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Southern football heads west to take on No. 6 Pittsburg State in Sonic Miners Bowl

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Press Release: MSSU

The MissouriSouthern football team will head to Pittsburg this Saturday to take on theGorillas of Pittsburg State University in the latest installment of the SonicMiners Bowl. Kickoff from Carnie Smith Stadium is slated for 2 pm. 

Game10: MissouriSouthern State University Lions (6-3, 4-3 MIAA)             

             @ No. 6 Pittsburg State University Gorillas(9-1, 7-1 MIAA)

Date: Saturday, November16, 2013 

Kickoff
:2 pm

Location
:  Pittsburg,Kan. • Carnie Smith Stadium (8,343)

Media Coverage: Radio- 97.9 FM | Internet Radio - www.mssulions.com| Live Video - www.mssulions.com

TheSeries:Pittsburg State holds a 36-8-1 advantage in the series and has won 19 straight.Missouri Southern has won six of 23 meetings in Joplin, but the Lions have justone win, a 20-3 home decision in 1993, in the last 27 meetings overall andhaven't won in Pittsburg since 1983. Southern is just 2-19-1 in Pittsburg and6-17 in Joplin. The two teams have played each year since 1968 in what isthe longest running series for MSSU. The Lions led 5-4-1 after the first 10meetings. The two teams began competing for the Miners' Bowl Trophy in 1986.

AVictory vs. Pitt would:  give the Lions seven wins for the first timesince the 1993 season. It would be the first time the Lions had won againstPittsburg State since that very season, as well, stopping a 19-game winning streakby the Gorillas. 

TheDish on the Gorillas: Pittsburg State comes into the Miner's Bowl with theLions 9-1 overall and 7-1 in the MIAA. The Gorillas are ranked sixth in thecoaches poll and their only blemish this season came in a 24-15 loss to No. 2 NorthwestMissouri in the Fall Classic. They defeated No. 4 Missouri Western 34-14 in St.Joseph and sit in third place in the MIAA standings. 

QuarterbackAnthony Abenoja leads the offensive attack for the Gorillas that features botha 1,000 yard rusher and receiver. Jeff Seybold has 1,169 yards on the groundand 20 touchdowns, while Abenoja has thrown for 2,497 yards and 24 scores. JohnBrown has 1,038 yards on 53 receptions and 12 scores and with his 600 yards inreturns, he has amased 1,625 all-purpose yards this season.

Defensively,the Gorillas are led by senior Nate Dreilling. Dreilling recently became theall-time leading tackler at PSU and he has 93 tackles this season with a sack,an interception and four pass break ups. Tyler Disney has 77 tackles and 3.5sacks, while Devante Bausby leads the team with three interceptions and AveryAdair has a team-high four sacks. 

PSU rankssecond nationally in passing efficiency, while ranking sixth in kickoff returnsand seventh in scoring offense. They rank tenth in total offense and 11th inturnover margin. 

WinningSeasons:With the 55-0 win over Lindenwood-Belleville last weekend, the Lions securedback-to-back winning seasons for the first time since the 1995 and 1996seasons.  

Records Go Down I: The Lions broke two school records in the 55-0 win overLindenwood-Belleville last week. The Lions set the single-season record forrushing touchdowns and have 38 on the season. Southern also set thesingle-season rushing record they set last season. The Lions currently have3,498 yards on the ground and are averaging 368 yards per game this season. 

NationalLeaders: After nine games, the Lions rank second nationally in time of possession,while ranking third in rushing offense. They also rank 12th in fewest sacksallowed and 21st in passing efficiency.    

MIAALeaders: Southern leads the MIAA in rushing and time of possession, while rankingsecond in fewest sacks allowed, third in passing yards allowed and fourth inrushing defense, sacks, and total defense. Southern ranks fifth in totaloffense and passing efficiency. 

ToughLeague/Region: Northwest Missouri is the lone remaining undefeated team in the MIAA thisyear, having defeated Emporia State last weekend. Currently there are five MIAAteams ranked in the top 25 (Northwest Missouri - 2, Pittsburg State - 6,Emporia State - 16, Missouri Western - 19 and Washburn - 23. When you factor inthe teams from the rest of Super Region 3, the region has five of the top sixteams nationally, six in the top 13 and nine teams are ranked in the top 25. 

RegionalRankings: The NCAA's second set of regional rankings came out this week andNorthwest Missouri sits atop the Super Region 3 Poll. Pittsburg State andEmporia State are No. 5 and 6, respectively, while Missouri Western andWashburn are 8 and 9.  

WeatherReport: The weather report for the Pittsburg area on Saturday calls for a high of63 degrees with mostly cloudy skies and a 40 percent chance of rain.

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