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Lindenwood Lions On National TV

Setember 23rd, 2014.  The Lindenwood football team has one of the biggest home games in program history this Thursday evening when it hosts Missouri Western at 7 p.m. The game is the NCAA Division II National Game of the Week and will be televised on the CBS Sports Network.

Currently Lindenwood is 1-2 in the MIAA and is tied for sixth in the conference standings. Missouri Western is 2-1 and tied for fourth in the MIAA.    Lindenwood is coming off a 20-7 loss to Fort Hays State last week. The Lions and Tigers were tied at seven early in the third quarter, but Fort Hays State scored the final 13 points of the game. Missouri Western earned a 30-0 win over Northeastern State last Saturday. The defense allowed just 252 yards of total offense and intercepted four passes, including one returned for a 100-yard touchdown.

Lindenwood’s offense will need to come alive against one of the top defenses in the MIAA. The Griffons are allowing just 11.7 points a game, while the Lions have scored just 14 points total over the last two weeks.    Lindenwood and Missouri Western will be meeting for the first time. The Griffons are the first of three first-time opponents for the Lions this year. The other two are Northwest Missouri and Northeastern State.

Lindenwood is playing its third Thursday night game of the season, and the fifth Thursday contest in the history of the program. The Lions are 3-1 in their other Thursday encounters.    The Lions are playing their second game in program history on national television, including their first from Hunter Stadium. The previous appearance was the 2009 NAIA National Championship game that was also shown on CBS Sports Network. Lindenwood fell in that contest by a 25-22 score.

Lindenwood and Missouri Western have been regulars in the postseason under their two current head coaches. Under head coach Patrick Ross, the Lions advanced to the NAIA Playoffs five times before their move to the NCAA Division II level. Lindenwood also earned a bid to the Mineral Water Bowl in its first season of NCAA play. Under head coach Jerry Partridge, Missouri Western has made four NCAA Division II playoff appearances, and six Mineral Water Bowl showings.

Content Courtesy of  Lindenwood Athletics.

 

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