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  • PSAC Programs Look Forward to 2004 Season

    August 24, 2004

    Football programs around the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference will get an early start in 2004, as 13 of the league's 14 teams are scheduled to kick off their seasons between Thursday and Saturday.

    An expanded NCAA playoff structure has teams across the country starting one week earlier. For conference schools, that meant a shift from mandated Eastern Division vs. Western Division crossover match-ups from later in the season to the first week. The result for league fans is a great opening week of football.

    In addition to PSAC divisional titles, in 2004 conference teams will be competing for one of six spots in the NCAA Northeast Regional playoffs. The playoffs have been expanded to allow eight more participants - two each in the nation's four regions - allowing a total of 24 Division II schools to take part in the postseason.

    Following is a brief preview of this week's action:

    Thursday, August 26
    East Stroudsburg at Lenior-Rhyne - 7 p.m.

    The Warriors opened their season with a 58-0 win over Lenior-Rhyne in 2003... EAST STROUDSBURG is coming off an 8-3 season and its second straight East co-title with a 5-1 record... Last year QB Jim Terwilliger set an NCAA freshman record with 3,342 yards of total offense and led the PSAC in efficiency (153.3 rating) on his way to Eastern Division Offensive Player of the Year honors... Joining his arsenal is WR Tim Strenfel (48 rec - 755 yds - 6 TD), touchdown maker FB Anthony Carfagno (4.6 ypc, 5 rush TD; 42 rec, 550 yds, 9 rec TD) and three starters on the offensive line... The defense has standouts at all three areas, including DB Tyree Towns (80 TT, 3 INT), LB Matt Rapa (72 TT) and DL Greg Thoman (43 TT, 11 TFL in 2002)... LENOIR RHYNE (3-8) has 15 starters back from last year's unit... RB Patrick Henson rushed for 555 yards and averaged 4.5 ypc last season... WRs Aaron Caldwell and Jason Bingham combined for 73 receptions and 884 yards... Caldwell snared 7 TD passes... LB Tim Clarke returns after leading the team with 78 TT, including 8 for loss... Jeremy Brown (7 PB, INT) is among three regulars back in the secondary.

    Friday, August 27
    Bloomsburg at Slippery Rock - 7 p.m.

    The Huskies have defeated Slippery Rock in each of the last four years and six straight times overall dating back to 1986... three of those games have been at SRU's N. Kerr Thompson Stadium, including last year's 19-16 decision... BLOOMSBURG has 55 returning lettermen to a team that went 7-4 and earned a share of the Eastern Division crown at 5-1... The Huskies vaunted offense averaged 38.0 ppg in their final seven contests behind the talents of QB Jack Lydic (53.9 %, 22 TD, 1,821 yds), RB Mike Ceroli (1,034 yds, 11 TD) and WRs Nick Kurtz (41 - 646 - 5) and Steve Burke (23 - 415 - 11)... The strength of the defense is up front with DT Tony Milone and Dominick Esgro, and LB Paul Linn (74 TT, 2 INT)... SLIPPERY ROCK (4-7, 2-4) hopes a diverse mix of youth and experience will provide the formula for success this season... 13 of The Rock's 14 returning starters are upperclassmen and nine are seniors, yet the preseason roster contains 60 players who are either true or redshirt freshmen.... Nine players are back on offense, including four offensive linemen and top rusher Josh Kniess (627 yds, 5 TD)... All five of SRU's returning defensive starters are seniors, including NG Brian Godfrey (17 TFL, 5 Sks), and DEs Jesse Kelly (48 TT, 5 TFL) and Mike Jennings (10 TFL, 4 Sks)... Slippery Rock had a streak of 12 straight winning seasons snapped last year... Four of its losses came by a combined 10 points.

    Saturday, August 28
    Mansfield at California - 1 p.m.

    Mansfield won last year's battle, 14-7... CALIFORNIA (4-7, 2-4) boasted one of the league's best defenses a year ago, ranking among the PSAC's top five in points allowed, rushing, passing and overall defense... Seven times the Vulcans allowed less than 20 points... Back from last year's group are LBs Brian Oddi (128 TT, 19 TFL) and T.J. Carden (42 TT, 8 TFL), and DB Jaison Cook (51 TT, 6 INT, 15 PB), however, the whole front line must be replaced... The offense will welcome the return of 2002 starter WR Garvin Graves, who posted a league-leading 70 catches that season... Tony Hoskin (27 rec) and Brandon Jackson (24 rec) round out a talented trio... MANSFIELD (8-3, 3-3) will be under the direction of first-year head coach Jim Shiffer, a 1989 graduate of the university... At 8-3, the Mountaineers posted their first winning season since 1975 and equaled the number of victories they had over the six previous seasons combined... Helping to continue that trend will be RB Earnest McNeal, who led the league and set a school record with 1,684 rushing yards as a freshman... WR Joe Bennett is back for his senior season after gathering 53 catches for 1,184 yds and 17 TDs last year... Four senior starters are back on the O-Line, including group leader Ryan McClellan... The defense must replace the school's all-time tackle leader LB Dan Holland, yet boasts a stout group, which includes LB Andre' Turner (80 TT, 5 TFL) and NG Brian DeCecco (51 TT, 11 TFL).

    Cheyney at Lock Haven - 6:30 p.m.

    Lock Haven is 13-0 all-time against Cheyney... LHU won last year's game, 42-7... CHEYNEY (2-9) is hoping to get off to a fast start again this season after winning two of its first three in 2003... The Wolves are a young squad again this season as the team has only four seniors and nine of the team's 13 returning starters are sophomores... WR Charles Johnson highlights the offense, coming off a season in which he ranked third in the league with 54 receptions (4.91 per game) for 542 yds and four scores... The defense has eight starters back... Leading that group is LB Cavanaugh Nweze (83 TT, 5 TFL) and CB Brandon Roberts (4 INT)... The duo made up two-thirds of the freshmen who earned All-PSAC East honors on defense... LOCK HAVEN (3-8, 1-5) suffered through an injury plagued 2003, yet 36 lettermen and 15 starters are back this year... On offense, four starters return on the line, and will provide the punch for WR Rafael Smith (31 rec - 444 yds - 5) and RB Maurice Walker (578 yds, 4 TD)... The defense is particularly strong on the outside, with DEs Dustin Shaffer (37 TT, 11 TFL) and Nate Eck (37 TT, 14 TFL in 2002), and LB Charles Cannon (43 TT, 7 TFL) bringing the leadership... The opener is LHU's first at home since 1999.

    West Chester at Clarion - 6 p.m.

    The teams have split the series in the last four years... West Chester won last season, 35-17... WEST CHESTER (8-3, 4-2) lost only three games last year - two one-point losses to Division II teams and another to eventual Division IAA national champion Delaware... QB Bob Findora (151.4 eff rating), WR Cory DeForrest (34 rec, 740 yds, 8 TD) and RB Osagie Osunde (864 rush yds) return from last year's most productive PSAC offense (455.9 ypg)... DE Graham Eggleston (8 TFL, 5 Sks) and LB Chad Weaver (46 TT, 3 TFL, 4 INT, 4 PB) are among seven starters back from the defense... The lidlifter is one of five straight road games to start the season for WCU... CLARION (3-8, 2-4) suffered some tough losses in 2003, as well... The Golden Eagles dropped four games by a combined 13 points, and of their eight losses, they held their opponents to 20 or fewer points in four of those games... NG Tim Connolly (44 TT, 10 TFL, 4 Sks), FS Bo Busch (80 TT, 3 INT, 4 FF) and LBs Matt Morris (59 TT, 6 TFL) and Tim Connolly (44 TT, 10 TFL) headline a group of eight returning starters from last year's stellar group... The offensive reins have been handed to QB Brandon Dando, who led Clarion to wins in two of his three starts to end the year... Three-year starter Glenn Lovelace (career: 1,079 yds and 7 TD; 17 rec, 254 yds) will share carries with sophomore Marcus Lowe (278 yds, 2 TD)... WR Pierre Odom (29 - 366 - 1) led the Golden Eagles in receiving as a freshman.

    Millersville at IUP - 6 p.m.

    IUP defeated Millersville in 2002 and 2003, the latter coming by a 35-13 score... MILLERSVILLE (4-7, 1-5) started the 2003 campaign at 3-0, but managed to win just one of its final eight games... One of the bright spots was the emergence of QB Dan Csencsitz, who completed 62.5% of his passes (145-232) while starting the second half of the season... Csencisitz will have an impressive group of wideouts to throw to this year, headlined by Andy Neupauer (49 - 475 - 5) and Ryan Clift (34 - 463 - 2)... LB Joe Hollister is the most likely candidate to take charge of the defense after sitting out 2003 with an injury... Hollister posted 98 TT, 7 TFL and 3 INT two years ago... LB mate Chris Donati (68 TT, 4 TFL) is the top returning tackler from 2003 and DB Brandon Scott (50 TT, 10 PB) spearheads the secondary... IUP (10-1, 5-1) has qualified for the NCAA playoffs in 14 of the last 18 years, but missed out last year despite only one blemish on its schedule... To get back into postseason competition, the Indians have the tall order of replacing all of their starting linemen on both sides of the ball... The "skill" positions are solid on offense... RB Mike Jemison (1,311 yds, 12 TD) and WR LeRon McCoy (36 - 521 -6) will team with QB Kevin Weidl (1,974 yds, 19 TD) in forming a formidable trio... LB Brad Potts (93 TT, 13 TFL) led the team in tackles last year... He will play beside LB Kris Griffin, who registered 101 TT and 6 TFL in 2002 before sitting out last season with an injury... DBs Victor Callahan, Jerrell Jackson and Mike Chiapetta combined for 116 tackles and 11 INTs last season.

    Kutztown at Shippensburg - 1 p.m.

    These squads have met every year since 1984... Shippensburg has won five straight, taking last year's contest by a 35-12 margin... KUTZTOWN (6-5, 3-3) could not seem to take advantage of any momentum last season, never winning more than two straight among its six wins... Three teams finished above Kutztown in the Eastern Division last year... The Golden Bears defeated West Chester by a point, lost to East Stroudsburg by a point and lost to Bloomsburg in overtime... Helping to gain some more consistency this year will be RBs Stephen Gammage (699 yds, 5 TD) and Tony Bria (633 yds, 5 TD)... QB Jeremy Copeland (1,817 yds, 16 TD) will throw to one of the top WRs in the league in Trevor Smith (60 - 843 - 7)... TE Jason Henley grabbed 6 TD among his 21 catches... The defense has only two starters back among the front seven... LB Greg Mitchell (53 TT, 11 TFL) will serve as that group's leader... DB Barren Grier posted 47 TT, 4 TFL and 3 INTs as a freshman last year... SHIPPENSBURG (8-3, 4-2) has 17 returning starters and a host of experienced players to call upon as it is favored to win the Western Division... All five starters return on the O-Line, and will block for one of the country's top runners in FB John Kuhn (1,500 yds, 21 TD)... QB Rick Henshaw showed continued improvement during his freshman campaign and will have both WR Patrick Ferguson (28 - 523 - 6) and TE Joel Gamble (20 - 229 - 2) at his disposal... Last year's defensive unit posted three shutouts and led the league in points allowed (14.0 ppg), and rushing (92.4 ypg) and overall (246.6 ypg) defense... CB Brent Grimes (7 INT, 9 PB), LB Dan Walsh (78 TT, 14 TFL, 3 INT) and DE Ryan Hoffman (36 TT, 10 TFL, 5 Sks) form half of the regulars back in the fold.

    More Football Notes: EDINBORO (9-3, 5-1), the defending PSAC-West co-champion and only team from the league to reach the NCAA playoffs in 2003, is the lone conference team not in action this week. The Fighting Scots’ game with New Haven was cancelled due to the UNH’s decision to no longer sponsor football… The Fighting Scots will open next week at home against East Stroudsburg.

    Elsewhere around the League: PSAC VOLLEYBALL teams will begin play August 27-28 with eight of the league's 12 teams taking to the hardwood... Defending PSAC and Atlantic Region Champion Lock Haven returns 14 letterwinners, including Cherry Li, NCAA II's leader in attack percentage (.471) during the 2003 ledger... Another perennial conference power, Edinboro, will be under the guidance of new head coach Dale Flickinger... Flickinger replaces Lynn Theehs, who posted an impressive 236-111 record as the Fighting Scots head coach over the last 10 seasons... During that span, Edinboro won four conference and regional titles... Eight different PSAC teams have participated in the NCAA Regional tournament over the last five seasons, and during that span California, Edinboro, Lock Haven and IUP have all won regional titles... With Lock Haven moving its program to Division I, PSAC FIELD HOCKEY will take on a new look as an eight-team league... Two-time defending PSAC and national champion Bloomsburg has won 52 of its last 54 contests and has won six of the last eight national titles... At 462-61-20, legendary Bloomsburg head coach is the winningest coach in NCAA field hockey history... Since 2000, five different PSAC schools have participated in the NCAA tournament... Shippensburg joined Bloomsburg as PSAC representatives last season... In MEN'S SOCCER, East Stroudsburg has long been the team to beat... The Warriors have won seven straight conference titles and 11 of the last 12... The Warriors have participated in NCAA play in each of the last six years... WOMEN'S SOCCER has featured different winners in each of the last three years, highlighted by Slippery Rock's first conference title last season... Both Slippery Rock and West Chester earned regional berths in 2003... A host of talented schools and runners have represented the PSAC in MEN'S and WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY over the last several years... Lock Haven put an end to Edinboro's impressive 11-year reign as PSAC Champions on the men's side in 2003... Edinboro has won 25 PSAC men's titles since 1970... 12 of last year's top 14 finishers are back for action this year, including individual winner Chris Cowan of Lock Haven... Edinboro's women won their fifth title in six years with last year's triumph... IUP freshman Mindy Sawtelle won the individual race and is back for action this year along with second-place finisher Vanessa Andes of East Stroudsburg, and third-place Melissa Terwilliger of Clarion... 13 of the top 15 should be back this season.

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  • DJRamFan
    PSAC Football Preview - Week 2
    by DJRamFan
    (August 31, 2004)

    Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference football heads into week two with 12 of the league's teams taking to the gridiron. Two games feature league teams squaring off against one another, three teams will play against Division I-AA competition, while two others will travel to Division II teams ranked among the nation's top 14, according to the American Football Coaches Association.

    In addition to PSAC divisional titles, in 2004 conference teams will be competing for one of six playoff spots awarded to teams in the NCAA Northeast Region. This year's playoffs have been expanded to allow eight more participants - two each in the nation's four regions - allowing a total of 24 Division II schools to take part in the postseason. The first regional polls are scheduled for release on September 27.

    The PSAC is represented well in the national polls. In the AFCA poll, Indiana is ranked No. 13, followed by Shippensburg (19), Bloomsburg (20) and Edinboro (21). In the poll, IUP checks in at No. 10, followed by Shippensburg (19), Bloomsburg (24) and Edinboro (25).

    IUP's opponent this week, Nebraska-Omaha, is ranked 11th by the AFCA and 13th by West Chester will square off with Northwest Missouri St., ranked 14th by the AFCA and 15th by

    Following is a brief preview of this week's action:

    Thursday, September 2
    Slippery Rock (0-1) at Youngstown St. (0-0) - 7:30 p.m.

    Slippery Rock has played a Division I-AA opponent every year since 1994... Seven of those games have been against YSU, all losses, including last year's 45-12 setback... SLIPPERY ROCK is coming off a heartbreaking 20-17 loss to Bloomsburg in which it held the lead the entire second half until the 1:29 mark... A fourth-down pass interference call led to the Bloomsburg winning touchdown... The Rock defense held the Huskies to no points and 22 yards in the second half until the game-winning drive, when they surrendered 81 yards and the touchdown... That group was led by DB Kevin Johnston (7 TT, 2 TFL) and LB Greg Baker (5 TT, 2 PB, Sk)... The Rock defense posted five sacks on the night... Slippery Rock's offense was led by RB Josh Kniess, who had 176 yards and a TD on 30 carries (5.9 ypc)... WR Luke Wetzel caught 4 passes for 94 yards and a score... YOUNGSTOWN ST. ... The game marks the 2004 opener for the Penguins, who are coming off an uncharacteristic losing season at 5-7... The Penguins claimed I-AA's toughest schedule last year, as their opponenents combined for a .618 winning percentage and five of their I-AA opponents earned NCAA playoff bids... Two of YSU's 2003 wins came over PSAC teams (Slippery Rock and Edinboro)... The Penguins have six Division I-A transfers on this year's squad... SS Mike Bracken heads up the defense after recording 86 tackles a year ago... TE Mike Roberts tied for the team lead with...
    -09-01-2004, 08:28 AM
  • DJRamFan
    PSAC Football Preview - Week 5
    by DJRamFan
    (September 22, 2004)

    For the first time in 2004, all 14 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference football teams will be in action as league play begins. For the remainder of the regular season, six games will pair divisional match-ups and there will be one Eastern Division vs. Western Division crossover contest.

    This week's crossover game pits Indiana (Pa.) at Bloomsburg, a battle of two teams ranked in the poll. IUP is ranked 19th, down one spot following its bye week, while Bloomsburg re-enters the poll at No. 25. Shippensburg has the highest designation in the poll at No. 13, up two spots from a week ago. East Stroudsburg climbed from No. 25 to No. 21. In the American Football Coaches Association poll, Shippensburg is ranked No. 10 (No. 12 last week), followed by IUP at No. 20 (18) and East Stroudsburg at No. 23 (25).

    In addition to PSAC divisional titles, in 2004 conference teams will be competing for one of six playoff spots awarded to teams in the NCAA Northeast Region. This year's playoffs have been expanded to allow eight more participants - two each in the nation's four regions - allowing a total of 24 Division II schools to take part in the postseason. The first regional polls are scheduled for release on September 27.

    Following is a brief preview of this week's action:

    Saturday, September 25

    West Chester (2-2) at Cheyney (1-3) - 1 p.m.

    West Chester owns a commanding 36-1-1 record against Cheyney and has not lost to the Wolves since 1979... WEST CHESTER enters the final game of a five-game road trip to start the season... Last week the Golden Rams were respectable in a 24-6 loss to defending Division I-AA national champion Delaware... RBs Osagie Osunde (60.8 ypg) and Brent Steinmetz (58.2 ypg) lead the ground game... Brandon Simmons and Matt Chambers have led the receiving corps with 18 and 12 catches, respectively... The West Chester defense yielded an average of 250 yards in the team's two wins... The group is headed by LB Dan Faubel (30 TT, 4 TFL) and SS Isaiah Harrison (29 TT, 2 TFL, 2 INT)... CHEYNEY was undaunted from its worst loss in school history two weeks ago and rebounded to post a 6-0 win over West Virginia State last week... The Wolves got a special effort from LB Cavanaugh Nweze, who had 12 TT, including the key stop on fourth and goal to thwart the best WVS scoring opportunity... Nweze leads the team with 33 TT... DB Orlando Payton has 19 TT and a team-high 3 PB... RB Tyrone Bryant hopes to see action after playing only in the season opener (153 yds vs. Lock Haven)... WRs Jamal Clark (16 rec) and Charles Johnson (10) are other key threats.

    Slippery Rock (2-2) at Lock Haven (1-3) - 1 p.m.

    Slippery Rock has won every game played in the series since 1981 with the exception of a 21-21 tied in 1988... Last year The Rock came out on top, 24-13... SLIPPERY...
    -09-23-2004, 12:17 PM
  • Bruce=GOAT
    EA SPORTS NCAA 2008 TOP 25 + Gamebreakers
    by Bruce=GOAT
    EA SPORTS NCAA 2008 TOP 25
    #25 Boston College Eagles (10-3)
    Boston College Eagles Boston College's unexpected success in 2006 probably shouldn't be that surprising after all: the Eagles haven't lost more than three games in the past three seasons and their seven-game bowl-winning streak is the longest in the NCAA. Two of their 10 wins in 2006 came in back-to-back double overtime games against Clemson and BYU, and they even managed to beat ACC stalwarts Virginia Tech and Florida State. Senior quarterback Matt Ryan battled ankle and foot problems last season, yet still managed to throw for nearly 3,000 yards and 15 touchdowns. The first half of the schedule is fairly friendly, with only one road game (against Georgia Tech). Unfortunately, it could mean a rough second half for Boston College, with difficult road games against the likes of Virginia Tech, Notre Dame, and Clemson.
    Eagles Impact Players
    Name Position Rating 2006 Notable Stats
    Brian Toal ROLB 95 50 tackles, 2 INT
    DeJuan Tribble CB 94 49 tackles, 7 INT
    Matt Ryan QB 92 2942 yds, 15 TD, 10 INT

    Stadium: Alumni Stadium (44,500 capacity)

    Brian Toal will bring his leadership to the Eagles' defense in the team's bid to be an upset special in the ACC.
    #24 Texas A&M Aggies (9-4)
    Texas A&M Aggies Should the Aggies fire Dennis Franchione? As in the last few years, that's been the question on the minds of lots of Texas A&M fans these days. And, as always, there's no easy answer to that question: heartbreaking late-season losses to Nebraska and Oklahoma (both by one point) might have pointed to regime change, only to have the Aggies beat arch-rival Texas in Austin in a 12-7 struggle. This year, the Aggies will face the Cornhuskers and Sooners on the road (along with making the trip to Miami to face the Hurricanes), all before winding up the season against Texas in College Station. Junior quarterback Stephen McGee had an impressive 2,295 yards passing in 2006, throwing 12 touchdowns compared to just two interceptions, statistics practically any coach would like to see out of a young player. McGee should improve on those numbers this season, resulting perhaps in a 10-win season…and more arguments over Franchione's fate at Texas A&M.
    Aggies Impact Players
    Name Position Rating 2006 Notable Stats
    Stephen McGee QB 91 2295 yds, 12 TD, 2 INT
    Red Bryant DT 90 19 tackles, 1 sack
    Jorvorskie Lane HB 89 725 yds, 19 TD

    Stadium: Kyle Field (82,600 capacity, Toughest Places to Play Rating: #11)

    Jorvorskie Lane doesn't just have an awesome first name--he's a touchdown machine to boot.
    #23 Boise State Broncos (13-0)
    Boise State BroncosIn practical terms, it's going to be more or less impossible for the Broncos to repeat last year's storybook success. The team lost its starting quarterback and four of its top receivers. The schedule includes...
    -07-09-2007, 12:27 PM
  • DJRamFan
    It's Lobos-Aggies For The 96th Time
    by DJRamFan
    One of the nation's oldest rivalries resumes Saturday as the undefeated New Mexico Lobos meet the New Mexico State Aggies for the 96th time. Kickoff is 6:05 p.m. Mountain Time from University Stadium in Albuquerque. KRQE-TV will televise the game on a delayed basis unless advance ticket sales warrant a live broadcast. An overflow crowd of 40,000 is expected by Saturday evening.

    New Mexico is 2-0 for the first time since 1998 after getting past Missouri 45-35 last Saturday in Columbia. It was the Lobos' second win in six days as they defeated UNLV last Monday 24-22.

    The victory at Mizzou is the 42nd in head coach Rocky Long's career at UNM, pushing him past Roy Johnson as the school's all-time leader. It also put a halt to a pair of dubious streaks: Since 1997, UNM had lost 15 straight road games against non-conference opponents outside the state of New Mexico and UNM had dropped 12 consecutive contests to Big 12 teams on their home turf dating to 1983.

    The Lobos have won seven straight regular-season games (7 of 8 overall if you include the Emerald Bowl loss to Navy) and four in a row at University Stadium.

    New Mexico State is 0-2 following a 39-0 loss at Colorado. The Aggies were held to 181 yards of total offense. Through two games, NMSU has minus-12 yards rushing while allowing 11 sacks. The Lobos have led the Mountain West Conference in sacks five straight seasons and in rushing defense four of the past five years.

    The New Mexico-New Mexico State series dates to Jan. 1, 1894. The schools played six games - from 1894-1911 - before the territory of New Mexico became a state in 1912. The 95 total games makes UNM-NMSU the 35th-longest series in the NCAA record book. Wisconsin-Minnestota is the all-time leader at 114 games.

    The Lobos are trying to start 3-0 for the first time under head coach Rocky Long. Dennis Franchione's 1997 UNM team began 6-0.

    New Mexico was picked to finish 2nd in the MWC in 2005. New Mexico State 6th in its inagural year in the Western Athletic Conference.

    MOORE 55 STEPS FROM THE RECORD BOOK - Senior TB DonTrell Moore needs 55 yards rushing Saturday to become the Lobos' career leader, a record that has stood for 27 years. Moore's 39-game career has produced 3,808 yards, which is already ranks No. 1 in the Mountain West Conference. Former Lobo Mike Williams gained 3,862 yards in 45 games between 1975-78.

    THIRD STRAIGHT RECORD FOR SEASON TICKETS; PRORATED TICKET AVAILABLE - As of Monday morning, a school-record 17,213 season tickets had been sold in 2005. It's the third consecutive year UNM has established a record for season tickets. To put that number in perspective, the Lobos averaged just 15,822 fans per game in 1991. A total of 15,729 season tickets were purchased in 2004. A prorated four-game season ticket is available through this Friday. Prices...
    -09-12-2005, 03:04 PM
  • DJRamFan
    UNI Gridders at Iowa Saturday
    by DJRamFan
    Panthers jump to no. 9 in The Sports Network poll.

    Sept. 12, 2005

    CEDAR FALLS - THE GAME: UNI vs. IOWA Saturday (Sept. 17) in Iowa City, IA. Kinnick Stadium (70,397/Natural) is the site, with kickoff set for 2:35 p.m. Central.

    TELEVISION: The UNI-Iowa game will be telecast live on ESPN Plus, which includes CBS2 (KGAN-TV Cedar Rapids), KDSM (Des Moines), KXLT (Mason City), KYOU (Ottumwa), KWQC (Quad Cities), Cable One (Sioux City) and Cox Cable Omaha. The game also will be available on the ESPN GamePlan pay-per-view and online services. Larry Morgan and Marv Cook will be the announcers.

    THE SERIES: Iowa leads this series, which began in the 1898 season, 12-1, including 12-0 in Iowa City. UNI's only win was in the inaugural season, 11-5 in Cedar Falls. The Panthers and Hawkeyes renewed the series in 1995 after having not played since the 1914 season. The Hawks won in 1995 34-13, and the last game played in 1997, 66-0, which was former head coach Mike Dunbar's Panther debut.

    PRESS LUNCHEONS: UNI head coach Mark Farley or one of his staff will be available at the weekly Press Luncheons held each Monday beginning at 12 noon in the back room of Pepper's Grill and Sports Pub located on 18th Street in Cedar Falls.

    INTERVIEWS: UNI head coach Mark Farley will be available at the weekly Press Luncheons held each Monday. Otherwise, you may contact him weekday mornings between 11 a.m. and 12 noon at 319-273-5674.

    Players will be available before or after practice or by telephone. Contact UNI Assistant Athletics Director for Media Relations Nancy Justis at 319-273-6354 to arrange all player interviews.

    UNI's practices are open to the public. However, it is requested you contact Justis before attending any practices.

    THE COACHES: UNI head coach Mark Farley (UNI '86) is in his fifth year at the Panther helm, 2-0 this year, 35-16 overall. Prior to being appointed at UNI, he served as the linebackers assistant and punt block/return specialist at Kansas from 1997-2000.

    A UNI player from 1983-86 and a co-Gateway Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 1985, he then was a Panther graduate assistant from 1986-88 and a fulltime assistant from 1989-96, coaching linebackers and special teams while also serving as Strength and Speed Coordinator, in addition to Recruiting Coordinator for one year.

    Farley was a candidate for 2003's Eddie Robinson Award, finishing 10th in the balloting. He was named Bruce Craddock Gateway Coach of the Year and AFCA Region 4 Coach of the Year in 2001 when the Panthers advanced to the 1-AA semfinals. He placed third in the Eddie Robinson balloting in 2001.

    Kirk Ferentz (Connecticut '78) is in his seventh year with the Hawkeyes, 1-1 this year, 43-32 overall. Prior to being named at Iowa, he coached the offensive line...
    -09-12-2005, 03:05 PM