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 Post subject: Re: PSAC/Div II Football
PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 6:10 pm 

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Missouri Western Downs NWMSU

Nov. 10, 2012
Griffons nip Bearcats 21-20

Now, they wait.
Northwest Missouri State’s Bearcats still figure to land a Division II playoff berth – “we deserve to be in the national playoffs,” coach Adam Dorrel said – but they’ll have to hold a day for assurance after falling 21-20 to arch rival Missouri Western Saturday.
A game that the Bearcats controlled from the start slipped away in seven final, drama-filled minutes. They’d all but taken the Griffons’ star running back, Michael Hill, out of the picture. He touched the ball just twice in the fourth quarter. But quarterback Travis Partridge filled the void, throwing for one touchdown and running two yards for the game-winner with 1:07 left to stun a Senior Day crowd of 10,102 in Bearcat Stadium.
Northwest tried to steal it back, moving against the clock and a stiff south wind to the Griffons’ 39 yard line. Then, what looked like a vital, 14-yard completion from quarterback Trevor Adams to John Hinchey – to the Western 25 – turned into disaster.
Hinchey was called for offensive pass interference, and the play became a 15-yard loss. Two incompletions later, Northwest’s hopes were doused.
With that, Western (10-1 overall, 9-1 in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association) claimed its first outright conference championship in its 24 years as a member. It denied Northwest (9-2, 8-2) its 25th title. And it flipped the teams’ positions in the playoff picture.
The Griffons should wind up the No. 3 seed in the NCAA’s Super Region 3 behind Minnesota State-Mankato and Henderson State, and get a first-round game at home next Saturday. Northwest Missouri, ranked third in the region going into Saturday, should fall in somewhere behind them – likely opening next weekend on the road.
Six teams from the region will make the field. The 24-team bracket will be announced by the NCAA at 4 p.m. CST Sunday.
If you get in, you’ve got a chance,” Dorrel said. “And I know myself, when you’re playing and you’re a 5- or 6-seed and you’re playing a higher seed, boy, you ain’t got much to lose.
“Go there, and roll the balls out and let’s go.”
First, he and his team will have to put Saturday’s sting behind them.
Northwest’s defense put a first-half choke hold on Hill and a Missouri Western offense that had piled up 1,556 yards and 176 points in its previous three games, all MIAA routs. Hill, named one of 24 Harlon Hill Trophy candidates a day earlier, averaged less than three yards a carry. The Griffons totaled just 64 yards in the half.
Meanwhile, Adams connected on 14 of his first 18 passes for 157 yards and a first-quarter touchdown – on the heels of a Travis Manning interception – that made it 7-0. Jordan Simmons then ran for a two-yard TD. Todd Adolf hit a 22-yard field goal. And it was 17-0 at halftime.
Western finally broke through on Partridge’s third-quarter scoring pass to Tyron Crockom. But Adolf connected again, putting just enough foot into a 43-yard field goal attempt to lift it against the wind and over the crossbar to make it 20-7 with 7:06 left to play.
Those three points would be the sum of the Bearcats’ second-half scoring.
“Confidence is a very difficult thing in athletic endeavors, and we just really lost our confidence,” Dorrel said. “I just kept waiting for a spark – an interception, a big tackle for a loss – and we didn’t do that.”
It was the Griffons’ Partridge, instead, who stepped forward. He completed seven of his eight fourth-quarter passes for 104 yards. When he hit teammate Tarrell Downing over the middle and Downing evaded one tackle, then a couple more in a sprint to the end zone, it was 20-14.
Less than two minutes later, Partridge was back at work. He passed for one first down, scrambled away from a blitz for another, and passed for a third to the Northwest 15-yard line. Hill then bounced an off-tackle run outside to the 2.
Partridge deftly faked to Hill on the next snap, kept the ball himself and ran in for the decisive score.
“You’ve got to give them credit. They made plays when they needed to make plays,” Dorrel said. “But I just feel like we pressed a little bit. We were seeing the ball being caught, and it was almost like we were in slow motion getting to the tackle.”
Partridge, who’d completed less than 50 percent of his passes and thrown for a single touchdown in two games against Northwest last year, finished 19-for-26 for 207 yards and the two TDs. Hill, the nation’s second-leading rusher, wound up with the first 100-yard game of his career against the Bearcats: 121 yards on 19 carries.
A sizable contingent of Missouri Western fans twisted the knife, storming Bearcat Field after the final gun.
It’s not impossible that the two teams could meet again next week – as they have in rematches in the playoffs’ first round the past two years. A No. 3 seed for Western and a No. 6 for the Bearcats would pair them in St. Joseph.
“We’ll see tomorrow at 4 o’clock,” Dorrel said, adding that the ’Cats’ loss “doesn’t diminish what they’ve done. We’ve had a good season. We’re proud of our seniors; we’re proud of our kids.
“Hopefully, we’ll make the national playoffs . . . playing the schedule we’ve played,” he said. “And if you can do that in this league, make the playoffs, it’s been a good season. We’ll regroup. We’ve got to learn from our mistakes and be ready to go next week.”

Courtesy of NWMSU Sports Information (Press Release)

 Post subject: Re: PSAC/Div II Football
PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2012 5:54 pm 

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Div II Playoff Brackets

Playoff Bracket
*Denotes Host Team

First Round
November 17 Second Round
November 24 Third Round
December 1 Semifinals
December 8 Championship
December 15
Super Region 1
6. Shepherd (8-2) - - -
3. IUP (10-1)* - 2. New Haven (10-0)* - - -
5. Bloomsburg (10-1) - - -

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4. Shippensburg (10-1)* - 1. Winston-Salem (11-0)* -
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Super Region 4 - -
6. West Texas A&M (9-2) - - -
3. Chadron State (9-2)* - 2. Ashland (10-0)* - - -
5. Midwestern State (9-1) - - -

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4. Indianapolis (9-2)* - 1. CSU-Pueblo (11-0)* -
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Super Region 2 - -
6. Fort Valley (8-3) - - -
3. Lenoir-Rhyne (8-2)* - 2. Carson-Newman (8-2)* - - -
5. Miles (8-2) - - -

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4. West Alabama (8-3)* - 1. Valdosta State (8-2)* -
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Super Region 3 - -
6. Minnesota-Duluth (10-1) - - -
3. Missouri Western (10-1)* 2. Henderson State (10-0)* - - -
5. Harding (9-1) - - -

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4. Northwest Missouri (9-2)* - 1. Minnesota State (11-0)* -

 Post subject: Re: PSAC/Div II Football
PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2012 6:03 pm 

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Div II Playoff Predictions

Super Region I

Shippensburg beats Bloomsburg at home. The Red Raiders' passing game outscores Bloom's running game.
IUP wins over Shepherd. IUP's defense shuts down the Rams, and that will be all she wrote.

Super Region II

West Alabama has too much firepower for Miles.
Lenoir Rhyne wins in a close one over Fort Valley.

Super Region III

Northwest Missouri State at home. No problem for the Bearcats. Harding goes down.
Missouri Western defeats Minnesota Duluth in perhaps the best match-up in the first round

Super Region IV

Midwestern State wins over Indianapolis.
West Texas A & M defeats Chadron State. Two LSC teams in the super-regional semis.

 Post subject: Re: PSAC/Div II Football
PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 11:55 pm 

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Once again, as we enter the post season phase of Div II football for 2012; I implore any and all fans of Div II football--especially those supporting teams in the PSAC to put in your two cents in this PSAC/Div II football thread. I would love some comments and imput. I do this thread because I love the PSAC and Div II football. I love giving the "little big guys" some recognition. Believe me! Some of these so-called little guys will be playing in the NFL in the near future. Prime examples are Danny Woodhead, Jahri Evans, and Todd Herremans; who are now playing in the NFL. There are others. Those three just come to mind. Incidentally, for you PSAC fans! Don't be surprised if IUP makes it to the national semi-finals with that great defense of theirs. They just might knock off Shepherd, New Haven, and the survivor from the other side of the bracket--especially if they get Harvie Tuck back at running back. If you live nearby to a Div II playoff game, put everything down and go see one of these great games on Saturday. I will probably be heading for Shippensburg by 7:00 A.M. Saturday morning to see my Huskies in their rematch against the Red Raiders. Do yourself a favor and go! For you fans in the other super-regions, I give you the same advice. Just go! You won't be sorry. It's the most wonderful time of the year--for football fans. Enjoy it!

 Post subject: Re: PSAC/Div II Football
PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 8:40 pm 

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Div II First Round Playoff Scores

November 17th, 2012 Scoreboard

Midwestern State (6) 14
Indianapolis (12) 31

Shepherd 17
IUP (12) 27

Fort Valley 6
Lenoir-Rhyne (22) 21

Bloomsburg (11) 20
Shippensburg (14) 58

West Texas A&M (13) 38
Chadron State (16) 30
Final OT3
Minnesota Duluth (5) 55
Missouri Western (8) 57

Harding (15) 0
Northwest Missouri (10) 35

Miles 7
West Alabama (20) 41

Husky picked 7 of the 8 games correctly. He missed the mark with the Midwestern State-Indianapolis game.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 8:50 pm 

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IUP Defeats Shepherd in Div Playoff Game

INDIANA, PA – De'Antwan Williams (Woodbridge, VA/Woodbridge) had 152 rushing yards and the IUP defense forced three turnovers as the Crimson Hawks defeated Shepherd 27-17 in the first round of the NCAA Division II Football Championships on Saturday at Miller Stadium.

IUP (11-1) is the third-seeded team in Super Region One while Shepherd (8-3) came in seeded sixth in the region.

The Crimson Hawks will now move onto the second round as they travel to play second-seeded New Haven in Connecticut.

Williams paced a ground game that totaled 203 yards against a defense that entered the day leading Division II by allowing just 37.6 rushing yards per game.

The IUP defense gave up just 250 total yards to the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's best offense, including 96 through the air. The Crimson Hawks picked off Rams quarterback Bobby Cooper two times, with Carl Fleming (Reisterstown, MD/Franklin) returning one 77 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. Alexander Berdahl (Ashburn, VA/Bishop O'Connell) picked off the other pass in the fourth quarter in Shepherd territory, setting up a field goal by Brett Ullman (Baltimore, MD/Perry Hall), the final score of the game.

This was the second week that both Fleming and Berdahl pulled in interceptions, and also the second straight week that Fleming returned his for a score.

Fleming also had a forced fumble early in the first quarter, which set up IUP's first score of the game, a five-yard touchdown pass from Mike Box (Lawrenceville, GA/Collins Hill) to Terrill Barnes (Gettysburg/Gettysburg). Ullman's extra point made it 7-0 as the Crimson Hawks led with 8:27 to go in the first.

Shepherd would tie the game in the second quarter, capitalizing on an IUP missed field goal with an 80-yard touchdown drive that ended with an 18-yard run by Cooper. The Rams fed off of that momentum to force a three-and-out by the Crimson Hawks on the ensuing drive. But after a 10-yard run on first down by Allen Cross, Fleming stepped in front of Cooper's pass and followed a convoy of blockers 77 yards down the IUP sideline for a score.

That score came with 3:36 to go in the half and closed out the scoring in the second as IUP held a 14-7 lead at the break.

The Rams came out strong in the third quarter, forcing another IUP three-and-out before DJ Scott returned the punt 31 yards down to the Crimson Hawks 29-yard line.

Shepherd got down to the IUP one yard line in just three plays, where Cooper again crossed the goal line to help tie the score at 14-14 less than four minutes into the half.

The Crimson Hawks again couldn't get anything going on the next drive, as a penalty, a sack and a negative rush led to another punt and good field position as the Rams took over at the IUP 40. Shepherd drove to the IUP 20 and on a third-and-three play, Marvens Toussaint (Fort Lauderdale, FL/Port Charlotte) and Terrell Holloway (Penn Hills/Penn Hills) tag teamed on a huge stop to force a Rams field goal as they took a 17-14 lead at the 6:35 mark.

IUP answered the following drive, using a 24-yard pass from Box to Tyler Dummermuth (New Philadelphia, OH/New Philadelphia) and a personal foul penalty on Shepherd to set up a Williams touchdown run from five yards out. Ullman's extra point made it a 21-17 IUP lead with 1:45 left in the third quarter.

After a Shepherd three-and-out, IUP drove down the field and got a 39-yard field goal from Ullman at the beginning of the fourth quarter to extend the lead to 24-17. The scoring drive started with an 11-yard pass from Box to Barnes followed by a 28-yard burst by Williams to put IUP at the Shepherd 17.

The following Shepherd drive resulted in Berdahl's interception at the Rams 16-yard line, setting up Ullman's 31-yard boot with 9:11 left that gave IUP a 10-point lead.

The Rams would get the ball back just once more, advancing to the IUP 42 yard line where Fleming made a tackle on fourth-and-one to turn the ball over with 6:37 left on the clock. The Crimson Hawks would then just bleed the clock, running 12 plays to secure the win.

Fleming finished with 13 total tackles, adding a pass breakup to go along with the forced fumble and interception. Johnny Franco (Altoona/Tyrone) had 12 tackles while Berdahl added eight. Toussaint and Jerrell McFadden (Manassas, VA/Osbourn) also broke up passes while Greg Meisner (Greensburg/Hempfield ) recovered the Shepherd fumble in the first quarter.

The Rams rushed for 154 yards, getting 63 from Cross. Cooper finished with 43 yards on eight carries while Jihad Rasheed added 41. Cooper went 12-of-28 for 96 yards and two interceptions, finding Larry Lowe four times for 25 yards.

Barnes finished with three receptions for 55 yards and that score while Box threw for 122 yards. Harvie Tuck (Akron, OH/St. Vincent-St. Mary) ran 16 times for 60 yards.

IUP has met New Haven eight previous times, holding a 5-3 edge in the series. This will be the first meeting between the two schools in the postseason.

New Haven enters with a perfect 10-0 mark out of the Northeast 10 Conference, earning a bye in the first round due to its spot as the second seed.

The winner of next week's game will move onto the Super Region One finals against either Winston-Salem State or Shippensburg.

Kickoff on Saturday is set for 12:00 p.m. from Ralph F. Dellacamera Stadium in West Haven, Conn

Courtesy of IUP Sports Information

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Shippensburg Rolls Over Bloomsburg

SHIPPENSBURG – The Bloomsburg University football team saw its 2012 campaign come to an end Saturday afternoon as the Huskies dropped a 58-20 decision in the first round of the NCAA Division II playoffs at SU Student Association Field at Seth Grove Stadium.

Bloomsburg (10-2) held the Red Raiders (11-1) in check during the first half, taking a 14-13 lead into the locker room. However, Shippensburg kicked a field goal to end the half, scored 28 points in the third quarter and 48 unanswered to defeat Bloomsburg for the second time this season.

“We had a couple bad breaks that turned out to be costly, and Ship did exactly what we didn't want them to do which was gain momentum,” BU head coach Danny Hale said. “I know these guys all fought hard out there today and I'm very proud of our team to finish with 10 wins this season.”

Junior running back Franklyn Quiteh (Tobyhanna/Pocono Mountain West) led the Huskies with 199 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns in the setback. He will head into his senior season in 2013 ranked second in BU history in rushing with 5,328 yards, 361 behind BU leader Jamar Brittingham's Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC)-record 5,689.

The rushing output marked Quiteh's 17th consecutive 100-yard game and 32nd of his career; both are school-records.

With its 241 rushing yards, Bloomsburg set the PSAC single-season rushing record with 3,789 yards this season. It also ranked on the BU all-time leaderboard in points scored (451 - fourth) and touchdowns (61 - second).

Defensively, the determination and heart of the Huskies was never in question Saturday. Bloomsburg senior captain Jarrett Pidgeon (Barnegat, NJ/Southern Regional) was one of three BU players with seven or more tackles. His seven total stops brought his season total to 104. He also had a pair of pass breakups. Sophomore linebacker Justin Shirk (Harrisburg/Central Dauphin) and senior safety Dan Haverstock (York/West York) led the Huskies with eight tackles apiece. Haverstock also broke up a pass.

Saturday marked the final game for 17 BU seniors. Since the beginning of the 2009 season, they have combined for 37 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), Ryan Dickerson (Harleysville/Souderton), 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), Oglesby, Pidgeon, Mike Schlauch (Zion Grove/Bloomsburg), and Larry Webster (Hagerstown, MD/Elkton).

“Jarrett's passion and leadership have been great in his time here,” Hale spoke of his senior tri-captain. “He plays spirited throughout and gives everything he has. His leadership ability overall as a captain has been a key to our success and he will be missed immensely.”

Shippensburg quarterback and PSAC East Offensive Athlete of the Year Zach Zulli sparked the come-from-behind victory. He threw for 479 yards on 26-for-35 passing and three touchdowns.

Sophomore returner DJ Robinson (Sinking Spring/Conrad Weiser) gave the Huskies great field position to start the game, returning the SU kick 35 yards to the Bloomsburg 39-yard line.

On the second rush of the game, Quiteh ran off a 15-yard gain for Bloomsburg. The run elevated BU to becoming the all-time leading rushing team in PSAC history.

Quiteh was the main focus on the opening drive, running for 41 yards and capping off a 61-yard, game-opening drive with a three-yard touchdown run on third-and-goal.

The Bloomsburg defense played outstanding in the first quarter and forced a Shippensburg three-and-out on its first possession.

“I'm real proud of my guys and how we all stuck together,” Pidgeon said. “They never give up, they never quit, and I would take these guys to play with any day.”

After a Kelly interception, Shippensburg drove down to the seven-yard line and decided to go for a fourth-and-goal attempt. Haverstock stormed into the backfield from his safety position to tackle SU's Kevin Herod in the backfield for a three-yard loss and an SU turnover on downs.

The Red Raiders got on the board with 28.8 seconds left in the first quarter with a 34-yard field goal from Drew Newcomer to bring the game to 7-3. A big play on third down forced Shippensburg to settle for three. Matt Heilig (Harrisburg/Central Dauphin) got to Zulli as the pass was broken up and nearly intercepted by Pidgeon.

Bloomsburg's defense stepped up again early in the second quarter as the Red Raiders drove to the BU two-yard line with a first-and-goal attempt. BU frustrated Zulli on three straight plays as Shippensburg didn't gain a yard on its red zone attempt, leading to a potential field goal.

The 20-yard field goal attempt was blocked by Cole Parkinson (Boyertown/St. Pius X) and recovered by Shirk as the Huskies held the Red Raiders scoreless yet again. Parksinson blocked two field goals this season as his first was picked up by Terrell Oglesby (Philadelphia/Northeast Catholic) and taken in for a touchdown against Millersville on Oct. 6.

After its opening touchdown, Bloomsburg was unable to put points on the board its next four possessions. The BU defense, playing outstanding in the first half, simply could not keep the Red Raiders out of the end zone for long. It took Shippensburg just three plays to go 77 yards and score on a 21-yard TD pass from Zulli to Jacob Baskerville to give SU its first lead of the game at 10-7 with 5:53 to play in the half.

The Huskies responded to the Shippensburg touchdown drive with one of their own. Quiteh rushed for his second TD of the day from three yards out to give Bloomsburg a 14-10 lead with 1:54 to play in the half. Quiteh eclipsed the 2,000-yard rushing mark for the second time in his career on the drive. A significant play on the drive was a Quiteh fumble after a 15-yard run, which was recovered by BU's Dickerson.

Shippensburg was prepared to take the four-point deficit into halftime and punted with 26 seconds to play in the half. The punt, however, hit a BU blocker's foot downfield as SU recovered and took over at the BU 26-yard line. After BU's Shaun Moore (Lansdale/North Penn) and Brian Clarke (Hanover/Hanover) teamed up to sack Zulli, Shippensburg kicked a 31-yard field goal to cut the Bloomsburg lead to 14-13 heading into the locker room.

The Red Raiders broke the game open in the third quarter. They scored 28 points in the third and 48 unanswered as they seemed to be on a mission to put up big points after a 41-10 loss last week to Indiana (PA).

The Huskies had two costly turnovers in the third quarter including one in the red zone that the Red Raiders took advantage of in rout of a 45-6 scoring advantage in the second half.

Shippensburg finished with two, 100-yard receivers in Baskerville and Trevor Harman. Baskerville led the game with 153 yards and two touchdowns as Harman brought in 117.

Courtersy of Bloomsburg Sports Information

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West Texas A & M Defeats Chadron State in Div II Playoffs

CHADRON – West Texas A&M's Khiry Robinson rushed for 235 yards and three touchdowns and the Buffaloes' defense stopped a late fourth quarter rally from Chadron State to earn a 38-30 victory in the opening round of the NCAA Division II Football Playoffs Saturday at Elliott Field.

With the win, West Texas A&M (10-2) advances to play at Ashland Saturday, Nov. 24, while the Eagles end their season with a 9-3 record.

“When you look at it, it was a game of momentum,” first year head coach Jay Long said. “We had it at the beginning and then we let it slip away. Then, in the second half it was a dogfight. I'm proud of our guys. They fight to the end and today was another day where we did that.”

Robinson, who entered the game having just 150 carries on the season, toted the ball 30 times and averaged 7.8 yards a carry. He seemed to put things away for the Buffs when he ran along the far sideline for a 24-yard TD with just under five minutes to play but the Eagles didn't go away.

Quarterback Jonn McLain, who completed 32 of 49 passes for 331 yards and two touchdowns and set the single season mark for most TD passes in a season with 30, directed a 12-play, 83-yard scoring drive that took just 1:35 off the clock. He completed seven consecutive passes to five different receivers and capped it off with a 4-yard toss to Nathan Ross to cut the Buffaloes' lead to 38-30 with 1:39 to play.

The Eagles then executed a flawless onside kick from Josh Borm that Kyle Vinich, a 6-foot-6 wide receiver, grabbed at its highest point 13 yards down the field to keep the ball in CSC's possession.

With new life, Glen Clinton gained 15 yards on two rushes to put the ball at the West Texas 38-yard line with over a minute to play.

However, the Buffaloes' defense tightened up and forced three straight incomplete passes to set up fourth and 10. On the Eagles' final play, McLain, who was being pulled to the turf, threw a desperation toss to senior wide receiver Allan Schmaltz that he caught at the 31 and stretched out to the first down marker but the spot was inches shy of a first down.

West Texas A&M took over on downs and took a knee to run the clock out.

“This is a senior class that's known for fighting through a lot of adversity,” Long said. “They are great leaders and they're going to succeed in life and I'm proud to say as an Eagle myself that they are now alumni. They fought for us, for our school and for our team. I can't say enough positive things about them.”

The game ended in a frenzy and it also started like one for the Eagles as they scored back-to-back touchdowns on their first two possessions. Linebacker Bryant Miller intercepted West Texas A&M quarterback Dustin Vaughan on the Buffs' first drive and the Eagles marched 72 yards in just seven plays before McLain ran in for a 4-yard score.

On CSC's second drive, Clinton rushed for 17 yards on two carries and backup quarterback Brandon Gorsuch caught a pass behind the line of scrimmage before completing a 52-yard gain to Travis Reeves. On the next play, McLain hit Dominic Morris for a 5-yard score and the Eagles seemed to be in firm control.

The Buffs didn't wilt, though, and outscored CSC 17-0 in the second quarter.

The Eagles struck first in the second half when Alex Ferdinand kicked field goals of 39 and 46 yards but Robinson gave West Texas A&M the lead for good when he rumbled in for a 4-yard score late in the third quarter.

Vaughan completed 19 of 31 passes for 269 yards but he also rushed for 69 yards. Torrence Allen led all receivers with seven receptions for 142 yards.

WT 0 17 7 14 – 38
CSC 14 0 6 10 – 30
Scoring Summary
First Quarter
CSC – Jonn McLain 4 run (Alex Ferdinand kick)
CSC – Dominic Morris 5 pass from Jonn McLain (Ferdinand kick)
Second Quarter
WT – Khiry Robinson 10 run (Sergio Castillo kick)
WT – Jace Jackson 10 pass from Dustin Vaughan (Castillo kick)
WT – Castillo 25 field goal
Third Quarter
CSC – Alex Ferdinand 39 field goal
CSC – Alex Ferdinand 46 field goal
WT – Khiry Robinson 4 run (Castillo kick)
Fourth Quarter
CSC – Alex Ferdinand 42 field goal
WT – Jace Jackson 10 pass from Vaughan (Castillo kick)
WT – Khiry Robinson 24 run (Castillo kick)
CSC – Nathan Ross 4 pass from McLain (Ferdinand kick)

Courtesy of Chadron State Sports Information

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Austin Sikorski runs for daylight -- and one of his five touchdowns -- Saturday afternoon against Missouri Western
Credit: Cathy Roth
As remarkable a career Chase Vogler has had at the University of Minnesota Duluth, the way it ended couldn't have been any more heartbreaking.

On his final snap as a collegian, the standout senior quarterback stumbled and fell while rolling out on UMD’s two-point conversion try in the third overtime, and then watched from the ground as No. 9 Missouri Western State University celebrated a 57-55 victory in the opening round of the NCAA Division II playoffs Saturday afternoon. But that one bit of misfortune didn't diminish the superb and gritty performance he put forth in St. Joseph, Mo.

Vogler generated a career-high 379 yards of total offense, ran for a pair of touchdowns and deftly handled the controls of the Bulldog offense -- one which amassed 34 first downs, was 13-of-21 on third/fourth down conversions and rang up the highest point total ever in a UMD loss. The numbers, of course, meant nothing to him. Only the outcome did.

"Our goal as team is never just to make the playoffs," said Vogler, who suffered just his sixth setback in 52 lifetime starts with the Bulldogs. "Our goal is to win a national championship and now we won't get that chance."

Seventh ranked UMD, which hadn't allowed a first-quarter point since the third week of the season coming into the day, trailed 14-6 after the opening 15 minutes of play with a pair of field goals by freshman placekicker Andrew Brees (from 25 and 27 yards) accounting for the six points. The Bulldogs finally hit pay dirt 9:55 into the second quarter when Vogler slashed his way into the end zone from 15 yards out and then took their first lead of the afternoon (at 20-14) six minutes later on sophomore running back Austin Sikorski's 12-yard touchdown run.

Missouri Western (10-2 overall), the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association champion, went back on top on its opening possession of the second half, but Vogler answered again for the Bulldogs (10-2), scoring on a one-yard quarterback sneak at the 7:40 mark of the third quarter. Missouri Western sandwiched a pair of Travis Partridge scoring runs around Sikorski's one-yard plunge, creating a 35-35 deadlock with just over five minutes left in half. Vogler and the Bulldogs drove 57 yards on its last series of regulation, but were stopped inches short of a first down on the Griffon 18-yard line, turning the ball over and forcing overtime.

The shootout continued with both clubs trading touchdowns in each of the three overtimes with Sikorski doing the honors for UMD all three times. The last of those scores came after the Griffons went ahead 57-49 following a two-point conversion (which teams are required to attempt by NCAA rule at the start of the third overtime). Sikorski turned in his second 100-yard run outing in as many weeks as he finished the day with 139 yards and five touchdowns -- one short of the program single season record -- on 26 rushes.

Missouri Western ground up its share of real estate as well, rolling up 225 yards (the most allowed by the Bulldogs this season) with senior running back Micheal Hill doing almost all of the damage (187 yards on 24 carries). Partridge added another 319 yards and three scores through the air for the Griffons, who won for the first time in four lifetime NCAA II playoff outings.

Junior strong safety Travis Nordhus recorded a career-high 13 total tackles to lead the Bulldogs defensively while senior free safety Cameron Harper had 10 stops, giving him 282 for his career -- the third most in program history. Sophomore linebacker Gavin Grady was credited with one of UMD's three sacks and their lone interception, a second-quarter theft which helped give the Bulldogs, then down 14-0, a huge shot of momentum.

The two teams combined for 1,147 total yards with UMD holding a slight upperhand (603) in that department.

"We are obviously disappointed with the way things turned out, but I am proud of our guys and the way they left it all out there," said head Bob Nielson, who is now 11-4 in the NCAA II playoffs. "Missouri Western is a very good offensive team, yet I thought we gave up too many big plays and too many long runs. We also didn't make the stops when we needed them in overtime."

Vogler, a 2012 All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference North Division selection, moved into fifth place on UMD's all-time rushing charts with 2,903 yards -- just 54 yards behind the No. 4 occupant, UMD Athletic Hall of Famer and former Kansas City Chief running back Ted McKnight, who was one of the 4,149 in attendance at Spratt Stadium. Vogler, along with fellow seniors Harper, injured defensive end Joe Akey, offensive tackle Jake Bscherer, free safety Cameron Harper, offensive guard Garth Heikkinen, tight end Ben Helmer, strong safety Jordan Hoesktra, linebacker Nick Lloyd, quarterback Jon Lynch, linebacker Blake Rogers, and wide receiver Collin Stinogel all called it a career Saturday. That group has been part of something special since they first collectively hit the field in 2009, winning one NCAA Division II national championship and three NSIC titles (2009-11), making four NCAA II playoff appearances and going an impressive 47-7.

"We don't lose very much," said Nielson. "So what happened today is obviously difficult for our guys."

Courtesy of Minnesota-duluth Sports Information

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Press Release

Nov. 17, 2012
NWMSU Bearcats Shutout Harding to open playof
By: Steve Wieberg
Jordan Simmons could only stand and watch from the Northwest Missouri State sideline, his broken left arm in a brace.
Teammate James Franklin would join him a little later, taking a helmet to the back on the first play from scrimmage, retreating to the locker room and reappearing on crutches.
Minus their best all-purpose back and their leading rusher, the Bearcats not only didn’t break Saturday. They thrived. Onetime walk-on Billy Creason stepped in with the second 100-yard rushing game of his career, Trevor Adams threw for two touchdowns and Northwest’s defense kept the nation’s fifth-best rushing attack out of the end zone in a 35-0 win in the first round of the NCAA’s Division II playoffs.
“It was,” Adams said, “a really good job of guys stepping up and taking care of business.”
The Bearcats (10-2) are part of the playoffs for the ninth time in as many years, the longest current streak in Division II, and now have reached the second round a ninth consecutive time. That’s the second-longest streak in D-II history; Grand Valley State made it at least that far in 10 consecutive years from 2001-10 – the first three under Brian Kelly, who went on to coach at Central Michigan, then at Cincinnati and now is the architect of Notre Dame’s perfect season.
Northwest will hit the road next Saturday to unbeaten Minnesota State Mankato, the top-seeded team in the NCAA’s Super Region 3. Kickoff is slated for noon in Mankato, Minn.
“I love coaching a game like that. Our kids love playing games like that,” Northwest coach Adam Dorrel said of the matchup. “We have absolutely nothing to lose … and we’re going to approach the game like that, and we’re going to play like that on Saturday.”
He said indications from Northwest’s medical personnel are that both Simmons and Franklin, who’s injury wasn’t specified, should be able to play at Mankato, though Simmons’ forearm break required the insertion of six screws during his Wednesday surgery. He was hurt during practice a day earlier.
Franklin, who’d run for 12 TDs and turned in the Bearcats’ only 100-yard performance prior to postseason, picked up 11 yards on his only carry against Harding. He stayed in the game for one more play – a pass incompletion thrown his way – and then pulled himself from the lineup.
It was a tough afternoon in Bearcat Stadium for running backs all-around. Harding lost its first-string fullback, Romo Westbrook, to an ankle injury on the Bisons' first play from scrimmage and second-stringer D'Nico Jackson-Best to another ankle injury a little before halftime. That forced the move of Bisons quarterback Kelvin Martin, a former backup fullback, to fullback in the second half.
Their triple-option Flexbone picked up 304 yards on the ground, the most the Bearcats have allowed this season, but managed only a little more than four yards a carry and 126 of those yards in the second half. Their passing game, meanwhile, netted minus-four yards and surrendered a couple of interceptions.
“The best team won today,” Harding coach Ronnie Huckeba said, but added in respect to the injuries, “I think we’re closer than that score indicated.”
Northwest had the depth to deal with its losses. And it had the diversification.
Creason ran for 34 of the 70 yards that the Bearcats covered on their opening possession, including a final, fourth-and-goal dive for a touchdown that gave them a quick and important lead. Adams’ 14-yard scoring pass to John Hinchey made it 14-0 early in the second quarter. And another fill-in running back, junior Kohlman Adema-Schulte rumbled six yards off tackle just before halftime for his first TD of the season and the second of his career.
Creason finished with 113 yards rushing, becoming the first back to crack 100 against Harding this season. The Bisons (9-2) had allowed teams an average of just a little more than 88 yards in their previous 10 games.
Adema-Schulte added 22 rushing yards.
“I think they expected to play a little bit today but not as much as they did, and they played really, really well,” Dorrel said. “Anytime you can do that, I think it’s just special. I think it says a lot about the character of the kid.”
Simmons’ injury earlier in the week had put Creason, in particular, on notice. The fifth-year junior from Grain Valley, Mo., was Northwest’s third-leading rusher as a freshman walk-on but he’d been slowed by injuries the past two seasons.
He has played in all 12 games this season, and has rushed for 377 yards.
“I was pretty nervous because I haven’t gotten that much PT (playing time) in a while at running back,” Creason said. “…But once I got settled down, I got really comfortable. And it was awesome.”
It was more of a struggle for Harding’s stricken offense – a lot of it because of the Northwest defense, some of it the Bisons’ own doing.
They threatened to immediately answer Creason’s early touchdown, driving 72 yards to the Northwest 6, but Martin – still at quarterback – fumbled the ball away. A failed fake field goal in the second quarter lost three yards. An illegal formation penalty wiped out a 55-yard TD run near the end of the half.
Behind sophomore backup quarterback Keenan Kellett, the Bisons reached the Northwest 32 in the fourth quarter. But a personal foul penalty set them back, and a gadget-play pass by running back Donatella Luckett was intercepted by the Bearcats’ Brandon Dixon.
Nate DeJong intercepted Kellett just two minutes later, the senior safety’s seventh pick in eight games, setting up 26-yard pass from Adams to Tyler Shaw that made it 28-0.
Backup quarterback Brady Bolles got Northwest Missouri State’s final score on a four-yard run with a little less than three minutes left, capping an eight-play, 63-yard drive.
Adams and Shaw also were instrumental in covering for the missing running backs, connecting on five passes for 24, 19, 35, 15 and 26 yards. Adams finished 17-for-25 for 212 yards and the two TDs. Team-wide, it was an impressive performance of an unsettling week – a one-point, MIAA-deciding loss to arch rival Missouri Western the previous Saturday, then Simmons’ broken arm on the practice field.
“We’ve got great kids. We’ve got a lot of character kids. And anytime you’ve got high-character kids, they always put a lot of confidence in you that they’re going to come through for you,” Dorrel said. “We talk about stuff like that in our program year-round, about the next man up and you never know when your opportunity is going to arise to be a starter.”
Beyond that, he pointed out, “our philosophy is we tend to play a lot more people early in the season than other programs do for a situation like that. We weren’t putting Billy in there with no playing time, meaningful playing time. We weren’t putting Kohlman in there (like that). Those guys had played at Arrowhead (vs. Pittsburg State). They’d played against Washburn. They played against Western. They’d played in big games.”
They now have at least one more.
The Bearcats, seeded fourth of the six Region 3 teams that reached the playoffs, are going after their ninth quarterfinal berth in nine years. That would make a little history, tying the longest such streak ever in Division II (Grand Valley State from 2001-09). And it would be the second longest streak in any NCAA division, from I-AA through Division III.
Mount Union has piled up 20 straight quarterfinal appearances dating to 1992, and has reached at least the semifinals in each of the past 17 years. The Purple Raiders, who routed Christopher Newport University 72-14 Saturday, take an 11-0 record D-III’s second round vs. Johns Hopkins next weekend.

Courtesy of NWMSU Sports information and Official Press Releases (Written by Steve Wiberg)

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Lenoir-Rhyne Football Wins First Round Playoff Game Over Fort Valley State, 21-6
November 17, 2012
L-R to play South Atlantic Conference-foe Carson-Newman in the second round next Saturday at Noon in Jefferson City, Tenn.

L-R sophomore fullback Isaiah Whitaker rushed for a game-high 117 yards with two scores in a 21-6 win over Fort Valley State Saturday afternoon in an NCAA Division II Playoff game at Moretz Stadium.
Box Score
Hickory, N.C. - The Lenoir-Rhyne Football Team (9-2) advanced to the second round of the 2012 NCAA Division II Playoffs with a 21-6 victory over Fort Valley State (8-4) Saturday afternoon at Moretz Stadium.
L-R, winners of eight straight games, moves on to face Carson-Newman (8-2) next Saturday at Noon in Jefferson City, Tenn.
The two South Atlantic Conference squads faced off on September 15 with the Eagles prevailing by a 47-23 score at home. L-R has not lost since the setback to Carson-Newman.
L-R sophomore fullback Isaiah Whitaker (Salisbury, N.C.) rushed for a game-high 117 yards with two scores to lead the Bears in their first postseason appearance in 50 years.
Junior defensive back Michael Green (Kingsland, Ga.) added a 100-yard interception return for a touchdown as L-R won its first postseason game since a 20-7 win over Northern State (S.D.) at home on December 1, 1962. The 1962 squad would eventually fall in the NAIA National Championship game.
Whitaker's 57-yard touchdown run midway through the first quarter proved to be the lone score in the first half for either squad.
Whitaker's second score of the contest, a one-yard run, was set up by a 99-yard kickoff return by sophomore halfback Jarrod Spears (Bunnlevel, N.C.) to start the second half.
The Bears pushed the advantage to 21-0 on Green's interception return for a score with three minutes remaining in the third quarter before the Wildcats finally got on the board in the final stanza.
Fort Valley State quarterback Antonio Henton (Fort Valley, Ga.) found wideout Stephen Stroman (Lithonia, Ga.) for an 11-yard touchdown reception with 9:57 remaining in the contest. Henton finished with 242 yards passing in the losing effort.
Lenoir-Rhyne, which rushed for 243 yards in the game, held Fort Valley State on downs in the Wildcats' final drive of the contest and possessed the ball for the last five minutes to take the win.
Senior linebacker Demetrius Green (Cedartown, Ga.) led the defense with a game-high 12 tackles as the Bears held the Wildcats without a score four times in the red zone.
Lenoir-Rhyne also won its 12th straight game at home and picked up its most wins in the regular season since an 11-1 mark during the 1962 campaign.

Courtesy of Lenoir Rhyne Sports Information

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Div II Playoff Schedule for Saturday, November 24

Super Region I

IUP (3) at New Haven (2)
Shippensburg (4) at Winston-Salem (1)

Super Region IV

West Texas A & M (6) at Ashland (2
Indianapolis (4) at CSU Pueblo (1)

Super Region II

Lenoir-Rhyne (3) at Carson-Newman (2)
West Alabama (4) at Valdosta State (1)

Super Region III

Henderson State (2) at Missouri Western (3)
Northwest Missouri State (4) at Minnesota State (1)

Husky's picks are as follows:

IUP's defense stops New Haven. IUP is going to the super-regional final
Shippensburg has run wild to victory for the last time this year, but Zulli and company will beat #1 seed Winston-Salem in a close game.

Ashland at home defeats West Texas A & M.
CSU Pueblo ends surprising Indianapolis' dream season

Carson-Newman defeats Lenoir-Rhyne for a second time this year.
Valdosta State wins at home against West Alabama.

Missouri Western is for real and will beat Henderson State
It's hard to go up against Northwest Missouri State in the playoffs, and I have finally decided not to do so. I think NWMSU with its long history of playoff success is not yet ready this year to exit the post season. The Bearcats win, but it won't be easy. Incidentally, this is probably the best match-up of all the 8 games.

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Now that the first week of the NCAA Div playoffs are behind us and eight of the 24 teams have been eliminated, it is time to take a closer look at what lies ahead. Obviously, everybody should be impressed by Shippensburg's enormous win over Bloomsburg. IUP had a little more difficult time of it playing an always tough Shepherd team. I will only say that Shippensburg has only played one decent defensive team all year, that being IUP and they got shut down to the tune of 41-10. One has to admire the ominous offense of "Ship", and I don't think when they get down to Winston-Salem things will turn out as they did against Bloomsburg. At the same time, I think W-S is overrated, and I think Shippensburg will win the game by a narrow margin. I also think IUP will beat New Haven, thanks to their tenacious defense. It was no accident that they put a hurting on Shippensburg in the PSAC championship game. I also think New Haven is playing in a weaker conference than IUP and has not had to face as stiff a competition week in and week out as IUP. I see IUP in the Super Region I championship game/national quarterfinals. IfI were a betting man, I would say it will be a rematch against Shippensburg. I guess what I am saying is that my money is on the PSAC.

Down south, I think Valdosta State will come out on top and win the Super Region. History and tradition are on the side of Valdosta State, but more importantly they have been improving and on the upswing all year. I respect the other three teams remaining--Lenoir-Rhyne, Carson-Newman, and West Alabama, but I just don't see Valdosta--a team with substantial talent losing to any of the other three remaining teams--especially at home.

In Super Region III, I don't think Henderson State has a shot against Missouri Western, who has beaten some very good teams in the regular season. Probably, the best game of all in week two features Northwest Missouri State playing Minnesota State. NWMSU has "pulled out" a couple of big wins this year, is the most experienced team in the Div II playoffs, and after much vacillation on my part I have changed my mind and am going with the Bearcats. This is by far not the best Bearcat team to come down the road in recent years, but I think they are good enough to get by this second round even on the road.

Lastly, in Super Region IV it appears that Indianapolis is a lot better than I thought they were. Nevertheless, I still think the #1 team CSU Pueblo playing at home will prevail. As for West Texas A & M winning at Ashland, I don't think that is in the cards either; as Ashland has played solid all season whereas WTAM has had some lapses here and there. Ashland should win at home. It is, however, an interesting game and is probably the second best match-up in Week Two. Ciao. See you all on Saturday! If there is a game in your area, Go! You won't be disappointed.

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The Ashland Eagles are undefeated and West Texas A & M has given up a lot of points to high ranked teams, but both teams have efficient QBs.
Dustin Vaughan of A&M has thrown 37 touchdowns with 9 ints. Taylor Housewright has 30 TDs with only ONE interception for the Eagles.

NW Missouri State-Minnesota St-Mankato should be interesting.. both teams have prolific offenses.

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Ollie wrote:
The Ashland Eagles are undefeated and West Texas A & M has given up a lot of points to high ranked teams, but both teams have efficient QBs.
Dustin Vaughan of A&M has thrown 37 touchdowns with 9 ints. Taylor Housewright has 30 TDs with only ONE interception for the Eagles.

NW Missouri State-Minnesota St-Mankato should be interesting.. both teams have prolific offenses.

I have been on the fence with the NWMSU-Minnesota State game, but I have finally decided to go with the Bearcats.

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November 24th, 2012 Scoreboard
*All Games Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Final 11:00 am
West Texas A&M (13) 33
Ashland (7) 28
Final 12:00 pm
Lenoir-Rhyne (22) 35
Carson-Newman (21) 38
Final 12:00 pm
IUP (12) 17
New Haven (4) 14
Final 12:00 pm
West Alabama (13) 21
Valdosta State (17) 49
Final 1:00 pm
Missouri Western (8) 45
Henderson State (9) 21
Final OT2 1:00 pm
Northwest Missouri (10) 35
Minnesota State (2) 38
Final 1:00 pm
Shippensburg (14) 14
Winston-Salem (3) 37
Final 2:00 pm
Indianapolis 7
CSU-Pueblo (1) 28

Husky picked 5 of the 8 games correctly. He missed the mark on the Shippensburg-Winston-Salem, West Texas A & M-Ashland, and the
Northwest Missouri State-Minnesota State games. His record now for playoff games is 12-4. Nest week's match-ups see IUP against Winston-Salem, Carson-Newman against Valdosta State, Missouri Western versus Minnesota State, and CSU Pueblo meets West Texas A & M. We are down to just four playoff games next weekend. More details on today's games will follow.

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Second Half Shutout Lifts IUP to 17-14 Win Over New Haven in Second Round of NCAA Playoffs

Division II's number one ranked defense came up big when it had to.
Ryan Rebholz, Sports Information Director
11/24/2012 3:51:00 PM

Box Score

WEST HAVEN, CT – The IUP defense forced an incomplete pass in the end zone as time expired to hold on to a dramatic 17-14 win over New Haven in the second round of the 2012 NCAA Division II Football Championships on Saturday afternoon.

The play started with eight seconds remaining from the IUP 31-yard line as a slew of Crimson Hawks defenders helped force the incompletion on a Ryan Osiecki pass to Jason Thompson in the back of the end zone.

It capped an exciting last 3:40 of action that saw New Haven begin the drive from its own six-yard line and included a fourth down conversion at the IUP 36-yard line.

Punting from the New Haven 41, Pat Smith (Hollidaysburg/Hollidaysburg) had perfect placement on his kick to give the Chargers a long field with less than four minutes remaining. A 16-yard scramble by Osiecki on second down quickly got the ball out to the 28 before a 10-yard pass two plays later gave the Chargers a first and 10 at their own 43 yard line.

Another first down conversion moved the ball into IUP territory but on first and 10 Shane Meisner (Greensburg/Hempfield ) broke through the line and sacked Osiecki back to the Crimson Hawks 49. Meisner also forced a fumble on the sack as he chased Osiecki from behind, but the Chargers fell on the ball to extend the game with 1:02 left.

Osiecki then completed three straight passes, with the third being a five yarder to Mike DeCaro on fourth down to give the Chargers a first down at the IUP 31 with 14 seconds left. The very next play Osiecki was nearly brought down again, scrambling out of the pocket and getting rid of the ball just in time, setting up the final play of the game.

The nation's number one defense played big when it counted, forcing a fumble and four punts from New Haven in the second half to keep the high flying Chargers offense out of the end zone in the game's final 30 minutes of play.

The Chargers had the ball to start the second half but Jerrell McFadden (Manassas, VA/Osbourn) would recover a DeCaro fumble forced by Chris Brown (Altoona/Bishop Guilfoyle) on the second play of the drive. However, IUP couldn't capitalize and went three-and-out and gave the Chargers the ball back at their own 24-yard line. The ensuing drive by New Haven lasted 14 plays and 7:52 but an incomplete pass on third and 20 by the Chargers led to another punt.

The Crimson Hawks forced another punt at the beginning of the fourth quarter after holding New Haven to a six-yard gain on third and 10 as James Griffin (Wallingford/Strath Haven) came up with the key stop. The following New Haven drive also ended in a punt after IUP forced another third and long.

IUP took the lead for good with 24 seconds to go in the first half on a six-yard touchdown pass from Mike Box (Lawrenceville, GA/Collins Hill) to tight end Tyler Dummermuth (New Philadelphia, OH/New Philadelphia). The key play in the drive came on third and three from the New Haven 46 as Box connected with Salath Williams (Harrisburg/Bishop McDevitt) for 41 yards down the sideline to the Chargers five-yard line. Box would find Dummermuth three plays later in the front corner of the end zone as Brett Ullman (Baltimore, MD/Perry Hall)'s extra point made it 17-14.

The score came on a drive that went 65 yards in 3:33 and answered a New Haven one-yard touchdown pass from Osiecki to Thompson. That drive by the Chargers lasted 8:51 and went 80 yards in 16 plays and included a third and fourth down conversion. Twice IUP had forced New Haven into field goal attempts inside the Crimson Hawks 20-yard line, but three costly penalties helped give the Chargers new life, finally capitalizing with a touchdown.

The Crimson Hawks started the game off with some excitement, as De'Antwan Williams (Woodbridge, VA/Woodbridge) returned the opening kickoff 86 yards to the New Haven seven-yard line. Two plays later Harvie Tuck (Akron, OH/St. Vincent-St. Mary) ran in from three yards out to help give IUP a quick 7-0 lead less than one minute into the game.

Three straight combined drives resulted in zero points before IUP drove down to the New Haven six where Ullman would convert on a 24-yard field goal to give the Crimson Hawks a 10-0 lead with 2:21 left in the first quarter.

New Haven responded on just the third play of its next drive as Osiecki hooked up with Thompson for a 68 yard touchdown pass to make it 10-7.

The Chargers outgained IUP 352-252 and had 20 first downs compared to the Crimson Hawks 10. New Haven also won time of possession 31:23-28:37. However New Haven converted just 5-of-15 third downs and the IUP defense came up with four sacks of Osiecki and forced three fumbles.

Osiecki, who entered the game completing over 70 percent of his passes, completed just 15-of-32 for 194 yards with two touchdowns. Thompson had both of those scores on his only two receptions on the day, totaling 69 yards. DeCaro led New Haven with 54 yards on nine carries while Victor Jones added 45 on the ground.

De'Antwan Williams (Woodbridge, VA/Woodbridge) had 125 yards on 24 carries, including a 41-yarder. He also added a 14-yard reception. Tuck finished with 39 yards on eight carries, including the first quarter score.

Box finished 6-of-13 for 97 yards and a touchdown, with Salath Williams (Harrisburg/Bishop McDevitt) catching two passes for 59 and Dummermuth adding two receptions for 14 yards and a score. Smith punted seven times, averaging 38.1 yards per punt, and pinned New Haven inside the 20 twice.

Defensively, Alexander Berdahl (Ashburn, VA/Bishop O'Connell) led all tacklers with 14 stops, including 12 solo, and had a pair of sacks. Brown finished with nine tackles while he, Meisner, McFadden, Griffin and Johnny Franco (Altoona/Tyrone) all had a pass breakup. Franco and Meisner also each added a sack.

The Crimson Hawks, now 12-1 on the year, entered as the third seed in Super Region One while New Haven (10-1) was the second seed and received a bye in the first round. IUP moved on to the second round after defeating six seed Shepherd 27-17 last weekend.

IUP now moves on to face Winston-Salem State, the top team in the region and second ranked team in the nation next Saturday, December 1 in North Carolina. Kickoff is slated for 12:00 p.m.

Courtesy of IUP Sports Information

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No. 15 Red Raider Football Falls in NCAA Second Round at No. 2 Winston-Salem State, 37-14

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The No. 15-ranked Shippensburg University football team was unable to overcome the speed and athleticism of undefeated and No. 2-ranked Winston-Salem State in the second round of the 2012 NCAA Division II Football Championships on a cool and windy Saturday afternoon, falling 37-14 from the Rams’ Bowman-Gray Stadium.

Shippensburg finishes the season with an 11-2 record, a PSAC Eastern Division title, its fifth NCAA playoff appearance and its first NCAA playoff victory in over 20 years.

Winston-Salem State (12-0) will host No. 11 IUP next week in the Super Region One championship game; the Crimson Hawks dealt No. 3 New Haven its first loss of the season with a 17-14 road victory on Saturday.

Junior quarterback Zach Zulli finished the day 25-of-56 for 218 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. Zulli’s second-quarter touchdown pass to sophomore wide receiver Trevor Harman was his 54th and final of 2012, tying the Division-II single-season record set in 2000 by Valdosta State’s Dusty Bonner.

Zulli finishes the season with a PSAC-record 4,747 yards passing, breaking former East Stroudsburg quarterback Jimmy Terwilliger’s record of 4,571 in 2005. His 56 passing attempts also gave him another conference record of 509 passing attempts on the season (breaking former West Chester signal-caller Dave MacDonald’s 504 in 1994). Updated information on SU’s Harlon Hill-nominated quarterback will be provided Monday here.

Two other Red Raiders also set school single-season records on Saturday. Junior defensive end Jake Metz totaled 2.5 sacks to give him a school-record 11.5 on the season – breaking a record (10.0) previously shared by Rob Davis (1991), Ed Brown (1981) and Barry Johnson (1977).

Senior wide receiver Jacob Baskerville hauled in nine passes for 114 yards, giving him 1,405 on the season – a new school record that passed Jamie Ware’s 1,334 in 1999.

Shippensburg added to its school record with its sixth defensive touchdown of the season when sophomore Brian Sourber intercepted a screen pass early in the second quarter and ran 63 yards untouched into the end zone. The extra-point attempt was blocked and made the score 7-6 in WSSU’s favor.

Senior Mike Frenette finished the day with 44 yards rushing on eight carries and five catches for 45 yards to give him 1,729 all-purpose yards on the season and 5,128 on his career. He finishes his career second in all-purpose yards and fourth all-time in career receptions (142) while Baskerville finishes fifth on that list (137).

Sophomore Blair Brooks had two long kickoff returns, including a team season-high 86-yarder at the end of the first half that set up the Raiders’ second touchdown. He finished with 141 all-purpose yards.

The Rams recorded 525 yards of total offense – the second-highest Shippensburg has allowed in a game this season. The Raiders also punted the ball a season-high eight times and gave up five turnovers, another season high. Division-I FCS transfer Anthony Carrothers (Grambling State) threw for 332 yards and three scores, while Jameze Massey hauled in eight receptions for 167 yards and two touchdowns. Maurice Lewis ran for 158 yards and two touchdowns.

It was a historic season for Mark Maciejewski’s Red Raiders in which the team won 11 games (second-most in school history and most since 1981) and either broke or tied 64 school records. SU opened the season with 10 consecutive victories and at one point owned the longest active winning streak in Division II (14 games) and held Super Region One's No. 1 ranking until the final week before the NCAA playoffs.

The loss also marked the final game for a group of 13 Red Raiders who comprised a phenomenal senior class that features Rodney Baltimore, Bryan Barley, Baskerville, Cody Fleming, Frenette, Kevin Herod, Corey Hunt, Saeed Khateeb, Bobby Mullen, Chris Restino, Pat Schuhl, Mark Kahlil Smith and Jeff Tomasetti

Courtesy of Shippensburg Sports Information

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Valdosta State Runs by West Alabama 49-21

VSU defense limits UWA to 187 total yards
11/24/2012 4:03:00 PM

VALDOSTA, Ga. – Valdosta State allowed West Alabama just 61 yards of total offense in the second half as the 17th-ranked Blazers defeated the Tigers 49-21 in the second round of the NCAA Playoffs Saturday afternoon at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium.

With the win, Valdosta State improves to 9-2 on the season and advances to next week's NCAA Quarterfinals against Carson-Newman. West Alabama ends its season at 9-4.

West Alabama got off to a quick start as it scored a pair of touchdowns in the first six minutes of the contest. The Tigers first score came off the opening kickoff, which Malcolm Butler returned 55 yards to the VSU 31 yard line. Seven plays later, Gary Johnston scored on a four-yard run for a 7-0 UWA lead.

West Alabama again gained favorable field condition for its next score. On VSU's second play of the game, Cedric O'Neal fumbled a screen pass that was recovered by Tiger Shontral Ford on the Valdosta State 11. Johnston again put the Tigers in the end zone as he scored from a yard out to put UWA in front by two touchdowns.

After having West Alabama intercept a pass in the end zone, Valdosta State finally got on the board early in the second quarter as it marched 45 yards on six plays. Following the interception, the VSU defense held and forced a punt, which traveled just 34 yards before going out of bounds on the UWA 45. Austin Scott scored for the Blazers as he ran untouched off right guard from 13 yards away. The extra point was missed right to cut the VSU deficit to 14-6.

The Blazer defense forced another punt on West Alabama's next drive to set up the second Valdosta State score. The Blazers needed six plays to march the 54 yards, a drive that culminated when Cayden Cochran found Seantavious Jones from 15 yards out. Another missed extra point cut the UWA lead to 14-12.

West Alabama got back on track on its ensuing drive as it marched 58 yards on eight plays. Johnston used his arm to put UWA in the end zone as he faked a run before hitting running back Dakota Daniel on a screen pass for 23 yards to establish a 21-12 Tiger lead at the intermission.

After both teams were forced to punt on their opening drives of the second half, Valdosta State grabbed the momentum with two touchdowns in a 21-second span. Scott got the first touchdown when he capped off a 10-play, 87-yard drive with a four-yard scoring run. Cochran hooked up with Regginald Lewis on the two-point conversion try to close Valdosta State to within 21-20.

On the first play from scrimmage on the ensuing UWA drive, Lawrence Virgil hit Tiger running back George Michael Rowe in the back field and stripped the ball loose. Ryan Smith scooped up the ball and returned it 13 yards to the UWA 10 yard line, where Cedric O'Neal scored on the very next play of the game. Lewis and Cochran against hooked up for a two-point conversion to give the Blazers a 28-21 edge.

After a West Alabama punt that was returned to the Tiger 34, O'Neal again scored, this time from nine yards out, on the next VSU possession to cap off a six-play drive to push the Valdosta State advantage to 14 points before adding his third touchdown of the game early in the fourth quarter. Quin Roberson set up the score with a 60-yard punt return that gave the Blazers the ball on the UWA 5. After Cochran gained three yards on a rush, O'Neal finished off the play with a run up the middle to push the Valdosta State lead to 42-21.

Scott closed out the scoring with a 15-yard touchdown run with 4:35 to play in the game.

The Valdosta State defense held the West Alabama offense to five punts, a turnover and two turnover on downs while limiting the Tigers to just one third down conversion, on eight chances, during the second half of play. Meanwhile, the Valdosta State offense rolled up 242 yards of offense in the frame.

Scott finished with 133 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 20 carries while O'Neal carried the ball 12 times for 50 yards and three scores. Cochran completed 23-of-33 passes for 240 yards and a touchdown. VSU finished with 458 total yards of offense in the game, including 218 rushing and 240 through the air.

Jeremy Grable tallied a game-high 11 tackles for Valdosta State while Virgil finished with a career-high seven tackles, including five tackles for loss and three sacks.

Rowe rushed for 54 yards on 15 carries while Johnston gained 27 yards on 18 carries and passed for 73 yards while completing 6-of-11 passes. Ben Brooks and Deon Lacey each had seven tackles to lead the West Alabama defense. West Alabama had 187 total yards of offense, including 69 rushing and 118 through the air.

Valdosta State, the Super Region 2 No. 1 seed, and Carson-Newman, the Region's No. 2 seed, will play next Saturday at Noon. If Valdosta State hosts the game, which will be announced on Sunday, November 25, tickets for the game will go on sale on Monday, November 26 at 9:00 a.m. in the Athletic Office in The Complex. Blazer season ticket holders will have until the close of business on Wednesday to claim their seats for the game.

Courtesy of Valdosta State Sports Information

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Eagles withstand L-R rally, move on to regional finals

JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. – Carson-Newman (9-2) withstood a 28-point second half comeback from Lenoir-Rhyne (9-3) to hold on for a 38-35 second round win in the NCAA Division II Playoffs.

Carson-Newman advances the quarterfinals to face top-seeded Valdosta State on the road after the Blazers knocked out West Alabama 49-21.

The Eagles trailed L-R 35-31 following an Austin Beaty seven-yard plunge up the middle for the Bears with 8:51 left in the fourth. However, Carson-Newman followed that with 14-play, 66-yard drive capped by a Brandon Haywood (Rockmart, Ga.) around the left side of the line to set the final at 38-35.

"We had so many choices to make today," Carson-Newman head coach Ken Sparks said. "There were so many times where we could have backed up or stepped up.

"There were so many times we could have disintegrated from within or we could glue together and decide that we were going to get it done. I'm proud of our kids for getting it done."

The Eagles had the lead at the break 24-7 after keeping the Bears out of the end zone on the final drive of the half.

Second team All-SAC quarterback Rueben Haynes fired a pass along the numbers on the right sideline to Artis Gilmore within five yards of the end zone. But Oliver Davis (Acworth, Ga.) and Issac Kinley (Johnson City, Tenn.) turned the Bear wideout back while also draining the five remaining seconds in the first half off the clock.

"It kept them from getting a full burst of momentum and gave us a full shot of momentum when we were struggling to get it," Sparks said.

Lenoir-Rhyne outrushed the Eagles for a third consecutive contest in a battle of option styles 425-397, but the Eagles wound up with more total yards 504-468. The yards on the ground and total offense were the most the Bears had given up all season. L-R's rush defense was ranked 10th in the nation entering the contest, giving up 90 yards/game.

The game saw six different players crest the 100-yard threshold, three from each team. Brandon Baker (Miami, Fla.) led all players with 145 yards on 24 carries, while Tyron Douglas (Clover, S.C.) and Haywood followed suit with century mark games for the Eagles with 130 and 108 yard respectively. Haywood's 34 carries marked the first time an Eagle rushed the ball more than 30 times in a game since Nate Inman, rushed 33 times for 280 yards against Tusculum in 2011. All four Eagle ball carriers – Andy Hibbett (Corryton, Tenn.) – scored touchdowns, with Douglas getting into the end zone twice.

Meanwhile, L-R got 100-yard days from Jarrod Spears (11-138), Isaiah Whitaker (16-114) and Beaty (14-102).

Carson-Newman turned the ball over three times – twice in the second half. L-R turned two of those takeaways into points.

Consequently, the Eagles didn't punt until their final possession of the game, stopping L-R one final time after the Bears had scored on their first four possessions of the second half.

"We're making memories you can't buy," Sparks said. "We get another week together and teach us and grow us another week. We get a laboratory of learning and to see what football does for us for another week."

Haywood was solid through the air, completing six of his seven passes for 108 yards. Haywood becomes the first 1,000-yard passer for C-N since 2009 when Alex Good turned in an 1,800-yard season.

The Eagles received a 13-tackle performance from Greg Beauduy (Deerfield Beach, Fla.) and 10 stops from Jamar Neal (Columbia, Tenn.) in his first game back from an injury he sustained in Carson-Newman's homecoming game against North Greenville.

Xavier Stephens (Miami, Fla.) blocked a Zach Neumann field goal in the first half to help out the defensive cause as well. It was Stevens' third blocked kick of the season.

The Eagles face Valdosta State for a right to play in the semifinals of the NCAA Division II Playoffs Saturday at noon. Coverage on the Coca-Cola Eagle Sports Network begins at 11 a.m.

Courtesy of Carson-Newman College Athletic Department | 2130 S. Branner Ave. | Jefferson City, TN 37760

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