The #20 Emporia State football team will enjoy a bye week on Saturday. The next action for the Hornets will be a top 20 showdown with current #4 Missouri Western on November 2 in St. Joseph, Mo.
The Hornets will keep their normal media routine this week. Coach Higgins, one assistant and one player will be at Bruff's Sports Bar & Grill for Hornet Talk today from 12:20-1:00 p.m. and coach Higgins will be available for phone interviews for a short time following that.
We will still have our normal Thursday media gathering on Oct. 24 from approximately 1:30-2:20 p.m.
If you would like to talk at a different time, feel free to contact me and we can set something up.
#20 Emporia State Hornets (7-0, 7-0 MIAA)
TIME TO GET REAL
The #20 Hornets will play their final three games against teams currently ranked in the top 15 nationally starting with #4 Missouri Western on November 2 following a bye week. Four MIAA teams are undefeated after seven weeks and all four play each other the last three weeks of the season.
LAST TIME OUT
The #20 Hornets had 561 yards of total offense and picked off a season high four passes in a 52-21 win over Lindenwood on Saturday in St. Charles, Mo. It was the third straight game over 50 points for the Hornets. Brent Wilson finished the day 25 of 34 for 295 yards, four touchdowns and an interception and added 75 rushing yards on ten carries. Ray Ray Davis had 11 receptions for 130 yards and three touchdowns. Antonio Brown led the rushing attack with 76 yards on 16 carries with two touchdowns. As a team Emporia State racked up 256 yards on the ground and 305 through the air. Defensively the Hornets got interceptions from Julian Dozier, Gary Fortune, Deveon Dinwiddie and Kadeem Satchell. Aaron Matthews had four tackles, two of them sacks and forced fumble.
Garin Higgins has compiled a career record of 87-47 in his 12th season as a head coach. He led the Hornets to ten wins for just the second time in school history last year. He is 36-38 in his seventh season at his alma mater and is 27-14 over the last three seasons. He had a 51-9 career record as the head coach at Northwestern Oklahoma, including two trips to the national championship game. Higgins was a quarterback for Emporia State from 1987-90 and was on the 1989 national runners-up team. He is 0-6 against MWSU.
SCOUTING THE HORNETS
The Hornets lead the MIAA and are ranked in the top five nationally in scoring, total offense, pass offense, pass efficiency and first downs. Brent Wilson leads the nation in passing efficiency and is second in total offense, passing touchdowns and points responsible for. Defensively the Hornets are third in rushing defense and give up an MIAA best 6.2 yards per pass attempt.
Emporia State has scored on their opening drive in four of seven games and have scored first in six of seven games. The Hornets have led for 365:29 of the 420 minutes played this season, been tied for 45:32 and trailed for just 8:59 of action.
Brent Wilson is lighting up the record book at Emporia State. He is having the best sophomore year of any Hornet quarterback in history and one of the best years period. He is ranked second in single season touchdown passes with 27, fourth in total offense with 2,751 yards, and seventh in passing with 2,333 yards on the season.
Ray Ray Davis is now ranked sixth in single season touchdown catches at Emporia State with 12 scoring grabs.
Emporia State was ranked #20 in the AFCA National Coaches Poll and #22 in the D2Football.com Media Poll last week. They are ranked #12 in the Massey Computer Ratings.
The Hornets travel to #4 Missouri Western on November 2 for the first of three games against nationally ranked teams. Kick-off from Spratt Stadium in St. Joseph, Mo. is set for 1:30 p.m.