Archives for October 2015

Wonder Boys Visit NWOSU Saturday

It’s been more than two decades since Arkansas Tech University had the opportunity to make this many edits to the rushing offense portion of its football record book.

The Wonder Boys (6-2) will lean on that running game to carry them through their final and longest road trip of the 2015 regular season when they take on Northwestern Oklahoma State University (3-5) in Great American Conference action at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31, at Ranger Field in Alva, Okla.

Radio station KCJC 102.3 FM and www.arkansastechsports.com will have the live play-by-play description.

With three regular season games remaining, Arkansas Tech has amassed 2,294 rushing yards. It is the sixth-highest single-season rushing total in Wonder Boys’ history, and it marks Arkansas Tech’s highest single-season rushing output since it ran for a school-record 3,794 yards on its way to winning the 1994 Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference championship.

This year’s running attack has helped position Arkansas Tech one game behind GAC-leading Henderson State University (7-1) entering the stretch drive of the chase for the championship.

“A five-yard gain can turn into a long run when your wide receivers are blocking,” said Arkansas Tech head coach Raymond Monica. “And then the offensive line…we’ve had some injuries there during the course of the year, but those guys keep doing a great job. It takes all 11 guys to turn those short gains into long ones. The other thing is we’ve had some great efforts from our running backs and quarterback on third and fourth down to keep the chains moving.”

Tech freshman running back Bryan Allen leads the GAC in rushing (110.8 yards per game), while sophomore running back Brayden Stringer ranks eighth in the league (67.1 rushing yards per game).

Freshman Wonder Boys’ running back Kristian Thompson (53.5 rushing yards per game) is the reigning GAC offensive player of the week after he carried for 105 yards and four touchdowns in a 57-37 win over Southeastern Oklahoma State University last Saturday.

Arkansas Tech senior quarterback Arsenio Favor has contributed 13 rushing touchdowns, ninth-most in NCAA Division II this season.

Protecting the football is a particular point of emphasis for the Arkansas Tech offense this week. Northwestern Oklahoma State has forced its opponents into 28 turnovers this season, most in the GAC and tied for most in NCAA Division II.

A good deal of that havoc has been created through pressure on the quarterback. The Rangers have recorded 18 quarterback sacks in 2015.

“The (NWOSU) defensive line is very good,” said Monica. “How we’re able to handle them up front is going to be a major factor in how we’re able to move the football.”

Northwestern Oklahoma State owns the No. 1 passing offense in the GAC. Led by junior quarterback Reid Miller, the Rangers average 319.6 passing yards per game. Ten NWOSU receivers have caught 11 or more passes this season.

“They’re doing a good job throwing and catching the football,” said Monica. “The offensive line is giving them enough time to get the football out of there. They’ve averaged 39 points per game in their last three.”

The Wonder Boys will arrive in Alva as the GAC leader in total defense (308.8 yards allowed per game). Senior linebacker Logan Genz leads Arkansas Tech and is No. 5 in the GAC in tackles (9.4 per game). Freshman defensive back Cuá Rose has intercepted five passes in 2015, second-most in the conference.

Arkansas Tech owns a 7-4 all-time record against Northwestern Oklahoma State. The Wonder Boys have won the last three meetings between the two sides, including a 33-14 victory in Russellville last season.

After its trip to Alva, Arkansas Tech will return home for its final two regular season games of 2015 — Saturday, Nov. 7, against Southwestern Oklahoma State University and Saturday, Nov. 14, against Harding University. Both games are scheduled for 2 p.m. starts. Party at the Plaza, the pre-game tailgating celebration outside the stadium on Centennial Plaza, will begin at noon both days.

Statement From President Bowen

On Wednesday, Oct. 28, a student organization hosted a Halloween costume contest on the Arkansas Tech University campus in Russellville. As part of the event, a Caucasian student dressed as African-American performer Lil Wayne and chose to use blackface as part of her costume.

Below is a statement from Dr. Robin E. Bowen, Arkansas Tech University president:

“I share the deep hurt felt by many that a display such as the one that took place at our university could occur in this day and time. Participation in a just and fair society requires that each of us take the feelings of others into consideration at all times so as to not be offensive to others. In this case, some of our students fell short of that standard.

“As a result, Arkansas Tech University will investigate this matter through the proper channels to ensure that appropriate corrective measures are taken. We are in the business of education, and rather than running away from this very unpleasant situation we will use it as an opportunity to reinforce our institutional commitment to diversity and inclusion. We will offer resources to all involved. We will continue teaching our students and preparing them to become effective citizens.

“To our students, I ask that you join me in making a simple and yet critical commitment. Today, tomorrow and forevermore, love your fellow man. Demonstrate consideration for his or her point of view. When you see or hear something that you know is wrong, do what is right. Our ability to create a society in which each person feels welcome and included will hinge upon a countless series of individual decisions. Make good decisions.”

Familiar Faces: Jericho McElroy

Arkansas Tech University graduate student Jericho McElroy is hard at work preparing for his career.

McElroy describes himself as a people person, which is why he is passionate about studying sociology.

In addition to his time in the classroom, he is involved researching sociology topics and strategic planning efforts at Arkansas Tech.

Learn more about the Graduate College.

Learn more about the Department of Behavioral Sciences.

Residence Halls Offer Trick or Treating

The Arkansas Tech University community will welcome the children of students, faculty and staff to campus later this month for a Halloween option.

Children are invited to stop by several campus residence halls from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30 to participate in trick or treating.

Candy stations will be available in the lobbies of several halls, and the Office of Residence Life will provide the candy to be handed out.

The following residence halls will be taking part:

  • Baswell
  • Brown
  • Caraway
  • Hughes
  • Jones
  • M Sreet
  • Nutt
  • Paine
  • Roush
  • Turner

For more information regarding the event, contact the Office of Residence Life at (479) 968-0376.

Time to Fall Back

Arkansas Tech University students, faculty and staff will gain an extra hour this weekend.

Over the weekend, the United States will switch from Daylight Saving Time to Standard Time, which means people will gain one hour of sleep.

The switch will take place between Saturday night and Sunday morning, so students, faculty and staff should set their clocks backward one hour before going to bed Saturday evening.

Students will lose an hour next March when the United States switches back to Daylight Saving Time.