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Page 26- Friday, October 25, 2002 COLLEGE FOOTBALL dwzetie Defensive end Andrew Battle registered three sacks against California last week in the Indians' 20-9 victory. (Gazette photo by Thomas Slusser) Is it a lock? Streaking Indians hope history repeats itself vs. Bald Eagles By MATTHEW BURGLUND Gazette Sports Writer When Indiana University of Pennsylvania takes on Lock Haven on Saturday at Miller Stadium, the Indians will have more than an edge in talent and home-field advantage on their side. They'll have history. Though the Bald Eagles come to town with a winning record — something they haven't experienced in a long time — they'll also be coming with a bus load of baggage from the last 20 times they have played IUP Lock Haven has struggled against all of its competition since 1982, rolling up a 49-163-3 record, but it has had unprecedented failure against the Indians, losing all 20 games. It's a streak that could possibly go on forever. "This is a huge challenge," said Lock Haven coach Mark Luther, who was in the sixth grade the last time Lock Haven beat IUP. "Bui we can't think about it too much. We can't change what happened yesler- day. We can only learn from it." That's a philosophy the Bald Eagles use noi just for this week, but also for their entire season. Surprisingly, it has worked. Lock Haven upset Shippcnshurg last week despite being dominated in the statistics. The Red Raiders oulgained Lock Haven 377-145 on offense and rolled up 2fi first downs to the Bald Eagles' six. But Shippensburg turned the ball over too frequently IS a huge Challenge. But we can't think about it too much. We can't change what happened yesterday. We can only learn from it." — Mark Luther, Lock Haven head coach and at the wrong times and wound up losing to Lock Haven for the first time since 1994. Luther saiu the difference in statistics doesn't matter. What does matter is his team's ability to make plays when it has to. "The only statistic that matters is the score," he said. "That's something we tell them all the time. The kids believe us, and they've bought into what we're trying to do. ... We tell them that in big games, big players make big plays, and that's what they've done." A perfect example came in the Shippensburg game. Cornerback Rob Carey scooped up a fumble in the third quarter and raced 99 yards for a touchdown, giving his team a 2fi-61ead. Had the Red Raiders gained the extra yard and scored, they would have trailed 19-13. But it's a safe bet the Hald Eagles are in for a different caliber of team on Saturday when they visit IUP, the lOlh-ranked team in the country. IUP coach Frank Cignetti knows the Bald Eagles are flying high after the upset. "I think that's a very big win for them," he said. "I've got to believe that their players have a lot of confidence after that win." Luther believes the game will be decided by mistakes. Specifically, who makes too many of them. "We're trying to approach this like it's any other football game," he said. "They put their pafrrs"'on one leg at a time, just like we do. I just think that the team that makes fewer mistakes will win." If the Bald Eagles should win, it would be the upset of the year. It would also end any hopes the Indians have of earning a playoff berth. "Our kids are going to have to come in there and relax if we're to have any kind of success," Luther said. "They've got to settle down and realize that it's a football game. But it is a big one." The Indians defeated California fast Saturday for the 18th straight lime, 20-9. Cignctii said he had some trepidation about thcVulcans, who had put up some gaudy statistics and arc certainly a team to walch in the nexl few seasons. But he said he doesn't feel the' same about Lock Haven, which statistically has the second-to-worst defense in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. "They've done a good job so far and they're well coached," he said. "But I don't see the comparable talent or statistics that California had. They just made some plays." Which is exactly the reason why Lock Haven is poised to make a run at a winning record, something it hasn't had since 1979. "We don't have the most talent in the conference," Luther said, "but if you have a group of kids who give it all they've got and have a few good athletes, you can make some good things happen." For the Indians, it's ali about continuing the success they built seven weeks ago, following their only loss of the season. "This is one of those games where we have lo play smart," Cignetti said. "We can't have kicking game errors and we can't commit turnovers and have foolish penalties. Lock Haven will come in and give us a good shot. They always do." Things will be a bit tougher for the Indians, though. They will play without quarterback Brian Eyerman, who suffered a concussion against California. Eyerman saw a specialist on Thursday, but he was not given medical clearance to play against Lock Haven. Redshirt freshman Kevin Weidl will get the start. Be careful when pondering playoffs By MATTHEW BURGLUND Gazette Sports Writer Let's see... Take team records, opponents' winning percentages, your mother's age, the year you graduated from high school, the atomic weight of hydrogen, your favorite numher divided by three and the average temperature in Zaire on Tuesdays. .. and toss it all into a computer. The result is the NCAA Division II regional poll. No kidding. It's like those long algebra problems you skipped on the SATs because your brain cramped up when you tried to soive for 'x'. The weekly regional poll, which determines (he 16 teams that earn playoff berths, was first released three weeks ago. And thanks to its new criteria, heads are stili being scratched. Ifyou follow the Northeast Region, of which Indiana University of Pennsylvania is a part, it's especially confusing. Some school named Bentley is ranked third, two spots ahead of the Indians. And nobody can seem to undersland why. Yes, the Falcons are undefeated. But they haven't exactly played anybody you've ever heard of. Bentley (Mass.) owns victories over the likes of Bryant College, UMass-Loweil, Merrimack College and St. Ansclm College. THE NORTHEAST Team (record) 1. Grand Valley (Mich.) State (6-0) 2. Saginaw Valley (Mich.) Stale (6-1) 3. Benlley (Mass.) (7-0) 4. Findlay (Ohio) (6-11 5. IUP (7-1) 6. C.W. Post (N.Y.) (7-0) 7. Clarion (5-2) a. East Slroudsburg (5-1) 9. Southern Connecticut (6-1) 10. West Virginia Tech (4-3) REGION This week vs. Northwood at Ferris Slate at Plymouth Slate at Ashland vs. Lock Haven al American International vs. Shippensburg at West Chester vs. Stonehill vs. West Liberty Slate Not exactly a list of Division II powerhouses. Mixing things up i.s the fact the selection criteria changed this year. One of the key components in ranking the teams is its strength of schedule. I-ach team gains or loses points based on its opponent's record. Therefore, beating a team with a good record helps a lot; beating a team with a bad record helps a little. No longer are the teams picked based solely on their perceived strength. There's now a bizarre formula thai calculates parl of the equation. That's why Saginaw Valley (Mich.) Slate did nol drop from its No. 2 spot this week after losing to No. 1 Grand Valley (Mich.) State on Saturday. The computer helped out the Cardinals in this case. The Northeast 10 Conference, of which Bentley is a member, announced a few weeks ago that any member school that accepts a playoff bid rather lhan play in the conference championship game would he banished from the league. The conference changed gears last week when it saw that the poll formula made it possible for the likes of Bentley and C.W. Post to gain a postseason bid. And somewhere along the line, IUP took one of the chin. The "super" computer used to help rank the teams believes Bentley is more deserving of a playoff spot than the Indians, who are ranked No. 10 in the country by the coaches. Bentley is 24th. IUP could get some help this week, when those Fighting Falcons of Bentley go to balde against Plymouth State College, a Division III school with an 0-6 record. Bentley will easily win the game, but the Falcons might actually fall in the regional poll because their strength of schedule score will dip. It could be enough to propel IUR which has beaten national powers Catawba (N.C.) and Bloomsburg, into the fourth spot. That might not be much solace for IUP fans, but it will have to do for now. But should the Indians lose any of their final Ihree games, the formula won't matter a bit because IUP fans will be dealt the harsh reality that their team won't be in the postseason. Talk about a brain cramp. Lock Haven (4-3) at 1UP (7-1) Saturday, 1:30 p.m.. Miller Stadium The game —The host Indians look to extend their 11-game home win streak and keep their playoff hopes alive against the upstart Bald Eagles, who could be headed for their first winning season since 1979. The coaches — Lock Haven: Mark Luther (10-19 in his third season at Lock Haven, 10-19 overall). 1UP: Frank Cignetti (156-40-1 in his 17th season at IUR 173-67-1 overall). The rankings — IUP is No. 5 in the Northeast Region and No. 10 in the AFCA Division I! national poll. Lock Haven is unranked. The series — IUP leads, 45-15-3. The Indians have won the last 20 meetings. Lock Haven has not defeated IUP since 1982 and has not won in Indiana since 1961. Last meeting — IUP won 42-0 last year at Miller Stadium. About Lock Haven — The Bald Eagles are coming off a 26-13 upset of Shippensburg. In that game, the Red Raiders held the advantage in almost every statistical category, but too many turnovers led to their downfall. Lock Haven is ranked 10th in the country in turnover margin, with a plus-10 rating. Cornerback Rob Carey i.s fourth in the nation in punt returns, averaging 19.8 yards per return. About IUP — The Indians have won seven straight games since losing their season opener to Findlay. IUP has not lost a regular-season home game to a division opponent in three years. Wide receiver Carmelo Ocasio is second in the country in touchdown receptions, with 13. Players to watch — Lock Haven: Running back Maurice Walker, wide receiver Marcus Burkley, kicker/punter Greg Knauss, linebacker Derrik Metz and cor- nerback Rob Carey. IUP: Running backs Elice Parker and Justin Spence, wide receivers Carmelo Ocasio and LeRon McCoy, offensive linemen Saeed Hudson and Beau Elliott, defensive end Andrew Battle, linebackers Kris Griffin, Jeff Jackson and Neal Wood and cornerback Kairi Cooper. Broadcast — 1160WCCS-AM and redzonemedia.com (with Jack Benedict, Mark Bertig and Doug Steve.) SCORES AND STATS Aug. 29 Sept. 7 Sept. 14 Sept. 21 Sept. 28 Oct. 5 Oct. 12 Oct. 19 Oct. 26 Nov. 2 Nov. 9 Nov. 16 IUP INDIANS a! Findlay (Ohio) L, 37-34 Bloomsburg W, 37-18 Catawba (N.C.) W, 27-26 New Haven (Conn.) W, 42-6 at Millersville W, 43-16 Clarion W, 28-14 at Edinboro W, 54-35 California W, 20-9 Lock Haven 1:30 p.m. at Shippensburg 1 p.m. at Slippery Rock 1 p.m. Bye STATISTICAL LEADERS Rushing Alt. Elice Parker 132 Justin Spence 71 Passing Yards TD 775 7 440 2 AH. Comp. Yards TD INT Brian Eyerman 178 108 1 Receiving Rec. Carmelo Ocasio 37 J.R. Thomas 22 LeRon McCoy 19 Dave Davis 15 TEAM STATS IUP Points scored 285 First downs 153 Yards rushing 1,298 Yards passing 1,874 Total yards 3,171 Fumbles-lost 27-13 Interceptions thrown 6 Penalties-yards 62-616 Sacks allowed 27 3rd-down conversions 36 ol 88 ,717 26 5 Yards TD 687 13 331 5 403 4 192 1 OPP 161 147 1,202 1,207 2,409 22-11 14 61-538 21 40 ol 109 LOCK HAVEN BALD EAGLES Aug. 31 at Northeastern (Mass.) L, 48-0 Sept. 7 Bye Sept. 14 Kutztown W, 21-14 Sept. 21 at Bloomsburg L, 47-23 Sept. 28 at Mansfield W, 33-30 Oct. 5 Cheyney W, 34-0 Oct. 12 at California L, 34-19 Oct. 19 Shippensburg W, 26-13 Oct. 26 at IUP 1:30 p.m. Nov. 2 Slippery Rock 1 p.m. Nov. 9 Clarion 1 p.m. Nov. 16 at ErJinboro 1 p.m. STATISTICAL LEADERS Rushing Maurice Walker Melvin Kirby Tim Storino Rob Kristiniak Marcus Burkley Ryan Lighlner Scott Anderson Att. 83 57 Passing Att. Comp. Yards 79 35 495 31 13 129 Receiving Rec. 18 Yards 352 212 TD 6 3 Yards 314 103 73 TD 5 0 INT 4 2 TD 3 1 0 Points scored First downs Yards rushing Yards passing Total yards Fumbles-lost ' Interceptions thrown Penalties-yards Sacks allowed 3rd-down conversions TEAM STATS LH 156 74 678 751 1,429 10 60-529 8 21 o) 91 OPP 186 158 1,458 1,301 2,759 16-9 15 55-522 14 43 of 110 PROBABLE STARTERS IUP INDIANS Offense Carmelo Ocasio SR 6-2 180 Matt Fischer JR 6-4 260 Steve Perry FR 6-3 300 Beau Elliott FR 6-2 290 Saeed Hudson SR 6-2 300 Khiawatha Downey JR 6-5 315 Steve Terlesky SR 6-5 265 WR LeRon McCoy SO 6-3 190 OB Kevin Weidl FR 6-2 180 Elice Parker SR 5-10 230 Justin Spence SO 6-0 230 Defense Andrew Battle JR 6-4 230 Craig Prince JR 6-2 280 Brian Harris SR 6-3 275 Jamien Harvey JR 6-4 230 Kris Griffin JR 6-4 230 Neal Wood SO 6-2 235 Jeff Jackson SR 6-2 235 Kairi Cooper SR 5-11 18D Dave Deneen SR 6-2 205 Trent Jones JR 6-1 210 Mike Howarrf SR 5-9 170 Specialists Josh Tetenko • JR 5-7 180 Brian Burke FR 6-0 190 Anthony Tocco SR 6-2 240 Josh Smart SR 6-1 180 WR TT TG C SG ST TE TB FB DE NT DT DE LB LB LB CB FS SS CB PK P LS H LOCK HAVEN BALD Offense WR Scott Anderson LT Keith Boyer LG Bill Cook C Jason Scott RG Kris Kistibaugh RT Winnie Kishbaugh TE Ryan Lightner WR Marcus Burkley OB Rob Kristiniak TB Maurice Walker FB Dave Mottin Defense DE Dustin Shaffer DT Jarrod HenrJricks DT Jason Kasheta DE Nathan Eck OLB Brian Lumpkin MLB Derrik Metz OLB Jon Nalewak CB Rob Carey FS John Scullin SS Jim Hanzely CB Ngoyi Mukusa Specialists PK Greg Knauss P Greg Knauss LS Adam Angelici H John Caldwell EAGLES SR FR JR FR SO SO SR .JR FR SO JR SO SO so JR SO JR SO JR FR SR FR 6-4 205 6-5 295 6-3 295 6-4 250 6-0 280 6-0 280 6-4 215 5-10 185 6-3 200 5-8 175 5-10 230 6-2 240 6-3 250 6-2 285 6-3 230 6-2 220 6-0 200 6-3 210 5-10 170 6-0 165 5-10 185 5-9 170 FR 6-0 180 •FR 6-0 180 JR 6-3 190 SR 6-2 205 STATISTICAL COMPARISON IUP t' Points i Scored I 285 'Lock Haven Points Scored 156 Lock Haven (seven games played) IUP (eight games played) Rushing Offense Passing Offense Rushing Defense Statistic* are in yards per game. 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