The NAIA Football Championship Series kicks off on Saturday, November 17, at noon at Deaton Field
The NAIA Football Championship Series kicks off on Saturday, November 17, at noon at Deaton Field
Football - Wed, Nov. 14, 2012

CHICAGO – Fans interested in purchasing their tickets in advance for this Saturday's NAIA Football Championship Series First Round game between No. 4 ranked Saint Xavier University and No. 13 William Penn University (Iowa) at Bruce R. Deaton Memorial Field can do so at the SXU Athletics Department at the Shannon Center in Chicago.  All tickets are $10 with no discounted rates for students and/or children.  Tickets can also be purchased on game day at the main ticket gate set to open two hours prior to kickoff at 10 a.m. Saturday morning.  On game day, all ticket purchases will be CASH only at the main gate, but fans interested in buying tickets via credit card must do so in advance at the SXU Athletics Department.  The department is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

"William Penn is an outstanding football team and they will pose a tremendous challenge for us," said SXU football coach Mike Feminis.  "Our guys are just extremely excited to finally start postseason play and defend our championship.  It is going to be a great game Saturday at Deaton Field."

The two teams have not squared off on the gridiron since 2006 and the Cougars own a 5-0 all-time series record against the Statesmen.  SXU won the last meeting, 34-9, at Deaton Field on October 14, 2006.  This is the first postseason appearance for William Penn since 1975 and marks only its second postseason appearance in program history.  The Statesmen lead the entire NAIA in total rushing yards with 3,530 yards on the ground this season.  WPU is No. 3 nationally among NAIA institutions in rushing yards per game averaging 320.9 yards per game.  Junior quarterback Taylor Parsons leads the William Penn ground attack averaging 71.9 rushing yards a game.  Junior linebacker Brock Peery leads the Statesmen defense with 81 total tackles in nine games played this fall.