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Press Release MSSU: 

The MissouriSouthern football team will head out of the MIAA this week when the Lionstravel to Rapid City, South Dakota to take on South Dakota School of Mines thisSaturday. 

Game5:  Missouri Southern State University Lions (3-1, 3-1 MIAA)             
                 vs. South DakotaSchool of Mines Hardrockers (4-1)

Date: Saturday, October12, 2013 Kickoff: 2 pm CT/1 pm MT

Location:  Rapid City, SD. • O'haraStadium (4,000)

Media:  Radio (97.9 FMBig Dog - Mike McClure (Play-by-Play), Tom Cox (Color) Streamed live on www.mssulions.com or via the Big Dog Appfor iPhone and Android 

LiveVideo: viaAmerica One Sports

TheSeries:This is just the second meeting of the two schools. Missouri Southern won lastyear 47-20 at home for homecoming where the Lions.

Avictory vs. SD Mines would:  be the second in a row against theHardrockers. It would be the first timce since 1996 the team had started theseason 5-1. The Lions would also be 11-1 in their last 12 non-conferencegames.  

NationalLeaders: After five games, the Lions rank third in rushing offense and fourth infewest sacks allowed. They also rank 19th in passing efficiency, 24th inpunting and 27th in pass sacks. They rank 28th in total offense, averaging473.8 yards per game. 

MIAALeaders: The Lions lead the MIAA in fewest sacks allowed, defensive sacks andrushing offense, while ranking third in both punting and rushing defense, andfourth in defense and passing efficiency.  

Playerof the Week: Lions quarterback JayMcDowell was named the MIAA Offensive Player of the Week this past week.McDowell rushed for 225 yards on the night, becoming the first Southernquarterback to rush for over 200 yards since Josh Chapman had 246 againstMissouri-Rolla in 2002. He was 5-10 through the air for 69 yards. 

SackNation: The Lions are leading the MIAA in sacks this year and had five in thegame against Southwest Baptist, including three on three concecutive plays.Southern has 14 sacks through five games and is on pace for 31 sacks in theseason. The school record for sacks in a season is 30, set in both 1991 and2005.  

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, theLions led the MIAA in pass defense. Southern held its opponents to 172 passingyards per game and recorded 58 tackles for a loss, 15 sacks and recovered all15 fumbles the team forced.The 2007 MSSU defense helped the Lions to theirfirst winning season in 12 years. The defense led the MIAA in total defense forthe 1st time in school history and also led the MIAA pass defense, opponents'first downs, passing efficiency and were ranked second in Opponents third andfourth down conversions. The Lions' defense was ranked 21st nationally in totaldefense and also broke a 17 year old division II school record with 21interceptions.

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.

StacyCollinsis in his second year as a head coach at South Dakota Mines. He previouslycoached at Division I Portland State, as well as spending three seasons atCentral Washington University. His career also included stops at SouthernOregon University in 2007 (defensive coordinator), Idaho State from 2005-06(linebackers coach), Western Washington from 2003-04 (linebackers coach) andWestern Oregon from 1998-2002 (special teams coordinator and linebackerscoach). In addition, he spent time in Europe on the coaching staff of theVienna Vikings (Austria) European League football team as the defensivecoordinator and interim head coach from 1999-2001.

 

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