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 Post subject: Re: NCAA Div II and PSAC Football 2013
PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2013 5:04 pm 
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Next Weekend's PSAC Schedule

All PSAC West teams are the home teams. Husky's picks are marked with an asterisk.

9/14/2013 12:00 P.M. Bloomsburg* Edinboro Edinboro, PA Live Stats Details
9/14/2013 12:00 PM West Chester* Gannon Erie, Pa. Live Stats Live Video Live Audio Details
9/14/2013 1:00 PM Millersville Mercyhurst* Erie, PA Live Stats Details
9/14/2013 3:30 PM Kutztown California* California, PA Live Stats Live Audio Details
9/14/2013 4:00 PM Cheyney IUP* Indiana, PA Live Stats Live Audio Details
9/14/2013 6:00 PM East Stroudsburg Seton Hill* Greensburg, PA Live Stats Live Audio Details
9/14/2013 6:00 PM Lock Haven Clarion* Clarion, Pa. Live Stats Live Audio Details
9/14/2013 6:00 PM Shippensburg Slippery Rock* Slippery Rock, PA Live Stats Live Audio Details

The best match-ups seem to be Shippensburg at Slippery Rock and Bloomsburg at Edinboro. I don't expect Shippensburg to turn the ball over six times this coming weekend and nor do I expect them to get shut out. I picked SRU only because they are home. I suspect Shippensburg will be a bit cranky in view of what happened to them last weekend down at Shepherd.


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 Post subject: Re: NCAA Div II and PSAC Football 2013
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AFCA Div II Poll Sept 9

After the first week of action, there was a big shakeup in the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll as four ranked teams fell out of the poll, with two previous Top 10 teams falling more than 10 spots after upset losses. Valdosta State (Ga.) held onto the No. 1 spot with 29 first-place votes, followed by Minnesota State-Mankato at No. 2 with two first-place votes. Northwest Missouri State and West Texas A&M flip flop places, to No. 3 and No. 4, respectively, while Colorado State-Pueblo jumped three spots to No. 5 this week.
Losses by Shippensburg (Pa.), New Haven (Conn.), Saginaw Valley State (Mich.) and Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) caused all four of those teams to drop out of the poll, which made room for North Alabama at No. 22, North Carolina-Pembroke and West Chester (Pa.) tied at No. 23 and Delta State (Miss.) coming in at No. 25. There is only one Top 25 matchup this week as No. 4 West Texas A&M plays No. 18 Chadron State (Neb.) on Thursday night at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

2013 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll – September 9, 2013
Rank School (1st votes) Rec. Pts. Prev. Season Opener Next Game
1. Valdosta St. (Ga.) (29) 1-0 795 1 D. Fort Valley St. (Ga.), 36-21 Sept. 21 vs. Shorter (Ga.)
2. Minnesota St.-Mankato (2) 1-0 762 2 D. Mary (N.D.), 34-21 Sept. 14 vs. Minnesota-Crookston
3. Northwest Missouri St. 1-0 705 4 D. No. 22 Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.), 45-24 Sept. 14 vs. Central Missouri
4. West Texas A&M 1-0 699 3 D. Western St. (Colo.), 48-21 Sept. 12 vs. No. 18 Chadron St. (Neb.)
5. Colorado St.-Pueblo (1) 1-0 644 8 D. Northern Colorado, 41-36 Sept. 14 vs. Angelo St. (Texas)
6. Missouri Western St. 1-0 622 6 D. Central Missouri, 26-23 Sept. 14 vs. Missouri S&T
7. Minnesota-Duluth 1-0 589 11 D. Sioux Falls (S.D.), 32-7 Sept. 14 at Upper Iowa
8. Indiana (Pa.) 1-0 549 10 D. Southern Connecticut St., 30-20 Sept. 14 vs. Cheyney (Pa.)
9. Henderson St. (Ark.) 1-0 516 13 D. Southern Nazarene (Okla.), 82-10 Sept. 14 vs. McKendree (Ill.)
10. Grand Valley St. (Mich.) 1-0 503 14 D. Azusa Pacific (Calif.), 38-17 Sept. 14 vs. Truman St. (Mo.)
11. Carson-Newman (Tenn.) 1-0 429 17 D. Wayne St. (Mich.), 55-28 Sept. 14 at Colorado School of Mines
12. West Alabama 1-0 427 16 D. Clark Atlanta (Ga.), 42-6 Sept. 14 at McNeese St. (La.)
13. Midwestern St. (Texas) 0-0 392 15 Idle Sept. 14 vs. Tarleton St. (Texas)
14. Indianapolis (Ind.) 1-0 354 19 D. No. 9 Ashland (Ohio), 10-9 Sept. 14 vs. St. Xavier (Ill.)
15. Bloomsburg (Pa.) 1-0 347 18 D. Stonehill (Mass.), 41-13 Sept. 14 at Edinboro (Pa.)
16. Pittsburg St. (Kan.) 1-0 290 21 D. Northeastern St. (Okla.), 45-6 Sept. 14 at Central Oklahoma
17. Shepherd (W.Va.) 1-0 259 25 D. No. 7 Shippensburg (Pa.), 33-0 Sept. 14 at Fairmont St. (W.Va.)
18. Chadron St. (Neb.) 1-0 244 20 D. Missouri S&T, 40-34 2OT Sept. 12 vs. No. 4 West Texas A&M
19. Tuskegee (Ala.) 1-0 197 24 D. Alabama A&M, 23-7 Sept. 14 at Albany St. (Ga.)
20. Winston-Salem St. (N.C.) 0-1 172 5 Lost to North Carolina-Pembroke, 25-21 Sept. 14 vs. Virginia-Lynchburg
21. Ashland (Ohio) 0-1 152 9 Lost to No. 19 Indianapolis (Ind.), 10-9 Sept. 14 at Wayne St. (Mich.)
22. North Alabama 1-0 126 NR D. Miles (Ala.), 42-7 Sept. 14 at Jacksonville St. (Ala.)
23t. North Carolina-Pembroke 1-0 92 NR D. No. 5 Winston-Salem St. (N.C.), 25-21 Sept. 14 at Fayetteville St. (N.C.)
23t. West Chester (Pa.) 1-0 92 NR D. No. 12 New Haven (Conn.), 45-14 Sept. 14 at Gannon (Pa.)
25. Delta St. (Miss.) 1-0 69 NR D. Mississippi Valley St., 24-14 Sept. 13 vs. Texas A&M-Commerce

Dropped Out: Shippensburg (Pa.) (7), New Haven (Conn.) (12), Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.) (22), Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) (23)

Others Receiving Votes: Shippensburg (Pa.), 61; St. Cloud State (Minn.), 60; Colorado School of Mines, 43; Washburn (Kan.), 38; Emporia St. (Kan.), 30; New Haven (Conn.), 25; Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.), 22; California (Pa.), 20; Shaw (N.C.), 14; Bentley (Mass.), 13; Texas A&M-Kingsville, 11; Charleston (W.Va.), 9; Arkansas Tech, 5; Concord (W.Va.), 5; Michigan Tech, 5; New Mexico Highlands, 3; Ohio Dominican, 3; Missouri S&T, 2; Missouri Southern St., 2; Southwestern Oklahoma St., 1; Stillman (Ala.), 1; Tarleton St. (Texas), 1.

Comment: Both Slippery Rock and California should be--in my opinion-- nationally ranked based upon their big wins this past weekend. We will, however, see what Slippery Rock is made of when they play Shppensburg at home this coming weekend. Don't expect Ship to turn the ball over six times this weekend, as they did against Shepherd. It's probably the best game of the upcoming weekend in the PSAC. The team to watch in the PSAC--besides IUP--is by my way of thinking West Chester. They really put it to New Haven.


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 Post subject: Re: NCAA Div II and PSAC Football 2013
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D2Football.com Top 25 Poll
September 10, 2013

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

Courtesy of d2football.com

Notice that there are three PSAC teams ranked. I was hoping for 4 or 5 with California and possibly Slippery Rock being included. maybe next week.


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 Post subject: Re: NCAA Div II and PSAC Football 2013
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The only game involving two nationally ranked teams this coming weekend sees #17/#18 Chadron State of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference playing #4 West Texas A & M of the Lone Star Conference down in Canyon, Texas. In spite of all the turmoil going on at WTAMU. I look for the Buffaloes to win this game. Husky's record for picking such games is one up and two down. Hope to get to .500 this weekend :D Lest I forget! Go Buccos!


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 Post subject: Re: NCAA Div II and PSAC Football 2013
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On Thursday evening, #4 West Texas A & M defeated #17 Chadron State 34-31 in a game matching up two teams from the Lone Star and the Rocky Mountain Conferences. Lots of good PSAC action today with all PSAC West teams playing at home in eight "crossover" games.


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In the PSAC crossover games today, two scores are now final. Bloomsburg defeated Edinboro 47-35, and West Chester outscored Gannon 56-41. More to follow. A number of games don't start until 6:00 PM. Time to watch Alabama and Texas A & M.


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PSAC scores for September 14

Bloomsburg 47 Edinboro 35
West Chester 56 Gannon 41
Mercyhurst 49 Millersville 7
California 45 Kutztown 10
IUP 49 Cheyney 0
Clarion 30 Lock Haven 13
East Stroudsburg 70 Seton Hill 7
Slippery Rock 58 Shippensburg 38

Husky picked all eight games to correctly to improve his 6-9 record from last weeend to 14-9 at the close of this weekend's activity.
Some detailed game reports will follow plus next weekend's schedule when conference play begins.


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SRU Outscores Shippensburg

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – The Shippensburg University football team attempted a feverish comeback bid in the third quarter of Saturday night's PSAC crossover matchup at Slippery Rock but could not stave off a spirited effort by the home team, as The Rock came away with a 58-38 victory over the Red Raiders at Mihalik-Thompson Stadium.

Shippensburg (0-2) trailed 44-10 at halftime but responded with 21 points in the first 7 minutes 58 seconds of the third quarter, as junior tailback Blair Brooks rushed in from a yard out and senior quarterback Zach Zulli threw touchdown passes to juniors Trevor Harman and Sheldon Mayer.

Slippery Rock (2-0) eventually slowed the Red Raiders and re-established a comfortable margin with two more touchdowns of its own, one late in the third quarter and another in the opening minute of the fourth quarter. Rock quarterback Nigel Barksdale threw for 239 yards and two touchdowns in the first half and finished the game with 304 yards and four scores.

Zulli wrapped up the contest with 340 yards on 32-of-65 passing and three touchdowns for his 11th career 300-yard passing game. He was also sacked four times and The Rock defense registered six additional quarterback hurries.

Zulli's 65 attempts gives him 1,022 on his career, which sets a new Raider school record, passing Brian Gilbert's (1990-92) 1,013 attempts. The three passing scores also give him 91 on his career, making him one of just six players in PSAC history with over 90 passing touchdowns. Zulli's 7,968 career passing yards now place him in the Top-15 all-time in PSAC history.

Harman surpassed 2,000 career receiving yards in the contest, finishing Saturday's game with eight receptions for 120 yards. It was his seventh-career 100-yard receiving game and his 29th career receiving score. His 2,080 yards also makes him just one of six players in SU history to reach 2,000 receiving yards.

Mayer set career highs with nine catches for 71 yards and returned a punt 85 yards for a touchdown late in the game. It's the first punt return for a touchdown by a Red Raider since 1998.

With five seconds left in the second quarter, senior Drew Newcomer drilled a 49-yard field goal that broke a 29-year-old school record. The previous mark was set by Barry Jackson, who kicked a 48-yard field goal against The Rock on Oct. 20, 1984. The field goal was the 20th of Newcomer's career.

Shippensburg begins its PSAC East schedule at 1 p.m. next Saturday when it hosts ESU on Parents & Family Day at Seth Grove Stadium.

Notes: The Raiders converted their first onside kick since 2008 (Kyler Ford) when on Saturday night, the attempt from senior Nate Schmidt was recovered by SU in the fourth quarter…the 58 points are the most Shippensburg has given up since it also gave up 58 against The Rock on October 29, 2005…SU's 42 team rushing yards are its fewest in a game since posting -16 yards against IUP on November 3, 2007.

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Quiteh Excels Again

EDINBORO, PA – It was a day for history under clear blue skies at Sox Harrison Stadium on Saturday afternoon as Franklyn Quiteh (Tobyhanna/Pocono Mountain West) and Danny Fisher (Liverpool/Central Dauphin) each re-wrote the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference record books as part of the 15th-ranked Huskies' 47-35 victory over the Fighting Scots.

With an eight yard carry early in the fourth quarter, Quiteh surpassed the previous all-time PSAC career rushing record of 5,689 held by Bloomsburg product Jamar Brittingham since 2007. Quiteh's moment with history wasn't the first of the day, however. Earlier in the afternoon, Fisher set his own PSAC record, breaking the conference mark for kicking points in a career of 287 which Mark Brubaker of East Stroudsburg had owned since 2005, now standing at 291. He also connected on two field goals to tie the record of 50 set by Ed Detwiler of East Stroudsburg in 1992.

Quiteh finished the day with 231 yards rushing to push his career total to 5,741 in maroon and gold. The senior found the endzone three times on the day as well.

A week after leading Division II with 457 yards on the ground, the Huskies put up 383 rushing yards against the Scots. Redshirt sophomore Dai'Shon Munger (Westampton, NJ/Holy Cross) again impressed with his second consecutive 100-yard day, recording 133 yards and two touchdowns. Munger narrowly missed his career-high of 135 yards set last week and Saturday marks his first multi-touchdown performance. The 383 yards of rushing by the Huskies represent the third-most ever surrendered by Edinboro.

The Huskies would need all of that to hold off a pesky Edinboro (1-1) squad to improve to 2-0 on the young season.

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Danny Fisher set the all-time PSAC record for career kicking points on Saturday.
Edinboro roared back from a 31-14 second half deficit to draw within a touchdown at 34-28 following a 35-yard touchdown pass from the Fighting Scots' senior quarterback Cody Harris to Jordan Williams to end the third quarter. The next Huskies' drive sputtered, leaving Edinboro with solid field possession down by a score.

With the Boro moving ball at midfield, the Bloomsburg defense came up with a game-changing forced fumble to turn the tide when defensive end Larry Webster (Hagerstown, MD/Elkton) forced Scots running back Jeremy Donaldson to fumble at his own 49 yard line. Donovan Morris (Philadelphia/George Washington) came away with the loose ball, ending the threat.

Edinboro appeared to have the Huskies stopped on the ensuing possession, but a costly third down pass interference call kept the BU drive alive. Quiteh broke the PSAC rushing record two plays later, and it was Munger who gave the Huskies some much needed breathing room with an eight yard rumble to pay dirt and a 40-28 advantage.

Quiteh put the exclamation mark on his day to remember following a turnover on downs by the Scots. The senior running back sprinted for a 47-yard touchdown which effectively put the game on ice, ahead 47-28.

The Fighting Scots came out blazing off following a wild 35-34 win at Walsh in the opening week. Using a no huddle offense throughout the game, Harris opened the contest by directing a 76 yard drive in six plays capped by a 54 yard pass to D'Andrea Vaughn.

Fisher put the Huskies on the board with a 36 yard field goal on the next drive, and Quiteh gave the visitors a lead they wouldn't relinquish with a five-yard touchdown plunge to end the first quarter.
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Tomas Cabrera had a fumble recovery and an interception.
Bloomsburg stretched the lead thanks to a key defensive play. Linebacker Justin Shirk (Harrisburg/Central Dauphin) broke the ball free on a tackle following a Harris pass to Ben Eisel, which was recovered by Tomas Cabrera (Hanover/Hanover Area). The turnover set the Huskies up in prime field possession near midfield and the offense did the rest with a seven play, 44 yard touchdown drive capped by a quarterback sneak by Tim Kelly (Camp Hill/Cedar Cliff) from one yard out on fourth and goal.

Bloomsburg struck for its longest play of the day on a Kelly connection to Tony Peregrin (Mayfield/Lakeland) for 57 yards which set up a four yard rush from Munger and a 24-7 lead. Harris drew the hosts closer with a 50 yard touchdown throw to Marcus Johnson to bring the score to 24-14.

The Huskies seized a 31-14 edge heading to halftime following a 75 yard drive on nine plays resulting in another Quiteh touchdown from two yards out and would not trail over the final 44:46 of game time.

Kelly tallied 143 yards through the air while completing 10 of 17 pass attempts and Peregrin led the receiving corps with three grabs for 67 yards. Glenn Hutton Jr. (Sicklerville, NJ/Paul VI) also caught three passes for 46 yards. Connor Gades (West Chester/Unionville) hauled in his first passes as Husky with three receptions for 27 yards.

Defensively, Shirk paced BU with 13 tackles while Andrew Harris (Bethlehem/Whitehall) was in on 11 stops. Chris Kennedy (Phoenixville/Archbishop Carroll) posted a sack and Cabrera added his second interception in as many games. Tyler Knoblauch (Berlin, NJ/Eastern) also added an interception while Gary Postell (Philadelphia/Bishop McDevitt) had seven tackles and a forced fumble. In all, the Huskies forced five Edinboro turnovers.

For Edinboro, Harris was impressive as the senior completed 25 of 32 attempts for 360 yards and four touchdowns. Johnson was his favorite target, bringing in nine balls for 185 yards and a score. Harris also paced the Scots in rushing with 95 yards on the ground and another score.

Bloomsburg opens the PSAC East portion of its schedule when it travels to Kutztown next Saturday. That contest is scheduled to get under way at 1:05 p.m.

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West Chester Out Guns Gannon, 56-41

ERIE, Pa. – Rondell White rushed for 245 yards and two touchdowns, caught seven passes for 87 yards while also throwing a TD pass on a halfback option as No. 23/25 West Chester defeated host Gannon, 56-41, in a non-league football game Saturday afternoon.

West Chester (2-0) remains unbeaten on the year while Gannon (1-1) suffers its first loss of the year. The two teams combined for 1,081 yards of total offense and 97 points in an old-fashioned shootout. West Chester put up 612 yards of total offense by itself and had over 500 yards by the end of the third quarter. Gannon scored 27 points in the second quarter to make it a 35-27 contest at halftime.

Erick Brundidge caught seven passes for 71 yards and tied a career-high with three touchdown receptions. He hauled in White's 18-yard strike with nine minutes remaining in the third quarter. WCU quarterback Sean McCartney was 23-for-35 for 305 yards. He threw five TD passes himself against just a pair of interceptions.

The Golden Rams jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter. Brundidge caught a 9-yard TD pass from McCartney, White scampered 58 yards for another score and Jared Bonacquisti caught a pass from two yards out to put WCU in control. However, Gannon came roaring back with three straight scores of its own to tie the game with 6:21 left in the first half.

Brundidge caught his second TD pass of the game with two minutes left in the half. But, Quad Law hauled in a 69-yard strike from Liam Nadler with 1:42 to go to make it a 28-27 ballgame. That is when McCartney led West Chester on a 9-play drive that covered 67 yards in just 1:14. It ended with Adam Dempsey snaring a 20-yard touchdown pass from McCartney with 20 seconds left.

Gannon had a chance for more points right before the half ended. The Golden Knights returned the ensuing kickoff 41 yards to West Chester's 40-yard line. Nadler completed a 9-yard pass and the hosts called timeout with two ticks left. However, Donnie Mack's 49-yard field goal attempt sailed wide right to close out a wild first half.

Brundidge pocketed his third scoring pass and White ran 20 yards for another score in the third quarter as West Chester opened an insurmountable 49-27 lead by the end of the third quarter. Gannon went on a 14-play drive that ate up 5:11 on the fourth-quarter clock right after White's 20-yard TD run. The Knights were faced with a 4th-and-goal at West Chester's 8-yard line when Jr., DB Al-Hajj Shabazz intercepted Nadler in the end zone to stall the drive and take the wind out of the hosts' sails.

It was the second straight Gannon drive that ended in a turnover. Nadler was sacked by Andrew Cohen on a 3rd-and-10 at the Rams' 38-yard line and coughed up the ball. Jr., MLB Ronell Williams picked up the fumble and returned it six yards to give the ball back to West Chester. Those two turnovers proved to be costly for Gannon in the final 15 minutes of the game.

Dempsey finished the day with three catches for 93 yards and two touchdowns – a career best for the sophomore wide receiver. White finished with 338 all-purpose yards coming just shy of yet another personal high for the talented back.

Blaise Schieler led West Chester with nine tackles in the game. Williams, Shawn Krautzel and Mike Labor each recorded eight stops. The Golden Rams' starting secondary had 27 combined tackles in the game.

West Chester returns to action next Saturday with another road contest at Millersville to open up PSAC play. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Biemesderfer Stadium.

NOTES: West Chester opens the 2013 season with a pair of wins for the first time since 2003 … WCU was 2-0 in head coach Bill Zwaan's first year at the helm with wins over New Haven and Glenville State … WCU's 612 yards of total offense marked the ninth time in recorded history that the Golden Rams eclipsed 600 yards of total offense in a single game … it is the eighth-best total in school history … Gannon's 27 points in the second quarter are the most allowed by West Chester in one quarter of football since Delaware put up 28 points in the first quarter of its game with the Golden Rams in 2003 … no Division II school has scored that many points in a quarter against West Chester since Zwaan took over … Sr., RB Rondell White set a new personal single-game career high with 245 rushing yards … he rushed for more than 200 yards in a game for the sixth time in his career … he holds the school record for most 200-yard rushing performances … White eclipsed 300 all-purpose yards in a game for the fourth time in his illustrious career … his 338 all-purpose yards is just shy of his career-best 343 against LIU-Post last year … Jr., QB Sean McCartney's 305 passing yards is the second-highest total in his career … he threw for 444 yards in his first college start against Shippensburg in 2010 … his 5 TD passes also ties his career high – also set against Shippensburg in 2010.

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Here are the PSAC football athletes from Week One, which I neglected to post.


WEEK 1 - SEPTEMBER 5-8
Standings | Statistical Leaders | Schedule/Results

Football: Eastern Division Offensive Athlete of the Week

Rondell White
West Chester (Sr., RB)
West Chester, Pa./Rustin

West Chester's Rondell White amassed 277 all-purpose yards in WCU's 45-14 victory over No. 12 New Haven Saturday. White rushed for 96 yards, caught for 94 more and returned a pair of kickoffs for 87 yards. He scored three touchdowns and nearly reached 100 yards in three different categories during West Chester's win over a nationally ranked opponent. White's first touchdown, a 10-yard run, opened the scoring. His second touchdown of the game was a 13-yd pass that gave the Golden Rams a 10-point lead with just over three minutes to go in the half. After West Chester recovered a blocked punt and ran to the New Haven's third-yard line, White trotted into the endzone on the ensuing play with under a minute left in the first half.
Football: Eastern Division Defensive Athlete of the Week


Teron Dobbs
East Stroudsburg (So., DB)
Bridgeport, Pa. / Archbishop Carroll

East Stroudsburg's Teron Dobbs had a hand in at least six big plays, leading a defense that pitched a second-half shutout in a 21-14 win over NE-10 favorite American International. Dobbs nabbed two interceptions and a pair of pass break-ups against AIC. Late in the third quarter and ESU trailing by 7, Dobbs swatted away a touchdown pass. Dobbs also registered three tackles and a 4th-and-goal sack for a loss of 10 yards. In the fourth quarter Dobbs picked-off an AIC pass to halt the potential AIC game-tying touchdown.
Football: Western Division Co-Offensive Athlete of the Week

Ben Fiscus
Clarion (Sr., QB)
Indiana, Pa./Indiana

Ben Fiscus accounted for five touchdowns in Clarion's come-from-behind overtime win over Kutztown 39-38. Fiscus completed 68% of his passes and threw for three touchdowns, while also running for two, including the game-tying overtime touchdown. He gave Clarion a 29-25 lead with 5:26 left on a 13-yard td pass to Mark Nicholas. With only 24-seconds left on the game clock, Fiscus marched the offense down field to a game-tying 45-yard field goal. In overtime he ran the read option right - cut up field and broke two tackles to score the game-tying touchdown, with kicker Phil Esposito clinching the game-winning extra point.
Football: Western Division Co-Offensive Athlete of the Week

Nigel Barksdale
Slippery Rock (Sr, QB)
San Jacinto, Calif./San Jacinto

Senior quarterback Nigel Barksdale passed for a Slippery Rock-record six touchdowns and 465 yards to lead visiting SRU to a 51-36 season-opening win over Northwood University. Barksdale completed 27-of-48 pass attempts to make-up his 465 yards passing – the most by a quarterback in the PSAC this season. Barksdale shared the wealth amongst his receivers, as four receivers had four or more receptions in the contest. The six touchdown passes eclipsed the previous school single-game record of five touchdown passes previously held by Eric Denton vs. Shippensburg in 1986.
Football: Western Division Defensive Athlete of the Week

Julian Howsare
Clarion (Jr., DB)
Altoona, Pa./Altoona

Julian Howsare stepped-up in key moments for Clarion to help the Eagles to a 39-38 overtime victory over Kutztown. Howsare registered eight tackles on the day, including five solo stops. In the fourth quarter, Howsare forced a Kutztown fumble that made the Golden Bears punt and give Clarion the field position to take a 29-25 lead. Late in the third quarter he rushed the quarterback to force a Kutztown interception in the endzone. On the day Howsare recorded 3.5 tackles for loss of 17 yards, including two sacks of 14 yards.

Video--http://www.psacsports.org/news/2013/9/4/FOOT_0904130219.aspx

Courtesy of the PSAC Sports Website


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PSAC Schedule for September 21


9/21/2013 12:00 PM * Slippery Rock Gannon Erie, Pa. Live Stats Live Video Live Audio Details
9/21/2013 1:00 PM * East Stroudsburg Shippensburg Shippensburg, PA Live Stats Live Video Live Audio Details
9/21/2013 3:30 PM * Edinboro California California, PA Live Stats Live Audio Details
9/21/2013 6:00 PM * IUP Seton Hill Greensburg, PA Live Stats Live Audio Details
9/21/2013 6:00 PM * Mercyhurst Clarion Clarion, Pa. Live Stats Live Audio Details
9/21/2013 7:00 PM * West Chester Millersville Millersville, PA Live Stats Live Video Live Audio Details
9/21/2013 1:00 P.M. * Bloomsburg Kutztown Kutztown, PA Live Stats Live Video Live Audio Details
9/21/2013 6:00 PM * Cheyney Lock Haven Lock Haven, PA Live Stats Live Audio Details

Husky's Picks:

SRU will outscore Gannon, Shppensburg gets its first win for 2013 over ESU, California at home wins over the Fightin' Scots of EUP,
IUP has no trouble with Seton Hill, Mercyhurst gives Clarion its first loss in what could be a "tight one", West Chester rolls over Millersville, Bloomsburg wins over Kutztown-- but it will probably not be easy, and LHU gets its second win at home this time over Cheyney. The better match-ups for this coming weekend seem to be SRU at Gannon, ESU at Shippensburg (MAYBE), and Mercyhurst at Clarion. Bloomsburg at Kutztown could also be possibly surprising. The new Div II rankings will be posted tomorrow and Tuesday. I don't anticipate any new PSAC teams cracking the Top 25.


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PSAC Athletes of the Week (Week 2)



WEEK 2 - SEPTEMBER 9-14

Football: Eastern Division Offensive Athlete of the Week

Franklyn Quiteh
Bloomsburg (Sr., RB)
Tobyhanna, Pa. / Pocono Mountain West

With an eight yard carry early in the fourth quarter, Bloomsburg's Franklyn Quiteh surpassed the previous all-time PSAC career rushing record of 5,689 held by Bloomsburg product Jamar Brittingham since 2007. Quiteh finished the day with 231 yards rushing to push his career total to 5,741 in maroon and gold. The senior found the endzone three times on the day as well.
Football: Eastern Division Defensive Athlete of the Week

Tomas Cabrera
Bloomsburg (Jr., S)
Hanover, Pa. / Hanover Area

Bloomsburg's Tomas Cabrera recorded eight tackles with five solo stops in a 47-35 win over Edinboro. Cabrera notched a fumble recovery that helped end an Edinboro drive and resulted in a Huskie touchdown that stretched Bloosmburg's lead to 17-7. Cabrera also grabbed a Cody Harris pass to record his second interception of the season.
Football: Western Division Offensive Athlete of the Week

Cody Schroeder
California (Pa.) (So., QB)
Avon, Ohio / Avon

Cody Schroeder of California set a career-high with four touchdown passes, all to different receivers, to lead Cal U to a 45-10 home-opening victory over Kutztown. In only three quarters of action, he completed 20-of-28 attempts for 267 yards without tossing an interception.
Football: Western Division Defensive Athlete of the Week

Colin Kimball
Mercyhurst (Jr., S)
Erie, Pa. / McDowell

Mercyhurst's Colin Kimball picked off two passes, including a 45-yard return for a touchdown in Mercyhurst's 49-7 win over Millersville. Kimball became the first Laker to record more than one interception in a game since Brandon Harper had three picks in a loss at Kutztown on September 11, 2010. Kimball ran his second pick of the game back 45 yards to pay-dirt. In the process, Kimball set the school record for the most interception return yards in a single game, finishing the contest with 86 yards.

Video--http://www.psacsports.org/news/2013/9/15/FOOT_0915132711.aspx

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Div II AFCA Poll for September 16, 2013

Top 10 Remain Unchanged in Division II Top 25Top 10 Remain Unchanged in Division II Top 25
WACO, TEX.– The Top 10 teams in the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll kept their same spot after the second week of play in 2013. Valdosta State (Ga.) still sits at No. 1, but lost one of its first-place votes to No. 2 Minnesota State-Mankato, which has three this week. Northwest Missouri State, West Texas A&M and Colorado State-Pueblo, who earned one first-place vote, round out the Top 5.
Two Top 25 matchups take place this week, with the biggest contest being No. 2 Minnesota State-Mankato traveling to No. 7 Minnesota-Duluth. These two teams last met in 2010, with Minnesota-Duluth winning 45-21. The second matchup features No. 17 Tuskegee (Ala.) vs. No. 19 Winston-Salem St. (N.C.) in the Cleveland Classic.
Ashland (Ohio) and Delta State (Miss.) dropped out of the poll this week, making room for No. 22 Washburn (Kan.) and No. 23 St. Cloud State (Minn.). Both teams are 2-0 on the season.

2013 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll – September 16, 2013
Rank School (1st votes) Rec. Pts. Prev. Week Two Next Game
1. Valdosta St. (Ga.) (28) 1-0 790 1 Idle Sept. 21 vs. Shorter (Ga.)
2. Minnesota St.-Mankato (3) 2-0 765 2 D. Minnesota-Crookston, 68-26 Sept. 21 at No. 7 Minnesota-Duluth
3. Northwest Missouri St. 2-0 720 3 D. Central Missouri, 28-24 Sept. 21 at Fort Hays St. (Kan.)
4. West Texas A&M 2-0 693 4 D. No. 18 Chadron St. (Neb.), 34-31 Sept. 21 vs. Texas A&M-Commerce
5. Colorado St.-Pueblo (1) 2-0 673 5 D. Angelo St. (Texas), 45-24 Sept. 21 vs. Western New Mexico
6. Missouri Western St. 2-0 648 6 D. Missouri S&T, 63-3 Sept. 21 at Nebraska-Kearney
7. Minnesota-Duluth 2-0 576 7 D. Upper Iowa, 37-19 Sept. 21 vs. No. 2 Minnesota St.-Mankato
8. Indiana (Pa.) 2-0 560 8 D. Cheyney (Pa.), 49-0 Sept. 21 at Seton Hill (Pa.)
9. Henderson St. (Ark.) 2-0 544 9 D. McKendree (Ill.), 75-14 Sept. 21 at Southeastern Oklahoma St.
10. Grand Valley St. (Mich.) 2-0 518 10 D. Truman St. (Mo.), 31-15 Sept. 21 vs. Tiffin (Ohio)
11. Carson-Newman (Tenn.) 2-0 474 11 D. Colorado School of Mines, 27-24 Sept. 21 vs. Brevard (N.C.)
12. Indianapolis (Ind.) 2-0 403 14 D. St. Xavier (Ill.), 51-20 Sept. 21 at Drake (Iowa)
13. Bloomsburg (Pa.) 2-0 395 15 D. Edinboro (Pa.), 47-35 Sept. 21 at Kutztown (Pa.)
14. Pittsburg St. (Kan.) 2-0 383 16 D. Central Oklahoma, 65-24 Sept. 21 vs. Southwest Baptist (Mo.)
15. Shepherd (W.Va.) 2-0 333 17 D. Fairmont St. (W.Va.), 27-7 Sept. 21 vs. Urbana (Ohio)
16. West Alabama 1-1 280 12 Lost to McNeese St. (La.), 44-42 Sept. 19 at Florida Tech
17. Tuskegee (Ala.) 2-0 270 19 D. Albany St. (Ga.), 19-13 Sept. 21 vs. No. 19 Winston-Salem St. (N.C.)
18. North Carolina-Pembroke 2-0 206 23t D. Fayetteville St. (N.C.), 38-24 Sept. 21 vs. Shaw (N.C.)
19. Winston-Salem St. (N.C.) 1-1 182 20 D. Virginia-Lynchburg, 62-8 Sept. 21 vs. No. 17 Tuskegee (Ala.)
20. West Chester (Pa.) 2-0 174 23t D. Gannon (Pa.), 56-41 Sept. 21 at Millersville (Pa.)
21. Chadron St. (Neb.) 1-1 142 18 Lost to No. 4 West Texas A&M, 34-31 Sept. 21 vs. Colorado Mesa
22. Washburn (Kan.) 2-0 117 NR D. Fort Hays St. (Kan.), 54-17 Sept. 21 at Northeastern St. (Okla.)
23. St. Cloud State (Minn.) 2-0 105 NR D. Winona St. (Minn.), 29-26 Sept. 21 at Concordia-St. Paul (Minn.)
24. North Alabama 1-1 78 22 Lost to Jacksonville St. (Ala.), 24-21 2OT Sept. 21 vs. Delta St. (Miss.)
25. Midwestern St. (Texas) 0-1 70 13 Lost to Tarleton St. (Texas), 27-24 Sept. 21 at West Georgia

Dropped Out: Ashland (Ohio) (21), Delta St. (Miss.) (25)

Others Receiving Votes: Tarleton St. (Texas), 54; Emporia St. (Kan.), 49; California (Pa.), 43; Shaw (N.C.), 35; New Haven (Conn.), 19; Michigan Tech, 18; Texas A&M-Kingsville, 13; Concord (W.Va.), 12; LIU-Post (N.Y.), 9; Colorado School of Mines, 8; Missouri Southern St., 8; Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.), 7; Ohio Dominican, 6; North Greenville (S.C.), 5; Southwestern Oklahoma St., 5; West Georgia, 3; Delta St. (Miss.), 2; Slippery Rock (Pa.), 2; Wingate (N.C.), 2; Stillman (Ala.), 1.

As expected, no additional teams from the PSAC cracked the top 25 this week.


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d2football.com Div II Poll--September 17

D2Football.com Top 25 Poll
September 17, 2013

Team Record Last Week
1 Valdosta State 1-0 1
2 Minnesota State 2-0 2
3 Northwest Missouri 2-0 3
4 West Texas A&M 2-0 4
5 CSU-Pueblo 2-0 5
6 Missouri Western 2-0 6
7 Minnesota Duluth 2-0 7
8 Grand Valley 2-0 8
9 IUP 2-0 9
10 Henderson State 2-0 10
11 Bloomsburg 2-0 13
12 Carson-Newman 2-0 14
13 Pittsburg State 2-0 15
14 West Alabama 1-1 11
15 Indianapolis 2-0 16
16 Shepherd 2-0 18
17 UNC Pembroke 2-0 22
18 Tuskegee 2-0 21
19 Winston-Salem 1-1 20
20 Chadron State 1-1 17
21 Washburn 2-0 23
22 West Chester 2-0 25
23 Midwestern State 0-1 12
24 St. Cloud 2-0 NR
25 Concordia-St. Paul 2-0 NR

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There are three games this weekend in Division II involving two nationally ranked teams. #24 St Cloud visits #25 Corncordia-St. Paul
#2 Minnesota State is on the road playing #7 Minnesota Duluth, and #18 Tuskegee hosts #19 Winston-Salem. I look for St. Cloud, Minnesota State, and Tuskegee to come out the winners in these three games. All three of these games could very possibly be quite close.


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Early on today in the PSAC, Bloomsburg defeated Kutztown (the game I attended), California beat Edinboro, Shippensburg got its first win over East Stroudsburg and Gannon outscored Slippery Rock. More results to follow. Some games do have late starts, as we are still enjoying the mild September weather. In games involving two nationally ranked teams, Winston-Salem went on the road and defeated Tuskegee. More details later:

The complete rundown of yesterday's PSAC football results is as follows;

PSAC East

Bloomsburg defeated a very pesky Kutztown team with its "bubble screen" offense 31-12--wasn't easy, Lock Have beat Cheyney on a third quarter safety 12-10, West Chester had little trouble with Millersville winning 48-3, and Shippensburg shows signs of coming to life by defeating East Stroudsburg 41-31--looks like QB Zulli had a great day passing.

PSAC West

Gannon knocked Slippery Rock from the ranks of the undefeated 38-27, California won at home over Edinboro 20-7, IUP, as expected, shut down Seton Hill 26-0, and Clarion continued to impress by defeating Mercyhurst 20-13.

Husky picked six of the eight PSAC games correctly to advance his record to 22--11. He misfired on the SRU-Gannon and the Clarion Mercyhurst games.


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Games Involving Two Nationally Ranked Teams

(#24) St. Cloud 34--(#25) Concordia-St. Paul 3 (Both teams are in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference)

(#2) Minnesota State--21 (#7) Minnesota-Duluth 17 (Both teams are also in the NSIC)

(#19) Winston-Salem 35--(#18) Tuskegee 13 (WS) is in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association, and Tuskegee is a member of

the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association)

Husky's record for picking games between nationally ranked teams is now 4-3. This week he got the first two correct, but missed the mark with Winston-Salem and Tuskegee.


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CARSON LEADS CLARION PAST MERCYHURST 20-13

(Clarion, Pa.): Clarion freshman quarterback Darelle Carson (Pgh. Perry) passed for 209 yards and 1 td and rushed for 85 yards in his first collegiate start leading Clarion to a 20-13 win over Mercyhurst in an NCAA Division II football game played at Clarion's Memorial Stadium on Saturday night.

The PSAC-West opener for both teams, Clarion raised its overall record to 3-0 and 1-0 in the West, while Mercyhurst dropped to 1-2 overall and 0-1 in the West. The 3-0 start is the best for the Golden Eagles since starting 3-0 in 1996 when Clarion advanced to the NCAA D-II semifinals.

Carson, filling in for senior quarterback Ben Fiscus (Sr. Indiana) who missed the game with a leg injury, stepped up to lead the Golden Eagles offense to 352 total yards. Clarion jumped out to a 20-0 first half lead and then held on in the second half for the win.

The Golden Eagles made a statement o n their opening drive going 62 yards in 16 plays from the Eagle 30 to the MErcyhurst 8. Carson completed 2 of 4 for 26 yards and rushed 5 times for 23 yards on the drive. Freshman placekicker Phil Esposito (Brockway) booted a 25-yard field goal and Clarion led 3-0 at 6:23 of the first.

Clarion started its next possession at its own 42 and once again drove to the LAker 22 where Esposito came on to kick a 39 yard field goal and Clarion led 6-0 at the end of the first quarter.

The Clarion defense came up with a big interception by Rocco Yauger (Trafford/Penn Trafford) at the MErcyhurst 35 and returned the pigskin 10 yards to the 25 to give the Eagles great field position. On third and 13 at the 28, Carson hit Mark Nicholas (So. Export/Franklin Regional) for 27 yards to the 1. Travis Day Jeannette/Hempfield) bolted over from the 1 on the next play and Clarion led 13-0 with 12:27 left before halftime.

Clarion safety Adam Lynch (So. Pgh. Brashear) intercepted an Anthony Vendemia pass at the Clarion 7, and returned it 20 yards to the 27. A personal foul on MErcyhurst moved the pigskin to the Clarion 42. On third and 7 at the Clarion 45, Carson rushed for 9 yards and a key first down to the Laker 46. On the next play Carson faded back and fired a perfect 46-yard td pass to Eric Frye (Pgh. Perry) for a td and a 20-0 lead with 4:02 left before intermission.

MErcyhurst drove 64yards in 7 plays and scored its first td when Allen Jones bulled over from five yards out making the score 20-7 with 26 seconds left before halftime.

The Lakers closed to within 20-13 when Brandon Brown-Dukes dashed 77-yards for a touchdown with 11:03 left in the third quarter.

Clarion's defense came up big in the third and fourth quarters. Clarion safety Matt Long (Sr. Pgh – North Catholic) posted two interceptions in the fourth quarter to seal the win. His second came on fourth and 2 at the Clarion 29 with 1:20 left in the game.

"Darelle Carson played an awesome game," said Clarion eighth year head coach Jay Foster. "It wasn't just Darelle – though – we had a great effort from both sides of the ball. It was a classic team win. I think this could be a statement win for our program – it's a matter now of what we do with it from here."

Carson rushed 25 times for 85 yards, plus completed 9 of 18 passes for 209 yards and 1 td.

Travis Day rushed for 33 yards and 1 td on 10 carries, while Bobby Thomas gained 28yards on 17 carries. Mark Nicholas caught 4 passes for 83 yards.

Clarion's defense was led by Kyle McWreath who had 9 hits and 2 tfl's, while Jared Davis had 7 stops. Matt Long ad 2 int's, while Adam Lynch and Rocco Yauger each had one.

Mercyhurst gained 315 yards of total offense. Anthony Vendemia completed 12 of 26 passes for 96 yards and 4 int's.

The Lakers running game were led by Brandon Brown-Dukes who had 140 yards and 1 td on 11 carries, while Allen Jones had 78 yards and 1 td.

Clarion returns home to host Gannon next Saturday for a 2pm kickoff. It will also be the annual ALF Homecoming Game

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Gannon Defeats SRU

ERIE, Pa. – Jansen Jones (Rochester, N.Y./Penfield) rushed for 181 yards on a career-high 38 carries and the Golden Knights' defense forced four critical turnovers as the Gannon football team posted an impressive 38-27 victory against Slippery Rock Saturday afternoon in a constant rain at Gannon University Field.

The Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Western Division opener was played in miserable conditions. With drainage systems at full capacity due to a morning-long heavy downpour, the teams played with water on the surface between the hashes as rain fell at a rapid pace through the entire game.

Gannon appeared to swing the momentum in its favor with a huge special teams play midway through the third quarter. Following Slippery Rock's game-tying touchdown with 7:56 remaining in the third quarter, Quad Law (Donora, Pa./Ringgold) took the ensuing kickoff back to the house with a 93-yard return. It represented the longest kickoff return in school history. The explosion gave the Golden Knights a 28-21 advantage with 7:38 showing on the third-quarter clock.

Slippery Rock pulled within one point after Teddy Blakeman's two-yard run with 1:01 left in the third period, but Nick Pipitone (Newmarket, Ontario/Huron Heights Secondary) broke through the line and blocked the extra point to preserve Gannon's lead at 28-27.

The fourth quarter belongs to Gannon. The Golden Knights put the game away with 10 unanswered points. The defensive unit forced the Rock to go three-and-out during three of its four possessions during the final quarter. Slippery Rock's only drive that extended past four plays ended with a fumble.

Jesstin Hamm (Harwood, Md./DeMatha Catholic) made a highlight-reel touchdown catch two plays into the fourth quarter. Liam Nadler (Leipsic, Ohio/Leipsic Local) lofted a pass into the end zone from 18 yards out and Hamm went up and made an acrobatic catch on a jump ball among two defenders, giving the Golden Knights a 35-27 lead at the 14:49 mark.

A series of great plays later put the final dagger into the Rock. Slippery Rock was nearing midfield when Trenton Donald (Uniontown, Ohio/Walsh Jesuit) forced a fumble while sacking Slippery Rock quarterback Nigel Barksdale. Joshua Wiechelt (Depew, N.Y./Depew) recovered the fumble at the Rock 45-yard line with 5:16 remaining. Five plays later, Donnie Mann (Hastings, Minn./Hastings) drilled a 44-yard field goal in tough weather conditions to bump Gannon's lead to 38-27. The boot represented the 11th-longest field goal in school history.

Slippery Rock misfired on four consecutive passes during its next possession, before Gannon ran out the final minute and 52 seconds to secure the 11-point victory.

The PSAC West rivals initially battled to a 14-14 first-quarter tie, before playing to a scoreless stalemate during the second frame. Slippery Rock held a seven-point edge on two occasions, but Gannon responded with the tying touchdown both times. Jones had a two-run touchdown run and Nadler scored from two yards out with 1:36 left in the first quarter.

Jones was the offensive story of the day for Gannon. The redshirt senior helped offset the rainy conditions by carrying the ball a career-high 38 times. His previous high was 29 attempts during Gannon's last home game against Slippery Rock that resulted in a 33-27 victory on November 5, 2011. Jones entered the game as the nation's 13th-leading rusher, before accumulating 181 yards against the Rock. It was the 12th-highest single-game total in school history. He is now averaging 163.3 rushing yards per game through the first three weeks.

Nadler finished 14-of-26 for 123 yards and one touchdown through the air. He added 31 rushing yards on eight carries. Hamm and Law led the receivers with four catches each.

Three Golden Knights finished with over 100 all-purpose yards. Jones and Law produced 181 and 130 yards, respectively. Justin Caliste (Roseville, Calif./Oakmont) chipped in 113 all-purpose yards.

Saturday proved to be a break-out performance for the Gannon defense which had allowed over 610 yards of total offense during each of the first two games. Against the Rock, the defensive unit forced four critical turnovers. Nick Bengal (Liberty Township, Ohio/Lakota West) created the first, intercepting a pass at Gannon's three-yard line to maintain a 14-14 tie with 4:40 left in the first half.

Luke Rankie (Lockport, N.Y./Lockport) stopped a Slippery Rock drive at the Gannon 28-yard line with a fumble recovery early in the third quarter. Mike Zanders (Charlotte, N.C./Hopewell) later picked off a pass in the end zone with 3:57 left in the third quarter. Donald and Wiechelt then combined on the fumble takeaway to preserve a 35-27 lead with 5:16 remaining in the game.

Rankie and Zanders led the defense with eight tackles each. Seven different Golden Knights recorded at least six stops during the team effort that included 11 pass break-ups and four tackles for a loss.

Gannon held a commanding advantage in time of possession, holding the ball for 37 minutes and 39 seconds. Slippery Rock held the upper hand in passing yards (250-123) and total yards (419-308). Gannon out-rushed the visitors 185-169 while both squads picked up 19 first downs.

Head coach Brad Rzyczycki's club won its PSAC Western Division opener for the first time since joining the league in 2008. In the process, the Golden Knights won their conference divisional opener for the first time since defeating Mercyhurst 35-26 during the 2005 opener as a member of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).

Gannon improved to 2-1 overall and 1-0 in the PSAC West with its fourth victory during the last five games against Slippery Rock. The Rock, among others receiving votes in the latest American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Top 25 Poll, suffered its first defeat in three games this season and fell to 0-1 in league play. The Golden Knights return to action Saturday, September 28 at Clarion. Game time is scheduled for 2 p.m.

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