Football looks to rebound after late game collapse


File photo: Head football coach Jed Stugart addresses the team in a huddle after halftime during the game against the Pittsburg State Gorillas on Sept. 29.
Photo by Kayla Drake.

JACK LEACH | Reporter

Tune into Lindenwood football at 11 a.m. this Saturday for their away matchup against the Lopers of the University of Nebraska-Kearney.

Last week, the Lions took a 27-24 loss in overtime against Pittsburg State. Although the score indicated that offenses on both sides put up worthy statistics, the majority of work occurred on defense.

Defensively, Lindenwood had three turnovers: defensive tackle Jonathan Harris recovered a fumble, cornerback Jordan Perry had an interception, and linebacker Drew Seers took an interception 82 yards for a touchdown. Lions safeties Darrius Williams and Grady Daniels also finished with a game-high in tackles with 14 and 11, respectively.

At the midway point of the MIAA season, Kearney currently holds a 3-2 record, with wins coming against Missouri Southern State 45-0, Central Oklahoma 31-27, and Northeastern State 49-7. The Lopers’ two losses came from Emporia State 20-17, and Pittsburg State 30-17.

Kearney’s rushing attack is certainly one to pay attention to. The rushing offense that’s ranked No. 5 in the nation with 1510 total yards is headlined by junior running back Darrius Webb. Webb’s 7 rushing touchdowns puts him at No. 12 in the nation, while his 7.68 yards per carry places him at No. 6. The MIAA rushing leader is fresh off a 10 carry/107 rushing-yard performance against Northeastern State.

Based on Lindenwood vs. Nebraska-Kearney history, the Lions are favored. Since 2012, Lindenwood is 4-2 against the Lopers.