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Jemal Williams runs with the football for the Texas A&M University-Commerce Lions during a recent home game. Williams ranks second on the team in rushing with 447 yards and four TDs on 71 carries.

  Texas A&M University-Commerce won its biggest game of the football season last week, knocking off previously undefeated Tarleton State in the first round of the playoffs.

  But the 9-2 Lions have another huge test on Saturday as they travel northwest to face undefeated Colorado School of Mines. The game is set for a 1 p.m. (central time) kickoff at Marv Kay Stadium in Golden, Colo. KETR-FM (88.9) will broadcast the game.

  Weather forecasts for Golden are calling for a high of 37 degrees on Saturday and a low of 25, with winds of 35 mph and higher.

  The Lions stunned the crowd in Stephenville last Saturday with a 23-16 victory over the Texans, who had steamrolled through the Lone Star Conference this season and had won three straight against A&M-Commerce.

  Quarterback Miklo Smalls helped spur the Lions on to victory with 197 passing yards and 126 rushing yards, while the defense suffocated Tarleton for the Texans’ lowest scoring output of the season.

  The win propelled A&M-Commerce into the second round of the postseason for the fourth consecutive season, where they will square off against the Orediggers.

  This will be the first meeting in football between the two teams. The Lions have faced teams from the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference four times in the last five seasons, and have a record of 2-2 in those games

  Mines enters the game with a record of 12-0 this season and has won 10 of those games by double digits. The Orediggers were down 21-7 in the second half of their opening playoff game against Sioux Falls (S.D.) last week, but mounted a comeback effort that culminated in a last-second field goal to win 24-21.

  Mines is averaging 43.5 points per game while allowing just 16.25. The Orediggers are led on the ground by redshirt sophomore running back Michael Zeman, who has rushed for 1,370 yards and 12 touchdowns.

  Both Cameron Mayberry and quarterback John Matocha have run for more than 600 yards. Mayberry has 654 and eight scores, while Matocha has gained 604 yards and has 11 rushing touchdowns.

  Matocha has completed 73 percent of his passes for 2,617 yards, 29 touchdowns and just five interceptions. His favorite target has been Josh Johnston, who has caught 55 passes for 901 yards and 14 scores.

  Defensively, Kobe Brewster has a team-high 70 tackles and has picked off four passes. Luke Jeter leads the squad with 12 tackles for losses.

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