Ann Arbor, Mich. - Jumping out to a 42-0 halftime lead, No. 1 Saint Xavier University pulled away for a 63-3 Mid-States Football Association (MSFA) Mideast League road win over Concordia University (Mich.) Saturday afternoon at River Rat Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Cougars now sit at 9-0 overall and 4-0 in the Mideast League standings. In fact, today's victory gives SXU 31 straight regular season wins dating back to the start of the 2009 season, which ties with NCAA Division III University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (Wis.) for college football's longest active regular season win streak. Saint Xavier finished the game with 620 yards of total offense, including 456 through the air.
The Cougars had a huge defensive effort from senior defensive end Michael Prosser (Rockton, Ill./Rockton-Hononegah) with team-bests of 6.5 tackles, including 4.5 tackles for losses and 2.5 sacks. His totals Saturday moved him into the No. 2 spot on both Saint Xavier's career sacks list (22.5) and career tackles for losses list (47). With his six extra-point attempts on the day, senior kicker Tom Lynch (Frankfort, Ill./Southern Illinois University/Joliet JC/Lincoln-Way East) set another NAIA national record for the second straight week when he moved up to 214 career extra-points made over his three-year stint at SXU. The previous NAIA mark was 209 set by Halley Ferrell of Lindenwood University (Mo.) from 2006-09.
Saint Xavier had plenty of other key performers in Saturday's big win. Senior running back Sean Bryce (Oak Forest, Ill./Oak Forest) finished with 17 carries for 94 yards on the ground and two touchdowns. Freshman running back Cole Midgett (Lowell, Ind./Lowell) had a solid game both running and catching the ball recording four carries for 58 rushing yards and 10 receptions for 86 receiving yards and a score. Junior wide receiver Chase Catton (Washington, Ill./Washington) also had a nice day with five catches for 107 yards, including a 69-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter. In first-half action, senior quarterback Jimmy Coy (Park Ridge, Ill./Valdosta State University/El Camino College/Maine South) was efficient completing 18 of his 23 pass attempts for 253 yards and two touchdowns (one rushing). Sophomore quarterback Joe Gill (Munster, Ind./Western Illinois University/Munster) came into the game in the second quarter and completed 13 of his 16 passes for 202 yards and three scores.
Saint Xavier (9-0 overall/4-0 MSFA) gets ready for a huge road match-up next Saturday against No. 2 ranked and Mideast League rival Marian University (Ind.). The game is scheduled for a 1 p.m. (eastern) kickoff at St. Vincent Health Field in Indianapolis. The game has huge MSFA and postseason implications with the winner claiming the Mideast League title and likely taking the No. 1 national ranking and home field advantage throughout the 2011 NAIA Football Championship Series, which begins on Saturday, November 19.