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Lions' football head to Bolivar to take on Southwest Baptist Saturday night


Press Release MSSU:

The MissouriSouthern football team looks to go to 4-0 on the season as the Lions travel toBolivar this Saturday night to take on Southwest Baptist in an MIAAmatchup. 

Game4:  Missouri Southern State University Lions (RV) (3-0, 3-0 MIAA)             
@ Southwest Baptist University Bearcats (0-3, 0-2 MIAA)

Date: Saturday, September28, 2013 Kickoff: 6 pm

Location:  Bolivar, Mo. • PlasterStadium (3,000)

Media:  Radio (97.9 FMBig Dog - Mike McClure (Play-by-Play), Tom Cox (Color)
Streamed live on www.mssulions.com orvia the Big Dog App for iPhone and Android
Live Video via America One Sports

TheSeries:Southern holds a 17-4 overall series record against the Bearcats. The two teamsfirst 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 athome. Southern owns a 11-2 mark at home against SBU, while the Lions are6-2 against the Bearcats in Bolivar. Southern has out scored the Bearcats713-372 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.

AVictory vs.  SBU Would:  give the Lions seven wins in the lastnine seasons against SBU. It would be the Lions have gone 4-0 to start a seasonsince 2002. It would also give the Lions an 18-4 overall mark against theBearcats. 

3-0Start:With the 59-10 win against Lincoln, this is the second season in a row theLions have started 3-0. It is the first time a Southern team has gone 3-0 tostart the season in back-to-back years since the Lions did it in each of the1975, 76 and 77 seasons.

MostSince: The 59 points against Lincoln was the most the Lions have scored in agame since they defeated Southwest Baptist 68-28 in 2011. The 52 points theyscored against Central Oklahoma was the most points the Lions have scored in aseason opener since beating Greenville 63-0 on Sept. 7, 2002.

WinningSeasons:The Lions are attempting to post back-to-back winning seasons for the firsttime since the 1995, 1996 and 1997 seasons.

RushingProwess: The Lions are averaging 363.7 yards per game on the ground this seasonand are on pace to shatter the single-season rushing record they set lastseason of 3,043. The Lions are currently on pace to rush for 4,000 yards thisseason.     

RecordsGo Down:Southern broke two school records in its game against Lincoln. The Lions brokea 43-year old single-game rushing record with 607 yards breaking the previousmark of 503 set in 1970, while they also set the total offense in a game markwith 658 yards.  

NationalLeaders: After three games, Southern leads Division II in both rushing offense(363.7), and passing efficiency (240.78). The Lions also rank fifth in sacksallowed (fewest), and 15th in red zone offense, while ranking 25th in puntreturns, 26th in turnover margin, 30th in punting, and 37th in total offense.  

MIAALeaders: The Lions lead the MIAA in rushing offense, passing efficiency, and sacksallowed (fewest), while ranking second in both punt returns and red zoneoffense. Southern ranks third in kickoff returns and fourth in punting, puntreturns, scoring defense and offense, as well as quarterback sacks.    

NationalPoll: TheLions are receiving votes again in the American Football Coaches Associationnational poll this week. Since its inception in 2000, the Lions have never beenranked in the AFCA poll. The Lions were last ranked on November 2, 1996 whenthe Lions were 19th in the D-II poll.    



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