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  • PSAC Football Preview - Week 2

    (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 D2Football.com 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 D2Football.com. West Chester will square off with Northwest Missouri St., ranked 14th by the AFCA and 15th by D2Football.com.

    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 29 catches in 2003... Former California (Pa.) head coach Mike Kolakowski shares the defensive coordinator responsibilities for the Penguins... YSU has won nine straight openers.

    Saturday, September 4
    West Chester (1-0) at Northwest Missouri St. (1-0) - 12 p.m. (11 a.m. CST)

    This is the first-ever meeting for the two squads... WEST CHESTER earned a 20-17 come-from-behind win over Clarion in its opener... Brandon Simmons caught an 8-yard TD pass on fourth down with just over four minutes remaining for the winning score... West Chester gained just 200 yards in the contest, nearly 256 less than its league-leading average in 2003... 88 yards came from via the rush from Osagie Osunde... The Golden Rams defense was led by LB Dan Faubel (8 TT, TFL), DE Graham Eggleston (6 TT, 2 TFL, Sk) and DB Isiah Harrison (5 TT, 2 TFL, INT)... NW MISSOURI ST. set school records for points and margin of victory in its 77-12 season-opening win over Minnesota State - Moorhead last week... The Bearcats have been one of Division II's top programs in recent years, which includes winning back-to-back national titles in 1998-99... QB Josh Lamberson played sparingly in the game, but managed to hit on 8 of 13 passes for 223 yards and two TDs... Both TDs went to WR Morris White, who accumulated 203 all-purpose yards on the day... The defense held MSU-M to 48 yards and one first down in the first half.

    Cheyney (0-1) at Northeastern (0-0) - 12:30 p.m.

    This is the first meeting between these teams... CHEYNEY showed a great deal of improvement from last season in an 35-19 opening-game loss to Lock Haven... The Wolves trailed only 14-12 at the half, and by just nine with 12 minutes remaining in the contest... Furthermore, Cheyney racked up 341 yards of offense and 181 yards rushing - numbers that topped any performance against a PSAC school in 2003... RB Tyrone Bryant averaged 6.7 ypc, totaling 153 yards on 23 carries in the game... QB Derrick Murry connected on 11 of 21 passes for 158 yards and 3 TDs... Two of those strikes went to WR Jamal Clark, who hauled in six passes for 73 yards... The defense received inspired play from DL Mark Wilkins... He earned Eastern Division Defensive honors by accumulating 11 TT, 4 TFL, two of which were sacks for -10 yards... LB Cavanaugh Nweze had game-highs of 12 tackles and seven solos... NORTHEASTERN has recorded 18 wins over the last two years, marking the best back-to-back seasons in school history... Last year the Huskies finished at 8-4... 15 starters are back, including eight from the record-setting offense, which set new school standards for points per game (34.5), first downs (245) and total yards (5,182)... QB Shawn Brady (54.7%, 1,972 yds, 17 TD) holds a 21-9 record as a starter... The defense is led by the school's all-time tackles leader LB Liam Ezekiel (140 TT, 10.5 TFL, 5.5 sks in 2003)... The team is under the direction of new head coach Rocky Hager who led North Dakota State to Division II national titles in 1988 and 1990.

    East Stroudsburg (1-0) at Edinboro (0-0) - 1 p.m.

    East Stroudsburg holds a 6-4 series advantage in the series dating back to 1967... Edinboro won last year's game, 31-20... Both teams went on to tie for divisional titles last year at 5-1... EAST STROUDSBURG makes another long road trip after posting a 26-21 win at Lenoir-Rhyne last week... The Warriors got another strong effort from PSAC East Eastern Division Offensive Player of the Week QB Jim Terwilliger... The sophomore signal caller had 376 yards of total offense, including 342 through the air and threw 3 TD passes... Six different Warriors caught passes, led by Tim Strenfel (5 - 139 - TD) and Evan Prall (5 - 55 - TD)... The Warrior defense looks to improve on the 503 yards it gave up to L-R... However, LB Henry Brackenridge (9 TT, blk FG) and DB Matt Crispell (3 TT, 2 INT) had standout performances... EDINBORO has 12 starters back from last year's NCAA playoff team... Among the seven back on offense is QB Justin Bouch, who set a school record by completing 65.9% of his passes for 15 TD and 2,044 yds, FB Matt Phillips (644 yds, 13 TD) and WR Justin Lipscomb (39 rec, 739 yds, 6 TD)... Edinboro's defense ranked third in the league last year and was second in points allowed (16.3 ppg)... The unit will rely on LB Seth Fragale (86 TT, 4 Sks, 14 TFL) and FS Raji El-Amin (80 TT, PSAC best 9 INT).

    Shepherd (0-1) at Shippensburg (1-0) - 1 p.m.

    These two teams have met every year since 1991, with Shippensburg holding a 9-4 advantage during that span... Shippensburg ended a three-year losing streak to the Rams with a 33-14 victory in 2003... The Red Raiders have lost the last two home games against Shepherd... SHIPPENSBURG had an impressive effort in winning its opener, 35-0, over Kutztown... The Red Raiders outgained Kutztown, 361-151, in total yardage, including a 208-70 advantage in the running game... One of the league's toughest defenses in 2003, it marked Shippensburg's fourth shutout in its last 11 games and sixth time in the last seven contests that it did not give up 100 yards rushing... LB Chris Leonetti led the effort vs. Kutztown with 9 TT and 2 TFL... FB John Kuhn, who tied for the national lead with 22 TDs in 2003, scored once in the lidlifter... WR Pat Ferguson caught TD passes of 48 and 40 yards... SHEPHERD got solid defensive play despite a 13-8 setback against Virginia St. last week... DE Ramal Faunteroy was named WVIAC Defensive Player of the Week after recording 6 TT, two TFL and tackled the VSU QB in the end zone for a safety... LB Demar Atwood posted a game-high 8 TT... RB Alex Herbert will test the Red Raider defense after posting 147 yards on 35 carries... WR Jesse Correll caught 7 passes and accounted for 70 of the Rams 120 receiving yards.

    West Virginia Wesleyan (0-1) at Mansfield (0-1) - 1 p.m.

    This the first-ever meeting between the two schools... MANSFIELD looks to overcome a devastating 63-6 loss to California last week... The Mountaineers scored the game's first points and then surrendered 63 unanswered points to the Vulcans... Despite behind held to 33 yards in the opener, RB Poohbear McNeal will be the main threat to turn around the Mountaineer fortunes... McNeal rushed for a PSAC-best 1,684 yards and 17 TDs last year... WR Joe Bennett (3 rec, 21 yds) led the PSAC in reception yardage (1,184) and receiving TDs (17) a year ago... The defense is led by LB Andre' Turner (7 TT, TFL) and CB Ronnie Montgomery (9 TT, PB)... WEST VIRGINIA WESLEYAN fell behind 29-7 at the half before falling, 45-28, to Wingate last week... WR Bryan Overton caught 5 passes for 131 yards from QB Marc Kimes (15-37, 266 yds, 3 TD)... DL Matt Bell tied for team-high honors with 10 tackles.

    Clarion (0-1) at Kutztown (0-1) - 1:05 p.m.

    Clarion leads the overall series, 12-3, and has won four of six as the teams have played every year since 1998... Kutztown won last year's game, 20-19... CLARION surrendered a touchdown on fourth and goal with under five minutes remaining in the game, resulting in a devastating 20-17 loss to West Chester... The Golden Eagles look to reverse their early season trend after dropping three of their first five games last season by four points or less... In last week's contest, the Golden Eagle defense held a West Chester offense that led the PSAC in 2003 to just 200 yards... DL Ben Heisel spearheaded the charge with 9 TT and 3 TFL... LB Zach Gourley had 7 TT and 2 TFL, while FS Bo Busch had 8 TT and 2 PB... Clarion's running game featured RBs Marcus Lowe (12 rush, 59 yds, TD) and Glenn Lovelance (6 rush, 37 yds), as well as QB Erik Yonish (14 rush, 37 yds, TD)... Yonish hit on 12 of 17 passes for 111 yards... KUTZTOWN was able to muster just 161 yards and gave up four turnovers against a stout Shippensburg defense, falling 35-0... RB Stephen Gammage was one of the few bright spots, rushing for 69 yards on 11 carries.. Gammage and fellow RB Tony Bria combined for 1,332 yards rushing last year... WRs Trevor Smith (60 rec, 843 yds, 7 TD) and Mike Connor (34-384-3) did not play due to injury... DB Michael Baldwin led the defense with 7 TT and a FF.

    IUP (1-0) at Nebraska-Omaha (1-0) - 2 p.m. (1 p.m. CST)

    IUP won last year's contest, 28-26, connecting on a field goal with three seconds to provide the margin of victory... It was the first game in the series between the two programs... IUP outscored Millersville 24-6 in the second and third quarters, lifting it to a 27-19 victory... The Indians got a strong performance from RB Mike Jemison (37 rush, 224 yards, TD) and a defense that posted seven sacks and yielded just 35 rushing yards... Leading that group was PSAC West Defensive Player of the Week DL Kirby Griffin, who had 9 TT and 3 sacks... LBs Tye Desiderio (9 TT, Sk, PB) and Kris Griffin (6 TT, 3 TFL, Sk, PB) were other standouts... NEBRASKA OMAHA was impressive in a 62-21 win over Nebraska-Kearney to open its season... RB Scott Anderson carried 16 times for 134 yards and a TD... In all, UNO amassed 278 yards and 4 TD on 50 rushes for a 5.6 ypc average... QB Brian Masek completed 12 of 21 passes for 141 yards and 3 TD... The Mavericks defense was led by LBs Kenny (9 TT) and Taiwo (7 TT, INT, 2 PB) Onatolu.

    Millersville (0-1) at Glenville St. (0-1) - 6 p.m.

    Millersville has won the two previous meetings, including last year's 27-25 triumph... This is the Marauders first visit to Glenville St. ... MILLERSVILLE had a hard-fought effort in a 27-19 loss to nationally ranked IUP last week... As they attempted to mount the tying score, the Marauders were able to get to the IUP 24-yard line under four-minute mark before turning the ball over on downs... QB Dan Csencsitz was a solid 23 of 39 for 264 yards and 3 TD despite facing an IUP defense that accumulated 7 sacks... WRs Andy Neupauer (8 rec, 94 yds) and Omar Sanders (6 rec, 90 yds) both caught TD strikes... Freshman Bakari Brown totaled 219 all-purpose yards, with 196 coming on 6 punt and 5 kickoff returns... LB Joe Hollister posted a game-high 13 tackles... GLENVILLE ST. was on the wrong end of a 604-192 total yardage margin in being handled by I-AA Murray St., 56-3... WR Antonio Carter led the Pioneers with six grabs for 71 yards.... LB Rich St. Julien led the Pioneer defense with seven tackles... QB Joey Conrad hit on 27 of 51 passes for 294 yards and four scores vs. Millersville last season... Conrad had a tough opener against the Racers (9-35, 64 yds).

    Lock Haven (1-0) at James Madison (0-0) - 6 p.m.

    James Madison has won both games in the series... The Dukes handed LHU a 72-0 setback in 2000... LOCK HAVEN earned its first season-opening victory since 1992 when it upended Cheyney, 35-19, last week... RB Maurice Walker posted an impressive 7.4 ypc average when rushing for 177 yds and 2 TD on 24 carries... WR Rafael Smith caught two passes - both for TDs - totaling 40 yards... Three LHU QBs played significant amounts of time, combining for a 7 of 12 passing effort and the two TDs to Smith... DB Will Jones had 10 tackles and an INT... JAMES MADISON is coming off a 6-6 year... the Dukes were 5-1 at home in 2003... Safety Rodney McCarter leads the defense... He piled up 94 tackles, 6 TFL and 6 PB last season... QB Matt LeZotte hit 59.8 percent of his passes last year... RB Alvin Banks led the team with 81.4 ypg last year.

    Number of the week:

    1870 - Round trip miles East Stroudsburg will have traveled by bus to play its first two contests of the 2004 campaign.

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  • 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 D2Football.com 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, 01:17 PM
  • DJRamFan
    PSAC Programs Look Forward to 2004 Season
    by DJRamFan
    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...
    -08-25-2004, 10:18 AM
  • 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, 04:04 PM
  • DJRamFan
    Rock falls by 38-26 margin to No. 25 Edinboro
    by DJRamFan
    Loss was fourth straight for SRU (3-6 overall, 1-3 PSAC-West)
    Oct. 23, 2004

    Slippery Rock, Pa. - Andre Burke rushed for 220 yards and one touchdown Saturday afternoon to lead visiting No. 25 Edinboro to a 38-26 win over Slippery Rock in NCAA Division II, Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-Western Division football action.

    With the win, Edinboro improved its records to 6-2 overall and tied for first place in the PSAC-West with a 4-1 record.

    The Rock lost for the fourth successive week and fell to 3-6, 1-3.

    Edinboro finished the game with 450 yards in total offense (280 rushing, 170 passing), while The Rock had 365 (160 rushing, 205 passing).

    Edinboro quarterback Justin Bouch was 16 of 28 passing for 170 yards and three TDs while Justin Lipscomb had five catches for 51 yards, including a three-yard TD.

    Nate Eimer caught an 18-yard TD pass for the Fighting Scots and Kody Robertson booted three field goals (31, 20 and 37 yards) and was three of four on extra point kicks.





    The Rock was led by Brandon Richardson's six pass receptions for 100 yards and one TD. SRU quarterback Nate Crookshank completed 16 of 25 passes for 166 yards and one TD, but was intercepted three times. Crookshank also rushed for a TD. Backup QB A.J. Ruperto was 3 of 6 for 39 yards and one TD.

    Rock running back Josh Kniess had 89 yards on 21 carries and also had a 59-yard punt return for a TD. Nick Carimi caught a 27-yard pass for the game's final TD.

    The Rock travels to PSAC-West co-leader Shippensburg next Saturday while Edinboro visits Kutztown for a PSAC interdivisional game.
    -10-25-2004, 07:06 AM
  • 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, 07:48 PM
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