For the third straight week, the Ouachita Tigers (4-0, 2-0 GAC) have registered a program best national ranking in the AFCA Coaches Poll. The Tigers, who were ranked No. 12 last week, have jumped to No. 11 this week, again marking the highest that the team has been ranked since their move to NCAA Division II.
The Tigers moved up in the poll after capturing a 27-24 victory over Southeastern Oklahoma State, despite losing a number of starters to injury the previous week against Arkansas Tech. The most notable injury was to redshirt sophomore quarterback Benson Jordan. Ty Towers, who is actually a wide receiver for the Tigers, stepped in and handled the pressure well though, as he threw for 187 yards and two touchdowns while recording 103 rushing yards as well.
Overall, the team showed great composure, as the defensive and special team units were key to the Tigers victory due to their play late in the game.
Ouachita is no longer the only Great American Conference school in the Top 15, as cross-street rival Henderson State moved up to No. 14. GAC member Harding currently sits just outside of the Top 25 with 57 votes.
Ouachita is one of four schools in the conference that is undefeated so far this season. Henderson, Harding and Southern Arkansas are the other three.
The Tigers will face off with Southwestern Oklahoma State this week as they face the midway point of the season.This weekend also marks Ouachita's homecoming game. The Tigers hold a 5-3 advantage over the Bulldogs in the all-time series. Kickoff for the game is scheduled for 1 p.m.
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