Football - Fri, Oct. 21, 2005
CHICAGO - Following a tough 34-28 road loss to unranked Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.) last weekend, the No. 14 ranked Saint Xavier University football team looks to get back to its winning ways Saturday at 1 p.m. hosting No. 4 ranked and unbeaten (6-0 overall) St. Ambrose University (Iowa) in a key Mid-States Football Association (MSFA) Midwest League match-up at SXU Stadium in Chicago. The Cougars (5-2 overall/2-1 MSFA) have been very successful at home this season with wins against No. 8 Northwestern Oklahoma State University, No. 11 Geneva College (Pa.) and No. 5 McKendree College.
"We have a great rivalry with St. Ambrose and just about every game we've played against them has gone down to the last minute or even last play (series is tied 3-3 since 1999) so I'm not expecting anything different on Saturday," said Saint Xavier University head football coach Mike Feminis. "Although, they have a lot of new faces on offense and defense (they graduated 25 seniors last year), they certainly don't seem to have skipped a beat. St. Ambrose is very talented and well coached, but I'd like to think we're a little more battle-tested with the schedule we've played so far."
Passing should be the offensive weapon of choice for both teams Saturday as each squad features a quarterback rated in the top three nationally for passing yards per game. Saint Xavier senior John Perryman (Oak Lawn, Ill./Richards) is currently ranked No. 2 in the NAIA in passing yards per game averaging 288.9 yards through the air, while St. Ambrose's senior signal-caller Jeff Kietzman is No. 3 averaging 277.0 yards a game.