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College Football: Wonder Boys looks for first winning record since 2005

RUSSELLVILLE — The Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys football team will wrap up its 2013 season this Saturday, Nov. 16, facing Harding University in a Senior Day showdown. Kickoff from Thone Stadium at Buerkle Field is set for 2 p.m.

Tech (5-5, 5-4 Great American Conference) can clinch its first overall winning record since the 2009 season with a victory, but the task will not be easy, as Harding (7-2, 7-2 Great American Conference) boasts the top rushing attack in all of Division II and one of the top defenses in the nation as well.

The Wonder Boys are riding a two-game win streak into the contest after a 26-17 win at East Central and last weekend’s 37-34 overtime win over Southeastern Oklahoma. Meanwhile, after being upset by Southwestern Oklahoma in their season opener, Harding has gone 7-1, falling only to first-place Henderson State.

Ranked No. 10 in this week’s region poll, Harding would need considerable help to advance to the playoffs for the second consecutive season, as only the top six teams in the region are selected. However, the Bisons are the favorite to advance to the Live United Texarkana Bowl. Harding can lock up its berth with a win Saturday, but should the Bisons fall to the Wonder Boys, Harding will still qualify for the game with a Henderson State win over Ouachita Baptist in this weekend’s Battle of the Ravine.

For the Wonder Boys to pick up the win, they will have to slow the option attack that has racked up 373.3 yards per contest this year, but also averages over 26 yards per completed pass, also best in the nation.

Taking an early lead, much like Tech did against East Central, could be one of the keys to the game for the Wonder Boys. If Tech is able to force Harding to deviate from its run-first game plan and force the Bisons to throw the ball, the Wonder Boys’ secondary has collected a league-best 17 interceptions, and has returned three for scores.

The game will have stats, video, and audio all available at www.arkansastechsports.com.

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