Coming off their biggest win and toughest stretch of schedule in program history, the Lindenwood-Belleville Lynx are on the road for their final two games of their fifth season.
The Lynx will take their 3-5 record into Upland, Ind. to take on the Taylor University, which has won two straight games and sits third in the Mid-States Football Association Mideast League.
LU-B first-year head coach Dale Carlson led Taylor from 1990-93, winning 14 games.
The Lynx have grown since their struggles earlier in the season, a trend that showed most during their recent stretch of games against three consecutive Top 20 teams. LU-B was handily defeated by No. 10 Marian, but bounced back to take No. 20 St. Francis (Ill.) to the wire in a 35-34 loss. Last week, the Lynx stunned then No. 14-ranked Robert Morris, 20-16.
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Running back Kam Harris has accumulated 244 yards on the ground the past two games, scoring four touchdowns. Quarterback Tarean Austin has played a part in 19 touchdowns this season, accounting for at least one in every game this season.
Taylor is coming off back-to-back wins including a 63-21 win at Siena Heights University and a 35-24 win over Concordia University, LU-B's final opponent of the season.
THIS WEEK'S GAME: Lindenwood-Belleville (3-5) at Taylor University (5-3), noon.
LAST MEETING: Saturday's game will be the first meeting between the two programs.
SCOUTING THE LYNX
Harris needs 276 yards across his final two games to reach 1,000 for the season. He has reached the plateau once before in 2013 and is 241 yards away from 4,000 for his career. He is also one touchdown shy of 40 for his career.
Defensively, the Lynx are allowing an average of 453. 4 yards per game, which includes almost 270 yards of passing. It's been the Lynx ability to take the ball away, however, that has helped their recent resurgence.
Eric Sadowski leads the team with 63 tackles and has a pair of interceptions and two sacks. Trey Parker (Belleville East) has a team-high three interceptions to go with 46 tackles. Quincy Foster, Arvid Peck and Vahn Billberry each have two interceptions.
SCOUTING THE TROJANS
The Trojans are 5-3 this season but one of those losses came to NCAA Division I Butler. Their two losses against NAIA teams came against No. 6 Saint Francis and No. 8 Marian. They are on pace to set an all-time scoring mark at 38.1 points per game. Led by freshman quarterback Everett Pollard, who has a Taylor record 26 touchdown passes and has amassed 1,894 passing yards.
The Lynx currently sit in sixth place in the Mideast division, while Taylor is currently in third and Concordia in fifth, who the Lynx will finish their season with. If the Lynx were to win out, they would finish with a .500 record for the first time in their four years as a program, and would in turn, finish in at least fourth place in the seven team division.