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PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2012 7:44 am 
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Oct. 13, 2012
No. 7 Northwest knocks off No. 1 Pittsburg St. 31-21

By: Steve Wieberg
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Down two touchdowns to the nation’s top-ranked team, the game and perhaps its season teetering, Northwest Missouri State delivered a response fitting of its championship pedigree Saturday.
Quarterback Trevor Adams threw for two touchdowns, James Franklin ran for two more and the defense stepped up with a succession of big second-half plays as the Bearcats defeated Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association rival Pittsburg State 31-21 in their annual Fall Classic in Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium.
“Our program’s had a lot of big wins . . . and this certainly is a big one,” coach Adam Dorrel said after his team preserved both its league title hopes and run at a ninth consecutive Division II playoff berth. Now 6-1 overall and 5-1 in the rugged MIAA, Northwest might not have been able to afford another loss on either front.
The showdown against Pitt State kicked off a five-game closing stretch that’s the most challenging in college football – not only in D-II but across every one of the NCAA’s four competitive classifications, based on the records of their remaining opponents. Immediately ahead is a trip Saturday to Missouri Southern, 5-2 and an upset winner over Missouri Western earlier Saturday.
The Bearcats move on with noticeable head of steam.
Against Pitt State (5-1), they struggled first with the weather – persistent rain and two lightning delays, the second stopping play for 30 minutes early in the game – and then for a little more than a half with both the Gorillas’ defense and pass-minded offense. They trailed 7-0 at the half, then 14-0 when PSU’s Anthony Abenoja hit Luke Rampy with a 14-yard TD pass on the opening series of the second half.
“We knew we had to respond quick,” Adams said.
The 6-1 junior did just that, completing the first nine passes he threw in the third quarter. The first five produced Northwest’s first score, a 19-yard touchdown toss to Jordan Simmons that cut the deficit to 14-7. The next offensive series set up a 31-yard field goal by Todd Adolf.
It was the start of a game-turning run of 31 answered points by the Bearcats.
“Momentum kind of shifted their way,” Pitt State coach Tim Beck said. “We couldn’t get it stopped. Both sides of the ball. They were very, very good on both sides, and we didn’t respond very well.”
The Gorillas did stir at one critical point, moving to the Northwest 17-yard line in the opening moments of the fourth quarter. There, on fourth-on-1, Beck opted against a field goal and ran 6-3, 238-pound Mandell Dixon into the middle of the Bearcats’ line. There, he was met and stopped for no gain by linebacker Matt Massey and nose guard Travis Chappelear.
The stops kept coming. Travis Manning picked off a pass and returned it 14 yards to the Pitt State 35, and Adams and the offense capitalized. On a gutsy fourth-and-4 call, receiver John Hinchey beat one PSU defender on an inside slant and Adams hit him perfectly. Hinchey leapfrogged another defensive back en route to a 29-yard touchdown that put Northwest up 17-14.
The Gorillas’ next possession ended on a sack by Northwest linebacker Eric Reimer. Franklin followed with the first of his TD runs, this one three yards around left end, to make it 24-14 with 5:06 remaining.
Safety Nate DeJong came up with another interception, and Franklin added a clinching 14-yard scoring run just 21 seconds later.
Franklin finished with 115 yards rushing on 20 carries. Adams threw for a total of 192 yards, completing 17 of 30 passes and overcoming a couple of first-half interceptions.
Dorrel, who came up with signature come-from-behind wins against Missouri Western and Midwestern State in last year’s playoffs, now has another in his second season as coach. He pointed to Hinchey, Massey, DeJong and the rest of the Bearcats’ veterans.
“In a game like that, in my opinion, it’s not about play-calling. I believe that,” Dorrel said. “I believe it’s about guys, a group of seniors, who willed it to happen.
“They believed in their coaches, and they believed in each other. It was awesome to hear them say at halftime when we were coming out, ‘We’ve got to keep playing for each other.’ And they played for each other today.”

Article by Steve Wieberg and Courtesy of the Northwest Missouri State Website for Sports Information


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 Post subject: Re: PSAC/Div II Football
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PSAC Players of the Week

Zach Zulli (Offensive) and Ronell Williams (Defensive) were selected as the East's athletes of the week for their outstanding performances in Shippensburg and West Chester's 30+ score margin victories over their divisional opponents.

In the West, Nigel Barksdale (Offensive) and L.J. Stevens (Defensive) earn athlete of the week honors for the first time this season, as Barksdale played a part in three of Slippery Rock's four touchdowns, while Stevens stopped a Gannon offensive with a fumble recovery, interception, and five tackles.

PSAC Athletes of the Week - Oct. 14
(Week 7)

PSAC East Offensive Player of the Week
Zach Zulli, Shippensburg
QB, Jr., Schwenksville, Pa./Perkiomen Valley

SPECIAL MENTION: Sophomore WR Trevor Harman set SU single-game records with 18 catches, 288 yards receiving and five touchdown catches, to tie PSAC single-game records. His 288 yards receiving marks the second-most by any NCAA Division II athlete this season.

Junior quarterback Zach Zulli tied the PSAC single-game record with nine touchdown passes, while also setting Shippensburg single-game records in each of the following statistics: 46 completions on 61 attempts (second-most completions in a game in PSAC history) for 581 yards passing, as a part of SU’s 73-35 victory over Kutztown. Zulli’s 581 passing yards are third-most in a game in PSAC history and second-most for a player in Division II this year. The last and only PSAC player to record nine touchdown passes in a game was East Stroudsburg’s Jimmy Terwilliger vs. LIU Post in 2005. Zulli’s passing yards and touchdown totals broke his own previous school records (six touchdowns at Cheyney in 2011 and 496 yards at East Stroudsburg this season).

Through seven games this season, Zulli has thrown for 33 touchdowns, nearly out-doing his 2011 campaign of 34 touchdowns in 11 games. The Red Raiders scored touchdowns on their first five drives of the game as Zulli began the day 11-for-11. Zulli also broke school records for consecutive games with a touchdown pass (15) and consecutive pass attempts without throwing an interception (123).


PSAC East Defensive Player of the Week
Ronell Williams, West Chester University
LB, So., Chester, Pa./Chester

Ronell Williams registered a team-high 14 tackles in West Chester's 41-6 win over LIU-Post Saturday, recording three solo stops and 11 assisted tackles. Credited with a QB hurry, Williams aided WCU's defense to allow just one LIU touchdown and six total points in the divisional victory. His 14 tackles leaves him tied with Edinboro's Kenny Pettis for the conference lead in tackles with 78.

PSAC West Offensive Player of the Week
Nigel Barksdale, Slippery Rock University
QB, Jr., San Jacinto, Calif./San Jacinto HS

Nigel Barksdale led Slippery Rock to a 28-20 road victory over Clarion to snap a three-game losing streak and five consecutive road losses this fall in his second start of the season at quarterback. Barksdale had a hand in three of SRU's four TDs, including his own rushing touchdown at the 10:54 mark in the second quarter to lift the Rock to 14-0 over Clarion. Barksdale passed for 257 total yards, the second time in as many starts he has reached the 250-yard milestone. His TD pass to TE Josh Gardner with 14:11 left to play accounted for the game's eventual winning points.


PSAC West Defensive Player of the Week
L.J. Stevens, Mercyhurst University
S, Sr., Youngstown, Ohio / Ursuline

L.J. Stevens was all over the field on Saturday, helping Mercyhurst snap a two-game losing streak against its crosstown rivals, Gannon. Stevens finished tied for second on the team with five tackles, one solo and four assisted. Stevens registered a fumble recovery for 11 yards on Gannon's first possession of the game, which eventually led to a Mercyhurst touchdown. On Gannon's next posession, Stevens was there to upset the Golden Knights once again with an interception for nine yards. Stevens also played a role on special teams, as he returned a kickoff 83 yards for a touchdown to snap a 14-14 tie late in the second quarter. The 83-yard touchdown return is tied for the seventh-longest in program history. He finished the game with 113 all-purpose yards to go along with the fumble recovery and the interception.


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 Post subject: Re: PSAC/Div II Football
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PSAC Standings

Bloomsburg 4-0 7-0
Shippensburg 4-0 7-0
West Chester 3-1 5-2
East Stroudsburg 2-2 3-3
Kutztown 1-3 3-4
LIU Post 1-3 2-4
Millersville 1-3 2-5
Cheyney 0-4 1-6
West
California (Pa.) 4-0 6-1
Mercyhurst 4-0 6-1
Indiana (Pa.) 3-1 6-1
Edinboro 2-2 3-3
Slippery Rock 2-2 3-4
Clarion 1-3 3-4
Gannon 0-4 1-6
Lock Haven 0-4 0-7


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 Post subject: Re: PSAC/Div II Football
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Quiteh Powers Huskies To Win Over East Stroudsburg

BLOOMSBURG – Franklyn Quiteh (Tobyhanna/Pocono Mountain West) rushed 43 times for 282 yards and three touchdowns to lead the sixth-ranked Bloomsburg University Huskies to a 48-27 win over East Stroudsburg University on Saturday afternoon in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division play at Danny Hale Field at Robert B. Redman Stadium.

Quiteh's carries and total yards were a career-high for the junior. He scored on runs of 1, 40, and 20 yards to help the Huskies (7-0 overall, 4-0 PSAC East) remain unbeaten. BU has now defeated the Warriors (3-3, 2-2) seven straight years.

The Huskies have scored 30 or more points in each of their seven victories this season, setting the school record for consecutive 30-point games in a single season. The previous record was set the final six games of 2000.

The 282 yards on the ground for Quiteh are the second most in school history, only to Jerry Marks' 300 in 1991. Quiteh's 43 carries marked the first time that a Husky had 40 or more since Irv Sigler ran 41 times against Millersville in 1997. It was the fourth time in Quiteh's career that he ran for three or more touchdowns.

Quiteh has now run for 4,449 yards in his career in his third season in the maroon and gold. Along with being BU's third-leading career rusher, Quiteh moved into sixth place on the PSAC career rushing list, moving up four spots with Saturday's performance.

Bloomsburg totaled 603 yards Saturday, the most since it put up 685 against Kutztown in 2010. Redshirt freshman quarterback Tim Kelly (Camp Hill/Cedar Cliff) threw for a career-high 267 yards and four touchdowns in the victory. Kelly had touchdown passes of 5, 37, 68 and 72 yards on the day.

The last time a BU quarterback threw four touchdown passes was Dan Latorre's four against West Chester in 2007.

Kelly also used his legs to propel the Huskies to victory with a pair of big third-down runs including converting on a 3rd-and-23 in the second quarter that led to a Bloomsburg touchdown.

Junior Glenn Hutton Jr. (Sicklerville, NJ/Paul VI) and senior Ryan Dickerson (Harleysville/Souderton) each brought in more than 100 receiving yards against the Warriors. Hutton Jr. led the game with four catches and a career-high 120 yards and two touchdowns. Both of his scores were in the third quarter and went for 37 and 68 yards.

Dickerson also had four catches with a career-high 117 yards and a score. Dickerson has now had a touchdown catch in three consecutive games.

The last time Bloomsburg had two receivers with more than 100 yards was in 2000 against Saginaw Valley. Mike Lelko had seven catches for 120 yards, and Tierell Johnson had six catches for 148 yards.

Senior Larry Webster (Hagerstown, MD/Elkton) caught his second touchdown in as many games for Bloomsburg. Webster brought in a five-yard pass midway through the second quarter for BU's second score of the day. He has now been targeted three times on offense this season with two touchdowns and a two-point conversion attempt. Primarily a defensive end, Webster entered the game with a PSAC-leading eight sacks and added a half sack to his total Saturday.

Defensively, senior Jarrett Pidgeon (Barnegat, NJ/Southern Regional) notched his third double-digit tackle game of the season. His 12 tackles led Bloomsburg as he also recorded a half sack. Fellow senior Dan Haverstock (York/West York) had eight tackles including five solo stops, as sophomore Justin Shirk (Harrisburg/Central Dauphin) rounded out the BU trio with seven tackles.

Bloomsburg was able to control the ball Saturday and held a time of possession of 32:21. Five of Bloomsburg's six touchdowns came from drives of 75 yards or more to help push it to its seventh win of the season. The Huskies are now 7-0 this season when they hold the ball for over 30 minutes, lead at halftime, rush for over 200 yards, and total over 400 yards.

The offensive line kept Kelly's jersey clean for the second straight week by not allowing a sack. Since 1999, BU is 34-2 when not allowing a sack.

Bloomsburg's and East Stroudsburg's opening possessions accounted for 13:30 of the opening quarter. ESU drove to the BU 24-yard line, but was unsuccessful on a 41-yard field goal attempt. BU answered with a 14-play, 76-yard drive capped with Quiteh's first score of the day from one-yard out.

Quiteh ran for 55 yards on nine carries in the first quarter. It is the third consecutive game Quiteh has run for 50 or more yards in the opening quarter.

ESU kicker Taylor Groff booted a 52-yarder on ESU's ensuing drive to put the Warriors on the board. Groff is the first PSAC kicker with three career field goals over 51 yards.

Bloomsburg extended its lead to 14-3 with Webster's TD catch later in the second quarter. A significant play leading to the Webster score followed a Bloomsburg timeout. On 3rd-and-23, Kelly scrambled and ran for exactly 23 yards to move the chains and keep the drive alive.

A poor BU punt gave the Warriors great field position, leading to their first touchdown of the day. ESU quarterback Matt Soltes, this week's PSAC East Offensive Athlete of the Week, completed three straight 11-yard passes to set up an Eric Deery six-yard touchdown run up the middle to cut the BU lead to 14-10 heading into halftime.

Kelly's running ability helped BU open the second half on a positive note. Kelly rushed for ten yards on 3rd-and-9 to keep an eventual 12-play, 75-yard drive alive that ended with a 37-yard TD pass to Hutton Jr.

Bloomsburg found the endzone on all but two second-half possessions (fumble, end of game). Hutton Jr. ended the third quarter scoring for BU with a 68-yard catch-and-run to give the Huskies an 11-point, 28-17 lead entering the final quarter.

Groff hit his second field goal of the day to open the fourth quarter, but it was as close as the Warriors would get. BU rattled off two long touchdowns the following two possessions off a 40-yard Quiteh dash up the sideline and a 72-yard catch-and-run by Dickerson.

Soltes threw for 167 yards on 13-for-25 passing after setting the ESU single-game record for completion percentage last week (81.1). He also led the team with 54 rushing yards on 14 carries.

Cody Simcox was one of three Warriors with double-digit tackles and led the game with 17. Anthony Singlar had 12 and Greg Jones chipped in 10.

Saturday's matchup was believed to be the fourth time in Division II history that two 200-win coaches went against each other. Bloomsburg head coach Danny Hale is now 17-4 against ESU head coach Denny Douds.

Bloomsburg hits the road for two straight weeks. It travels to Cheyney University (1-6, 0-4) on Saturday, Oct. 20 for a PSAC East matchup beginning at 1 p.m.

Courtesy of Bloomsburg University Sports Information


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Kutztown Drops Homecoming Game to Shippensburg

Colby Tuell
by Geoff Goyne, Sports Information Director

KUTZTOWN, Pa. – Fans at Kutztown University's Homecoming game saw a record setting passing showdown between the Golden Bears and No. 16 Shippensburg, unfortunately for KU, it was the Red Raiders coming out on top with a 73-35 win.

Kutztown's Kevin Morton (Abington, PA/Abington) set single game records for pass attempts, completions, and passing yards in the contests and also joined the exclusive club of 10,000 passing yards and 100 career touchdown passes. He became just the 19th player in Division II history to reach both marks and only the 59 have done it in the history of college football at all divisions of NCAA football and the NAIA. He finished the game 45-of-63 for 479 yards and three touchdowns.

Shippensburg, however, had record setting days for both quarterback Zach Zulli and receiver Trevor Harman. Zulli tied the PSAC single-game record with nine touchdown passes while also setting school single-game records in each of the following statistics: 46 completions on 61 attempts for 581 yards passing (third-most in PSAC single-game history). Harman, meanwhile, set school single-game records with 18 catches, 288 yards receiving and five touchdown catches, with the receptions and touchdown marks tying PSAC single-game records.

The completion marks for Zulli and Morton are the second and third most in PSAC history.

Kutztown scored to open the fourth quarter on a 25 yard pass from Morton to Zach Snyder (Lititz, PA/Warwick) with 14:34 to play to pull within 10, 45-35. Shippensburg would go on to score four touchdowns in the game's final 12:09 to put the Golden Bears away.

KU opened the scoring, going 59 yards on four plays to start the game. Curtis Wortham (Philadelphia, PA/Father Judge) had a 30-yard rush to account for most of the yardage on the drive and scored the first of his two rushing touchdowns of the afternoon on a seven-yard scamper.

The Raiders answered back immediately with a 75-yard drive of their own to tie the game. The series ended with a strike from Zulli to Harman from 13 yards out for the touchdown.

Shippensburg would score on each of its next four drives of the game and led 35-21 at halftime. Zulli put SU ahead 14-7 with a touchdown strike to Jacob Baskerville, but KU tied things with 1:45 left in the first quarter when Morton found Justin Michalak (Dover, PA/Northeastern) for a five-yard score.

Harman scored his second touchdown of the game on the first play of the second quarter with a 32-yard touchdown catch from Zulli for a 21-14 lead.

After a fake punt by Kutztown failed, the Raiders threw five straight passes with Baskerville scoring on a 22-yard catch for the 28-14 lead with 11:07 remaining.

Kutztown pulled within a touchdown after a 34-yard pass from Morton to Colby Tuell (Columbia, PA/Columbia) made it 28-21 with 8:39 left in the half. Harman caught another touchdown before the half on a six-yard pass from Zulli.

Neither team scored on its first possession of the second half, but Shippensburg struck first with a 91-yard drive capped by a 33-yard touchdown from Zulli to Harman for the 42-21 lead with 8:16 to go in the third.

A five-yard touchdown run by Wortham finished off Kutztown's next series as they remained within striking distance at 42-28 with 4:10 to go in the third.

After a 39-yard field by Michael Lloyd ended the third quarter scoring, Morton and Snyder connected on the first three plays of the fourth quarter, including a 25-yard touchdown that pulled Kutztown to within 45-35.

Zulli threw touchdowns to Harman before Baskerville hauled in back-to-back touchdowns. Chris Lawshe finished the scoring with a six-yard run for the 73-35 final score.

Tuell had a big day receiving for KU with 12 catches for 167 yards and a touchdown. Josh Mastromatto (Fort Washington, PA/Upper Dublin) also reached double figures with 10 catches covering 47 yards.

In addition to the record-setting day by Harman, Baskerville hauled in four touchdowns on nine catches that went for 144 yards.

KU's Wortham led all rushers with 73 yards on 10 carries.

Courtesy of Kutztown University Sports Information


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Wayne State vs. Saginaw Valley at Univ. Center, Mich.
10/11/2012 at 8:00 PM
Wayne St.
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Scoring 1 2 3 4 Final
Wayne St. (4-2) 0 0 7 0 7
Saginaw Valley (6-1) 3 7 0 14 24
Univ. Center, Mich. | Wickes Stadium
Box ScorePlay by PlayDrive SummaryStartersParticipationCoach's View
Prd Time Scoring Summary Wayne St. - Saginaw Valley
1 00:24 Saginaw Valley - Scott Stanford 42 yd field goal.
Drive: 11 plays, 73 yards in 4:05. 0 - 3
2 08:34 Saginaw Valley - Zach Cecich 5 yd pass from J. Jennings. (Scott Stanford kick is good).
Drive: 6 plays, 18 yards in 1:58. 0 - 10
3 08:01 Wayne St. - Toney Davis 3 yd run. (Stef Terleckyj kick is good).
Drive: 10 plays, 68 yards in 4:14. 7 - 10
4 12:43 Saginaw Valley - Ronnie Lark 1 yd run. (Scott Stanford kick is good).
Drive: 2 plays, 9 yards in 0:43. 7 - 17
4 02:36 Saginaw Valley - J. Jennings 3 yd run. (Scott Stanford kick is good).
Drive: 14 plays, 75 yards in 7:55. 7 - 24

Courtesy of Saginaw Valley Sports Information
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2012 11:11 pm 
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I am amazed how many views I am getting on this thread. I just wish some of you PSAC fans out in western PA would comment. When I was on PhilaPhans, I used to get comments from Kutztown and West Chester and some other eastern PA State schools. Just wish some of you western PSAC fans would chime in. Would love to hear from you. AFCA rankings will be out tomorrow and d2football.com rankings will be out on Tuesday. Incidentally, the super-regional rankings will also soon appear; which do play a role in the NCAA Div II playoff selection process. The time is drawing nigh!


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AFCA Div II Poll for October 15

Rank School (1st votes) Rec. Pts. Prev. Week Seven Next Game
1. Colorado St.-Pueblo (23) 7-0 742 2 D. Colorado School of Mines, 35-21 Oct. 20 vs. Black Hills St. (S.D.)
2. Winston-Salem St. (N.C.) (6) 7-0 718 3 D. St. Augustine’s (N.C.), 56-37 Oct. 20 vs. Livingstone (N.C.)
3. New Haven (Conn.) 6-0 679 5 D. Bentley (Mass.), 17-13 Oct. 18 at Stonehill (Mass.)
4. Bloomsburg (Pa.) 7-0 651 6 D. East Stroudsburg (Pa.), 48-27 Oct. 20 at Cheyney (Pa.)
5. Northwest Missouri St. (1) 6-1 628 7 D. No. 1 Pittsburg St. (Kan.), 31-21 Oct. 20 at Missouri Southern St.
6. Ashland (Ohio) 7-0 586 8 D. Walsh (Ohio), 30-0 Oct. 20 at Malone (Ohio)
7t. Minnesota-Duluth 6-1 519 9 D. Minot St. (N.D.), 44-6 Oct. 20 vs. Bemidji St. (Minn.)
7t. Pittsburg St. (Kan.) 5-1 519 1 Lost to No. 7 Northwest Missouri St., 31-21 Oct. 20 vs. No. 16 Missouri Western St.
9. Minnesota St.-Mankato 7-0 514 10 D. Southwest Minnesota St., 34-31 2OT Oct. 20 at Winona St. (Minn.)
10. Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) 6-0 458 11 D. Arkansas-Monticello, 58-7 Oct. 20 vs. No. 25 Harding (Ark.)
11. Henderson St. (Ark.) 7-0 438 12 D. No. 23 Harding (Ark.), 38-10 Oct. 20 vs. East Central (Okla.)
12. Midwestern St. (Texas) 5-1 416 13 D. Angelo St. (Texas), 35-28 Oct. 20 at Abilene Christian (Texas)
13. Shippensburg (Pa.) 7-0 384 16 D. Kutztown (Pa.), 73-35 Oct. 20 at West Chester (Pa.)
14. California (Pa.) 6-1 347 15 D. Lock Haven (Pa.), 30-0 Oct. 20 at Gannon (Pa.)
15. Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.) 6-1 321 17 D. No. 18 Wayne St. (Mich.), 24-7 Oct. 20 at Hillsdale (Mich.)
16. Missouri Western St. 6-1 311 4 Lost to Missouri Southern St., 31-30 Oct. 20 at No. 7t Pittsburg St. (Kan.)
17. West Texas A&M 6-1 266 20 D. Abilene Christian (Texas), 36-0 Oct. 20 at Eastern New Mexico
18t. Emporia St. (Kan.) 7-0 258 21 D. Lindenwood (Mo.), 13-0 Oct. 20 at Truman St. (Mo.)
18t. Washburn (Kan.) 6-1 258 19 D. Truman St. (Mo.), 35-24 Oct. 20 at Lindenwood (Mo.)
20. Indiana (Pa.) 6-1 197 22 D. Edinboro (Pa.), 26-10 Oct. 20 vs. Mercyhurst (Pa.)
21. Miles (Ala.) 6-1 100 NR D. Kentucky St., 45-0 Oct. 20 at Lane (Tenn.)
22. Michigan Tech 5-1 87 NR D. Northwood (Mich.), 28-21 Oct. 20 at Ferris St. (Mich.)
23. Sioux Falls (S.D.) 6-1 69 NR D. Concordia-St. Paul (Minn.), 31-23 Oct. 20 at Augustana (S.D.)
24. Grand Valley St. (Mich.) 5-2 39 14 Lost to Northern Michigan, 38-10 Oct. 20 vs. Northwood (Mich.)
25. Harding (Ark.) 5-1 31 23 Lost to No. 12 Henderson St. (Ark.), 38-10 Oct. 20 at No. 10 Ouachita Baptist (Ark.)
Dropped Out: Wayne St. (Mich.) (18), North Carolina-Pembroke (24), Shepherd (W.Va.) (25)

Others Receiving Votes: West Alabama, 29; New Mexico Highlands, 26; Wayne St. (Mich.), 23; Hillsdale (Mich.), 18; Indianapolis (Ind.), 18; Central Washington, 15; Charleston (W.Va.), 14; Tuskegee (Ala.), 14; Bentley (Mass.), 13; American International (Mass.), 11; Southern Arkansas, 7; Central Missouri, 6; Valdosta St. (Ga.), 6; Chadron St. (Neb.), 5; Mars Hill (N.C.), 4; Mercyhurst (Pa.), 3; North Carolina-Pembroke, 1; St. Cloud State (Minn.), 1.


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D2Football.com Top 25 Poll
October 16, 2012

Team Record Last Week
1 CSU-Pueblo 7-0 2
2 Minnesota State 7-0 4
3 Northwest Missouri 6-1 7
4 Winston-Salem 7-0 5
5 Bloomsburg 7-0 8
6 New Haven 6-0 6
7 West Texas A&M 6-1 10
8 Pittsburg State 5-1 1
9 Minnesota Duluth 6-1 9
10 Midwestern State 5-1 11
11 Ashland 7-0 12
12 California 6-1 13
13 Missouri Western 6-1 3
14 Saginaw Valley 6-1 15
15 Ouachita Baptist 6-0 16
16 West Alabama 5-2 17
17 Shippensburg 7-0 18
18 Henderson State 7-0 19
19 IUP 6-1 20
20 Washburn 6-1 22
21 Central Missouri 5-2 23
22 Emporia State 7-0 24
23 Hillsdale 5-2 25
24 St. Cloud 5-2 NR
25 Michigan Tech 5-1 NR

There are still four PSAC teams that are nationally ranked. Bloomsburg at #5 is probably too highly ranked. Shippensburg at #17 is probably too lowly ranked--in fact, I would say most assuredly so. California and IUP seem to be right where they should be in the poll. There are only four weeks left in the season, but there are some really important games coming up in the PSAC such as Shippensburg at West Chester as well as Mercyhurst at IUP. Both games are this coming Saturday. On the 27th, Bloomsburg journeys down to Shippensburg. On November 3rd, West Chester visits Bloomsburg, and California will travel up to Erie to play Mercyhurst. Then the next weekend, November 10, the two conference champions will meet for the overall PSAC championship. Incidentally, 2012 is the last year that there will an overall conference champion determined. Starting in 2013, there will be a PSAC East and a PSAC West champion, but there will be no championship playoff game. That means if one or both of the conference champions gets invited to the super-regional playoffs they will not be encumbered with playing that extra game and have a better opportunity to prepare for the Div II playoffs. Enjoy the games on Saturday. There will be some good ones. The first of the Div II super-regional rankings should be coming out in a week or so. I was at Bloomsburg this past weekend. This coming Saturday I will be at West Chester to see the Golden Rams (It's homecoming at WCU.) attempt to knock the Red Raiders of Shippensburg from the ranks of the undefeated. Ciao!


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Games Involving Two Nationally Ranked Teams

On Saturday in the GLIAC, Saginaw Valley (#14) plays Hillsdale (#23) at Hillsdale. Husky is picking Saginaw Valley to win on the road. In the MIAA on Saturday, Missouri Western (13) plays at #8 ranked Pittsburg State. Husky sees the Gorillas of Pittsburg State, ranked !3 until this week, getting back on the winning track. I hope I get something right for a change! :D


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D2Football.com Players of the Week
October 16, 2012

Offensive Player of the Week
Zach Zulli
Quarterback
Shippensburg

Zach Zulli tied the PSAC record with nine touchdown passes in Shippensburgs 73-35 win over Kutztown. In addition to the nine touchdown passes, he racked up 581 yards passing, completing 46-of-61 attempts. The number of completions, attempts, and passing yards are Shippensburg records.

Defensive Player of the Week
Jordan Campbell
Linebacker
New Mexico Highlands

Jordan Campbell was all over the field in New Mexico Highlands 35-20 win over Adams State. Campbell racked up 17 tackles, which included 3.5 tackles for a loss of 25 yards and two sacks for a loss of 16 yards. He also added two quarterback hurries and a pass breakup.

Special Teams Player of the Week
Kyle Goodburn
Punter
Northwest Missouri

Kyle Goodburn was instrumental in Northwest Missouris 31-21 come-from-behind win over Pittsburg State. Goodburn punted six times and averaged 46.2 yards per punt. Two of his punts were downed inside the PSU 20-yard line.


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PSAC Results for october 20

PSAC East

Shippensburg 42
Wext Chester 24

Kutztown 59
East Stroudsburg 33

LIU Post 20
Millersville 15

Bloomsburg 27
Cheyney 13

PSAC West

California 41
Gannon 0

Clarion 30
Lock Haven 28

Slippery Rock 38
Edinboro 31

IUP 31
Mercyhurst 13

In the East, Shippensburg came back from a 21-0 deficit after the first period and defeated a stumbling, bumbling West Chester team by a score of 42-24. West Chester muffed three sure interceptions, took any number of foolish penalties, and demonstrated a complete lack of any imagination with its play calling. Bloomsburg also did not have a banner day, but the Huskies did manage to beat Cheyney 27-13. Well, next weekend the PSAC East title will be decided as the two unbeatens--Bloomsburg and Shippensburg--clash down at Shippensburg. Who know what the outcome will be? I think I know who will win, but I am not saying so just yet.

In the PSAC West, IUP gave California a helping hand by beating Mercyhurst. Mercyhurst still has a chance to grab a share of the PSAC West title, but they will have to beat highly ranked California at home when the Vulcans come for a visit in the near future.

Getting back to the PSAC East, I attended the Shippensburg--West Chester game; and I must say I was very disappointed by the lack of discipline on the part of the Golden Rams by their taking a number of personal foul penalties at crucial moments in the game which prolonged Shippensburg drives and led to at least one TD. Furthermore, WCU's play calling was anything but imaginative. My opinion was voiced by several others sitting near me in the stadium. Almost all of WCU's running plays were to the left side of the field. The tendency was quite obvious. It was really like watching two games within one. The first quarter was all West Chester, and the rest of the game belonged to Shippensburg. Get ready, Bloomsburg Huskies! You have a major challenge facing you next weekend down in southern Pennsylvania. Husky picked 7 of 8 games correctly to advance his record to 49-15.


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Games Involving Two Ranked Teams

#23 Hillsdale defeated #14 Saginaw Valley 34-17 in the GLIAC and #13 Missouri Western crushed #8 Pittsburg State 63-14 in MIAA action. Hard to believe! Husky missed both picks and his record sinks to the depths of 6-13 for such games. Rankings seem to mean nothing this year.


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PSAC Players of the Week (Week 8)

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Slippery Rock's Jeff Thompson (Defensive) alongside Clarion's Ben Fiscus (Offensive) were selected as the West's PSAC Football Athletes of the Week for their performances in their team's victories.

In the east, Kevin Morton (Offensive) of Kutztown and Jake Metz (Defensive) of Shippensburg were named the East's PSAC Football Athletes of the Week for their performances on Saturday.

PSAC Athletes of the Week - Oct. 21
(Week 8)

PSAC West Defensive Athlete of the Week
Jeff Thompson, Slippery Rock
DE, Sr., Clairton, Pa./Clairton

Jeff Thompson led a Slippery Rock defensive effort that sacked Edinboro quarterback Cody Harris nine times, just one sack shy of the school record set in 1991 vs. California. Thompson registered 11 total tackles on the day, including five solo take downs. He chased Harris down on three occasions for a total loss of 23 yards, and also charted three quarterback hurries. One of Thompson's sacks came at first and goal for Edinboro on the Slippery Rock's nine yard line. His six-yard sack pushed Edinboro back so the Fighting Scots couldn't score at the end of the half to allow SRU to head into the locker room holding a 16-3 lead. Thompson's defense held the 2011 All-PSAC-West QB to a .470 completion rate in the 38-31 Rock victory after he entered the game with a .700 completion rate.



PSAC West Offensive Athlete of the Week
Ben Fiscus, Clarion
QB, Jr., Indiana, Pa./Indiana

Ben Fiscus completed 26-of-42 passes for 324 yards and three touchdowns to lead Clarion to a 30-28 come-from-behind win at Lock Haven. His three touchdowns passes were crucial - but none more important than the 3-yard game-winning touchdown to tight end Antony Becoate on the last play of the game. Fiscus led Clarion on a 90-yard, 12-play drive in the final 1:21 of the game. He completed a fourth-down pass to keep the drive alive, followed it with 24 and 32-yard passes in the last 30 seconds of the game to setup the game winning touchdown. His 32-yard pass to Aaron Barlow on the next to the last play was certainly a thriller, followed by the final play which saw Fiscus change directions four times before firing the game winner.


PSAC East Offensive Athlete of the Week
Kevin Morton, Kutztown University
QB, Sr., Abington, Pa./Abington

Kevin Morton set the Kutztown school record for passing yards for the second straight week with 490 passing yards to lead the Golden Bears to a 59-33 win over East Stroudsburg. Just seven days after his 479-yard performance that set the school record for passing yards in a game against Shippensburg, Morton threw for 490 yards and three touchdowns. He was nearly flawless going 35-of-42, an .860 completion rate, without tossing a single interception. Morton also found his way into the end zone for his own touchdown in the second quarter with 3:53 remaining in the half when he kept the ball for a 16-yard rushing touchdown.

PSAC East Defensive Athlete of the Week
Jake Metz, Shippensburg
DE, Jr., Harleysville/Souderton

Jake Metz had nine tackles in Shippensburg's 42-24 win over West Chester. He recorded two solo stops and seven assisted take downs while also registering two tackles for loss that added up to 12 yards. Metz recorded his ninth sack of the year, just one shy of the Shippensburg single season record set by Barry Johnson (1977), Ed Brown (1981) and Rob Davis (1991). Metz also broke-up a West Chester pass attempt. Metz played a vital role in the Raider's shutting out the Rams in the second half, as SU outscored West Chester 42-3 over the final 44:44 of the contest.


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PSAC Schedule for Week 9 (October 27) Husky's picks listed below.

10/27/2012 12 p.m. * Mercyhurst Edinboro Edinboro, PA Details
10/27/2012 1:00 p.m. * Bloomsburg Shippensburg Shippensburg, PA Live Stats Details
10/27/2012 1:00 PM * Cheyney West Chester West Chester, Pa. Details
10/27/2012 1 p.m. * East Stroudsburg LIU Post Brookville, NY Live Audio Details
10/27/2012 1:00 p.m. * Clarion Indiana (Pa.) Indiana, Pa. Details
10/27/2012 3:30 p.m. * Slippery Rock California (Pa.) California, PA Details
10/27/2012 6:05 p.m. * Millersville Kutztown Kutztown, PA Live Audio Details
10/27/2012 7 p.m. * Gannon Lock Haven Lock Haven, Pa. Live Audio

Edinboro sabotages Mercyhurst's chances for a first place tie in the PSAC West, Shippensburg knocks off the highly ranked Huskies and wraps up the PSAC East, West Chester takes out its frustration on Cheyney (Too late Rams!), LIU Post wins at home, IUP beats Clarion, SRU falls to Cal at home (Vulcans won't lose twice at home.), Kutztown crushes Millersville, and Lock Haven at home breaks it losing streak. Assuming I am correct and Ship and Cal win their conferences, one of the questions remaining is whether anybody else from the PSAC besides California and Shippensburg will qualify for the playoffs in Super Region I. The other question is who will win the overall PSAC championship on November 10th. It will also be interesting to see where the ranked PSAC teams find themselves in the polls this week. I suspect Shippensburg will advance. Bloomsburg might drop a bit based on their less than stellar performance against a wek Cheyney team. Cal and IUP will probably remain about where they were ranked last week. Lastly, I will not be post the d2football.com or the AFCA polls untill Wednesday or Thursday, as I am off on a two bass fishing trip.


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Junior Jake Metz Named PSAC Eastern Division Defensive Player of the Week
Metz was second on the team with nine tackles, including two for loss, with one pass breakup
By: Bill Morgal, Sports Information Director

10/21/2012 12:32:00 PM

Junior Jake Metz was named the PSAC Eastern Division Defensive Player of the Week on Sunday afternoon by the league office after a nine-tackle performance in a 42-24 come-from-behind victory at West Chester that improved the No. 13 Red Raiders to 8-0.

Metz had two tackles for loss in the game and was one of three defensive linemen – along with seniors Mark Kahlil Smith and Saeed Khateeb – who had a sack in Saturday’s game.

Overall, SU recorded eight tackles for loss as a team.

In addition to his nine tackles (two solo, seven assisted), Metz also had a pass breakup. His season sack total is now nine, leaving him one shy of tying the Shippensburg single-season record set by Barry Johnson (1977), Ed Brown (1981) and Rob Davis (1991).

Overall, Metz played a vital role in the Red Raiders shutting out the Golden Rams in the second half, as SU outscored West Chester 42-3 over the final 44:44 of the contest.

Shippensburg also did not commit a turnover in Saturday’s game while forcing four of its own.

The Red Raiders will host No. 4 Bloomsburg at 1 p.m. Saturday from SU Student Association Field at Seth Grove Stadium. More details about the game will be announced early on in the week. Shippensburg is planning a “RED OUT” and encouraging all who attend to wear red in support of the football team

Courtesy of Shippensburg University Sports Information


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West Chester Falls To No. 13 Shippensburg, 42-24

WEST CHESTER, Pa. - No. 13 Shippensburg scored 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to come from behind and defeat host West Chester on a Homecoming Weekend at John A. Farrell Stadium Saturday.

Rondell White went over 100 yards rushing for the fifth time this year and now has 1,000 yards rushing on the season. However, Shippensburg QB Zach Zulli threw for 345 yards and five TDs to lead the Red Raiders (8-0, 5-0 PSAC East).

West Chester (5-3, 3-2) held the nation’s top-ranked offense to just 27 yards on three possessions during a scoreless third quarter. However, the Golden Rams were shut out in the second half as the Red Raiders completed their comeback in the final 15 minutes.

The Golden Rams scored a touchdown on each of their first three possessions Saturday to jump out in front 21-0. White raced to paydirt from 17 yards out, capping West Chester’s first drive. Tom Shrader then snared an aerial from Mike Mattei (18 of 28 for 275 yards) and galloped 77 yards for a score three minutes later. Jim Kelly then caught a 42-yard pass from Mattei in the first minute of the second quarter to put the Rams well in control.

After two punts and a missed field goal on its first three possessions, Shippensburg answered West Chester’s trifecta with three straight TDs in the second quarter to tie the game with 1:10 remaining before halftime. Trevor Harman (5 catches, 81 yards) grabbed two of his game-high four touchdown passes during that spurt.

West Chester place-kicker Shawn Leo booted a 40-yard field goal with :01 left in the half to give the Golden Rams the lead heading into the break.

Zulli, who entered the game ranked second in Division II in passing, finished 29-for-49 for 345 yards and five TDs. He did not throw an interception. Though, West Chester defensive players dropped three would-be picks on the day.

Ronell Williams finished with a career-high 18 tackles on the day. Fellow linebacker Mike Culbreath had a career-best 14 stops.

Jim Kelly caught seven passes for 113 yards and a score for West Chester in the loss.

West Chester concludes its home slate next Saturday at 12 p.m. against Cheyney on Senior Day at John A. Farrell Stadium. West Chester University will honor the senior members of its football team, cheerleading squad and incomparable marching band before its game with the cross-county rival Wolves.

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Tuck Tops 200 Yards Again as No. 20 IUP Wears Down Mercyhurst for 31-13 Victory

Harvie Tuck is averaging 214 yards over his last three games
Ryan Rebholz, Sports Information Director
10/20/2012 7:10:00 PM

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INDIANA, PA – Harvie Tuck (Akron, OH/St. Vincent-St. Mary) ran for 231 yards and two touchdowns as 20th-ranked IUP scored 24 second half points en route to a 31-13 victory over Mercyhurst in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) West football action on Saturday at George P. Miller Stadium.

It was the fourth time this year that Tuck topped the 200-yard plateau as Division II's leading rusher now has 1,404 yards for the season. He also went over 4,000 career yards during the game and is currently second all-time at IUP with 4,085 rushing yards.

With the win, the Crimson Hawks go to 7-1 on the season, with a 4-1 record in the PSAC West. The loss drops Mercyhurst to 6-2, also 4-1 in the division.

Down 13-7 at the half, IUP wasted no time getting things going in the third quarter as Mike Box (Lawrenceville, GA/Collins Hill) hooked up with Terrill Barnes (Gettysburg/Gettysburg) on the fourth play for a 42-yard touchdown pass down the left sideline. Barnes had to go up for it, out-leaping the defender before beating him in a foot race down the sideline for the score.

With the Crimson Hawks holding a 14-13 lead, Mercyhurst responded with a long 17-play drive that saw the Lakers convert a fourth-and-three at the IUP 31-yard line. Four plays later Mercyhurst would again go for it on fourth down but the pass from Anthony Vendemia to Ozzie Lumpkin fell incomplete.

Fireworks came on IUP's first drive of the fourth quarter, as the Crimson Hawks took over at their own 20-yard line after forcing a Mercyhurst punt. On the first play Tuck would dash off left tackle for 40 yards to the Lakers 40-yard line before De'Antwan Williams (Woodbridge, VA/Woodbridge) matched the run with a 40-yarder of his own, this one going for a touchdown.

Lasting just those two plays, the drive went 80 yards, taking a coincidental 40 seconds off the game clock. The extra point from Brett Ullman (Baltimore, MD/Perry Hall) gave IUP a 21-13 lead with 10:01 left in the game.

After a Mercyhurst three-and-out, the Crimson Hawks put together another scoring drive as Tuck rushed for 44 yards on five carries as Ullman connected on a 30-yard field goal to put IUP on top 24-13 with 5:12 remaining.

The final score of the day came on the next IUP drive, as Tuck bolted 20 yards for a score on a third-and-two play with 1:53 left. The run capped off a great second half for Tuck, who ran 14 times for 154 yards and that score in the third and fourth quarters combined.

Tuck had four runs of over 20 yards, along with a pair of 18-yard dashes, and also added a 49-yard reception in the first quarter.

The Lakers took the lead in the opening quarter on their second drive, going 65 yards in 12 plays as Brandon Brown-Dukes ran it in from one yard out for the touchdown. The ensuing extra point try would get blocked by Carl Thornton (Beaver Falls/Beaver Falls) as the score stayed at 6-0 with 6:57 to go in the first.

IUP took the lead on a 21-yard touchdown run by Tuck on the very next drive, a score that was set up by his 49-yard reception three plays earlier. Mercyhurst got back on top on the very first play of the second quarter as Vendemia scrambled and flipped over the top for a four-yard touchdown to make it 13-7.

Brown-Dukes had the most successful day for an opposing rusher against the IUP defense, running 30 times for 134 yards and a touchdown. The Lakers ended up with 143 rushing yards against a team that entered the game giving up less than 53 yards per game.

Vendemia finished 10-of-23 for 125 yards through the air, getting picked by Johnny Franco (Altoona/Tyrone) in the first quarter and was sacked twice. His top target was Paris Bruner who had three catches for 42 yards.

Averaging 390 yards and 34 points entering Saturday, the Lakers were limited by the IUP defense to 268 yards and 13 points, gaining only 13 first downs on the day.

IUP ran for 290 yards with Williams running nine times for 68 yards and a score to add to Tuck's total. Box finished 7-of-14 for 126 yards and a touchdown through the air, connecting with Barnes three times for 61 yards and that score.

Defensively Alexander Berdahl (Ashburn, VA/Bishop O'Connell) led IUP with 12 total tackles while Carl Fleming (Reisterstown, MD/Franklin) added 10 on the day. Chris Brown (Altoona/Bishop Guilfoyle) stepped up with seven tackles, including two behind the line-of-scrimmage while Shane Meisner (Greensburg/Hempfield ) and Thornton combined for IUP's two sacks.

The big win for the Crimson Hawks comes in advance of the release of season's first regional rankings on Monday. Bloomsburg and Shippensburg - which both have perfect 8-0 records - are expected to be ranked high, as is 7-1 California (PA).

IUP starts the final stretch of the regular season next weekend at home against Clarion (4-4, 2-3).

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THIS IS AMAZING

#16 GRIFFONS GO APE IN THE JUNGLE WITH 63-14 WIN
Griffons score 56 unanswered points in rout
MWSU Athletic Media Relations
10/20/2012 5:23:00 PM


Michael Hill celebrates after scoring his fourth touchdown of the day in Saturday's 63-14 win at Pittsburg State

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PITTSBURG, Kan. -- To say the Griffons upset the Gorillas Saturday afternoon would be an understatement.

No. 16 Missouri Western used 56 unanswered points to defeat No. 7 Pittsburg State 63-14. Michael Hill ran for 116 yards and Travis Partridge countered with 213 yards through the air. Hill had three scores on the ground and Partridge had four touchdowns.

Pittsburg came out ready on its first drive. After forcing Missouri Western to a 3-and-out, the Gorillas drove 87 yards on 11 plays, and quarterback Anthony Abenoja connected with wide-out John Brown on a 6-yard touchdown pass to cap the drive.

Behind 7-0, MWSU faked a reverse to Tarrell Downing and led Hill down the flat for an open 48-yard touchdown reception.

The Griffons defense then stopped the Gorillas for the majority of the game after the 7-7 tie. David Bass recorded three sacks, and also scored a touchdown on a tipped pass that ended up in the defensive end's hands. He took it 55 yards for the score to put the Griffons ahead 21-7.

Pittsburg couldn't do much offensively, and the Griffons continued to score points to take a 42-7 halftime lead.

Missouri Western eventually stretched its lead to 56-7, marking eight unanswered scores before Pittsburg put another touchdown in to make it 56-16. Raphael Spencer scored on a 12-yard run to end the game with MWSU on top 63-14.

Brandon Wright and Derek Libby both score on long receptions, as the Griffons found their downfield game Saturday.

The Gorillas ended with game with five turnovers, including three on downs. Brown finished with a game-high 13 grabs and 153 yards with the one score. It was the worst home loss for Pittsburg since a 63-0 loss to Tulsa on Oct. 31, 1914.

Up Next: Missouri Western goes back on the road in the MIAA to play undefeated Emporia State Thursday night in Emporia, Kan.

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First-Place Hillsdale Chargers Make Statement

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Saginaw Valley (6-2) 7 3 7 0 17
Hillsdale (6-2) 7 3 14 10 34

October 20, 2012 – Last week, the Hillsdale College football team faced the GLIAC's best rushing offense and came out of Ferris State University with a victory. This week, the team was tested by the GLIAC's top passing offense. Test passed again.

The Chargers played an outstanding second half on both sides of the ball and defeated 15th-ranked Saginaw Valley State University 34-17 before more than 1,700 fans at Frank "Muddy" Waters Stadium Saturday afternoon. Hillsdale improves to 6-2 overall and its 6-1 GLIAC record gives it sole possession of first place in the ultra-tough GLIAC North Division.

Next week, the Chargers play their home finale against longtime rival Grand Valley State University on homecoming.

This back-and-forth contest was dominated by Hillsdale in the second half, as the Chargers outscored the Cardinals 24-7 and possessed the ball for nearly 12 minutes in the fourth quarter. The defense got big stops on third and fourth down, and did an excellent job of corralling SVSU's productive and big-play passing game.

The turning point in the game came late in the third quarter. Hillsdale stopped the Cardinals deep in their own territory. SVSU was then flagged for two personal foul penalties on the subsequent punt return, giving Hillsdale 30 additional yards of field position. One play later, senior QB Anthony Mifsud lofted a perfect pass to senior H-back Cam White down the left sidelines for a 25-yard touchdown play that gave Hillsdale a 24-17 lead, one it would never relinquish.

Senior placekicker Colin McGreevy had a terrific game kicking, delivering two key field goals for the Chargers at different points in the game. His 36-yard field goal gave Hillsdale a 10-7 lead early in the second quarter. McGreevy then booted a 33-yarder one possession after White's touchdown catch to extend Hillsdale's lead to 27-17. McGreevy's second kick was crucial, because it gave the Chargers a two-score advantage with less than 10 minutes left in the game, thus allowing Hillsdale's defense to zone in on the SVSU offense.

Hillsdale's defense held the GLIAC's best passing attack to 117 yards below its average for the season, limiting the Cardinals to just 195 yards passing in the game. Cornerbacks Daniel Pittman and Ben Karaba each did a great job of open-field tackling, limiting the Cardinals' ability to get yards after the catch.

Junior LB Brett Pasche had a do-it-all game for Hillsdale, with 12 total tackles, one pass break-up, one quarterback hurry, and he blocked an SVSU field goal attempt in the first half that would have given the Cardinals a 13-10 lead at the time.

Linebacker Steven Embry had 11 total tackles, while Pittman led the Chargers with six solo stops and 10 in all. Linebacker Devin Moynihan, last week's GLIAC Defensive Player of the Week, recovered his third fumble in two weeks in an important sequence early in the game. Saginaw Valley State fumbled a punt return, and Moynihan pounced on the loose ball for the recovery at the Cardinals' 12-yard-line. Two plays later, senior RB Joe Glendening produced the first points of the game with a touchdown from 11 yards out.

Glendening powered through a big and physical Cardinal defense for 121 yards on 26 carries, including the first-quarter touchdown where he carried two defenders with him. Sophomore Issac Spence filled the role of "closer" admirably for the Chargers from his running back position, gaining 45 yards on 10 carries including a game-icing touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

Mifsud set a career-high for pass completion percentage, going 12-for-14 for 196 yards and two touchdowns. Sophomore WR Brett Miller, who celebrated a birthday Friday night, delivered two huge catches for the Chargers, good for 78 yards. White had four receptions for 58 yards and a score, while junior Andrew Mott hauled in a perfectly-thrown and executed 29 yard touchdown pass.

Hillsdale has now defeated Saginaw Valley State in each of the past three years, the first time that's happened since 1991-93.

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