NAIA Game of the Week
No. 12 Missouri Valley (5-2, 5-1 HAAC) at No. 9 Peru State (Neb.) (7-1, 5-1 HAAC)
Saturday, Nov. 2 | 2 p.m. CDT | Nebraska City High School Stadium | Nebraska City, Neb.
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• No. 12 Missouri Valley travels to No. 9 Peru State (Neb.) in a key Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) showdown Saturday in the NAIA Football Game of the Week. The Vikings and Bobcats enter the contest tied with No. 6 Baker (Kan.) for second-place in the HAAC, as all three squads boast 5-1 conference records. No. 4 Benedictine (Kan.) leads the league with a 6-0 mark.
• Due to ongoing renovation at the Bobcats’ historic Oak Bowl, the contest will be played at Nebraska City High School Stadium in Nebraska City, Neb.
• Missouri Valley leads the all-time series with a 5-4 record, including two-straight wins. Last season, then-No. 3 Missouri Valley trounced an unranked Peru State team, 67-12 – the largest margin of victory in the series.
• Saturday marks the fourth time Missouri Valley has faced a ranked opponent this season, while Peru State has played one ranked team – then-No. 10 Benedictine. The Vikings are 1-2 against ranked opponents with their only win coming against then-No. 15 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.), 33-9, on Sept. 21.
• Peru State is riding a four-game winning streak since falling to Benedictine, 45-41, on Sept. 28 in the NAIA Football Game of the Week. This past weekend, the Bobcats dismantled Central Methodist (Mo.), 51-24. Peru State, who held as much as a 38-3 lead in the game, eclipsed 400 yards of total offense for the third-straight week with 468 total yards, including 339 on the ground. Fullback Ethan Bray led the team with 21 carries for 125 yards and two touchdowns, while running back Marcus Spearman raced for 121 yards and a touchdown on only six attempts. Defensively, Peru State forced three Central Methodist turnovers and surrendered 346 total yards.
• The Bobcats are 1-of-2 current top 10 teams to open the season unranked. The No. 9 spot is the highest ranking for Peru State since Oct. 24, 2000, when the Bobcats were No. 7.
• Peru State features one of the NAIA’s most formidable rushing attacks, ranking second in the NAIA in rushing offense (2,453 yards) and third in rushing offense per game (306.6 yards per game). The Bobcats have surpassed the 300-yard rushing mark in 5-of-8 games this season, including a season-high 438 yards against MidAmerica Nazarene on Oct. 12.
• Bray leads the team with 938 rushing yards – 62 yards shy of his first-career 1,000-yard season – on 171 carries, followed by quarterback Tyler Audsley’s 741 yards on 146 attempts. Audsley leads the squad in rushing touchdowns with 16, while Bray owns 10. Audsley, who has not thrown more than 15 passes in a single game this season, is completing 62.4 percent (68-of-109) of his throws for 859 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Bobcats’ aerial game.
• Defensively, Peru State has been just as effective against the run-game. The Bobcats allow an average of 85.8 rushing yards per game – third-best in the NAIA – and have only allowed two opponents to go over 100 yards rushing. Linebacker Jake Kelley leads the team with 50 tackles (21 solo), while defensive lineman Jon Draeger boasts a team-best 10 tackles for loss, including three sacks.
• The Vikings enter Saturday looking to rebound from a 13-10 overtime loss against Baker last Saturday. Baker kicker Clarence Clark, who received NAIA National Special Teams Player of the Week honors for his effort, connected on a 52-yard field goal in overtime to give the Wildcats the win. He also converted a 59-yard attempt early in the fourth quarter to knot the score at 10-10. Despite the loss, the Viking defense was dominant, holding Baker to only 162 yards of total offense.
• Missouri Valley, a semifinalist in the 2012 NAIA Football Championship Series, traditionally owns one of the NAIA’s most dominant defenses. The Vikings enter the weekend leading the NAIA in total defense per game (216.1), rushing defense per game (63.9) and opponent first downs (89), while also ranking among the top 10 in scoring defense (3rd; 12.3), opponent third down conversion (3rd; 21.9 percent) and pass defense per game (8th; 152.3). Missouri Valley has held three-straight opponents under 200 yards of total offense and has only allowed a team to reach 20 points once.
• Defensive lineman Ty Phillips has been a key to the Viking defense for the second-straight season, ranking second on the squad with 34 tackles (25 solo) and leading the team in 15.5 tackles for loss – seventh in the NAIA – including 3.5 sacks. For his career, Phillips owns 45.5 tackles for loss and 22.5 sacks in 19 career games.
• Third-year quarterback Bruce Reyes leads a Missouri Valley offense that ranks 10th nationally in pass offense per game (284.9) with 1,895 yards and 12 touchdowns through the air this season. Reyes, whose total offense per game average (280.4) ranks ninth in the NAIA, is completing greater than 60 percent of his passes for the first time in three seasons with the Vikings. Reyes’ highlight performance of the season came against Graceland (Iowa) on Oct. 12 when he registered a career-high 446 yards and five touchdowns.
• Seven different receivers own at least 12 catches this season for Missouri Valley, including a team-high 33 receptions by Darrian Turk. Turk also leads the receiving corps in yards with 368.
Note – Portions of this information was provided by the Missouri Valley and Peru State Sports Information Departments
This Week Around the Top 25
• This week (Oct. 28 – Nov. 2) features 24 Top 25 team in action in addition to the two programs featured in the NAIA Game of the Week. Those contests include:
o (1) Morningside (Iowa) (7-0) at (25) Concordia (Neb.) (6-2)
o (2) Cumberlands (Ky.) (7-0) at Campbellsville (Ky.) (4-3)
o (3) Grand View (Iowa) (8-0) at Waldorf (Iowa) (1-7)
o Central Methodist (Mo.) (4-4) at (4) Benedictine (Kan.) (8-0)
o (20) Southern Oregon (6-2) at (5) Carroll (Mont.) (7-1)
o Evangel (Mo.) (3-4) at (6) Baker (Kan.) (7-1)
o Bethany (Kan.) (1-7) at (7) Tabor (Kan.) (7-1)
o Montana Western (3-4) at (8) Rocky Mountain (Mont.) (6-2)
o (12) Missouri Valley (5-2) at (9) Peru State (Neb.) (7-1)
o Concordia (Mich.) (1-6) at (10) Saint Francis (Ind.) (5-2)
o Kansas Wesleyan (3-5) at (11) Ottawa (Kan.) (6-2)
o (14) Saint Xavier (Ill.) (5-3) at (13) St. Ambrose (Iowa) (5-2)
o (15) Faulkner (Ala.) (6-2) at Belhaven (Miss.) (2-6)
o Bluefield (Va.) (0-8) at (16) Georgetown (Ky.) (4-3)
o (17) Friends (Kan.) (6-2) at Bethel (Kan.) (1-7)
o (18) Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) (6-2) at Union (Ky.) (3-5)
o (19) Sterling (Kan.) (6-2) at McPherson (Kan.) (3-5)
o Hastings (Neb.) (1-6) at (21) Northwestern (Iowa) (5-2)
o (22) Reinhardt (Ga.) – Bye Week
o (23) St. Francis (Ill.) (5-3) at Siena Heights (Mich.) (4-4)
o Oklahoma Baptist (3-5) at (24) Bacone (Okla.) (6-2)
• Ranked teams finished last week with a 19-5 record:
o (1) Morningside (Iowa) (7-0) (H) def. Briar Cliff (Iowa) (3-5) (V), 67-0
o (2) Cumberlands (Ky.) (7-0) (V) def (19) Reinhardt (Ga.) (5-3) (H), 28-24
o (3) Grand View (Iowa) (8-0) (H) def. (8) St. Ambrose (Iowa) (5-2) (V), 35-21
o Robert Morris (Ill.) (6-3) (V) def. (4) Saint Francis (Ind.) (5-2) (H), 28-24
o (5) Benedictine (Kan.) (8-0) (V) def. Culver-Stockton (Mo.) (0-8) (H), 38-13
o (9) Baker (Kan.) (7-1) (V) def. (6) Missouri Valley (5-2) (H), 13-10
o (7) Carroll (Mont.) (7-1) (V) def. (RV) Montana State-Northern (4-4) (H), 42-14
o (10) Rocky Mountain (Mont.) (6-2) (V) def. Dickinson State (N.D.) (1-8) (H), 45-13
o (11) Tabor (Kan.) (7-1) (V) def. McPherson (Kan.) (3-5) (H), 19-7
o (12) Peru State (Neb.) (7-1) (V) def. Central Methodist (Mo.) (4-4) (H), 51-24
o (13) Ottawa (Kan.) (6-2) (H) def. Southwestern (Kan.) (4-4) (V), 82-21
o (14) Saint Xavier (Ill.) (5-3) (H) def. William Penn (Iowa) (3-5) (V), 12-6
o (15) Faulkner (Ala.) (6-2) (H) def. Bethel (Tenn.) (2-7) (V), 58-7
o Doane (Neb.) (4-3) (V) def. (16) Concordia (Neb.) (6-2) (H), 28-7
o (17) Georgetown (Ky.) (4-3) (H) def. Pikeville (Ky.) (4-4) (V), 48-13
o (18) Friends (Kan.) (6-2) (V) def. Bethany (Kan.) (1-7) (H), 46-20
o (20) Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) (6-2) (V) def. Belhaven (Miss.) (2-6) (H), 49-15
o (21) Sterling (Kan.) (6-2) (V) def. Saint Mary (Kan.) (4-4) (H), 40-13
o (22) Southern Oregon (5-3) (H) def. Montana Western (3-4) (V), 51-16
o (23) Northwestern (Iowa) (5-2) (V) def. Dordt (Iowa) (2-6) (H), 48-10
o (24) St. Francis (Ill.) (5-3) (V) def. Marian (Ind.) (4-4) (H). 20-6
o (25) Bacone (Okla.) (6-2) (V) def. Texas College (1-6) (H), 49-13
• In last week’s NAIA Football Game of the Week, No. 3 Grand View (Iowa) defeated its fifth ranked opponent of the season, knocking off No. 8 St. Ambrose (Iowa), 35-21. In addition, the Vikings claimed sole possession of first place in the Mid-States Football Association Midwest League. Quarterback Derek Fulton once again shined for the Grand View offense, completing 14-of-22 passes for 195 yards and two touchdowns. He also finished second on the team in rushing with 45 yards on 19 attempts. St. Ambrose quarterback Eric Williamson, the conference’s reigning Player of the Year, posted a likewise performance, recording a game-high 229 yards passing and a touchdown. Williamson, not normally known for his rushing ability, ran for a season-high 61 yards on 14 attempts. 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. 3 Grand View (Iowa) def. No. 8 St. Ambrose (Iowa), 35-21
o Week 10 (Nov. 2) – No. 12 Missouri Valley at No. 9 Peru State (Neb.)
• In arguably the largest upset of the season, unranked Robert Morris (Ill.) defeated No. 4 Saint Francis (Ind.), 28-24 last Saturday. The Cougars, who had beaten five ranked teams en route to a 5-1 record entering the game, held a 24-14 lead entering the fourth quarter. However, Robert Morris would score 14 unanswered points in the period, capped by a 6-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Matt Westerkamp to wide receiver Tyler Warden with 33 seconds remaining. Westerkamp ended the afternoon with 177 yards and three touchdowns on 21-of-29 passing. The Eagles’ balanced offensive attack enhanced by running back Lamont Wims, who ran for 107 yards and a touchdown on 31 carries. Defensively, Robert Morris forced a season-high four Saint Francis turnovers.
• Morningside (Iowa), who was a unanimous selection for the seventh-straight week, continues its reign at No. 1 after improving to 7-0 with a 67-0 win over Briar Cliff (Iowa) 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 No. 25 Concordia (Neb.) – its first ranked opponent of the season.
• No. 2 Cumberlands (Ky.) and No. 3 Grand View held its positions for the fourth-straight week, while Benedictine (Kan.) jumped one place to No. 4 and Carroll (Mont.) moved up to spots to No. 5.
• Four teams posted negative movements within the poll of five places-or-more, led by Concordia’s nine-spot fall from No. 16 to No. 25. The Bulldogs, who opened the year 6-0, have dropped two-straight, including a 28-7 loss against Doane (Neb.) last weekend. Other notable slips include No. 10 Saint Francis and No. 12 Missouri Valley dropping six places and No. 13 St. Ambrose sliding down five spots.
• No. 7 Tabor (Kan.) highlighted the positive movement this week, jumping four places from the last edition. The Bluejays are 7-1 and host unranked Bethany (Kan.) on Saturday.
• No newcomers joined the Top 25 for the first time this season.
• To view the most recent 2013 NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, click here.
• Central States Football League – Langston (Okla.) (3-4, 3-0 CSFL) … No. 24 Bacone (Okla.) currently rests in second-place with a 2-0 record in the league … Bacone hosts Langston on Nov. 9.
• Frontier Conference – No. 5 Carroll (Mont.) (7-1, 6-1 FC) and No. 20 Southern Oregon (6-2, 6-1 FC) …Carroll hosts Southern Oregon Saturday.
• Great Plains Athletic Conference – No. 1 Morningside (Iowa) (7-0, 6-0 GPAC) … the Mustangs hold a two-game lead over five teams.
• Heart of America Athletic Conference – No. 5 Benedictine (Kan.) (8-0, 6-0 HAAC) … the Ravens are one game in front of No. 6 Baker (Kan.) (7-1, 5-1 HAAC), No. 9 Peru State (Neb.) (7-1, 5-1 HAAC) and No. 12 Missouri Valley (5-2, 5-1 HAAC) … Peru State and Missouri Valley play Saturday … Benedictine has beaten all three second place teams.
• Independent – No teams ranked in the latest Top 25 Poll.
• Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference – No. 7 Tabor (Kan.) (7-1, 5-1 KCAC), No. 11 Ottawa (Kan.) (6-2, 5-1 KCAC), No. 17 Friends (Kan.) (6-2, 5-1 KCAC) and No. 19 Sterling (Kan.) (6-2, 5-1 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.) (7-0, 4-0 MSCE)
• Mid-South Conference West Division – No. 22 Reinhardt (Ga.) (5-3, 3-0 MSCW) … Campbellsville (Ky.) (4-3, 3-0 MSCW) currently in second place
• Mid-States Football Association Mideast League – No. 23 St. Francis (Ill.) (5-3, 3-1 MSFAE) holds 0.5 game lead on No. 10 Saint Francis (Ind.) (5-2, 2-1 MSFAE), Taylor (Ind.) (4-3, 2-1 MSFAE) and Marian (Ind.) (4-4, 2-1 MSFAE) …Saint Francis plays Taylor on Nov. 9 and Marian on Nov. 16 … St. Francis hosts Taylor on Nov. 16.
• Mid-States Football Association Midwest League – No. 3 Grand View (Iowa) (8-0, 4-0 MSFAW) … No. 13 St. Ambrose (Iowa) (5-2, 3-1 MSFAW) and No. 14 Saint Xavier (Ill.) (5-3, 2-1 MSFAW) are tied for second … St. Ambrose and Saint Xavier play on 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 (0-9) 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-of-six to improve to 5-3 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 105-31 career record. Morningside returns to action Saturday when they host No. 25 Concordia (Neb.) Saturday.
• Matt Westerkamp of Robert Morris (Ill.), Zach Dolph of Saint Xavier (Ill.) and Clarence Clark of Baker (Kan.) 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 (8-0), Benedictine (Kan.) (8-0), Cumberlands (Ky.) (7-0) and Morningside (7-0).
• Four 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. 26)
• 2013 Team Offensive Leaders
o Scoring Offense per Game: Morningside (Iowa) – 55.4 points per game
o Total Offense per Game: Faulkner (Ala.) – 604.6 yards per game
o Rushing Offense per Game: Cumberlands (Ky.) – 342.3 yards per game
o Passing Offense per Game: Southern Oregon – 432.4 yards per game
o Turnover Margin per Game: Sterling (Kan.) – 2.4 turnovers per game
o First Downs per Game: Morningside (Iowa) – 32.3 first downs per game
o Third Down Conversion: Morningside (Iowa) – 56.7 percent (51-for-90)
o Fourth Down Conversion: Taylor (Ind.) – 100 percent (4-for-4)
• 2013 Team Defensive Leaders
o Scoring Defense per Game: Carroll (Mont.) – 12.1 points per game
o Total Defense per Game: Missouri Valley – 216.1 yards per game
o Rushing Defense per Game: Missouri Valley – 63.9 yards per game
o Passing Defense per Game: Concordia (Neb.) – 120.8 yards per game
o Sacks: Faulkner (Ala.)/Grand View (Iowa) – 33.0 sacks
o Opponent Third Down Conversion: Faulkner (Ala.) – 21.2 percent (28-for-132)
o Opponent Fourth Down Conversion: Kentucky Christian – 15.4 percent (2-for-13)
• 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