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  • Rock rolls to 58-28 win over Shippensburg

    Josh Kniess has 310 all-purpose yards and scored three TDs
    and became SRU's all-time leader in all-purpose yardage

    Josh Kniess became SRU's all-time leader in all-purpose yardage

    Oct. 29, 2005

    Final Stats

    Slippery Rock, Pa. - Josh Kniess rushed for 172 yards and scored three touchdowns Saturday afternoon to lead hosting Slippery Rock University to a 58-28 win over Shippensburg in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-Western Division action.

    The win improved The Rock's record to 4-5 overall and 3-2 in PSAC-West action. Shippensburg fell to 4-6, 2-4,

    Kniess had rushing touchdowns of 13 and five yards and also scored on an 80-yard punt return. He finished the day with 310 all-purpose yards (22-172 rushing, 1-21 pass receiving, 5-110 punt returns and 1-7 kickoff returns).

    In the process, Kniess became SRU's career leader in all-purpose yardage (see notes below).

    Rock quarterback Nate Crookshank finished with 190 total yards (105 yards and two TDs passing, 85 yards and one TD rushing.

    Crookshank, who completed 9 of 17 passes and threw one interception, ran for an 11-yard TD and hooked up with Paul Favers for a 35-yard TD.

    Defensively, Akeem Etheridge (40 yards) and Matt Fontana (48 yards) returned interceptions for touchdowns to lead a four-interception, three-sack effort by The Rock defense. Cory Lacek led SRU with 10 tackles, including two QB sacks.

    The total offense numbers were deceiving as SRU held a slim 393-375 advantage. The Rock rushed for 276 yards on 43 attempts and had 117 yards passing, while Shippensburg had 219 yards rushing on 42 attempts and 156 yards passing.

    David Richards rushed for 109 yards to lead the Shippensburg attack.

    The Rock travels to Clarion and Shippensburg hosts West Chester next Saturday in the respective team's season finales.

    Notes: Josh Kniess moved ahead of D.J. Flick (4794 yards) on the career all-purpose yardage list. In his four-year career, Kniess has rushed for 3254 yards, gained 134 yards on pass receptions, 894 yards on punt returns and 561 yards on kickoff returns ... His two rushing TDs vs. Shippensburg improved his 2005 total to 12, one shy of his career-best mark set a year ago ... Kniess recorded the sixth punt-return TD of his career when he took one a career-best 80 yards "to the house" vs. Shippensburg on Saturday ... With three TDs on Saturday, Kniess took over sole possession of third place on SRU's career TDs list with 43 (30 of which have come in the last two seasons). He needs two TDs in the season finale at Clarion to move into second place ... Kniess' total of 258 career points ranks fourth all-time at SRU. He needs seven points to move into third place and nine points to take over second place ... His 3254 career rushing yards is the fourth highest total in school history, while his career total of 737 rushing attempts is the second highest in school history ... He needs 79 yards vs. Clarion to move into third place on the career rushing yardage chart and 18 carries to set the career rushing attempts record ... Kniess needs only three rushing yards vs. Clarion to reach the 1,000-yard mark for the second successive season. Only six other players in Rock history have reached the milestone in back-to-back seasons ... He would become the eighth player in Rock history to rush for 1,000 or more yards twice during his collegiate career ... Nate Crookshank moved into seventh place (2959) on SRU's career passing yardage chart Saturday. He needs 200 yards to take over sixth place ... With 439 in two seasons, Crookshank is seven attempts away from sixth place on that career chart ... He is sixth in career pass completions (227) and moved into a tie for eighth on the career TD passes list with 18 ... The Rock defense, after picking off six passes in the first eight games this fall, pilfered four vs. Shippensburg ... Rock defensive backs Akeem Etheridge and Matt Fontana returned interceptions for TDs against Shippensburg ... Interestingly enough, The Rock hasn't had two INT-return-TDs in a SEASON since 1999 ... 10 INTs in the first nine games this fall marks The Rock's 11-game total a year ago ... The Rock picked off 17 passes in 2002, 16 in 2001 and 2003 and 14 in 2000 ... Cory Lacek increased his PSAC-best sack total to 10 with two against the Red Raiders ... The five teams that have beaten The Rock this fall have a combined record of 39-8, topped off by perfect 10-0 marks for both Bloomsburg and Shepherd, the top two teams in the latest NCAA Division II Northeast Region poll ... The Rock looks to avert a third successive losing season and finish the season with a .500 record when it travels to Clarion for the season finale next Saturday.

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  • DJRamFan
    Kniess leads Rock past California, 28-21
    by DJRamFan
    Josh Kniess rushed for 107 yards and two TDs and had 160 yards on four punt returns

    Josh Kniess led The Rock attack in the win over California

    Oct. 1, 2005

    Final Stats

    Slippery Rock, Pa. - Josh Kniess rushed for 107 yards and two touchdowns and had 160 yards on four punt returns Saturday night to lead The Rock to a 28-21 win over visiting California U. of Pa. in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-Western Division action.

    The win was the second straight for The Rock, which had lost its first three games this fall, and the second in as many PSAC-West games.

    California fell to 3-2, 1-1.

    The Rock used a ball-control offensive attack to frustrate California's high-octane attack; SRU had the football 38 of the 60 minutes in the game.

    SRU also recovered two onside kicks (one by each team), blocked an extra-point kick, intercepted one pass and had 207 yards on kickoff and punt returns.

    All three Rock TDs were set up by long punt or kickoff returns.

    SRU outgained California by a 346-302 margin behind 220 yards rushing and 126 yards passing.

    Corey Manfull had 91 yards and one TD to complement Kniess' rushing effort.

    Quarterback Nate Crookshank was 12-of-21 passing for 126 yards and threw two interceptions.

    Colin Golden caught five passes for 42 yards and Paul Favers had three receptions for 38 yards to lead The Rock receiving effort.

    Brandon Rakszawski, Aaron Berarducci and Clinton Forsha had five tackles each for The Rock defemse.

    The Rock travels to archrival Indiana U. of Pa. for a 2 p.m. game next Saturday.
    -10-03-2005, 04:15 PM
  • DJRamFan
    Rock rolls past Lock Haven, 55-7
    by DJRamFan
    Josh Kniess and Ricardo Stuvaints each rush for two TDs for The Rock
    SRU's defense held Lock Haven to zero yards rushing and 48 yards passing

    Josh Kniess rushed for 115 yards and two TDs to help lead The Rock to victory

    Sept. 24, 2005

    Final Stats

    Slippery Rock, Pa. - Josh Kniess rushed for 115 yards and two touchdowns Saturday night to lead the hosting Rock to a 55-7 win over Lock Haven in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-Western Division action.

    The win was The Rock's first in four games this fall and gave SRU a 1-0 conference record.

    Lock Haven suffered its fourth straight loss and fell to 1-4 overall, 0-1 in PSAC-West action.

    Ricardo Stuvaints also rushed for two TDs and finished with 75 yards in a backup role for The Rock.

    The Rock wasted no time assuming control of the game as Kniess rambled 66 yards for a touchdown on SRU's first play from scrimmage. He later added a eight-yard scoring run.

    SRU's defense held Lock Haven to 48 yards in total offense, all via the air. The Bald Eagles gained zero yards on 29 rushing attempts.

    The Rock offense finished the game with 463 yards (310 rushing, 163 passing).

    The hosts enjoyed 14-0, 34-0 and 48-0 leads at the end of the first three periods of play before Lock Haven -- which had been held scoreless for 15 consecutive quarters -- scored to trim the deficit to 48-7 with 9:23 left in the game.

    The Rock entertains California U. of Pa. in a PSAC-West contest next Saturday, while Lock Haven hosts Mansfield in a PSAC "crossover" game.
    -09-25-2005, 04:04 PM
  • DJRamFan
    Rock falls at Edinboro 24-7
    by DJRamFan
    Josh Kniess rushed for 120 yards and added 68 yards on returns to lead The Rock's efforts.

    Josh Kniess had 120 yards rushing on 25 carries.

    Oct. 22, 2005

    Final Stats

    Edinboro, Pa. - Josh Kniess rushed for 120 yards, the best individual effort against Edinboro's stingy defense so far this season, but it was not enough as The Rock fell to Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-Western Division rival Edinboro 24-7.

    Turnovers and special teams proved costly for The Rock, which coughed up five fumbles and had three interceptions in the game and also had a missed field goal and a punt blocked.

    The loss drops The Rock to 3-5 overall and 2-2 in PSAC-West action this season.

    Along with 120 yards rushing, Kniess had 68 yards on returns. Quarterback Nate Crookshank finished the game with 161 yards in the air on 10 of 27 passing, while Colin Golden hauled in six catches for 105 receiving yards.

    The Rock's defense held the hosts, who were ranked seventh in the region coming into the game, to only seven points. Leading the defensive efforts were Jerome Whiting with nine tackles and Brandon Rakszawski with six tackes.

    The Rock looks to rebound next weekend when it plays it's final home game of the season against Shippensburg in a PSAC "crossover" game. Kickoff is slated for 1:00 p.m.
    -10-23-2005, 03:25 PM
  • DJRamFan
    Rock falls, 38-17, at Indiana, Pa.
    by DJRamFan
    Josh Kniess rushed for 142 yards and two TDs and Colin Golden had nine catches
    for 75 yards to lead The Rock effort. SRU is now 2-4 overall, 2-1 in PSAC-W

    Oct. 8, 2005

    Indiana, Pa. - Josh Kniess rushed for 147 yards and two touchdowns and Colin Golden had nine pass receptions for 75 yards Saturday afternoon, but the efforts went for naught.

    Indiana U. of Pa., behind four bigt-play touchdowns, handed The Rock a 38-17 setback in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-Western Division action.

    The loss snapped a modest two-game win streak for SRU (2-4 overall, 2-1 PSAC-West) and dropped The Rock into a three-way tie for second place in the PSAC-West.

    Indiana (3-3, 2-0) assumed the division lead when Edinboro (4-2, 2-1) dropped a 36-26 decision at California U. of Pa. (4-2, 2-1) on Saturday.

    The Rock is now tied with California and Edinboro in second place.

    Saturday's loss was the seventh straight suffered by The Rock in head-to-head meetings with Indiana, a string that stretches back to 1999.

    The Rock and Indiana combined to amass 1,015 yards in offense on Saturday, with the Indians holding a slim 517-498 advantage.

    Kniess' 147-yard rushing effort paced a 273-yard ground game for The Rock.

    Nate Crookshank passed for 254 yards on a 19-for-36 passing day. Just less than half of Crookshank's completions were to Golden, while Paul Favers had 75 yards on four catches.

    Favers also picked up 154 yards on seven kickoff returns, while Kniess -- who entered the game ranked first in the PSAC and second in the nation in the statistical category -- was held to only 21 yards on three punt returns.

    The Rock trailed 10-0 at the end of the first quarter, but Kniess' two TDS runs erased that deficit.

    Kniess capped a seven-play, 68-yard scoring drive with an 11-yard TD run with 1:10 left in the first half. He then put The Rock ahead, 14-10, with a 33-yard sprint to the endzone with 10:56 left in the third period to culminate a six-play, 63-yard drive.

    Reminiscent of the season-opening loss at Bloomsburg -- when The Rock let a 24-7 advantage slip away in the span of seven minutes -- SRU saw its slim lead evaporate quickly on Saturday.

    Indiana scored three TDs in the span of less than 3 1/2 minutes to take a 31-14 advantage at the 3:16 mark of the third stanza.

    The Indians' scores came on a 53-yard pass, a 46-yard reverse and an 80-yard pass. Deanco Oliver was the on the receiving end of the first TD and added the reverse-for-a-TD.

    A 29-yard field goal by The Rock's Ryan Daniel with 0:18 left in the third period trimmed the hosts' lead to 31-17 before Indiana got yet another long-play TD.

    A 73-yard run by backup tailback...
    -10-09-2005, 01:11 PM
  • DJRamFan
    Crookshank, Favers shine in Rock's season-opening loss
    by DJRamFan
    Nate Crookshank passed for 311 yards and two TDs and Paul Favers
    had seven receptions for 127 yards in SRU's 40-24 loss at Bloomsburg

    Nate Crookshank was 23 of 37 passing for 311 yards and two TDs

    Aug. 27, 2005

    Final Stats

    Bloomsburg, Pa - The Rock's sophomore tandem of Nate Crookshank and Paul Favers put up big numbers Saturday afternoon, but the effort did not result in victory.

    Crookshank completed 23 of 37 passes for 311 yards and two touchdowns and Favers had seven receptions for 127 yards in The Rock's season-opening 40-24 loss at Bloomsburg.

    Favers also had 111 yards on four kickoff returns.

    Behind the leadership of Crookshank (who also threw two interceptions) and Favers, The Rock offense amassed 425 yards in total offense (114 rushing, 311 passing) and picked up 22 first downs.

    Conversely, though, The Rock defense allowed Bloomsburg 438 yards in total offense, including 250 yards and four TDs rushing by Jamar Brittingham.

    The loss was a frustrating one for The Rock as, in the words of Yogi Berra, it was deja vu all over again.

    For the third successive season, The Rock had Bloomsburg on the proverbial ropes but could not throw the knockout punch.

    The Rock lost a 19-16 decision to the Huskies in 2003 and dropped a 20-17 decision to Bloomsburg last fall. Both games were played on Bob DiSpirito Field at N. Kerr Thompson Stadium in Slippery Rock.

    Saturday's game started off well for The Rock.

    SRU held a 24-7 lead with 10:01 left to play in the third quarter after Crookshank hit Luke Wetzel in the back left corner of the end zone for a one-yard TD pass.

    In the ensuing six-plus minutes, though, Bloomsburg rolled up 141 yards in total offense and scored three TDs to take a 27-24 advantage.

    A pair of fourth-quarter TD runs by Brittingham padded the final margin.

    The Rock held the first lead, thanks to a 31-yard field goal by Ryan Daniel at the 8:17 mark of the first quarter.

    The boot capped a 15-play, 64-yard march by SRU after The Rock defense had stripped the ball from Brittingham at the SRU 24 yard line. Brandon Rakszawski forced the turnover and Akeem Etheridge pounced on the loose pigskin.

    Brittingam redeemed himself with a 28-yard TD run on Bloomsburg's ensuing possession to put the hosts on top, 6-3, with 3:23 left in the first period. The extra-point kick sailed wide to the right.

    SRU came right back to march 76 yards in 14 plays to regain the lead. Josh Kniess capped the drive with a two-yard TD run at the 12:34 mark of the second period.

    Crookshank's 14-yard TD toss to John Benca in the final minute of the first half gave...
    -08-30-2005, 06:48 PM