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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2012 6:54 pm 
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D2Football.com Top 25 Poll
October 23, 2012

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

As expected with ranked PSAC teams, Bloomsburg dropped a notch, Shippensburg moved up considerably, IUP also moved up 3 places, and California moved up one spot. Don't forget the big showdown between Shippensburg and Bloomsburg on Saturday!


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Top Six Unchanged in Division II Coaches' PollTop Six Unchanged in Division II Coaches' Poll
A second straight loss from Pittsburg State (Kan.) caused a shakeup in the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll from No. 7 on down, but the top six teams remained unchanged. Colorado State-Pueblo held onto the No. 1 spot with 24 first-place votes, followed by Winston-Salem State (N.C.) at No. 2 with six first-place votes. New Haven (Conn.), Bloomsburg (Pa.), Northwest Missouri State and Ashland (Ohio) round out the top six.

Missouri Western State rebounded from its first loss of the season to upset then-No. 7t Pittsburg State, 63-14, moving the Griffons up four spots to No. 12. The Gorillas dropped 15 places to No. 22 with the loss. Hillsdale (Mich.) beat then-No. 15 Saginaw Valley State (Mich.), 34-17, and jumped back into the poll at No. 24. Also entering the poll for the first time since 2009 is Charleston (W.Va.). The Golden Eagles, ranked No. 25, recorded a 27-14 victory over West Liberty (W.Va.) to move its record to 7-1.

There are four Top 25 matchups this week, with the first being a Top 10 battle as No. 4 Bloomsburg travels to No. 10 Shippensburg (Pa.) for a pivotal Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference contest. The other matchups feature No. 5 Northwest Missouri State traveling to No. 16t Washburn (Kan.), No. 15 Emporia State (Kan.) hosting No. 12 Missouri Western State and No. 23 Grand Valley State (Mich.) traveling to No. 24 Hillsdale.

2012 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll – October 22, 2012

Rank School (1st votes) Rec. Pts. Prev. Week Eight Next Game
1. Colorado St.-Pueblo (24) 8-0 743 1 D. Black Hills St. (S.D.), 45-13 Oct. 27 at Colorado Mesa
2. Winston-Salem St. (N.C.) (6) 8-0 720 2 D. Livingstone (N.C.), 58-0 Oct. 27 at Shaw (N.C.)
3. New Haven (Conn.) 7-0 679 3 D. Stonehill (Mass.), 45-41 Oct. 27 vs. Southern Connecticut St.
4. Bloomsburg (Pa.) 8-0 629 4 D. Cheyney (Pa.), 27-13 Oct. 27 at No. 10 Shippensburg (Pa.)
5. Northwest Missouri St. 7-1 623 5 D. Missouri Southern St., 38-14 Oct. 27 at No. 16t Washburn (Kan.)
6. Ashland (Ohio) 8-0 589 6 D. Malone (Ohio), 31-7 Oct. 27 vs. Findlay (Ohio)
7. Minnesota St.-Mankato 8-0 544 9 D. Winona St. (Minn.), 30-20 Oct. 27 at Wayne St. (Neb.)
8. Minnesota-Duluth 7-1 537 7t D. Bemidji St. (Minn.), 30-0 Oct. 27 at Minnesota-Crookston
9. Henderson St. (Ark.) 8-0 484 11 D. East Central (Okla.), 49-14 Oct. 27 at Southern Arkansas
10. Shippensburg (Pa.) 8-0 457 13 D. West Chester (Pa.), 42-24 Oct. 27 vs. No. 4 Bloomsburg (Pa.)
11. Midwestern St. (Texas) 6-1 453 12 D. Abilene Christian (Texas), 35-31 Oct. 27 vs. Eastern New Mexico
12. Missouri Western St. 7-1 421 16 D. No. 7t Pittsburg St. (Kan.), 63-14 Oct. 25 at No. 15 Emporia St. (Kan.)
13. California (Pa.) 7-1 390 14 D. Gannon (Pa.), 41-0 Oct. 27 vs. Slippery Rock (Pa.)
14. West Texas A&M 7-1 365 17 D. Eastern New Mexico, 44-21 Oct. 27 at West Georgia
15. Emporia St. (Kan.) 8-0 354 18t D. Truman St. (Mo.), 52-26 Oct. 25 vs. No. 12 Missouri Western St.
16t. Indiana (Pa.) 7-1 274 20 D. Mercyhurst (Pa.), 31-13 Oct. 27 vs. Clarion (Pa.)
16t. Washburn (Kan.) 7-1 274 18t D. Lindenwood (Mo.), 19-16 Oct. 27 vs. No. 5 Northwest Missouri St.
18. Miles (Ala.) 7-1 209 21 D. Lane (Tenn.), 38-20 Oct. 25 vs. Stillman (Ala.)
19. Harding (Ark.) 6-1 164 25 D. No. 10 Ouachita Baptist (Ark.), 34-14 Oct. 27 vs. Arkansas Tech
20. Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) 6-1 162 10 Lost to No. 25 Harding (Ark.), 34-14 Oct. 27 at East Central (Okla.)
21. Sioux Falls (S.D.) 7-1 145 23 D. Augustana (S.D.), 32-31 2OT Oct. 27 vs. Upper Iowa
22. Pittsburg St. (Kan.) 5-2 119 7t Lost to No. 16 Missouri Western St., 63-14 Oct. 27 at Truman St. (Mo.)
23. Grand Valley St. (Mich.) 6-2 71 24 D. Northwood (Mich.), 42-28 Oct. 27 at No. 24 Hillsdale (Mich.)
24. Hillsdale (Mich.) 6-2 62 NR D. No. 15 Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.), 34-17 Oct. 27 vs. No. 23 Grand Valley St. (Mich.)
25. Charleston (W.Va.) 7-1 59 NR D. West Liberty (W.Va.), 27-14 Oct. 27 at Glenville St. (W.Va.)
Dropped Out: Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.) (15), Michigan Tech (22)

Others Receiving Votes: West Alabama, 52; Wayne St. (Mich.), 36; Valdosta St. (Ga.), 28; Tuskegee (Ala.), 26; Indianapolis (Ind.), 24; Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.), 20; Southern Arkansas, 14; American International (Mass.), 13; Chadron St. (Neb.), 6; Carson-Newman (Tenn.), 2; Missouri S&T, 2.

As usual, the AFCA poll is a tad bit more generous towards SOME OF THE PSAC teams.


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 Post subject: Re: PSAC/Div II Football
PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2012 7:06 pm 
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First 2012 super Regional Rankings
NCAA Regional Rankings
October 22, 2012

Super Region 1 Super Region 2

Team D2 Overall Team D2 Overall
1. Shippensburg 8-0 8-0 1. Miles 7-1 7-1
2. Winston-Salem 8-0 8-0 2. Mars Hill 5-1 5-3
3. Bloomsburg 8-0 8-0 3. West Alabama 4-1 6-2
4. California 7-1 7-1 4. Valdosta State 5-2 6-2
5. New Haven 7-0 7-0 5. Carson-Newman 5-2 5-2
6. Charleston 7-1 7-1 6. Fort Valley 5-2 6-2
7. IUP 7-1 7-1 7. Lenoir-Rhyne 4-2 5-2
8. Shepherd 6-2 6-2 8. Wingate 5-3 5-3
9. American International 6-1 6-1 9. Newberry 5-3 5-3
10. West Chester 5-2 5-3 10. Albany State 5-3 5-3

Super Region 3 Super Region 4
Team D2 Overall Team D2 Overall
1. Minnesota State 8-0 8-0 1. CSU-Pueblo 8-0 8-0
2. Henderson State 8-0 8-0 2. Ashland 8-0 8-0
3. Harding 6-1 6-1 3. Chadron State 6-1 6-2
4. Emporia State 8-0 8-0 4. Indianapolis 6-1 6-2
5. Northwest Missouri 7-1 7-1 5. West Texas A&M 7-1 7-1
6. Minnesota Duluth 7-1 7-1 6. Hillsdale 6-2 6-2
7. Winona State 6-2 6-2 7. Saginaw Valley 6-2 6-2
8. Sioux Falls 7-1 7-1 8. Midwestern State 6-1 6-1
9. Missouri Western 7-1 7-1 9. Wayne State (Mich.) 5-2 5-2
10. Ouachita Baptist 6-1 6-1 10. New Mexico Highlands 6-1 6-1

As one can see, the people in the know in Super Region I are aware that Shippensburg is grossly underrated in natonal polls. I am quite suspicious of those rankings in Super Region II. Super Region III is also a muddle by my way of thinking, as the teams from the MIAA are clearly the best in the Super Region. I have no issues with the rankings in Super Region IV. (Where have you gone Grand Valley State?)


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 Post subject: Re: PSAC/Div II Football
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Games Involving Two nationally Ranked Teams

In the MIAA, Missouri Western (12) defeats Emporia State (18). In the PSAC, Bloomsburg (5) LOSES to Shippensburg (13)--It won't even be close. In the MIAA, Northwest Missouri (3) whips Washburn (17). There you have my picks, such as they are. I'll be amazed if I get two of three correct, as rankings mean nothing this year--like I said earlier. Hoping for the best, except in the case of Bloomsburg-Shippensburg. I hope the Huskies prove me wrong. Well, it is into nitty-gritty time now that the super regional rankings are being posted. Incidentally, sometimes the super regional rankings can indeed be a bit "screwy", but I think they are on target in the Super-Region I. Bloom has to beat Shippensburg to make the pollsters look bad. Don't think it is going to happen. Ship is the real deal! Possession is nine tenths of the law. If Bloom can exercise that basic tenet, then they have a chance. Nor can they play careless, unimaginative, un-opportunistic football like West Chester did against Shippensburg whereby the Golden Rams gave the game away to Ship. To tell you the truth, as a Bloom fan, I will be afraid to look at the results of the game on Saturday. I just hope the Huskies aren't humiliated. That's how good I think Shippensburg is. Go Huskies and make me look bad!


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 Post subject: Re: PSAC/Div II Football
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I am still shocked over Missouri Western's lop sided win over Pittsburg State. Mo Western lost at home to Missouri Southern State, though that was a rivalry game.
I wonder if two of these MIAA teams will reach the semifinals.


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 Post subject: Re: PSAC/Div II Football
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Ollie wrote:
I am still shocked over Missouri Western's lop sided win over Pittsburg State. Mo Western lost at home to Missouri Southern State, though that was a rivalry game.
I wonder if two of these MIAA teams will reach the semifinals.


Ollie, so am I! I couldn't believe that score. I picked Pittsburg State to win. Like I have said, the rankings can be thrown to the winds this year. Incidentally, I still think the MIAA is the strongest Div II conference in the nation. Too bad only one team will be able to advance to the national semi-finals due to the way the playoffs are structured. The Div II playoffs will indeed have a different look this year with some "new" teams. The playoffs ARE not that far off. Frankly, I see NWMSU as the team to beat in that Super Region. thanks for posting. Ciao!


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 Post subject: Re: PSAC/Div II Football
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Last night, #!2 Missouri Western defeated #18 Emporia State by a score of 57-28 thereby shattering Emporia State's hopes for advancing in the national rankings. This team from Missouri Western is shaping up as a team to be reckoned with. Husky finally got one right. His record for such games moves up to 7-13. Well he also got it right with Shippensburg beating Bloomsburg 49-42 and NWMSU blowing out
Washburn to up his record to 9-13. Husky might get back to .500 before the year is out :D. It will be Ship against Cal (MAYBE) in the overall PSAC championship game. Cal was upset by SRU yesterday and are now in a mathematical three-way tie for first place with IUP and Mercyhurst. The question is will anybody else from the PSAC, besides the two conference winners, make the Div II playoffs in Super Region I.


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 Post subject: Re: PSAC/Div II Football
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Shippensburg won the big showdown in the PSAC East today over Bloomsburg by a score of 49-42. Bloomsburg made a gallant comeback to tie the game at 42 after trailing 35-7 at halftime. Once again, it has become evident that there are no good defensive teams in the PSAC, and I think it is high time that some PSAC coaches start looking for some stellar defensive players when recruiting. Congratulations to Ship, and good fortune to them in the PSAC championship game in two weeks against the team from the PSAC West. I hasten to add, although Ship has a super offense; when they get up against the likes of Winston-Salem--or whomever outside of the PSAC-- in the post-season, the Red Raiders may find learn what it is like to play against a good defense and things may not be quite so easy. They escaped today, but today may have been their last escape; as the PSAC West champ is waiting in the wings. Kudos also to Bloom for making a game of it after trailing 35-7. Way to go, Huskies. See you guys next week for the West Chester game. Huskies are still in the Div II playoff hunt. Needless to say, this has been a tough day for me, who is a lifetime Huskies fan. I'll get back to you with all the PSAC results later tonight. There are some late starting games. It looks like I picked all the games involving nationally ranked teams correctly. Wow! I finally did it. I guess some good things come with the bad. Ciao!


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Another Important PSAC Game

Slippery Rock upset first place California in the PSAC West today 28-26. This result means that IUP could now win the PSAC West, should Cal lose to Mercyhurst next weekend up in Erie. If both IUP and Mercyhurst win next weekend, they will both end up with the same record in the PSAC West; but IUP beat Mercyhurst earlier this season which fact I would assume would serve as the tiebreaker. If Cal beats Mercyhurst and IUP beats Clarion, I would assume Cal's early season win over IUP would serve to give Cal the West title. It's all over in the East, as Shippensburg's win over Bloomsburg wins them the title. The question now is whether Bloom can come back and beat West Chester and Slippery Rock and gain a spot in the Div II super regional playoffs. As a result of the loss today, Bloomsburg will drop from a sure spot in the playoffs to being "on the bubble". Another loss to WCU or SRU will most likely eliminate the Huskies. The same is true for California. Here are all of today's PSAC results. Right now I see Winston-Salem, Shippensburg, New Haven, maybe a team from the WVIAC, and two other teams to be chosen making the playoffs. It's an interesting scenario. There is much at stake next weekend in the games between Bloom and West Chester and Cal and Mercyhurst.

PSAC East

Shippensburg 49
Bloomsburg 42

West Chester 59
Cheyney 14

East Sroudsburg 45
LIU Post 37

Kutztown 59
Millersville 3

PSAC West

Slippery Rock 28
California 26

Mercyhurst 24
Edinboro 21

IUP 45
Clarion 0

Gannon 13
Lock Haven 7

Husky broke even on his picks going 4-4. His record is now 53-19. Next weeek's PSAC schedule is as follows:

11/3/2012 12 p.m. * California (Pa.) Mercyhurst Erie, Pa. Live Stats Details
11/3/2012 12:00 p.m. * Indiana (Pa.) Gannon Erie, Pa. Live Stats Live Video Live Audio Details
11/3/2012 1:00 p.m. * West Chester Bloomsburg Bloomsburg, PA Details
11/3/2012 1 p.m. * Edinboro Clarion Clarion, Pa. Details
11/3/2012 1:00 PM * East Stroudsburg Millersville Millersville, PA Live Stats Live Video Live Audio Details
11/3/2012 1 p.m. * Lock Haven Slippery Rock Mihalik-Thompson Stadium Details
11/3/2012 1 PM * Cheyney Shippensburg Shippensburg, PA Live Stats Details
11/3/2012 1:05 p.m. * LIU Post Kutztown Kutztown, Pa. Details

Husky's PSAC Picks for November 3. I see Mercyhurst over Cal in a mild upset, IUP destroys Gannon, Bloomsburg at home edges West Chester, Edinboro wins over Clarion, East Stroudsburg has no trouble with Millersville, Slippery Rock rolls over Lock Haven, Shippensburg crushes Cheyney, and Kutztown wins at home over LIU Post. Hope everybody gets through the great storm well and intact.


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Huskies Drop Wild One to Shippensburg

10/27/2012

SHIPPENSBURG – In a battle of nationally ranked, unbeaten teams 10th-ranked Shippensburg University scored with five seconds left to knock of 4th-ranked Bloomsburg University, 49-42, on Saturday in a PSAC (Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference) Eastern Division matchup in front of over 7,100 fans at Seth Grove Stadium.

With the win, Shippensburg improves to 9-0 and wins the PSAC Eastern Division title with a 6-0 record. Bloomsburg falls to 8-1, 5-1 in the PSAC East.

Bloomsburg, which trailed 35-7 at halftime, tied the score at 42-all with 2:39 to play on a 52-yard touchdown pass from Tim Kelly (Camp Hill/Cedar Cliff) to Ryan Dickerson (Harleysville/Souderton).

The Red Raiders though got the ball back at their own 17-yard line and marched down the field with quarterback Zach Zulli completing a two-yard scoring pass to Bryan Barley for the game winning points. A key play on the drive was a holding call on Bloomsburg on a third-and-10 play when Zulli's pass had gone incomplete.

Bloomsburg had one last play, but Kelly's pass was incomplete ending the game.

“We played very well on all sides of the ball in the second half, and that was the only way we were going to be able to bring this back,” head coach Danny Hale said. “We did everything we needed to do and created turnovers against a team that doesn't turn the ball over very much.”

Junior running back Franklyn Quiteh (Tobyhanna/Pocono Mountain West) finished with 31 carries for 268 yards and four scores, while Kelly was 11-for-27 passing for 158 yards and a touchdown. Dickerson finished with five catches for 108 yards and one score.

Defensively, Jarrett Pidgeon (Barnegat, NJ/Southern Regional) had 13 tackles, while Terrell Oglesby (Philadelphia/Northeast Catholic) had eight tackles. Both seniors brought down an interception as Pidgeon took his 39 yards for a touchdown.

“We're all tough kids here and we pride ourselves in not quitting,” Pidgeon said. “Looking ahead, we just need to play every game like we did in the second half today. Games like this are the reason we come to Bloomsburg.”

For Shippensburg, Zulli finished 35-for-60 with two interceptions for 496 yards and seven touchdowns and also rushed for 80 yards. Trevor Harman caught seven passes for 172 yards and three scores.

Quiteh opened the second half with a 67-yard touchdown run, moving him into fifth place in the PSAC in career rushing yards to pass former Red Raider John Kuhn and pulling the Huskies to within 35-14 with 14:13 left in the third quarter. Quiteh has rushed for 4,825 yards in over three seasons in the maroon and gold.

Pidgeon answered the Quiteh run with a 39-yard interception return for a touchdown the following possession to bring the game to 35-21 just 1:39 into the third quarter. The two touchdowns equaled the number of third period scores allowed by Shippensburg all season entering Saturday.

After a trade of punts and a missed field goal opportunity for Shippensburg, the Red Raiders were able to increase their lead to 42-21 on a 45-yard scoring pass from Zulli to Trevor Harman with 3:21 to go in the third.

The Huskies, though, answered that score with a long, 14-play, 83-yard drive, mainly on the legs of Quiteh. The junior carried 10 of the 14 plays and went the final nine yards for the score to make it 42-28 with 12:29 to play.

On the next possession, sophomore linebacker Justin Shirk (Harrisburg/Central Dauphin) forced a Red Raider fumbled at their own 43 with Bloomsburg's DJ Robinson (Sinking Spring/Conrad Weiser) recovering. After a two-yard run by Quiteh, Kelly hit Dickerson for 12 yards to the Shippensburg 29-yard line. Quiteh then went the final 29 yards for his third score to make it 42-35.

After a trade of punts, the Red Raiders took over at their own 41-yard line with 6:23 to play. Moving the ball into Bloomsburg territory Zulli was brought down by senior defensive end Larry Webster (Hagerstown, MD/Elkton), who forced a fumble with Shirk recovering giving the Huskies the ball back and setting up Kelly's game-tying throw to Dickerson.

“We came out in the second half and did exactly what we needed to do,” Quiteh said. “Coach Hale told us at halftime that our character was going to be tested and we would be faced with adversity, and we kept our heads in the game and put points on the board.”

The comeback was needed after the Huskies found themselves in a 14-0 hole before their offense even stepped on the field. Shippensburg used the opening kickoff to get on the board first with a 39-yard TD pass from Zulli t Harman. Bloomsburg then fumbled the kickoff to give the Red Raiders the ball deep in Huskies territory. They scored on the first play of the drive on an 18-yard pass to running back Mike Frenette to take a 14-point advantage less than three minutes into the game.

Shirk gave the Huskies with some defensive momentum to lead to the first BU score of the day. Shirk rushed up the middle on a fourth-and-short and made a strong hit on Zulli to force a bad pass and an SU turnover on downs.

Bloomsburg went six plays, 79 yards to score its first touchdown of the game off a 13-yard run by Quiteh. Kelly ran a season-long 26 yards on the drive and had some great receiving efforts by Dickerson and senior tight end Dylan Manni (Bensalem/Bensalem) to move the Huskies downfield.

Webster forced Shippensburg's first punt of the day late in the first quarter with a big sack up the middle on third down, giving him a team-high 10.5 sacks for the season.

On its opening play of the second quarter, Shippensburg tossed a 63-yard touchdown pass to extend the Raider lead to 28-7. Following a Kelly interception, the Raiders then took it 13 plays for 87 yards with Zulli throwing a two-yard touchdown to lead 35-7.

Oglesby stepped up for the Huskies defense with his team-leading third interception of the season, ending a Shippensburg school-record streak of 200 consecutive passes without an interception for Zulli. The Huskies though could not take advantage of the turnover and turned the ball over on the final play of the half when Kelly was intercepted deep in Shippensburg territory.

“They're a very effective football team, and we just made too many mistakes today,” Hale said. “This was a big physical game and it takes a lot out of you. Right now we will lick our wounds, but there is still a lot of season left. If we finish the season off well beginning with next week at home, we could have a great shot at the postseason.”

The Huskies return home next week for their final home game of the regular season. They host West Chester at Danny Hale Field at Redman Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 3 for a 1 p.m. kickoff.


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Rock upset #13 California, Pa., 28-26
SRU (5-4 overall, 4-2 PSAC-W) overcame two lost fumbles and a pair of blocked punts to knock off the Vulcans (7-2, 5-1) on their home field

10/27/2012 7:12:00 PM

CALIFORNIA, Pa. – Veteran Slippery Rock University Head Football Coach George Mihalik thought his team would need to play a “perfect game” in order to upset 13th-ranked California U. of Pa in Saturday's Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-Western Division football game at Adamson Stadium.

He was wrong.

The Rock lost two fumbles and had a pair of punts blocked, but survived nonetheless and handed the Vulcans a 28-26 setback.

The win was SRU's season-best third consecutive and improved the Green and White's season records to 5-4 overall, 4-2 in PSAC-West action.

With the loss, the Vulcans fell to 7-2 overall, 5-1 in division action and into a three-way tie with Indiana and Mercyhurst for the PSAC-West lead. California, which beat Indiana earlier this fall, travels to Mercyhurst next Saturday to close out the PSAC-West schedule.

The Rock host Lock Haven next Saturday in a 1 p.m. game to open a two-game homestand that will close out the Green and White's 2012 season.

Saturday's win marked the second consecutive season The Rock went toe-to-toe with and bested the Vulcans, who have won or shared seven consecutive PSAC-West titles. The Rock handed then-No. 13-ranked California a 17-3 setback at Mihalik-Thompson Stadium in Slippery Rock.

The road to victory Saturday was paved by another stellar effort by junior quarterback Nigel Barksdale and a proverbial bend-but-don't-break performance by The Rock defense.

Barksdale completed 15 of 22 passes for 283 yards and one touchdown without throwing an interception, but he did lose a pair of fumbles while trying to fight for more yardage on rushing attempts. Barksdale also rushed for 119 yards on 26 carries and scored one TD to finish the game with 402 total yards.

Redshirt freshman running back Brett Crenshaw (pictured) rushed for two TDs for SRU.

Saturday's game marked the fourth time in as many starts this fall Barksdale passed for more than 200 yards.

As a team, The Rock outgained California by a 468-313 total yardage margin Saturday.

California redshirt freshman quarterback Cody Schroeder, who started his third consecutive game in place of injured regular Peter Lalich, passed for 224 yards and one TD and was intercepted once.

The INT proved huge as it came with 39 seconds left in the game and the Vulcans in position to possibly attempt a game-winning field goal. Rock senior cornerback Anthony Saunders stepped in front of a Vulcans' receiver to record the pick on an underthrown pass along the California sidelines.

The Rock took a 14-10 lead into the locker room at halftime, but could easily have enjoyed a larger advantage had they not committed miscues on three consecutive possessions.

A potential Rock scoring drive was killed by a Barksdale fumble inside the California 4-yard line midway through the second quarter of action.

One Rock possession earlier, Barksdale lost the ball while scrambing at the Rock 27. California All-American safety Rontez Miles scooped up the loose ball and sprinted to the end zone for the Vulcans' only first-half touchdown. That play gave the hosts a 7-3 lead with 12:13 left in the second quarter.

The first points of the game came on a 42-yard field goal by Cody Nuzzo with 6:35 left to play in the first period. Those points came after the Vulcans' offense had moved 56 yards in 18 plays, only to run into a Rock-solid defensive wall.

The Vulcans had a golden scoring opportunity in the opening minute of the second period when they had a first-and-goal at The Rock 8 thanks to a blocked punt. Three plays later, the hosts had to settle for a 22-yard field goal attempt, but Nuzzo's boot hit the right post.

Sandwiched between the TD return by Nuzzo's successful field goal and Miles' TD return, The Rock took a 7-3 lead on a nine-yard run by Barksdale that capped an eight-play, 70-yard march with 3:39 left in the first period.

One series after Barksdale's second lost fumble killed a potential Rock scoring drive at the California 4, he led the Green and White on a 17-play, 84-yard scoring drive that gave SRU its 14-10 halftime advantage. Barksdale connected with Bridgeforth on a four-yard TD pass to cap the drive with 0:11 left before the intermission.

While The Rock defense was throwing up a perpetual stop sign against the hosts' offense in the opening 30 minutes of action, the Green and White offense moved the ball virtually at will.

SRU finished the half with a 282-128 total yardage advantage at halftime behind 175 passing and 86 rushing yards by Barksdale. Dutrieuille caught five passes for 96 yards to lead the receiving effort.

The Rock offense offense lost none of its momentum during the intermission as the Green and White went 73 yards in eight plays on the opening drive of the second half to push their lead to 21-10. Crenshaw culminated the drive with a one-yard run at the 11:48 mark of the third period.

California trimmed the deficit to 21-13 with 5:24 left in the third period with a 21-yard field goal by Nuzzo, but those points again came after The Rock defense stood tall inside its own 10-yard line.

Undaunted by the Vulcans' three-point play, The Rock offense went 65 yards in five plays on the ensuing possession to extend the guests' lead to 28-13 with 3:53 left in the third stanza. Crenshaw capped the drive with a four-yard TD run.

California came right back to move 71 yards in 14 plays and trimmed The Rock lead to 28-20 with 14:00 left to play on a two-yard TD pass from Schroeder to Mike Williams.

Two Rock possessions later, the Vulcans got their second blocked punt. Jeff Knox recovered the loose ball in the end zone for a touchdown, but the hosts' pass attempt for a two-point conversion failed, so SRU held onto the lead, 28-26, with 7:06 left to play.

California's final bid for a comeback was snuffed out with 0:39 left when Rock senior cornerback Anthony Saunders picked off a desperation pass at the SRU 30.

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NWMSU Bearcats Roll

Press Release

Oct. 28, 2012
"Second to none"
By David Boyce
TOPEKA, Kan. – On the third play of the game, Northwest Missouri State senior safety Clarke Snodgrass watched Washburn’s Tore’ Hurst haul in a 26-yard reception.
Hurst jumped up at the Bearcats’ 35 excited and in his excitement, he spoke a few words to Snodgrass.
Maybe Hurst was keyed up Saturday afternoon at Yager Stadium because it was Homecoming for Washburn. Perhaps Hurst was happy because he made a great catch on a perfectly thrown ball that was actually covered well by Snodgrass.
“He made a good play, a good catch,” Snodgrass said. “I was right there on his hip. I just didn’t get my hip around enough.”
Whatever the reason, the Bearcats secondary played a menacing brand of football the rest of the first half, which helped Northwest build a 35-0 halftime lead.
Northwest picked off four passes in the first two quarters and finished with six in a 56-6 victory.
Afterwards, the players on the secondary praised secondary coach Ken Gordon.
“My position coach Ken Gordon, you can’t believe the amount of tips he gives us safeties,” Snodgrass said.
It was fitting that Snodgrass started the amazing run of first-half interceptions by the Bearcats.
One play after Hurst’s reception, Snodgrass picked off a pass and gave Northwest its first possession at its 45.
“Oh yes, it fired me up,” Snodgrass said. “You always want to respond when you have a big play made on you.”
Six plays later, the Bearcats scored on a 31-yard touchdown pass from Trevor Adams to Tyler Shaw with 10:52 remaining in the first quarter.
The quick strike by Northwest was no indication that a rout was underway. After all, both teams entered the late-season MIAA game with a 7-1 overall record.
Washburn even had an opportunity to tie late in the first quarter after a Northwest fumble put the ball at the 6.
Despite being only 6 yards away from the end zone, Washburn never really got close to scoring a touchdown in the first half.
On the next play after the fumble, sophomore strong safety Travis Manning intercepted a pass in the end zone.
“That was big time,” Snodgrass said. “We really welcome those kinds of opportunities. That’s the strength of our defense.”
Northwest was ready to roll.
Manning said it is all about momentum. The defense wanted to get the ball back to its offense as quick as possible.
“We support our offense whatever they do,” Manning said. “We know we put them in place they will eventually make plays, which they did. They have been doing it all season. They lift us up. We lift them up.”
The Bearcats went on an 11-play, 80-yard drive and scored on a 7-yard run by James Franklin early in the second quarter.
Midway through the second quarter, senior free safety Nate DeJong joined the interception parade and his pick-off gave the Bearcats the ball at Washburn’s 22.
Three plays later, Northwest was ahead 21-0 and well on its way to improving to 8-1 overall and 7-1 in the MIAA. The Bearcats are now in a three-way tie for first with Emporia State and Missouri Western. Washburn dropped to 7-2 in the MIAA.
Even though Northwest was in position to look ahead to next week’s Homecoming game at Bearcat Stadium against Emporia State, the players remained locked in against Washburn.
With 2 minutes left in the first half, the Bearcats scored again and led 28-0 and still were not done. Junior cornerback Brian Dixon intercepted a pass deep in Washburn’s territory.
It only took Northwest 15 seconds to go 23 yards and score with 24 seconds remaining in the second quarter.
Early in the third quarter, Northwest picked off its fifth pass. This time senior linebacker Collin DeBuysere caught the errant throw.
“We knew the defensive backs were playing well in the first half,” DeBuysere said. “We wanted to make sure that we were playing consistent and doing a good job as linebackers as well. That was our focus, and we got a couple of linebackers in the mix as well in the second half.”
The final interception of the game came from sophomore linebacker Chet Meneely, who returned the pick-off 14 yards for a touchdown with 1:26 left for the final score.
All in all, it was the type of defensive performance that makes a coach proud. Gordon was definitely pleased by the way his group played.
“They were doing their job,” Gordon said. “They do a lot of film work and they pay attention to details. They did what we do in practice and put it on the field.
“They picked it up another level today. It was great to see. I’m happy for them. All this is going to do is build confidence. They just got to keep getting better. That’s all I ask of them.

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PSAC Athletes of the Week (Week 9)

East Stroudsburg’s Matt Soltes (Offensive) and Bloomsburg’s Jarrett Pidgeon (Defensive) were selected as the East’s PSAC Football Athletes of the Week for their performances in the ninth week of PSAC football.

Nigel Barksdale (Offensive) of Slippery Rock and Mavens Toussaint (Defensive) of IUP were named the West's PSAC Football Athletes of the Week for their performances on Saturday.

PSAC Athletes of the Week - Oct. 28
(Week 9)


PSAC East Offensive Athlete of the Week
Matt Soltes, East Stroudsburg
QB, Fr., Vernon, N.J./Vernon

Soltes set a PSAC record for total offense with 666 yards, just 15 yards shy of the Division II record, in a 45-37 win at LIU Post. The game was just his fifth career start as he led an offense that shattered the PSAC record single game record with 828 yards. His 666 yards ranks 10th in collegiate football history and second in NCAA Division II. He threw for 535 yards, sixth-most in PSAC history and third-most in ESU history, going 26-for-42 with five touchdowns. Soltes ran for 131 yards on 12 carries, the highest total offense figure in D-II this year, and fourth-most in all of college football. He broke the PSAC record of 651 yards (Erik Anderwkavich, LIU Post vs Kutztown, 2010) and ESU record of 597 (Damian Poalucci vs Mansfield, 1996). He had 421 yds in the first half (302 passing, 119 rushing) and 629 through three quarters. Soltes averaged 10.9 yards per carry in his 12 rush attempts that included two 30+ runs.


PSAC East Defensive Athlete of the Week
Jarrett Pidgeon, Bloomsburg
LB, Sr., Barnegat, N.J./Southern Regional

Pidgeon recorded a game-high 13 tackles, including nine solo tackles and four assisted takedowns, and an interception for a touchdown against the Raiders. In the middle of a 28-point comeback, Pidgeon took an interception from Zach Zulli 39 yards for a touchdown to cut the score to 35-21. Pidgeon also had a pass breakup.


PSAC West Defensive Athlete of the Week
Marvens Toussaint, IUP
CB, Sr., Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Port Charlotte

Toussaint helped IUP to its third shutout of the season in a 45-0 win over Clarion. Toussaint picked off two passes in the redzone to end a pair of Clarion threats and help preserve the shutout. His first pick-off came in the second quarter at the 18-yard line with 2:15 left in the half. Early in the third quarter Toussaint intercepted another Clarion pass attempt at the five yard line. He also registered a pass break-up and two solo tackles to help the Crimson Hawks improve to 5-1 and take the top seat in the Western Division.


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

Barksdale accumulated 402 yards in total offense versus a California defense that ranks sixth in the PSAC in that category (368 ypg) to lead The Rock to an upset victory against #13 Cal, which was unbeaten in PSAC-West action prior to the game. He passed for season-high 283 yards in the game, while running for 119 yards against a Vulcan defense that is third in rushing defense with a 113 yards per game allowance rate. Barksdale passed for over 230 yards (15-of-22) for the fourth time in as many starts this fall to lead The Rock to its third consecutive victory.


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Why are you posting this here? This is a Pirates message board. It's not like you're having a discussion with anyone.


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Seven Top 25 Upsets Cause Reshuffling in Division II Poll

For the second time in three weeks, seven Top 25 teams lost causing a reshuffling of the rankings in the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll. The top three spots remained the same, with Colorado State-Pueblo staying No. 1 with 24 first-place votes. Winston-Salem State (N.C.) still sits No. 2, with six first-place votes, followed by No. 3 New Haven (Conn.). Then-No. 4 Bloomsburg (Pa.) was upset by new No. 7 Shippensburg (Pa.), 49-42, causing both Northwest Missouri State and Ashland (Ohio) to move up one spot apiece, to No. 4 and No. 5, respectively.

This week, there are five Top 25 matchups that will have a say in who wins conference titles. The first game is No. 4 Northwest Missouri State hosting No. 20 Emporia State (Kan.), with the winner having a leg up in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) title chase. The second matchup has No. 6 Minnesota State-Mankato hosting No. 17 Sioux Falls (S.D.) with first place in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference South Division on the line. First place in the Lone Star Conference is at stake when No. 12 West Texas A&M plays host to No. 10 Midwestern State (Texas), while No. 11 Missouri Western State and No. 25 Washburn (Kan.) play in another key MIAA matchup. The final Top 25 matchup has No. 15 Miles (Ala.) facing No. 23 Tuskegee (Ala.), with first place in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference West Division at stake.

2012 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll – October 29, 2012

Rank School (1st votes) Rec. Pts. Prev. Week Eight Next Game
1. Colorado St.-Pueblo (24) 9-0 744 1 D. Colorado Mesa, 48-10 Nov. 3 vs. New Mexico Highlands
2. Winston-Salem St. (N.C.) (6) 9-0 720 2 D. Shaw (N.C.), 62-31 Nov. 3 at Fayetteville St. (N.C.)
3. New Haven (Conn.) 8-0 689 3 D. Southern Connecticut St., 48-9 Nov. 3 at American International (Mass.)
4. Northwest Missouri St. 8-1 632 5 D. No. 16t Washburn (Kan.), 56-6 Nov. 3 vs. No. 20 Emporia St. (Kan.)
5. Ashland (Ohio) 9-0 628 6 D. Findlay (Ohio), 42-21 Nov. 3 at Tiffin (Ohio)
6. Minnesota St.-Mankato 9-0 591 7 D. Wayne St. (Neb.), 42-35 Nov. 3 vs. No. 17 Sioux Falls (S.D.)
7. Shippensburg (Pa.) 9-0 542 10 D. No. 4 Bloomsburg (Pa.), 49-42 Nov. 3 vs. Cheyney (Pa.)
8. Henderson St. (Ark.) 9-0 532 9 D. Southern Arkansas, 44-36 Nov. 10 vs. Ouachita Baptist (Ark.)
9. Minnesota-Duluth 8-1 519 8 D. Minnesota-Crookston, 38-14 Nov. 3 vs. Mary (N.D.)
10. Midwestern St. (Texas) 7-1 462 11 D. Eastern New Mexico, 51-28 Nov. 3 at No. 12 West Texas A&M
11. Missouri Western St. 8-1 454 12 D. No. 15 Emporia St. (Kan.), 57-28 Nov. 3 vs. No. 25 Washburn (Kan.)
12. West Texas A&M 8-1 418 14 D. West Georgia, 52-28 Nov. 3 vs. No. 10 Midwestern St. (Texas)
13. Bloomsburg (Pa.) 8-1 403 4 Lost to No. 10 Shippensburg (Pa.), 49-42 Nov. 3 vs. West Chester (Pa.)
14. Indiana (Pa.) 8-1 377 16t D. Clarion (Pa.), 45-0 Nov. 3 at Gannon (Pa.)
15. Miles (Ala.) 8-1 330 18 D. Stillman (Ala.), 49-13 Nov. 3 vs. No. 23 Tuskegee (Ala.)
16. Harding (Ark.) 7-1 302 19 D. Arkansas Tech, 76-23 Nov. 3 at Southeastern Oklahoma St.
17. Sioux Falls (S.D.) 8-1 254 21 D. Upper Iowa, 54-41 Nov. 3 at No. 6 Minnesota St.-Mankato
18. Pittsburg St. (Kan.) 6-2 176 22 D. Truman St. (Mo.), 20-6 Nov. 3 vs. Lindenwood (Mo.)
19. Grand Valley St. (Mich.) 7-2 163 23 D. No. 24 Hillsdale (Mich.), 42-23 Nov. 3 vs. Wayne St. (Mich.)
20. Emporia St. (Kan.) 8-1 161 15 Lost to No. 12 Missouri Western St., 57-28 Nov. 3 at No. 4 Northwest Missouri St.
21. West Alabama 7-2 133 NR D. Delta St. (Miss.), 37-7 Nov. 3 at Abilene Christian (Texas)
22. California (Pa.) 7-2 115 13 Lost to Slippery Rock (Pa.), 28-26 Nov. 3 at Mercyhurst (Pa.)
23. Tuskegee (Ala.) 7-1 74 NR D. Clark Atlanta (Ga.), 14-0 Nov. 3 at No. 15 Miles (Ala.)
24. Valdosta St. (Ga.) 7-2 71 NR D. Shorter (Ga.), 37-6 Nov. 1 vs. Texas A&M-Kingsville
25. Washburn (Kan.) 7-2 60 16t Lost to No. 5 Northwest Missouri St., 56-6 Nov. 3 at No. 11 Missouri Western St.
Dropped Out: Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) (20), Hillsdale (Mich.) (24), Charleston (W.Va.) (25)

Others Receiving Votes: Indianapolis (Ind.), 37; Missouri S&T, 36; Chadron St. (Neb.), 31; Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.), 27; American International (Mass.), 22; Carson-Newman (Tenn.), 17; Ouachita Baptist (Ark.), 7; Charleston (W.Va.), 5; Humboldt St. (Calif.), 5; New Mexico Highlands, 4; Shepherd (W.Va.), 4; Mars Hill (N.C.), 2; Fort Valley St. (Ga.), 1; Hillsdale (Mich.), 1; Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.), 1.


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Ralphie wrote:
Why are you posting this here? This is a Pirates message board. It's not like you're having a discussion with anyone.


There is a category for "other sports" on this website. Last I noticed, nobody is presently talking very much about the Pirates. I also think you and I might now be having a discussion. I did this last year on this website. What is your beef with me and what I am doing? There are lots of Div II/PSAC football fans who regularly read this website--especially from western PA. It's my way of giving the smaller non-Div I teams some football recognition--especially all the teams and Div II players from the 15 schools in Pennsylvania. Ever notice how many views I get. Sorry if you can't fathom that many fans are interested in Div II football and support a favorite team most zealously. I'll be posting the d2football.com Top 25 Div II poll later today. Make sure you check it out to see how many teams from Pennsylvania are ranked. Ciao!


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Div II Super Regional Rankings for October 29

NCAA Regional Rankings
October 29, 2012

Super Region 1 Super Region 2

Team D2 Overall Team D2 Overall
1. Shippensburg 9-0 9-0 1. Miles 8-1 8-1
2. Winston-Salem 9-0 9-0 2. West Alabama 5-1 7-2
3. New Haven 8-0 8-0 3. Valdosta State 6-2 7-2
4. Bloomsburg 8-1 8-1 4. Mars Hill 6-1 6-3
5. California 7-2 7-2 5. Carson-Newman 6-2 6-2
6. IUP 8-1 8-1 6. Lenoir-Rhyne 5-2 6-2
7. Shepherd 6-2 6-2 7. Fort Valley 6-2 7-2
8. American International 7-1 7-1 8. UNC Pembroke 5-3 6-3
9. Charleston 7-2 7-2 9. Albany State 6-3 6-3
10. West Chester 6-2 6-3 10. North Alabama 4-3 5-3

Super Region 3 Super Region 4
Team D2 Overall Team D2 Overall
1. Henderson State 9-0 9-0 1. Ashland 9-0 9-0
2. Minnesota State 9-0 9-0 2. CSU-Pueblo 9-0 9-0
3. Harding 7-1 7-1 3. Chadron State 7-1 7-2
4. Northwest Missouri 8-1 8-1 4. Indianapolis 7-1 7-2
5. Missouri Western 8-1 8-1 5. West Texas A&M 8-1 8-1
6. Emporia State 8-1 8-1 6. Saginaw Valley 7-2 7-2
7. Minnesota Duluth 8-1 8-1 7. Missouri S&T 8-1 8-1
8. Winona State 7-2 7-2 8. Midwestern State 7-1 7-1
9. Sioux Falls 8-1 8-1 9. Grand Valley 7-2 7-2
10. Pittsburg State 6-2 6-2 10. New Mexico Highlands 7-1 7-1

Notice that the PSAC has 5 of the 10 ranked teams in Super Region I. Another very interesting weekend is coming up in the PSAC with California playing up at Mercyhurst. The winner of that game will most likely share the PSAC West crown with IUP. The loser of the same game will probably be eliminated from reaching the Div II playoffs. It is a BIG game! West Chester travels up to Bloomsburg to play the Huskies in the PSAC East. Should Bloomsburg win, they will definitely stay in playoff contention. West Chester is a long shot for the playoffs for several reasons, no matter what the outcome of the game is. I will make the 2 1/2 hour drive up to Bloomsburg to see the BU-WCU game. I drive back home right after the game and will post all the Div II info Saturday evening.


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If I think of it Saturday I'll try to check out that Northwest Missouri St.-Emporia State game.

Tuesday night I watched college basketball, Northwest Missouri St at Missouri (exhibition game.) The Bearcats have a good team, favored to win the MIAA
(they added a very good transfer from Akron) but the disparity in talent was huge. The Tigers were leading 30-3 from the outset. But I enjoy watching these
"lesser" schools.. would love to see NCAA Division II basketball, NAIA, etc..


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Not really on topic, but I finally got around, post-Sandy, to looking at NCAA FB scores. Rough weekend to be ranked. The teams ranked 2, 8, 11, 14, 7, 9, 13, 15, 22, 24, and 25 all lost. Now granted, the first four teams listed lost to other ranked teams, but that is still some sort of carnage...


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val wrote:
Not really on topic, but I finally got around, post-Sandy, to looking at NCAA FB scores. Rough weekend to be ranked. The teams ranked 2, 8, 11, 14, 7, 9, 13, 15, 22, 24, and 25 all lost. Now granted, the first four teams listed lost to other ranked teams, but that is still some sort of carnage...


Yes, indeed! Being ranked this year--especially in Div II--seems to carry little or no weight when it comes to results. When it's all said and done though, the cumulative records won't lie and playoff teams and bowl teams will be selected accordingly.


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