The No. 3 Lindenwood football team will travel to No. 2 Carroll on Saturday for a NAIA Football Championship Series Semifinal contest. The game will start at 1:07 p.m. central time. It’s a rematch of last year’s semifinal matchup, which Carroll won by a 38-37 score after stopping Lindenwood’s two-point conversion in the final minute of the game.
Lindenwood advances to its second semifinal in program history and will travel to Helena , Mont. with its best squad in Lions history. The team has already set school records for most wins in a season and consecutive wins at 12, and won the Heart of American Athletic Conference Championship with a 10-0 mark.
Carroll will enter the contest with a 13-0 record, which includes going 10-0 and finishing first in the Frontier Conference. The Fighting Saints are looking to advance to the NAIA Football Championship Series Championship game for the seventh time over the last eight years, a span which includes five national championships for Carroll.
Lindenwood has one of the top scoring offenses in college football history, averaging 56.7 points a game. Its defense has been the story of the postseason, however. In the first-round, the Lions held Langton to 15 points below its season average, and in the quarterfinals, the Lions held Ottawa to nearly 20 points below its season mark.
Carroll is led by a defense that is holding opponents to just over 14 points a game, and the Saints have allowed over 14 points just four times this season. Offensively, the team is led by a running game which is averaging over 200 yards a game on the ground and averaging around 35 points a game.