Belton (October 8, 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 and marks the fourth straight week for the Cru to be in that position in both polls.
The Cru grabbed one first place vote and 1,008 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 has the 26th highest point total in this week’s ranking. Wesley College is ranked sixth again this week. UMHB beat the Wolverines 32-25 in Dover, Delaware earlier this season.
The Cru also remained second in the country in the D3football.com Top 25 Poll. UMHB took two first place votes and 598 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 also sixth by D3football.com, Louisiana College is ranked 21st nationally in that poll.
“It was good to get a win Saturday, but I’m not really happy with the way our reserves played in the fourth quarter,” Cru head coach Pete Fredenburg said. “We need some of those guys to step up because we will need them to reach our goals this season. Some of those guys are really going to have to improve and it needs to start happening soon.”
UMHB is 5-0 overall on the season and 2-0 in ASC play after beating Texas Lutheran University University 49-31 last Saturday in Belton. The Cru will now travel to Pineville, Louisiana to take on Louisiana College in a crucial ASC showdown this Saturday. That game will kick off at 11:00 AM. The Wildcats are 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the ASC on the year.