TECH FOOTBALL ACCEPTS BID TO C.H.A.M.P.S. HEART OF TEXAS BOWL
Updated: November 16, 2015
Story By – Arkansas Tech Athletics Website
RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. — The Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys football team will play in the postseason for the first time since the 2009 season, as the Wonder Boys accepted a bid to play in the C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl on Monday.
The Wonder Boys (8-3) will face Lone Star Conference member Eastern New Mexico (6-5) inside Bulldawg Stadium in Copperas Cove, Texas, on Dec. 5. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m., with the game scheduled to be carried live on 102.3-FM (KCJC) in Russellville.
This year’s game marks the third time that Division II teams have played in the Heart of Texas Bowl. McMurry topped Southern Arkansas 36-35 in 2012, while Texas A&M-Commerce beat East Central 72-21 last season (the 2013 game was cancelled due to inclement weather).
Arkansas Tech is one of three Great American Conference teams competing in the postseason, as Henderson State (NCAA Playoffs) and Southwestern Oklahoma (Texarkana Live United Bowl) also received postseason bids.
The bowl appearance is the first for the Wonder Boys of the Division II era. Previously, Tech faced the AIC All-Stars in the AIC Bowl in the 1968 season, and Texas A&M-Kingsville (then Texas A&I) in the Great Southwest Bowl in the 1960 season.
Arkansas Tech finished the regular season ranked No. 3 in the GAC in total offense at 444.1 yards per game, and No. 2 in the GAC in total defense, allowing just 318.4 yards per game. Freshman tailback Bryan Allen led the GAC averaging 111.1 yards per game, while sophomore Brayden Stringer ranked 10th in the league with a 64.2 yards per game average.
In Eastern New Mexico, the Wonder Boys will face another foe running the triple option offense. The Greyhounds have racked up 488.6 yards per game – 354.2 of which has come on the ground. Meanwhile, the ENMU defense has allowed 455.9 yards per game, sixth of seven teams in the LSC. However, ENMU’s defense has been markedly better against the run as the Greyhounds allow 167.4 yards per game – the second-best mark in the LSC.
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