Arkansas Tech University will conclude its 96th season of intercollegiate football by hosting the Southwest Baptist University Bearcats at Thone Stadium at Buerkle Field in Russellville on Saturday, Nov. 13. Kickoff for the non-conference game is set for 2 p.m. Party at the Plaza, the pre-game tailgating celebration outside the stadium on Centennial Plaza, will begin at noon. Tickets will be available on game day at the Thone Stadium at Buerkle Field ticket office.
Radio station KWKK 100.9 FM will have the broadcast in the Arkansas River Valley.
Click here to access live statistics. The Wonder Boys (3-7) suffered a 42-7 loss at Harding University last Saturday in their Gulf South Conference finale. Southwest Baptist (7-3) saw its seven-game winning streak end a week ago with a 40-14 loss at NCAA Division I-Football Championship Subdivision member Southeast Missouri State. Even with the loss, the Bearcats will arrive in Russellville with a chance to establish a new SBU school record for most football wins in a season. For Arkansas Tech, the game is about building momentum for 2011. “A win would allow us to leave the season with a good feeling and make it easier to head into the off-season with a positive attitude,” said Tech head coach Steve Mullins. “We’re looking for guys who are stepping up and showing great leadership.
“I told our team after the Harding game that history has shown us that every great man has been knocked down,” continued Mullins. “What makes them great is they always fight back. We may be knocked down a little bit this year, but we need to know which guys are going to fight back and lead us where we want to be next year.”
Southwest Baptist is led by senior quarterback Steven Gachette. He has completed 67 percent of his passes this year for 3,095 yards and 23 touchdowns.
Those numbers are impressive enough. Add his 858 rushing yards and 15 rushing touchdowns in 2010 to the mix and Gachette appears next to unstoppable.
“There’s no way I can adequately describe (Gachette),” said Mullins. “The opportunity to watch him is worth the price of admission. He’s the best quarterback we’ve seen this year. Nobody has stopped him in their first 10 games, so we will be challenged this week.”
Russellville radio station KWKK 100.9 FM will broadcast the game. There will be audio and video feeds of the contest available at www.athletics.atu.edu.]]>