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Southern football looks to go 2-0 with MIAA TV game at Northeastern State

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Press Release MSSU:

The MissouriSouthern football team will look to move to 2-0 on the season as the Lionstravel to Tahlequah, Okla. to take on Northeastern State University in an MIAATV Game of the Week. Kickoff is slated for 2:37 pm with the telecast beginningat 2:30 pm. 

TheSeries: Thiswill be the 18th meeting in the series between the two schools. NortheasternState leads the series 10-7, but the Lions have won seven of the last ten gamesbetween the two teams. Northeastern State was the Lions' first-everopponent as a four-year school as NSU downed Southern 45-0 in 1968. TheRiverhawks dominated the series early on, winning the first seven games in arow, but it has been mostly Southern over the last nine outings. The Lionsare 3-5 in Tahlequah, while holding an 7-5 mark in Joplin. 

TheCoaches: Daryl Daye is in his second season as the head coach at MissouriSouthern. Last year, he led the Lions to a 6-5 record, the first winning seasonsince 2007. After installing a triple-option offensive attack, the Lions setschool records for rushing yards and rushing attempts, while tying a schoolrecord for rushing touchdowns. Daye came back to Southern after serving twoseasons with the NFL's Buffalo Bills as Assistant to the Head Coach. Heassisted Defensive Coordinator Dave Wannstedt in coaching the insidelinebackers and also helped to coach the special teams units. Prior to hisstint with the Bills, Daye served for four years with the Lions as the team'sdefensive coordinator. In 2008, the Lions led the MIAA in pass defense.Southern held its opponents to 172 passing yards per game and recorded 58tackles for a loss, 15 sacks and recovered all 15 fumbles the team forced.

The 2007 MSSUdefense helped the Lions to their first winning season in 12 years. The defenseled the MIAA in total defense for the 1st time in school history and also ledthe MIAA pass defense, opponents' first downs, passing efficiency and wereranked second in Opponents third and fourth down conversions. The Lions'defense was ranked 21st nationally in total defense and also broke a 17 yearold division II school record with 21 interceptions. Coach Daye's defenses havenow forced a total of 113 turnovers in 4 years.

Prior toSouthern, Daye worked as special teams coach for the Southern University andalso served as head coach at Nicholls State University in Thibodeaux, La., from1999-2003, and as an assistant at Liberty, LSU and Southern Miss.

KennyEvansis currently in his sixth season as head coach of the Northeastern Statefootball program. He was named head coach in 2008 after 28 years as anassistant coach at six other universities. During that span, Evans coached insix bowl games, two national playoffs, and was part of a coaching staff thatwon eight conference championships. His ninth conference championship was addedin 2010 as the RiverHawks posted their first winning season in 10 years. He hasan overall record of 20-36.Before taking the NSU job, Evans coached linebackersat Louisiana Tech for Derek Dooley in 2008. In 2005, he was named the NationalAssistant Coach of the Year by the Football Foundation while coaching at theUniversity of North Texas on the staff of Darrell Dickey. 

TheDish on the RiverHawks: Northeastern State welcomes the Lions to Tahlequah,Okla. and Doc Wadley Stadium for the first time since 2002. NSU is coming offof a season-opening loss, 45-6 at 21st ranked Pittsburg State last Saturday.

Joel Rockmoreled the rushing attack for the RiverHawks against Pitt. He carried the ball 19times for 99 yards, averaging 5.2 per carry. Back-up quarterback Thor Long hadfive carries for 14 yards and the lone touchdown of the game. Startingquarterback Johnny Deaton was injured early in the game and did not return. Hisstatus for this week is unknown. Long went 6-16 in the air for 103 yards, whileJordan Robinson and Prince McJunkins had two receptions each. 

Defensively,Langston Jones led the team with 12 stops, eight of which were solos. VictorJohnson had eight tackles, including a half a stop behind the line of scrimmageand Marquin Watts had five tackles of his own.

As a team,NSU trailed PSU 28-14 in first downs. PSU held an advantage of 354-117 in thepassing game and 582-244 overall. Pitt sacked the RiverHawk quarterbacks threetimes for 18 yards and the Gorillas averaged 8.3 yards per play againstNSU. 

NortheasternState will stay at home next week, playing host to Washburn. The Ichabods arereceiving votes in the coaches poll this week and are ranked 23rd in thed2football.com poll. 

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