Southern Arkansas’ Bill Keopple has not beaten Arkansas Tech in Russelleville while serving as the Muleriders’ head coach. He’s hoping to change that tonight when the two teams square off in Great American Conference action at Thone Stadium.
Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.
“We’ve been to Russellville five times since I’ve been here and haven’t won there yet. We have to break that trend,” said Keopple.
The Muleriders (2-1) and Wonder Boys (0-3) will be meeting for the 83rd time. The home team has dominated of late, winning each of the last 11 games. The last time the road school won came in 2007 when SAU scored a 56-49 victory at Thone Stadium.
SAU ranks as the only GAC school and one of 20 teams in Division II to have scored on every trip to the red zone. The Muleriders are 7-for-7 through the first three weeks. Arkansas Tech kicker Jesus Zizumbo ranks second in the country with seven made field goals.
The Muleriders are looking to bounce back from a disappointing 31-0 home loss to Harding, an outcome Keopple called embarrassing. SAU’s offense threw three interceptions (two returned for touchdowns) and managed only 62 yards rushing, while the defense allowed the Bisons 299 yards on the ground.
We got wore out in every area of the game,” said Keopple. “We have to get on the same page if we want to win a lot more football games.”
Other GAC games Saturday include Southwestern Oklahoma (2-1) hosting No. 4 Ouachita Baptist (3-0); Southern Nazarene (0-3) hosting Southeastern Oklahoma (1-2); Northwestern Oklahoma hosting (1-2) vs. UAM (2-1); No. 20 Harding (2-1) hosting Henderson State (2-1); and Okla. Baptist (1-2) hosting East Central (1-2).