Joplin, Mo. -- The Missouri Southern football team will head out of the MIAA this week when the Lions travel to Rapid City, South Dakota to take on South Dakota School of Mines this Saturday.
Game 5: Missouri Southern State University Lions (4-1, 4-1 MIAA)
vs. South Dakota School of Mines Hardrockers (4-1)
Date: Saturday, October 12, 2013 Kickoff: 2 pm CT/1 pm MT
Location: Rapid City, SD. • O'hara Stadium (4,000)
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: This is just the second meeting of the two schools. Missouri Southern won last year 47-20 at home for homecoming where the Lions.
A victory vs. SD Mines would: be the second in a row against the Hardrockers. It would be the first timce since 1996 the team had started the season 5-1. The Lions would also be 11-1 in their last 12 non-conference games.
National Leaders: After five games, the Lions rank third in rushing offense and fourth in fewest sacks allowed. They also rank 19th in passing efficiency, 24th in punting and 27th in pass sacks. They rank 28th in total offense, averaging 473.8 yards per game.
MIAA Leaders: The Lions lead the MIAA in fewest sacks allowed, defensive sacks and rushing offense, while ranking third in both punting and rushing defense, and fourth in defense and passing efficiency.
Player of the Week: Lions quarterback Jay McDowell was named the MIAA Offensive Player of the Week this past week. McDowell rushed for 225 yards on the night, becoming the first Southern quarterback to rush for over 200 yards since Josh Chapman had 246 against Missouri-Rolla in 2002. He was 5-10 through the air for 69 yards.
Sack Nation: The Lions are leading the MIAA in sacks this year and had five in the game against Southwest Baptist, including three on three concecutive plays. Southern has 14 sacks through five games and is on pace for 31 sacks in the season. The school record for sacks in a season is 30, set in both 1991 and 2005.
The Coaches: Daryl Daye is in his second season as the head coach at Missouri Southern. Last year, he led the Lions to a 6-5 record, the first winning season since 2007. After installing a triple-option offensive attack, the Lions set school records for rushing yards and rushing attempts, while tying a school record for rushing touchdowns. Daye came back to Southern after serving two seasons with the NFL's Buffalo Bills as Assistant to the Head Coach. He assisted Defensive Coordinator Dave Wannstedt in coaching the inside linebackers and also helped to coach the special teams units. Prior to his stint with the Bills, Daye served for four years with the Lions as the team's defensive coordinator.
In 2008, the Lions led the MIAA in pass defense. Southern held its opponents to 172 passing yards per game and recorded 58 tackles for a loss, 15 sacks and recovered all 15 fumbles the team forced.The 2007 MSSU defense helped the Lions to their first winning season in 12 years. The defense led the MIAA in total defense for the 1st time in school history and also led the MIAA pass defense, opponents' first downs, passing efficiency and were ranked second in Opponents third and fourth down conversions. The Lions' defense was ranked 21st nationally in total defense and also broke a 17 year old division II school record with 21 interceptions.
Prior to Southern, Daye worked as special teams coach for the Southern University and also served as head coach at Nicholls State University in Thibodeaux, La., from 1999-2003, and as an assistant at Liberty, LSU and Southern Miss.
Stacy Collins is in his second year as a head coach at South Dakota Mines. He previously coached at Division I Portland State, as well as spending three seasons at Central Washington University. His career also included stops at Southern Oregon University in 2007 (defensive coordinator), Idaho State from 2005-06 (linebackers coach), Western Washington from 2003-04 (linebackers coach) and Western Oregon from 1998-2002 (special teams coordinator and linebackers coach). In addition, he spent time in Europe on the coaching staff of the Vienna Vikings (Austria) European League football team as the defensive coordinator and interim head coach from 1999-2001.