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Harding Football hosts Lambuth on Saturday

SEARCY, Ark. (HU) - The Harding football squad will host Lambuth for the annual Parents' Night game Saturday at First Security Stadium. Kickoff for Harding's final non-conference game of the season is scheduled for 6 p.m.

HOW TO FOLLOW THE GAME

Live Streaming Video - presented by the Harding Department of Communications

Live Streaming Audio - presented by KVHU 95.3 (Billy Morgan and Jerry Mote)

Live Stats - presented by the Harding Sports Information Office

COACHING MATCHUP

HARDING HEAD COACH RONNIE HUCKEBA

Alma Mater: Harding, 1978

4th Season at Harding: 13-20 (.394)

LAMBUTH HEAD COACH RON DICKERSON

Alma Mater: Kansas State, 1971

1st Season at Lambuth: 2-2 (.500)

8th Season Overall: 17-64 (.210)

HARDING QUICK HITTERS

The Lambuth game is the second of two non-conference games for the 2010 season. The Bisons are 20-8 in non-conference games since joining the NCAA in 1997. Last season, Harding went 2-1 in non-conference games with wins over Missouri Southern and Southwest Baptist.

Why Lambuth? Teams in the Gulf South Conference have been encouraged to add Lambuth to their schedules, as the school is attempting to make the move from NAIA to NCAA Division II and become a member of the GSC.

Lambuth has played three GSC schools already this season, losing to Arkansas Tech and North Alabama and defeating West Alabama.

Lambuth is currently an independent member of the NAIA. The Eagles are ranked #19 in the latest NAIA National Poll. Harding has not played an NAIA school since defeating Langston 42-0 on Oct. 31, 1998. That game is Harding's only game against a non-NCAA school since joining the NCAA in 1997.

Harding has rushed for 716 yards on 167 rushing attempts through three games. The Bisons lead the GSC and rank eighth in NCAA II with 238.7 rushing yards per game.

Harding has rushed for more than 200 yards in each of its first three games. The Bisons have not rushed for 200 or more yards in four consecutive games since 1986-87. Harding topped the 200 yard mark against Ouachita Baptist and Central Arkansas to close the 2006 season and opened the 2007 season with 200-yard rushing games against Evangel and Tarleton State.

Harding leads the GSC and ranks fourth in Division II in passing efficiency at 171.28. The rating is due to an outstanding passing effort against Ouachita Baptist. Harding's passer rating of 273.1 was the second-highest ever in a Bison game.

Harding's defense continues to rank in the top 20 nationally in rush defense. The Bisons rank 19th against the run, allowing 84.3 yards per game and only 3.0 yards per rush. Harding has allowed only 13 rushing first downs through three games.

Harding ranks 13th in Division II in first down defense, having allowed just 14.0 first downs per game. The Bisons allowed just 10 first downs in the opener against Southern Arkansas.

Senior linebacker Jason Thomasson ranks seventh in the GSC with 8.0 tackles per game. He had a season-high 10 tackles vs. Ouachita Baptist to give him 207 tackles in his career. Thomasson is only the sixth Bison since the NCAA standardized tackle stats in 2000 with more than 200 career tackles.

Saturday's game will be the first-ever meeting between the two schools.

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