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  • Rock earns respect during loss at Youngstown State

    The hosting Penguins won the game, 35-13, but not without a tooth-and-nail fight



    Josh Kniess rushed for more than 100 yards for the second time in as many games this fall



    Sept. 3, 2004


    Final Stats



    Youngstown, Ohio - As odd as it may sound when you look at the final score, the NCAA Division II Rock earned the respect of hosting Division I-AA power Youngstown State in the course of dropping a 35-13 decision.

    The Rock held YSU to 56 yards in total offense in the first half and held a 6-0 advantage at halftime.

    The Penguins stung SRU for 21 third-quarter points, but five minutes into the fourth and final quarter, SRU trailed by only eight points, 21-13.

    In the end, YSU simply had too much firepower for The Rock to overcome. The Penguins finished the game with 364 yards in total offense.

    But, in the end, The Rock also had 315 yards in total offense. That marked the second time in as many games this fall that SRU had amassed more than 300 yards in offense.





    Leading the way, again for the second time this fall, was junior running back Josh Kniess. The former Slippery Rock Area High School standout had 134 rushing yards to surpass the century mark for, you guessed it, the second time this fall.

    Freshman Corey Manfull celebrated his return to his home area of northeastern Ohio by rushing for 52 yards, 18 of which came on his first collegiate touchdown run (10:10 of the final period).

    Redshirt freshman quarterback Nate Crookshank passed for 115 yards on a 13-of-30 throwing effort.

    Crookshank's favorite receiver was senior H-back Brandon Richardson, a native of northeast Ohio who had career highs in catches and yards with seven and 57, respectively.

    Redshirt freshman kicking specialist Ryan Daniel accounted for seven of The Rock's points with a pair of first-half field goals (31 and 26 yards) and a fourth-quarter extra point kick.

    The Rock goes in search of that elusive first win on Sept. 11 when it travels to Shepherdsville, W. Va., to take on West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference power Shepherd in a 1 p.m. game.

    SRU lost its season opener, 20-17, to Bloomsburg on Aug. 28.

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  • DJRamFan
    Rock falls in last minutes, 20-17, to Bloomsburg
    by DJRamFan
    Josh Kniess rushed for a career-high 176 yards to lead The Rock effort

    Aug. 28, 2004

    Slippery Rock, Pa. - Junior running back Josh Kniess rushed for a career-best 176 yards and scored one touchdown to lead The Rock's effort in a heartbreaking 20-17 loss to visiting Bloomsburg in the 2004 season opener.

    Bloomsburg, picked as the team to beat in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference's Eastern Division, needed a late-minute touchdown to subdue The Rock, which is picked to finish in the middle of the pack in the PSAC-West race.

    The visitors scored the game-winning touchdown one play after The Rock was slapped with a controversial pass interference penalty on a fourth-down play in the end zone.

    Redshirt freshman quarterback Nate Crookshank passed for 151 yards in his first collegiate game as The Rock amassed over 300 yards in total offense.

    The NCAA Division II Rock has a short week of preparation before travelling to perennial Division I-AA power Youngstown State for a 7:30 p.m. game on Thursday.

    SRU then travels to Shepherd (W. Va.) on Sept. 11 before returning home Sept. 18 to entertain Fairmont State (W. Va.).
    -08-28-2004, 01:18 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, 05:04 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, 04:25 PM
  • DJRamFan
    Rock football falls to Shepherd 24-7
    by DJRamFan
    Corey Manfull averaged 6.3 yards per carry for 123 yards in the loss.



    Corey Manfull led The Rock with 123 yards rushing.



    Sept. 10, 2005

    Final Stats

    Slippery Rock, Pa. - The Rock football team wasted no time jumping on the scoreboard, scoring a touchdown on their first drive on a 45 yard pass from Nate Crookshank to Paul Favers with 13:06 remaining in the first quarter. But four Rock turnovers proved costly throughout the game, with the Shepherd coming away with a 24-7 win.

    The Rock defense held the visiting Rams scoreles until late in the second quarter when Dervon Wallace scored on a four yard touchdown run. Shepherd would score again with three seconds left in the half, on a one yard touchdown run by Wallace.

    The Rock didn't fare much better in the second half, with Shepherd scoring a field goal late in the third quarter and tacking on an additional touchdown off of a Crookshank interception with five minutes remaining in the game.

    The Rock was led by sophomore running back Corey Manfull. Manfull rushed for 123 yards on 19 carries, averaging 6.3 yards per carry for the game.

    Crookshank finished the game 8 of 21 for 91 yards passing and two interceptions. The Rock receivers were led by Favers, who hauled in four passes for 58 yards.

    Defensively, The Rock was led by redshirted junior Brandon Rakszawski, who recorded 11 solo tackes and three assited tackles.

    Senior linebacker Jerome Whiting also tallied eight tackes for the game, while senior lineman Robert Minnie blocked two field goal attempts and recorded three tackles.

    The Rock will have a two week layoff before it faces off against PSAC rival Lock Haven at home on September 24th. Game time is slated for 6:00 p.m.
    -09-11-2005, 01:23 PM
  • DJRamFan
    Millersville defeats The Rock with last-minute field goal, 17-14
    by DJRamFan
    Kniess scores both Rock touchdowns



    Josh Kniess scored both Rock touchdowns Saturday



    Oct. 16, 2004


    Millersville, Pa. - Josh Kniess's 56-yard punt return at the 13:09 mark in the third quarter wasn't enough to hold off Millersville University, which won 17-14 on a last-minute field goal Saturday afternoon.

    The Rock's third straight defeat drops its record to 3-5 overall.

    Running back Josh Kniess accounted for 139 all-purpose yards. He carried 17 times for 68 yards and returned three punts for 71 yards. He also scored the first Rock touchdown on a six-yard dash in the first quarter.

    Quarterback Nate Crookshank completed 12 of 19 passes for 156 yards and zero interceptions. H-back Brandon Richardson posted 112 yards receiving on nine catches.

    Millersville outgained The Rock offensively by a 320-291 margin.

    Linebacker Greg Baker led The Rock defense for the second consecutive game with a career-high 12 tackles.

    Edinboro University will travel to SRU next Saturday for The Rock's homecoming game next Saturday at 6 p.m.
    -10-16-2004, 03:36 PM
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