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College football preview: Saint Francis at Marian

When: 1 p.m. Saturday

Where: St. Vincent Health Stadium (3,000/turf), Indianapolis

Radio: 1450 AM

Records: No. 6 Saint Francis 9-2; No. 5 Marian 9-1

Series: Saint Francis leads 4-2

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: 34.9 (T-14th in NAIA)

Yards per game: 400.3 (26th)

Passing yards per game: 222.5 (25th)

Rushing yards per game: 177.7 (T-29th)

Defensive statistics

Points per game: 15.9 (9th)

Yards per game: 295.5 (16th)

Passing yards per game: 166.1 (18th)

Rushing yards per game: 129.4 (22nd)

Keys

Top 3 offensive players: RB Antoin Campbell, 108 yards per game, 11 TDs; QB David Yoder, 109.1 ypg, 8 TDs; WR Austin Coleman 58.6 ypg, 7 TDs

Top 3 defensive players: LB Brody Kalbaugh, 93 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss; S Taylor Brown, 90 tackles, 1 TFL; LB Devon Rush, 67 tackles, 5 TFL

Keys to victory: The last time Saint Francis lost was the last time it played Marian, and the Cougars fell 45-38. Offensively, the Cougars rolled up 33 first downs and 522 total yards – 322 of which came from Yoder. The problem was stopping the Marian running game, led by Tevin Lake’s 180 yards and three touchdowns. The Cougars have to contain Lake in order to have a chance at winning.

Injuries: QB Josh Miller (ankle), DE Kevin Bush (knee) questionable

Marian

Offensive statistics

Points per game: 36.3 (T-11th)

Yards per game: 456.1 (8th)

Passing yards per game: 278.4 (10th)

Rushing yards per game: 177.7 (T-29th)

Defensive statistics

Points per game: 15.8 (8th)

Yards per game: 268.2 (7th)

Passing yards per game: 174.2 (20th)

Rushing yards per game: 94 (6th)

Keys

Top 3 offensive players: RB Tevin Lake, 133.8 ypg, 12 TDs; QB Adam Wiese, 263 ypg, 24 TDs; WR Nathan Jones, 50.5 ypg, 7 TDs

Top 3 defensive players: DL Seth Vondersaar, 71 tackles, 11 tackles for loss; LB Billy Baker, 56 tackles, 6 sacks; LB Dan Brunke, 54 tackles, 12 TFL

Keys to victory: Marian allowed Saint Francis to take a 21-7 first-quarter lead the last time but rallied. After losing the first four games against Saint Francis, the Knights have won two in a row and will be able to make it three if it can run against the Saint Francis defense the way it did in the first game. But Marian has improved its passing game. In the playoff opener against Northwestern (Iowa), Wiese completed 30 of 41 passes for 479 yards and four touchdowns.

Injuries: None reported

stwarden@jg.net

– Steve Warden, The Journal Gazette

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