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College football preview: Saint Francis at Lindenwood-Belleville

When: 2 p.m. Saturday

Where: Lindenwood-Belleville Stadium (4,129/turf), Belleville, Ill.

Radio: 1450 AM

Records: No. 6 Saint Francis 7-2, 4-1 MSFA MEL; Lindenwood-Belleville 4-5

Series: First meeting

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: 35.3 (T-15th in NAIA)

Yards per game: 411.2 (22nd)

Passing yards per game: 230 (24th)

Rushing yards per game: 181.2 (28th)

Defensive statistics

Points per game: 16.8 (14th)

Yards per game: 302.1 (20th)

Passing yards per game: 165.4 (20th)

Rushing yards per game: 136.7 (27th)

Keys

Top 3 offensive players: RB Antoin Campbell, 105.6 yards per game, 9 TDs; QB Josh Miller, 105.3 ypg, 6 TDs; WR Austin Coleman 62.3 ypg, 7 TDs

Top 3 defensive players: S Taylor Brown, 84 tackles, 1 tackle for loss; LB Brody Kalbaugh, 70 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss; LB Devon Rush, 60 tackles, 5.0 tackles for loss

Keys to victory: Another loss, and Saint Francis could be left out when the NAIA passes out at-large playoff bids Sunday. While still dinged up at a couple positions, Saint Francis is getting healthy and is playing its best football of the season. Even though the offense sputtered last week, the defense rose up and led the Cougars to a 21-0 win over Taylor.

Injuries: DE Anthony Moore (leg) questionable; DE Kevin Bush (leg) questionable; P Kollin Carman (ankle) questionable

Lindenwood-Belleville

Offensive statistics

Points per game: 26.6 (40th)

Yards per game: 397.1 (27th)

Passing yards per game: 215.2 (29th)

Rushing yards per game: 181.9 (29th)

Defensive statistics

Points per game: 30 (52nd)

Yards per game: 364.6 (41st)

Passing yards per game: 178.8 (30th)

Rushing yards per game: 185.8 (51st)

Keys

Top 3 offensive players: RB Kameron Harris, 82.7 ypg, 9 TDs; QB Kerry Gibson, 166.6 ypg, 7 TDs; WR Harvey Binford, 73.3 ypg, 3 TDs

Top 3 defensive players: DE Philepae Phillips, 40 tackles, 13.5 TFL; LB Edward Magallon, 40 tackles, 7.5 TFL; DB Kevin Crafton, 40 tackles, 1 INT

Keys to victory: Like Taylor the week before, Lindenwood-Belleville will go into Saturday’s game having had two weeks to prepare. That, plus the importance of the game for Saint Francis, could combine for a Cougars stumble.

Injuries: None reported

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– Steve Warden, The Journal Gazette

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