Northeastern State at Lincoln
When: Saturday at 2 p.m.
Where: Dwight T. Reed Stadium in Jefferson City, Mo.
Broadcast: KTLQ, AM-1350 or online at www.goriverhawksgo.com.
Nicknames: NSU RiverHawks; Lincoln Blue Tigers.
Coaches: NSU - Kenny Evans (sixth season, 21-43); Lincoln - Mike Jones (third season, 3-28).
Records: NSU 1-8 (1-7 MIAA); Lincoln 1-8 (0-8).
Rankings: Neither team is ranked in NCAA Division II football.
Series record: NSU leads 1-0.
Last meeting: In 2012, NSU upended Lincoln 45-21 in Tahlequah. Terrance Dixon rushed for 103 yards, and receiver Chucky Bryant caught three touchdowns passes for the RiverHawks, who put the game with a 24-7 second quarter to build up to a 31-14 halftime lead.
Last week: NSU 31, Southwest Baptist 3; Central Oklahoma 49, Lincoln 42.
News to know: NSU wide receiver Jordan Robinson, who left last week’s game with a head and neck injury, will be out for the rest of the season. “He’s wearing a neck brace and he had a slight concussion, but everything looks good and the MRI turned out good. He’ll likely start rehab after the season is over,” Evans said. ... The NSU-Lincoln matchup will feature the top two tacklers in the MIAA. NSU’s Langston Jones leads the league with 118 tackles (13.1 per-game average), while Lincoln’s Kendrick Causey isn’t far behind with 110 tackles (11.1 per contest).
Players to watch
NSU: Terrance Dixon (RB).
- Dixon, a 5-foot-10, 190-pound junior tailback, watched as Steven Hopper ran for 228 yards against Southwest Baptist last week. But Dixon is still the RiverHawks’ starting tailback, and he did run for 100-plus yards against Lincoln last year. Look for Dixon to get back on track after not posting a 100-yard rushing game since playing against Emporia State in Week 4.
Lincoln: Andre Borney (WR).
- The Blue Tigers’ 5-10, 180-pound senior wide receiver give quarterback Jacob Morris a solid target in the passing game. Borney, on top of five catches for 61 yards last week, is also a lethal return man, logging an 85-yard punt return for a touchdown last week against Central Oklahoma.
Looking ahead: Sooner State supremacy in the MIAA will be up for grabs when NSU hosts Central Oklahoma on Nov. 16. Lincoln will close out the campaign at home against Southwest Baptist on the same day.