SEARCY - The Harding University football team will take on its first nationally-ranked opponent of the season Saturday, Sept. 19 at 6 p.m. against ninth-ranked Delta State at Parker Field in Cleveland, Miss.
Date/Time: Saturday, Sept. 19, 6 p.m. at Parker Field in Cleveland, Miss.
Radio: KVHU-95.3 FM in Searcy (Billy Morgan and Scott Goode)
Series: Delta State leads 9-0-1
Last Meeting: Delta State won 56-49 in overtime in Searcy, Ark., on Sept. 20, 2008
Harding is opening its 10th season of play in the Gulf South Conference vs. Delta State. The Bisons are 37-41 all-time in GSC games.
Harding has won two GSC openers, in 2002 vs. North Alabama and 2004 vs. West Georgia.
Bison junior quarterback Josh Powell leads the GSC with 321.3 passing yards per game and 333.7 total yards per game.
Harding's 32 rushing first downs are more than any other team in the GSC. The Bisons had 41 total first downs vs. Southwest Baptist, one short of the all-time NCAA Division II record of 42 set by Delaware in 1973.
The Bisons were picked to finish ninth in the 11-team Gulf South Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll. Harding senior wide receiver Kurt Adams was named to the Preseason All-GSC Team.