Fresh off a Homecoming win, the Oklahoma Baptist football team is back on the road this weekend as the Bison travel to Alva to take on the Northwestern Oklahoma State Rangers at Ranger Field with a 2 p.m. kickoff. The game will be featured on obubison.com with the trio of Todd Miller, Scott Wanish, and John Brooks.
• OBU comes off an impressive 33- 31 win over Arkansas-Monticello on Homecoming thanks in part to a 19-point second quarter and a four touchdown performance from Preston Haire to move the Bison back to .500 on the season.
• It was the seventh installment of homecoming for Oklahoma Baptist Football since returning to the gridiron in 2013 and they have now won three straight homecoming games, all over a different opponent. OBU defeated Northwestern 38-31 on Nov. 3, 2018 while the previous year, OBU defeated Southwestern Oklahoma State 28-24 on Oct. 28, 2017.
• For the third time this season, Preston Haire was named Great American Conference Offensive Player of the Week after another brilliant performance in the win over the Boll Weevils. It is the first time in school history that a single player has won conference honors three times in one season and Haire still had three weeks to go.
• Haire lit up the nation’s sixth-ranked defense as he went 22 of 38 for a season-high 355 yards and two scores. He also ran for 62 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the win. Haire is now over 7,500 career passing yards.
• Haire is fourth in the country in total offense (347.6), fifth in points responsible yards (170), 10th in passing touchdowns (21) and 11th in passing yards (2,268) while only throwing four interceptions through eight games.
A STAR IS BORN
• The talent was evident in freshman Keilahn Harris and he put that talent on display in the win over Arkansas-Monticello, setting new career-highs in the contest and dominating the second half. Harris finished with three catches for 131 yards and two scores. Harris hauled in a 40-yard score in the third quarter before coming through again in the fourth quarter with a career-long 78-yard catch and run for six. The freshman now has 14 catches for 272 yards and three scores this season, averaging nearly 20 yards per reception.
PROTECT THE ROCK
• The OBU offense did not turn the ball over on Saturday in the win over Arkansas-Monticello. It is the fourth time this season OBU has not had a turnover in a contest and they have yet to have a contest with more than two turnovers. The Bison are currently sixth in the country in turnovers lost with only six this season.
• The Bison dip to seventh in the country in sacks allowed after allowing a pair to the Monticello defense. It is the first time the offensive line has allowed two sacks in a contest since Sept. 22, 2018 on the road against Harding.
SLOW START CONTINUES
• The Bison have been notorious slow starters as their opponent has scored first in every contest this season. The Bison are being outscored 70-14 in the first quarter, but have outscored their opponents 99-81 in the fourth quarter, which they have trailed going into in six of their seven games this season. OBU trailed 21-0 to Henderson State (lost 35-28), 14-0 to Southern Arkansas (lost 30-28), 14-0 to Southeastern (won 34-31), 7-0 to East Central (won 50-41), 21-0 to Arkansas Tech (won 43-31) in the first half, 14-0 to Harding (lost 33-50), 28-0 to Ouachita (lost 14-42), and 7-0 to Arkansas-Monticello (won 33-31).
• The OBU defense had its struggles last Saturday. However, the defense did come up with two key fourth-quarter takeaways thanks to Felipe Alvear, who had an interception on the goal line and a forced fumble on the cusp of the red zone to keep the Bison ahead. OBU only had four interceptions a year ago and has upped that total to five one year later with two coming from Alvear.
CORNELL APPROACHES 1K
• It was a “slow” week for Josh Cornell as he finished with a season-low five catches and 49 yards against the Boll Weevils. The focus on Cornell helped open up teammates such as Harris, Noah McGraw and Jacques Henderson, who had a season-high six catches.
• Cornell is still 107 yards away from becoming the first 1,000-yard receiver in one season at OBU. He has already reached over 1,000 yards for his young career. Cornell is still sixth nationally is receiving yards (893), seventh in receiving yards per game (111.6), seventh in receptions per game (7.8), and 14th in receiving touchdowns (9).
SENIOR DAY NEXT HOME GAME
• The final home game will be Senior Day for the Oklahoma Baptist Bison as they welcome in Southwestern Oklahoma State to Crain Family Stadium at the Hurt Complex at 1 p.m. on Nov. 9.
SCOUTING THE RANGERS
• Last week for the Rangers, Northwestern Oklahoma State could not stop the No. 14 Harding option in falling to Harding in a Great American Conference matchup to Harding, 47-13.
• Northwestern’s record fell to 2-6 with the loss as the Rangers have lost four games in a row. Their last win came on Sept. 29 against Arkansas-Monticello at home, 28-0.
• The Northwestern defense is the top team in the GAC in takeaways with 17 on the season. The Rangers also have a strong red zone defense, which is currently second in the GAC. Their passing defense currently ranks 12th in the country and second in the GAC, allowing only 151.4 yards per game.