Truman State football will host Central Missouri Saturday at 7:00 p.m.

The Bulldog Football plays their final non-conference game of the season against their oldest rival as Truman welcomes the University of Central Missouri to Stokes Stadium on Saturday night for a 7:00 p.m. kickoff.

This will be the 97th meeting between Truman and Central Missouri on the gridiron dating back to 1905.

It is the fourth oldest rivalry in Division II football trailing the 109 games played between Emporia State and Washburn, 103 between Virginia State and Virginia Union and 101 tilts between Tuskegee and Morehouse.

It will be the 67th consecutive game dating back to 1946 between the two charter members of the former Missouri Intercollegiate Athletics Association.

The series will not continue next season with Truman in the Great Lakes Valley Conference now and Central Missouri not having any non-conference games in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association.

Truman holds a 52-39-5 advantage in the series but Central has won the last seven, their longest such streak.

Last year, the Mules defeated the Bulldogs 38-17 in a game played in front of a national television audience on the CBS Sports Network


Colter Smith passed for 246 yards and LaVance Taylor rushed for 84 as the Mules led by a 38-10 in the fourth quarter.

Truman's longest winning streak during the series was 10 from 1927-1936.

Truman is 2-1 following a 24-23 victory over William Penn on Saturday night at home.

The Statesmen were ranked 20th in last week's NAIA Coaches Poll. Garrett White scored all three touchdowns for the Bulldogs, including two in the fourth quarter as the 'Dogs trailed 23-10.

His final touchdown came with 49 seconds left to give the Bulldogs their first fourth quarter comeback since 2010.

The Bulldogs have averaged 143.7 yards on the ground and 138.7 yards through the air while the defense has allowed 236 yards rushing and 280 yards passing through the first three games.

White leads the Bulldogs with 351 yards rushing and is averaging 7.6 per carry.

The Mules lost their first two games on top 10 teams before defeating Lindenwood (Mo.) 47-28 at home on Saturday.

Central had leads against Missouri Western and Northwest Missouri before falling 26-23 to the Griffons in week one and 28-24 to the Bearcats in week two.

The Lions led the Mules 28-20 before Central rattled off 27 unanswered points for the victory. LaVance Taylor ran 19 times for 101 yards while quarterback Hayden Hawk completed 31-of-39 passes for 401 yards and five touchdowns.

Central has averaged 94 yards on the ground and 342 passing while allowing 151 running and 267 passing in their first three games.

Courtesy Truman State University