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 Post subject: Re: PSAC/Div II Football
PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2012 3:47 pm 
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There is still no updated Div II national poll on the d2football.com website. I don't know what is going there. It's already Wednesday. Much will be decided on Saturday. Can't wait to see who makes the playoffs.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2012 6:56 pm 
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Finally the Div II from d2football.com has shown up.

D2Football.com Top 25 Poll
November 6, 2012

Team Record Last Week
1 CSU-Pueblo 10-0 1
2 Minnesota State 10-0 2
3 Northwest Missouri 9-1 3
4 Winston-Salem 10-0 4
5 New Haven 9-0 6
6 Minnesota Duluth 9-1 7
7 Midwestern State 8-1 8
8 Ashland 10-0 9
9 Missouri Western 9-1 10
10 Shippensburg 10-0 11
11 Henderson State 10-0 12
12 Bloomsburg 9-1 14
13 IUP 9-1 15
14 West Texas A&M 8-2 5
15 Harding 8-1 18
16 Chadron State 8-2 19
17 Grand Valley 8-2 23
18 Valdosta State 8-2 24
19 Indianapolis 8-2 NR
20 Tuskegee 8-1 NR
21 West Alabama 7-3 13
22 Carson-Newman 8-1 NR
23 Lenoir-Rhyne 7-2 NR
24 Winona State 8-2 NR
25 Mercyhurst 8-2 NR


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 Post subject: Re: PSAC/Div II Football
PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2012 8:11 pm 
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PSAC Scores for Nov 10

All the games are crossovers between the PSAC East and West

Bloomsburg 49
Slippery Rock 41

Kutztown 47
Edinboro 21

West Chester 33
Clarion 12

Lock Haven 15
Cheyney 7

California 41
Millersville 10

Mercyhurst 52
East Stroudsburg 45

LIU Post 45
Gannon 6

AND THE REALLY BIG SCORE in the PSAC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: (AS ALWAYS--THE GOOD DEFENSE BEATS THE GOOD OFFENSE!)

IUP 41
Shppensburg 10

Husky picked 6 of 8 games correctly. He missed the mark on the West Chester-Clarion game and the Gannon-LIU Post game. For the season he went 66- 21. Not too bad, but he could have done better. Right now Husky sees IUP, Shippensburg, and Bloomsburg in the Super-Regional I Div II playoffs. We shall see. Winston-Salem and New Haven are locks for two of the other teams, and somebody from the WVIAC will most likely get in. Remains to be seen. Stay tuned. As I have long since asserted, Shippensburg would lose against a team that could play any type of defense. Congratulations to IUP. They are the better team, and they did it without Harvey Tuck. Way to go, Crimson Hawks. That was a great performance.


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Missouri Western 21
Northwest Missouri State 20

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Quiteh Surpasses 5,000 Yards in 49-41 Bloomsburg Win over Slippery Rock
11/10/2012 4:45:00

SLIPPERY ROCK – Franklyn Quiteh (Tobyhanna/Pocono Mountain West) eclipsed the 5,000-yard mark in career rushing and Bloomsburg broke the school-record for single-season rushing yardage as the Bloomsburg University football team just about sealed its place in the postseason with a 49-41 victory over Slippery Rock Saturday afternoon in the regular-season finale at Mihalik-Thompson Stadium.

Quiteh led the Huskies (10-1 overall) with 183 yards on the ground on 24 carries and four touchdowns. He ran for two one-yard touchdowns along with TD runs of 21 and 7 in the victory. I doing so, Quiteh surpassed Irv Sigler and moved into second in school-history with 5,129 career rushing yards. Jamar Brittingham is the Bloomsburg and Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) leader in rushing yards at 5,689.

The Huskies have now won double-digit games for the fourth time in the last six years. They won 10 or more in 2006, 2008, 2010, and now 2012.

Bloomsburg rushed for 272 yards in the victory. It broke the previous school-record of 3,460 yards in a single-season and is four shy of the PSAC single-season record as it has now rushed for 3,548 in 2012. The PSAC record is Millersville's 3,552 yards in 1981.

Junior running back Eddie Mateo (Bethlehem/Freedom) took his first rush of the day 53 yards, moving him over the 1,000-yard mark for the season. On the day, Mateo ran for 85 yards on 17 carries.

Quiteh and Mateo have now rushed for over 1,000 yards in each of the past two seasons. This is the first time this has been done in PSAC history.

Bloomsburg scored 42 points in the first half and forced two Slippery Rock turnovers on lost fumbles. One of the Huskies greatest defensive plays of the afternoon and the season was a blocked punt for a touchdown in the second quarter. Off a bad snap, sophomore defensive end Tony David (Allentown/Salisbury) found his way to the punter and blocked the punt, which was picked up by senior defensive end Larry Webster (Hagerstown, MD/Elkton) for the 18-yard return touchdown. Overall, it was Webster's third touchdown and fourth scoring play of the season.

Webster registered a team-high three sacks against The Rock. His second sack of the day in the second quarter brought his season total to 12.5, breaking Gary Fittery's previous record of 12 in 1997. Webster leads Bloomsburg with 13.5 sacks in his first season in the maroon and gold.

Redshirt freshman Tim Kelly (Camp Hill/Cedar Cliff) turned in his best road outing of the season Saturday. Kelly connected on 10 of his 17 passing attempts for 185 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Huskies to victory.

Senior wide receiver Ryan Dickerson (Harleysville/Souderton) brought in one of Kelly's touchdown passes, extending his streak to seven consecutive games with a touchdown. Dickerson was four yards short of tying a career-high as he brought in 113 yards on six catches.

Fellow senior wideout Kyle Fisher (Denver/Cocalico) returned to the lineup Saturday and hauled in a 41-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter. It was his only catch of the day.

With the win, Bloomsburg head coach Danny Hale won his 213th career game, moving him into sole possession of second place in PSAC career coaching victories.

Defensively, Justin Shirk (Harrisburg/Central Dauphin) tallied a career-high 14 tackles for the second consecutive week. He had two sacks and three tackles for a loss.

Senior linebacker Jarrett Pidgeon (Barnegat, NJ/Southern Regional) had 12 tackles including a forced fumble.

Junior kicker Dan Fisher (Liverpool/Central Dauphin) connected on six extra-points, moving him up to third in PSAC history in career kicking points. Fisher's 268 points passed Slippery Rock's Morgan Anderson's 266 set in 2000.

Bloomsburg scored touchdowns on each of its opening three possessions against The Rock (6-5). Dickerson's 35-yard TD catch opened the game for the Huskies. Quiteh followed up the touchdown pass with one-yard scores on the next two possessions as Bloomsburg jumped out to a 21-6 lead in the second quarter.

Shirk, the reigning PSAC Defensive Athlete of the Week, got the Bloomsburg defense off on a great start with an 11-yard sack, his first of the season, on The Rock's opening possession to force the punt.

On a 3rd-and-4 the ensuing possession, Kelly tossed a 35-yard TD to Dickerson in the back left corner of the end zone, shades of last week's TD connection from Kelly-to-Dickerson against West Chester, to give BU the early lead.

The defense remained aggressive with three consecutive sacks the following possession. Shaun Moore (Lansdale/North Penn) and David McFadden (Allentown/Allentown Central Catholic) each brought down SRU quarterback Jared Buck on first down, as fellow defensive linemen David and Webster recorded sacks on second and third down, respectively.

The Rock used the running game to get on the board late in the first quarter. It ran 49 yards on a 13-play, 68-yard touchdown drive capped off with an 8-yard run by Buck. Buck also ran for an 8-yard TD run in the second quarter.

Coming off Quiteh's second TD of the day, Slippery Rock again targeted the Bloomsburg secondary. Buck completed a 50-yard pass downfield to Ken Amos, but then redshirt-freshman cornerback Gary Postell (Philadelphia/Bishop McDevitt) forced Amos to fumble the football and give the Huskies back the ball.

Pidgeon caused another Slippery Rock turnover as The Rock were driving deep into BU territory late in the second quarter. Pidgeon forced SRU running back Akeem Satterfield to fumble after a 10-yard run. Bloomsburg's DJ Robinson (Sinking Spring/Conrad Weiser) jumped on the fumble.

Bloomsburg cashed in on the turnover, marching downfield and tossing a 41-yard touchdown to Fisher to close the first-half offensive scoring for the Huskies.

Slippery Rock head coach Dr. George Mihalik must have given his team one of his greatest halftime speeches in his 25 years at the helm of The Rock. SRU scored 21 unanswered points coming out of the locker room to turn it into a one-possession game.

Slippery Rock turned a Bloomsburg missed field goal into an 80-yard touchdown drive capped off with a 3-yard run by Brett Crenshaw to bring the game to 42-20 midway through the third quarter.

Following Bloomsburg's second thrown interception of the day, Slippery Rock drove 49 yards and scored its second consecutive touchdown off the legs of Jainmire Dutrieuille from 16 yards out as BU led 42-27 in the early minutes of the fourth quarter.

Quiteh responded to the Slippery Rock threat with a 21-yard touchdown run to cap a six-play, 63-yard drive for the Huskies. Slippery Rock showed its resilience to score a touchdown with 45 seconds remaining, but was unable to recover the onside kick.

Satterfield led The Rock with 181 yards on the ground on 29 carries and a touchdown. Buck threw for 341 yards with a touchdown, but was sacked seven times by the BU defense. Defensively, Gary Allen had a team-high 10 tackles for Slippery Rock.

The Huskies now await the NCAA Selection Show on Sunday, Nov. 10, determining their playoff fate

Courtesy of Bloomsbnurg Sports Information


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 Post subject: Re: PSAC/Div II Football
PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2012 10:39 pm 
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In games involving two nationally ranked teams, Husky went 1-1. IUP beat Shippensburg, but Missouri Western beat NWMSU 21-20. Husky ends up the season 13-14. it was a tough year, as rankings meant little or nothing. Just ask NWMSU or Pittsburg State or even Bloomsburg. And wait till you see what happens to Shippensburg in the rankings as a result of the ass-kicking they took today at the hands of IUP. Ship finally met somebody who can play defense. It makes a big difference, doesn't it? Neither Ship nor Bloom probably won't get past the semis in the Super Regional I, if they get that far and if they are selected for the playoffs which is likely. The defense is lacking, like for most teams in the PSAC--except for IUP. Playoff selections will be announced this afternoon and posted a http://www.d2footbal.com Ciao! Until later today.


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PSAC Players of the Week (Week 11)

Bloomsburg’s Justin Shirk (defensive) and Franklyn Quiteh captured PSAC football East Athletes of the Week for their exceptional efforts in the Huskies’ victory on Saturday.

In the Western Division, IUP’s Carl Fleming (defensive) and Gannon’s Liam Nadler (offensive) earned PSAC football Athletes if the Week for their performances on Saturday.

PSAC Athletes of the Week – Nov. 4
(Week 10)

PSAC East Offensive Athlete of the Week
Franklyn Quiteh, Bloomsburg
RB, Jr., Tobyhanna/Pocono Mountain West

Franklyn Quiteh eclipsed the 5,000-yard mark in career rushing and Bloomsburg broke the school-record for single-season rushing in a 49-41 victory over Slippery Rock. Quiteh led the Huskies with 183 yards on the ground on 24 carries and four touchdowns for 7.6 yards per carry. He ran for two one-yard touchdowns along with TD runs of 21 and 7 yards in the Bloomsburg victory. With 183 yards, Quiteh surpassed Irv Sigler and moved into second in school-history with 5,129 career rushing yards. Jamar Brittingham is the Bloomsburg and PSAC leader in career rushing yards at 5,689, leaving Quiteh with just 560 yards to go in his career to meet the record. A Quiteh led Bloomsburg rushing game ran for a total 272 yards in the victory over Slippery Rock, breaking the previous school-record of 3,460 yards in a single-season and is four shy of the PSAC single-season record, as Bloomsburg has now rushed for 3,548 yards in 2012.

PSAC East Defensive Athlete of the Week
Justin Shirk, Bloomsburg
So., LB, Harrisburg / Central Dauphin

Justin Shirk tallied a career-high 14 tackles (10 solo) for the second consecutive week. He had two sacks and three tackles for a loss that added-up to 28 yards. Shirk got the Bloomsburg defense off to a great start with an 11-yard sack, his first of the season, on The Rock's opening possession to force a punt.

PSAC West Defensive Athlete of the Week
Carl Fleming, IUP
R-Jr., LB, Reisterstown, MD/Franklin

In IUP’s PSAC Championship victory over Shippensburg Carl Fleming was named the championship’s Most Valuable Player for his tenacious defensive performance. The redshirt junior capped PSAC play with a game-high 12 tackles (five solo), batted down two pass attempts, and registered a tackle for loss. However, arguably his biggest contribution of the game was his interception and 40-yard return for a touchdown with just under six minutes left in the game. The interception was his first of the season, his 12 tackles marked a season-high, and he stands second on the IUP squad in total tackles on the season with 63. Fleming led a unit that limited Harlon Hill candidate and the nation’s top passer Zach Zulli to 17-of-42 passing for 205 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.


PSAC West Offensive Athlete of the Week
Liam Nadler, Gannon
Fr., QB, Leipsic, Ohio/Leipsic Local

Freshman quarterback Liam Nadler led Gannon to a convincing 45-6 victory against LIU-Post during the PSAC regular-season finale. Nadler finished 23-of-34 for 355 yards and four touchdowns to tie a school record for touchdowns in a game for the second consecutive week and third time this season. Three of his four touchdown passes were 49 yards or longer, including two 58-yard passes. Nadler led an offense that notched 454 points, the most by the Golden Knights since a 45-17 victory against IUP in 2010, and the most points by a Gannon squad in the regular-season finale since a 50-39 win against Tiffin in 2004. The 499 yards of total offense led by Nadler’s efforts represent the program’s most since having 558 yards during a 51-48 victory against Slippery Rock on October 17, 2009. He also led a Gannon offense that held the ball for 38:26, the most in a game since at least the 1998 season. Nadler broke Gannon’s single-season records for passing yards (2,910), passing touchdowns (21), pass completions (242), pass attempts (428) and 200-yard passing games (8).


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Bloomsburg’s Justin Shirk (defensive) and Franklyn Quiteh captured PSAC football East Athletes of the Week for their exceptional efforts in the Huskies’ victory on Saturday.

In the Western Division, IUP’s Carl Fleming (defensive) and Gannon’s Liam Nadler (offensive) earned PSAC football Athletes if the Week for their performances on Saturday.

PSAC Athletes of the Week – Nov. 4
(Week 10)

PSAC East Offensive Athlete of the Week
Franklyn Quiteh, Bloomsburg
RB, Jr., Tobyhanna/Pocono Mountain West

Franklyn Quiteh eclipsed the 5,000-yard mark in career rushing and Bloomsburg broke the school-record for single-season rushing in a 49-41 victory over Slippery Rock. Quiteh led the Huskies with 183 yards on the ground on 24 carries and four touchdowns for 7.6 yards per carry. He ran for two one-yard touchdowns along with TD runs of 21 and 7 yards in the Bloomsburg victory. With 183 yards, Quiteh surpassed Irv Sigler and moved into second in school-history with 5,129 career rushing yards. Jamar Brittingham is the Bloomsburg and PSAC leader in career rushing yards at 5,689, leaving Quiteh with just 560 yards to go in his career to meet the record. A Quiteh led Bloomsburg rushing game ran for a total 272 yards in the victory over Slippery Rock, breaking the previous school-record of 3,460 yards in a single-season and is four shy of the PSAC single-season record, as Bloomsburg has now rushed for 3,548 yards in 2012.

PSAC East Defensive Athlete of the Week
Justin Shirk, Bloomsburg
So., LB, Harrisburg / Central Dauphin

Justin Shirk tallied a career-high 14 tackles (10 solo) for the second consecutive week. He had two sacks and three tackles for a loss that added-up to 28 yards. Shirk got the Bloomsburg defense off to a great start with an 11-yard sack, his first of the season, on The Rock's opening possession to force a punt.

PSAC West Defensive Athlete of the Week
Carl Fleming, IUP
R-Jr., LB, Reisterstown, MD/Franklin

In IUP’s PSAC Championship victory over Shippensburg Carl Fleming was named the championship’s Most Valuable Player for his tenacious defensive performance. The redshirt junior capped PSAC play with a game-high 12 tackles (five solo), batted down two pass attempts, and registered a tackle for loss. However, arguably his biggest contribution of the game was his interception and 40-yard return for a touchdown with just under six minutes left in the game. The interception was his first of the season, his 12 tackles marked a season-high, and he stands second on the IUP squad in total tackles on the season with 63. Fleming led a unit that limited Harlon Hill candidate and the nation’s top passer Zach Zulli to 17-of-42 passing for 205 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.


PSAC West Offensive Athlete of the Week
Liam Nadler, Gannon
Fr., QB, Leipsic, Ohio/Leipsic Local

Freshman quarterback Liam Nadler led Gannon to a convincing 45-6 victory against LIU-Post during the PSAC regular-season finale. Nadler finished 23-of-34 for 355 yards and four touchdowns to tie a school record for touchdowns in a game for the second consecutive week and third time this season. Three of his four touchdown passes were 49 yards or longer, including two 58-yard passes. Nadler led an offense that notched 454 points, the most by the Golden Knights since a 45-17 victory against IUP in 2010, and the most points by a Gannon squad in the regular-season finale since a 50-39 win against Tiffin in 2004. The 499 yards of total offense led by Nadler’s efforts represent the program’s most since having 558 yards during a 51-48 victory against Slippery Rock on October 17, 2009. He also led a Gannon offense that held the ball for 38:26, the most in a game since at least the 1998 season. Nadler broke Gannon’s single-season records for passing yards (2,910), passing touchdowns (21), pass completions (242), pass attempts (428) and 200-yard passing games (8).


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Bloomsburg’s Justin Shirk (defensive) and Franklyn Quiteh captured PSAC football East Athletes of the Week for their exceptional efforts in the Huskies’ victory on Saturday.

In the Western Division, IUP’s Carl Fleming (defensive) and Gannon’s Liam Nadler (offensive) earned PSAC football Athletes if the Week for their performances on Saturday.

PSAC Athletes of the Week – Nov. 4
(Week 10)

PSAC East Offensive Athlete of the Week
Franklyn Quiteh, Bloomsburg
RB, Jr., Tobyhanna/Pocono Mountain West

Franklyn Quiteh eclipsed the 5,000-yard mark in career rushing and Bloomsburg broke the school-record for single-season rushing in a 49-41 victory over Slippery Rock. Quiteh led the Huskies with 183 yards on the ground on 24 carries and four touchdowns for 7.6 yards per carry. He ran for two one-yard touchdowns along with TD runs of 21 and 7 yards in the Bloomsburg victory. With 183 yards, Quiteh surpassed Irv Sigler and moved into second in school-history with 5,129 career rushing yards. Jamar Brittingham is the Bloomsburg and PSAC leader in career rushing yards at 5,689, leaving Quiteh with just 560 yards to go in his career to meet the record. A Quiteh led Bloomsburg rushing game ran for a total 272 yards in the victory over Slippery Rock, breaking the previous school-record of 3,460 yards in a single-season and is four shy of the PSAC single-season record, as Bloomsburg has now rushed for 3,548 yards in 2012.

PSAC East Defensive Athlete of the Week
Justin Shirk, Bloomsburg
So., LB, Harrisburg / Central Dauphin

Justin Shirk tallied a career-high 14 tackles (10 solo) for the second consecutive week. He had two sacks and three tackles for a loss that added-up to 28 yards. Shirk got the Bloomsburg defense off to a great start with an 11-yard sack, his first of the season, on The Rock's opening possession to force a punt.

PSAC West Defensive Athlete of the Week
Carl Fleming, IUP
R-Jr., LB, Reisterstown, MD/Franklin

In IUP’s PSAC Championship victory over Shippensburg Carl Fleming was named the championship’s Most Valuable Player for his tenacious defensive performance. The redshirt junior capped PSAC play with a game-high 12 tackles (five solo), batted down two pass attempts, and registered a tackle for loss. However, arguably his biggest contribution of the game was his interception and 40-yard return for a touchdown with just under six minutes left in the game. The interception was his first of the season, his 12 tackles marked a season-high, and he stands second on the IUP squad in total tackles on the season with 63. Fleming led a unit that limited Harlon Hill candidate and the nation’s top passer Zach Zulli to 17-of-42 passing for 205 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.


PSAC West Offensive Athlete of the Week
Liam Nadler, Gannon
Fr., QB, Leipsic, Ohio/Leipsic Local

Freshman quarterback Liam Nadler led Gannon to a convincing 45-6 victory against LIU-Post during the PSAC regular-season finale. Nadler finished 23-of-34 for 355 yards and four touchdowns to tie a school record for touchdowns in a game for the second consecutive week and third time this season. Three of his four touchdown passes were 49 yards or longer, including two 58-yard passes. Nadler led an offense that notched 454 points, the most by the Golden Knights since a 45-17 victory against IUP in 2010, and the most points by a Gannon squad in the regular-season finale since a 50-39 win against Tiffin in 2004. The 499 yards of total offense led by Nadler’s efforts represent the program’s most since having 558 yards during a 51-48 victory against Slippery Rock on October 17, 2009. He also led a Gannon offense that held the ball for 38:26, the most in a game since at least the 1998 season. Nadler broke Gannon’s single-season records for passing yards (2,910), passing touchdowns (21), pass completions (242), pass attempts (428) and 200-yard passing games (8).


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No. 13 Crimson Hawks Claim PSAC Title in Rout of No. 7 Shippensburg

IUP Crimson Hawks: 2012 PSAC Champions
Ryan Rebholz, Sports Information Director
11/10/2012 6:43:00 PM

INDIANA, PA - With a fantastic defensive effort that limited the nation's No. 1 offense to just 10 points, 13th-ranked IUP defeated seventh-ranked Shippensburg 41-10 in the 2012 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Football Championship on Saturday afternoon at George P. Miller Stadium.

For his performance on the defensive side of the ball, linebacker Carl Fleming (Reisterstown, MD/Franklin) was named the PSAC Championship Most Valuable Player. Fleming had a game-high 12 tackles, battled down two passes, and returned a fourth quarter interception 40 yards for a touchdown.

The Crimson Hawks (10-1) held a Shippensburg team that entered the game averaging over 566 yards and 53 points to just 271 yards of total offense. Harlon Hill candidate Zach Zulli, Division II's leading passer, completed just 17-of-42 for 205 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions.

Conversely, IUP quarterback Mike Box (Lawrenceville, GA/Collins Hill) completed 11-of-16 passes for 178 and a career-high three touchdowns, all to wide receiver Terrill Barnes (Gettysburg/Gettysburg). Barnes finished with seven catches for 124 yards.

The Crimson Hawks defense, ranked No. 1 in the nation heading into the weekend, was on display early, forcing Shippensburg into a three-and-out on its opening drive. Zulli was sacked once and completed one of his two passes for just one yard.

The IUP offense came right out of the gate with a play action jet sweep, as Box found Anthony Meriwether (Brook Park, OH/Midpark) down the left sideline for 28 yards down to the Shippensburg 25 yard line. Three plays later, Brett Ullman (Baltimore, MD/Perry Hall) stepped up and drilled a 48-yard field goal, his career long, giving IUP a 3-0 lead with 10:28 to go in the first.

Shippensburg started driving on its next possession, as a third-and-six play turned into a 41-yard catch-and-run from Zulli to Trevor Harman down to the IUP 30. A personal foul tacked on another 15 yards as the Red Raiders threatened. Two plays later on third and 14, Zulli looked to the end zone but Alexander Berdahl (Ashburn, VA/Bishop O'Connell) leaped and picked off his attempt at the goal line, ending the drive
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It wouldn't take long for the Crimson Hawks to gain even more momentum on the ensuing possession, as De'Antwan Williams (Woodbridge, VA/Woodbridge) sprinted 59 yards on the fourth play to help extend the early lead to 10-0. The touchdown run followed runs of six and four yards by Williams and an 11-yard pass from Box to Barnes.

The Red Raiders answered with a long drive, going 48 yards in 14 plays, converting a pair of third downs along the way. They would get as far as the IUP 16-yard line, with Fleming batting down a third-and-nine pass, and settled for a Michael Lloyd 33-yard field goal.

The Crimson Hawks offense did not let up, as Box found Barnes on a post route for 48 yards and another touchdown just six plays into their next drive to head into the second quarter ahead 17-3.

Both offenses would stall in the second quarter, with IUP's best chance to score ruined on a failed fourth-and-one play. Shippensburg took advantage, and with 4:29 left on the clock in the half drove right down and field as Zulli connected with Harman for a 28-yard touchdown pass to cut its deficit to 17-10.

However the Red Raiders gave IUP too much time, leaving 2:18 on the clock. Box went to work, hitting Barnes for 24 yards on the first play before connecting with Salath Williams (Harrisburg/Bishop McDevitt) for nine. A penatly on Shippensburg put the ball at the Red Raiders 17 and two plays later, with 23 seconds left on the clock, Box found Barnes in the back of the end zone for a 15-yard touchdown to give IUP a commanding 27-10 lead.

The third quarter would end scoreless, but on the second play of the fourth Box again found Barnes for the final time as the wide out snagged the pass out of the air for an 11-yard touchdown that put the game out of reach at 34-10.

The next Shippensburg possession ended in another punt and with 5:49 left on the clock, Fleming put the cherry on top as he picked off Zulli in the flat and raced down the right sideline 40 yards for a touchdown.

The loss was the first on the year for the Red Raiders, as they now stand at 10-1 after sweeping through the PSAC East with a 7-0 mark.

The high-paced Shippensburg offense did manage 71 plays, but averaged just 3.8 yards per snap and finished with three turnovers. IUP owned a 36:43-23:17 time of possession and allowed the Red Raiders to convert just 6-of-17 third down and 0-2 fourth down conversions.

IUP finished with 465 yards of total offense, including 287 on the ground. Filling in for an injured Harvie Tuck (Akron, OH/St. Vincent-St. Mary), Williams ran 30 times for 129 yards and that long score while Montay Green (Pittsburgh/Fox Chapel) ate up some clock in the second half with 13 carries for 89 yards. Barnes added rushing yards on a pair of reverses to total 183 yards on the day.

Berdahl finished with eight tackles while Johnny Franco (Altoona/Tyrone) had six and broke up two passes. Chris Brown (Altoona/Bishop Guilfoyle), Jerrel McFadden, Marvens Toussaint (Fort Lauderdale, FL/Port Charlotte), Terrell Holloway (Penn Hills/Penn Hills) and James Griffin (Wallingford/Strath Haven) also came up with big plays in the defensive secondary with pass breakups.

Prior to the game, IUP's Anthony DiPasquale (Pittsburgh/Pine-Richland) was named the PSAC's Champion Scholar-Athlete, an award given to the student-athlete at each of the conference's 23 championships with the highest grade point average. DiPasquale, a graduate student in business, owns a 3.74 GPA.

This is IUP's first PSAC title since 1987, beating West Chester 21-9 in that year's "State Game."

Both IUP and Shippensburg will now await word from the NCAA on the playoff seedings. The top six teams in each region advance to the postseason, with the top two seeds getting automatic byes and the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds hosting the first round. Heading into this weekend, IUP was ranked fifth in Super Region One while Shippensburg was No. 1. Winston-Salem, New Haven and Bloomsburg, all ahead of IUP in the region, each won on Saturday.

The announcement will come from the NCAA on NCAA.com at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday with the first round of games on Saturday, November 17.

Courtesy of IUP sports Information


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Missouri Western Downs NWMSU

Nov. 10, 2012
Griffons nip Bearcats 21-20

Now, they wait.
Northwest Missouri State’s Bearcats still figure to land a Division II playoff berth – “we deserve to be in the national playoffs,” coach Adam Dorrel said – but they’ll have to hold a day for assurance after falling 21-20 to arch rival Missouri Western Saturday.
A game that the Bearcats controlled from the start slipped away in seven final, drama-filled minutes. They’d all but taken the Griffons’ star running back, Michael Hill, out of the picture. He touched the ball just twice in the fourth quarter. But quarterback Travis Partridge filled the void, throwing for one touchdown and running two yards for the game-winner with 1:07 left to stun a Senior Day crowd of 10,102 in Bearcat Stadium.
Northwest tried to steal it back, moving against the clock and a stiff south wind to the Griffons’ 39 yard line. Then, what looked like a vital, 14-yard completion from quarterback Trevor Adams to John Hinchey – to the Western 25 – turned into disaster.
Hinchey was called for offensive pass interference, and the play became a 15-yard loss. Two incompletions later, Northwest’s hopes were doused.
With that, Western (10-1 overall, 9-1 in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association) claimed its first outright conference championship in its 24 years as a member. It denied Northwest (9-2, 8-2) its 25th title. And it flipped the teams’ positions in the playoff picture.
The Griffons should wind up the No. 3 seed in the NCAA’s Super Region 3 behind Minnesota State-Mankato and Henderson State, and get a first-round game at home next Saturday. Northwest Missouri, ranked third in the region going into Saturday, should fall in somewhere behind them – likely opening next weekend on the road.
Six teams from the region will make the field. The 24-team bracket will be announced by the NCAA at 4 p.m. CST Sunday.
If you get in, you’ve got a chance,” Dorrel said. “And I know myself, when you’re playing and you’re a 5- or 6-seed and you’re playing a higher seed, boy, you ain’t got much to lose.
“Go there, and roll the balls out and let’s go.”
First, he and his team will have to put Saturday’s sting behind them.
Northwest’s defense put a first-half choke hold on Hill and a Missouri Western offense that had piled up 1,556 yards and 176 points in its previous three games, all MIAA routs. Hill, named one of 24 Harlon Hill Trophy candidates a day earlier, averaged less than three yards a carry. The Griffons totaled just 64 yards in the half.
Meanwhile, Adams connected on 14 of his first 18 passes for 157 yards and a first-quarter touchdown – on the heels of a Travis Manning interception – that made it 7-0. Jordan Simmons then ran for a two-yard TD. Todd Adolf hit a 22-yard field goal. And it was 17-0 at halftime.
Western finally broke through on Partridge’s third-quarter scoring pass to Tyron Crockom. But Adolf connected again, putting just enough foot into a 43-yard field goal attempt to lift it against the wind and over the crossbar to make it 20-7 with 7:06 left to play.
Those three points would be the sum of the Bearcats’ second-half scoring.
“Confidence is a very difficult thing in athletic endeavors, and we just really lost our confidence,” Dorrel said. “I just kept waiting for a spark – an interception, a big tackle for a loss – and we didn’t do that.”
It was the Griffons’ Partridge, instead, who stepped forward. He completed seven of his eight fourth-quarter passes for 104 yards. When he hit teammate Tarrell Downing over the middle and Downing evaded one tackle, then a couple more in a sprint to the end zone, it was 20-14.
Less than two minutes later, Partridge was back at work. He passed for one first down, scrambled away from a blitz for another, and passed for a third to the Northwest 15-yard line. Hill then bounced an off-tackle run outside to the 2.
Partridge deftly faked to Hill on the next snap, kept the ball himself and ran in for the decisive score.
“You’ve got to give them credit. They made plays when they needed to make plays,” Dorrel said. “But I just feel like we pressed a little bit. We were seeing the ball being caught, and it was almost like we were in slow motion getting to the tackle.”
Partridge, who’d completed less than 50 percent of his passes and thrown for a single touchdown in two games against Northwest last year, finished 19-for-26 for 207 yards and the two TDs. Hill, the nation’s second-leading rusher, wound up with the first 100-yard game of his career against the Bearcats: 121 yards on 19 carries.
A sizable contingent of Missouri Western fans twisted the knife, storming Bearcat Field after the final gun.
It’s not impossible that the two teams could meet again next week – as they have in rematches in the playoffs’ first round the past two years. A No. 3 seed for Western and a No. 6 for the Bearcats would pair them in St. Joseph.
“We’ll see tomorrow at 4 o’clock,” Dorrel said, adding that the ’Cats’ loss “doesn’t diminish what they’ve done. We’ve had a good season. We’re proud of our seniors; we’re proud of our kids.
“Hopefully, we’ll make the national playoffs . . . playing the schedule we’ve played,” he said. “And if you can do that in this league, make the playoffs, it’s been a good season. We’ll regroup. We’ve got to learn from our mistakes and be ready to go next week.”

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Div II Playoff Brackets

Playoff Bracket
*Denotes Host Team

First Round
November 17 Second Round
November 24 Third Round
December 1 Semifinals
December 8 Championship
December 15
Super Region 1
6. Shepherd (8-2) - - -
3. IUP (10-1)* - 2. New Haven (10-0)* - - -
5. Bloomsburg (10-1) - - -


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4. Shippensburg (10-1)* - 1. Winston-Salem (11-0)* -
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Super Region 4 - -
6. West Texas A&M (9-2) - - -
3. Chadron State (9-2)* - 2. Ashland (10-0)* - - -
5. Midwestern State (9-1) - - -


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4. Indianapolis (9-2)* - 1. CSU-Pueblo (11-0)* -
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Super Region 2 - -
6. Fort Valley (8-3) - - -
3. Lenoir-Rhyne (8-2)* - 2. Carson-Newman (8-2)* - - -
5. Miles (8-2) - - -


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4. West Alabama (8-3)* - 1. Valdosta State (8-2)* -
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Super Region 3 - -
6. Minnesota-Duluth (10-1) - - -
3. Missouri Western (10-1)* 2. Henderson State (10-0)* - - -
5. Harding (9-1) - - -


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4. Northwest Missouri (9-2)* - 1. Minnesota State (11-0)* -


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Div II Playoff Predictions

Super Region I

Shippensburg beats Bloomsburg at home. The Red Raiders' passing game outscores Bloom's running game.
IUP wins over Shepherd. IUP's defense shuts down the Rams, and that will be all she wrote.

Super Region II

West Alabama has too much firepower for Miles.
Lenoir Rhyne wins in a close one over Fort Valley.

Super Region III

Northwest Missouri State at home. No problem for the Bearcats. Harding goes down.
Missouri Western defeats Minnesota Duluth in perhaps the best match-up in the first round

Super Region IV

Midwestern State wins over Indianapolis.
West Texas A & M defeats Chadron State. Two LSC teams in the super-regional semis.


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Once again, as we enter the post season phase of Div II football for 2012; I implore any and all fans of Div II football--especially those supporting teams in the PSAC to put in your two cents in this PSAC/Div II football thread. I would love some comments and imput. I do this thread because I love the PSAC and Div II football. I love giving the "little big guys" some recognition. Believe me! Some of these so-called little guys will be playing in the NFL in the near future. Prime examples are Danny Woodhead, Jahri Evans, and Todd Herremans; who are now playing in the NFL. There are others. Those three just come to mind. Incidentally, for you PSAC fans! Don't be surprised if IUP makes it to the national semi-finals with that great defense of theirs. They just might knock off Shepherd, New Haven, and the survivor from the other side of the bracket--especially if they get Harvie Tuck back at running back. If you live nearby to a Div II playoff game, put everything down and go see one of these great games on Saturday. I will probably be heading for Shippensburg by 7:00 A.M. Saturday morning to see my Huskies in their rematch against the Red Raiders. Do yourself a favor and go! For you fans in the other super-regions, I give you the same advice. Just go! You won't be sorry. It's the most wonderful time of the year--for football fans. Enjoy it!


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Div II First Round Playoff Scores


November 17th, 2012 Scoreboard

Midwestern State (6) 14
Indianapolis (12) 31

Shepherd 17
IUP (12) 27

Fort Valley 6
Lenoir-Rhyne (22) 21

Bloomsburg (11) 20
Shippensburg (14) 58

West Texas A&M (13) 38
Chadron State (16) 30
Final OT3
Minnesota Duluth (5) 55
Missouri Western (8) 57

Harding (15) 0
Northwest Missouri (10) 35

Miles 7
West Alabama (20) 41

Husky picked 7 of the 8 games correctly. He missed the mark with the Midwestern State-Indianapolis game.


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IUP Defeats Shepherd in Div Playoff Game

INDIANA, PA – De'Antwan Williams (Woodbridge, VA/Woodbridge) had 152 rushing yards and the IUP defense forced three turnovers as the Crimson Hawks defeated Shepherd 27-17 in the first round of the NCAA Division II Football Championships on Saturday at Miller Stadium.

IUP (11-1) is the third-seeded team in Super Region One while Shepherd (8-3) came in seeded sixth in the region.

The Crimson Hawks will now move onto the second round as they travel to play second-seeded New Haven in Connecticut.

Williams paced a ground game that totaled 203 yards against a defense that entered the day leading Division II by allowing just 37.6 rushing yards per game.

The IUP defense gave up just 250 total yards to the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's best offense, including 96 through the air. The Crimson Hawks picked off Rams quarterback Bobby Cooper two times, with Carl Fleming (Reisterstown, MD/Franklin) returning one 77 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. Alexander Berdahl (Ashburn, VA/Bishop O'Connell) picked off the other pass in the fourth quarter in Shepherd territory, setting up a field goal by Brett Ullman (Baltimore, MD/Perry Hall), the final score of the game.

This was the second week that both Fleming and Berdahl pulled in interceptions, and also the second straight week that Fleming returned his for a score.

Fleming also had a forced fumble early in the first quarter, which set up IUP's first score of the game, a five-yard touchdown pass from Mike Box (Lawrenceville, GA/Collins Hill) to Terrill Barnes (Gettysburg/Gettysburg). Ullman's extra point made it 7-0 as the Crimson Hawks led with 8:27 to go in the first.

Shepherd would tie the game in the second quarter, capitalizing on an IUP missed field goal with an 80-yard touchdown drive that ended with an 18-yard run by Cooper. The Rams fed off of that momentum to force a three-and-out by the Crimson Hawks on the ensuing drive. But after a 10-yard run on first down by Allen Cross, Fleming stepped in front of Cooper's pass and followed a convoy of blockers 77 yards down the IUP sideline for a score.

That score came with 3:36 to go in the half and closed out the scoring in the second as IUP held a 14-7 lead at the break.

The Rams came out strong in the third quarter, forcing another IUP three-and-out before DJ Scott returned the punt 31 yards down to the Crimson Hawks 29-yard line.

Shepherd got down to the IUP one yard line in just three plays, where Cooper again crossed the goal line to help tie the score at 14-14 less than four minutes into the half.

The Crimson Hawks again couldn't get anything going on the next drive, as a penalty, a sack and a negative rush led to another punt and good field position as the Rams took over at the IUP 40. Shepherd drove to the IUP 20 and on a third-and-three play, Marvens Toussaint (Fort Lauderdale, FL/Port Charlotte) and Terrell Holloway (Penn Hills/Penn Hills) tag teamed on a huge stop to force a Rams field goal as they took a 17-14 lead at the 6:35 mark.

IUP answered the following drive, using a 24-yard pass from Box to Tyler Dummermuth (New Philadelphia, OH/New Philadelphia) and a personal foul penalty on Shepherd to set up a Williams touchdown run from five yards out. Ullman's extra point made it a 21-17 IUP lead with 1:45 left in the third quarter.

After a Shepherd three-and-out, IUP drove down the field and got a 39-yard field goal from Ullman at the beginning of the fourth quarter to extend the lead to 24-17. The scoring drive started with an 11-yard pass from Box to Barnes followed by a 28-yard burst by Williams to put IUP at the Shepherd 17.

The following Shepherd drive resulted in Berdahl's interception at the Rams 16-yard line, setting up Ullman's 31-yard boot with 9:11 left that gave IUP a 10-point lead.

The Rams would get the ball back just once more, advancing to the IUP 42 yard line where Fleming made a tackle on fourth-and-one to turn the ball over with 6:37 left on the clock. The Crimson Hawks would then just bleed the clock, running 12 plays to secure the win.

Fleming finished with 13 total tackles, adding a pass breakup to go along with the forced fumble and interception. Johnny Franco (Altoona/Tyrone) had 12 tackles while Berdahl added eight. Toussaint and Jerrell McFadden (Manassas, VA/Osbourn) also broke up passes while Greg Meisner (Greensburg/Hempfield ) recovered the Shepherd fumble in the first quarter.

The Rams rushed for 154 yards, getting 63 from Cross. Cooper finished with 43 yards on eight carries while Jihad Rasheed added 41. Cooper went 12-of-28 for 96 yards and two interceptions, finding Larry Lowe four times for 25 yards.

Barnes finished with three receptions for 55 yards and that score while Box threw for 122 yards. Harvie Tuck (Akron, OH/St. Vincent-St. Mary) ran 16 times for 60 yards.

IUP has met New Haven eight previous times, holding a 5-3 edge in the series. This will be the first meeting between the two schools in the postseason.

New Haven enters with a perfect 10-0 mark out of the Northeast 10 Conference, earning a bye in the first round due to its spot as the second seed.

The winner of next week's game will move onto the Super Region One finals against either Winston-Salem State or Shippensburg.

Kickoff on Saturday is set for 12:00 p.m. from Ralph F. Dellacamera Stadium in West Haven, Conn

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Shippensburg Rolls Over Bloomsburg

SHIPPENSBURG – The Bloomsburg University football team saw its 2012 campaign come to an end Saturday afternoon as the Huskies dropped a 58-20 decision in the first round of the NCAA Division II playoffs at SU Student Association Field at Seth Grove Stadium.

Bloomsburg (10-2) held the Red Raiders (11-1) in check during the first half, taking a 14-13 lead into the locker room. However, Shippensburg kicked a field goal to end the half, scored 28 points in the third quarter and 48 unanswered to defeat Bloomsburg for the second time this season.

“We had a couple bad breaks that turned out to be costly, and Ship did exactly what we didn't want them to do which was gain momentum,” BU head coach Danny Hale said. “I know these guys all fought hard out there today and I'm very proud of our team to finish with 10 wins this season.”

Junior running back Franklyn Quiteh (Tobyhanna/Pocono Mountain West) led the Huskies with 199 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns in the setback. He will head into his senior season in 2013 ranked second in BU history in rushing with 5,328 yards, 361 behind BU leader Jamar Brittingham's Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC)-record 5,689.

The rushing output marked Quiteh's 17th consecutive 100-yard game and 32nd of his career; both are school-records.

With its 241 rushing yards, Bloomsburg set the PSAC single-season rushing record with 3,789 yards this season. It also ranked on the BU all-time leaderboard in points scored (451 - fourth) and touchdowns (61 - second).

Defensively, the determination and heart of the Huskies was never in question Saturday. Bloomsburg senior captain Jarrett Pidgeon (Barnegat, NJ/Southern Regional) was one of three BU players with seven or more tackles. His seven total stops brought his season total to 104. He also had a pair of pass breakups. Sophomore linebacker Justin Shirk (Harrisburg/Central Dauphin) and senior safety Dan Haverstock (York/West York) led the Huskies with eight tackles apiece. Haverstock also broke up a pass.

Saturday marked the final game for 17 BU seniors. Since the beginning of the 2009 season, they have combined for 37 wins including the 2010 PSAC Eastern Division title. Among them are Brandon Allen (Philadelphia/Frankford), Chris Boyer (Hummelstown/Hershey), Sean Clift (Philadelphia/Roman Catholic), Mark Daniels (Sinking Spring/Wilson West Lawn), Ryan Dickerson (Harleysville/Souderton), Samuel Eck (Jersey Shore/Jersey Shore), Ryan Feldman (Mechanicsburg/JP McCaskey), Kyle Fisher (Denver/Cocalico), Haverstock, Ryan Maggs (Beech Creek/Central Mountain), Dylan Manni (Bensalem/Bensalem), Matt Marchioni (Wilmington, DE/Brandywine), Shaun Moore (Lansdale/North Penn), Oglesby, Pidgeon, Mike Schlauch (Zion Grove/Bloomsburg), and Larry Webster (Hagerstown, MD/Elkton).

“Jarrett's passion and leadership have been great in his time here,” Hale spoke of his senior tri-captain. “He plays spirited throughout and gives everything he has. His leadership ability overall as a captain has been a key to our success and he will be missed immensely.”

Shippensburg quarterback and PSAC East Offensive Athlete of the Year Zach Zulli sparked the come-from-behind victory. He threw for 479 yards on 26-for-35 passing and three touchdowns.

Sophomore returner DJ Robinson (Sinking Spring/Conrad Weiser) gave the Huskies great field position to start the game, returning the SU kick 35 yards to the Bloomsburg 39-yard line.

On the second rush of the game, Quiteh ran off a 15-yard gain for Bloomsburg. The run elevated BU to becoming the all-time leading rushing team in PSAC history.

Quiteh was the main focus on the opening drive, running for 41 yards and capping off a 61-yard, game-opening drive with a three-yard touchdown run on third-and-goal.

The Bloomsburg defense played outstanding in the first quarter and forced a Shippensburg three-and-out on its first possession.

“I'm real proud of my guys and how we all stuck together,” Pidgeon said. “They never give up, they never quit, and I would take these guys to play with any day.”

After a Kelly interception, Shippensburg drove down to the seven-yard line and decided to go for a fourth-and-goal attempt. Haverstock stormed into the backfield from his safety position to tackle SU's Kevin Herod in the backfield for a three-yard loss and an SU turnover on downs.

The Red Raiders got on the board with 28.8 seconds left in the first quarter with a 34-yard field goal from Drew Newcomer to bring the game to 7-3. A big play on third down forced Shippensburg to settle for three. Matt Heilig (Harrisburg/Central Dauphin) got to Zulli as the pass was broken up and nearly intercepted by Pidgeon.

Bloomsburg's defense stepped up again early in the second quarter as the Red Raiders drove to the BU two-yard line with a first-and-goal attempt. BU frustrated Zulli on three straight plays as Shippensburg didn't gain a yard on its red zone attempt, leading to a potential field goal.

The 20-yard field goal attempt was blocked by Cole Parkinson (Boyertown/St. Pius X) and recovered by Shirk as the Huskies held the Red Raiders scoreless yet again. Parksinson blocked two field goals this season as his first was picked up by Terrell Oglesby (Philadelphia/Northeast Catholic) and taken in for a touchdown against Millersville on Oct. 6.

After its opening touchdown, Bloomsburg was unable to put points on the board its next four possessions. The BU defense, playing outstanding in the first half, simply could not keep the Red Raiders out of the end zone for long. It took Shippensburg just three plays to go 77 yards and score on a 21-yard TD pass from Zulli to Jacob Baskerville to give SU its first lead of the game at 10-7 with 5:53 to play in the half.

The Huskies responded to the Shippensburg touchdown drive with one of their own. Quiteh rushed for his second TD of the day from three yards out to give Bloomsburg a 14-10 lead with 1:54 to play in the half. Quiteh eclipsed the 2,000-yard rushing mark for the second time in his career on the drive. A significant play on the drive was a Quiteh fumble after a 15-yard run, which was recovered by BU's Dickerson.

Shippensburg was prepared to take the four-point deficit into halftime and punted with 26 seconds to play in the half. The punt, however, hit a BU blocker's foot downfield as SU recovered and took over at the BU 26-yard line. After BU's Shaun Moore (Lansdale/North Penn) and Brian Clarke (Hanover/Hanover) teamed up to sack Zulli, Shippensburg kicked a 31-yard field goal to cut the Bloomsburg lead to 14-13 heading into the locker room.

The Red Raiders broke the game open in the third quarter. They scored 28 points in the third and 48 unanswered as they seemed to be on a mission to put up big points after a 41-10 loss last week to Indiana (PA).

The Huskies had two costly turnovers in the third quarter including one in the red zone that the Red Raiders took advantage of in rout of a 45-6 scoring advantage in the second half.

Shippensburg finished with two, 100-yard receivers in Baskerville and Trevor Harman. Baskerville led the game with 153 yards and two touchdowns as Harman brought in 117.

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West Texas A & M Defeats Chadron State in Div II Playoffs

CHADRON – West Texas A&M's Khiry Robinson rushed for 235 yards and three touchdowns and the Buffaloes' defense stopped a late fourth quarter rally from Chadron State to earn a 38-30 victory in the opening round of the NCAA Division II Football Playoffs Saturday at Elliott Field.

With the win, West Texas A&M (10-2) advances to play at Ashland Saturday, Nov. 24, while the Eagles end their season with a 9-3 record.

“When you look at it, it was a game of momentum,” first year head coach Jay Long said. “We had it at the beginning and then we let it slip away. Then, in the second half it was a dogfight. I'm proud of our guys. They fight to the end and today was another day where we did that.”

Robinson, who entered the game having just 150 carries on the season, toted the ball 30 times and averaged 7.8 yards a carry. He seemed to put things away for the Buffs when he ran along the far sideline for a 24-yard TD with just under five minutes to play but the Eagles didn't go away.

Quarterback Jonn McLain, who completed 32 of 49 passes for 331 yards and two touchdowns and set the single season mark for most TD passes in a season with 30, directed a 12-play, 83-yard scoring drive that took just 1:35 off the clock. He completed seven consecutive passes to five different receivers and capped it off with a 4-yard toss to Nathan Ross to cut the Buffaloes' lead to 38-30 with 1:39 to play.

The Eagles then executed a flawless onside kick from Josh Borm that Kyle Vinich, a 6-foot-6 wide receiver, grabbed at its highest point 13 yards down the field to keep the ball in CSC's possession.

With new life, Glen Clinton gained 15 yards on two rushes to put the ball at the West Texas 38-yard line with over a minute to play.

However, the Buffaloes' defense tightened up and forced three straight incomplete passes to set up fourth and 10. On the Eagles' final play, McLain, who was being pulled to the turf, threw a desperation toss to senior wide receiver Allan Schmaltz that he caught at the 31 and stretched out to the first down marker but the spot was inches shy of a first down.

West Texas A&M took over on downs and took a knee to run the clock out.

“This is a senior class that's known for fighting through a lot of adversity,” Long said. “They are great leaders and they're going to succeed in life and I'm proud to say as an Eagle myself that they are now alumni. They fought for us, for our school and for our team. I can't say enough positive things about them.”

The game ended in a frenzy and it also started like one for the Eagles as they scored back-to-back touchdowns on their first two possessions. Linebacker Bryant Miller intercepted West Texas A&M quarterback Dustin Vaughan on the Buffs' first drive and the Eagles marched 72 yards in just seven plays before McLain ran in for a 4-yard score.

On CSC's second drive, Clinton rushed for 17 yards on two carries and backup quarterback Brandon Gorsuch caught a pass behind the line of scrimmage before completing a 52-yard gain to Travis Reeves. On the next play, McLain hit Dominic Morris for a 5-yard score and the Eagles seemed to be in firm control.

The Buffs didn't wilt, though, and outscored CSC 17-0 in the second quarter.

The Eagles struck first in the second half when Alex Ferdinand kicked field goals of 39 and 46 yards but Robinson gave West Texas A&M the lead for good when he rumbled in for a 4-yard score late in the third quarter.

Vaughan completed 19 of 31 passes for 269 yards but he also rushed for 69 yards. Torrence Allen led all receivers with seven receptions for 142 yards.

WT 0 17 7 14 – 38
CSC 14 0 6 10 – 30
Scoring Summary
First Quarter
CSC – Jonn McLain 4 run (Alex Ferdinand kick)
CSC – Dominic Morris 5 pass from Jonn McLain (Ferdinand kick)
Second Quarter
WT – Khiry Robinson 10 run (Sergio Castillo kick)
WT – Jace Jackson 10 pass from Dustin Vaughan (Castillo kick)
WT – Castillo 25 field goal
Third Quarter
CSC – Alex Ferdinand 39 field goal
CSC – Alex Ferdinand 46 field goal
WT – Khiry Robinson 4 run (Castillo kick)
Fourth Quarter
CSC – Alex Ferdinand 42 field goal
WT – Jace Jackson 10 pass from Vaughan (Castillo kick)
WT – Khiry Robinson 24 run (Castillo kick)
CSC – Nathan Ross 4 pass from McLain (Ferdinand kick)

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RIPLE-OVERTIME LOSS OUSTS MINNESOTA-DULUTH BULLDOGS FROM NCAA II PLAYOFFS
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2012

Austin Sikorski runs for daylight -- and one of his five touchdowns -- Saturday afternoon against Missouri Western
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As remarkable a career Chase Vogler has had at the University of Minnesota Duluth, the way it ended couldn't have been any more heartbreaking.

On his final snap as a collegian, the standout senior quarterback stumbled and fell while rolling out on UMD’s two-point conversion try in the third overtime, and then watched from the ground as No. 9 Missouri Western State University celebrated a 57-55 victory in the opening round of the NCAA Division II playoffs Saturday afternoon. But that one bit of misfortune didn't diminish the superb and gritty performance he put forth in St. Joseph, Mo.

Vogler generated a career-high 379 yards of total offense, ran for a pair of touchdowns and deftly handled the controls of the Bulldog offense -- one which amassed 34 first downs, was 13-of-21 on third/fourth down conversions and rang up the highest point total ever in a UMD loss. The numbers, of course, meant nothing to him. Only the outcome did.

"Our goal as team is never just to make the playoffs," said Vogler, who suffered just his sixth setback in 52 lifetime starts with the Bulldogs. "Our goal is to win a national championship and now we won't get that chance."

Seventh ranked UMD, which hadn't allowed a first-quarter point since the third week of the season coming into the day, trailed 14-6 after the opening 15 minutes of play with a pair of field goals by freshman placekicker Andrew Brees (from 25 and 27 yards) accounting for the six points. The Bulldogs finally hit pay dirt 9:55 into the second quarter when Vogler slashed his way into the end zone from 15 yards out and then took their first lead of the afternoon (at 20-14) six minutes later on sophomore running back Austin Sikorski's 12-yard touchdown run.

Missouri Western (10-2 overall), the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association champion, went back on top on its opening possession of the second half, but Vogler answered again for the Bulldogs (10-2), scoring on a one-yard quarterback sneak at the 7:40 mark of the third quarter. Missouri Western sandwiched a pair of Travis Partridge scoring runs around Sikorski's one-yard plunge, creating a 35-35 deadlock with just over five minutes left in half. Vogler and the Bulldogs drove 57 yards on its last series of regulation, but were stopped inches short of a first down on the Griffon 18-yard line, turning the ball over and forcing overtime.

The shootout continued with both clubs trading touchdowns in each of the three overtimes with Sikorski doing the honors for UMD all three times. The last of those scores came after the Griffons went ahead 57-49 following a two-point conversion (which teams are required to attempt by NCAA rule at the start of the third overtime). Sikorski turned in his second 100-yard run outing in as many weeks as he finished the day with 139 yards and five touchdowns -- one short of the program single season record -- on 26 rushes.

Missouri Western ground up its share of real estate as well, rolling up 225 yards (the most allowed by the Bulldogs this season) with senior running back Micheal Hill doing almost all of the damage (187 yards on 24 carries). Partridge added another 319 yards and three scores through the air for the Griffons, who won for the first time in four lifetime NCAA II playoff outings.

Junior strong safety Travis Nordhus recorded a career-high 13 total tackles to lead the Bulldogs defensively while senior free safety Cameron Harper had 10 stops, giving him 282 for his career -- the third most in program history. Sophomore linebacker Gavin Grady was credited with one of UMD's three sacks and their lone interception, a second-quarter theft which helped give the Bulldogs, then down 14-0, a huge shot of momentum.

The two teams combined for 1,147 total yards with UMD holding a slight upperhand (603) in that department.

"We are obviously disappointed with the way things turned out, but I am proud of our guys and the way they left it all out there," said head Bob Nielson, who is now 11-4 in the NCAA II playoffs. "Missouri Western is a very good offensive team, yet I thought we gave up too many big plays and too many long runs. We also didn't make the stops when we needed them in overtime."

Vogler, a 2012 All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference North Division selection, moved into fifth place on UMD's all-time rushing charts with 2,903 yards -- just 54 yards behind the No. 4 occupant, UMD Athletic Hall of Famer and former Kansas City Chief running back Ted McKnight, who was one of the 4,149 in attendance at Spratt Stadium. Vogler, along with fellow seniors Harper, injured defensive end Joe Akey, offensive tackle Jake Bscherer, free safety Cameron Harper, offensive guard Garth Heikkinen, tight end Ben Helmer, strong safety Jordan Hoesktra, linebacker Nick Lloyd, quarterback Jon Lynch, linebacker Blake Rogers, and wide receiver Collin Stinogel all called it a career Saturday. That group has been part of something special since they first collectively hit the field in 2009, winning one NCAA Division II national championship and three NSIC titles (2009-11), making four NCAA II playoff appearances and going an impressive 47-7.

"We don't lose very much," said Nielson. "So what happened today is obviously difficult for our guys."

Courtesy of Minnesota-duluth Sports Information


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Nov. 17, 2012
NWMSU Bearcats Shutout Harding to open playof
By: Steve Wieberg
Jordan Simmons could only stand and watch from the Northwest Missouri State sideline, his broken left arm in a brace.
Teammate James Franklin would join him a little later, taking a helmet to the back on the first play from scrimmage, retreating to the locker room and reappearing on crutches.
Minus their best all-purpose back and their leading rusher, the Bearcats not only didn’t break Saturday. They thrived. Onetime walk-on Billy Creason stepped in with the second 100-yard rushing game of his career, Trevor Adams threw for two touchdowns and Northwest’s defense kept the nation’s fifth-best rushing attack out of the end zone in a 35-0 win in the first round of the NCAA’s Division II playoffs.
“It was,” Adams said, “a really good job of guys stepping up and taking care of business.”
The Bearcats (10-2) are part of the playoffs for the ninth time in as many years, the longest current streak in Division II, and now have reached the second round a ninth consecutive time. That’s the second-longest streak in D-II history; Grand Valley State made it at least that far in 10 consecutive years from 2001-10 – the first three under Brian Kelly, who went on to coach at Central Michigan, then at Cincinnati and now is the architect of Notre Dame’s perfect season.
Northwest will hit the road next Saturday to unbeaten Minnesota State Mankato, the top-seeded team in the NCAA’s Super Region 3. Kickoff is slated for noon in Mankato, Minn.
“I love coaching a game like that. Our kids love playing games like that,” Northwest coach Adam Dorrel said of the matchup. “We have absolutely nothing to lose … and we’re going to approach the game like that, and we’re going to play like that on Saturday.”
He said indications from Northwest’s medical personnel are that both Simmons and Franklin, who’s injury wasn’t specified, should be able to play at Mankato, though Simmons’ forearm break required the insertion of six screws during his Wednesday surgery. He was hurt during practice a day earlier.
Franklin, who’d run for 12 TDs and turned in the Bearcats’ only 100-yard performance prior to postseason, picked up 11 yards on his only carry against Harding. He stayed in the game for one more play – a pass incompletion thrown his way – and then pulled himself from the lineup.
It was a tough afternoon in Bearcat Stadium for running backs all-around. Harding lost its first-string fullback, Romo Westbrook, to an ankle injury on the Bisons' first play from scrimmage and second-stringer D'Nico Jackson-Best to another ankle injury a little before halftime. That forced the move of Bisons quarterback Kelvin Martin, a former backup fullback, to fullback in the second half.
Their triple-option Flexbone picked up 304 yards on the ground, the most the Bearcats have allowed this season, but managed only a little more than four yards a carry and 126 of those yards in the second half. Their passing game, meanwhile, netted minus-four yards and surrendered a couple of interceptions.
“The best team won today,” Harding coach Ronnie Huckeba said, but added in respect to the injuries, “I think we’re closer than that score indicated.”
Northwest had the depth to deal with its losses. And it had the diversification.
Creason ran for 34 of the 70 yards that the Bearcats covered on their opening possession, including a final, fourth-and-goal dive for a touchdown that gave them a quick and important lead. Adams’ 14-yard scoring pass to John Hinchey made it 14-0 early in the second quarter. And another fill-in running back, junior Kohlman Adema-Schulte rumbled six yards off tackle just before halftime for his first TD of the season and the second of his career.
Creason finished with 113 yards rushing, becoming the first back to crack 100 against Harding this season. The Bisons (9-2) had allowed teams an average of just a little more than 88 yards in their previous 10 games.
Adema-Schulte added 22 rushing yards.
“I think they expected to play a little bit today but not as much as they did, and they played really, really well,” Dorrel said. “Anytime you can do that, I think it’s just special. I think it says a lot about the character of the kid.”
Simmons’ injury earlier in the week had put Creason, in particular, on notice. The fifth-year junior from Grain Valley, Mo., was Northwest’s third-leading rusher as a freshman walk-on but he’d been slowed by injuries the past two seasons.
He has played in all 12 games this season, and has rushed for 377 yards.
“I was pretty nervous because I haven’t gotten that much PT (playing time) in a while at running back,” Creason said. “…But once I got settled down, I got really comfortable. And it was awesome.”
It was more of a struggle for Harding’s stricken offense – a lot of it because of the Northwest defense, some of it the Bisons’ own doing.
They threatened to immediately answer Creason’s early touchdown, driving 72 yards to the Northwest 6, but Martin – still at quarterback – fumbled the ball away. A failed fake field goal in the second quarter lost three yards. An illegal formation penalty wiped out a 55-yard TD run near the end of the half.
Behind sophomore backup quarterback Keenan Kellett, the Bisons reached the Northwest 32 in the fourth quarter. But a personal foul penalty set them back, and a gadget-play pass by running back Donatella Luckett was intercepted by the Bearcats’ Brandon Dixon.
Nate DeJong intercepted Kellett just two minutes later, the senior safety’s seventh pick in eight games, setting up 26-yard pass from Adams to Tyler Shaw that made it 28-0.
Backup quarterback Brady Bolles got Northwest Missouri State’s final score on a four-yard run with a little less than three minutes left, capping an eight-play, 63-yard drive.
Adams and Shaw also were instrumental in covering for the missing running backs, connecting on five passes for 24, 19, 35, 15 and 26 yards. Adams finished 17-for-25 for 212 yards and the two TDs. Team-wide, it was an impressive performance of an unsettling week – a one-point, MIAA-deciding loss to arch rival Missouri Western the previous Saturday, then Simmons’ broken arm on the practice field.
“We’ve got great kids. We’ve got a lot of character kids. And anytime you’ve got high-character kids, they always put a lot of confidence in you that they’re going to come through for you,” Dorrel said. “We talk about stuff like that in our program year-round, about the next man up and you never know when your opportunity is going to arise to be a starter.”
Beyond that, he pointed out, “our philosophy is we tend to play a lot more people early in the season than other programs do for a situation like that. We weren’t putting Billy in there with no playing time, meaningful playing time. We weren’t putting Kohlman in there (like that). Those guys had played at Arrowhead (vs. Pittsburg State). They’d played against Washburn. They played against Western. They’d played in big games.”
They now have at least one more.
The Bearcats, seeded fourth of the six Region 3 teams that reached the playoffs, are going after their ninth quarterfinal berth in nine years. That would make a little history, tying the longest such streak ever in Division II (Grand Valley State from 2001-09). And it would be the second longest streak in any NCAA division, from I-AA through Division III.
Mount Union has piled up 20 straight quarterfinal appearances dating to 1992, and has reached at least the semifinals in each of the past 17 years. The Purple Raiders, who routed Christopher Newport University 72-14 Saturday, take an 11-0 record D-III’s second round vs. Johns Hopkins next weekend.

Courtesy of NWMSU Sports information and Official Press Releases (Written by Steve Wiberg)


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