Photo Credit: Tammy Kelley Photography
Photo Credit: Tammy Kelley Photography

BELTON – The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor football team held its ground in both major national polls this week as the Cru remained #2 in the nation in the American Football Coaches Association’s Top 25.  UMHB is ranked #3 in the country in the Top 25 for the fifth straight week.

The Cru grabbed two first place votes and 1,001 total points to hold steady at #2 in this week’s AFCA Top 25 Poll. Mount Union is ranked #1 with 40 first place votes and 1,048 total points. Linfield College is ranked third with 969 total points. UMHB is the only American Southwest Conference program ranked in the top 25 this week, but Louisiana College is receiving votes. The Cru topped the Wildcats 45-34 last Saturday in Belton.

The Cru held steady at #3 in the country in the Top 25 Poll. UMHB took three first place votes and 591 total points in that ranking. Mount Union claimed 16 first place votes and 609 total points for the #1 spot and Linfield College is second with six first-place votes and 597 total points. Louisiana College is also receiving votes in the Poll.

“Coming back to get a victory after getting down 10-0 and turning the ball over four times says a lot about this team,” Cru head coach Pete Fredenburg said. “We have to eliminate the turnovers and improve our play to reach our goals. The next chance to do that comes against a good Hardin-Simmons team this week. It never matters what the records are when it is Hardin-Simmons week and I think that reverberates through both programs.”

UMHB is 6-0 overall and has a 2-0 mark in American Southwest Conference play on the season following the victory over Louisiana College last Saturday. UMHB will return to action with a 1:00 PM road game at Hardin-Simmons (3-3, 2-1 ASC) this Saturday in Abilene. It will be the first road game for the Cru since September 14th.