Updated: Thursday, 18 Oct 2012, 12:57 PM EDT
Published : Thursday, 18 Oct 2012, 12:57 PM EDT
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FORT WAYNE, IN. (WANE) - Urgency is the word of the week for Saint Francis - urgency, but not panic. The Cougars are coming off their second loss of the season - a 45-38 shootout at No. 1 Marian - and travel to face the No. 5 and unbeaten William Penn on Saturday.
The Statesmen are the top rushing team in the nation, churning out over 330 yards per game with their vaunted triple option attack that has been responsible for 28 rushing touchdowns this season. The question remains though - is William Penn as good as the numbers indicate. The only challenge this season was a week six match-up with then No. 15 Saint Francis (Ill.) a game the Statesmen won 19-8, but mustered only one offensive touchdown in. Kevin Donley says the Cougars aren't taking William Penn lightly, but that it is difficult to gage just how good they really are.
Then there's the scenario facing USF - two losses with four games to play. In the past, three losses have eliminated a team from playoff contention, but as Donely points out, no team has a tougher schedule than Saint Francis this season. A home loss early to No. 20 Saint Ambrose and a narrow loss on the road at No. 1 Marian aren't "bad" losses - but players are already approaching the remainder of the regular season schedule as if the playoffs begin this weekend.
Kickoff from Oskaloosa, Iowa is set for 2 p.m. ET.
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