NAIA Game of the Week
No. 8 St. Ambrose (Iowa) (5-1, 3-0 MSFAW) at No. 3 Grand View (Iowa) (7-0, 3-0 MSFAW)
Saturday, Oct. 25 | 1 p.m. CDT | Williams Stadium | Des Moines, Iowa
Live Video (Grand View) | Live Statistics | Live Audio (St. Ambrose)
• Sole possession of first-place in the Mid-States Football Association Midwest League (MSFAW) is on the line Saturday when No. 3 Grand View (Iowa) hosts No. 8 St. Ambrose (Iowa). The two sides enter the contest tied atop the MSFAW at 3-0 – 1.5 games ahead of third-place No. 14 Saint Xavier (Ill.) and William Penn (Iowa).
• Grand View leads the all-time series with a 3-1 record, including a 29-26 double-overtime win last season. The average margin victory in the series is slightly greater than a field goal per game at 3.75 points per game.
• Saturday marks the fifth time Grand View has faced a ranked opponent this season, while St. Ambrose has played three previous ranked teams. The Bees have arguably the tougher schedule to close the year with games against No. 14 Saint Xavier (Ill.) (Nov. 2) and No. 24 St. Francis (Ill.) (Nov. 9) still on the docket. Grand View does not have another currently ranked team on its schedule after St. Ambrose.
• In 2012, the two sides battled to a 23-23 tie at the end of regulation. In the second overtime, an early holding penalty and a Grand View sack pushed St. Ambrose into a 4th-and-31 situation. The Bees failed to convert, opening the door for the Vikings. Grand View handed the ball to tailback Jared Scruggs on three-straight plays to set up Ben Hurley’s game-winning 34-yard field goal.
• Grand View and St. Ambrose have played three common opponents in No. 4 Saint Francis (Ind.), Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) and Trinity International (Ill.). Both teams defeated Olivet Nazarene and then-ranked Trinity International, while St. Ambrose dropped a 38-37 decision to Saint Francis one week prior to the Vikings knocking off the Cougars, 23-7.
• Grand View showcases one of the NAIA’s top defenses, ranking among the top five nationally in rushing defense per game (1st; 63.0), total defense per game (2nd; 261.3), sacks (2nd; 29), scoring defense per game (4th; 14.7) and opponent first downs (5th; 98).
• The Vikings have not allowed more than 21 points this season. Additionally, Grand View has held four of its seven opponents under 255 yards of total offense, including a season-best 143 total yards last week against Trinity International.
• Four Vikings have at least 35 tackles, led by senior linebacker Jason Gladfelder’s 39 (29 solo). The Ozark, Mo., native also paces the team with 13.5 tackles for loss, including 9.5 sacks, while ranking second in interceptions with two.
• Grand View showcases a balanced offensive attack led by sophomore quarterback Derek Fulton, who ranks sixth nationally with 2,113 yards of total offense this season. Fulton has completed 66.5 percent (143-for-215) of his throws for 1,723 yards and 18 touchdowns. On the ground, he owns a team-best 390 yards on 76 attempts and has scored twice.
• Junior wide receiver Brady Roland has been Fulton’s favorite target this season with 44 catches for 591 yards and seven touchdowns. Senior wide receiver Taylor Goebel is second with 31 receptions for 591 yards and six touchdowns.
• The Viking offense has eclipsed 530 yards of total offense in three-straight games, including two against ranked opponents – then-No. 3 Saint Xavier (Oct. 5) and then-No. 23 Trinity International (Oct. 19).
• In contrast to Grand View, the key strength for St. Ambrose has been its high-powered offense, which is top 10 in pass offense per game (4th; 339.4), scoring offense per game (4th; 45.5), total yards per game (5th; 513.2), total scoring offense (7th; 273), pass efficiency (8th; 152.3) and total pass offense (2,036).
• Reigning MSFAW Player of the Year Eric Williamson leads the offensive unit. The senior quarterback ranks fourth in the NAIA in passing yards per game (332.2) and total offense per game (355), while ranking fifth in total offense (2,130), sixth in total passing (1,993) and ninth in pass efficiency (154.4). Williamson set a season-high with 398 yards passing last Saturday against Olivet Nazarene. He completed 78.4 percent (40-of-51) of his throws against the Tigers, including three touchdowns. Williamson has tossed at least two touchdowns in 14 of his last 15 games, dating back to last year.
• Wide receivers Sam O’Donnell and Brad Connor are both averaging at least five catches and 70 yards receiving per game for the Bees this season. O’Donnell leads the team with 43 receptions for 439 yards (87.8 yards per game).
• Defensively, St. Ambrose is allowing opponents an average of 386.8 yards and 25 points per game.
• Senior linebacker Jeremy Wallace is the team leader with 52 tackles (33 solo) and 7.5 tackles for loss.
Note – Portions of this information was provided by the St. Ambrose and Grand View Sports Information Departments
This Week Around the Top 25
• This week (Oct. 21 – 27) features every Top 25 team in action in addition to the two programs featured in the NAIA Game of the Week. Those contests include:
o Briar Cliff (Iowa) at (1) Morningside (Iowa)
o (2) Cumberlands (Ky.) at (19) Reinhardt (Ga.)
o Robert Morris (Ill.) at (4) Saint Francis (Ind.)
o (5) Benedictine (Kan.) at Culver-Stockton (Mo.)
o (9) Baker (Kan.) at (6) Missouri Valley
o (7) Carroll (Mont.) at (RV) Montana State-Northern
o (10) Rocky Mountain (Mont.) at Dickinson State (N.D.)
o (11) Tabor (Kan.) at McPherson (Kan.)
o (12) Peru State (Neb.) at Central Methodist (Mo.)
o Southwestern (Kan.) at (13) Ottawa (Kan.)
o William Penn (Iowa) at (14) Saint Xavier (Ill.)
o Bethel (Tenn.) at (15) Faulkner (Ala.)
o Doane (Neb.) at (16) Concordia (Neb.)
o Pikeville (Ky.) at (17) Georgetown (Ky.)
o (18) Friends (Kan.) at Bethany (Kan.)
o (20) Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) at Belhaven (Miss.)
o (21) Sterling (Kan.) at Saint Mary (Kan.)
o Montana Western at (22) Southern Oregon
o (23) Northwestern (Iowa) at Dordt (Iowa)
o (24) St. Francis (Ill.) at Marian (Ind.)
o (25) Bacone (Okla.) at Texas College
• Ranked teams finished last week with a 15-9 record:
o (1) Morningside (Iowa) (6-0) (V) def. (RV) Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) (4-3) (H), 62-27
o (2) Cumberlands (Ky.) (6-0) (H) def. (11) Georgetown (Ky.) (3-3) (V), 38-35
o (3) Grand View (Iowa) (7-0) (H) def. (23) Trinity International (Ill.) (4-3) (V), 47-14
o (4) Saint Francis (Ind.) (5-1) (V) def. (20) St. Francis (Ill.) (4-3) (H), 37-28
o (5) Benedictine (Kan.) (7-0) (H) def. MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) (1-5) (V), 45-40
o (6) Missouri Valley (5-1) (H) def. Evangel (Mo.) (2-4) (V), 31-14
o (7) Carroll (Mont.) (6-1) (V) def. (RV) Montana Western (3-3) (H), 31-7
o (RV) Sterling (Kan.) (5-2) (H) def. (8) Ottawa (Kan.) (5-2) (V), 30-18
o (9) St. Ambrose (Iowa) (5-1) (H) def. Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) (1-6) (V), 38-13
o (10) Baker (Kan.) (6-1) (H) def. Central Methodist (Mo.) (4-3) (V), 46-12
o (12) Rocky Mountain (Mont.) (6-1) (H) def. Eastern Oregon (2-5) (V), 45-13
o (13) Tabor (Kan.) (6-1) (V) def. (15) Friends (Kan.) (5-2) (H), 20-19
o (RV) Northwestern (Iowa) (4-2) (H) def. (14) Concordia (Neb.) (6-1) (V), 30-28
o (16) Peru State (Neb.) (6-1) (H) def. Culver-Stockton (Mo.) (0-7), 31-28
o (17) Saint Xavier (Ill.) (4-3) (V) def. Waldorf (Iowa) (1-6) (H), 37-21
o (RV) Southern Oregon (4-3) (H) def. (18) Montana State-Northern (4-3) (V), 55-28
o (19) Faulkner (Ala.) (5-2) (V) def. (25) Cumberland (Tenn.) (4-3) (H), 44-7
o (21) Lindsey Wilson - bye
o Gustavus Adolphus College (V) def. (22) Valley City State (N.D.) (4-3) (H), 42-21
o (24) Reinhardt (Ga.) (5-2) (H) def. Belhaven (Miss.) (2-5) (V), 49-17
• In last week’s NAIA Football Game of the Week, No. 13 Tabor (Kan.) edged No. 15 Friends (Kan.), 20-19, in a key Kansas Collegiate Conference showdown. The Bluejays took the lead early in the fourth quarter when quarterback Ryan Nelson connected with wide receiver Cordell Simmons on a five-yard touchdown strike. Friends had an opportunity to regain the lead late in the contest, however the drive stalled when Frank Galvez intercepted Falcons’ quarterback Derek Racette – the game’s only interception. Tabor running back James Monroe, who became the Bluejays all-time leading rushing with the performance, raced for a career-high 194 yards and one touchdown on 34 carries. With the effort, Monroe eclipsed the 1,000 rushing yards mark for the second-straight season and owns 13 games of 100-or-more yards on the ground. For the complete recap, click here.
• NAIA Football Game of the Week Composite Results
o Week 1 (Aug. 31) – No. 16 William Penn (Iowa) def. No. 9 Bethel (Tenn.), 34-8
o Week 2 (Sept. 7) – No. 4 Saint Xavier (Ill.) def. No. 2 Marian (Ind.), 31-24 (OT)
o Week 3 (Sept. 14) – No. 20 Doane (Neb.) def. No. 13 Northwestern (Iowa), 34-27
o Week 4 (Sept. 21) – No. 4 Carroll (Mont.) def. No. 19 Rocky Mountain (Mont.), 24-17
o Week 5 (Sept. 28) – No. 10 Benedictine (Kan.) def. No. 24 Peru State (Neb.), 45-41
o Week 6 (Oct. 5) – No. 4 Grand View (Iowa) def. No. 3 Saint Xavier (Ill.), 48-21
o Week 7 (Oct. 12) – No. 15 Concordia (Neb.) def. No. 22 Nebraska Wesleyan, 19-3
o Week 8 (Oct. 19) – No. 13 Tabor (Kan.) def. No. 15 Friends (Kan.), 20-19
o Week 9 (Oct. 25) – No. 8 St. Ambrose (Iowa) at No. 3 Grand View (Iowa)
• Morningside (Iowa), who was a unanimous selection for the sixth-straight week, continues its reign at No. 1 after improving to 6-0 with a 62-27 win over Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) last Saturday. The Mustangs are looking to become the first team to last the entire season at No. 1 since former member and Great Plains Athletic Conference rival Sioux Falls (S.D.) accomplished the feat in 2009. Morningside returns to action Saturday against Briar Cliff (Iowa).
• In addition to Morningside, the top seven teams remained unchanged from the previous Coaches’ Poll – No. 2 Cumberlands (Ky.), No. 3 Grand View (Iowa), No. 4 Saint Francis (Ind.), No. 5 Benedictine (Kan.), No. 6 Missouri Valley and No. 7 Carroll (Mont.).
• Previous No. 11 Georgetown (Ky.) suffered the farthest drop within the poll, sliding six places to No. 17. The ranking is the lowest for the Tigers since being No. 18 on Nov. 8, 2010. Conversely, first-year program Reinhardt continues to move its way up the poll. The Eagles leapt a poll-high five places this week from No. 24 to No. 19.
• Four newcomers joined the Top 25 this week: No. 21 Sterling (Kan.), No. 22 Southern Oregon, No. 23 Northwestern (Iowa) and No. 25 Bacone (Okla.) Sterling, Southern Oregon and Northwestern all claimed upset victories against ranked teams last Saturday. For Sterling, whose last ranking came in Sept. of 2010, the ranking snaps a streak of 42-straight polls without a Top 25 mention.
• To view the most recent 2013 NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, click here.
• Central States Football League – Langston (Okla.) (2-4, 2-0 CSFL)
• Frontier Conference – No. 7 Carroll (Mont.) (6-1, 5-1 FC) and No. 22 Southern Oregon (5-2, 5-1 FC) …Carroll hosts Southern Oregon on Nov. 2.
• Great Plains Athletic Conference – No. 1 Morningside (Iowa) (6-0, 5-0 GPAC)
• Heart of America Athletic Conference – No. 5 Benedictine (Kan.) (7-0, 5-0 HAAC) and No. 6 Missouri Valley (5-1, 5-0 HAAC) … Missouri Valley hosts Benedictine on Nov. 9.
• Independent – Valley City State (N.D.) (4-3) … Vikings are the highest ranked team among the Independent teams.
• Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference – No. 11 Tabor (Kan.) (6-1, 4-1 KCAC), No. 13 Ottawa (Kan.) (5-2, 4-1 KCAC), No. 18 Friends (Kan.) (5-2, 4-1 KCAC) and No. 21 Sterling (Kan.) (5-2, 4-1 KCAC) … Friends hosts Ottawa on Nov. 9 … Ottawa hosts Tabor on Nov. 16 … Sterling owns victories against Ottawa and Tabor … Friends has defeated Sterling.
• Mid-South Conference East Division – No. 2 Cumberlands (Ky.) (6-0, 4-0 MSCE)
• Mid-South Conference West Division – No. 19 Reinhardt (Ga.) (5-2, 3-0 MSCW)
• Mid-States Football Association Mideast League – No. 4 Saint Francis (Ind.) (5-1, 2-0 MSFAE) and Marian (Ind.) (4-3, 2-0 MSFAE) … Saint Francis hosts Marian on Nov. 16.
• Mid-States Football Association Midwest League – No. 3 Grand View (Iowa) (7-0, 3-0 MSFAW) and No. 8 St. Ambrose (Iowa) (5-1, 3-0 MSFAW) … Grand View hosts St. Ambrose Saturday.
For the Record
• Rocky Mountain (Mont.) and Jamestown (N.D.) were the first college football teams to play a regular season game in 2013, as the two sides squared off August 23 at Connors Stadium in Miles City, Mont. Quarterback Bryce Baker tossed three touchdowns to rally the Battlin’ Bears to a 34-20 victory. Baker passed for 265 of Rocky Mountain’s 495 yards of total offense. He also rushed for one score.
• Three new programs made their NAIA debut in 2013 – Warner (Fla.), Oklahoma Baptist and Reinhardt (Ga.). Warner (0-8) is currently winless of the season. Oklahoma Baptist, who is playing in its first football season since 1940, picked up its first win on Oct. 12 against NCAA Division III Southwestern (Texas), 42-21. Reinhardt has won five-straight to improve to 5-2 on the year and currently rests atop the Mid-South Conference West Division with a 3-0 mark in the league.
• Future NAIA football programs are: College of Idaho (2014), Missouri Baptist (2014), Southeastern (Fla.) (2014), Arizona Christian (2014) and Lyon (Ark.) (2015). Since 2008, the NAIA has added 16 varsity programs (portions of this information from the National Football Foundation).
• Concordia (Mich.) earned its first-ever varsity program win when they knocked off NCAA Division III Alfred State (N.Y.), 35-21, on Sept. 14. The Cardinals began varsity football in 2011.
• Morningside (Iowa) head coach Steve Ryan notched his 100th career victory when his top-ranked Mustangs defeated Nebraska Wesleyan, 48-10, on Sept. 14. Ryan, who is in his 12th season, currently ranks 10th on the NAIA’s active coaching wins list with a 104-31 career record. Morningside returns to action Saturday when they host Briar Cliff (Iowa).
• Austin Dodge of Southern Oregon, Terach Antoine of Tabor (Kan.) and Nu’keese Richardson of Pikeville (Ky.) were named as this week’s NAIA National Football Players of the Week. To read the complete release, click here.
• Grand View (Iowa) and Pikeville earned week-one victories against NCAA Division I FCS opponents. Grand View, whose win is its first-ever against a NCAA Division I school, knocked off Drake (Iowa), 21-16. Viking quarterback Derek Fulton had a career day, completing 26-of-40 passes for 291 yards and one touchdown en route to the win. Propelled by 100-yard efforts by Seth Millar and Marquis Terrell, Pikeville took down Morehead State (Ky.), 13-10. Both sides finished with 300-plus yards of total offense, but three Morehead State turnovers played a key role in Pikeville’s season-opening victory.
• There are four remaining unbeaten teams – Grand View (7-0), Benedictine (Kan.) (7-0), Cumberlands (Ky.) (6-0) and Morningside (6-0).
• Six programs are currently winless.
• In possibly the NAIA’s most impressive offensive performance of the season, Faulkner (Ala.) set the national single-game high for the season with 712 yards of total offense in its 55-31 upset win against then-No. 5 Georgetown (Ky.) on Oct. 5. Eagles’ quarterback Josh Hollingsworth, who owns the NAIA single-game record with 637 passing yards against Union (Ky.) in 2011, threw for a season-high 503 yards in the contest. Thirty-five of Faulkner’s 55 points were scored in the third quarter as both sides combined for 63 points in the period. For the complete release, click here.
National Statistics (through games played on Oct. 19)
• 2013 Team Offensive Leaders
o Scoring Offense per Game: Morningside (Iowa) – 53.5 points per game
o Total Offense per Game: Faulkner (Ala.) – 600.9 yards per game
o Rushing Offense per Game: Cumberlands (Ky.) – 368.5 yards per game
o Passing Offense per Game: Southern Oregon – 428.3 yards per game
o Turnover Margin per Game: Sterling (Kan.) – 2.0 turnovers per game
o First Downs per Game: Morningside (Iowa) – 31.7 first downs per game
o Third Down Conversion: Morningside (Iowa) – 57.0 percent (45-for-79)
o Fourth Down Conversion: Taylor (Ind.) – 100 percent (3-for-3)
• 2013 Team Defensive Leaders
o Scoring Defense per Game: Concordia (Neb.)/Carroll (Mont.) – 11.9 points per game
o Total Defense per Game: Missouri Valley – 225.2 yards per game
o Rushing Defense per Game: Grand View (Iowa) – 63.0 yards per game
o Passing Defense per Game: Mayville State (N.D.) – 129.1 yards per game
o Sacks: Faulkner (Ala.) – 31.0 sacks
o Opponent Third Down Conversion: Missouri Valley – 21.5 percent (17-for-79)
o Opponent Fourth Down Conversion: Kentucky Christian – 16.7 percent (2-for-12)
• For a complete look at the 2013 NAIA statistical leaders, click here.
Looking Ahead to the National Championship
The 58th annual NAIA Football National Championship will take place at Barron Stadium in Rome, Ga., for the sixth-straight season. The 2013 championship will be contested Dec. 21 at 4:30 p.m. EDT. The NAIA Football Championship Series is scheduled for Nov. 23, 30 and Dec. 7 at campus sites.
NAIA Football National Championship Visitor Information – Click HERE