Kansas City, Mo. - Just a couple of hours after defeating No. 20 ranked University
of the Cumberlands (Ky.), 66-19, in first-round action, No. 3 Saint Xavier
University learned it will face a familiar foe in the quarterfinals of the 2010
NAIA Championship Series next Saturday.
The Cougars will host the No. 10 ranked and Mid-States Football
Association (MSFA) Mideast League rival University of Saint Francis (Ind.) on
Saturday, November 27, at 1 p.m. at Bruce R. Deaton Memorial Field in
Chicago. The two teams squared off just
two weeks ago (Nov. 6) in Chicago for the regular season finale with SXU
pulling out the 30-6 victory to clinch its second straight MSFA Mideast League
"After watching the results
of the other first round games today, our coaching staff had a pretty good
feeling that we would be seeing either Saint Francis or Marian next weekend,"
said Saint Xavier University football coach Mike Feminis. "Even though we got a win against them a
couple weeks ago, you can throw all of that out the window. Coach (Kevin) Donley will have his guys ready
to play next week and we will have to come out focused and driven again, if we
want to get back to the semifinals."
University of Saint Francis
has a 10-1 overall record this season and is coming off a thrilling 46-38 road
upset over No. 5 Lindenwood University (Mo.), the 2009 NAIA Football
Championship Series runner-up. The Cougars
are solid on both sides of the ball averaging 468.4 yards of total offense a
game (No. 8 in the NAIA) and allowing its opponents just 16.1 points per game
(No. 9 nationally).
Saint Xavier brings a perfect 12-0 overall record
into next Saturday's quarterfinals game and is coming off its highest
single-game point total of the 2010 season (66). The Cougars came into the postseason ranked No. 1
in the NAIA in total passing yardage (3,702) and total scoring offense (557)
and No. 2 in scoring offense per game (50.6). Defensively, Saint Xavier has been impressive
as well with the team ranked No. 7 nationally in scoring defense per game (15.8
points a game) and No. 7 in total sacks (31).