Belton (September 24, 2012) -- The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor football team held its ground in both major national polls this week as the Cru remained #2 in the nation in both the American Football Coaches Association’s Top 25 and the D3football.com Top 25. The #2 ranking matches the highest national ranking in the 15-year history of UMHB football.
The Cru grabbed one first place vote and 1,007 total points to hold steady at #2 in this week’s AFCA Top 25 Poll. Mount Union is ranked #1 with 41 first place votes and 1,049 total points. UMHB is the only American Southwest Conference program ranked in the top 25 this week, but Louisiana College is receiving votes, along with Trinity University, a team the Cru beat 49-28 last Saturday. Wesley College is ranked sixth this week and Kean University is receiving votes. UMHB beat both of those teams earlier this season, as well.
The Cru also remained second in the country in the D3football.com Top 25 Poll. UMHB took two first place votes and 599 total points in that ranking. Mount Union took the other 23 first place votes and 623 total points to claim the #1 spot. Wesley College is ranked sixth by D3football.com, Louisiana College is ranked 23rd and both Trinity and Kean are receiving votes in that poll.
“I thought we did some things well last weekend and had some younger guys step up and contribute,” Cru head coach Pete Fredenburg said. “The ranking is nice recognition of that, but we’ve got things we need to work on and continue to improve if we are going to reach our goals this season.”
UMHB is 3-0 on the season following Saturday’s win over Trinity. The Cru will now open ASC play with a 1:00 PM kickoff at Sul Ross State this Saturday in Alpine. The Lobos are 1-2 on the season with both of those losses coming to NCAA Division II opponents.