SMSU FOOTBALL: SMSU looks to break two-game skid
ST. PAUL – Southwest Minnesota State University (3-6, 1-4 NSIC South) looks to snap a two-game losing streak with a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference South Division game today versus Concordia University-St. Paul (5-4, 3-2 NSIC South) at Sea Foam Stadium in St. Paul, with kickoff slated for noon.
SMSU has been held to 14 or less points in its last two games and failed to win a home game this season.
SMSU is 3-1 on the road this season and will conclude the season on Nov. 16 with another road game versus Augustana University.
Seven of CSP’s nine games have been decided by seven or less points, while six of SMSU’s nine games have been decided by 11 or less points.
Saturday’s game will be broadcast on 105.1 FM KARL with seventh-year SMSU play-by-play voice Ryan Rohlik.
Live stats and video can be found at SMSUmustangs. com.
Opening Drive Tidbits
•SMSU senior wide receiver Daniel Davis ranks second in Division II in receptions per game (8.0) and is seventh in receiving yards (945).
•Davis’ 13 receptions last week versus Winona State is tied for the fourth highest single-game total in Division II this season.
•Davis ranks second in team history averaging 7.5 receptions per game in 20 games.
•Davis, who has 151 career receptions in 20 games, ranks first in the NSIC in receptions (72) and is second in receiving yards (945).
•Davis also ranks fourth in the NSIC in scoring (non-kickers) at 6.7 points per game and seventh in all purpose yards (113.7)
•Davis has 11 career 100-yard receiving game ranking fifth in team history.
•SMSU finished 0-5 at home this season recording its first winless season at home since 1995 (0-5).
•SMSU is “plus-one” in turnover margin this season and have been “plus” in five of the last six games.
•SMSU has outscored its opponents a combined 144-111 in the second and third quarters this season, but has been outscored 111-31 in the fourth quarter and overtime.
•Junior linebacker Adihia Bell tied a career-high with six tackles versus Winona State last week.
•Senior Boyer Bouman set career-highs for passing yards (338) and touchdown passes (4) at St. Cloud State in week seven.
•Bouman ranks first in the NSIC in passing yards (223.6) and second in total offense (223.7).
.•Sophomore linebacker Onte Burns (89) ranks first in the NSIC in tackles with 9.9 per game.
•Junior safety Garrett Chapman (75) and senior safety Davaeon Johnson (72) rank fourth and fifth respectively in the NSIC in total tackles.
•Senior running back Max Simmons ranks fifth in the program history with 2,305 rushing yards. He needs 122 yards to tie for fourth all-time with Robert Lipsey (1987-90) at 2,427.
•Simmons earlier this season became the 12th player in team history to reach 3,000 all purpose yards.
•Simmons has racked up 10 career 100-yard rushing game ranking tied for third in team history. He needs one more to tie Zach Wysong for second all-time.
•Simmons’ 58-yard rush at Minot State in week five was the longest play from scrimmage for SMSU this season.
•Senior left tackle Zach Stratmoen has started 31 straight games the past three seasons. It’s the longest streak by any current Mustang.
•SMSU’s victory at Minot State on Oct. 5 was the 200th in the program’s 52-year history.
•The SMSU defense forced a season-high four turnovers three weeks ago at St. Cloud State.
Southwest Minnesota State and Concordia-St. Paul meet for the 23rd time on Saturday with CSP leading 12-10 in a series that started on Sept. 15, 1979 … SMSU leads the series 4-3 in games played in St. Paul … the series is tied 1-1 in games played at Sea Foam Stadium, including a 37-20 CSP victory in the final game of the 2017 season … SMSU has won four of the last seven meetings in the series, but CSP has won the last two games … SMSU won the first three meetings in the series before CSP won six straight from 2000-05.
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