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Pender Earns MEC Offensive Player of the Week for Second-Straight Week

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Mario Pender (Glenville State), Michael Porter (FSU) and Lyrics Klugh (FSU) have earned Mountain East Conference Player of the Week honors for their play in the seventh week of the season.

Pender, a senior from Cape Coral, Fla., is the Offensive Player of the Week for a second-straight week after helping the Pioneers to a 33-23 home win over West Liberty. Pender went over the 200 yards rushing in consecutive weeks racking up 228 yards on 23 carries with three touchdowns. He averaged 9.9 yards per carry and scored on runs of 60, 50 and 49 yards against the Hilltoppers.

Porter, a junior defensive back from Accokeek, Md., is the Defensive Player of the Week after helping a Fairmont State defensive unit hold Shepherd to just 17 points in a 38-17 win over the Rams. Porter had five solo tackles and broke up two passes, including a 36-yard interception return for a touchdown early in the third quarter that gave the Falcons a commanding 31-10 lead.

Klugh, a senior from Lyman, S.C., is the Special Teams Player of the Week for the third time this season after his performance against Shepherd. He returned a pair of punts 75 yards on Saturday against the Rams, including a long return of 59 that set up FSU’s first score of the day. He leads the country in punt returns averaging 30.1 yards per return on the season.


Other Top Performances

Offense: Calil Wilkins (WVSU) had 192 yards rushing and a pair of touchdowns in a win for the Yellow Jackets ... Khalik Hamlin (FSU) scored three times and had 111 yards rushing to help the Falcons top Shepherd ... Chris Brimm (NDC) threw four TD passes and had 189 yards through the air in a win over Urbana ... Victor Mitchell (WISE) had a career-high 140 yards to go with three touchdowns ... Chad Swanson (UU) had his first career touchdown reception against Notre Dame ... Tywan Pearce (CU) caught five passes for a career-high 98 yards and two touchdowns against Glenville State.

Defense: Tre’von Slater (NDC) had two interceptions on the day in a win over Urbana, including one returned for a touchdown ... Dylan Giovine (WISE) had 2.5 sacks and a team-high seven tackles to lead the Cavs to a win over West Virginia Wesleyan ... Cody Rine (WLU) had nine tackles (six solo), with a sack, a fumble recovery and a blocked PAT ... JT NGangum (GSC) had seven tackles, including a pair of sacks, in a win for the Pioneers ... Chris Richardson (UU) had his third career interception on Saturday ... Zach Malone (CU) went over 300 career tackles with 14 stops on Saturday ... Ponce DeLeon (SU) had a game-high 15 tackles (10 solo) vs. Fairmont State.

Special Teams: Jamari Collins (UU) blocked his third kick of the season against Notre Dame ... Aaron Ball (WVSU) had 10 points for the Yellow Jackets on Saturday (1 FG, 7-for-7 PAT).


2018 MEC Players Of The Week


Offense

September 03: Jaleel McLaughlin (NDC)

September 10: Jaleel McLaughlin (NDC)

September 17: Tyson Bagent (SU)

September 24: Tyson Bagent (SU)

October 01: Jaleel McLauglin (NDC)

October 08: Mario Pender (GSC)

October 15: Mario Pender (GSC)


Defense

September 3: Guam Lee (NDC)

September 10: Stephen Turner (FSU)

September 17: Kahzin Daniels (UC)/Buster Henderson (WISE)

September 24: Cedric Amadi (UC)/Mikel Toliver (UU)

October 01: Bozton Sanders (UU)

October 08: Marquis Hamilton (WISE)

October 15: Michael Porter (FSU)


Special Teams

September 03: Kahliq Muhammad (UU)/Luke Walls (CU)

September 10: Lyrics Klugh (FSU)

September 17: Lyrics Klugh (FSU)

September 24: Owen Rozan (WLU)

October 01: Tanner Harding (NDC)

October 08: Carl Gorman (WVSU)

October 15: Lyrics Klugh (FSU)

MEC Football Roundup (October 13, 2018)

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Glenville State 33, West Liberty 23

Glenville State’s Mario Pender ran for 228 yards and scored three times to propel the Pioneers to a 33-23 win over West Liberty on Saturday at Morris Stadium.

West Liberty (3-4, 3-3) closed out the first quarter with a 38-yard field goal to take an early 3-0 lead.  After recovering a Hilltopper fumble, Glenville State (2-5, 2-5) answered with a score when Jaylen McNair found Gary Bacon on a 17-yard pass to push the Pioneers ahead with 8:04 left in the second quarter.  The Hilltoppers responded on the next drive after Brenton Colabella’s one-yard touchdown run capped a 10-play, 54-yard drive.

Down but not out, Glenville State scored on its next drive behind Pender’s 60-yard touchdown run.  Clinging to a 13-10 advantage with 3:59 on the clock in the third quarter, Pender came up big for the Pioneers again with a 49-yard touchdown run to leave the Hilltoppers trailing 19-10.

West Liberty refused to go away quietly, scoring on the ensuing drive after Zach Phillips found Michael McLean with a five-yard touchdown pass.

Glenville State opened the fourth quarter with an 11-play, 79-yard scoring drive.  McNair capped the drive with a 17-yard touchdown pass to Javon Butler.  With 7:58 left in the game, Pender tacked on a 50-yard touchdown run for the Pioneers, leaving West Liberty trailing 33-16.  The Hilltoppers would score once more behind Trevor Hoosier’s fumble recovery which he ran back 32 yards for the final margin.

McNair completed 14-of-21 pass attempts for 147 yards and two scores in the win for Glenville State.  In addition to Pender’s 228 yards on the ground, J’Quan Anderson tacked on 49 yards on 15 carries.  Butler hauled in five passes for 77 yards and a score with Bacon catching two passes for 28 yards and one touchdown in the win.

Charles Westbrook paced West Liberty on the ground with 23 carries for 91 yards.  Zach Phillips and Colabella combined for 145 yards on the day behind 21-of-46 passing. Darien Mitchell caught five passes for 44 yards with Shane Phillips adding 47 yards with four receptions.

Logan Deri and Clifford Clark both recorded 11 tackles for the West Liberty defense.  Cody Rine added nine stops, two tackles for loss (six yards), a sack and a fumble recovery.

Dom Cizauskas led the effort for Glenville State with eight tackles and three pass breakups.  The Pioneer defense recorded five sacks on the day (42 yards) and 13 total pass breakups.


Fairmont State 38, Shepherd 17

Fairmont State raced out to a 17-0 lead in the first half on its way to a 38-17 win over Shepherd on Saturday afternoon at Ram Stadium.

The Falcons (5-2, 5-2) scored on each of their first three possessions and Shepherd (4-2, 4-2) went three-and-out on its first three possessions to create the 17-0 deficit. The Rams finally came to life in the second quarter with 10 unanswered points, but Khalik Hamlin raced through the middle of the SU defense on a draw on third down for a 33-yard touchdown run just before halftime to give FSU back the momentum going into the half.

Fairmont State’s defense set the tone to start the second half forcing another three-and-out and then Michael Porter picked off a Tyson Bagent pass and went 36 yards to give FSU the commanding 31-10 lead.

Shepherd tried to rally later in the quarter as Ryan Feiss had a four-yard touchdown reception to get to within two scores, but Fairmont State put the game away in the fourth quarter as it marched 70 yards on 15 plays and chewed up over eight minutes of game time. Hamlin capped the drive with a three-yard touchdown plunge. Fairmont State was 4-for-4 on third downs on the drive.

Hamlin finished the day with 111 yards on 27 carries and three touchdowns. Takwan Crews-Naylor was 12-of-14 for 148 yards and one score.

The Fairmont State defense held Shepherd to just 56 yards rushing. Trevon Shorts had eight tackles and Josh Ballard had a pair of sacks for the Falcons.

For Shepherd, Bagent was 23-of-39 for 217 yards with two interceptions and a touchdown. Ponce DeLeon had a game-high 15 tackles to lead the Rams on defense.


#17 Notre Dame 45, Urbana 14

No. 17 Notre Dame overcame a slow start to pick up its seventh straight win in a 45-14 decision against Urbana.  The Falcons trailed the Blue Knights 7-3 early in the second quarter before Jaleel McLaughlin’s two-yard touchdown run capped a six-play, 34-yard drive and shifted the momentum in favor of Notre Dame.

The Falcons took advantage of 17 unanswered points to build a commanding 24-7 lead by the 10:46 mark in the third quarter.  Urbana would score once more before the end of the contest after Chris Richardson’s interception led to a scoring drive for the Blue Knights late in the third quarter, but the damage was done as the Falcons kept Urbana off the scoreboard in the fourth.  Chris Brimm found Marvell Ross on a four-yard touchdown pass for the final margin.

Notre Dame (7-0, 7-0) piled up 442 offensive yards in the win with 253 on the ground and 189 in the air. Brimm completed 11-of-24 pass attempts for 189 yards and four touchdowns and connected with six different receivers over the course of the contest.

Jaleel McLaughlin led the Falcons on the ground with 14 carries for 75 yards and a score.

Khalil Trotman was 10-of-17 for 123 yards for Urbana (4-3, 3-3).  He threw two touchdown passes in the loss.  Isaiah Young tallied 63 yards on 17 carries for the Blue Knights. 

Defensively, Curtis Collins led all players in the game with 13 tackles (five solo, eight assisted).  Sha’ha Williams and RJ Goodwin each had seven stops for Notre Dame with Williams recording a sack.

DeArmon Lewis and Duray Hall each tallied seven tackles for Urbana.


Findlay 35, Charleston 24

Findlay rallied from a 24-21 fourth quarter deficit and defeated Charleston, 35-24, on Saturday afternoon at UC Stadium.

Findlay (4-3) scored a touchdown with less than a minute left in the first half to take a 14-10 lead into the locker room. The Golden Eagles (4-3) got a 49-yard touchdown pass from Mason Olszewski to Michael Strachan early in the third quarter to get the lead back, but the Oilers answered with a touchdown pass of their own to take the lead going into the fourth quarter.

C.J. Bagwell picked off a pass for UC in the fourth quarter that set up a three-yard Jimmy Wheeler touchdown run to give the Golden Eagles the 24-21 lead. Findlay then marched seven plays and 67 yards capped by a 21-yard touchdown pass from Luke Stuffel to Adam Bertke move ahead, 28-24. The Oilers then blocked a punt on UC’s possession and needed to go just 12 yards for the TD score to ice the game.

UC had the edge in total offense, 369-264. The Golden Eagles turned the ball over five times, though.

Olszewski was 18-of-30 for 282 yards and two touchdowns with a pick. Strachan had 166 receiving yards and Wheeler finished with 75 yards on the ground. Bagwell led the way on defense with 12 tackles.

Findlay’s Bertke was 12-of-26 for 177 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. Kyle Gibson had nine tackles, including 3.5 for a loss, to lead the Oilers on defense.


West Virginia State 52, Concord 24

West Virginia State ran away with a 52-24 win over Concord on Saturday afternoon.  The Yellow Jackets tallied 565 offensive yards over the course of the contest while holding to Concord to 273 on the afternoon.

West Virginia State’s (4-3, 3-3) Calil Wilkins and Carl Garmon combined for 308 of the team’s 451 yards on the ground.  Both notched 14 carries on the day.  Wilkins ran for 192 yards and two scores with Garmon tallying 116 yards and one touchdown in the win.  AJ Barrette added 76 yards with one touchdown run.

Faustino Saucedo was 7-of-14 on the day for 114 yards with three touchdowns in the win.  He found Tyrell Henderson three times for 63 yards and a touchdown, and Barrette and Garmon once each for a score on 22 and 21 yards passes, respectively.

The Mountain Lions held a 10-7 lead by the end of the first quarter before the Yellow Jackets responded with 17 unanswered points in the second quarter to take a 24-10 lead heading into halftime.  West Virginia State outscored Concord 28-7 in the third quarter to build a commanding 52-17 advantage entering into the final stanza. 

Concord’s (1-6, 1-6) Kris Copeland notched 86 yards on 11 carries and one touchdown in the loss.  Adam Fulton threw for 156 yards on 14-of-20 passing with two touchdown passes, both to Tywan Pearce.  Pearce hauled in five passes on the day for 98 yards.

Zach Malon led all players in the game with 14 tackles (seven solo, seven assisted).  Ke’Shawn Hall followed with eight stops on the day for Concord.

Joe Stoneman led West Virginia State with 11 tackles (five solo, six assisted) with two tackles for loss (12 yards) and one sack (11 yards).


UVa-Wise 35, West Virginia Wesleyan 14

UVa-Wise held West Virginia Wesleyan to 20 yards rushing and 130 total offensive yards on its way to a 35-14 win on Saturday afternoon.  The Cavaliers took a 14-0 lead into the halftime break and outscored the Bobcats 21-7 in the final stanza to earn their third win of the season.

Kaian Duverger caught a five-yard touchdown pass with 11:46 on the clock in the first quarter to give UVa-Wise (3-4, 3-4) the momentum early.  A six-yard touchdown run by Von Purvis midway through the second quarter left West Virginia Wesleyan (1-6, 1-5) looking to recover from an early deficit.

Jujuan Linzy’s 46-yard punt return gave the Bobcats their first score of the game with 13:33 left in the third quarter.  In the fourth quarter, a pair of short touchdown runs by Victor Mitchell pushed the Cavaliers ahead 28-7.  West Virginia Wesleyan used Matt Vinson’s 17-yard touchdown pass to Sterling Dewdney to cap a six-play, 42-yard drive with 5:38 left in the game before Mitchell came through with another score for the Cavaliers on a 33-yard run to secure the 35-14 win.

UVa-Wise compiled 232 yards on the ground behind Mitchell’s 141 yards on 21 carries.  He scored three times over the course of the contest.  Purvis added 38 yards on 10 carries with one score in the win.  Tanner Bernard completed 23-of-30 pass attempts for 244 yards.  He connected with eight different receivers including Duverger seven times for 63 yards and one touchdown.

Luke Casey and Matt Vinson combined to throw 110 yards on 11-of-34 passing for West Virginia Wesleyan.  Dewdney hauled in three passes for 60 yards with one touchdown on the day.  Devin Montgomery notched seven carries for 48 yards in the loss.

Defensively, Trey Lee led the way for West Virginia Wesleyan with 10 tackles (six solo, four assisted).  Zechariah Johnson, Anthony Hill, and Robby Huddleston all added nine tackles over the course of the contest.

Dylan Glovine paced the Cavaliers with seven stops, three tackles for loss (11 yards), three sacks (nine yards), and two quarterback hurries in the win.

College Football Rankings

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Associated Press Top 25

1. Alabama
2. Ohio State
3. Clemson
4. Notre Dame
5. LSU
6. Michigan
7. Texas
8. Georgia
9. Oklahoma
10. UCF
11. Florida
12. Oregon
13. West Virginia
14. Kentucky
15. Washington
16. NC State
17. Texas A&M
18. Penn State
19. Iowa
20. Cincinnati
21. South Florida
22. Mississippi State
23. Wisconsin
24. Michigan State
25. Washington State


Coaches Poll

1. Alabama
2. Ohio State
3. Clemson
4. Notre Dame
5. LSU
6. Georgia
7. Michigan
8. Texas
9. UCF
10. Oklahoma
11. Oregon
12. Florida
13. West Virginia
14. Washington
15. NC State
16. Penn State
17. Kentucky
18. Texas A&M
19. Wisconsin
20. South Florida
21. Cincinnati
22. Iowa
23. Washington State
24. Stanford
25. Colorado

MEC Week 7 Football Preview - 2018

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Week seven in the Mountain East Conference will take place entirely on Saturday for the first time this season with six games.

Three games kick off at noon, including a key matchup between Fairmont State and Shepherd. The 17th-ranked Notre Dame Falcons welcome in-state rival Urbana and Findlay visits Charleston in a non-conference tilt in the other two games that kick at noon. Concord will try to snap its five-game losing streak on the road at West Virginia State at 1 p.m., and West Liberty travels to take on Glenville State at 1 p.m. The week wraps up at 2 p.m. with West Virginia Wesleyan looking for its second win in as many weeks at a UVa-Wise team that is fresh off a 17-0 shutout last week.


Notebook

• Mario Pender (Glenville State), Marquis Hamilton (UVa-Wise) and Carl Garmon (WVSU) have earned Mountain East Conference Player of the Week honors for their play in the sixth week of the season. (Full release)

• Road teams in conference play were 4-1 last week.

• Scoring 30 points could be the key figure in MEC play in 2018. Teams are 18-7 this year when reaching the 30-point mark in a game. West Virginia Wesleyan has lost three times when scoring 30 points, and West Virginia State has a pair of defeats despite getting to 30 points.

• Notre Dame owns the longest winning streak in the league at six. Shepherd is on a four-game winning streak.

• West Virginia State’s Carl Garmon provided the first kickoff return for a touchdown in the league this season. The GLIAC is the only conference without a kickoff return for a touchdown in 2018.

• Notre Dame has moved up to 17th in the country in the AFCA poll. This marks the highest ranking in school history. It is the third-straight week NDC has been ranked and it is just the fourth national ranking in the AFCA poll. The Falcons are ranked 20th in the D2Football.com poll—the second week the school been ranked in that poll.


SATURDAY, October 13


Fairmont State (4-2, 3-2) at Shepherd (4-1, 4-1) | Noon | Shepherdstown, WV (Rams Stadium)

Series: Shepherd has won 19 of the last 22 vs. Fairmont State ... FSU’s last win in the series came in 2008 at Rams Stadium.

Notes: Fairmont State averaged 41 points in its first three games (3-0), and is averaging 20.6 in its last three (1-2) ...the Falcons have had 28 penalties in their two losses this season ... Fairmont State is second in scoring defense (20.0) against a Shepherd team leading the MEC in scoring at 37.6 ... after giving up 35 points in the opener to Notre Dame, Shepherd is allowing just 16.5 points in its last four games ... QB Tyson Bagent has had multiple TD passes in each of his first five games ... Shepherd has had 25 TFLs in the last three games.


Urbana (4-2, 3-2) at #17 Notre Dame (6-0, 6-0) | Noon | South Euclid, Ohio (Mueller Field)

Series: NDC leads the all-time series, 4-3 ... the Falcons are 4-1 since both programs joined the MEC.

Notes: UU is tied for the NCAA lead with 10 fumbles recovered ... the Blue Knights are off to their best start since 2013 ... Mikal Toliver has 17.5 sacks in 16 career games for UU ... NDC has had to come back from a halftime deficit in each of its last three games ... the Falcons are 4-1 in Saturday games after a Thursday night the previous week ... Jaleel McLaughlin needs just 196 more yards to set the NDC single-season mark (1,457).


Findlay (3-3) at Charleston (4-2) | Noon | Charleston, WV (UC Stadium)

Notes: Tyreik McAllister’s 10 receptions last week were the second-most for a UC receiver since the program was reinstated in 2003 ... De’Andre Brooks is one catch shy of 100 for his career ... UC leads the league in total defense allowing 259.7 yards per game ... UC is a league-best 42.4 percent on third down conversions ... Findlay dispatched of Shepherd last year in the NCAA Playoffs ... the Oilers have scored 69, 58 and 70 points in their three wins this year.


Concord (1-5, 1-5) at WV State (3-3, 2-3) | 1 p.m. | Institute, WV (Lakin Field)

Series: WVSU has won the last two matchups and has scored 99 points in those two games ... CU is averaging 43.4 points in the last five games vs. West Virginia State.

Notes: Isaiah Bowman rushed for 100 yards for the first time in his career against Glenville State after only running for nine yards on three carries in the first six games of the season ... CU had two players record 100+ yards rushing in the same game for the first time since 2015 ... WVSU’s 61 points last week were the second-most in school history ... the Yellow Jackets had a kickoff return for a touchdown, but also allowed a kickoff and punt return for a TD ... Aaron Ball has made five of his last six field goal attempts, four of which have been over 40 yards ... WVSU allowed just 27 passing yards last week, its lowest total since joining the MEC.


West Liberty (2-4, 2-4) at Glenville State (2-4, 2-3) | 1 p.m. | Glenville, WV (I.L & Sue Morris Stadium)

Series: GSC has won two of the last three, including a 17-13 win last year ... it was the fewest points to win a game in the series since 2013 when West Liberty won 16-13.

Notes: WLU is looking to snap an eight-game road losing streak ... Cliff Clark is averaging 15.5 tackles in his last four games ... the Hilltoppers have committed fewer penalties then their opponent in each of their last nine games dating back to last season ... GSC is 2-1 when rushing for over 100 yards in a game this season ... the Pioneers were 6-for-6 in red zone scoring last week producing 34 points in a win over Concord ... GSC’s three picks last week vs. Concord were a season-high.


WV Wesleyan (1-5, 1-4) at UVa-Wise (2-4, 2-4) 2 p.m. Wise, Va. (Carl Smith Stadium)

Series: WVWC is 5-0 against UVa-Wise since the formation of the MEC ... the Bobcats scored 10 points in the first quarter which ended up being enough in a 10-7 victory ... it was the closest game in the series between the two schools.

Notes: The Bobcats won for the first time last week downing Charleston, 27-26 ... WVWC has played in four games this year that have been decided by three points or less ... ... QB Luke Casey had his third, three-touchdown game of the year last week vs. UC ... WVWC has been held to under 100 yards rushing in all but one game this year ... the Cavs forced a season-high five turnovers last week en route to the school’s first ever shut out of a NCAA Division II opponent ... a win Saturday would allow UVa-Wise to win back-to-back games for the first time since the start of the 2017 season.

Pender Named MEC Offensive Player of the Week

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Mario Pender (Glenville State), Marquis Hamilton (UVa-Wise) and Carl Gorman (WVSU) have earned Mountain East Conference Player of the Week honors for their play in the sixth week of the season.

Pender, a senior from Cape Coral, Fla., is the Offensive Player of the Week after helping the Pioneers to a 41-35 win over Concord on Saturday. He rushed for 212 yards on 21 attempts, including a 73-yard carry, and had a pair of touchdowns in the win.

Hamilton, a sophomore from Washington, D.C., is the Defensive Player of the Week after helping UVa-Wise post its first shutout in its Division II era with a 17-0 win over Urbana. He had a pair of interceptions to go along with five tackles, including two for a loss in the victory. The Cavs held Urbana to just 39 yards passing and 147 yards of total offense.

Gorman, a freshman from Aldie, Va., is the Special Teams Player of the Week after helping the Yellow Jackets to a 61-42 win over Kentucky State. Gorman had a 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against the Thorobreds and had another return for 21 yards. He also had 10 carries for 56 yards and had two receptions for 21 on offense.


Other Top Performances

Offense: Calil Wilkins (WVSU) had three touchdowns and 166 yards rushing against Kentucky State ... Isaiah Bowman (CU) had his first career 100-yard rushing day with 101 against Glenville State ... Jaleel McLaughlin (NDC) added 194 more yards to his total and scored a pair of touchdowns ... Tyson Bagent (SU) was 18-of-31 for 253 yards and four TDs ... Khalik Hamlin (FSU) had 85 yards on 18 carries against Notre Dame ... Luke Casey (WVWC) was 11-of-18 for 160 yards and three scores in the Bobcats first win of the season ... Isaiah Young (UU) had 78 yards on 20 carries for the Blue Knights.

Defense: Cliff Clark (WLU) had 18 tackles, including 15 solo stops, against Shepherd ... Daniel Robinson (GSC) had five tackles and his first career interception against Concord ... Duray Hall (UU) had a season-high 17 tackles (nine solo) vs. UVa-Wise ... Chrys Lane (SU) had eight tackles (all solo), including a TFL in a win over West Liberty ... Michael Porter (FSU) had a pair of interceptions for the Falcons against Notre Dame ... Derrick Butler (WVWC) had four tackles, one interception and one fumble recovery in a win over Charleston ... Alec Henderson (CU) had five tackles and a 32-yard interception return for a touchdown for the Mountain Lions.

Special Teams: Tanner Harding (NDC) had a school record 42-yard field goal in a win over Fairmont State ... Trevor Owens (WISE) booted an MEC record 81-yard punt and averaged 40.4 on the day ... Christian Morris (WLU) averaged 44.3 yards on eight punts, including one of 70 and another of 62 ... Brandon Purk (UU) had a career-high 10 punts and had four go over 50 yards ... Adam Fulton (CU) had four punts at an average of 49 yards per attempt.


2018 MEC Players Of The Week


Offense

September 03: Jaleel McLaughlin (NDC)

September 10: Jaleel McLaughlin (NDC)

September 17: Tyson Bagent (SU)

September 24: Tyson Bagent (SU)

October 01: Jaleel McLauglin (NDC)

October 08: Mario Pender (GSC)


Defense

September 03: Guam Lee (NDC)

September 10: Stephen Turner (FSU)

September 17: Kahzin Daniels (UC)/Buster Henderson (WISE)

September 24: Cedric Amadi (UC)/Mikel Toliver (UU)

October 01: Bozton Sanders (UU)

October 08: Marquis Hamilton (WISE)


Special Teams

September 03: Kahliq Muhammad (UU)/Luke Walls (CU)

September 10: Lyrics Klugh (FSU)

September 17: Lyrics Klugh (FSU)

September 24: Owen Rozan (WLU)

October 01: Tanner Harding (NDC)

October 08: Carl Gorman (WVSU)

College Football Rankings

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Associated Press Top 25

1. Alabama
2. Georgia
3. Ohio State
4. Clemson
5. Notre Dame
6. West Virginia
7. Washington
8. Penn State
9. Texas
10. UCF
11. Oklahoma
12. Michigan
13. LSU
14. Florida
15. Wisconsin
16. Miami (FL)
17. Oregon
18. Kentucky
19. Colorado
20. North Carolina State
21. Auburn
22. Texas A&M
23. South Florida
24. Mississippi State
25. Cincinnati


Coaches Poll

1. Alabama
2. Georgia
3. Ohio State
4. Clemson
5. Notre Dame
6. West Virginia
7. Washington
8. Penn State
9. UCF
10. Wisconsin
11. Oklahoma
12. LSU
13. Michigan
14. Texas
15. Miami (FL)
16. Florida
17. Oregon
18. Colorado
19. North Carolina State
20. Kentucky
21. Auburn
22. Texas A&M
23. South Florida
24. Stanford
25. Cincinnati

MEC Football Roundup (October 04, 06, 2018)

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West Virginia Wesleyan 27, Charleston 26

Jujuan Linzy’s 10-yard touchdown reception with 1:29 left in the fourth quarter lifted West Virginia Wesleyan to its first win of the season with a 27-26 victory over Charleston on Saturday afternoon at Cebe Ross Field.

The Bobcats (1-5, 1-4) trailed 12-6 at the half, but Luke Casey ran for a touchdown and tossed another in the third quarter to put WVWC in front, 20-12. Charleston (4-2, 4-2) answered with a pair of fourth quarter TDs of its own on a D’Andre Brooks TD reception and a Jimmy Wheeler touchdown run to make it 26-20.

WVWC took over with 5:11 to go, Casey engineered the game-winning drive taking the Bobcats 80 yards in seven plays and hitting Linzy with the decisive TD pass. Charleston had a last-gasp effort with :25 seconds left, but a 51-yard field goal attempt missed wide left allowing Wesleyan to run out the clock.

Charleston had the edge in most statistical categories including first downs (32-15), rushing yards (180-63) and passing yards (345-179). However, UC turned it over five times on the day compared to just two for WVWC.

Casey finished the game 11-of-18 for 160 yards with three TDs and one interception. Malcom Cutner had 10 tackles and forced a fumble.

Wheeler had 103 yards rushing and Brett Grisel was 24-of-42 for 285 yards and two touchdowns. Tyreik McAllister (116) and Michael Strachan (111) each had over 100 yards receiving. John Cominsky had seven tackles, including 2.5 tackles for a loss.


UVa-Wise 17, Urbana 0

UVa-Wise recorded its first shutout in its NCAA Division II history with a 17-0 win on the road at Urbana on Saturday afternoon.

The Cavs (2-4, 2-4) scored the only points in the first half just before the break as Rondre Knowles-Tener scooped up a fumble and took it 55 yards for a touchdown. Neither team managed a score in the third, and the Cavs added a touchdown and a field goal in the fourth to take the win.

UVa-Wise held Urbana to just 10 first downs and 147 yards of total offense in the win. The Cavaliers also had four interceptions to go with the fumble recovery.

Buster Henderson had a team-high 11 tackles and Marquis Hamilton had a pair of picks and two TFLs to lead the Cavs on defense. Quarterback Tanner Bernard was 16-of-25 for 139 yards and one touchdown to lead the team on offense.

Isaiah Young had 78 yards rushing to lead Urbana (4-2, 3-2). Duray Hall had 17 tackles (nine solo) and broke up a pair of passes. 


Shepherd 26, West Liberty 14

Shepherd downed West Liberty, 26-14, on Saturday afternoon at West Family Stadium.

The Rams (4-1, 4-1) led 12-7 at the break and traded scores with West Liberty in the third quarter. Shepherd managed to keep West Liberty (2-5, 2-4) out of the end zone in the fourth quarter picking off the Hilltoppers on two of the team’s final three drives in the game. The Rams added a late score to seal the win.

Tyson Bagent was 18-of-31 for 253 yards with four more touchdown passes and one interception. Wanya Allen hauled in two of those TD passes and had 127 yards receiving. Zyan Sturdivant added 73 yards on the ground for SU.

Chrys Lane had eight tackles to lead Shepherd, including one for a loss. Ponce DeLeon had the pair of key interceptions in the fourth quarter.

Brenton Colabella was 18-of-32 for 195 yards passing for WLU. Charles Westbrook was limited to 48 yards on 15 carries and had one touchdown. Cliff Clark racked up 18 tackleso on the day with one sack. Logan Deri had 11 tackles and had an interception.


Glenville State 41, Concord 35

Glenville State held off a furious fourth quarter rally by Concord and held on for a 41-35 win over the Mountain Lions on Saturday afternoon at Callaghan Stadium.

Trailing 41-15 heading into the fourth quarter, Concord’s Isaiah Bowman scored on back-to-back possessions and then Alec Henderson had a 32-yard interception return for a touchdown to suddenly make it 41-35. CU then forced another punt and took over with 6:20 left in the game. The Mountain Lions were able to drive the ball down to the Glenville State 29-yard line, but couldn’t convert on 4th-and-1 and gave the Pioneers back the ball to finish the game off.

Glenville State (2-4, 2-3) had 530 yards of toal offense, compared to just 265 for Concord. Mario Pender had 212 yards rushing and two touchdowns for the Pioneers. Jaylen McNair was 17-of-26 for 269 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Dom Cizauskas had nine tackles to lead GSC on defense. Daniel Robinson, Quintavius Twine and Ellis Lilly each had an interception.

Bowman had 101 yards rushing and a pair of TDs. Kris Copeland added another touchdown and 75 yards. Jonathan Roebuck had nine tackles for Concord on defense.


West Virginia State 61, Kentucky State 42

West Virginia State outlasted Kentucky State, 61-42, on Saturday afternoon at Lakin Field.

Calil Wilkins had three rushing touchdowns and 166 yards to lead West Virginia State (3-3). The WVSU defense allowed just four completions to Kentucky State (0-6) and 27 yards through the air. The Thoroughbreds did manage 307 yards rushing and scored a pair of special teams touchdowns to stay in the game.

Faustino Saucedo was 8-of-18 for 103 yards with a touchdown and one interception. Jasper Jude completed his only two pass attempts for 39 yards and had one touchdown. A.J. Barnette had four catches for 79 yards and one touchdown.

Carl Garmon had a 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown for a WVSU score as well. Aaron Ball hit a pair of field goals, including one from 44 yards out.

Moises Valcarcel had 12 tackles to lead WVSU on defense. Robert Branch added 11 stops, and Joe Stoneman had 10 tackles.


No. 20 Notre Dame Rallies Past Fairmont State

Jaleel McLaughlin’s 2-yard touchdown with just over a minute to play secured a Notre Dame 24-21 victory over Fairmont State on Thursday night at Duvall-Rosier Field.

Notre Dame (6-0, 6-0) overcame a halftime deficit for the third-straight week to remain unbeaten on the season. Fairmont State dropped to 4-2 on the year (3-2 in the MEC).

After trailing 14-3 at the half, NDC managed to grab the lead at 17-14 early in the fourth quarter after rushing touchdowns from McLaughlin and Vasean Davis. Fairmont State’s Takwan Crews-Naylor responded with a 40-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Lewis to put the Fighting Falcons back in front with 9:03 to go.

Notre Dame drove the ball deep into Fairmont State territory and had to go for it fourth down, but Chris Brimm’s pass was intercepted at the one allowing FSU to take over. NDC was able to get a stop on defense with time winding down to force a Fairmont State punt. The snap was bobbled on the punt which allowed Notre Dame to take over at Fairmont State’s 5-yard line.

FSU kept Notre Dame out of the end zone on its first three tries, but a pass interference penalty on fourth down gave NDC new life. McLaughlin then took the ball in on his 41st carry of the night for the go-ahead score with 1:33 left in the game.

Fairmont State was unable to pick up a first down on its next possession and NDC took over and took a knee to seal the victory.

McLaughlin, the NCAA leader in rushing, added 194 more yards on the ground and two touchdowns. Chris Brimm was limited to just 13-of-30 passing for 142 yards and was intercepted twice. 

Notre Dame ran 86 plays and had 377 yards of total offense with 25 first downs on the night. Fairmont State had 58 plays and 288 yards of total offense.

Khalik Hamlin had 85 yards rushing and one touchdown for FSU. Crews-Naylor ended the night 6-of-21 for 171 yards with the one touchdown. Antonio Harris was one of four Fairmont State players with double-digit tackles with 12. Josh Ballard had 11 stops, including a .5 sack.

MEC Week 6 Football Preview - 2018

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Week six gets underway in the Mountain East Conference as NCAA Division II shines its spotlight on the matchup between No. 20 Notre Dame College and Fairmont State.

The game will be featured on a multitude of platforms with fans being able to watch the game on the NCAA Division II Twitter and Facebook pages, WVMetroNews.com, West Virginia Public Television, as well as the MEC Digital Network and associated OTT apps.

NDC comes into Thursday night’s game with a perfect 5-0 record, while Fairmont State is 4-1 and trying to avoid falling two games back in the conference standings.

Two games will kick at noon on Saturday with Shepherd at West Liberty and Charleston at West Virginia Wesleyan. Glenville State will travel to Athens to take on Concord at 1 p.m., and UVa-Wise visits Urbana at 1 p.m. as well. West Virginia State will play a non-conference contest at home against Kentucky State.

Notebook

• Jaleel McLaughlin (Notre Dame), Bozton Sanders (Urbana) and Tanner Harding (Notre Dame) have earned Mountain East Conference Player of the Week honors for their play in the fifth week of the season. (Full release)

• In 29 games this season in the MEC, 13 have been decided by 10 points or less (45 percent). Since the start of the 2017 season, 46.2 percent of MEC games were decided by 10 points or less (43-of-93).

• Seven of the 10 games played on Thursday nights have been decided by 10 points or less. Home teams are 6-4 this year on Thursday night.

• A pair of MEC freshmen lead the NCAA in key categories. Notre Dame’s Jaleel McLaughlin leads the country in both rushing yards (1,068), rushing yards per game (213.6) and all-purpose yards (248.0). Shepherd quarterback Tyson Bagent leads the country in passing yards per game (394.5) and total offense (408.3).
• McLaughlin (three times) and Bagent (twice) have earned every MEC Offensive Player of the Week honor through five weeks this season.

• There have been 25 100-yard rushing performances in the MEC in the 2018 season. Teams with at least one 100-yard rusher are 17-4 this season.

• Notre Dame owns the longest winning streak in the league at five. Both Urbana and Shepherd are on three-game winning streaks.


THURSDAY, October 04

#20 Notre Dame (5-0, 5-0) at Fairmont State (4-1, 3-1) | 7:10 p.m. | Fairmont, WV (Duvall-Rosier Field)

Series: Fairmont State leads the all-time series, 3-2 ... the last four games between the two teams have been decided by 10 points or less ... NDC scored the first 16 points in the game and held off FSU in a 19-14 win last year.

Notes: NDC leads the MEC in turnover margin at +9 with 14 takeaways this year ... Notre Dame has not allowed a sack in the last two games and has given up just five this year ... NDC leads the league in rushing yards (317) and rushing defense (68) ... Fairmont State has doubled its rushing output (978) through the first five games compared to the first five games from last year (409) ... Stephen Turner’s 10 career interceptions are tied for the most in MEC history ... FSU is 5-3 at home in the last two years.


SATURDAY, October 06

Shepherd (3-1, 3-1) at West Liberty (2-3, 2-3) | Noon | West Liberty, WV (West Family Stadium)

Series: Shepherd has won the last four, including a 51-14 win last year ... WLU’s last win in the series came in 2012.

Notes: West Liberty junior CB Josh Ojo leads the nation with six interceptions, five of them coming in the last three games ... the West Liberty defense leads the MEC and is tied for No. 5 nationally with 10 interceptions in its first five games ... QB Brenton Colabella’s 32 completions at Notre Dame last week are the most by a Hilltopper since current WLU quarterbacks coach Zach Amedro did it vs. Concord in 2010 ... Tyson Bagent leads NCAA II in passing yards per game (394.5) and total offense (408.3) ... he had a career-best four TD passes last week ... Ryan Feiss had a career-high 211 yards receiving and three touchdowns last week.


Charleston (4-1, 4-1) at WV Wesleyan (0-5, 0-4) | Noon | Buckhannon, WV (Cebe Ross Field)

Series: UC has won three of the last four ... the last two games have been decided by 10 points total ... UC won 15-7 last year with a third quarter safety and a fourth quarter TD run by Mason Olszewski.

Notes: UC’s Jimmy Wheeler is 21st nationally for rushing yards with 513, with five of the top 30 rushers in the country coming from the MEC ... John Cominsky is ranked 7th nationally for TFLs ... Kahzin Daniels is 10th for sacks ... Kane Roush’s 34 career punt returns are second most in UC history (Tori Wagner, 41) ... WVWC is looking for its first win of the season ... after averaging 35.3 points in the first three games, WVWC has scored just 13 total in the last two ... Kenny Lewis Jr. is averaging a league best 32.5 yards per return ... Lewis had 191 return yards last week with a long of 57.


Glenville State (1-4, 1-3) at Concord (1-4, 1-4) | 1 p.m. | Athens, WV (Callaghan Stadium)

Series: Glenville State has won three of the last four, including a 48-28 win at home last year.

Notes: GSC’s Dominic Cizauskas ranks third in the country in forced fumbles, solo tackles and total tackles ... the Pioneers lone win this season came on the road ... QB Jaylen McNair has thrown a TD pass in six-straight games dating back to last season ... Concord’s Zach Malone needs 10 more tackles for 300 in his career ... he is currently eighth among active players in tackles ... after 432 yards of total offense in week one, Concord has been held to under 300 in each of the last four.


UVa-Wise (1-4, 1-4) at Urbana (4-1, 3-1) | 1 p.m. | Urbana, Ohio (UU Stadium)

Series: UVa-Wise has won three of the last four matchups, including a 51-41 win last year.

Notes:UVa-Wise RB Jamorya Cousin leads the team and ranks third in the MEC in rushing yards per game at 103.6 ... freshman Alonzo Brown caught the first touchdown of his collegiate career last week as he posted four catches for 54 yards ... UU is off to its best start since 2007 ... it’s only the fourth 4-1 start in school history ... Urbana is holding opponents to 89.4 yards per game ... the program is looking for just the fifth four-game winning streak in program history.


Kentucky State (0-5) at WV State (2-3) | 1:30 p.m. | Institute, WV (Lakin Field)

Notes: WVSU has scored 30 points or more in all but one game this season ... the Yellow Jackets have gone over 400 yards of total offense three times this season ... Faustino Saucedo is completing 63 percent of his passes and has 1,070 yards with seven touchdowns and three interceptions after stepping in for injured starter Austin Hensley ... Kentucky State has lost three games by less than a touchdown.

College Football Rankings

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Associated Press Top 25

1. Alabama
2. Georgia
3. Ohio State
4. Clemson
5. LSU
6. Notre Dame
7. Oklahoma
8. Auburn
9. West Virginia
10. Washington
11. Penn State
12. UCF
13. Kentucky
14. Stanford
15. Michigan
16. Wisconsin
17. Miami (FL)
18. Oregon
19. Texas
20. Michigan State
21. Colorado
22. Florida
23. North Carolina State
24. Virginia Tech
25. Oklahoma State


Coaches Poll

1. Alabama
2. Georgia
3. Ohio State
4. Clemson
5. Oklahoma
6. LSU
7. Notre Dame
8. West Virginia
9. Auburn
10. Washington
11. Penn State
12. Wisconsin
13. UCF
14. Stanford
15. Kentucky
16. Michigan
17. Miami (FL)
18. Oregon
19. Michigan State
20. Texas
21. Oklahoma State
22. Colorado
23. Virginia Tech
24. Boise State
25. North Carolina State

MEC Football Roundup (September 27, 29, 2018)

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No. 23 Notre Dame 55, West Liberty 21

West Liberty carried a 14-13 lead into the halftime break but a 69-yard touchdown run by Notre Dame’s Jaleel McLaughlin sparked a second-half comeback for the Falcons.  Notre Dame (5-0, 5-0) outscored West Liberty (2-3, 2-3) 42-7 after halftime to preserve its undefeated mark.  The Hilltoppers were held to just 35 yards on the ground over the course of the game.
West Liberty scored first in the contest after Joshua Ojo intercepted a Falcon pass and returned it 25 yards for a touchdown.  Isaiah Robinson collected a 19-yard pass with 12:37 on the clock in the second quarter to push the Hilltoppers ahead 14-0.  McLaughlin put Notre Dame on the board in the next possession, capping a four-play, 62-yard drive with a 36-yard run to the end zone.  Tanner Harding hit a 23-yard and 28-yard field goal before the end of the first half to put the Falcons within striking distance.
McLaughlin opened the second half with a 69-yard touchdown run to shift the momentum in favor of Notre Dame.  The Hilltoppers unanswered with a 17-yard touchdown pass to Robinson but were unable to score in the remainder of the contest.
McLaughlin contributed to 340 of the team’s 675 yards behind 26 carries.  He scored three times for the Falcons highlighted by an 89-yard touchdown run near the end of the third quarter.
Chris Brimm completed 13-27 pass attempts for 208 yards and two touchdowns.  He found Marvelle Ross seven times for 109 yards and connected with Connor Henry and Zaire Mitchell once each for a score.  Guam Lee led the defensive effort for the Falcons with 10 stops (six solo, four assisted), with one tackle for loss (13 yards) and two forced fumbles.
Offensively, Brenton Colabella led the effort for West Liberty with 311 yards on 32-of-48 pass completions.  He threw two touchdown passes in the setback.  Isiah Robinson collected a game-high eight receptions for 121 yards with two touchdowns on the day.
Clifford Clark led all players in the game with 16 tackles (nine solo, seven assisted).


West Virginia State 31, Glenville State 17

After trailing 7-0 in the second quarter, West Virginia State responded with 17 unanswered points before halftime and never looked back on its way to a 31-17 win over Glenville State on Saturday.
Down 24-7 in the third quarter, the Pioneers used Jaylen McNair’s six-yard touchdown pass and Justin Watt’s 25-yard field goal to pull within range, but Calil Wilkins’ one-yard scamper with 1:13 left in the game solidified the 31-17 victory for the Yellow Jackets.
West Virginia State (2-3, 2-3) narrowly outgained Glenville State (1-4, 1-3) 173-151 on the ground.  Wilkins ended the day with 102 yards on 27 carries with one touchdown.  Dylan Lucas notched eight carries for 51 yards while Carl Garmon added 18 yards and a touchdown on three carries.
Faustino Saucedo completed 19-of-33 pass attempts for 285 yards and two touchdowns.  He connected with Tyrell Henderson seven times for 171 yards and two scores.
McNair tallied 125 yards in the air on 16-of-28 passing.  Mario Pender hauled in seven receptions for 75 yards and a score while also notching 25 carries for 97 yards in the setback.
Joe Stoneman led the way for the Yellow Jackets defensively with 13 tackles (nine solo, four assisted), 2.5 for loss (23 yards) along with two sacks.  Robert Branch added 10 solo stops and one tackle for loss (two yards).
Dom Cizauskas racked up a game-high 16 stops (eight solo, eight assisted), one for loss (four yards), a forced fumble and two pass breakups.  Samuel Thomas followed with 11 tackles, one for loss (one yard), and one breakup.


Fairmont State 24, UVa-Wise 6

Fairmont State piled up 516 offensive yards and shutout UVa-Wise for three quarters of play in a 24-6 victory on Saturday afternoon. After a scoreless first quarter, Tyree Randolph’s 15-yard touchdown run capped a four-play, 82-yard drive and gave the Falcons an early lead.
Fairmont State (4-1, 3-1) tacked on a 24-yard field goal at the end of the first quarter, leaving UVa-Wise trailing 10-0. With 12:59 on the clock in the third quarter, Takwan Crews-Naylor’s three-yard shove to Alquawn Vickers pushed the Falcons ahead. Javon Hayes collected a two-yard touchdown pass near the end of the third quarter to give Fairmont State a comfortable 24-0 lead.
Tanner Bernard’s 13-yard touchdown pass to Alonzo Brown with 9:06 left in the game closed out a 12-play, 81-yard scoring drive for the Cavaliers for the final margin.
Crews-Naylor threw for 271 yards on the day on 17-of-26 passing with two touchdowns.  Vickers hauled in six passes for 45 yards and a score while Hayes notched 42 yards on five receptions along with a touchdown.  Shawn Harris needed just three receptions for 110 yards in the win while Khalik Hamlin ran for 109 yards on 16 carries.
Jerry Iweh led the Falcons’ defensive unit with 10 tackles (four solo, six assisted).  Antonio Harris added nine stops in the win.
Bernard completed 23-of-39 pass attempts for 232 yards and a score for UVa-Wise (1-4, 1-4).  Kaian Duverger notched 58 receiving yards with three catches followed by Brown with four receptions for 54 yards and a touchdown in the loss.  Jamorya Cousin tallied 37 yards on the ground on 14 carries.  Marcus Tarrer led the defensive effort with eight tackles (five solo, three assisted).


Shepherd 61, Concord 21

Shepherd handed Concord a 61-21 setback on Saturday afternoon at Ram Stadium.
The Mountain Lions (1-4, 1-4) trailed 27-19 heading into halftime before the Rams (3-1, 3-1) outscored Concord 34-2 in the second half to secure the win. Shepherd piled up 576 offensive yards in the win with the Mountain Lions collecting 286 over the course of the contest.
Tyson Bagent completed 24-36 pass attempts for 364 yards and four touchdowns.  Zyan Sturdivant tallied 19 carries for 86 yards with two scores.  Deonte Glover added 44 yards on the ground and two touchdowns on five carries while Sam James notched 49 yards with one touchdown.
Ryan Feiss hauled in 12 catches for 211 yards.  Bagent found Feiss three times for scores and Wanya Allen once en-route to the win.
Kyle Akin threw for 152 yards on 7-of-18 passing with one touchdown.  Akin also led the Mountain Lions on the ground with nine carries for 47 yards.  Zach Malone recorded 14 stops on the day (eight solo, six assisted) with a pass breakup.  Ke’Shawn Hall added 10 tackles in the setback.
Defensively, Ponce DeLeon notched a team-high six tackles for Shepherd along with a pass breakup.


Saint Francis 59, West Virginia Wesleyan 3

West Virginia Wesleyan trailed 21-0 by the end of the first quarter and was unable to recover in a 59-3 setback against Saint Francis on Saturday evening.  The Bobcats were held to 115 yards of total offense on the day; 52 on the ground and 63 in the air.
The Red Flash recorded 417 yards of offense in the win behind Bear Fenimore’s 226 yards in the air on 18-of-22 passing.  He threw three touchdowns over the course of the contest.  Kam Lewis hauled in eight receptions for 138 yards and a score to lead the receiving corps.  Chris Cropper piled up 92 yards on the ground on 12 carries. Ben Bruni led the effort on defense with seven tackles and two sacks (10 yards) for Saint Francis (2-3).
Luke Casey and Matt Vinson combined to complete 10 passes for 63 yards for West Virginia Wesleyan (0-5).  Mason Brubeck notched 11 carries for 29 yards with Kam Brooks grabbing two receptions for 20 yards. Braxton Brooks paced the defense with nine tackles (eight solo, one assisted).


Urbana 20, Charleston 14

Urbana toppled previously unbeaten Charleston, 20-14, on a soggy Thursday night at UC Stadium.

The Blue Knights improved to 4-1 on the year and 3-1 in the MEC. Charleston dropped to 4-1 overall and 4-1 in conference play.

Urbana held Charleston to 66 yards on 55 carries, but still faced a 305-106 deficit in total offense on the night. The Blue Knights took advantage of three fumbles from Charleston and a pair of bad snaps on punts to come away with the victory.

With the game tied 14-14 with just over five minutes to go, Urbana’s Zairn Davis led the game-winning drive for Urbana having completed just four passes for two yards at that point. He hit J.T. Dozier for 25 yards, and two plays later hit Shemar Hooks on a hook-and-go for a 51-yard touchdown to break the tie. UC, which had blocked two field goal attempts in the game, came up with another on the PAT to make it 20-14 with still three minutes left.

The Golden Eagles had a chance to tie or win the game in the final minute driving the ball all the way to the Urbana three-yard line, but the Urbana defense came up with the stop. A false start made it first and goal from the eight, but a one-yard rush and three successive incomplete passes sealed the victory for the Blue Knights.

A scoreless first half saw each team a solid scoring opportunity. Urbana took over deep in UC territory after a mishandled snap on a punt, but soon fumbled and turned it back over to the Golden Eagles. Charleston had a chance to get on the board with a field goal attempt, but it was blocked by the Blue Knights to make it 0-0 after 30 minutes.

After a blocked field goal by UC, the Urbana defense forced the Golden Eagles to punt after three plays. A bad snap was recovered by David Hickey in the end zone to give the Blue Knights the first points in the game at 7-0. Another UC miscue set up Urbana’s second touchdown as Bozton Sanders forced a fumble on quarterback Damion May and was recovered by Urbana at the three-yard line. Davis hit Hooks from four yards out on third down to double the lead to 14-0.

Early in the fourth quarter, it was UC that was able to take advantage of an Urbana mistake to get its first points. John Cominsky forced a fumble at the Urbana nine. May took it in from six yards out to cut the deficit to 14-7 with 12:43 to go. Brant Grisel provided the Charleston offense a spark on its next drive hitting on 4-of-6 passes for 67 yards. May came on in the red zone and finished the drive from two yards out to tie it at 14-14 before giving it back to Urbana for the decisive drive.

Davis finished 6-of-17 for 78 yards and a pair of scores. Isaiah Young had 39 yards on the ground. Chris Richardson was in on 15 tackles, including two for a loss with a sack. Duray Hall and Marcus Omosule each had 14 tackles.

May threw for 107 yards and added two rushing touchdowns. Grisel had 132 through the air. Michael Strachan had seven catches for 117 yards. Jimmy Wheeler carried the ball 33 times for 97 yards. Cominsky led the team on defense with 12 tackles.

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