Playoff Preview: Emporia State prepares for Minnesota Duluth

Emporia State football

Courtesy: Emporia State Athletics

EMPORIA, Kan. – For the second straight year and third time in the last four seasons, the Emporia State football team will be going to the NCAA Playoffs. For the first time in school history the Hornets will play host to an NCAA Playoff game as they entertain Minn.-Duluth. Kick-off is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 19 on Jones Field at Welch Stadium.

Tickets are available by stopping by the Emporia State Athletic Ticket Office in the Memorial Union or calling the ticket office at 877-341-NEST (6378) during regular business hours. Ticket prices start as low as $5 for Emporia State students with a valid ID, with reserved tickets going for just $12. Adult general admission seats are $8 with the youth/senior citizen price set at $6. Tickets can be purchased in the Union through Friday and the ticket window at Welch Stadium will open at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday.

This is the fourth post season appearance for Emporia State in the last five years, and their three playoff berths is second only to Northwest Missouri among MIAA schools over the last six years. The Hornets are 44-15 over the last five years and have won a school record ten straight games. They have won 21 games over the last two years, the best two year span in school history.

Emporia State is 10-1 on the season and ranked #9 in the nation. They are ranked third in the MIAA in scoring defense at 22.3 points per game and are fourth at 33.9 points per game on offense. The Hornets are +17 in turnover margin on the season to rank fourth in the nation. Braxton Marstall is leading the MIAA in completions, is second in completion percentage, third in points responsible for, and fourth in total offense. Kole Schankie leads the MIAA and is ranked sixth in the nation with six interceptions. DeAndre Glover is third in the league in tackles for loss.

The last time Emporia State hosted a postseason game was in the 1989 NAIA Playoffs when they defeated Harding 32-9. They are 1-1 all-time in playoff games in Welch Stadium having lost to Adams State 14-10 in 1988.

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