Vikings Selected to Play in Mineral Water Bowl
SIOUX FALLS – Augustana has been selected to play in the 44th Mineral Water Bowl on Saturday, December 6, in Excelsior Springs, MO.
The Vikings will play Missouri Western State at 1:00 p.m. at Tiger Stadium. Augustana finished regular season play with a 7-4 record, including a 7-3 mark in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
The Griffons (6-5, 5-4 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association) are in the game for the second time in as many seasons, and the sixth time in the program's history. MWSU has a 4-1 record in the Mineral Water Bowl, with appearances in 1975 (W, 44-0 vs. Graceland, 2000 (L, 43-41 in three overtimes vs. Winona State), 2003 (W, 24-14 vs. Concordia-St. Paul, 2005 (W, 35-23 vs. Concordia-St. Paul) and 2007 (W, 20-13 vs. Wayne State).
The Mineral Water Bowl, which is sponsored by the Excelsior Springs Quarterback Club, pits the highest-ranking teams from the NSIC and the MIAA that do not qualify for the NCAA Division II playoffs. The NSIC and MIAA each had three teams selected for the NCAA playoffs. Minnesota Duluth, Minnesota State and Wayne State were chosen from the NSIC, while Northwest Missouri State, Pittsburg State and Nebraska-Omaha were picked from the MIAA.
The Vikings and Griffons had three common opponents this season -- Northern State, Minnesota-Duluth and Emporia State. Both defeated Northern state - Western by a 38-27 score on August 28, and the Vikings by a 43-7 margin Saturday in Aberdeen.
Western lost at UMD, the No. 2 seed in Super Region 3 of the NCAA Division II football playoffs, on September 6 by a score of 47-18. Augustana fell to the Bulldogs, 40-10, at home two weeks later.
The Vikings lost at ESU, 27-14, on September 6, while the Griffons earned a 28-21 home win over the Hornets on October 18.
The Mineral Water Bowl began in 1948 as a high school bowl game. In 1954, the format switched to small college (NAIA) teams. From 1992 until 1999 the game featured junior college teams. The current format of NSIC and MIAA participants began in 2000. The MIAA holds a 7-1 edge, including a seven-game winning streak.
For more information on the Mineral Water Bowl, go to the game’s official web site.
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