COLUMBIA, Ky. – The 22nd-ranked Lindsey Wilson football team hosts conference opponent Cumberlands (Ky.) on Saturday with the opening kickoff set for 1:30 p.m. CT at Blue Raider Stadium.
The Blue Raiders (3-2, 1-0 Mid-South Conference) play their first home game since Sept. 13. In the final NAIA Football Game of the Week for the month of September, Lindsey Wilson lost at No. 4 Faulkner (Ala.) by a final score of 28-21 last weekend.
Entering Saturday's matchup, the Blue Raiders rank fifth in the NAIA with 219 points scored and have also totaled the sixth-most passing yards with 1,498. On defense, Lindsey Wilson is the top team in the nation with 17.0 total sacks.
Behind center for the Blue Raiders, quarterback Branden Cresap has completed 108-of-167 passes for 1,405 yards, 15 touchdowns and four interceptions. His passing yardage puts him fourth amongst all NAIA players in that category.
On the opposite side of the ball, lineman Andrew Wahl is tied for first in the nation with 6.5 sacks. This season he has 24 tackles, including 8.0 for a loss.
Picked as the fourth-ranked team in the preseason edition of the NAIA Football Coaches' Poll, the Patriots (1-3, 0-2 MSC) come into this conference showdown unranked. Most recently, Cumberlands dropped its Homecoming game to Pikeville (Ky.) by a 22-7 margin last Saturday.
As a team, the Patriots are ranked ninth in the NAIA in rushing defense average, allowing 99.3 rushing yards per game. On the offensive side, Cumberlands is tied for 11th with a rushing offense average of 237.0 yards per game.
The Patriots' Wendall Williams ranks fourth nationally with 362 kickoff return yards, and is third in the MSC with 645 all-purpose yards. On defense, Jimmy Carman, Carson Newman and Ken Reichle each have 2.0 sacks.
Lindsey Wilson is 0-2 all-time against Cumberlands, including a 52-45 loss at James H. Taylor II Stadium last season.
Saturday's game marks the first date Lindsey Wilson Athletics will be collecting items for Operation Christmas Child.
Collection boxes will be located at the entrance of the stadium where people can donate items such as toys, clothing, school supplies or personal items for children ages two to 14. The items will then be placed in shoeboxes and sent to needy children worldwide.
Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. CT.