Cougars to play Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Saint Francis beat writer Steve Warden previews Saturday's Saint Francis home-opener against Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

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College football preview: Wisconsin-Stevens Point at Saint Francis

When: Noon Saturday

Where: Bishop D’Arcy Stadium (3,000/turf)

Radio: 1450 AM

Records: No. 6 Saint Francis 1-0; Wisconsin-Stevens Point 0-0

Series: First meeting

On the Web: For a video preview of Saturday’s game, go to the Saint Francis page at www.journal

Saint Francis

Offensive statistics

Points per game: 46 (3rd in NAIA)

Yards per game: 465 (4th)

Passing yards per game: 158.5 (T-11th)

Rushing yards per game: 177 (T-16th)

Defensive statistics

Points per game: 10 (4th)

Yards per game: 179 (3rd)

Passing yards per game: 92 (5th)

Rushing yards per game: 87 (9th)

Keys

Top 3 offensive players: RB Antoin Campbell, 116 yards per game, 3 TDs; QB Josh Miller, 93 passing yards per game; WR Collin Harruff, 53 yards per game

Top 3 defensive players: LB Brody Kalbaugh, 11 tackles; LB Zach Bruce, 7 tackles, 1 sack; DE Jake Allen, 7 tackles, 1 tackle for loss

Keys to victory: Saint Francis is returning home after visiting Texas, and there’s always something about the home opener. Occasionally, that something can be jitters, which the Cougars will have to get over quickly. Watch for the Josh Miller-Austin Coleman pass combination.

Injury: None reported

Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Offensive statistics

Points per game: 17.8 (195th in NCAA Division III)

Yards per game: 274.8 (208th)

Passing yards per game: 158.5 (173rd)

Rushing yards per game: 116.3 (183rd)

Defensive statistics

Points per game: 24.2 (4th)

Yards per game: 379.9 (155th)

Passing yards per game: 195.5 (129th)

Rushing yards per game: 184.4 (180th)

Keys

Top 3 offensive players: RB Brian Kampstra, making first appearance; QB Mitch Beau, 140.9 ypg, 7 TDs; WR Marc Young, 38 ypg, 3 TDs

Top 3 defensive players: DB Colton Zimmerman, 32 tackles, 4 tackles for loss; DT Mason Czekala, 22 tackles, 9 TFL; LB Cody Seibel, 79 tackles, 9.5 TFL

Keys to victory: Wisconsin-Stevens Point will be arriving fired up, since this is the first year for new coach Tom Journell, who spent 15 seasons at Wisconsin-River Falls with most of the years as the defensive coordinator.

Injury: None reported

stwarden@jg.net

– Steve Warden, The Journal Gazette

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