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2015 Saint Francis Cougars football teamDescription : The 2015 Saint Francis Cougars football team represent the University of Saint Francis in the 2015 NAIA FCS football season. They are led by head coach Kevin Donley, now in his 37th year as head coach overall, including the last 18 years as the only head coach in the history of Saint Francis football. The Cougars play their home games at Bishop John D’Arcy Stadium. The Cougars are a member of the Mid-States Football Association. The Cougars finished as the 2015 MSFA (MEL) champion. As the con... Page:21105

2015 Saint Francis Cougars football
MSFA (MEL) Champions
ConferenceMid-States Football Association
DivisionMideast League
Ranking
FCS CoachesNo. 4
2015 record11–1 (6–0 MSFA (MEL))
Head coachKevin Donley (18 year)
Offensive coordinatorPatrick Donley
Trevor Miller (12
10 year)
Defensive coordinatorJoey Didier
Eric Wagoner (6
8 year)
Home stadiumBishop John M. D’Arcy Stadium
(Capacity: 3,500 )
Seasons
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2015 Mid-States Football Association football standings
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Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Mideast League
#4 Saint Francis (IN) x^ 60    111 
#6 Marian (IN) ^ 51    122 
Taylor (IN) 42    73 
Concordia (MI) 24    56 
Lindenwood–Belleville (IL) 24    46 
Siena Heights (MI) 24    46 
Missouri Baptist 06    010 
Midwest League
#18 St. Francis (IL) x 41    83 
#16 Saint Xavier (IL) x^ 41    73 
#20 St. Ambrose (IA) 32    82 
RV Robert Morris (IL) 32    64 
Olivet Nazarene (IL) 14    38 
Trinity International (IL) 05    29 
Rankings from NAIA Coaches' Poll

The 2015 Saint Francis Cougars football team represent the University of Saint Francis in the 2015 NAIA FCS football season. They are led by head coach Kevin Donley, now in his 37th year as head coach overall, including the last 18 years as the only head coach in the history of Saint Francis football. The Cougars play their home games at Bishop John D’Arcy Stadium. The Cougars are a member of the Mid-States Football Association. The Cougars finished as the 2015 MSFA (MEL) champion. As the conference champion, the Cougars received the MSFA (MEL)'s automatic bid to the 2015 NAIA FCS.

Ranking movements

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
PollPre12345678910Final 
Coaches'NR1714119777654


Schedule

(11-1 overall, 6-0 conference)


DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 57:00pmOlivet Nazarene (IL)*Bishop D'Arcy Stadium • Fort Wayne, INW 59–16  
September 127:00pmat Taylor (IN)Upland, INW 48–42  2,517
September 1912:00pmTrinity International (IL)*daggerNo. 17Bishop D'Arcy Stadium • Fort Wayne, INW 45–3  3,275
September 262:00pmat Lindenwood-Belleville (IL)No. 14Belleville, ILW 74–13  550
October 31:00pmat No. 6 Marian (IN)No. 11Indianapolis, INW 45–42  2,712
October 1012:00pmSiena Heights (MI)No. 9Bishop D'Arcy Stadium • Fort Wayne, INW 49–25  3,175
October 1712:00pmNo. 28 Concordia (MI)No. 7Bishop D'Arcy Stadium • Fort Wayne, INW 48–7  2,883
October 242:00pmat No. 9 Robert Morris (IL)*No. 7Chicago, ILW 38–29  534
November 712:00pmCollege of Faith (AR)*No. 6Bishop D'Arcy Stadium • Fort Wayne, IN (EXHIBITION) 61–0  1,699
November 142:00pmat Missouri BaptistNo. 5St. Louis, MOW 64–6  1,103
November 2112:00pmNo. 12 Reinhardt (GA)*No. 4Bishop D'Arcy Stadium • Fort Wayne, IN (NAIA First Round)W 37–26  1,277
November 2812:00pmNo. 5 Montana Tech*No. 4Bishop D'Arcy Stadium • Fort Wayne, IN (NAIA Quarterfinal)W 42–20  1,597
December 512:00pmNo. 6 Marian (IN)*No. 4Bishop D'Arcy Stadium • Fort Wayne, IN (NAIA Semifinal)L 14–45  3,377
*Non-conference game. Homecoming. Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Game notes

11/7/2015 - The Cougars originally scheduled a game against Redemption Christian College of Virginia Beach, VA. When the opponent failed to field a team for the 2015 season, USF found an opening in their schedule. The opening was filled with a game against the College of Faith, an Arkansas college whose schedule had also previoiusly included Redemption. The Warriors traveled to Fort Wayne to compete in an exhibition game that did not count in the record or record books of USF.

11/14/2015 - With their 64-6 victory over Missouri Baptist, USF completed the 2015 season as the year's only undefeated team in the regular season of NAIA play.

11/21/2015 - The Cougars opened the 2015 playoff season with a 37-26 win over Reinhardt (GA). The game was played under adverse weather conditions as a steady, wet snowfall began shortly after the opening kick-off and persisted beyond the end of the game. For the game, Cougars' running back Justin Green rushed for 252 yards on 32 carries, setting a new single-game record for the victors. With the win, the Cougars continued their undefeated home playoff record, posting their 19th consecutive victory since their first home playoff victory in 2000.

11/28/2015 - The Cougars continued their home playoff winning streak, stretching it to 20 consecutive wins without a defeat. This week, the Cougars battled Montana Tech, champions of the Frontier League. The Cougars prevailed 42-20, marking the first time the team posted a playoff victory against a Frontier League opponent. After his record-setting game played last week, Justin Green added a second-straight game of rushing for over 200 yards.

12/5/2015 - The experience of the Knights was apparent as the Knights defeated USF 45-14. With the win, the Knights returned to the national championship game for the 2nd consecutive season and the 3rd time in the last 4 seasons. The Knights controlled the game in most all aspects, and they took control by scoring 24 points in a productive 2nd quarter. The loss avenged a regular-season loss to the Cougars which resulted in the Knights finishing in second place in the MEL regular season standings. The loss also ended the Cougars' streak of 20 consecutive playoff home game victories. Two weeks later, the Knights went on to win their second NAIA football national championship in the last four years.

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