Joplin, Mo. -- The Missouri Southern football team looks to go to 4-0 on the season as the Lions travel to Bolivar this Saturday night to take on Southwest Baptist in an MIAA matchup.
Game 4: Missouri Southern State University Lions (RV) (3-0, 3-0 MIAA)
@ Southwest Baptist University Bearcats (0-3, 0-2 MIAA)
Date: Saturday, September 28, 2013 Kickoff: 6 pm
Location: Bolivar, Mo. • Plaster Stadium (3,000)
Media: Radio (97.9 FM Big Dog - Mike McClure (Play-by-Play), Tom Cox (Color)
Streamed live on www.mssulions.com or via the Big Dog App for iPhone and Android
Live Video via America One Sports
The Series: Southern holds a 17-4 overall series record against the Bearcats. The two teams first played in 1989 with the Lions taking the opening matchup 28-14 in Joplin. Southern won ten in a row from 1991 through 2000 and have lost only twice at home. Southern owns a 11-2 mark at home against SBU, while the Lions are 6-2 against the Bearcats in Bolivar. Southern has out scored the Bearcats 713-372 in the series and has won its games by an average margin of 19 points. 2012's 68-28 win was the most lopsided in series history.
A Victory vs. SBU Would: give the Lions seven wins in the last nine seasons against SBU. It would be the first time the Lions have gone 4-0 to start a season since 2002. It would also give the Lions an 18-4 overall mark against the Bearcats.
3-0 Start: With the 59-10 win against Lincoln, this is the second season in a row the Lions have started 3-0. It is the first time a Southern team has gone 3-0 to start the season in back-to-back years since the Lions did it in each of the 1975, 76 and 77 seasons.
Most Since: The 59 points against Lincoln was the most the Lions have scored in a game since they defeated Southwest Baptist 68-28 in 2011. The 52 points they scored against Central Oklahoma was the most points the Lions have scored in a season opener since beating Greenville 63-0 on Sept. 7, 2002.
Winning Seasons: The Lions are attempting to post back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since the 1995, 1996 and 1997 seasons.
Rushing Prowess: The Lions are averaging 363.7 yards per game on the ground this season and are on pace to shatter the single-season rushing record they set last season of 3,043. The Lions are currently on pace to rush for 4,000 yards this season.
Records Go Down: Southern broke two school records in its game against Lincoln. The Lions broke a 43-year old single-game rushing record with 607 yards breaking the previous mark of 503 set in 1970, while they also set the total offense in a game mark with 658 yards.
National Leaders: After three games, Southern leads Division II in both rushing offense (363.7), and passing efficiency (240.78). The Lions also rank fifth in sacks allowed (fewest), and 15th in red zone offense, while ranking 25th in punt returns, 26th in turnover margin, 30th in punting, and 37th in total offense.
MIAA Leaders: The Lions lead the MIAA in rushing offense, passing efficiency, and sacks allowed (fewest), while ranking second in both punt returns and red zone offense. Southern ranks third in kickoff returns and fourth in punting, punt returns, scoring defense and offense, as well as quarterback sacks.
National Poll: The Lions are receiving votes again in the American Football Coaches Association national poll this week. Since its inception in 2000, the Lions have never been ranked in the AFCA poll. The Lions were last ranked on November 2, 1996 when the Lions were 19th in the D-II poll.