Augustana to play Missouri Western in Mineral Water Bowl

SIOUX FALLS - The 2009 Augustana football season is not over quite yet. The Vikings have been selected to play in the 45th Annual Mineral Water Bowl, scheduled for Saturday, December 5, in Excelsior Springs, MO, the Excelsior Springs Quarterback Club announced Monday afternoon.

Augustana will face Missouri Western State in a rematch of last year's game, which the Vikings won 37-16. Kickoff is scheduled for noon at Tiger Stadium, located at Excelsior Springs High School.

The Mineral Water Bowl pits the highest-ranked teams from the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association that do not qualify for the NCAA Division II playoffs. The NSIC had two teams selected for the playoffs. Defending national champion Minnesota Duluth is the No. 1 seed, while Minnesota State University, Mankato, also was chosen.

Augustana posted an 8-3 record this season and a 7-3 mark in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, which tied the Vikings for third place in the league standings with Bemidji State, Wayne State and St. Cloud State. However, Augustana was ranked seventh in the final Super Region 3 rankings, earning the spot in the Mineral Water Bowl.

Missouri Western State finished the regular season with an 8-3 overall record and a 6-3 record in the MIAA. The Griffons tied Central Missouri, Nebraska-Omaha, and Washburn for second place in the MIAA. UNO won a tiebreaker, but the Mavericks elected to play in the Kanza Bowl, another Bowl game that pits representatives from the MIAA and the Lone Star Conference in a game in Topeka, Kan. MWSU was the next highest-ranked team.

Missouri Western State is making its seventh appearance in the Mineral Water Bowl and sixth trip as a Division II program.

Augustana and Missouri Western State have two common opponents this season – Emporia State and Northern State. Augustana defeated Emporia State 32-21 and beat Northern State 47-19. Missouri Western State beat Northern State 49-14 and Emporia State 29-6.

Bruce Conley
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