Murphy USA Classic

Teams for the 11th Annual Murphy USA Classic were named on Thursday.

Southern Arkansas will play in the Murphy USA Classic in El Dorado for the ninth time.

Ouachita Baptist will be the Muleriders opponent on at 2 p.m. Saturday, November as SAU makes its six consecutive Classic appearance.

The announcement was made Thursday during a luncheon at the Murphy Arts District's Griffin Restaurant.

Southern Arkansas will be the home team on the scoreboard at the newly renovated Memorial Stadium. The guest Tigers are the defending Great American Conference champion.

"It is an honor to continue to be asked to be a part of this game," said SAU Director of Athletics Steve Browning. "Murphy USA is a tremendous supporter and friend to Mulerider Athletics and we love being able to keep this connection going. This game is a chance not only for us to showcase our football program, but also to display how great our campus community is and the kind of support we receive from our fans. They truly make this a home game for us each time."

SAU has a 3-5 record in the Murphy USA Classic, but has won three of its last four appearances.

The Murphy USA Classic is in its 11th year.

"We are honored to be in this game once more," said SAU Head Football Coach Bill Keopple. "We view ourselves as south Arkansas' university and football team and we love to bring our team over to El Dorado. We are looking forward to putting on another great college football game."

In their most previous meeting in El Dorado, the Muleriders dropped a heart-breaker late to Ouachita as the Tigers scored the go-ahead and eventual game-winning touchdown with 33 seconds left in the 2017 game. That loss snapped a two-game winning streak for the Muleriders, who captured their first Murphy USA Classic in 2015 when they edged Ouachita 32-28 in a thriller.

Southern Arkansas moved back into the win column at the Murphy USA Classic with a dominant 34-14 victory over Henderson State in the 2018 game. The Muleriders, behind a pair of first quarter field goals from freshman Austin Wilkerson and 28 second quarter points, put away the Reddies to claim the trophy in the 10th annual contest and earn the program's third win in Union County.

More information on the pre-game tailgating activities as well as on purchasing advance tickets will be released at a later date.

Murphy USA Classic All-Time History

2009 | Arkansas-Monticello def. Southern Arkansas (17-6)

2010 | Arkansas-Monticello def. Southern Arkansas (28-23)

2011 | Ouachita def. Arkansas-Monticello (38-20)

2012 | Harding def. Southern Arkansas (23-20)

2013 | Henderson State def. Arkansas Tech (45-14)

2014 | Henderson State def. Southern Arkansas (55-41)

2015 | Southern Arkansas def. Ouachita (32-28)

2016 | Southern Arkansas def. Henderson State (50-24)

2017 | Ouachita def. Southern Arkansas (45-42)

2018 | Southern Arkansas def. Henderson State (34-14)

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