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PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2012 2:38 pm 
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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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 Post subject: Re: PSAC/Div II Football
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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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 Post subject: Re: PSAC/Div II Football
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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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 Post subject: Re: PSAC/Div II Football
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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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November 3rd PSAC Results

East:

Bloomsburg 24
West Chester 23

East Stroudsburg 62
Millersville 14

Shippensburg 61
Cheyney 9

Kutztown
LIU Post ppd to November 17

West

Mercyhurst 40
California 7

IUP 38
Gannon 35

Slippery Rock 35
Lock Haven 7

Edinboro 48
Clarion 13

I just got back home from seeing the Bloomsburg-West Chester game, which was won by Bloom by one point. WCU had all sorts of opportunities to win the game, but they all went down the drain due to Golden Ram fumbles in the fourth quarter. The significance of this result is that Bloomsburg remains in the Div II playoff hunt and might even qualify even if they lose to Slippery Rock next weekend. Shippensburg rolled over Cheyney and will now face IUP next weekend for the overall PSAC championship. I'll explain in the next paragraph. So much for the PSAC East.

In the PSAC West, California was knocked off today by Mercyhurst and IUP just barely edged Gannon. Therefore, IUP wins the PSAC West. IUP and Mercyhurst have identical records, but IUP beat Mercyhurst in the regular season which gives the former the PSAC West championship. As far as I know, Shippensburg must journey to Indiana to play IUP for the overall championship next weekend. Cal's loss will also in all likelihood knock them out of the post season Div II playoffs.

Husky picked all 7 games played correctly to up his record to 60-19. It was Husky's first perfect week in this entire season. Bravo! It's about time.


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Div II Games Involving Two Nationally Ranked Teams

#2 Minnesota State defeated #20 Souix Falls 27-13, #3 Northwest Missouri State crushed #25 Emporia State 55-10, and down in Texas #8 Midwestern State outscored #5 West Texas A & M 52-48. Five other ranked teams lost to unranked teams as follows:

#13 West Alabama lost to Abilene Christian 22-16, #22 California (PA) was taken down by Mercyhurst 40-7, #16 Pittsburg State was defeated by Lindenwood 44-33, #21 Miles went down at the hands of Tuskegee 27-17, and #17 Saginaw Valley was upset by Northern Michigan 33-28. In total, eight nationally ranked Div II teams lost yesterday. There will be some changes in the national polls and in the super regional polls to be sure. Incidentally, Husky picked three of three correctly in the games involving two ranked teams and improved his record to 12-13. He just might get back to .500 :D.


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Mercyhurst Defeats Cal

Football Earns Share Of West Title With Victory Over California

Brandon Brown-Dukes set the single-season record for rushing touchdowns and set the single-season yardage record by a freshman on Saturday.
David Leisering, Director of Athletic Communications

ERIE, Pa. - The Mercyhurst University football team put together its most impressive showing of the season on Saturday afternoon, knocking off 22nd-ranked California (Pa.) 40-7 at Tullio Field and earning a share of the PSAC Western Division title. Mercyhurst improved to 8-2 overall and finished the season with a 6-1 conference mark. Meanwhile, the Vulcans dropped to 7-3 overall and 5-2 in the western division.

It was California's worst loss to a PSAC opponent since 2003 when it lost to Shippensburg 35-0. It was also Mercyhurst's largest margin of victory against a nationally-ranked opponent - shattering the previous record of 10 points against then #3 California back in 2010. The Lakers won that game 31-21 over the Vulcans.

Mercyhurst earned a share of the western division regular season title with Indiana (Pa.) as both teams finished with identical 6-1 marks in the conference. However, the Crimson Hawks defeated the Lakers in their head-to-head matchup this season, so IUP will play for the conference championship next Saturday against the eastern division champions from Shippensburg. Mercyhurst will play its regularly-scheduled game against East Stroudsburg next Saturday at Tullio Field to wrap up the regular season.

Redshirt freshman Brandon Brown-Dukes continued his attempt at re-writing program history. He finished Saturday afternoon with 21 carries for 124 yards and two touchdowns. It was his sixth 100-yard rushing game of the season. With his two touchdowns, Brown-Dukes established a new school record with 15 rushing touchdowns in a single season. Tim Ruth (1985) and Richard Stokes (2007 and 2008) held the previous record of 13. Brown-Dukes also surpassed Craig Woodard's freshman rushing record with his 124 yards on Saturday. Woodard rushed for 1,166 yards in his rookie campaign back in 1992. Brown-Dukes now has 1,221 rushing yards and needs 93 yards next Saturday to break the school's all-time rushing record of 1,313 yards held by Gerald Anderson in 2010.

The Lakers led 7-0 after the opening quarter and then outscored the Vulcans 24-7 in the second quarter to take a 31-7 lead to the locker room at halftime. Mercyhurst would tack on nine more points in the third quarter for the final margin. The Lakers jumped out to a 28-0 lead with 4:43 left in the second quarter thanks, in part, to two touchdowns in the span of 17 seconds in the second stanza.

After the teams exchanged fumbles in the opening seconds of the contest, Mercyhurst scored the only points of the opening quarter when redshirt junior quarterback Anthony Vendemia threw a perfect strike to senior wide receiver Paris Bruner for a 48-yard touchdown with 8:49 left in the first fifteen minutes. Bruner streaked down the middle of the field, got behind the Vulcan secondary, and was hit in stride by Vendemia in the endzone.

Bruner finished the day with four receptions for 72 yards and the score. His 72 yards on Saturday give him 1,484 receiving yards for his career, moving him into sixth place on the school's all-time list. He passed Tim Brediger who had 1,481 from 1994-98.

Then, the Lakers exploded for 24 points in the second quarter to blow the game open. Junior running back Allen Jones II got the party started with his sixth rushing touchdown of the season - a one-yard plunge, giving the Lakers a 14-0 lead with 12:04 left in the first half. Jones, who had just two carries against IUP two weeks ago and sat out last week against Edinboro due to an injury, finished the day with 37 yards on 11 carries.

Brown-Dukes scored his record-breaking 14th touchdown of the season on a three-yard run with 4:43 left in the second, giving Mercyhurst a 21-0 advantage. Then, on California's first play from scrimmage, Vulcan quarterback Cody Schroeder was picked off by senior Linnell Robinson, who then ran 52 yards down the left sideline and into the endzone for another Laker touchdown just 17 seconds later. It was Robinson's third interception of the season and fifth of his career. It was also Mercyhurst's first pick-six since Bryant Kimball accomplished the feat with a 46-yard touchdown against Shepherd in the NCAA Quarterfinals back in 2010.

California would score its only points of the game with 1:45 left in the first half when Jeff Knox, Jr. scored on a one-yard touchdown run. But, the Lakers would tack on three more points as the half came to a close when junior placekicker Steven Wakefield booted a 44-yard field goal - the second-longest of his career. The drive was aided by a big 42-yard pass play from Vendemia to redshirt freshman Devyn Woods down to the California 16-yard line.

Mercyhurst would continue the barrage when Brown-Dukes scored from 13 yards out with 10:20 left in the third quarter - his second touchdown of the afternoon and his 15th of the season. The drive took three plays when Brown-Dukes carrying the ball on all three plays - a one-yard run, a 39-yard run, and then the 13-yard touchdown.

On the ensuing kickoff, Derrick Fiore fumbled at the California 20-yard line, which was recovered by redshirt freshman T.J. Latimer. It was one of four California turnovers on the afternoon. Despite the great field position, the Lakers were held to a 31-yard field goal by Wakefield, giving the Lakers a 40-7 advantage with 8:20 left in the third quarter. Those would be the final points of the afternoon.

Vendemia, arguably, had his best day of the season. He finished the day 10-of-13 for 191 yards and a touchdown. All of his damage came in the first half, as the Lakers attempted only two passes in the second half - both from redshirt sophomore Alec Swartz. Brown-Dukes had 124 of Mercyhurst's 209 rushing yards on the day. Bruner had four catches for 72 yards while Woods hauled in three passes for 76 yards.

California's offense was held in check for much of the afternoon. Schroeder completed 15-of-34 passes for 133 yards and was picked off twice. Lamont Smith led the rushing attack for the Vulcans with 51 yards on nine carries. Mercyhurst outgained California 400-244 on the day.

Defensively, senior L.J. Stevens had five tackles, one fumble recovery, and one interception to lead the Lakers. Redshirt freshman Niko Otto also had five stops on the day. Brett Diamond and Jason Kates led the Vulcans with eight tackles apiece.

As previously mentioned, Mercyhurst will host East Stroudsburg next Saturday, November 10 to close out the regular season. It will mark the first meeting between the two schools. Mercyhurst will honor its senior cheerleaders and players prior to the kickoff, which is scheduled for 12:00 noon from Tullio Field.

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Fourth Quarter Defense Lifts Bloomsburg to 24-23 Victory over West Chester

BLOOMSBURG – The Bloomsburg University football team forced three West Chester turnovers in the fourth quarter to lift the 13th-ranked Huskies to a 24-23 victory over the Golden Rams Saturday afternoon in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division matchup on Senior Day at Danny Hale Field at Redman Stadium.

The Huskies (9-1 overall, 6-1 PSAC East) forced two fumbles and stopped the Golden Rams (6-4, 4-3) on a fourth-down to seal a scoreless fourth quarter and raise BU's playoff hopes with a week remaining in the regular season.

After junior punter Dan Fisher (Liverpool/Central Dauphin) pinned West Chester inside its own 1-yard line early in the fourth quarter, the Golden Rams used the legs of Rondell White to march down to the Bloomsburg 15-yard line down 24-23 with under six minutes to play. On a 2nd-and-8 run by White, BU senior safety Dan Haverstock (York/West York) forced White to fumble as Jeremiah Lowery (Sharon Hill/Academy Park) jumped on the ball to end the Golden Ram threat.

With West Chester driving again after a BU three-and-out, senior linebacker Jarrett Pidgeon (Barnegat, NJ/Southern Regional), this week's PSAC East Athlete of the Week, dove in front of a Mike Mattei fourth-down pass attempt as defensive end Tony David (Allentown/Salisbury) was closing in on the West Chester quarterback. It was one of two pass breakups on the day for Pidgeon, who finished with seven tackles.

Fisher again pinned West Chester inside its 10-yard line after the Golden Ram returner chose to field the punt instead of potentially letting the kick bounce into the end zone for a touchback. With under a minute to play, Mattei completed a pass to Adam Dempsey, who was hit hard by BU sophomore linebacker Justin Shirk (Harrisburg/Central Dauphin) that caused a fumble in West Chester territory that was jumped on by Pidgeon to end the game.

Shirk finished with a career-high 14 tackles including eight solo stops and two for a loss.

With the win, Bloomsburg head coach Danny Hale earned his 212th career victory, tying him for second in PSAC history with Millersville's Dr. Gene Carpenter.

The Golden Rams brought the game to 24-22 with 2:31 to play in the third quarter off a 41-yard rush by White, the longest allowed of the season for the BU defense. A Bloomsburg penalty after the play could have moved the ball half-the-distance to the goal-line for a chance at a potential game-tying two-point conversion, but the Golden Rams decided to have the penalty assessed on the kickoff and kicked the extra-point.

Up 17-13 coming out of the locker room at halftime, the BU defense forced the first West Chester punt of the day after both teams produced points on every possession of the first half. It used the defensive stand to extend its lead to 24-13 off a Tim Kelly (Camp Hill/Cedar Cliff) 28-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Dickerson (Harleysville/Souderton). Kelly also connected with junior receiver Glenn Hutton Jr. (Sicklerville, NJ/Paul VI) on the drive for 25 yards to help set up the BU score.

The touchdown catch was Dickerson's only grab of the day, but marked the sixth straight game the senior has brought in a touchdown pass.

Kelly finished the day 7-for-10 passing for 84 yards and a score.

West Chester brought the game to within one with 10 unanswered points in the third quarter. A drive before the long White touchdown run, West Chester kicker Shawn Leo connected on one of three field goals on the afternoon, this one from 30 yards out.

Bloomsburg scored touchdowns on its first two possessions of the game to take an early 14-3 lead after the first quarter. Redshirt-freshman running back Dai'Shon Munger (Westampton, NJ/Holy Cross) took his only carry of the game 30 yards for a touchdown on the opening drive of the game.

Leo hit a 35-yard field goal the following drive, but the Huskies responded with another seven-point possession. On 4th-and-2 at the West Chester 31-yard line, junior running back Franklyn Quiteh (Tobyhanna/Pocono Mountain West) rushed 31 yards up the middle for his 18th rushing touchdown of the season.

The touchdown and extra-point gave BU 14 points, setting a school-record 34 consecutive games of scoring 14 or more despite its lowest offensive scoring output of the season.

Quiteh entered the game as the leading rusher in Division II and ran for 121 yards on 25 carries on Saturday. He was joined by fellow junior back Eddie Mateo (Bethlehem/Freedom), who ran for 75 yards on 18 carries. All three running backs broke off runs of 20 yards or more in the victory.

Fisher kicked a 33-yard field goal midway through the second quarter to move his way up a pair of PSAC career kicking leaderboards. It marked his 46th career field goal, moving him into sole possession of fourth place in PSAC history. His six points Saturday raised his career total to 260, passing BU's Jon Koenig for fifth in PSAC history in career kicking points.

White rushed for a career-high 211 yards in the setback. He also brought in a game-high 94 receiving yards on nine catches for 305 all-purpose yards. The last 200-yard rusher against BU was Gerald Thompson of Edinboro in 1998, running for 243.

Saturday marked the final regular season home game for 17 BU seniors. Since the beginning of the 2009 season, they have combined for 36 wins including the 2010 PSAC Eastern Division title. Among them are Brandon Allen (Philadelphia/Frankford), Chris Boyer (Hummelstown/Hershey), Sean Clift (Philadelphia/Roman Catholic), Mark Daniels (Sinking Spring/Wilson West Lawn), Dickerson, Samuel Eck (Jersey Shore/Jersey Shore), Ryan Feldman (Mechanicsburg/JP McCaskey), Kyle Fisher (Denver/Cocalico), Haverstock, Ryan Maggs (Beech Creek/Central Mountain), Dylan Manni (Bensalem/Bensalem), Matt Marchioni (Wilmington, DE/Brandywine), Shaun Moore (Lansdale/North Penn), Terrell Oglesby (Philadelphia/Northeast Catholic), Pidgeon, Mike Schlauch (Zion Grove/Bloomsburg), and Larry Webster (Hagerstown, MD/Elkton).

Bloomsburg moves on to play Slippery Rock (6-4, 5-2) on the road on Saturday, Nov. 10 with kickoff set for 1 p.m. West Chester will play Clarion (4-6, 2-5) on Nov. 10.

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No. 14 IUP Outlasts Gannon Upset Bid; Will Host Shippensburg in PSAC Championship Game

Johnny Franco had two interceptions in the final 1:19
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11/3/2012 4:06:00 PM

ERIE, PA - With a Johnny Franco (Altoona/Tyrone) interception on the final play of the game, 14th-ranked IUP locked up the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) West Division title with a thrilling 38-35 victory at Gannon on Saturday afternoon.

With the win and the 40-7 Mercyhurst win over California, the Crimson Hawks will host Shippensburg in the 2012 PSAC Football Championship on Saturday, November 10 at 2:05 p.m.

The pick on the final play was the second of two interceptions by Franco in the game's final 1:19, as the Crimson Hawks (9-1, 6-1) held off two late Gannon (2-8, 1-6) scoring threats to hold on for the victory.

The wild game included eight lead changes, with the last being a two-yard touchdown run on fourth down by De'Antwan Williams (Woodbridge, VA/Woodbridge) with 3:16 remaining in the fourth quarter to help give IUP a three-point lead. The scoring drive, which began at the Crimson Hawks own 35-yard line with 7:35 on the clock, featured a heavy dose of Williams as he ran four times for nine yards and caught three of passes for 38 yards.

Quarterback Mike Box (Lawrenceville, GA/Collins Hill) found Williams on the opening play for a 22-yard game and threw to him again the following play, which resulted in just two yards. However a facemask penalty on Gannon moved the ball to the Golden Knights 26-yard line with IUP trailing 35-31. Two plays later Williams caught another pass for 14 yards to the Gannon 11 before three straight run plays made it fourth down at one at the two-yard line. That's where Williams would punch it in and with Brett Ullman (Baltimore, MD/Perry Hall)'s extra point the Crimson Hawks took a 38-35 lead.

With three timeouts left, Gannon was not finished. Quarterback Liam Nadler used his legs on a third-and-three to convert a key first down and move the ball to the Gannon 38. His next pass would fall incomplete and on second down Akeem Smith (Philadelphia/Frankford) came up with a huge sack to push the Golden Knights back to their own 31-yard line with 1:40 remaining. On third-and-17, Nadler's pass was nearly intercepted by Jerrell McFadden (Manassas, VA/Osbourn) but on the very next play Franco got his hands on the ball and raced 32 yards into Gannon territory with 1:19 left on the clock.

Gannon still owned a pair of timeouts and even with IUP running down the clock for four straight plays, the Golden Knights regained possession at their own 25-yard line with 20 seconds remaining. After a few plays put the ball at the Gannon 46 with a few seconds remaining, one last heave by Nadler came up short as Franco got his second pick, sealing the victory.

Both teams combined for six scores in the second half, including five touchdowns, as Gannon erased a 20-14 halftime deficit to quickly take a 21-20 lead on its first drive of the third quarter.

IUP answered back with a 12-play, 51-yard drive that resulted in an Ullman 38-yard field goal to put the Crimson Hawks back on top 23-21 with 7:27 to play in the third. Two more scores came in the quarter, the first being a 10-yard run by Gannon's Jansen Jones that gave the Golden Knights a 28-23 lead just four minutes later.

It didn't take long for the Crimson Hawks to get back on top, as a 29-yard run by Williams and a five-yard scamper by Box followed by a Gannon personal foul gave IUP the ball at the Golden Knights 15-yard line. Two plays later Box found Dom Maggio (Pittsburgh/Central Catholic) out of the backfield for a 13-yard touchdown to go on top 29-28. Attempting the two-point conversion, Box again connected, this time with Tyler Dummermuth (New Philadelphia, OH/New Philadelphia) to give IUP a 31-28 lead.

It appeared as though the momentum would stay with IUP, as the defense forced a Gannon punt on the next drive and the offense took over at its own 34 with 13:38 remaining. A 37-yard hook up from Box to Pat Brewer (Coatesville/Coatesville) got the ball into Gannon territory and would set up a 45-yard field goal attempt by Ullman but the kick would sail left, keeping the Golden Knights would three points with 10:59 to play.

Two penalties by IUP on the ensuing Gannon drive helped put the ball at the Crimson Hawks 13-yard line where Nadler connected with Abraham Ocasio for a third down touchdown pass to help put the Golden Knights on top by three and set up the final seven minutes of action.

IUP finished with 401 yards of total offense, including 230 on the ground. Williams led the way with 28 carries for 126 yards and a touchdown, doing most of the work after Harvie Tuck (Akron, OH/St. Vincent-St. Mary) left in the first half with an injury. He also caught five passes for 47 yards. Tuck carried the ball seven times for 47 yards and caught a pass for six more.

Box went 13-of-18 for 171 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Dummermuth had three receptions for 33 yards and a score while Terrill Barnes (Gettysburg/Gettysburg) had a catch for 27 yards.

Nadler finished 14-of-26 for 238 yards and four touchdowns for Gannon. Unfortunately for the Golden Knights he threw three interceptions and was sacked three times. Ocasio caught six passes for 108 yards and two scores while Justin Caliste had four receptions for 73 and a score. Jansen Jones also caught a touchdown pass in addition to running 26 times for 94 yards and another score on the ground.

Both teams combined for 18 penalties, as IUP committed 12 for 108 yards.

Brewer got the scoring underway in the first quarter with a 41-yard touchdown run on a reverse but Gannon quickly answered with a Nadler to Caliste 30 yard touchdown pass five minutes later. IUP made it a 20-7 lead early in the second when Dummermuth caught a 16-yard scoring strike from Box followed by an eight-yard interception return for a score by Terrell Holloway (Penn Hills/Penn Hills) 1:09 later. Gannon answered with a 10 play drive at the end of the half, scoring on a Nadler pass to Jones with 30 seconds remaining to make it 20-14.

This will be IUP's first appearance in the PSAC championship game since defeating West Chester 21-9 in the 1987 title game. It's also the program's first PSAC West title since 2006 and 17th overall.

Shippensburg won the PSAC East with a perfect 7-0 mark and will enter the game with a 10-0 overall record on the season and ranked in the top 10 in the nation.

Both schools will also have NCAA Division II playoff positions on the line, as Shippensburg is currently first in Super Region One while IUP is in the sixth and final spot.

Kickoff from George P. Miller Stadium on Saturday is set for 2:05 p.m.

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What a finish! #10 Mustangs take LSC Championship, upend WT 52-48

Midwestern State celebrates its third Lone Star Conference championship in the last four years with a 52-48 win at West Texas A&M.
MSU Athletic Communications
11/3/2012 10:23:00 PM

CANYON, Texas -- Midwestern State has made it habit of pulling the rabbit out of the hat this season.

The 10th-ranked Mustangs made its most miraculous comeback scoring two touchdowns in the final two minutes including an 18-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Marqui Christian to claim a 52-48 win over No. 12 West Texas A&M.

"You have to give credit to our football team," MSU coach Bill Maskill said. "Our backs were against the wall and I just told the guys we weren't going to give up. We fought until the end. What a big win for the team for the program."

MSU clinched a share of its fourth Lone Star Conference title and third in the last four years while winning its eighth consecutive game to move to 8-1.

And it just didn't seem probable when West Texas A&M's Khiri Robinson advanced a swing pass 5 yards to give the Buffs a 48-38 lead with 2:55 to play.

MSU senior quarterback Brandon Kelsey hit Keivin Swanson on a 16-yard slant then connected for 56 yards on a go route to set the Mustangs up at the WTAMU 2-yard line. Kelsey then scampered in from 1-yard out to pull MSU to within 48-45.

West Texas A&M recovered the ensuing on-side kick and running back Khiri Robinson was stuffed on first down before MSU called its last timeout with just 2 seconds to play.

Then the series of inexplicable events continued to happen.

Instead of draining the clock, West Texas A&M elected to throw the ball deep resulting in an incompletion to stop the clock. The Mustangs rocked Robinson for a 5-yard loss to force the Buffs into a 4th-and-long situation.

The snap on the resulting punt sailed over West Texas A&M punter Kevin Van Voris' head and was scooped by Christian who sprinted 18 yards into the end zone for the winning score.

"Every Tuesday, we scoop and score," Maskill said. "It was just huge and a sweet win because we haven't won up here in years and it's for the conference title."

The teams combined for 1,106 yards of combined offense as the Buffs dropped to 8-2 on the season and to 6-1 in league play.

Junior running back Keidrick Jackson paced MSU's potent ground attack with 149 yards on 20 carries with two touchdowns, while Kelsey, who also passed for a season-high 248 yards and a touchdown, added 100 yards on 14 carries with three scores.

Shavodrick Beaver accounted for 44 yards on one carry while Chauncey Harris had 42 yards on seven totes as the Mustangs rolled up 333 rushing yards.

Senior Keivin Swanson logged career highs with six receptions for 91 yards to pass the receiving corps.

West Texas A&M quarterback Dustin Vaughan passed for 391 yards and three scores, while Robinson logged 233 all-purpose yards including 147 rushing with three touchdowns. Robinson also caught four passes for 54 yards and another score.

Midwestern State closes the regular season against West Georgia Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.

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PSAC Football Athletes of the Week - 10
Sunday, November 04, 2012 11:23 AM

East Stroudsburg’s Matt Soltes (offensive) and Bloomsburg’s Justin Shirk (defensive) captured PSAC football East Athletes of the Week for their contributions to their teams’ Saturday victories.

In the Western Division, IUP’s Johnny Franco (defensive) and Mercyhurst’s Brandon Brown-Dukes (offensive) earned PSAC football Athletes if the Week for their performances on Saturday.

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

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

Matt Soltes accumulated 382 yards of total offense (256 passing, 126 rushing) and four touchdowns in East Stroudsburg’s 62-14 win over Millersville. He scored two long rushing touchdowns of 54 and 41 yards, giving him his second straight 100-yard rushing game; the first ESU QB with back-to-back 100-yard games since at least 1970. Soltes entered Saturday’s game following a PSAC record and NCAA freshman record 666 yards at LIU Post last Saturday. His 1,444 yards over the last three games are the most in ESU history. Soltes has thrown for 1,154 yards and rushed for 290 yards in the last three outings. Soltes surpassed the 2,000 yards passing milestone with 2,228 and 2,500 yards total offense with 2,695 yards.

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

With under a minute to play, West Chester quarterback Matt Mattei completed a pass to Adam Dempsey, who was hit hard by Bloomsburg sophomore linebacker Justin Shirk that caused a fumble in West Chester territory that was jumped on by Pidgeon to end the game. Shirk finished the 24-23 win over the Golden Rams with a career-high and game-high 14 tackles including eight solo stops and two for a loss, along with the forced fumble that capped the contest. His two tackles for loss added-up to seven yards, including a six-yard tackle behind the line of scrimmage that pushed West Chester back to the Bloomsburg 13 that later contributed to West Chester settling for a field goal in the third quarter.


PSAC West Defensive Athlete of the Week
Johnny Franco, IUP
Sr., S, Altoona, PA / Tyrone

Johnny Franco helped seal-up at 38-35 win over Gannon with two interceptions in the final 1:19 of the final divisional game of the season. Not starting due to an injury, Franco was forced into action in the second half of a tight game and proved to be the difference maker for the IUP defense. His first pick came on a fourth down and 17 with 1:30 to go, picking off Liam Nadler and returning it 32 yards into Gannon territory. After getting the ball back with 20 seconds to go, the Golden Knights again started to drive but on the final play of the game, a final heave by Nadler fell short and Franco got his hands on it, sending IUP to the PSAC championship game against Shippensburg. His total interception yards added-up to 35, in addition to his four total tackles in the second half, two of which were solo stops.


PSAC West Offensive Athlete of the Week
Brandon Brown-Dukes, Mercyhurst
Fr., RB, Orlando, Fla. / Winter Park

Redshirt freshman Brandon Brown-Dukes spearheaded a Mercyhurst offense that downed a PSAC play-off hopeful California. Brown-Dukes continues his attempt at re-writing program history, as he finished Saturday afternoon with 21 carries for 124 yards (5.9 yards per carry) and two touchdowns. It was his sixth 100-yard rushing game of the season. With his two touchdowns against the Vulcans, Brown-Dukes established a new school record with 15 rushing touchdowns in a single season. Tim Ruth (1985) and Richard Stokes (2007 and 2008) held the previous record of 13. Brown-Dukes also surpassed Craig Woodard's freshman rushing record with his 124 yards on Saturday. Woodard rushed for 1,166 yards in his rookie campaign back in 1992. Brown-Dukes now has 1,221 rushing yards and needs 93 yards next Saturday to break Mercyhurst’s all-time rushing record of 1,313 yards held by Gerald Anderson in 2010.

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Bloomsburg
Bloomsburg forced three West Chester turnovers in the fourth quarter to lift the 13th-ranked Huskies to a 24-23 victory over the Golden Rams. Dan Haverstock, Jarrett Pidgeon, and Justin Shirk all came up with WCU drive-ending plays for the Huskies in the fourth quarter. Shirk finished with a career-high 14 tackles including eight solo stops and two for a loss, along with a forced fumble. With the win, Bloomsburg head coach Danny Hale earned his 212th career victory, tying him for second in PSAC history with Millersville's Dr. Gene Carpenter. Tim Kelly tossed a 28-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Dickerson in the third quarter; marking the sixth straight game the senior has hauled-in a touchdown pass. Franklyn Quiteh rushed 31 yards up the middle on fourth-down for his 18th rushing touchdown of the season. Quiteh entered the game as the leading rusher in Division II and ran for 121 yards on 25 carries. The touchdown and extra-point gave BU 14 points, setting a school-record 34 consecutive games of scoring 14 or more.


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Final Week's Schedule for PSAC Football

11/10/2012 12 p.m. LIU Post Gannon Erie, Pa. Live Stats Live Video Live Audio Details
11/10/2012 12 p.m. Kutztown Edinboro Edinboro, PA Details
11/10/2012 12 p.m. East Stroudsburg Mercyhurst Erie, PA Live Stats Live Audio Details
11/10/2012 1 p.m. Cheyney Lock Haven Lock Haven, Pa. Details
11/10/2012 1 p.m. West Chester Clarion Clarion, Pa. Details
11/10/2012 1:00 p.m. Bloomsburg Slippery Rock Mihalik-Thompson Stadium Details
11/10/2012 2:05 p.m. Shippensburg Indiana (Pa.) Indiana, PA Live Stats Live Audio Details
11/10/2012 3:30 p.m. Millersville California (Pa.) California, Pa. Live Audio Details

Here is the schedule for the final weekend of the PSAC season. The good news is there will be five additional weeks of coverage by me on this website as the Division II playoffs are of five weeks duration. I suspect there are a couple of guys out there on this website, to whom this will not be good news. Buck up, guys! It will all be over before Christmas. :D Getting back to the PSAC, here are my picks for next weekend: Gannon, yes Gannon, wins at home over LIU Post, Kutztown defeats Edinboro (Morton goes out with a win for the Golden Bears.), Mercyhurst beats East Stroudsburg at home--I might add that Mercyhurst might be deserving of a super regional playoff berth, Lock Haven breaks their losing streak at home against Cheyney, Clarion downs at home a "lost in the woods" West Chester team, Bloomsburg rises to the occasion and prevails over Slippery Rock for a must win on the road, Millersville gets crushed by a cranky Cal team, and LASTLY Shippensburg's bubble will burst at IUP as they finally play a decent defensive team. Yes, I think IUP at home will beat "Ship". I was invited by my cousin Bob who lives in Indiana to make the trek and come out and see the game. A place to stay and a game to see. Boy! That is mighty tempting. It's a 200 some mile drive one way, but I just might do it. I have never been to Indiana, PA. Maybe it is time I show up there. I hope somebody out there has enjoyed reading my Div II/PSAC commentary this year. I am not about to go away. If anybody enjoys reading what I post, please let me know. I always enjoy having feedback. Somebody must be reading, as I have thousands of views. I'll post the new national rankings and super regional rankings early this coming week. Right now I see Shippensburg, New Haven, Winston-Salem, IUP, Bloomsburg, and somebody from the WVIAC making the Super Region I playoffs. Obviously, somebody will lose the IUP-Shippensburg encounter. That could change some seedings. If Bloom loses to Slippery Rock, that might put the Huskies out and allow another team from the WVIAC in. California is OUT! The question is what weight might be brought to bear by the teams from the WVIAC. I see the following scenario. Winston-Salem and New Haven are the top two seeds. They will get byes the first weekend of the playoffs. IUP will be the third seed. Ship will be the fourth seed. Bloom and somebody from the WVIAC will be the fifth and sixth seeds respectively. Bloom will have to play on the road no matter what. Ship will have one home game, but will have to play on the road thereafter. IUP will have a home game and then probably have to play on the road. This is all very fascinating, and one never knows what will happen, but it is fun to speculate. IUP had best hope they don't end up playing at Bloomsburg, as they always get their asses kicked there; but the chances of that happening are nil and most remote. I see Winston-Salem winning it all in Super Region I. The PSAC teams simply don't play good enough defense. New Haven is good but plays in a soft conference. The WVIAC this year simply doesn't measure up. Winston-Salem will be in the national semis!


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2012 11:43 pm 
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Super Regional Rankings for November 5

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

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


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 Post subject: Re: PSAC/Div II Football
PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2012 11:47 pm 
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Four New Teams Enter Division II Coaches' Top 25 Poll
With eight of the bottom 15 teams in last week’s AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll losing this past weekend, it opened the door for four new teams to enter the poll this week. Making its first appearance ever in the Top 25 is Indianapolis (Ind.) at No. 19. The Greyhounds are 8-2 and riding an eight-game win streak heading into the final week of the regular season. The second newcomer is No. 20 Missouri S&T, also making its first ever appearance in the poll. The Miners are 9-1, with their only loss coming from their conference rival, No. 19 Indianapolis. The third new team this week is No. 21 Chadron State (Neb.), who’s last appearance in the poll was on September 14, 2009. The final newcomer is No. 24 Carson-Newman (Tenn.). The Eagles are 7-2 on the season and last made an appearance on September 19, 2011.

Colorado State-Pueblo still sits at No. 1 for the fourth consecutive week after its 31-17 victory over New Mexico Highlands moved their record to 10-0. No. 2 Winston-Salem State (N.C.) is also 10-0 after beating Fayetteville State (N.C.), 41-8. New Haven (Conn.) remains in the No. 3 spot and will face American International (Mass.) for a second consecutive week for the Northeast 10 Conference title. No. 4 Northwest Missouri State received one first-place vote this week as it prepares to face No. 11 Missouri Western State for the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association title. No. 5 Ashland (Ohio) is 10-0 and clinched the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title for the first time in school history.

2012 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll – November 5, 2012

Rank School (1st votes) Rec. Pts. Prev. Week Eight Next Game
1. Colorado St.-Pueblo (23) 10-0 743 1 D. New Mexico Highlands, 31-17 Nov. 10 at Western St. (Colo.)
2. Winston-Salem St. (N.C.) (6) 10-0 721 2 D. Fayetteville St. (N.C.), 41-8 Nov. 10 vs. Elizabeth City St. (N.C.)
3. New Haven (Conn.) 9-0 683 3 D. American International (Mass.), 37-6 Nov. 10 vs. American International (Mass.)
4. Northwest Missouri St. (1) 9-1 650 4 D. No. 20 Emporia St. (Kan.), 55-10 Nov. 10 vs. No. 11 Missouri Western St.
5. Ashland (Ohio) 10-0 626 5 D. Tiffin (Ohio), 49-21 Nov. 10 vs. Notre Dame (Ohio)
6. Minnesota St.-Mankato 10-0 590 6 D. No. 17 Sioux Falls (S.D.), 27-13 Nov. 10 vs. Upper Iowa
7. Shippensburg (Pa.) 10-0 565 7 D. Cheyney (Pa.), 61-9 Nov. 10 at No. 13 Indiana (Pa.)
8. Henderson St. (Ark.) 9-0 511 8 Idle Nov. 10 vs. Ouachita Baptist (Ark.)
9. Midwestern St. (Texas) 8-1 500 10 D. No. 12 West Texas A&M, 52-48 Nov. 10 vs. West Georgia
10. Minnesota-Duluth 9-1 487 9 D. Mary (N.D.), 53-14 Nov. 10 vs. Northern St. (S.D.)
11. Missouri Western St. 9-1 450 11 D. No. 25 Washburn (Kan.), 56-28 Nov. 10 at No. 4 Northwest Missouri St.
12. Bloomsburg (Pa.) 9-1 408 13 D. West Chester (Pa.), 24-23 Nov. 10 at Slippery Rock (Pa.)
13. Indiana (Pa.) 9-1 390 14 D. Gannon (Pa.), 38-35 Nov. 10 vs. No. 7 Shippensburg (Pa.)
14. Harding (Ark.) 8-1 359 16 D. Southeastern Oklahoma St., 31-9 Nov. 10 vs. Southwestern Oklahoma St.
15. Grand Valley St. (Mich.) 8-2 286 19 D. Wayne St. (Mich.), 35-13 Nov. 10 at Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.)
16. Tuskegee (Ala.) 8-1 273 23 D. No. 15 Miles (Ala.), 27-17 Nov. 10 vs. Fort Valley St. (Ga.)
17. West Texas A&M 8-2 270 12 Lost to No. 10 Midwestern St. (Texas), 52-48 Nov. 10 at Texas A&M-Commerce
18. Valdosta St. (Ga.) 8-2 236 24 D. Texas A&M-Kingsville, 38-31 Regular Season Complete
19. Indianapolis (Ind.) 8-2 168 NR D. Delta St. (Miss.), 33-18 Nov. 10 at Urbana (Ohio)
20. Missouri S&T 9-1 150 NR D. St. Joseph’s (Ind.), 41-22 Nov. 10 at South Dakota Mines
21. Chadron St. (Neb.) 8-2 127 NR D. Fort Lewis (Colo.), 45-20 Nov. 10 vs. Colorado School of Mines
22. Sioux Falls (S.D.) 8-2 123 17 Lost to No. 6 Minnesota St.-Mankato, 27-13 Nov. 10 vs. Wayne St. (Neb.)
23. Miles (Ala.) 8-2 117 15 Lost to No. 23 Tuskegee (Ala.), 27-17 Regular Season Complete
24. Carson-Newman (Tenn.) 7-2 83 NR D. Tusculum (Tenn.), 66-36 Nov. 10 vs. Mars Hill (N.C.)
25. Emporia St. (Kan.) 8-2 69 20 Lost to No. 4 Northwest Missouri St., 55-10 Nov. 10 at Washburn (Kan.)
Dropped Out: Pittsburg St. (Kan.) (18), West Alabama (21), California (Pa.) (22), Washburn (Kan.) (25)

Others Receiving Votes: Shepherd (W.Va.), 38; Charleston (W.Va.), 31; Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.), 22; Fort Valley St. (Ga.), 19; Washburn (Kan.), 14; West Alabama, 10; Mars Hill (N.C.), 8; California (Pa.), 6; Pittsburg St. (Kan.), 5; Southern Arkansas, 3; American International (Mass.), 2; Bentley (Mass.), 2; Lindenwood (Mo.), 2; Mercyhurst (Pa.), 2; New Mexico Highlands, 1.


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