No. 6 Texans head to Minnesota for historic Super Region 4 Finals against No. 1 Mavericks

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THE GAME
History is being made every time the Texans take the field in 2018 and Saturday afternoon will be no different as No. 6 Tarleton squares off with No. 1 Minnesota State Saturday at 12 p.m. CT in the Super Region 4 Finals at Blakeslee Stadium in Mankato.

GAME COVERAGE
A complete broadcast of the game can be heard on the Tarleton Sports Network presented by the North Texas Ford Dealers. The Tarleton Sports Network team of Byron Anderson, Kyle Masters, and J.P. Stingley have the call on the flagship station of Tarleton Athletics – KTRL 90.5 FM in Stephenville – and worldwide at TarletonSports.com/ListenLive. Links to live stats and a video stream of the game can be found on the Tarleton Football schedule, the Game Day preview story, and on the @TarletonSports social media channels. The live video stream is free of charge, courtesy of the home team.

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TICKET INFORMATION
Tickets range from $15 for reserved seating down to $3 for college student general admission. Adult general admission is $10 while youth and senior citizens are $5. Tickets can be purchased at the gate or online at MSUMavericks.com. Direct links to purchase tickets are also available on the Tarleton Football schedule at TarletonSports.com.

NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT
Tarleton Football remains among the top 10 football programs in the nation according to the most recent American Football Coaches Association poll. The Texans entered the postseason ranked No. 6 in the nation, which ties the all-time high in Tarleton’s NCAA history. The Texans will square off with No. 1-ranked Minnesota State in a national top-10 showdown.

ABOUT THE TEXANS
Tarleton is in the midst of the greatest season in program history as the Texans have secured the most wins in a single season in program history (12) and have outscored the last four opponents 209-31, including two consecutive shutouts for the first time since 1964. The Texans rank among the top 15 in the nation in both scoring offense (47.9) and scoring defense (16.8), as well as No. 3 in the nation in rushing offense (321.8) and No. 6 in rushing defense (80.4). Xavier Turner and Daniel McCants have been the most potent rushing tandem in the history of Texan Football. The Texan twosome are the first teammates in school history to rush for over 1,000 yards in the same season or otherwise. Turner leads the ground game with 1,391 yards on 206 carries with 22 touchdowns while McCants has rushed for 1,124 yards on 152 rushes with eight touchdowns. Those two helped Tarleton set a single-season rushing record with 3,862 rushing yards.

ABOUT THE MAVERICKS
Minnesota State also moved to 12-0 after a 24-10 win over Colorado State-Pueblo last weekend. It was the Mavericks’ first game of the postseason after earning a first-round bye as the No. 1 seed in the region. As a team, the Mavericks average 43.1 points per game while holding opponents to just 15.5 points per game. RB Nate Gunn leads the offense on the ground with 1,295 yards and 20 touchdowns. QB Ryan Schlichte has thrown for 1,760 yards and 17 touchdowns. Alex Goettl leads the defense with 77 tackles, including 13.0 for a loss and 4.5 sacks.

UP NEXT FOR TARLETON
With a win, Tarleton would advance to the national semifinals for the first time in program history. The opponent and location would be decided following the reseeding of the remaining four teams. For more information, follow @TarletonSports on Twitter.

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