Photo credit: Tammy Kelley
(Photo credit: Tammy Kelley / HOTSN)

BELTON – The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor football team will open the 2014 regular season in the same state where the 2013 regular season ended as the Cru travels to Jackson, Mississippi to face Millsaps College in the season opener for both teams Saturday night at 6:00 PM. UMHB played Mississippi College in the final game of the 2013 regular season in Clinton, about 20 miles from the Millsaps campus.
Saturday’s game will be the first meeting between the Cru and the Majors and pits a pair of nationally ranked teams against each other. UMHB is coming off a 13-1 season that ended with a 16-15 loss to eventual National Champion Wisconsin-Whitewater and the Cru is ranked as high as #2 in the country in the preseason polls. The Majors are coming off a 9-1 season and only a loss to Rhodes College in the season finale kept Millsaps from an undefeated season and a likely postseason berth. The Majors are ranked as high as #20 nationally in the preseason polls. UMHB returns 47 letter winners, eight offensive starters and five defensive starters from last year’s squad. Meanwhile, Millsaps has 61 lettermen, seven offensive starters and eight defensive starters back from last year’s team. The Majors also have a pair of preseason All-Americans in running back Mike Barthelemy and defensive end Zach Bell. Both teams have plenty of motivation after the way their 2013 seasons ended to go with that returning talent. And at least one person is happy to see this match-up taking place in week one instead of later in the season.
“I think it is much better to try to prepare for someone who hasn’t played a game because teams improve so much from week one to week two,” Cru Head Coach Pete Fredenburg said. “But we have seen them on film and can tell how talented and well coached they are. This will be a huge test for our football team and we will need to find a way to rise to the challenge.”
UMHB will also bring a 44-game regular season winning streak into the game and the Cru has won 21 consecutive regular season road games. Both of those streaks started following a 17-14 loss at Mississippi College in Clinton on October 17, 2009. UMHB will be playing a game in the state of Mississippi for the 11th time in program history and is 7-3 all-time in the state.
Saturday’s game will be broadcast on K101.7 FM in Central Texas with Jon Wallin and George Haffner calling the action. The pre-game show will start at 5:30 with kickoff at 6:00 PM. UMHB will also provide a free live video stream of the game and Millsaps will have live statistics available. You can access links to the video, statistics and K101.7’s audio stream through the Cru Athletic Department web site at