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By Russ Green-Sports Editor
In its first year as a member of the MIAA, and only its second year of NCAA Div. II competition, Lindenwood University will travel to Excelsior Springs to meet Winona State in the 47th Mineral Water Bowl.
The game, sponsored by the Excelsior Springs Quarterback Club, will kickoff at noon Dec. 1 at Tiger Stadium.
Lindenwood Head Coach Patrick Ross has guided the St. Charles school to a 16-6 record in the first two years of Div. II play, including an 8-3 mark this season and a 7-3 showing in its first year in the always-tough MIAA.
Ross, a two-time NAIA Coach of the Year, is in his ninth season leading the Lions and is the school’s all-time victory leader. The Lions advanced to the NAIA playoffs six times before heading to Div. II play.
The Lions face Winona State of Winona, Minn, which put together a 9-2 overall mark and 9-2 record in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
This will be the third trip to the Mineral Water Bowl for coach Tom Sawyer’s Warriors.
The Warriors are 1-1 after winning in three overtimes 43-41 over Missouri Western in 2000 and falling in overtime 34-27 in the 2002 contest against Emporia State. Sawyer is the school’s all-time leader in wins with 140 in his 16 seasons at Winona.
Lindenwood’s 7-3 record tied defending National Champion Pitt State for fourth place in the MIAA this season. The Lions are averaging 31.4 points and 414 yards of offense per game.