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UMHB football to host Hardin-Simmons in key ASC matchup

BELTON, TX (KXXV) -

It doesn’t matter what is on the line when the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor football team faces Hardin-Simmons University, it is always one of the biggest games of the season. But when both teams are undefeated and nationally ranked, like they are entering Saturday’s contest, the stakes get so much higher.

The Cru and Cowboys will face off for the 23rd time when the two teams tangle in a 1:00 PM kickoff at Crusader Stadium on Saturday. Sole possession of first place in the American Southwest Conference will be up for grabs and the winner of the UMHB-HSU game has gone on to win at least a share of the league title every season for the previous 18 years.

The Cru is 6-0 overall and has a 3-0 mark in ASC play after knocking off then 15th-ranked East Texas Baptist University 59-22 last Saturday in Marshall. UMHB is ranked #3 in the country by both the American Football Coaches Association and D3football.com. The Cru holds a 16-6 all-time edge in the series between the two teams after Hardin-Simmons won the first four meetings.

The Cowboys are also 6-0 overall and 3-0 in the ASC after beating Howard Payne University 54-15 last Saturday in Abilene. HSU is ranked 8th in the country by the AFCA and is #11 in the nation in the D3football.com Top 25 Poll. Hardin-Simmons snapped UMHB’s 61-game regular season winning streak and ended the Cru’s 39-game ASC win streak with a 29-26 victory in the regular season meeting last October. UMHB would get some revenge with a 37-19 win over the Cowboys in the First Round of the NCAA Division III National Championships three weeks later.

“There is always a different feel around here when it is Hardin-Simmons week and I think after what happened last year, it might be even more magnified this week,” Cru football coach Pete Fredenburg said. “You can’t help but be impressed when you see them on video. They are very well coached and do a nice job on both sides of the ball. I just think it is going to be a really big challenge for us and we need to come out ready to play a complete football game.”

Hardin-Simmons will be the third ranked opponent that UMHB has faced this season, joining Linfield College and East Texas Baptist. The Cowboys are also the fourth defending conference champion on the Cru’s slate this year. Texas Lutheran won the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference last season, Linfield was the Northwest Conference champion and East Texas Baptist and Hardin-Simmons shared the ASC title with the Cru last year.

Saturday’s game will also be a part of Homecoming Weekend at UMHB. Former Cru standout and current Chicago Bear linebacker Jerrell Freeman will have his number retired at halftime. The first 3,000 fans through the gates will also receive a free Jerrell Freeman t-shirt. For more information on parking, traffic flow and game day events, please visit the following link: http://www.umhb.edu/stadium/directions-and-parking. Hardin-Simmons University fans are encouraged to enter the stadium through ticket window #3 at the southeast corner of Crusader Stadium.

Saturday’s game will also be broadcast live on K101.7 FM and through the station’s web site with the pre-game show starting at 12:30 PM. UMHB will provide live video streaming and live statistics for the game with links to both available by clicking here: http://portal.stretchinternet.com/umhb/. Tickets are still available and the ticket windows are scheduled to open at 11:00 AM on Saturday. Reserved tickets are $12. General admission tickets will be free at the ticket windows on Saturday, but you must still pick up a ticket. The stadium gates will open at 11:30 AM on Saturday. Tickets left at Will Call will be available for pickup at any ticket window on game day.

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