College Football

College game preview: Culver-Stockton College at Evangel

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Sep. 21, 2019 1:40 am Updated: Sep. 21, 2019 2:57 am

C-SC at Evangel

When: 6 p.m. Saturday

Where: Tiger Stadium, Ozark, Mo.

Records: C-SC -- 2-1 (0-0 Heart of America Athletic Conference North Division). Evangel -- 3-0 (0-0 Heart South Division).

All-time series: Evangel leads 28-4.

Last meeting: Sept. 22, 2018 -- Evangel 20, C-SC 17. Jordan Grant scored on a 2-yard run with 3:14 to play in regulation to pull the Wildcats within three. After forcing a punt, the Wildcats drove to the Crusaders' 35-yard line before Ben Workman missed a 52-yard field goal attempt with 13 seconds remaining in regulation.

Inside the matchup: Coming off an impressive offensive outburst against Missouri Valley in last week's nationally televised victory, the Wildcats look to challenge one of the nation's top defenses.

The Crusaders are ranked No. 1 in the NAIA in passing defense, allowing just 47.7 yards per game, and second in total defense, giving up 164.3 yards. They have allowed just 21 points, which ranks fourth nationally, and posted a 28-0 victory last week at Clarke for their first shutout since the 2017 season. Cornerback Athanie Leeviraphan has two interceptions, and linebacker Sam Morton leads the defense with six tackles for loss.

Offensively, Evangel relies heavily on quarterback Zeke Kuyawa, who leads the team in rushing and passing. Kuyawa has rushed for 219 yards and thrown for 433 yards.

One trend will end Saturday. The Wildcats have won three consecutive road games, but it has lost 16 straight games to ranked opponents dating back to the 2014 season. Having the nation's top quarterback could help determine which trend continues. C-SC junior Korbin Marcum leads the NAIA with 986 yards passing. He has yet to throw an interception in 125 passing attempts this season.

The Wildcats have been aggressive defensively, too. Linebacker Dalton Huffman leads C-SC with 2.5 sacks, while linebacker Pat Robinson has two sacks.

-- Matt Schuckman