Miners earn bid to Mineral Water Bowl
ROLLA, Mo. – For the first time since 1950, Missouri S&T’s football team will get an opportunity to play in a post-season game as the Miners have been selected to play in the Mineral Water Bowl on Dec. 1 in Excelsior Springs, Mo.
After being bypassed for a berth to the NCAA Division II playoffs, the Miners (9-2, 6-1 Great Lakes Valley Conference) will get to take part in the 53rd edition of the Mineral Water Bowl against Minnesota State Moorhead of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference at Tiger Stadium. Kickoff will be at noon.
“It was excitement that they had the respect to offer that up to us and give us the opportunity to play another game, the experience of it and to let this team play one more time,” said head coach Tyler Fenwick of earning the bid. “It’s gratifying, it’s exciting. We’ve got great kids and great players and they’ve worked really hard. They put a lot into this season, so it’s nice to be rewarded. Just to know that these kids have put the work in to be able to be that team to get back to a postseason game is pretty exciting for them.”
Missouri S&T reached the nine-win mark for just the fourth time in program history Saturday when it rallied for a 34-33 win over Truman State, extending its winning streak to five games in the process. That helped earn S&T its first opportunity to play in the post-season since it won the 1950 Corn Bowl over Illinois State in Normal, Ill.
The Miners have averaged 32.5 points per game this season, the third-best mark in the GLVC and has the conference’s second-best defense as it has allowed just 296.1 yards and 20.9 points per game.
The opponent for S&T in Excelsior Springs, MSU Moorhead, finished the regular season at 8-3 and 6-1 in the Northern Sun after capturing its final three games, including a 13-10 win over St. Cloud State Saturday to earn the NSIC’s berth to the game. The Dragons are also ending a lengthy drought in terms of post-season play, as they last played in a post-season contest in 1994.
While both programs will be playing in the Mineral Water Bowl for the first time, S&T head coach Tyler Fenwick has been a part of the game in the past as an assistant coach at Missouri Western. In addition, prior to joining the staff at Missouri Western, Fenwick spent the 2006 season as the offensive coordinator at MSU Moorhead.
For the first time since 1950, Missouri S&T’s football team will get an opportunity to play in a post-season bowl game. The Miners have been selected to play in the 53rd Mineral Water Bowl this December.
The Miners went 9-2 in the 2018 season, including 6-1 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC), and will face Minnesota State University Moorhead in the Mineral Water Bowl. Kickoff will be at noon Saturday, Dec. 1, at Tiger Stadium on the Excelsior Springs High School campus in Excelsior Springs, Missouri.
Missouri S&T earned nine wins in a single season for the fourth time in its history, with the team’s latest win extending S&T’s win streak to five. The Miners have averaged 32.5 points-per-game this season – the third-best in the GLVC.
Tickets are $10 for all attendees ages five and up and are available for purchase through the Missouri S&T athletics office by calling 573-341-4175. Tickets can be picked up at the athletics office or at a will-call table at the stadium on the day of the game.
The bowl bid is the first awarded to a member of the GLVC since the league began sponsoring a football championship in 2012. The last time the Miners played a post-season bowl game was in the 1950 Corn Bowl, in which S&T beat Illinois State University.