Mustangs Rush Past Rams, 68-20

SAN ANGELO – The Midwestern State Mustangs gained 704 yards of total offense and scored the most points against an Angelo State team in the 47-year history of the football program in a 68-20 Lone Star Conference win over the Rams on Saturday at San Angelo Stadium.

The Mustangs (6-0, 5-0 LSC) led 52-7 at halftime and had already accumulated 533 yards in that time. Angelo State (3-4, 0-4 LSC) was limited to 330 yards of offense, which is the lowest this season, and dropped its fourth straight game of the season.

“I thought more than anything, they were more physical than we were on both sides of the ball,” ASU head coach Will Wagner said. “Their offensive line took it to us and so did their defensive line. That’s disappointing for us.”

Tristan Carter led the Rams with 108 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Carter’s second 100-yard rushing game of the season included running for two touchdowns on 11 carries, while Blake Smith ran for 59 yards on 14 carries. Jake Strickler, starting for the first time this season at quarterback for an injured Blake Hamblin, threw for 96 yards and a 7-yard touchdown pass to Joey Knight.

“I thought that we were moving the ball well but we had two huge costly fumbles for turnovers and then had a pick,” Wagner said. “Hopefully we’ll learn sooner than later.”

Brandon Kelsey led Midwestern State with 237 yards passing and touchdowns against the Rams’ defense. Jimmy Pipkin ran for 141 yards and two touchdowns on five carries, while Brandon Kelsey ran for 134 yards and another touchdown. Sheldon Galloway led the MSU receivers with two touchdowns.

The Rams are on the road next weekend to play at 2 p.m. at Texas A&M-Commerce.

“I told our guys that we still have four games left and that we can still go out with a winning record,” Wagner said. “But we are going to have to play a lot better and have more fight to do that.”

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Tommy Schield
Athletic Communications Graduate Assistant

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Flames Roll to Homecoming Win over Chanticleers

LYNCHBURG, Va. – The Liberty Flames scored on their first seven drives of the game and never looked back en route to a 63-27 Homecoming victory over No. 20 Coastal Carolina, Saturday afternoon, inside of Williams Stadium.

With the victory, Liberty’s third in a row, the Flames up their record to 4-3 on the season and open at 2-0 in Big South play for the fifth year in a row.

Coastal Carolina, who tried to get back into the game by scoring on its first two possessions of the second half, levels its Big South record at 1-1 and falls to 4-2 overall this season.

The win also extended Liberty’s Big South home winning streak to 13-consecutive games, during which the Flames have outscored their opponents by an average of 29.6 points per game (47.5 to 17.9).

For the second week in a row, the Flames jumped out to a 14-0 lead during the first six minutes of the game.

This go around, Liberty’s quick start came on the strength of its running game. On a blustery afternoon, the Flames elected to keep the ball on the ground eight of the first 10 plays and quickly amassed 105 rushing yards on the first two drives.

The run-game burst started on the game’s first offensive play, when Sirchauncey Holloway found a hole on the right side of the line and lumbered downfield for a 59-yard gain. The career-long run by the junior running back set up a five-yard touchdown carry by Mike Brown just 21 seconds in the game.

Coastal Carolina’s first possession of the game did not last long, as Marcus Whitener was struck by Cory Freeman and the ensuing loose ball was recovered by Chris Mayo.

The Chanticleers’ defense stopped the Flames on their next drive, forcing Liberty to punt. However, Mike Larsson was tackled during the special teams play, giving Liberty a new set of downs on the Coastal Carolina side of the field.

Liberty kept the ball on the ground for the next five plays, including a six-yard touchdown run by Aldreakis Allen at the 9:52 mark. Allen’s third rushing touchdown of the season capped off an eight-play, 53-yard drive that staked Liberty to a 14-0 lead.

Turnovers continued to hurt the visitors, as Coastal Carolina gave the ball back to Liberty on the fourth play of the next drive. Mayo, who recovered the first fumble of the game, caused the next when he jarred the ball free from running back Jeremy Height, which was picked up by Paco Varol.

A 20-yard pass over the middle to tight end Tommy Shaver from Brown got Liberty back into the red zone for the third-straight drive. From there, the Walter Payton Award candidate quarterback called his number on four plays in a row, including a one-yard run to complete a nine-play, 53-yard scoring drive with 4:30 left to play in the opening stanza and make the score 21-0, Flames.

Liberty’s stout defense continued to hold strong, forcing a pair of three-and-out series and a third turnover. The three drives resulted in three more touchdowns, allowing Liberty to open up a 42-0 lead with 3:16 left before halftime.

Two of the three scoring drives went for 10 or more yards, with both ending in rushing touchdowns. The first was a two-yard run by Allen at 13:57 of the second quarter, followed by Desmond Rice’s first career touchdown run, for one yard, at 7:40.

Liberty’s final scoring drive of the first half saw Brown find Peter Gagliardi open for his first career touchdown reception, a 32-yarder, that pushed Liberty’s margin to 42 points. Following Gagliardi’s 32-yard reception, Liberty had used its 40 plays to amass 289 yards, while having held the Chanticleers to 79 yards on 12 plays.

Coastal Carolina was finally able to mount its first scoring drive of the game on the final drive of the first half. The Chanticleers implemented a hurry-up offense which allowed them to quickly move the ball downfield and eventually score on a 20-yard touchdown pass from Aramis Hillary to Chris Presley with three seconds left before the break. As a result, the Flames’ halftime advantage stood at 42-7.

At the intermission, Liberty more than doubled up Coastal Carolina in total offense yards, having outgained the visitors 346 to 155 yards.

Brown continued to be Liberty’s top offensive weapon, as the senior collected 204 yards of Liberty’s first-half yardage. He completed 13-of-17 passing attempts for 144 yards, while rushing for two scores and 61 yards on 13 carries. Chris Summers was Liberty’s top target, finishing the first 30 minutes with five receptions for 83 yards.

Hillary matched Brown’s effectiveness, as the junior completed 11-of-14 passing attempts for 120 yards. Travis Small led Coastal’s limited ground attack with four carries for 14 yards, while Akeem Wesley caught three passes for 36 yards.

The Chanticleers tried to gain the momentum for the first time in the game early in the second half, doing so by cutting Liberty’s lead from 35 points to 21.

Coastal Carolina did so on a pair of quick plays. The first was a 44-yard completion from Hillary to Adrian Sullivan at the 9:31 mark followed by a 32-yard flea-flicker pass from DeMario Bennett to Matt Hazel just three minutes later.

However, Liberty squelched the visitors’ hopes of continuing their comeback effort by scoring the next two times the Flames touched the ball to put the game out of reach.

The Flames would score three more times, giving Liberty its third-most points scored in a single game under Rocco.

Rice scored his second rushing touchdown of the game (one yard) at the 4:51 mark, while Brown completed a 50-yard touchdown pass to Pat Kelly a minute and a half later. Finally, Liberty’s special teams got into the mix on the 60-point effort when Ryan Ferguson blocked a Austin Cain punt and Bobby Partilla recovered it in the end zone for a score.

Special teams also played a factor into the final scoring drive of the game, as Liberty muffed the last punt of the game and gave the visitors the ball at the 10-yard line. Four plays later, Cody Craig found Bennett open on a sideline route with 59 seconds left to complete the evening’s final scoring effort.

The Flames had their highest offensive output of the season, finishing the afternoon with 518 total offensive yards. Liberty’s season-best effort saw the Flames complete the night with an even 259 rushing yards and 259 passing yards.

Brown played a part in four of Liberty’s touchdowns. The senior threw for two scores, completing 13-of-17 passing attempts for 218 yards, while rushing for two more on 13 carries and 61 yards.

Allen was Liberty’s top rusher, as the sophomore posted his third career multiple rushing touchdown game. He scored twice on the ground and finished the game rushing 19 times for 96 yards to help the Flames post their second 200-plus yard rushing performance in three games.

Summers’ first-half numbers stood to lead Liberty’s receiving efforts, while Kelly caught three passes for 64 yards and his second receiving touchdown of the season.

Coastal Carolina, which finished with 380 total offensive yards, was paced by Hillary. The junior quarterback completed 18-of-27 passing attempts for 207 yards and two touchdown passes.

His top target was Hazel, who finished the night with six receptions for 90 yards, including his 32-yard touchdown reception from Bennett. Small continued to lead the Chanticleers on the ground, rushing nine times for 43 yards.

Francis Bah finished the game with a career-best eight tackles to lead the Flames. The defensive line had four solo and four assisted tackles, to go along with two tackles for a loss and a quarterback hurry. Four players followed behind Bah with five stops each.

Coastal Carolina was led by Marcus Lott, who finished the afternoon with a game-high 10 tackles, including seven solo stops. Quinn Backus followed with nine tackles (five solo, four assisted), while Desmond Steward rounded out the visitors’ top three defenders with eight tackles.

The victory was Liberty’s first over a nationally ranked opponent in three seasons and the fourth under head coach Danny Rocco. The last time the Flames knocked off a Top 25 FCS program was Nov. 22, 2008, when the Flames ended the year with a 26-3 win over No. 12 Elon.

The Flames will look to pick up their second-straight Big South road victory next weekend when Liberty travels to Charleston, S.C., to face Charleston Southern on Oct. 22.

Liberty has never lost to the Buccaneers under head coach Danny Rocco, having won its last five meetings with Charleston Southern by an average of 25.4 points per game.

The closest contest during the five-game run was last time Liberty visited CSU Stadium, when the Flames had to come up with a last-drive defensive stand to hold off the Buccaneers for a 20-13 win on Oct. 24, 2009.

Coastal Carolina returns home next weekend to host Gardner-Webb inside Brooks Stadium. The battle between the Chanticleers and the Runnin’ Bulldogs is slated to kick off at 7 p.m., and will be regionally televised on MASN.

 

Submitted by

Todd Wetmore ’98

Assistant Athletics Director – Communications

Jackets Run Past Earlham for Second-Straight Win

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 15, 2011; DC FOOTBALL

Contact: Seth Mikel (419) 783-2566

DEFIANCE, Ohio – Defiance College rolled up a season high of 281 yards on the ground and held Earlham College to just 105 total yards of offense on Saturday afternoon, en route to a dominating, 26-10, victory inside of Justin F. Coressel Stadium.

The Jackets controlled the line of scrimmage on their way to a second-straight victory, averaging 6.5 yards per carry and racking up 341 more yards of offense than the winless Quakers.

Rick Powell did much of the damage by accounting for 301 of DC’s 446 total yards of offense and adding two scores. The senior rumbled for 136 yards and a touchdown on the ground, while passing for 165 yards and a score through the air.

Defiance provided Powell with plenty of help, as Joey Chester broke loose for a 61-yard touchdown run down the visitor’s sideline for a 7-0 lead on the third play from scrimmage. Wiedenhoft hauled in five of Powell’s 12 completions for 77 yards and a touchdown to highlight DC’s aerial assault.

The trio of offensive scores was more than enough for a stingy Yellow Jacket defense that limited Earlham to 1.6 yards per snap and only 33 yards of rushing on 22 attempts.

Pat McDonald led the way with 10 stops and one hit for lost yardage, while Joemese Scott wreaked havoc with 1.5 sacks, 3.5 hits for lost yardage and six total tackles. Tony Sierra and Brad Sealey each intercepted a pass, while Josh Williams and Gregg Pickett notched sacks and Marquise Lee teamed with Pickett for a safety to cap the scoring.

Defiance never trailed following Chester’s 61-yard sprint and opened up a 21-3 spread with a 26-yard touchdown run by Powell and a 47-yard touchdown completion from Powell to Wiedenhoft early into the second quarter.

The Quakers managed to slow the DC attack from that point on however, keeping the Jackets out of the end zone over the final 41:55 of play and using a third-quarter strike to draw within 21-10 with 7:42 left in the game.

That would be as close as it would get, as Spencer Saunders booted a 33-yard field goal at the 8:57 mark of the fourth quarter and Lee’s safety at the 4:41 mark sealed the 26-10 Defiance victory.

Defiance (2-4, 2-2 HCAC) will look to move to 2-0 under interim head coach Nate Jensen and notch its third-straight win when it heads to Anderson (1-5, 1-3 HCAC) on Saturday, October 22.

The game will begin at 1:30 pm and will be aired free of charge on the Yellow Jacket Sports Network. Jim Funderburg and Jim Bellamy will call the action, with a pregame show starting at 12:45 pm at www.defianceathletics.com/video.

 

Linfield breaks off big plays to knock off Boxers

Northwest Conference Football
No. 5 Linfield 49, Pacific 6

FOREST GROVE – Nationally ranked Linfield used big plays to take a large lead and relied on rock steady defense to knock off Pacific 49-6 in Northwest Conference football action at Lincoln Park Stadium.

The Wildcats (5-0, 3-0 NWC), ranked No. 5 in the latest D3Football.com Top-25 Poll, scored twice on plays of 50 yards or more, one of which came on an 86-yard kickoff return to begin the third quarter. The Linfield defense also came up big, stunting two Pacific drives that came inside the 5-yard line and returning a blocked punt for a touchdown.

Linfield outgained Pacific in total offense 477-238, but Pacific controlled the ball for over 38 minutes of the contest. All of Pacific’s positive yardage came in the air.

T.C. Campbell (So., Kaimuki, Hawaii) completed 12 of 24 passes for 129 yards to lead the Boxers, while P.J. Minaya (So., Wahiawa, Hawaii) completed 6 of 10 passes for 107 yards. Jordan Fukumoto (So., Mililani, Hawaii) caught five balls for 82 yards. Gunther Schultze (So., Bellflower, Calif.) caught two balls for 63 yards and also has 12 rushes for 29 yards.

Mickey Inns had another big day for Linfield at quarterback, completing 16 of 25 passes for 239 yards and three touchdowns. Lucas Jepson was his favored target, making three catches for 91 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Buddy Saxon caught four balls for 61 yards and a score. Josh Hill led the Linfield rushing game, carrying 12 times for 69 yards.

With the win, Linfield extended their streak of consecutive winning seasons to 56, the most for any program at any level of collegiate football.

Pacific held onto the ball for 12 minutes of the first quarter, but it was Linfield dominating the action thanks to big plays and quick drives. The Wildcats needed only 1 minute, 57 seconds to covert their first drive into a touchdown as Inns found Lucas Jepson for a 14-yard strike at the 8:37 mark.

The Boxers milked their next drive for nearly six minutes, which ended on a Moses Villareal-Gomez’s (Fr., Stockton, Calif.) 37-yard field goal at the 2:46 mark. The Wildcats, however, would convert big plays into two more scored before the first quarter ended.

Colin Forman returned the ensuing kickoff 86 yards for a touchdown, and then Kyle Wright blocked Aaron Koford’s (So., Wilsonville, Ore.) punt at the Pacific 4-yard-line, allowing Drew Fisher to run it back for the score. Linfield led 21-3 after the first 15 minutes.

Pacific put together a nice drive to begin the second quarter, but could not punch it in to the end zone thanks to a Linfield goal line stand. Villareal-Gomez did put Pacific on the board with a 22-yard field goal to bring the Boxers within 21-6 with 9:48 to go. Linfield closed first half scoring on their next drive, with Inns finding Saxon for a 4-yard touchdown pass at the 6:40mark.

The Pacific defense prevented Linfield from scoring a fifth first half touchdown with a goal line stand of their own, stopping the Wildcats on the 4-yard line to secure the 28-6 halftime score. Linfield outgained the Boxers in total offense 166-134 in the half despite the Boxers holding onto possession for over 22 minutes.

The Wildcats needed just one play to getthat sixth touchdown on the board, with Inns finding Jepson for a 65-yard scoring pass on the first play from scrimmage for a 35-6 Linfield advantage. Both defenses locked down for the rest of the quarter. The Boxers were successful in stopping the Wildcats at the 4-yard line with 8:35 to go in the third to stunt a 12-play, 83-yard drive.

Linfield returned the favor early in thefourth quarter, with the Wildcats stopping a 10-play, 48-yard play drive attheir own 2-yard line. The Wildcats came right back down the field, moving the ball 88 yards in 2 minutes, 48 seconds. Josh Yoder closed the drive with a 4-yard run for the touchdown that gave Linfield a 42-6 lead. The Wildcats added one more with 8:01 left in the fourth when Josh Yarborough connected with Colin Nelson for a 24-yard score to close scoring.

Tim Hastie (So., Auberry, Calif.) led Pacific defensively with nine tackles, including one for loss. Bryan Mills (So., Imbler, Ore.) and Chaz Bajet (Fr., Waipahu, Hawaii) each had six tackles. Drew Fisher led Linfield with 11 tackles.

Pacific takes to the road again next weekend as they take on Whitworth in the Pine Bowl in Spokane. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Linfield returns home to host Pacific Lutheran.

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