BELTON – The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor football team will make its longest trip of the regular season when the Cru travels to La Crosse, Wisconsin this weekend to take on the Eagles of Wisconsin-La Crosse in a non-conference match-up. This will be the third all-time meeting between the schools with UMHB holding on for close victories in both of the previous two contests in the series.
The Cru had to rally from a 19-point deficit in the initial meeting between the two teams in 2010 and escaped La Crosse with a 24-19 victory. In the 2011 meeting, UMHB trailed 20-17 in the final period before storming back with ten fourth-quarter points to snatch a 27-20 win. And regardless of the records, the Cru is expecting a fight again this go-around.
“They are so well coached and big and strong,” Cru head coach Pete Fredenburg said. “They play in such a tough conference and we know they will have a good game plan and will be ready for us. We have really been tested both times we’ve played them, so they will be a formidable foe and we had better be ready to play on Saturday.”
The Cru is 2-0 on the season and enters Saturday’s game ranked #2 in the country by D3football.com. UMHB is coming off a 36-0 victory over University of Redlands last weekend as the Cru held the Bulldogs to just five yards rushing and 155 yards of total offense while posting the 16th shutout in program history. Wisconsin-La Crosse is 1-1 on the year and is coming off a 46-0 loss at 11th-ranked St. Thomas (MN) last Saturday.
The game will kick off at 6:00 PM and will be broadcast locally on K101.7 FM. The pre-game show will start at 5:30 with Jon Wallin and George Haffner calling the action. K101.7 will also stream audio of the game through the station’s web site. UMHB will also offer free live video streaming of the game and Wisconsin-La Crosse will provide live stats. You can access links to all of the coverage through the UMHB Athletic Department web site at www.cruathletics.com.