Run at Postseason Play in Sight for Tigers; Host Rival Lopers Saturday on Television

FHSU Sports Information Department

HAYS, Kan. – Fort Hays State’s potential march to postseason play begins on Saturday (Oct. 31) when it hosts rival Nebraska-Kearney. The Tigers, currently 5-3 on the season and fourth in the MIAA standings, are in position to make a run at the postseason (bowl game or playoffs) with three regular season games remaining. The journey begins with a Nebraska-Kearney team still looking for its first win of the season at 0-8 in the annual Hall of Fame Game at 2:30 pm.

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Channels That Carry MIAA TV Network Game of the Week
KSMO-TV (Kansas City) – 100% of KC’s DMA. Broadcast over the air on Channel 62.  Check local cable/satellite programming guides for specific channel number.
Cox Channel KS – Channels 22 and 2022 (HD). There will also be a replay on Monday, Nov. 2 at 3 pm. The game will also be available in Cox On Demand for a limited time.
Cox Oklahoma – On Channel 703 in Oklahoma City and Chanel 1333 in the Tulsa Market.
KGCS-TV (Joplin) – Broadcast over the air on channel 22.  It will also be available on Channel 6 for CableOne subscriberts. Check other cable providers for availability/specific channel number.
News-Press NOW Channel (Northwest MO) – The News-Press NOW Channel is broadcast over the air on 26.2 and channel 3 and 603 (HD) on Suddenlink cable.
Eagle Communications (Western KS) – Channels 204 and 601 on Eagle Television. Channel 204 is in Eagle Digital package and 601 is in high definition.
Nex-Tech Television (Western KS) – Channels 109 and 609 on Nex-Tech Television. Channel 109 is in Nex-Tech’s Premiere package and 609 is in high definition

The Tigers just missed postseason play last year with a record of 7-4. FHSU is in great position to at least match or pass that mark this year. Sitting in front of them is Nebraska-Kearney at 0-8, Missouri Southern at 1-7, and then current No. 25 ranked Central Missouri at 6-2. FHSU won all three games against these opponents last year to finish 2014 on a three-game win streak. FHSU is just one game back of third-place Central Missouri and two back of second-place Emporia State. FHSU handed Emporia State its only loss of the season two weeks ago in Hays.

Fort Hays State is looking for its fourth straight win over Nebraska-Kearney. FHSU has won all three meetings since UNK joined the MIAA in 2012. The Tigers won 24-17 in Kearney last year.

Fort Hays State ranks 11th in the nation in rushing offense, averaging 270.4 yards per game on the ground. Shaquille Cooper (132.0) and Treveon Albert (113.9) rank first and second in the conference in rushing yards per game. Cooper has five 100-yard games this year, while Albert has four. The Tigers have rushed for at least 200 yards as a team in six games and at least 300 in three games this year.

Brock Long continues to have an amazing season on defense. The senior linebacker still ranks second in the nation in tackles with 127, averaging 15.9 per game. Last week, he broke the FHSU single-season tackles for loss record, now with 19.5 on the season after six against Northwest Missouri State. He passed the previous record of 19, set by Jason Hill (2007) and Jacob Crossman (2010). His eight sacks and 127 tackles already ranks eighth in a single season at FHSU in both categories, still with three regular season games to play. Long is still within reach of the single-season tackle record of 164, set by Alex Whitehill in 2011.

Drew O’Brien broke the all-time scoring record at FHSU at Northwest Missouri State. He entered the game tied with Bob Johnson for the all-time record of 220 and broke the record with his first extra-point of the game on Daniel Lindsey‘s 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. O’Brien now has 226 points.

Lindsey, like Long, has also made waves on a national level with four blocked kicks this year. Lindsey ranks second in the nation in blocked kicks, just one back of the lead, and he’s helped FHSU to seven blocks as a team, which also ranks second nationally.

Nebraska-Kearney has struggled this year, but has stayed within 20 points of the opponent in six of their eight losses. The Lopers gave Pittsburg State a scare last week in Kearney as PSU escaped with a 24-19 win. The Lopers have yet to allow more than 40 points this season with 38 surrendered to Central Missouri as the season high. The Lopers also have one of the top defensive players in the country, linebacker Tyke Kozeal, who has 119 tackles.

Hall of Fame Inductees Honored at Halftime
Fort Hays State will be inducting six new members into its Tiger Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday morning. Following the morning’s induction ceremony, the inductees will be honored at halftime of the football game. Here are the newest members of the Hall of Fame being inducted on Saturday.
Jeff Bieker – Baseball (2003-05)
Jayme Eichner – Volleyball (2001-04)
Daryl Henning – Wrestling (1978-82)
Jim Montgomery – Track and Field (1952-55)
Vicki Thom Smith – Women’s Gymnastics (1981-85)
Ed & Donna Stehno – Contributors

Read more about each inductee at the following link…2015 Tiger Sports Hall of Fame Inductees.

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