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    SRU trailed 24-0 at the end of one quarter Saturday night but rallied to take a 31-27 lead before falling by a 34-31 margin in PSAC-West action

    Nate Crookshank was 12-of-34 passing for 225 yards and three TDs to lead The Rock offensive effort

    Oct. 3, 2004

    California, Pa. - The Rock, after trailing by a 24-0 deficit at the end of one quarter of action, battled back to take a 31-27 lead late in the third quarter Saturday night at California U. of Pa.

    But The Rock (3-3, 1-1) could not hold on as the hosting Vulcans (4-1, 1-1) eked out a 34-31 win in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-Western Division action.

    The Rock hosts PSAC-West archrival Indiana U. of Pa. at 6 p.m. next Saturday, Oct. 9.

    Redshirt freshman quarterback Nate Crookshank threw for 225 yards and three TDs to lead The Rock's comeback effort.

    Senior H-back Brandon Richardson caught six passes for a career-high 122 yards and one TD, while junior running back Josh Kniess rushed for 74 yards and caught a 49-yard TD pass.

    The Rock quickly found itself down by a 10-0 margin thanks to a pair of lost fumbles in the first minute and a half of action. The Vulcans then added a pair of TDs in the span of two and half minutes to take a 24-0 lead at the 7:10 mark of the first period.

    The Rock got on the scoreboard for the first time at the 13:18 mark of the second period when Crookshank connected with Valdez Hails for a two-yard TD pass.

    Crookshank and Richardson hooked up for a 20-yard score at the 1:43 mark of the second stanza to cut Cal's lead to 24-14 before the Vulcans got a late field goal to take a 27-14 advantage into intermission.

    A bad snap from center on a Cal punt attempt set The Rock up first-and-goal at the Cal 3-yard line, but SRU failed to capitalize on the opportunity and had to settle for a 22-yard field goal by Ryan Daniel.

    Kniess caught a screen pass from Crookshank and scampered 49 yards to the end zone with 7:46 left in the third stanza to trim the margin to 27-24.

    The Rock completed its comeback and took its only lead of the game at 3:08 of the third period when Crookshank scored from a yard out.

    Cal went 46 yards in nine plays to score the winning TD with 7:45 left in the game.

    The Rock finished the game with 375 yards in total offense (225 passing, 150 rushing), while Cal had 480 yards in total offense (361 rushing, 119 passing).

    Antoine Bagwell rushed for 287 yards on 31 carries and scored two TDs to lead California. He was named Sunday as the PSAC-Western Division Offensive Player of the Week.

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  • 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
  • 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, 02:36 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, 12:23 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, 06:06 AM