Not an LSC Game, but certainly one of interest to a lot of LSC Fans. The UNK website says there are only 300 general admission tickets left (as of Tuesday afternoon). A Loper win would greatly scramble the playoff picture, while an Eagle win would almost certainly guarantee them a playoff spot.
Nebraska-Kearney has shown great balance on offense, averaging 220 on the ground and 218 through the air. Jake Richards leads the Lopers with 91 yds a game rushing, while Brendan Liess chips in with 53. Dennis Havrilla is the QB, throwing for 1,115 yds, 13 TDs, and 7 Ints, and has a QB rating of 141.7. His favorite targets have been Eric Myrick and Cory Sleeth, who have combined for 48 catches for 775 yds (129 per game) and 9 TDs. The Loper defense gives up 302 yds and 20 pts per game. They average 9.5 tackles for loss and just over 2 sacks per game. They opened their season with a loss to Nebraska-Omaha. The Lopers scored a TD to open the 3rd quarter, closing to within 20-17, before allowing 21 straight points to the Mavericks. They also fell to Mesa State 19-18, turning the ball over 3 times in a defensive battle.
Chadron State is known as the school that Danny Woodhead plays for - and for good reason - but the offense has shown pretty good balance, with 239 yds rushing and 187 passing. Mr. Woodhead won the Harlon Hill trophy in 2006 when he rushed for 2,756 yds and 34 TDs. Coming into this weeks game he has 7,550 rushing yards, 107 rushing TDs, 1,299 receiving yards and 7 receiving TDs. Aaron Cooksley has got enough carries to average 42 yds a game. Joe McLain is the QB, and has 1,284 yds passing (183 per game) 7 TDs and only 3 Ints. His QB rating is 142.2. His favorite targets are Danny Woodhead (surprise 20 catches 366 yds 18.3 avg) and Logan Stropko (19 catches 173 yds and 1 TD). The defense has been solid, allowing only 266 yards and 7.7 points per game. They average 8 tackles for loss and almost 4 sacks per game. The Eagles opened their season with a victory at Washburn, leading 34-17 before a late Ichabod TD tightened the gap. They also traveled to (and dominated) DIAA Northern Colorado, 31-0, more than doubling them in offense.
The big battle will be the Lopers' run defense vs. Danny Woodhead. The Lopers are only giving up 110 yds per game and 2.9 per carry rushing. Woodhead is the all-time leading rusher in college football, and this year is averaging 169 yds per game and has scored 16 TDs. The Lopers will have to slow him down without ignoring the pass. Chadron won last year's game 31-12
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