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PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2012 7:59 pm 

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No. 16 West Texas A&M Upsets Undefeated No. 4 Ashland University, 33-28 in NCAA Second Round

11/24/2012 3:06:00 PM

ASHLAND, Ohio – On a cold and breezy, November day in Ohio with light snow flurries, the No. 16 West Texas A&M football team fought through the cold and wind and pulled out a 33-28 win at No. 4 Ashland University in the second round of the NCAA Division II Super Region Four. With the win, WT improved to 11-2 on the year advanced to the Super Region Final for the first time in school history, while previously undefeated Ashland ends its season with an 11-1 record.

In a game that saw temperatures in the 20s, the Buffs fought through the coldest weather they had played in all season as the defense stepped up with two huge sacks and a bend, but don't break mentality in the final minutes for the win.

On 3rd and five from AU's 41 with just over three minutes remaining and WT clinging to a 33-28 lead, junior defensive lineman Ethan Westbrooks came up with his biggest sack of the year dropping Housewright for a 10-yard loss forcing the Eagles to punt with 2:43 remaining. It was Westbrooks' team and Lone Star Conference-leading 15.5 sack of the year which tied the school record for sacks in a season with Franco Glaze in 1997.

WT drained as much of the clock as it could and then punted with 48 seconds left to the 12. From there, Housewright threw three nice passes to Brian Gamble, who plays both ways, getting to the WT 26 with 12 seconds remaining. Westbrooks tallied his third and school-record 16.5 sack of the season as senior defensive lineman Tyrell Higgins came up with the ball with eight seconds remaining. Vaughan and the offense took a knee for the win.

WT evened its NCAA Tournament record at 5-5 as it will play a third playoff game for the first time in school history in six appearances. The opponent and place had not been set as of this release as Colorado State Pueblo and Indianapolis were still playing.

The Buffs were led by a stellar throwing day from Harlon Hill Finalist Dustin Vaughan as he was 35 of 50 with four touchdowns and one interception for 398 yards. Junior wide receiver Torrence Allen continued to have an impressive postseason as he tallied a career-high 13 receptions for 185 yards and three key scores, while junior wide receiver Nathan Allen had 10 receptions for 98 yards.

Defensively, the Buffs had players step up all over the field as junior linebacker Taylor McCuller led the team with 12 total tackles, while junior linebacker Kyle Voss was second with nine stops. Just like in the Chadron State game last week, the defensive backs continued to make big plays as junior defensive back Curtis Slater, sophomore Torian Oakley and senior Jordan Smith all came up with interceptions on fellow Harlon Hill Finalist Taylor Housewright who had just one interception all season coming in for Ashland. The defensive line forced four sacks for 24 yards and 10 tackles for loss for 39 yards, while recovering a punt to win the turnover battle 4-2.

The Eagles were led by Anthony Taylor on the ground as he had a game-high 156 yards and a score on 22 carries. Housewright was 20 of 34 with three interceptions and 166 yards to go along with two touchdowns. Gamble le d the team with 66 yards receiving, while Taylor and Anthony Capasso caught the Housewright scores.

Gamble led all defensive players with 14 tackles as he was all over the field and had nine solo stops. Cody Bloom was second with 12 tackles, while Mike Millan added nine stops.

After a three-and-out by the Buffs on their first possession and a punt, Ashland's quarterback Taylor Housewright threw just his second interception of the season as Slater picked off the pass and returned it 22 yards to the AU 28. It was Slater's team-leading fourth interception of the season. From there, the Buffs drove to the five, but settled for a 22-yard field goal by junior Sergio Castillo, Jr. for a 3-0 lead with 11:13 remaining.

On a fourth and one from the AU 39, the Buffs called a timeout with the offense on the field and came back out in punt formation which confused the Eagles as they had 12 men on the field leading to a first down for the Buffs. From there, the Buffs made AU pay for its mistake as junior quarterback Dustin Vaughan threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to junior Torrence Allen for a 10-0 lead with 6:09 remaining in the first quarter.

The first play from scrimmage for AU to open the second quarter, Taylor ran off the near side for 51 yards for a score cutting the WT lead to 10-7 with 14:42 remaining in the half.

After a three-and-out by the Buffs, Ashland's Eric Schwieterman blocked the Kevin Van Voris punt and it was returned by Alex Winters for the score and the first Eagle lead of the game at 14-10 with 13:46 remaining in the second quarter. Ashland scored two touchdowns in a matter of 56 seconds.

The Buffs responded with a 38-yard field goal by Castillo for a 14-13 deficit with 11:42 remaining in the second quarter.

A late flag from the back judge for pass interference on WT prolonged the next AU drive as Taylor rushed for 22 yards to the 50 to get out of its own end. The Buff defense stepped up their own 37 as junior linebacker Brian Johnson batted down the Housewright pass on fourth down.

A nice screen pass to senior running back Khiry Robinson went for 35 yards, but Gamble made a touchdown saving tackle. Vaughan then hooked up with Allen and junior wide receiver Trevor Hammargren bringing the Buffs to the five yard line. On third and goal, Vaughan connected with Hammargren for his second touchdown of the day and a 19-14 lead. Castillo missed his first extra point in 63 attempts dating back to last season.

On the ensuing drive, Housewright threw his second interception of the game as Smith picked off the over-through and returned it to the AU 37 with less than three minutes remaining in the half. The Buffs were unable to capitalize on the good field possession as they had to punt.

WT forced AU to punt, but the ball hit one of the WT players as AU recovered setting the Eagles up at the WT 37 with 1:03 remaining in the half. A big holding penalty on the Eagles negated a nice pass play, however, a personal foul on WT gave AU a first and 10 with 36 seconds in the half at the 31.

A great shovel-pass to Taylor from Housewright with 10 seconds remaining in the half put AU back in front 21-19 heading into intermission.

In what was a wild third quarter, the Eagles took the opening kick and drove right down the field using the ground for a majority of the drive. Housewright connected with Capasso for a 14-yard score and a 28-19 lead. The Buffs came right back with a nice drive of its own as Vaughan connected on five passes and a couple of runs from Robinson. Allen then caught a 20-yard pass to the AU 14 and then was the recipient of Vaughan's third touchdown pass of the game for a 28-26 deficit.

On the ensuing drive, AU marched right down the field and looked as if it'd score, but on 4th and 1 the Eagles decided to try a field goal. The 26-yard try from Casey Cameron came up short.

The Buffs returned the favor and marched right down the field with the help of a late hit penalty on AU with the ball spotted near midfield. Vaughan hooked up with Allen once again as he made an acrobatic catch climbing the ladder down to the five and later scored for a 33-28 lead.

Housewright then threw his third pick of the game on the ensuing possession as sophomore defensive back Torian Oakley picked it off. WT drove to the one and was stopped on fourth down with just over seven minutes remaining.

Courtesy of West Texas A & M Sports Information

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2012 8:05 pm 

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Mavericks Prevail in Double OT Thriller to Advance to Quarterfinals

Redshirt freshman defensive back Justin Otto hauls in his first career interception - thwarting a NWMSU overtime drive - and helping MSU to the victory

Mankato, Minn. --- Fifth-ranked Minnesota State led 13th-ranked Northwest Missouri State 21-0 at the half in its NCAA second round playoff game at Blakeslee Stadium Saturday. Little did anyone know that it would take until the second overtime session to decide a winner.

Redshirt freshman defensive back Justin Otto intercepted a pass in the end zone in the second overtime and junior kicker Sam Brockshus booted a 27-yard field goal as MSU won a thriller 38-35 over the Bearcats moving the Mavericks on to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division II Football Championship.

The Mavericks picked off Northwest Missouri State quarterback Trevor Adams three times in the first half which helped catapult MSU to the big halftime lead. The first interception came on the fourth play of the game when junior defensive back Robert Gunderson hauled in an interception on the 22-yard line of the Bearcats. Sophomore running back Andy Pfeiffer took it in from a yard out to give the Mavericks an early 7-0 lead.

“We have full faith we’re going to get good stops and get turnovers in every game,” said Otto.

Pfeiffer led MSU’s ground attack by gaining 120 yards on 25 carries and two scores. The team rushed for 236 yards with quarterback Jon Wolf rushing for 68 yards and a touchdown. Wolf was 10-for-19 through the air for 158 yards and two touchdowns.

“We all were just in the zone,” said Pfeiffer. “It was a big thing they (offensive line) were able to deny penetration and open up some holes.”

MSU went up 14-0 on the third play of the second quarter when Wolf rolled out and found a sophomore H-Back Jeff Burns wide-open for a five-yard touchdown reception.

Sophomore defensive tackle Bryan Keys intercepted a ball off a deflection at the MSU 32-yard line which led to MSU’s next touchdown. The Mavericks took the ball and drove 68 yards on 14 plays culminating in a Wolf keeper from a yard out on fourth-and-goal to give MSU a 21-0 halftime lead.

The second half was a complete reversal of the first. Northwest Missouri’s Jayron Robinson blocked a Darin Howell punt and was recovered and returned by the Bearcats to the MSU 16. Billy Creason scored from nine yards out to pull them within 21-7 less than three minutes into the second half.

On their next possession, Joel Gantz caught a five-yard pass from Adams for a touchdown capping a seven-play, 63-yard drive to make it 21-14.

MSU countered as sophomore wideout Keyvan Rudd hauled in a juggling 14-yard touchdown reception on the first play of the fourth quarter to put the Mavericks up 28-14.

The Bearcats first drive of the fourth quarter turned out the same way as their third quarter possessions ended, with a touchdown. They drove 75 yards in 13 plays culminating with a Tyler Shaw 17-yard touchdown reception from Adams.

After holding MSU without a first down, Robinson broke through the MSU line and blocked his second punt of the second half and was brought back to the MSU four-yard line. Jordan Simmons rushed it in on the next play tying the game at 28-28 with 7:11 to go.

MSU was able to withstand a pair of Jon Wolf turnovers late in regulation and the game went to overtime.

The Mavericks got the ball first and drove the 25 yards on four plays with all rushes ending with a Pfeiffer six-yard touchdown run.

Northwest Missouri State scored quickly to counter as Simmons caught a 25-yard pass from Adams on their second play of overtime. The Bearcats lined up for the two-point conversion in an attempt to win, but after MSU called a time-out, they reconsidered and kicked the extra point to tie it.

Otto picked a good time for his first career interception picking off an Adams pass in the end zone on the Bearcats double overtime possession. MSU then drove down to the ten and called on Brockshus on third down to kick the game winner.

For acting head coach Aaron Keen, the way his players were able to withstand Northwest Missouri State’s rally and come away with the victory is extraordinary.

“That’s some mental training with our players,” he said. “There’s something special in the belief in they have in one another and the belief they have in their abilities.”

The win advances the Mavericks to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division II Football Championship where they will host Missouri Western State next Saturday at noon at historic Blakeslee Stadium.

Courtesy of Minnesota State Sports Information

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2012 8:08 pm 

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Griffons improve to 12-1 on the season
MWSU Athletic Media Relations
11/24/2012 4:15:00 PM

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. - The Missouri Western football team advanced to the regional final for the first time in school history with a 45-21 victory over 6th ranked Henderson State University on Saturday afternoon. The Griffons had 233 yards rushing and forced Henderson State's quarterback Kevin Rodgers into throwing four interceptions. The Griffons improve to 12-1 on the season and will travel to Mankato, Minn. to take on the Mavericks of Minnesota State-Mankato. Game time is set for 12:00 pm on Saturday, December 1st.

Two of the most prolific offenses in Division II were held scoreless on their first possessions of the game. From there the two teams put up a total of 24 combined points in the first quarter. The Reddies took their second possession of the game 66 yards on nine players which was capped by a Kevin Nichols one yard run.

The Griffons responded nicely scoring 17 unanswered points taking a 17-7 lead after one quarter. Michael Hill scored the Griffons first touchdown on a 15 yard run capping a five play 58 yard drive with 8:40 to play. Raphael Spencer had a 25 yard run to help set up the score for the Griffons. For Hill that was his school record 19th touchdown of the season and 44th of his career. Hill also has 114 points in a season which breaks the season record of 112 which was done by Bubba Hopkins in 1975. The rushing touchdown also set the career record for most rushing touchdowns with 35. Tony Williams had the record of 34 from 1994-97.

On the Reddies very next snap linebacker Stephen Juergens intercepted a Kevin Rodgers pass setting the Griffons up on the Henderson State 16 yard line. The interception was only Rodgers ninth of the season. MWSU proceeded to go 16 yards on four plays which was capped by a Travis Partridge one yard plunge. The final score of the first quarter was when Taylor Anderson connected on a 45 yard field goal with 29 seconds to play in the quarter giving MWSU the 10 point lead. Anderson now holds the record for most points by a kicker in a season with 106 which breaks Brad Beckwith's record of 97 set in 20009.

The Reddies cut the lead to 17-14 with 8:50 to play in the second quarter when Jarvis Smith went 14 yards capping an eight play 55 yard drive.

The final four minutes of the second quarter belonged to the Griffons as Partridge connected on three third down pays which included an six yard pass to Reggie Jordan giving MWSU the 24-14 lead with 3:42 to play in the half. MWSU stopped the Reddies and once again the Griffons used Jordan as the weapon as Partridge threw a one yard fade with 5 seconds to play giving MWSU the 31-14 lead at the half.

The Griffons had 254 yards at the half with 96 coming on the ground and 158 threw the air. Hill carried for 77 yards on 15 carries while Partridge connected on 15-of-19 for 158 yards and two touchdowns. Tyron Crockom had five receptions for 40 yards. Marc Harrision and Juergens had four tackles apiece for the Griffons.

The Reddies had 234 yards with 191 coming threw the air. Rodgers connected on 17-of-29 passes with two interceptions. Dustin Holland had six receptions for 57 yards while Robert Jordan had three for 64. Defensively Maxie Graham had 10 tackles for the Reddies.

The second half did not start well for the Griffons as Crockom fumbled on the second play of the half giving the Reddies the ball on the Griffons 19 yard line. MWSU's defense forced a field goal opportunity which hit the right upright. The Griffons proceeded to go 80 yards on four plays which was capped off by a 63 yard touchdown run by Spencer giving the Griffons the 38-14 lead.

The Griffons tacked on another touchdown in the fourth when Partridge went in from five yards out capping an six play 40 yard drive giving the Griffons a 45-14 lead with 6:46 to play. The Reddies scored one more touchdown but it was to late as they finished the season 10-1.

The Griffons finished with 437 yards of total offense. Partridge finished with 204 yards connecting on 22-of-29 passes and two touchdowns. Crockom had six catches for 40 yards while Kyle Knox and Brandon Wright had four apiece. Hill rushed for 122 yards and one touchdown on 27 carries while Spencer had six catches for 95 yards. Hill has rushed for over 100 yards 12 times this season and 20 times in his career. Defensively Ray Cottman and Harrison had seven tackles. The Griffons had nine pass break-ups with David Bass getting two.

The Reddies had 480 yards with 412 coming in the air. Rodgers connected on 37-of-65 passes with four interceptions and one touchdown. Holland had 10 catches for 103 yards while Jordan had nine for 125. Keaton Stigger had 16 tackles with 10 being solo.

Courtesy of Missouri Western Sports Information

 Post subject: Re: PSAC/Div II Football
PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2012 6:48 pm 

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Time for a few comments. IUP proved its defense is indeed what it is cracked up to be by shutting down New Haven in the second half to ensure the 17-14 win for the Crimson Hawks. Shippensburg's passing game once again was prevented from running up a parcel of points by a good defensive opponent-WSSU. Down south, Valdosta State keeps showing that they are probably bound for the national semis, although they will have to get by a good Carson-Newman team that won by field goal over Lenoir-Rhyne. Shifting to the Midwest, West Texas A & M has finally found some success in the Div II playoffs, but I suspect the Buffaloes' stampede will come to an end next weekend against CSU Pueblo--but not by a large margin. In the last super region, I think Minnesota State-Mankato by beating NWMSU has most likely punched its ticket to the national semis, although I do think Missouri Western is capable of beating the boys from Mankato on the road, IF they play their very best game. I am not yet about to make any picks for the super-regional championships (natiional quarterfinals), but suffice it to say there are some possibilities for the favorites "on paper" to be upended. See you later in the week with my picks. Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving. Husky

 Post subject: Re: PSAC/Div II Football
PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2012 10:47 am 

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Husky's Picks for the Div II Super Regional Championship Games/National Quarterfinals

Winston-Salem wins over IUP. WSSU will be too much for IUP's stout defense.

Valdosta State takes out Carson-Newman. Valdosta keeps right on coming on.

CSU Pueblo at home defeats West Texas A & M. They did it before, and they'll do it again.

Minnesota-Mankato edges Missouri Western. I am a bit leery of this pick, but I am going with the team that last week beat perennial playoff power NWMSU.

Enjoy the games tomorrow. Hope there is ample video coverage available or at least radio. Husky's record for playoff picks now stands at 12-4. The only team I am rooting for is IUP. and I think their chances are slim.

Last edited by Husky on Sat Dec 01, 2012 9:54 pm, edited 2 times in total.

 Post subject: Re: PSAC/Div II Football
PostPosted: Sat Dec 01, 2012 9:52 pm 

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Div II Quarterfinal Scores

SRI--Winston-Salem 21
IUP 17

SRII--Valdosta State 48
Carson-Newman 26

SRIII--Minnesota State Mankato 17
Missouri Western--10

SRIV--West Texas A & M 34
CSU Pueblo 13

Husky picked three of the four games correctly to up his playoff record to 15-5. He missed the mark on the WTAMU---CSU Pueblo game.
Next week's semifinal match-ups see Winston-Salem playing West Texas A & M, and Valdosta State will meet Minnesota State--Mankato.
Most likely, these two games will be televised--possibly on one or more of the ESPN channels. I will post the info when I find out something. Details on today's games will follow.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 01, 2012 10:01 pm 

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Big Plays, Late Touchdown Doom IUP in NCAA Regional Championship

De'Antwan Williams totaled138 yards on Saturday
Ryan Rebholz, Sports Information Director
12/1/2012 3:12:00

WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Rams one-yard touchdown pass from Kameron Smith to Ricky Rozier proved to be the go-ahead score with 3:51 remaining as IUP fell to Winston-Salem State 21-17 in the 2012 NCAA Division II Super Region One Championship.

The loss ends the season for the Crimson Hawks, who made to the quarterfinals of the NCAA playoffs for the first time since 1999. IUP finished with an overall record of 12-2 and won the program's third Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) championship. It was also the 10th time in program history that IUP won at least 10 games in a season.

The touchdown pass from Smith came on third-and-goal from the one yard line after two straight two-yard rushes inside the five yard line.

The following IUP offensive drive did not start well, as quarterback Mike Box (Lawrenceville, GA/Collins Hill) was sacked for a loss of eight yards back to the Crimson Hawks own 17-yard line. The next pass to Salath Williams (Harrisburg/Bishop McDevitt) fell incomplete as IUP faced a third-and-long. Box connected with Terrill Barnes (Gettysburg/Gettysburg) on a short pass but he fought for additional yards to give IUP a fourth-and-five at its own 30. With the season on the line, Box again went Barnes way, finding him down the left sideline for a 23-yard gain to the Rams 47.

The very next play went for big yardage again, with running back De'Antwan Williams (Woodbridge, VA/Woodbridge) catching a pass over the middle and breaking tackles all the way down to the Winston-Salem 25. Gaining momentum, Box hit Barnes again, this time for 15 yards down the right sideline to give IUP a first-and-goal at the 10 yard line.

It was another pass to Williams on the next play as he was knocked out at the Rams five-yard line after slipping out of the backfield. On second down Box rolled to his left but his pass to Salath Williams (Harrisburg/Bishop McDevitt) fell incomplete, nearly getting picked off inside the five yard line.

On third down Box looked for Tyler Dummermuth (New Philadelphia, OH/New Philadelphia) in the end zone but the pass was off target, bringing up another fourth down with 34 seconds left on the clock. Dropping back again, Box looked off his primary receiver and targeted Dummermuth but the Winston-Salem pressure was too strong and All-American linebacker Carlos Fields hit Box's arm, forcing the ball to fall to the grass, incomplete.

Box finished the game 16-of-32 for 236 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. Barnes was his main target with a career-high nine catches for 160 yards a score.

With the exception of just a few plays over the course of the game, the IUP defense outplayed the high-octane Winston-Salem offense.

The Rams totaled 338 yards of offense, although 165 of those yards came on three plays. The first being a 62-yard screen pass to receiver Jameze Massey late in the opening quarter, which would eventually lead to a Rozier one-yard touchdown, the first score of the game.

Receiver Jahuann Butler had a 48-yard reception in the second quarter, but the backbreaker came on the final play of the first half. With just one second left on the clock and the ball at their own 45-yard line, starting quarterback Anthony Carrothers pass toward the end zone was tipped in the air and snatched up by Kenny Patterson, who fell across the goal line for the score. With that “Hail Mary” play, the Rams took a 14-7 lead into halftime.

Prior to that score, the Crimson Hawks tied the score at 7-7 with a 36-yard catch and run by Barnes, who broke several tackles and cut back inside the Rams 10-yard line, diving in the touchdown.

That score came with 48 seconds left, giving the Rams just enough time to get into position to convert the “Hail Mary”.

The second half was completely dominated by the IUP defense as the Crimson Hawks picked off a pass, recovered a fumble, forced a turnover on downs and a pair of punts. The Rams did have a chance to add to their lead coming out of the locker room, driving deep into IUP territory but a 40-yard field goal attempt went wide left.

Outside of that 12-play drive, the Rams ran just 14 more plays before their game-winning nine-play drive in the fourth quarter.

The Crimson Hawks got within four on their second drive of the third quarter as Brett Ullman (Baltimore, MD/Perry Hall)'s 29-yard field goal split the uprights, making it a 14-10 Rams lead. The kick by Ullman was his 19th on the season, breaking the IUP record for field goals in a season.

Momentum would continue to swing in IUP's favor, as on the ensuing kickoff, Marvase Byrd (McKeesport/McKeesport) recovered a fumble forced by Johnny Franco (Altoona/Tyrone) at the Rams 22 yard line. De'Antwan Williams (Woodbridge, VA/Woodbridge) ran for gains of four and five yards and on third-and-one, Box's sneak turned into a 12-yard gain to the Rams one. The following play IUP went back to Williams, who ran it in, helping give the Crimson Hawks a 17-14 lead with 2:55 left in the third.

Smith, who threw 39 touchdowns during the season but was injured three weeks ago and replaced by Carrothers, entered the game in the fourth quarter for the Rams in an attempt to provide a spark. His first two drives went for a total of seven yards before leading Winston-Salem to the game-winning drive.

Smith finished 5-of-9 for 32 yards and a touchdown while Carrothers was 10-of-25 for 259 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Massey caught five balls for 104 yards and Butler had four catches for 123 yards.

IUP finished with 18 first downs compared to 13 for the Rams, while also outgaining Winston-Salem with 369 yards of total offense. One of the nation's best defenses also limited the Rams to 47 rushing yards while the Crimson Hawks gained 133. Williams led the way for IUP with 110 yards on 26 carries with a touchdown, also catching three passes for 28 more yards.

Carl Fleming (Reisterstown, MD/Franklin) led the way on defense with nine total tackles, including three tackles-for-loss and a half-sack. Carl Thornton (Beaver Falls/Beaver Falls) added eight tackles while Alexander Berdahl (Ashburn, VA/Bishop O'Connell), Jerrel McFadden and Shane Meisner (Greensburg/Hempfield ) all had five. Meisner provided pressure in the Rams backfield all game long, hurrying passes and notching two tackles-for-loss and a sack-and-a-half.

Courtesy of IUP Sports Information

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Blazers Roll to Semifinals, Down Carson-Newman 48-26

VSU tallies 525 yards in win

VALDOSTA, Ga. – Valdosta State tallied 525 yards of total offense to defeat Carson-Newman 48-26 in the Quarterfinals of the NCAA Division II Football Playoffs at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium Saturday afternoon.

With the victory, VSU improves to 10-2 on the season and advances to next week's semifinal game against Minnesota State-Mankato. Carson-Newman ends its season at 9-3.

Valdosta State dominated the first quarter, as it scored 14 points and compiled 163 yards of offense, before Carson-Newman came back to control the second.

The Eagles got the scoring started on the first drive of the game when they marched 65 yards on 13 plays. The Blazer defense stiffened when the ball got inside its 10 to force a 27-yard field goal by Curt Duncan that gave C-N a 3-0 lead.

Valdosta State answered on its ensuing drive as used 10 plays to move 90 yards for a touchdown. Cayden Cochran completed all six of his passes on the drive for 46 yards and also ran for 12 yards while Cedric O'Neal ran for 37 yards on one carry. Cochran finished off the drive with a 1-yard plunge for the touchdown that put VSU in front 7-3.

After forcing a turnover on downs on the Carson-Newman 46 yard line on the next Eagle drive, the Blazers needed just one play to push their advantage to 11 points as O'Neal burst through the line for a 46-yard run.

The two teams traded punts on the game's next two drive before Carson-Newman scored its first touchdown of the game. After taking over on its own three, C-N put together a 15-play drive to methodically move the ball down the field. Only two of the 15 plays came through the air as the Eagles ran for 80 of the 97 yards. Andy Hibbett closed out the drive with a 1-yard run that closed CNU to within 14-10.

A pair of short fields helped Carson-Newman take the lead as it scored on each of its next two possessions. A short punt and a personal foul against Valdosta State gave the Eagles on the VSU 32 on its next drive, from which Brandon Baker scored on a run, while an interception that was returned to the VSU 22 led to a 33-yard Duncan field goal.

Valdosta State moved the ball to the C-N 1 yard on the final drive of the first half but was stopped on a fourth-down plunge as Carson-Newman led 20-14 at the half.

The Eagles again got the first score in the second half as Duncan booted a 42-yard field goal, only to have Valdosta State quickly cut its deficit to 23-21 as it needed just four plays to advance down the field. Cochran completed all three of his passes on the drive for 73 yards, the final 37 of which came on a pass down the C-N sideline to Seantavious Jones for the touchdown.

Carson-Newman answered with Duncan's fourth field goal of the game, this one a 22-yard attempt, on the ensuing drive, but the points would prove to be the final of the game for the Eagles as the VSU defense limited C-N to just 58 yards the remainder of the game.

While the Carson-Newman offense was limited the rest of the game, Valdosta State kept up the pressure as it scored touchdowns on each of its next four possessions. Chris Anderson put the Blazers in front for good with a 20-yard reception before O'Neal added his second of three rushing touchdowns with a three-yard run early in the fourth quarter.

Cochran threw his third touchdown of the game with 8:08 to go when he found Quin Roberson alone in the back left corner of the end zone while O'Neal finished off the scoring with a 16-yard run with 6:29 to play.

Valdosta State's four rushing touchdowns in the game gave VSU 34 on the year, breaking the old school record of 32 set during the program's 2004 national championship title season. O'Neal, a true freshman, has tallied 13 of the scores, tied for the third-most in school history and just two away from the single season mark. The Dublin, Ga. native has also rushed for 1,055 yards on the season, making him just the eight VSU running back to top the 1,000-yard barrier and the first since Michael Terry ran for 1,107 in 2007.

Valdosta State finished the game with 279 yards rushing and 246 passing. O'Neal added 194 yards to go along with his three touchdowns while Cochran completed 23-of-31 passes for 246 yards and ran for 34 more yards. Anderson, in his first career start, caught a team-high six passes for 43 yards.

Chris Pope led the Valdosta State defense with 21 tackles, tied for the second-highest single game total in program history.

Carson-Newman finished with 392 yards of offense, including 362 rushing. Baker ran for 155 yards while Tyron Douglas added 124. Oliver Davis led the C-N defense with seven stops, all solo.

The site for next week's game between Valdosta State and Minnesota State-Mankato will be announced later Saturday evening.

Courtesy of Valdosta State Sports Information

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Minesota State--Mankato Moves On to Div II Semifinals

Mankato, Minn. --- With the game tied at ten with 8:51 left in the game, Minnesota State needed a clock-sustaining drive to put points on the board and they called on redshirt freshman running back Connor Thomas.

He ended a 10-play, 80-yard drive with a 12-yard touchdown run that gave the Mavericks a 17-10 victory over Missouri Western State in the NCAA Division II Football Championship Quarterfinal at Blakeslee Stadium.

“I just took the field with confidence,” said Thomas about the game-winning drive. “I knew we needed to get a score and it started with our o-line up front. I was feeling that cut-back really well and the receivers also made great blocks down field.”

Thomas ran the ball seven times on the game-winning drive for 46 yards culminating with the touchdown run.

“I couldn’t have been more proud of our offense on that last drive, running that ball down and score that touchdown was huge for program,” said acting head coach Aaron Keen.

Thomas gained 159 yards on the ground on 19 attempts leading the 289-yard ground attack for MSU Saturday afternoon. Jon Wolf gained 67 yards and a touchdown and Andy Pfeiffer added 47. The effort was the first-ever 100-yard output in Thomas’ career.

Thomas was the key on MSU’s lone touchdown drive of the first half. As part of a 5-play, 91-yard drive, he took a handoff from his own 15 and ran up the middle for a 52-yard gain to the Missouri Western State 33-yard line. A pair of Pfeiffer runs to them to the 20. Wolf then called his own number as he scampered down the left side for a 20-yard touchdown run giving the Mavericks a 10-3 lead early in the second quarter.

Missouri Western State took the second half kickoff and scored quickly to tie the game. Quarterback Travis Partridge took it in from 35 yards out to cap a 5-play, 62-yard drive.

With the game tied going into the fourth quarter, MSU used ball control to win the game. The Mavericks had the ball first in the quarter and used up five minutes of the clock before it ended with a Stephen Juergens interception for MWSU and returned it to his own 47. MSU’s defense held the Griffons to a three-and-out without giving up a yard and forced them to punt. The game-winning drive followed where the Mavericks used up five and a half minutes off the clock. MSU held the ball for 12 of the 15 minutes of the final quarter.

Last week, the MSU defense picked off four Northwest Missouri State passes in the double overtime victory.

Today, they intercepted three more and they all came at opportune moments. Nathan Hancock picked off a Partridge pass late in the first half in his own end to thwart a Griffons rally. Justin Otto had his second huge interception in as many weeks when he picked off a pass from his own 4-yard line stopping a MWSU go-ahead drive attempt in the third quarter. Following Thomas’ winning touchdown, Earl Brooks intercepted a desperation heave from Partridge out of the end zone, icing the win for the Mavericks.

“Our defense is really relaxed,” said Brooks. “When our offense gives up the ball, we’re going to stop them (other team) three-and-out or get a turnover and get them the ball back. We have confidence like that.”

MSU’s defense held Harlon Hill finalist, Michael Hill, to 50 yards.

“I thought our defense did a tremendous job of shutting down the run,” said Keen. “Doing that gave us a shot to win that football game.

The Maverick defense was paced by sophomore linebacker Kris Fleigle who totaled nine stops. Brooks added eight stops while sophomore safety Nathan Hancock had six.

MSU (13-0) moves on to the semifinals of the NCAA Division II Football Championship where it will play Valdosta State, 48-26 winners over Carson-Newman. The site for the game is yet to be determined.

Courtesy of Minnesota State--Mankato sports Information

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No. 16 Buffs Upset Top-Ranked Colorado State-Pueblo in NCAA Quarterfinal, 34-13

PUEBLO, Colo. – The West Texas A&M football team exacted some revenge Saturday with a dominating performance on both sides of the ball as it upset top-ranked Colorado State-Pueblo at the Netta and Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl with a 34-13 win in the NCAA Quarterfinal. With the win the Buffs improved to 12-2 on the year, while CSU-Pueblo ended its season a 12-1.

The Buffs, who avenged a season-opening 44-34 loss to these same Thunderwolves Aug. 30, silenced the announced crowd of 10,217 midway through the first half. However, the Buffs had a nice contingent of fans of approximately 800 who made the five-hour trip from Canyon.

West Texas A&M should find out where and when it will play top-seeded out of Super Region One and second-ranked Winston-Salem State Sunday.

WT was led by junior quarterback Dustin Vaughan who passed for 324 yards and three scores on 24 of 38 passes with one interception. Senior running back Khiry Robinson tallied 181 yards on the ground and had two catches for 14 yards with a score. Junior wide receiver Nathan Slaughter came up with catch after catch after catch as he tallied 170 yards receiving and two touchdowns on seven receptions.

Defensively the Buffs dominated the CSU-Pueblo this time as it held the high-powered Thunderwolves' rushing offense to just 32 yards on the ground as CSUP had 265 yards on the ground in the first meeting in August. CSUP quarterback Ross Dausin didn't have a lot of time in the pocket as the relentless WT defense sacked him seven times for 46 yards led by junior defensive lineman Ethan Westbrooks who had 2.5 sacks for 21 yards and a forced fumble. He now has a school-record 19 sacks on the season. Junior linebacker Taylor McCuller had 14 tackles in the game including eight solo stops as he broke the school-record for tackles in a season with 155 as Joe Calhoun had 151 in 1995.

WT amassed 517 yards of offense as they had 193 yards on the ground and 324 through the air and held CSUP to just 225 yards of total offense. For the second straight week, the Buffs have knocked off an undefeated and top five ranked team as WT won at No. 4 Ashland last week 33-28.

There was an energy and a confidence from the opening kick on the Buffalo sideline as the teams traded punts for the first three possessions and the Buffs turned the ball over on downs on a 4th and 1 from the CSU-Pueblo 45 midway through the first quarter.

The WT defense came up big with a stop as junior linebacker Bryan Johnson came up with the first sack of the game forcing a punt.

That's went the WT offense started clicking as the Buffs marched a season-high 94 yards on three plays in just 1:19 of time as Vaughan completed two passes to Nathan Slaughter for 91 yards, including a 74-yard strike on a flea-flicker as Slaughter caught it on the near side and reversed field for a 7-0 lead.

The Thunderwolves went 3-and-out on their next possession as the momentum began to grow and the 800 or so WT fans continued to get louder and louder. The Buffs started inside the CSUP 40 as Vaughan completed pass to redshirt freshman Jarrian Rhone for 3 yards and a first down on a 3rd and three to the 18. After the change of the quarter, Vaughan and Slaughter hooked up once again for a 14-0 lead on a 13-yard pass and score.

The Thunderwolves went 18 plays in 8:03, but the bend, but don't break WT defense came up huge once again as senior defensive lineman came up with a huge nine-yard sack on Dausin on a 3rd and six from the WT eight yard line forcing a field goal.

The Buffaloes came right back with an 8-play, 71-yard drive as Vaughan and Slaugher hooked up once again on a 40-yard pass down the CSUP 31. Another 10-yard pass to Slaughter put the Buffs on the 17. On 3rd and goal from the goal line, Vaughan threw a pass to Robinson in the end zone for a 21-3 lead.

WT took over late in the second quarter after senior defensive back Jordan Smith picked off Dausin for Smith's third interception of the season. The Buffs marched from their own 21 to the CSUP 28 as junior kicker Sergio Castillo, Jr., kicked a 45-yard field goal with seven seconds remaining in the half for a 24-3 lead.

CSUP drove to the WT 47 on the opening possession of the third quarter and punter Brandon Kliesen, who ranks second nationally in punting, placed the ball at the WT 1. On the first play from the one, the snap went wide of Vaughan, but Robinson was there to collect it and managed a two yard gain avoiding a disaster.

WT punted from its 22, but CSU-Pueblo return specialist Kieren Duncan returned the punt 46 yards to the WT 27 as the home crowd began to come to life.

The Buff “D” stepped up once again with good pressure on Dausin as he was sacked by Westbrooks and sophomore linebacker Shane Sobnosky for a seven yard loss as the Thunderwolves were on the doorstep. Greg O'Donnell kicked his second field goal of the game for a 24-6 score with 6:06 remaining in the third quarter.

A big pass interference penalty on CSUP kept the ensuing Buff drive alive as they marched to the CSUP 33 where Castillo kicked a 50-yard field goal for a 27-6 advantage.

WT put the game out of reach on the defensive side as Westbrooks sacked and forced a Dausin fumble as junior linebacker LeBrandon Mosley picked up the loose ball and ran in from 26-yards out on the ensuing CSUP possession for a 34-6 lead late in the third quarter. It was first fumble returned for a touchdown by the Buffs since Chris Metcalf returned one 25 yards versus Texas A&M-Kingsville in Cowboys Stadium earlier this season.

The longest run of the game from the Thunderwolves came late in the third as Matthews scampered 33 yards to the WT 42 on the next possession. Following the change of the quarter, CSUP marched down field on the shoulders of Matthews and Dausin connected on an 18-yard strike to Josh Sandoval for a score and a 34-13 Buff lead with 12:01 remaining.

Great clock management by the Buffs followed as they went on a season-high 16 play, 89-yard drive getting to the CSUP 6 as a Vaughan pass was intercepted in the end zone with 4:26 remaining.

Courtesy of WTAMU Sports Information

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Next week's Div II semifinals find Valdosta State traveling out to Mankato, Minnesota to play Minnesota State-Mankato at 3:00 PM EST, and West Texas A & M will journey east to play Winston-Salem in Winston-Salem, North Carolina at 6:30 PM EST. ESPN could adjust the starting times to accommodate their programming, but both games will be televised on ESPN channels and will be re-aired later on on ESPNU. I have also heard the WTAMU-WSSU game will be aired live on Check your ESPN listings later this week. Incidentally, I think both West Texas A & M and Minnesota State-Makato will win the two semifinal games and be playing one another in Florence, Alabama on Saturday, December 15. That's all for now. If I hear any further details about the televising of the games, I will most expeditiously post it. Have fun Christmas shopping and getting ready for the most wonderful time of the year. Ciao! Husky

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Both Valdosta State and Winston-Salem won their Div II national semifinal games against Minnesota State and West Texas A & M respectively. Husky missed the mark with both games and his playoff record now sinks to 15-7. Details will be posted later tonight or tomorrow. I am not overly surprised with Valdosta State's winning, but I am admittedly somewhat shocked that Winston-Salem beat West Texas A & M. In any case, it's Winston-Salem against Valdosta State for the Div II national title next Saturday in Florence, Alabama. It will be the first time in quite a few years that a team from super Region I has made the DiV II national final. I think Bloomsburg in the 2000 was the last team from Super Region I to get there. Best wishes to the Rams of Winston-Salem to win it all, but i certainly have nothing against Valdosta State--a great Div II football power.

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Time for the last and final pick. I think Valdosta State wins the Div II national championship on Saturday in Florence, Alabama over
Winston-Salem State University. The game will be telecast live on ESPN2 at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday

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WSSU in the Div II National Finals

December 8, 2012
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#2 WSSU Rams Roll Into National Championship Game With 41-18 Win Over West Texas A&M
00:57 - 4 1 2 3 4 T
West Texas A&M (12-3) 7 0 3 8 18
Winston-Salem State (14-0) 6 14 7 14 41
Winston-Salem, N.C. | Bowman-Gray Stadium
West Texas A&M Winston-Salem State
Pa: Dustin Vaughan - 169
Ru: Khiry Robinson - 137
Rec: Torrence Allen - 74
Pa: SMITH,Kameron - 233
Ru: LEWIS,Maurice - 118
Rec: WILLIAMS,Jamal - 99
TEAM STATISTICS West Texas A&M Winston-Salem State
Passing Yards 169 249
Rushing Yards 133 261
Turnovers 2 0
Time of Poss. 27:02 32:01

WINSTON-SALEM, NC - Winston-Salem State quarterback Kameron Smith threw two touchdowns and ran for another, while Maurice Lewis ran for two scores as WSSU (14-0) defeated West Texas A&M 41-18, Saturday in the NCAA Division II National Semi-Finals and earned the coveted trip to play for the National Championship.

West Texas A&M would take the opening kick and Jarrian Rhone would return it all the way to the WSSU 16 yard line. And on the next play, the Buffs quarterback Dustin Vaughn, would have to scramble to the right but found an open receiver in Trevor Hammargren in the endzone for a touchdown, just 20 seconds into the game.

Two series later, WSSU would answer on a quick four play, 76 yard drive, helped by a Buffalo's facemask penalty and highlighted by a Jameze Massey 27 yard rush and capped by Bryce Sherman's 32 yard scamper to pull the Rams to within one, 7-6, after WSSU missed the PAT.

WSSU would hold the Buffs on the next series after a sustained drive came up short, and forced a 40 yard field goal attempt that would sail wide right.'

Winston-Salem State would try to capitalize on the next drive, but the six play drive would come to a halt when the Rams where stopped on a fourth down play, and had to turn the ball over on downs.

But the Rams' Justin Wilkerson would pick off WTAM on the next play, his second interception in consecutive weeks from the defensive end position, and the Rams would make the Buffs pay for the mistake.

A solid mix of run and pass from the confident WSSU team saw them march 43 yards in eight plays, capped off by a Maurice Lewis one yard run to put Winston-Salem State up 13-7.

As been the case all season, and throughout the playoffs, the WSSU defense was stout and control the West Texas offense for most of the game. They would force another Buffalo punt giving the ball back to the Rams offense that was now starting to feel the momentum swing mightily in their favor.

Kameron Smith would march the Rams down the field again on the next possession with passes to Jamal Williams for 25 yards, followed by a 15 yard completion to Jahuann Butler. Smith would hook up with Butler for a 14 yard completion before he would find Jameze Massey open in the middle fo the field on a screen pass and, and Massey would do the rest splitting the defense from 21 yards out for another WSSU touchdown giving the Rams a 20-7 lead.

The Rams Larry Hearne would come up with his fifth interception of the season on West Texas' next series, but the Rams drive would come up short but send the team into the locker room with the momentum and the lead.

The WSSU Rams would get ball first in the second half and looked to really try to put the game out of reach early as they would embark on an eight play drive, but would eventually stall and Kameron Smith would be sacked on a fourth down attempt, turning the ball back over to West Texas A&M.

The Buffalos would respond with their longest drive of the night, a 13 play, 58 yard drive that would be finished off with a Sergio Castillo 29 yard field goal to pull within 10, at 20-10 with 6:06 to play in third quarter.

Winston-Salem State would answer right back on their next series, starting with a 36 yard connection from Kameron Smith to Jameze Massey, followed by a 10 yard rush by Maurice Lewis. Smith would also find Jamal Williams for 18 yards before back to back runs of four and nine yard by Maurice Lewis would put the Rams back in the endzone and back up 17 at 27-10.

By the end of the third quarter everyone in attendance dressed in their scarlet red and white could sense what was on the horizon.

The WSSU defense would keep the pressure on West Texas' quarterback and forced a punt back to the Rams early in the fourth quarter, and the Rams would make them pay for not getting the score closer.

Rushes by Bryce Sherman and Maurice Lewis, followed by passes from Smith to Tehvyn Brantley and finally to Jamal Williams from 21 yards away put the Rams back in the endzone with a commanding 34-10 lead.

WTAM's Dustin Vaughn would march the Buffs back down the field, covering 61 yards in 11 plays and Khiry Robinson would find paydirt from 13 yards out to cut the lead to 34-18 with 7:36 remaining.

But once again, Kameron Smith would lead the Rams on a sustained drive of nine plays covering 88 yards.

Maurice Lewis would start the drive with back to back runs of five and 15 yards, before Bryce Sherman would pick up 15 yards on a run. And as apropos as can be, Kameron Smith would find the endzone one last time in Bowman Gray Stadium on a 23 yard run to close out the scoring to give the Rams the 41-18 win.

Kameron Smith threw for 233 yards on 15 of 23 passing with two touchdowns and Maurice Lewis rushed for 118 yards and two scores. Bryce Sherman added 73 rushing yards and a score.

Jamal Williams finished with 99 yards receiving and one touchdown on five catches, while Juhuann Butler had five catches for 53 yards. Jameze Massey had two catches for 57 yards and a touchdown.

Defensively, Malcolm Rowe and Carlos Fields each finished with 10 tackles, with Fields also picking off one pass. Daniel Mungin added seven tackles and Michael Ford added four tackles. 10 other Rams had two tackles each. Justin Wilkerson added a sack and an interception, while Donnie Owens added 1.5 sacks as did Mareece Harris. Larry Hearne add an interception to go with his two tackles.

For the West Texas A&M Buffaloes, Dustin Vaughan threw for 169 yards and a touchdown, and Khiry Robinson ran for 137 yards and a score. Sergio Castillo hit a 29-yard field goal for the Buffs.

Winston-Salem State will face Valdosta State in the Division II championship game next Saturday in Florence, Ala. The game will be televised "live" on ESPN2 at 1:00pm eastern standard time.

Courtesy of WSSU Sports Information

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FLORENCE BOUND! Valdosta State tops Minnesota State-Mankato 35-19

Blazers to make appearance in fourth national championship game
12/8/2012 8:15:00 PM

MANKATO, Minn. – Valdosta State compiled 498 yards of offense as the Blazers defeated Minnesota State-Mankato at Blakeslee Stadium in the NCAA Division II National Semifinals Saturday afternoon.

With the win, the Blazers improved to 11-2 and advances to next week's NCAA Division II National Championship game at Braly Stadium in Florence, Ala. Minnesota State-Mankato ends its season at 13-1.

The 498 yards by VSU marked the most given up by MSU on the season, which entered the game as the No. 3 defense in the nation in total yardage as it allowed just 267.7 per game. The game comes just two weeks after Valdosta State tallied 525 yards in the second round of the Division II playoffs against West Alabama, which was the fifth-ranked defense in the nation at the time.

The game marked Valdosta State's fourth trip to the national semifinals and the fourth time that the Blazers have advanced to the national championship game.

Minnesota State-Mankato dominated the first quarter of play as it held the ball for a little over 11 out of the first 15 minutes of play. Valdosta State ran just seven plays during the frame and managed just 36 yards. Meanwhile, the Mavericks ran 22 plays for 118 yards while taking a 3-0 lead. Sam Brockshus scored the only points of the quarter as, on the second MSU possession of the game, he capped off a 14-play drive with a 29-yard field goal.

Minnesota State-Mankato pushed its advantage to 10-0 less than three minutes into the second quarter when Adam Thielen caught a 17-yard pass, before Valdosta State got back in the game with a pair of long drives.

After falling behind 10-0, Valdosta State marched 82 yards on 10 plays to score on an eight-yard catch by Gerald Ford. The big play on the drive came when Cayden Cochran found Seantavious Jones for a 39-yard gain to the MSU 12. Two plays later, Cochran, who completed four-of-six passes on the drive, found Ford across the middle to cut the VSU deficit to 10-7 with 8:20 to go in the second quarter.

VSU forced a punt, which was downed on the VSU three, on the next Maverick drive and took over on marched 97 yards to take the lead. Austin Scott opened the drive with a 28-yard run while three plays later Cochran and Ford hooked up for a 22-yard gain. A Regginald Lewis 25-yard catch moved the ball to the MSU 12 before Cochran found Seantavious Jones in the right corner of the end zone to put VSU ahead 14-7.

After having a ball go off the fingers of a leaping Ford in the end zone to end the first half, Valdosta State pushed its advantage to 21-10 on the first drive of the second half. The Blazers took the opening drive 75 yards on 13 plays. Lewis got the Blazers into scoring position when he caught a screen pass, used his hand to keep his balance while spinning out of a tackle and ran 34 yards to the MSU 5. On the next play, Cochran ran a quarterback keeper up the middle for the score.

MSU marched 51 yards for a 39-yard Brockshus field goal on its ensuing drive, only to have the Blazers respond with Cochran's second rushing touchdown on the next drive to put VSU in front 28-13 with 14:40 to play in the game.

The Mavericks quickly answered the score as Andy Pfeiffer scored on a one-yard run just over three minutes later. However, the extra point was missed, as was a field goal on the ensuing MSU drive to give the Blazers a 28-19 lead with just over three minutes to play.

The Blazers closed out the scoring with 24 seconds remaining when Austin Scott took a hand-off around right end and raced 31 yards for a touchdown.

Scott ran for 158 yards, leaving him eight yards shy of 1,000 on the year. Cochran added 40 yards rushing while completing 16-of-28 passes for 278 yards. Jones caught four passes for 122 yards while Ford had eight catches for 76 yards, giving him 1,020 yards on the season.

Jeremy Grable led the Valdosta State defense with 12 tackles, including 10 in the first half, while Chris Pope had 10.

Minnesota State-Mankato registered 436 yards of offense, much of which came from quarterback Jon Wolf, who ran for 127 yards while completing 11-of-24 passes for 195 more. The Mavericks tallied 241 rushing yards and 195 through the air.

Tickets for next weekend's national championship game will be on sale in the Valdosta State Athletic Offices in The Complex beginning at 8:30 a.m. Monday morning. All tickets to the event are for reserved seating and cost $25. Valdosta State has an allotment of 1,000 tickets behind its bench while additional tickets on the VSU side of the field can be purchased at or at

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Zulli Crowned Harlon Hill Trophy Winner
Former Kutztown Linebacker John Mobley Inducted into D-II Hall of Fame

Florence, Ala. - Shippensburg's Zach Zulli was named the 27th Annual Harlon Hill Trophy recipient on Friday evening in Florence, Ala. at the Harlon Hill Presentation and D-II Football Hall of Fame Banquet.

Zulli received 202 points in the voting, 64 points more than runningback Michael Hill of Missouri Western State. Bloomsburg's runningback Franklyn Quiteh was also a finalist for the Harlon Hill Trophy and came in third.

Zulli is just the third PSAC athlete to win the Harlon Hill Trophy. In 2005, the PSAC also had two of the three finalists for the award. Bloomsburg runningback Jamar Brittingham was voted third overall, while East Stroudsburg quarterback Jimmy Terwilliger won the award. The only other PSAC player to win a Harlon Hill award is Irv Sigler, who was honored in 1997.

In addition to Zulli's winning of the Harlon Hill, former Kutztown linebacker John Mobley was inducted into Division II's Football Hall of Fame. Mobley is the second Kutztown athlete in the Hall of Fame, with Class of 2002 inductee Andre Reed being the first Golden Bear to gain entry into the Hall of Fame. Mobley, an All-American named to the Division II Team of the Quarter Century in 1997, was a starting linebacker for Kutztown from 1991-1995. Post-graduation, Mobley was selected 15th in the 1996 NFL draft and went on to win two Super Bowls with the Denver Broncos as part of an eight-year NFL career.

More information about Zulli provided by Shippensburg Sports Information

Zulli still leads all divisions of college football this season with 54 touchdown passes and 4,747 passing yards – tying the NCAA single-season record for touchdown passes in a season while breaking NCAA single-season records for points responsible for in a season (344) and touchdowns responsible for in a season (57).

All three of those records were previously set in 2000 by Valdosta State quarterback Dusty Bonner, who won the Harlon Hill Trophy that season and again in 2001.

Zulli, in just his second season as SU’s starting signal caller, has quarterbacked the No. 1 total offense (529.92 ypg) and No. 2 passing offense in Division II (387.69) while individual ranking No. 3 in Division II for total offense (382.3 ypg) and No. 5 in passing efficiency (165.25).

Shippensburg has broken or tied 73 school records this season. Of the 45 new individual records identified thus far by the sports information office, 25 have been achieved by Zulli, including single-game passing yards (581 at Kutztown), single-game passing touchdowns (9 at Kutztown; tying PSAC record), consecutive passes without an interception (200), single-season completions (342; PSAC record) and career rushing yards by a quarterback (588).

Courtesy of the Official PSAC Website

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Valdosta Wins Div II Title

Valdosta state defeated Winston-Salem today by a score of 35-7 to win the Div II national title. Although WSSU show flashes of offensive brilliance, the Rams could never really consistently keep their offense going. They either shot themselves in the foot, or even more so Valdosta's defense just didn't let them ever get on a roll due to clutch defensive plays and also by causing a number of turnovers by the Rams. More details to follow later on. A very convincing win by the VSU Blazers!

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Blazers roll to third title with 35-7 victory over Winston-Salem State
12/15/2012 5:45:00 PM

FLORENCE, Ala. – Valdosta State used a dominating running game and a defense that forced six turnovers, to defeat Winston-Salem State 35-7 to win the school's third NCAA Division II Football National Championship Saturday afternoon at Braly Stadium.

The Blazers tallied 207 yards rushing, the most surrendered by the Rams this season, and scored three touchdowns while the Blazer Black Swarm defense intercepted three passes and also recovered three fumbles. With the victory, VSU finished the year at 12-2, including wins in each of its last 10 games.

Valdosta State quickly got on the board as Matt Pierce returned the game's opening kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown to put the Blazers in front 7-0 just 12 seconds into the game.

VSU forced a turnover on downs on the first Winston-Salem State drive of the game and proceeded to march 63 yards for a touchdown. Cedric O'Neal opened the drive with a 12-yard gain before Cayden Cochran completed three passes for 24 yards. An O'Neal one-yard run on a third-down play brought up a fourth down play, from which O'Neal burst through the line and broke a tackle before racing to the end zone for a 14-0 VSU advantage.

Cochran pushed the Blazer lead to 21-0 with 5:40 to go in the second quarter as he capped off a 13-play drive with a one-yard plunge for a touchdown. The junior completed all seven of his passes on the drive for 30 yards while O'Neal put VSU in scoring position when he took a hand-off and was stopped up the middle before bouncing the ball outside for a 19-yard gain to the WSSU 1. After a pass gained no yards, Cochran plunged into the end zone on a keeper for the score.

Both teams threatened over the remainder of the half, but were unable to find the end zone. The half marked the first time that Winston-Salem State had been shut out in a half this year. The Rams out-gained Valdosta State 249 to 162 during the first 30 minutes of play, but turned the ball over two times and saw Valdosta State come up with three sacks to thwart any scoring attempt.

Winston-Salem State got on the board on its second drive of the second half as it marched 80 yards on eight plays. VSU almost stopped the drive as Dominique Wheeler, who had ended the previous WSSU drive with an interception, had a ball go through his hands on a potential second interception. Five plays later, Kameron Smith hooked up with Jameze Massey from 29 yards out to cut the Ram deficit to 21-7 with 9:25 to go in the third quarter.

After Jeremy Grable stripped Smith from the ball on the VSU 1, a fumble that was recovered by the Blazers in the end zone, Valdosta State put together its longest scoring drive of the year, both in terms of plays and time of possession to push its lead back to three touchdowns. The Blazers used 17 plays on the drive and took 7:30 off of the clock as it marched 80 yards. Much of the offense came on the ground as O'Neal picked up 35 yards rushing while Austin Scott had 15 more. Facing a third and seven from the WSSU 17, the Blazers went to the air for the touchdown as Cochran lofted the ball to Quin Roberson for the score and a 28-7 VSU lead.

A muffed punt on the WSSU 6 yard line led to a Cochran 1-yard touchdown run to close out the scoring with 3:32 to play.

Scott gained 38 yards in the game to finish the season with 1,030 on the season, giving Valdosta State two 1,000 yard rushers in the same season for the first time in school history as O'Neal, who recorded his fifth 100-yard game with 140, finished the year with 1,198, the fifth-most in school history.

Valdosta State tallied 316 yards of total offense in the game, including 109 through the air by Cochran, who completed 18-of-26 passes. Quin Roberson and Regginald Lewis caught six passes each while Chris Pope led the defense with 10 tackles and a fumble recovery. In addition to the six turnovers, VSU also recorded five sacks in the game, including two by Tyler Josey.

Winston-Salem State had 412 yards of offense as it passed for 310 and ran for 102.

Courtesy of Valdosta State Sports Information

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So once again the Div II football season has come to an end. It was great following it from late August up until yesterday. I hope some of you enjoyed my coverage--especially that portion pertaining to the PSAC. I wish to express my appreciation for being allowed to do my thing on this website. I wish everybody a joyous holiday season and a happy, prosperous New Year. It is my hope to return to this website next August with coverage of the 2013 PSAC and Div II football season. Thanks again to all who viewed and commented. It was gratifying to see my report go over 10,000 views. Incidentally, Husky did pick Valdosta to win the championship game to up his playoff picks record to 16-7. :D Stay well, everybody.


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