SEARCY - Harding's football team has opened the season with seven straight wins for the first time in program history and moved up one spot to No. 7 in the American Football Coaches Association Poll on Monday. It is the highest ranking Harding has achieved as an NCAA school.
Harding is coming off a 63-17 victory over Southeastern Oklahoma on Saturday at First Security Stadium. The Bisons trailed 17-14 after the first quarter but scored five touchdowns in the second quarter, including a 69-yard punt return touchdown by Corey Bassett as the half ended.
Harding has a short turnaround and will play East Central on Thursday in Ada, Oklahoma. Kickoff is at 6 p.m.
The Bisons enter the game as NCAA Division II's leader in rushing offense at 355.7 yards per game. Harding is second in scoring defense (10.7), second in turnover margin (+2.00), and third in total defense (240.0).