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PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2012 7:54 pm 
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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.

Courtesy of Mercyhurst Athletic Communications


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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.

Courtesy of Bloomsburg Sports Information


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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
Ryan Rebholz, Sports Information Director
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.

Team Notes

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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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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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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There is still no updated Div II national poll on the d2football.com website. I don't know what is going there. It's already Wednesday. Much will be decided on Saturday. Can't wait to see who makes the playoffs.


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Finally the Div II from d2football.com has shown up.

D2Football.com Top 25 Poll
November 6, 2012

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


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PSAC Scores for Nov 10

All the games are crossovers between the PSAC East and West

Bloomsburg 49
Slippery Rock 41

Kutztown 47
Edinboro 21

West Chester 33
Clarion 12

Lock Haven 15
Cheyney 7

California 41
Millersville 10

Mercyhurst 52
East Stroudsburg 45

LIU Post 45
Gannon 6

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

IUP 41
Shppensburg 10

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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PSAC Players of the Week (Week 11)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Courtesy of IUP sports Information


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