Harding Football Holds at No. 5 in AFCA Top 25 Poll
November 8, 2016 at 1:53 AM CST - Updated August 12 at 10:15 PM
SEARCY - Harding defeated Northwestern Oklahoma 24-7 on Saturday at Ranger Stadium in Alva, Oklahoma, for its 10th straight victory, and the Bisons remained No. 5 in the American Football Coaches Association Top 25 Poll. The victory gave Harding its first outright conference championship in football and its first championship of any kind in football since sharing the 1989 Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference championship.
The top 15 teams in the poll all won and remained in the same spots as the previous poll.
Harding will play its final regular-season game of the season Saturday at home against Arkansas Tech. Kickoff is at 2 p.m.
Harding enters the game as NCAA Division II's leader with 384.8 rushing yards per game and scoring defense (11.6). The Bisons are second nationally in rushing defense (75.3) and third in total defense (242.1). Arkansas Tech has outstanding special teams. The Wonder Boys lead Division II in net punting (40.53), lead the Great American Conference in punt return defense (2.73) and rank third in the conference in kickoff returns (22.03).