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College football preview: Saint Francis vs. Concordia

When: 7 p.m. Saturday

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

Radio: 1450 AM

Records: No. 12 Saint Francis 2-1; Concordia 0-3

Series: Saint Francis leads 1-0

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

Saint Francis

Offensive statistics

Points per game: 33 (15th in NAIA)

Yards per game: 388 (27th)

Passing yards per game: 206.7 (33rd)

Rushing yards per game: 181.3 (26th)

Defensive statistics

Points per game: 17.7 (26th)

Yards per game: 293 (21st)

Passing yards per game: 159 (T-23rd)

Rushing yards per game: 134 (29th)

Keys

Top 3 offensive players: RB Antoin Campbell, 120 yards per game, 5 TDs; QB Josh Miller, 87 ypg, 2 TDs; WR Austin Coleman 66.7 ypg, 3 TDs

Top 3 defensive players: LB Jamael Green, 22 tackles, 1 sack; LB Justin Juarez 21 tackles, 1 tackle for loss; S Taylor Brown, 19 tackles, 1 INT

Keys to victory: After losing at home to Saint Ambrose two weeks ago, the Cougars will be riled up. Add to that the first night game in school history and everyone will be excited. Even though Concordia isn’t expected to present much of a challenge, Saint Francis has to avoid being overly hyped.

Injuries: LB Brody Kalbaugh (leg), out; DE Rex Drabenstot (leg), out; LB Quinn Doan (knee), out; CB Tracy Hathaway (knee), out for season

Concordia

Offensive statistics

Points per game: 9.3 (75th)

Yards per game: 191 (77th)

Passing yards per game: 125.7 (60th)

Rushing yards per game: 65.3 (77th)

Defensive statistics

Points per game: 39 (T-72nd)

Yards per game: 436.3 (69th)

Passing yards per game: 230.7 (64th)

Rushing yards per game: 205.7 (63rd)

Keys

Top 3 offensive players: RB Devin Bailey, 35.3 ypg; QB Nathan Smith, 61.3 ypg, 1 TD; WR Kelvin Woods, 11.6 ypg, 2 TD

Top 3 defensive players: LB Gabe Cox, 30 tackles; LB Takari Johnson, 22 tackles; LB Kevin Smith, 20 tackles

Keys to victory: Hope to catch Saint Francis overconfident. Last season the Cougars blasted Concordia 69-0, the Cougars’ only shutout since the opening game of 2009. Saint Francis is banged up, with the most noticeable loss in linebacker Brody Kalbaugh, who suffered a fractured lower leg.

Injuries: None reported

stwarden@jg.net

– Steve Warden, The Journal Gazette

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