Tahlequah Daily Press

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November 16, 2013

Cup or bust

NSU, Bronchos set to clash for President’s Cup in season finale

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Blue Tigers reprimanded

NSU’s opponent last week, Lincoln, was reprimanded this week by the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association.

“Coach (Mike) Jones allowed a disqualified Lincoln player to participate in the first quarter of the game on Saturday when the player should not have been allowed to participate,” MIAA commissioner Bob Boerigter said in a statement. “This was a violation of our championship code.”

The league said that Jones admitted to the mishap.

“Any compromise of the rules or the championship code, whether they be intentional or unintentional is not acceptable and will not be tolerated in the MIAA,” Boerigter added.

Northeastern State at Lincoln

When: Saturday at 1 p.m.

Where: Doc Wadley Stadium.

Broadcast: KTLQ, FM-96.3 and AM-1350 or online at www.goriverhawksgo.com.

Nicknames: NSU RiverHawks; UCO Bronchos.

Coaches: NSU - Kenny Evans (sixth season, 21-44); UCO - Nick Bobeck (second season, 4-15).

Records: NSU 1-9 (1-8 MIAA); UCO 2-7 (2-7).

Rankings: Neither team is ranked in NCAA Division II football.

Series record: UCO leads 45-26-2.

Last meeting: In 2012, NSU beat Central Oklahoma 22-20 in Edmond. Drew Patton’s 21-yard field goal with 1:53 left gave the RiverHawks a two-point lead. NSU running back Joel Rockmore ran for 198 yards and a touchdown.

Last week: Lincoln 42, NSU 33; UCO 38, Southwest Baptist 31.

News to know: NSU has won the previous three meetings in the annual clash for the President’s Cup. ... Central Oklahoma will be without quarterback Adrian Nelson, who is out with an injury. Redshirt freshman T.J. Eckert, a Bixby native, will make his third start of the season. ... NSU linebacker Langston Jones is 23 tackles shy of tying Kelby Farley’s single-season record of 149 tackles in 1994. ... UCO running back Josh Birmingham is 199 yards short of setting the Bronchos’ all-time rushing record. Birmingham currently has 4,162 yards, and he is chasing Steve Tate’s record of 4,360 yards from 1977 to 1980.

Players to watch

NSU: Thor Long (QB)

- The RiverHawks’ sophomore quarterback has completed only 45.4 percent (103 of 227) of his passes this season, but he’s been at 50 percent or better in his last two games. He also ran for a team-high 106 yards at Lincoln last week.

Central Oklahoma: Marquez Clark (WR).

- The Bronchos’ 5-foot-11, 190-pound junior pass catcher does it all for UCO. He’s tallied eight 100-yard receiving games for the Bronchos, with one contest only being 99 yards (against Pittsburg State). Clark ranks second in NCAA Division II football in punt return average (21.3 yards), and he’s also second nationally in all-purpose yards with 225.7 yards per contest.

Looking ahead: Both teams will head into the offseason without a playoff or bowl berth.

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