Game 9: Missouri Southern State University Lions (5-3, 4-3 MIAA)
vs. Lindenwood University Lions (3-5, 2-5 MIAA)
Date: Saturday, November 2, 2013
Kickoff: 2 pm
Location: Joplin, Mo. • Fred G. Hughes Stadium/Robert W. Plaster Sports Complex (7,000)
Media Coverage: Radio - 97.9 FM | Internet Radio - www.mssulions.com | Live Video - www.mssulions.com
The Series: This is the second-ever meeting between the two schools. Lindenwood took the first match-up last season 45-30 in St. Charles.
A victory vs. Lindenwood would: give the Lions six wins and clinch a winning season. It would be the first time since 95-97 that the Lions had had back-to-back winning seasons. It would also be the first win over Lindenwood in the short two-game series between the two schools and it would be only the fifth win on Homecoming in the last 11 years.
The Dish on the Lions: Lindenwood comes into the game with Missouri Southern having lost its last four games in a row, including back-to-back losses to ranked opponents. The Lions have wins over Lincoln, Southwest Baptist and Missouri S&T on the season.
Offensively, quarterback Dillon Miller leads this passing oriented attack with 2,191 yards on the season on 180-298 passing. He has 13 touchdownsand 14 interceptions. Alex Robinson has caught 42 passes for 565 yards andsix scores, while Jordan Gater and Jaron Alexander have caught 40 passesand have at least two touchdowns each.Rushing the ball is Marvin Byrd with 125 carries on the year for 530 yards. He averages 4.2 per carry and has seven touchdowns on the ground.
Defensively, Clint Koons leads the team with 54 tackles, while Thomas Stubbs has a team-high 3.5 sacks and Pierre Desir leads the team with four interceptions. Lindenwood, as a team, is giving up 450 yards per game of offense each week. The Lions average 373.8 per game themselves, and their opponents have seven minute time of possession advantage. Lindenwood ranks 16th nationally in punting.They will play their final game of the season next weekend, playing host to Pittsburg State.
Winning Seasons: The Lions are attempting to post back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since the 1995, 1996 and 1997 seasons. A win this weekend against Lindenwood would guarantee a winning season for Southern.
National Leaders: After seven games, the Lions rank fourth in rushing, while ranking 15th in sacks allowed and 22nd in passing efficiency.
MIAA Leaders: Southern leads the MIAA in rushing, while ranking third in sacks allowed, and fourth in rushing defense, sacks and total defense.
Tough Leage/Region: Currently there are three undefeated teams in the MIAA and five teams ranked in the top 25 (Northwest Missouri - 2, Pittsburg State - 7, Washburn - 8,Missouri Western - 12, and Emporia State - 14). When you factor in the teams from the rest of Super Region 3, the region has six of the top ten teams nationally and eight in the top 14. Nine teams from the region are ranked in the top 25.
Regional Rankings: The NCAA's first set of regional rankings came out this week and Northwest Missouri sits atop the Super Region 3 Poll. Pittsburg State, Missouri Western, Washburn and Emporia State sit 6-9 in the poll.