UIndy football celebrates first undefeated regular season since 1953

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The Greyhounds are not done yet.

A win last Saturday over Notre Dame College pushed the University of Indianapolis to 11-0, marking its first perfect regular season since 1953.

“We talked about the history of this university as well as the football program,” said Head Coach Bob Bartolomeo. “We are ready to make some history.”

One of the Greyhounds biggest surprises this season was Lawrence North product Al McKeller. Despite missing the season finale with an ankle injury, the freshman running back tallied 990 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground.

McKeller’s plan is to be back at full strength for the Greyhounds postseason run.

“The key is to just keep working hard,” McKeller said. “Everyone has the same mindset about wanting the national championship, so I am sure everyone will keep working.”

Redshirt junior quarterback Jake Purichia is no stranger to big numbers under center. The Cardinal Ritter alum threw for the second most yards in Indiana high school state history and just finished off a stellar season comprised of 28 passing touchdowns and only two interceptions.

“It is awesome, knowing you grew up here, played here and now you are playing college ball in the same city and doing well, Purichia said. “It is special. I had relatives that went here, a couple that played football. It is special, we are having fun with it.”

Purichia and the UIndy offense averaged 39 points a game in the regular season.

The Greyhounds open the playoffs Saturday hosting Harding. Kickoff at Key Stadium is set for 1 p.m.