Orediggers host Dickinson State in playoff game

Montana Tech will play host to Dickinson State in the first round of the NAIA playoffs Saturday at Alumni Coliseum.

Kickoff is set for noon.

The playoff were announced this afternoon on the 2015 NAIA FCS Selection Show, which was broadcast online.

Dickinson State is 8-2 overall. The Blue Hawks won the North Star Conference with a 5-1 record. They also beat Dakota State Dakota State 49-30 in the North Star Bowl Nov. 8 at the Fargo Dome, avenging their lone conference loss of the season.

Montana Tech won seven straight to secure the Frontier Conference title with a 9-1 record.

The Blue Hawks played two Frontier Conference teams this season. They beat winless MSU-Northern 17-7 in Dickinson a week before falling 23-13 to Rocky Mountain College in Billings.

Dickinson was a Frontier Conference team during the 2012 and 2013 seasons. The Blue Hawks went 1-19 in their two years in the conference.

Tech and Dickinson met in the playoffs at in 2004, with the Blue Hawk beating the Orediggers 30-13 in Dickinson.

Tech is one of two Frontier Conference teams to get the call on Sunday. Defending NAIA national champion Southern Oregon (8-2) will play host to Kansas Wesleyan.

Montana Western (7-3), which lost three games to teams who were in the top 6 at the time, was left out following Saturday’s 24-17 loss at Montana Tech.

Tech is hosting a playoff game for the first time since 1997.

2015 NAIA Football Championship Series – First Round Schedule (all times TBD)
Saturday, Nov. 21 | Campus Sites
Game 1 – Saint Xavier (Ill.) (7-3) at Morningside (Iowa) (10-1)
Game 2 – Point (Ga.) (8-2) at Baker (Kan.) (10-1)
Game 3 – Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) (8-2) at Grand View (Iowa) (10-1)
Game 4 – Reinhardt (Ga.) (9-1) at Saint Francis (Ind.) (9-0)
Game 5 – Dickinson State (N.D.) (8-2) at Montana Tech (9-1)
Game 6 – Campbellsville (Ky.) (8-2) at Marian (Ind.) (8-2)
Game 7 – Kansas Wesleyan (10-1) at Southern Oregon (8-2)
Game 8 – Doane (Neb.) (9-1) at Tabor (Kan.) (10-1) 1 comment



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  • NathanRJohnson
    November 15, 2015, 7:43 pm

    Western was ranked ahead of Saint Xavier which had the same 7-3 record. Hmmmm. Wonder how that works? Tech will be Dickinson by 40.

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