If the Missouri S&T football team is to record its third consecutive winning season, the Miners will have to end in a rush.
Three games are left on the Miners' schedule and all three are against Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) opponents who have won but two games this season.
First up to close out the campaign is a road game against William Jewell on Saturday. Kickoff at Liberty, Mo. is slated for 1 p.m.
S&T comes in with a 3-5 overall and 2-2 GLVC mark after falling to Truman State 27-7 in Kirksville last week. Turnovers continued to plague the Miners in Kirksville, as they committed four of them in the second half and was outscored 21-0 after intermission.
To earn another winning season the Miners must sweep first William Jewell and then home games against McKendree on Nov. 9 and Quincy on Nov. 16.
The William Jewell Cardinals are 2-6 overall and 1-3 in the GLVC after picking up their first league victory on the road against Quincy 19-17 last week. William Jewell got the win when Warren Frevert booted a 46-yard field goal with 1:03 remaining – after Quincy had taken the lead just :29 earlier.
S&T leads the all-time series 3-2, including victories the last two seasons when the series resumed for the first time since 1967. Last season in Rolla the Miners routed the Cardinals 52-17 on homecoming.
Jewell's sophomore running back Thomas Cook, last season's GLVC Freshman of the Year, ran for 162 yards last week to up his season total to 561. He has scored five TDs and is averaging 4.5 yards per carry. Jewell is averaging 156.9 rushing yards - third in the conference.
Senior quarterback Sean Shelton has hit on 84-of-156 passes for 752 yards and seven TDs. His favorite target has been junior wideout Chris Smith, with 26 receptions for 320 yards.
S&T could try to exploit the Cardinal defensive secondary. William Jewell has just five QB sacks and has allowed 248.1 passing yards per game. Opposing quarterbacks have completed 65.1 percent of their passes against the Cardinals.
The Miners are still trying to get healthy.
S&T starting sophomore QB Reed Brown missed last week's game with a high ankle sprain and isn't listed on the two-deep depth chart this week. His replacement, freshman Peter Simpson, completed just 12-of-32 passes for 130 yards and an interception in last week's loss to Truman State.
Junior wideout Melvin Stovall has 49 catches for 448 yards for the Miners while junior wideout Nick Taylor has 32 for 405, junior slot Leon Moody 31 for 323 and freshman slot Ben Matthews 20 for 224.
Sophomore running back Zenel Hudson, back last week after missing games with his own ankle injury, has 443 rushing yards to lead S&T.