Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania on October 27, 2002 · Page 22
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~ Sunday, October 27, 2002 COLLEGE FOOTBALL Ship holds off Clarion, 20-19 By The Associate Press CLARION — Tyler Novak passed for 73 yards and two touchdowns, including an 18-yard pass to Brian .Sekel to win the game, as Shippensburg beat Clarion 20-19 on Saturday in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Con- 'ference West Division game. With his team trailing 19-14 and facing fourth down on the 8-yard line, Sekel caught Novak's tipped pass and dragged two defenders into the end zone for the game-winning touchdown. Clarion (5-3,1-2) drove to the Shippensburg 46 with three minutes to play but fumbled, allowing the Raiders (5-3, 3-1) to run out the clock. Shippensburg's John Kuhn, who rushed for 184 yards on 31 carries, started the scoring with a 7-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. But Clarion took the lead on Adam Almashy's 74-yard pass to Ed Rivers and Glenn Lovelace's 4-yard run. Jarrod Dech caught a 5-yard touchdown for Shippensburg in the second quarter, but Almashy hit Ben Culver on a crossing pattern for an 88-yard touchdown play and a 19-14 lead at halfume. Almashy went 10-for-21 for 247 yards, while Culver caught two passes for 97 yards. Slippery Rock 7, Edinboro 3 SLIPPERY ROCK — Josh Kniess' rushed for 118 yards and the only touchdown as Slippery Rock beat Edinboro in a PSAC West game. Kniess' 1-yard run with 11:41 left in the second quarter finished a three- play, 40-yard drive set up by a failed fake punt by Edinboro. Despite three interceptions by Jeff Valentino, the Rockets (5-3,2-1) won by holding the Fighting Scots (3-5, 04) to seven first downs and Alonzo Roebuck to 35 yards. Roebuck had rushed for at least 100 yards in his last four games. Edinboro's only points came on ^Geoff lieyl's 20-yard field goal in the third quarter. Heyl had a 33-yard attempt blocked by linebacker Dan Woodard with 4:38 to play. Valentino went 12-for-23 for 135 yards, while Justin Bouch completed 9 of 18 for 151 yards with one interception for Edinboro. West Chester 17, East Stroudsburg 14 WEST CHESTER—Dan Wilbourne kicked a 34-yard Geld goal with two seconds remaining to give West Chester a victory over East Stroudsburg in a PSAC East game. Mike Eckmeyer ran 37 times for 185 yards and a touchdown for West Chester (4-4, 3,0). Jeremy Palm was 18 of 42 for 238 yards, a touchdown and an interception for East Stroudsburg (5-2, 3-1). Anthony Carfagno scored on a 1- yard run in the first quarter to give East Stroudsburg a 7-0 lead. After Eckmeyer ran for a 13-yard TD, Palm completed a 30-yard TD pass to Craig Mahon, giving East Strouds- Notre I By MARK LONG AP Sports Writer TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Carlyle Holiday stepped out of the tunnel, back onto the field and was immediately surrounded by reporters. The band was playing, fans were cheering and Holiday was smiling. This Notre Dame victory felt good, maybe better than all the rest. Holiday threw for 185 yards and two touchdowns as the No. 6 Eight- ing Irish took their turnaround to a new plateau Saturday, beating No. 11 Florida State 34-24 to remain unbeaten and in the hunt for the national championship. The victory solidified Notre Dame's return to national prominence under first-year coach Tyrone Willingham. "To come in here and win was a big thing for our program," Holiday said. "Now we just have to keep on moving." Despite its best start since 1993 and three wins over ranked opponents, Notre Dame entered the game as a double-digit underdog. The Irish needed a win over perennial powerhouse Florida State to prove that their fast start was no mirage. Done. "I think it says we're back," center Jeff Faine said. Much like Oklahoma and Miami reclaimed their place among college football's elite teams after several rebuilding years, the Fighting Irish (80) are on (rack to do 'the same this season. With their next three games ggainst Boston College, Navy and Rutgers, the Irish could be 11-0 when they play at Southern California on Nov. 30. They have a legitimate shot to make the national championship game, especially if they keep playing like they have this season — with a solid defense and an opportunistic offense. . It's the same way they beat Purdue, Michigan and Michigan State earlier in the season. Now add Florida State (5-3) to the list. "'The Irish capitalized on three PSAC roundup burg a 14-7 lead at halfume. Bob Findora tied the score in the third with an 18-yard touchdown pass to Brian Bradley. California 17, Mansfield 9 CALIFORNIA — California got 120 yards rushing from Wesley demons and an 83-yard kickoff return for a touchdown from RJ. Abercrombie ina w in over Mansfield in a PSAC in- terdivision game. Mansfield (2-5), which scored all its points in the fourth quarter, had one final chance to score after forcing California to punt. But a drive that started at the California 35 with 2:07 left in the game ended 10 plays and 30 yards later when Mansfield turned the ball over on downs. California (6-2) ran out the clock on its next possession. Mike Dalicandro's 38-yard field goal less than seven minutes into the game gave California a 3-0 halftime lead.. Garvin Graves scored on a 7-yard pass from Brandon LeDonne in the third quarter as California led 10-0. Keefe Richards kicked a 26-yard field goal for Mansfield, and Abercrombie returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown and a 17-3 California lead. Mansfield moved 80 yards on six plays on its next possession, scoring on Travis Motley's 31-yard pass to Ryan Geishauser with 9:02 left. Bloomsburg 37, Cheyney 12 BLOOMSBURG — Andrew Herrmann was 10 of 18 for 187 yards and two touchdowns as Bioomsburg beat Cheyney in a PSAC East game. Julius Brown and Mike Ceroli each added rushing touchdowns as Bloomsburg (6-2, 3-1) gained 199 yards on the ground. Cheyney (0-8, 0-3) was shut out until the fourth quarter when Colin Smith threw a 7-yard touchdown pass toTrevisWUlingham. After Nick Kurtz ran took the ensuing kickoff 80 yards for a Bloomsburg score, Smith closed out the scoring with a 1-yard touchdown run. Millersville 10, Kutztown 9 MILLERSVILLE — Calvin Everett ran for 100 yards and a touchdown to lead Millersville over Kutztown in a PSAC East game. Everett scored on a 14-yard run and Sean Hughes kicked a 33-yard field goal to put Millersville (1-6, 1-2 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference) on top. Kutztown (2-6, 1-3) scored on a 27- yard interception return by linebacker Garrett Livingston in the first quarter, but Matt Scartozzi's extra- point attempt was blocked. Scartozzi kicked a 29-yard field goal in the fourth to bring Kutztown within 10-9. But with 1:01 to play, Kutztown running back Stephen Gammage fumbled and the Millersville defense recovered to preserve the win. lUP's Mike Howard look off on a fumble return for a touchdown that helped spur IUP to victory. (Gazette photo by Thomas Slusser) Howard helps IUP race past Lock Haven, 31-14 Continued from page C-l "Some people were a little bit nervous at halftime," said IUP linebacker Jeff Jackson, who returned this week from injury and had an interception to go along with five tackles. "(Weidl) is real young, and it took him a little while. We know we didn't want to get into the fourth quarter with it still close." The Bald Eagles, who have never beaten a Cignetti- coached IUP team in 17 tries, received a standing ovation from their fans upon returning for the second half with that 7-3 lead. "For many years we haven't been competitive, and we're catching people a little bit," said Lock Haven coach Mark Luther. "Our kids played hard, but it's frustrating because you feel like you can stay with a top team and then you make mistakes." A huge Lock Haven mistake occurred just after Howard's score midway through the third quarter gave IUP a 10-7 lead. IUP veteran kicker Josh Telenko launched a designed bloop kick, and the Bald Eagles did not react well. The hosts easily recovered the ball on the first bounce at the Lock Haven 24 and scored four piays later when Weidl hit receiver Carmelo Ocasio for the only time all day on a 12-yard touchdown pass. Trailing 17-7, the Bald Eagles turned to Burkley on the next series. He caught a short pass from Kristiniak, but IUP linebacker Neal Wood jarred the ball loose. Safety Trent Jones picked up the fumble and ran eight yards before coughing it up himself. Howard was trailing the play, however, and took the bounce off the artificial surface in mid-stride. He promptly outran the pursuit and scored his second touchdown in just over three minutes. The 21-point flurry was too much for the guests. Kristiniak made a desperate deep throw early in the fourth quarter, but Howard was there to register lUP's third interception. That interception was part of a strong day for the IUP defense, which forced six turnovers, recorded three sacks and permitted just 207 yards of total offense. Veteran free safety Dave Deneen starred in his final home game, accounting for a team-high nine tackles and an interception. "Our defense and special teams played well enough today that we could have won that game even if the offense had not put up a point," said Cignetti. Playing with the advantage of a comfortable lead for the first time all day, Weidl settled in and found LeRon McCoy on a 26-yard gain before connecting with J.R. Thomas on a 9-yard scoring pass to ice the victory. "I was proud of how this football team stepped up in the third quarter," said Jackson. "This is everybody's Super Bowl when they play IUR" Lock Haven converted a late IUP fumble into a touchdown that made the final score more respectable. Burkley hauled in a 38-yard pass from reserve quarterback Tim"Stonn6wruT5:23'to"playr : ' ' : - •"• "Our kids learned that you just can't make mistakes against good teams because they will take advantage," said Luther. "But we also learned that we can play well at times against a good football team." NOTES: IUP finished undefeated at home for the ninth time in Cignetti's 17 seasons as head coach. ... Despite some offensive struggles, the Indians scored at least 20 points for the 19th consecutive game Cignetti is 90-91 against PSAC West competition. Eyerman is set to return to practice Monday. ... Receiver Dave Davis missed the game due to illness, and starting cornerback Kairi Cooper left with a leg injury suffered late in the first half. ... Saturday's game drew a sparse crowd of 1,733. takes next step with big win "When yOU watch film on Notre Dame like we did last week, you see how they win games. Then you wonder how you Jose the very same way. Notre Dame doesn't make any turnovers, and they win. The biggest risk when you play Notre Dame is turnovers. ... They beat everybody the same way." — Bobby Bowden Notre Dame's Shane Walton (42) and Glenn Earl celebrated after a fourth-quarter interception. (AP photo) turnovers during a four-minute span in the third quarter and shut down Florida State's productive running game. The Seminoles finished with 93 yards rushing, becoming (he sixth team Notre Dame has held under 100 yards on the ground this season. "When you watch film on Notre Dame like we did last week, you see how they win games," FSU coach Bobby Bowden said. "Then you wonder how you lose the very same way. Notre Dame doesn't make any turnovers, and they win. The biggest risk when you play Notre Dame is turnovers. ... They heat everybody the same way." The 'Noles, meanwhile, continued to struggle with Chris Rix at quarterback, losing for the seventh time in 20 games. Rix was 13-of-32 passing for 207 yards with two interceptions and a fumble. He looked sharp at times. making crisp throws and smart decisions to scramble out of the pocket for big gains. But he also threw two more passes that could have been picked off. "They kept us bumfuzzled all day with their alignments and things," Bowden said. With a week off following Florida State's one-point loss at Miami, many thought the Seminoles had found an identity as a running team and might be successful behind Jones and one of the best offensive lines in the country. Notre Dame didn't let it happen. The Irish kept several defenders near the line of scrimmage, stopping Greg Jones and forcing Florida State to beat them with the pass. It worked perfectly. A week after stopping Air Force's ground attack, Notre Dame held Jones — who was coming off a 189- yard performance against No. 1 Miami — to 34 yards on 14 carries. "If you can shut down the running game, which I think we were able to do and not allow them to have any big plays, then you make it difficult for them to sustain a drive," Willingham said. "If you can eliminate them sustaining a drive, then eventually at some point a team stops themselves." Florida State stopped itself on three straight drives in the third quarter, turning the ball over three times in what proved to be the difference in the game. On the Seminoles' second drive of the third quarter and with the game lied at 10, Rix threw his first intercep- tion since an overtime ioss to Louisville. Notre Dame turned it into a field goal and a 13-10 lead. Two plays later, Glenn Earl hit Rix as he tried to scramble and caused a fumble. Ryan Grant scored on the next play, taking a pitch from Holiday and cutting back for the touchdown and a 20-10 lead. Leon Washington botched the kickoff, and Brandon lioyte recovered at the Florida State 17. Holiday found Omar Jenkins in the corner of the end zone two plays later for a 2710 lead. When the flurry was over, the Irish had scored 17 points in just 4:23 — plenty of cushion for a defense that hasn't given up more than 23 points in any game this season. Grant sealed the victory with a 31- yard touchdown run in the fourth. He finished with 19 carries for 94 yards and two touchdowns. In all, the Irish used six big plays to score six times — the biggest of which were the three turnovers. But not to be overlooked was Notre Dame's first play from scrimmage, when Holiday faked a handoff, rolled right and hit Arnaz Battle for a 65- yard touchdown. That was when Holiday started smiling. Now those days as underdogs and overachievers probably are over for Notre Dame. But Willingham doesn't want to overstate the victory. "It means an eighth victory and one more slep. That's all," he said. "If you don't get the next one, what does it mean? Anytime you're undefeated, it's a good thing." Numbers add up to success By BILL BALINT Gazette Sports Writer If the only important statistic is the number of wins, the Indiana University of Pennsylvania football team added two important numbers on Saturday. lUP's 31-14 win over Lock Haven gave the Indians their eighth victory, marking the 17th time in 18 years that the Indians have won at least eight games in a season. This year's team remains in the running to become the 13th playoff qualifier in that group, the most of any NCAA Division II team since 1987 when IUP made its postseason debut. The. triumph also clinched an unprecedented 19th consecutive winning season in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Western Division. No other PSAC school has approached that consistency in winning division games. "You don't do it without good players and good coaches," said IUP coach Frank Cignetti, who has been the head coach of 16 of those 17 teams. Assistants Tom Rogish and Bernie McQuown were members of the staff for all 12 playoff appearances, and Chuck Gironda has been with Cignetti for 11 of those playoff runs. Defensive coordinator Paul Tortorella is in his eighth year, and offensive coordinator Carmen Felus remains a relative newcomer in his third season. Four players from Cignetti's tenure are now on staff in Chris Bache, Jim Smith, Jai Hill and Mike Campolo. The road ahead Saturday's uneven effort didn't leave the Indians brimming with confidence heading into the rugged two-week road schedule at Shippensburg and Slippery Rock, a pair of teams that would like nothing better than dismantling lUP's playoff hopes. "If we play like we did today, we're not going to make it," said Cignetti. Making matters worse is that the Red Raiders and the Rock are caught in the middle of the PSAC West race. IUP is 4-0, while Shippensburg and Slippery Rock are tied for second with 3-1 records. "We had better be ready to play some football," said senior linebacker Jeff Jackson. "We need to realize that we are in good shape (in the playoff picture) and that we'll be all right as long as we win." Wolverine reunion Woodland Hills is a big hit in WPIAL football circles, and the Wolverines are pretty popular with Cignetti and Lock Haven coach Mark Luther. Lock Haven has five former Woodland Hills players on its roster, including starting tailback Maurice Walker, standout receiver Marcus Burkley and starting cornerback Rob Carey. Freshmen lineman Doug Sellman and Steve Perry are becoming factors for IUP. The Bald Eagles have made a concentrated recruiting effort in the WPIAL and have landed some other talents such as former Penn Hills standout running back Melvin Kirby. "Having that tie-in has helped us gel some more of those players," said Luther. "But sooner or later, you've got to have success to keep them coming." IUP has long had a strong WPIAL and Pittsburgh City League presence on its roster, and the rivalry was evident. "I know a lot of their guys, and anytime you are playing guys you know, there will be a lot of trash talking," said lUP's Mike Howard, a graduate of Pittsburgh's Schenley High. IUP SUMMARY IUP 31, LOCK HAVEN 14 Lock Haven 0 7 0 7 14 (UP 3 0 21 7— 31 IUP-FG Telenko 33 tH - Burkley, 10 pass from Kristiniak (Knauss kick) IUP - Howard, 81 punt return (Telenko kick) IUP - Ocasio, 12 pass tram Weidl (Telenko kick) IUP - Howard, 42 fumble return (Telenko kick) IUP - Thomas, 9 pass from Weidl (Telenko kick) tH - Burkley, 38 pass from Storino (Knauss kick) INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS flushing Lock Haven: Walker 12-75, Kirby 12-32, Marshall 1-8, Diehl 1-5, Stadulis 1-2, Storino 1-(-6), Kristiniak 1-(-8). IUP: Parker 18-68, Ccchran 14-60. Spence 737, McCoy 1-7, Padgett 1-2, Weidl 5-(-7), Team 3(-26). Passing Lock Haven: Kristiniak 7-17-3-61 Storino 1-2-038. IUP: Weidl 7-15-1-84. Receiving Lock Haven: Burkley 4-64, Marshall 2-27, Caldwell 1-7, Mwaura 1-1. IUP: McCoy 2-31, Thomas 2-25 Terlesky 1-14, Ocasio 1-12, Spence 1-2. LH IUP First downs rush in g <t -\Q First downs passing 5 5 First downs by penalty 2 2 Total (irst downs n 17 Total yards 207 225 Yards rushing 1Q8 141 Yards passing 99 8<1 Passes attempted uj 15 Passes completed 9 7 Interceptions thrown 3 1 Fumbles-lost 3.3 G . 2 Penalties-ryrds 4-35 g. 62 Piints-averane 5-35.0 6-36 0

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