College Football

College game preview: Quincy University at William Jewell

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Oct. 7, 2016 5:15 pm

QU at William Jewell

When: 1 p.m. Saturday

Where: Greene Stadium, Liberty, Mo.

Records: QU -- 3-2 (1-2 Great Lakes Valley Conference). William Jewell -- 0-5 (0-3 GLVC).

Radio: ESPN 1440 AM

Last meeting: Oct. 10, 2015 -- William Jewell 24, QU 21. Brandon Womack kicked a 28-yard field goal as time expired to give the Cardinals the victory at QU Stadium. The Hawks' Eric Poindexter caught touchdown passes of 40 and 43 yards, finishing with five catches for 108 yards.

Scouting the Hawks: With three of its final five games at home, Quincy would position itself to potentially have a winning season by picking up a key road victory. The Hawks are 2-1 on the road this season, the lone hiccup coming last week with a 31-13 loss at Saint Joseph's. Strong starts have been Quincy's key to success as it has scored in the first quarter in three of its five games. The Hawks did a better job of establishing the run last week, averaging 4.1 yards per carry. However, they managed just 127 total yards on the ground, a number they'd like to see consistently be around 200. A more balanced attack takes pressure off the passing game and allows QU to own the time of possession battle, something it lost by nearly nine minutes last week.

Scouting the Cardinals: The Cardinals were shut out last week, managing just 209 yards and 2.9 yards per play in a 26-0 loss to Missouri S&T. The Cardinals limited the Miners to one offensive touchdown. Missouri S&T kicked four field goals and cemented the victory with an interception return for a touchdown in the third quarter. Part of the problem offensively has been lack of consistency at quarterback. Three different signal-callers have played, with Brad Strauss throwing for 291 yards and three touchdowns in the season opener but only throwing 10 passes since. He's played in only two games. Jared Hobby has played in four games, throwing for 332 yards and three scores against Saint Joseph's, but he split snaps with Collin Rugg last week. The Cardinals have been inconsistent on the ground with only three rushing touchdowns and no one with more than 146 yards rushing.

-- Matt Schuckman