Blue Jay Football Success Related To Statistical Dominance
Fulton, Mo. – The Westminster College football squad is off to a 4-0 start this season, the first 4-0 start since 1998. The team's success is reflected in the team's dominance statistically in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC).
The Blue Jays (4-0, 3-0 UMAC) continue to lead the league in eight team categories, including total offense (456.5 yards a game) and total defense (258.5 yards a game). Nationally, Westminster in #1 among NCAA Division III teams in turnover margin (+3.50), seventh in passing efficiency (191.48) and eighth in scoring offense (46.5 points a game).
Sophomore quarterback Scott Rodgers (Centralia, Mo./Centralia) is third nationally in passing efficiency (196.86) and 12th in total offense (318) which leads the league. Senior receiver Carl Givens (Chesterfield, Mo./Chaminade) is tied for 10th nationally and leads the conference in receptions a game (8.75), and he is tied for 14th in scoring at 12 points a game.
Westminster/Eureka Bits: The Blue Jays face Eureka College (2-1, 2-0 UMAC) this Saturday in Eureka, Illinois…Westminster is 3-0 in the all-time series with Eureka and won last year's game in Fulton, 34-14…Eureka quarterback Sam Durley threw for 478 yards and eight touchdowns in his team's win last week to earn UMAC Offensive Player of the Week honors.