Saturday, October 9, 2010

College preview

Saint Vincent at Washington & Jefferson

When: Saturday, 2 p.m. kickoff
Where: Cameron Stadium
Radio: WJPA (1450-AM)
Internet: http://www.wjpa.com/sports.htm

The series: W&J and Saint Vincent meet for the fourth time in history Saturday. W&J claimed the first two games by an average of 55.0 points, but needed a late defensive touchdown to pull out a 21-7 win last season at muddy Chuck Noll Field. The Presidents averaged 807.0 yards of total offense during the two victories, but were limited to 335 last season.

The coaches: Mike Sirianni (Mount Union ’94) is in his eighth season as the head coach at Washington & Jefferson with a 72-14 (.837) overall record. The three-time PAC Coach of the Year and 2004 South Region Coach of the Year is second among all active NCAA head coaches in winning percentage (minimum five years of experience). Bob Colbert (Maryland '71) took over a new program at Saint Vincent four years ago. Colbert, who has held positions in the NFL with the Washington Redskins and Baltimore Colts, owns a 2-32 record since bringing football back to the Latrobe campus after a 45-year absence.

Notes: W&J will play its 1,082nd game (668-373-40) on Saturday. The Presidents have only lost three times in history when scoring 31 or more points, all of which have come since 2000 (Bridgewater 59, W&J 42 - 2000 NCAA; Thiel 38, W&J 35 - 2005; NC Wesleyan 35, W&J 34 - 2007 NCAA). ... Washington & Jefferson rushed for 279 yards last week against Westminster, the most by a Presidents' squad since Nov. 8, 2008, when posting 288 yards on the ground versus Bethany. The sophomore starting tandem of Brian Baldrige (11-126-2) and Tim McNerney (17-82-2) led the way, while senior Nick Puckett added 59 yards and a touchdown on 10 second-half carries

Waynesburg at Geneva

When: Saturday, 4 p.m. kickoff
Where: Beaver Falls
Radio: 99.5-FM WCYJ
Webcasts: www.waynesburgsports.com

The Series: Waynesburg leads 39-30-4, but lost last year's game 49-39. The first meeting was 1908, a 5-0 victory for Geneva.

The Coaches: Rick Shepas is in his sixth season at Waynesburg and has a record of 30-26. Geneva's Geno DeMarco is 106-67 in his 16th season.

Notes: Waynesburg junior defensive back Sean Hunt’s four interceptions not only lead the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC), but are also tied for fifth overall in Division III of the NCAA. Also, junior defensive tackle Darryl Moore, Jr. is tied for the PAC lead and 13th in Division III with 2.0 tackles for loss per game. ... Geneva has a true double whammy on offense. Senior quarterback David Girardi leads the PAC in passing yards per game (259.2) and passing touchdowns (nine), while senior running back Gerard Muschette leads the conference in rushing yards per game (130.0). ... Waynesburg and Geneva currently rank third and fourth, respectively in scoring offense per game. However, the Yellow Jackets rank third in scoring defense (21.0 ppg), while the Golden Tornadoes are ninth (34.6 ppg).


California at Gannon

When: Saturday
Where: Gannon
Stadium: Gannon University Field
Kickoff: Noon

The Series: The Vulcans and Golden Knights are facing each other in only the third all-time meeting between the two schools. Cal has won each of the previous two games against Gannon, including a 52-10 win last year.

The Coaches: Cal's John Luckhardt is in his eighth season with the Vulcans and has a 73-28 record. He has a career record of 210-65-2. Jim Kiernan is 14-24 in his fourth season.

Notes: Cal has won 57 of its last 67 games (.851) overall, dating back to the start of the 2005 season. The Vulcans have posted a 37-4 (.902) record in regular season games dating back to the 2006 campaign. ... The Vulcans are off to their second 5-0 start in the last four years. Prior to posting an undefeated regular season in 2007, the last time Cal won its first five games of the year was in 1986. Overall, the Vulcans have opened the year at 5-0 only six times since 1916.

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