The Truman Football team will look to earn a share of the Great Lakes Valley Conference title when they travel to the University of Indianapolis on Saturday for the final game of the 2013 regular season. Kickoff from Key Stadium is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. (EST).
The Match-Up:The Bulldogs will get their crack at the defending league champs on Saturday with the Greyhounds grabbing their share of the GLVC title with a 33-7 victory over Quincy (Ill.) on Saturday.
The Bulldogs had a chance for a "winner-takes-all" championship game but a 6-3 setback at the hands of Saint Joseph's (Ind.) College onSaturday means Truman can only share the championship with the Greyhounds.
The Greyhounds enter Saturday's game with the top scoring offense (41.2/g), scoring defense (7.3/g) and total offense (399.7/g) in conference only stats while Truman is second in scoring offense (28.5/g), scoring defense (11.3/g) and have the number one defense (236.3/g).
The Bulldogs held Saint Joseph's College to their season low of 104 yards rushing after entering the game averaging over 230 yards on the ground. Indianapolis boasts the top rusher in the league in senior Klay Fietcher at 98.7 per GLVC contest.
Truman will have to contend with the conferences' top passing defense as Indianapolis allows just 120 yard passing per game but will try to counter with running back Garrett White and his team leading 94.0 yards per game in conference, good for second to Fietcher.
This will be the first ever meeting between Indianapolis and Truman on the gridiron. The Greyhounds played as an associate member in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Association prior to the GLVC football sponsorship with the Bulldogs were members of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association.
About The Bulldogs (7-3; 5-1 GLVC):
Truman had won five straight until a seven-turnover performance on Saturday against Saint Joseph's on Saturday.
It was the first time since 1967 that Truman lost a game without allowing a touchdown , the last being a 9-0 loss at the hands of Central Missouri 46 years ago.
It was the fewest combine points scored since a 3-2 Truman win against Missouri S&T in 1979.
Garrett White inched closer to Truman's first 1000 yard rushing season since 2003 with 94 yards on 22 carries on Saturday.
White enters this week's game with 897 yards and a 6.3 yards per carry average as he has already gained the most yards rushing by a Bulldog since Jerard Leverson's 1012 yard total of 2003.
White leads the team with nine rushing touchdowns and one receiving score.
Quarterback Conrad Schottel has completed 58% of his passes for 1706 yards with 12 touchdowns to six interceptions.
Dallas Grier can move into second place in Truman receptions with two more and enters the game with 43 this season for 458 yards. Jared Haferbeir is second with 37 catches for 308 yards.
Linebacker Matthew Bell leads the defense with 79 total tackles with Nic Abbate topping the team with 5.5 sacks this season.
Bell has 10 tackles for loss and an interception while Abbate has 16 tackles for loss and 48 total tackles.
Truman has 73 tackles for loss this season for 319 yards after recording 75 for 304 last season.
The Bulldogs also feature one of the top special teams units in Division II football.
They are ninth in Kickoff returns at 25.4 per, second in net punting at 39.8 and third in punt return defense allowing a 1.00 yards per return. Junior Jacob Lamp averages 41.9 yards per punt, senior Derek Koon has made 49 career field goals and returners Aaron Hartfield and Tremaine Millender average over 30 yards per kick return.
About the Greyhounds (9-1; 6-0 GLVC)
Indianapolis has reeled off seven straight wins and has not been defeated in the 14 all-time GLVC games played.
The Greyhounds were sitting at fourth in the latest NCAA regional poll with the top six earning an at-large berth in the Division II Championships. Indianapolis was 10-3 last season and won a first round game before falling to top-ranked Colorado State Pueblo.
First team all-conference running back Klay Fiechter gained nearly 1500 yards last season and has posted 1030 through 10 games this season.
Fiechter has nine rushing touchdowns while Matt Ripp has scored 10.
Chris Mills played the first five games of the season before being replaced by Connor Barthel at quarterback.
Mills was a first-team all-conference player last season with over 3000 yards passing and had thrown for 1100 yards before being sidelined. Barthel has stepped right in and thrown for 1128 and 11 TDs with a completion percentage of 77%.
Reece Horn is the top target with 62 catches for 772 yards and Greg Johnson has 31 receptions for 552 yards.
Defensively, the Greyhounds are allowing just 7.3 points per conference game while holding opponents overall to just over 250 yards of total offense.
Todd Hacker leads the squad with 72 total tackles and 8.5 for loss while 20 total defensive players have a TFL this season. Koby Orris and Andre Smith lead the Greyhounds with four interceptions apiece.
Scott Miller handles all the kicking duties with a 33.7 punting average and a 10-of-14 field goal mark with a long of 42 yards.
This is the first time Truman and Indianapolis will meet on the gridiron. The Bulldogs began play in 1900 and the Greyhounds followed in 1924.
Truman has played four teams from the Hoosier state with a 0-1 record against Butler, 2-0 mark against Evansville, a 1-0 record against the University of Indiana and a 3-1 mark over conference foe Saint Joseph's.Indianapolis has played Lincoln (1-0), Missouri S&T (2-0) and William Jewell (2-0) from the Show-Me-State.
Race For The GLVC Title:
Indianapolis claimed a share of their second GLVC title with their 33-7 victory over the Quincy Hawks coupled with the Bulldogs 6-3 loss to Saint Joseph's last Saturday.
With a Truman win, the Bulldogs would share the conference title with the Greyhounds while a loss would give the championship outright to Indianapolis.
Indianapolis was 8-0 in GLVC action last year to win the first league title while Truman has won 26 Missouri Intercollegiate Athletics Association championships since 1924.
The Bulldogs clinch the 1985 MIAA Championship with a 39-24 victory over Southeast Missouri State in a game played at Busch Memorial Stadium in St. Louis. It was part of a two year series between the Bulldogs and Red Hawks played in St. Louis.
Other notable games on this date include a 9-7 Hickory Stick win over Northwest Missouri in 1968, a 19-0 victory over Saint Louis University in 1934 and an 11-5 loss in the first season of Bulldog football (1900) to Kirksville High School.
Up Next:Following the conclusion of the regular season, the Great Lakes Valley Conference will announce the all-league team next week and the team will have its annual banquet on December 7.
Spring practice will begin in early April and the first game of the 2014 season will take place on September 6 at FCS Drake (Iowa).
Courtesy Truman State University