team Offensive Leaders
o Scoring Offense per Game: Southern Oregon - 55.3 points per game
o Total Offense per Game: Southern Oregon - 652.6 yards per game
o Rushing Offense: Cumberlands (Ky.) - 3,362 yards (336.2 yards per game)
o Passing Offense: Southern Oregon - 4,148 yards (460.9 yards per game)
o Turnover Margin per game: Tabor (Kan.) - 2.9 turnover margin per game
o First Downs per Game: Southern Oregon - 30.9 first downs per game
o Third Down Conversion: Saint Francis (Ind.) - 52.5 percent
o Fourth Down Conversion: Ottawa (Kan.) - 83.3 percent
• Team Defensive Leaders
o Scoring Defense per Game: Morningside (Iowa) - 6.3 points per game
o Total Defense per Game: Bacone (Okla.) - 225.3 yards per game
o Rushing Defense per Game: Morningside (Iowa) - 50.2 yards per game
o Passing Defense per Game: St. Francis (Ill.) - 124.8 yards per game
o Sacks: Northwestern (Iowa) - 42.0 total sacks
o Opponent Third Down Conversion: Morningside (Iowa) - 19.4 percent
o Opponent Fourth Down Conversion: Bacone (Okla.) - 14.3 percent
• For a complete look at the NAIA statistical leaders, click here.
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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 HERENational Championship Superlatives
|Most Postseason Appearances|
|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|
|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|
|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