Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania on September 18, 1990 · Page 16
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Page 16 — Friday, September 19, 2003 COLLEGE FOOTBALL Slite ,3nfrtt<M* (fetiette GET BACK HERE — IUP defensive end Jamien Harvey got a grip on West Virginia Tech quarterback Phil Reed in the Indians' win last week. The Indians sacked Reed six times and shut out the Golden Bears 42-0. (Gazette photo by Michael Henninger) No safe Haven Indians set to visit site of tough losses By MATTHEW BURGLUND Gazette Sports Writer N ot one single player on the 2003 IUP football roster was on the team the last time the Indians visited New Haven. But that doesn't mean a history lesson is unnecessary. When Indiana University of Pennsylvania takes on the Chargers tomorrow (1 p.m. kickoff), the teams will meet for the eighth time, and fourth in Connecticut. IUP is 1-2 in the three previous games, including a 4314 defeat in 1997. "We have never played well at New Haven," IUP head coach Frank Cignetti said. "We played well at Southern Connecticut in '93, but we've never played well at New Haven." The 1993 meeting was in the NCAA Division II playoffs, and was staged at nearby Southern Connecticut State University. IUP won that day, 38-35, and went on to play in the national championship game. But the next two meetings — in 1994 and 1997 — were at New Haven's Dodds Stadium, and the Indians came away with losses " 1116 K1Q.S know that a win over a team (like IUP) would mean a lot, and it would get us going in the right direction." — Dave Patenaude, New Haven coach each time. Those two games are remembered most for two collapses. In the 1994 game, IUP led 1615 in the closing minutes, only to give up the game-winning Geld goal. In 1997, the bleachers supporting the IUP marching band crumbled, and the students were sent tumbling. Those games featured powerful New Haven teams, but this year's meeting might be different. The Chargers have stumbled out of the gate, lost all three of their games and need a win more than anything. IUP, meanwhile, is coming off two impressive victories and is ranked fourth in the AFCATop 25. "This is not characteristic of the way they usually get started up there," Cignetti said. "We haven't played well on offense or defense," said New Haven head coach Dave Patenaude. "If there was just one area to target, that would be an easy fix. But we've played poorly on both sides of the ball." Statistics will back that up. The Chargers have had trouble running the ball (65.3 yards per game) and stopping the run (299.7). They have turned the ball over 10 times arid their quarterbacks have been sacked 13 times. Their defense has given up 112 points. "This group is different," Cignetti said, comparing the 2003 New Haven team to its predecessors. "They don't look the same, but this is an important game. If you look at it from their standpoint, this is a must game. They're 0-3 right now." That sense of urgency, according to Patenaude, is all the Chargers need. "When you're 0-3, and you have a top-five tearrijcomingin.M it's a big game," .he ,-said.,;"The: kids know that a win over a team dike IUP) would mean a lot, and it would get us going in the right direction." IUP meanwhile, is looking to improve on offense and keep things steady on defense. The Indians' run game has been solid, but quarterback Kevin Weidl has struggled to get on a rhythm with his receivers. Cignetti isn't too concerned with statistics because he knows the series history dictates the Chargers won't be a push over. Five of the seven meetings have been decided by eight points or less, with each team claiming a blowout win. "We know from the past that the New Haven team that shows up against us and the team we see on film are two different teams," he said. "They have a tendency to play at a higher level against us, and I don't expect any different this time." Chargers facing uncertain future Once a proud football program, New Haven is a sheU of its former self. Thanks to budget cuts and a new emphasis on academics, the Chargers face an uncertain football future. "It's really tough anymore," said head coach Dave Patenaude, whose team plays host to IUP on Saturday. "But our guys love a challenge." The school provides 18 football scholarships, or half of what the NCAA allows. Because of that, Patenaude and his staff have to recruit players close to home and rely on walk-ons to have enough bodies for practice. The budget cuts have also affected the team's notorious travel schedule. The Chargers used to visit such programs as North Dakota State and Western Washington, as well as a few Division I-AA programs. But these days, New Haven stays closer to home and has only one game outside the. Eastern Time Zone. "It is clear we have a problem in terms of being a Division II (football) independent and having to travel far and wide," New Haven President Larry DeNardis told the New Haven (Conn.) Register. "It's not only expensive, but it takes its toll on the players in terms of traveling, leaving a day early, missing classes, etc. We don't think that's a good idea." There has even been a rumor that the school will drop football and put its focus on academics. "I think it's not likely we will end football," DeNardis told the newspaper. "I think it's likely we will try toputitona different basis. In other words, I don't think we are going to be nationally competitive." — Matthew Burglund Jemison finally finds a home at IUP Continued from page 15 "I talked to him a couple times, and I said this was the right place for him," Downey said. "He came up for spring ball, and after that, he told me he was gonna run for 150 yards every game. I'm gonna hold him to that, and I think he'll do it." If Jemison's success so far is any indicator, 150 yards per game won't be a stretch. Despite being hampered by toe and hip injuries, Jemison has had little trouble finding the open field. That he runs behind a veteran offensive line has a lot to do with that, but so does Jemison's natural ability. "When he has a good game, he makes us look good," said Downey. "We block as hard as we can, and he runs as hard as he can. I think that's all we can ask of each other." Jemison hasn't practiced much the last few weeks because of the injuries, but it hasn't showed in the games thus far. But he said he doesn't feel he's shown his best just yet, and won't until he sees more practice time. "I'm a big believer that practice makes perfect," he said. "I need to get reps in practice if I want to get better. How much I practice will tell how good I become." That's a scary thought for opposing defenses. "I think that I had to prove to a lot of people that I could still run the ball," he said. "I had to prove that I hadn't lost it I knew some people wondered about me, but I knew I could do it." "I'm not surprised at all with what he's done," Downey said. "Mike's a man of his word. If he puts his mind to something, he can do anything. If he says he's gonna do something, he goes out there and does it" Mik» Jbmwoff has rvshod for 334 yards and fiv» touch- oowns mis jcofon. (Cojwrta photo oy JOHIM IsQnborQj No. 4 IUP (2-0) at New Haven (0-3) Saturday. 1 p.m.; Dodds Stadium The Game—Coming off two home wins, IUP travels to New Haven for the first of its five road games. The Indians pounded West VirginiaTech 420 last week, as running back Mike Jemison rushed for 193 yards and four touchdowns. New Haven took a 54-7 beating at Carson-Newman (Term.) last Saturday, its fifth straight loss dating bade to last year. The coaches — IUP: Frank Cignetti (18th season, 162-41-1). New Haven: Dave Patenaude (second season, 4-9). The rankings — IUP is No. 4 in the American Football Coaches Association Top 25, and No. 5 in the D2Football.com poll. New Haven is unranked. The series — IUP leads, 4-3.The Indians won last year's meeting, 42-6, at Miller Stadium. Key stats — IUP is averaging 422.5 yards per game of offense, and allowing 333 yards per game. ...The Indians have won 12 straight regular- season games. ... New Haven is averaging 349.7 yards per game on offense, and allowing 475.3 yards per game, including 299.7 per game on the ground. ...The Chargers have turned the ball over 10 times and their quarterbacks have been sacked 13 times. Mayers to watch — IUP: RB Mike Jemison, WR LeRon McCoy, OT Khi- awatha Downey, DE Andrew Battle, DT Adam Kucenic, LB Neal Wood, CB Victor Callahan, PK JoshTelenko. New Haven: RB Kevin Nelson, QBs Rob D'lnnocenzio and Joe DiMeglio, WR Osric Bittle, LB Sarth Benoit, LB Jamar Williams, PK Lars Anderson. Broadcast -^ WIUP-TV, WCCS-AM 1160, WPXZ-FM 104.1, with Jack Benedict. Doug Steve and Greg Drahuschak. SCHEDULES, SCORES AND STATS IUP INDIANS Date Opponent Result Aug. 30 Bye Sept. 6 Nebraska-Omaha W, 28-26 Sept. 13 West Virginia Tech W.42-0 Sept. 20 at Hew Haven (Conn.) 1 p.m. Sept. 27 Millersville 7p.m. Oct. 4 at Clarion 2 p.m. Oct11 Edinboro 2p.m. Oct 18 at California 3p.m. Oct. 25 at Lock Haven 1 p.m. Nov. 1 Shippensburg 1:30 p.m. Nov. 8 Slippery Bock 1:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at Bloomstnira 1p.m. 2003 STATISTICAL LEADERS Rattling Ait. Yds TD Mike Jemison 56 334 5 StanGrandy 6 43 0 Passing Alt. Coma. Yds TD Kevin Weidl 42 19 402 3 Receiving Rec. . Yds TD LeRonMcCoy 7 167 1 Justin Spence : 5 56 0 Derrick Smith;; ; ••'?. i',':r'.3!"!i' 91 2 IUP 70 845 443 402 38 20-160 5-3 7-43 TEAM STATISTICS Points scored . Total yards Yards rushing Yards passing First downs Penalties-Yards Fumbtes-lost Sacks by-yards lost NEW HAVEN CHARGERS Date Opponent Result Aug. 30 at Bloomsburg L, 30-17 Sept 6 West Chester L, 28-17 Sept. 13 at Carson-Newman L, 54-7 Sept. 20 IUP 1 p.m. Sept 27 Glenvilte (W.Va.) State 1 p.m. Oct 4 at C.W. Post (N.Y.) 1 p.m. Oct 11 . at Saint Joseph (Ind.) noon Oct. 18 at Fordham (N.Y.) 1 p.m. Oct 25 Bye Nov. 1 Bye Nov. 8 at Central Washington 3 p.m. Nov. 15 Tiffin (Ohio) 12:30 p.m. 2003 STATISTICAL LEADERS Risfting Att. Yds TD Kevin Nelson 14 69 0 Rob D'lnnocenzio 31 49 0 Passing • AH. Comp. Yds TD Rob D'lnnocenzio 82 50 498 1 Joe DiMeglio 63 30 355 1 Rece bring (toe. Yds TO Joe Tarasiewicz . ; , . 19 145 0 . Osric Bittfe 15 215 0 TEAM STATISTICS OPP 26 666 312 354 37 13-110 4-3 0-0 UHH 41 1,049 196 853 58 13-117 4-2 7-37 Points scored Total yards Yards rushing Yards passing First downs Penalties-Yards Fumbtes-lost Sacks by-yards lost OPP 112 1,426 899 527 65 26-197 5-4 13-94 PROBABLE STARTERS IUP INDIANS Offense WR LeRon McCoy JR 6-3 205 TE PatLiebert JR 6-4 240 TT Matt Fischer SR 6-3 280 TG Khiawatha Downey SR 6-4 320 C Brandon Hunt SR 6-3 305 SG Rory Thomas FR 6-4 305 ST Marc Williams SR 6-7 255 WR Derrick Smith SR 6-0 190 QB Kevin Weidl SO 6-1 190 FB Justin Spence JR 5-11 250 TB Mike Jemison JR 6-1 225 Defense DE Andrew Battle SR 6-4 235 NG Craig Prince SR 6-2 280 DT Adam Kucenic SR 6-2 240 DE Jamien Harvey SR 6-5 270 OLB Neal Wood JR 6-3 245 MLB Brad Potts JR 6-1 235 OLB TyeDesiderio SO 6-2 200 CB Jerrell Jackson SO 5-10 165 FS Chris Morgan FR 6-0 190 SS Trent Jones SR 6-2 215 CB Victor Callahan SO 5-7 150 Specialists PK JoshTelenko SR 5-8 175 P Brian Burke SO 6-1 195 LS MattSchafer FR 6-3 205 H Mike Rairigh FR 6-1 190 , NEW HAVEN CHARGERS Offense WR JoeTarasiewicz WR Devin Robinson LT Nick Calvo LG Justin Coquel C Kurt Stametz RG Orrin Osbom RT Travis Hand TE Michael Costello WR Osric Bittle OS Rob D'lnnocenzio TB Kevin Nelson Defense DE Anrae Fevrier DT Brett Keough DT Omar Segura DE Jermaine Gordon OLB Sarth Benoit MLB Tom Stanley OLB Jamar Williams CB Akil Boucard SS Daniel Trawers FS Troy Deiiamarrgio Sheldon Cantrell Specialists Lars Anderson Lars Anderson LS Rodney Moss H Joe DiMeglio CB PK P SO so JR SO SR SR SO SO SR SR SO JR SO SR SR JR SR S SO SO SR JR SO SO FR SO 5-9 6-3 6-2 6-2 6-4 6-0 6-2 6-3 5-9 6-1 5-6 6-1 6-3 6-0 6-2 6-2 6-0 5-7 5-10 5-9 6-0 5-10 5-8 5-8 6-1 6-3 175 205 255 325 290 280 300 255 170 185 160 245 300 260 220 235 215 175 185 165 195 175 185 185 240 215 IUP ALMANAC Five years ago: Junior tailback Terrance Wilson rushed 29 times for 211 yards and a touchdown, a 37-yard burst with 9:43 remaining that sealed ILJP's 24-10 win overWestVirginia Wesleyan. Said Bobcats coach Bill Struble of Wilson, "He's a great back. We're not going to see many like him." 10 years ago: The Indians, clinging to a 30-26 (ead in the waning minutes, dodged a bullet when West Chester quarterback Dave McDonald fumbled the ball While rolling out to pass and linebacker Issac Fields recovered on the IUP 2. Michael Mann took off on a 71-yard touchdown run moments later to ice a 37-26 victory at Farrell Stadium. 15 years ago: Fullback Steve Girling scored his second touchdown of the game on a 10-yard run with 4:10 left and freshman cornerback Rich Stevenson added a lateTD with an electrifying 85-yard interception return as the Indians posted a 27-7 victory over Edinboro at Miller Stadium. "I looked up and saw nothing but sideline," said Stevenson, who wasn't tackled until teammate Sean McCaskill gleefully hauled him down in the end zone. 20 years ago: IUP scored five first-half touchdowns en route to a 35-21 victory over California in the teams' Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference opener at Adamson Stadium. Blairsville High School grad Bill Thompson scored three IDs, two on passes from Rich Ingold, who also ran for a touchdown. Ingold threw for 241 yards. 25 years ago: The Indians tied defending NAIA Division !l national champion Westminster 21-21 in their home opener as sophomore quarterback Bob McFarland engineered a stirring fourth-quarter comeback. McFarland, who threw for 245 yards, tossed a 14-yard touchdown pass to Punxsutawney High product Bill Clemento and then ran one yard for the equalizer with 3:05 remaining. 50 years ago: Roger Speidel raced 50 yards for a touchdown with a minute remaining to clinch a 28-20 victory by Indiana State Teachers College over California. Indiana High grad Raymie Mafcolm scored twice on runs and Norm Lewandowski tossed a 31-yard TD pass to John Marefka. A homecoming crowd of 5,000 packed Memorial Field, 75 years ago: Pete Graf returned a punt all the way for the only score as ISTC beat California, 6-0. According to a Gazette account, "Graf, our nimble- footed halfback, was the hero. He ran about 50 yards through the California team for a touchdown just as the third quarter terminated." —BobFutton

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