Football - Sat, Nov. 21, 2009
Kansas City, Mo. - Just hours after defeating No. 9 ranked McKendree University (Ill.), 52-28, in first-round action, No. 4 Saint Xavier University learned its quarterfinals foe for the 2009 NAIA Championship Series Saturday evening. The Cougars will host the No. 6 ranked Eagles of Lambuth University (Tenn.) on Saturday, November 28, at 1 p.m. at Bruce R. Deaton Memorial Field in Chicago. The two teams have met twice before in the season openers of the 2006 and 2007 campaigns and SXU has won both previous encounters, the most recent being a 44-0 victory back on September 1, 2007.
"Lambuth is undefeated and has put up some big numbers on its opposition this season, so I know that we are in for a battle next weekend," said Saint Xavier University football coach Mike Feminis. "At this stage of the season, every team you face is going to be a tough match-up, but I know we will have our team ready for the challenge. It has been a couple of years since we last faced them and we have fared well against them in the past, but when you meet in the postseason, you can throw out all of the history."
Lambuth University has an unblemished 12-0 record this season and won the West Division of the Mid-South Conference with a 6-0 mark. The Eagles are averaging 40.6 points per game and boast the No. 5 passing offense in the NAIA with 3,391 yards through the air this year. Lambuth is solid defensively as well ranked No. 8 nationally in scoring defense allowing 15.4 points a game and No. 11 in the NAIA in total defense allowing 275.3 yards a game.
Saint Xavier also brings a perfect 12-0 overall record into next Saturday's quarterfinals game and went 7-0 in league play to capture its first MSFA Mideast League title in the program's 17-year history. The Cougars came into the postseason ranked No. 3 in total offense per game (519.4 yards per game) and No. 4 nationally in scoring offense (48.5 points per game). Defensively, Saint Xavier is tough as well with the team ranked No. 9 in total defense per game (263.2 yards allowed per game) and No. 11 in scoring defense (16.1 points allowed per game).