Western Illinois Football: Leathernecks Fall at Indiana State

October 15, 2011 – For Immediate Release
Contact: Patrick Osterman/Director of Athletic Media Services

Leathernecks Fall at Indiana State
Terriun Crump ties Western season and career record in loss

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Terriun Crump’s record setting day could not overcome Indiana State’s quick strike offense as Western Illinois dropped a 46-24 decision Saturday afternoon (Oct. 15). The Leathernecks fell to 2-4 overall and 1-2 in the Missouri Valley Football Conference.

Crump finished the game with eight receptions totaling 111 yards, his fifth 100-yard receiving game this year and eighth of his career, equaling both Western records.

Having committed only five turnovers all season, the Leathernecks uncharacteristically turned the ball over three times, and the 21st-ranked Sycamores (5-2, 3-1) took advantage.

On the opening drive, after converting one 3rd-and-long earlier, Western faced 3rd-and-17. Josh Hudson was sacked and fumbled. ISU returned scooped the loose ball and returned it to the six, and on the first play Shakir Bell hit the right corner for the touchdown. However, Tanner Fritschle missed the extra point.

Hudson drove Western again into Sycamore territory, but this time he was picked off and Indiana State returned it to the WIU 34. Once again the Sycamores needed one play as Ronnie Fouch hit Donald Spencer across the middle. He broke two tackles and scored to make it 13-0 just over four minutes into the game.

Forced to punt Michael Shroble launched one inside the five. Alex Sewall could not hold onto the ball and Kieron James recovered on the three. Two plays later Hudson fired a ball through the defense to Aaron Muhammad for the score.

However, the Sycamores struck quickly again as Fouch needed only one play to hit Alex Jones for an 80-yard touchdown. James knocked away the 2-point conversion pass to keep it 19-7 with 8:30 left in the half.

Western could not convert on 4th-and-4 late in the quarter from the ISU 33 as Hudson was stopped short of a first down. The defense held as James intercepted Fouch and raced it into Sycamore territory where he was tackled as time expired for the half.

The Leatherneck defense held ISU on the opening drive in the third quarter. Hudson directed an 11-play, 74-yard drive to cut into the Sycamore lead. Hudson picked up two key runs to get a first down, found Crump three times on the drive – including one to the three. Caulton Ray finished off the drive with a 3-yard TD run. Pat Smith’s extra point made it 19-14.

Fouch and the Sycamores responded with a 39-yard touchdown pass to Alex Jones but Western cut into the lead again. A 36-yard pass from Hudson to Crump set up the Leathernecks in ISU territory. On the next play, Hudson hit Muhammad over the middle to make it a 26-21 game. The Leathernecks could not hold onto the momentum as ISU responded again.

ISU got another TD pass from Fouch, this time 32 yards to Michael Mardis near the end of the third quarter, extending its lead to 33-21.

Smith added a 26-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter, making it 33-24 with 12:29 remaining. Bell and the Sycamores used another 1-play drive to strike again, this time a 51-yard run. However, another missed extra point set the score at 39-24 just 15 seconds later.

Western drove into the Sycamore redzone but two sacks led to ISU taking over on downs. Bell broke loose on his second long TD run of the game, a 46-yarder to make it 46-24.

Hudson completed 23-of-35 passes for 269 yards and two TDs. Crump totaled his 111 yards on eight catches. Muhammad ended with five receptions for 63 yards. He not only set career-highs in both categories, but matched his season receptions total.

Ray totaled 79 yards on 21 carries. Kevin Palermo led the defense with eight tackles while Tim Franken added six.

Fouch completed only 6-of-13 passes but totaled 201 yards and four TDs. Bell racked up 213 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Ben Obaseki had 22 total tackles and three sacks.

Western returns home next Saturday (Oct. 22), playing host to Missouri State as part of Family Weekend activities. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.

GAME NOTES: Due to injuries along the defensive line, true-freshman Chip Holtschlag made his collegiate debut… Rick Richardson caught his first pass of the season early in the first quarter. He finished with two catches (27 yards), nearly matching his 2010 total of three receptions… James’ interception at the end of the first half was his team-leading second this year and third of career… Western lost for the third straight year when coming off a bye week… Crump moved into seventh place all-time with 108 receptions. His 1,799 yards place him fifth. Crump matched two other Leathernecks with five 100-yard receiving games in a season: Stacy Coleman (2002) and Lito Senatus (2010). His eighth career game matches Reggie Gray’s all-time record… Smith’s 26-yard field goal was his longest this season… Charles Chestnut caught five passes for 49 yards. His five receptions matches a career-high, three times in his career and now has reached that total in consecutive games… Western recorded a season-high 30 first downs.


Ferris State Football Dominates NMU In Homecoming Triumph (Oct. 15)

Big Rapids, Mich. – The Ferris State University football team provided its fans and alumni with plenty to cheer about on Saturday (Oct. 15) as the Bulldogs recorded a decisive 35-6 homecoming win over Northern Michigan at FSU’s Top Taggart Field.

The win was the Bulldogs’ fourth victory in their last five outings this season and came before a crowd of 3,241 on a windy day in Big Rapids.

A week after giving up 43 points in an eight-point loss at Findlay, the Bulldogs responded by limiting the Wildcats to 222 yards of total offense and no touchdowns in earning the win.

Ferris State struck first on its opening drive of the afternoon as the Bulldogs marched 72 yards in 11 plays and found the endzone on a nine-yard quarterback keeper from senior Tom Schneider (Jerome/Addison).

The Bulldogs increased their advantage to 13-0 on a one-yard burst from junior back Dwayne Williams (Saginaw/Heritage) only 32 seconds into the second frame as FSU moved 85 yards in 13 plays to reach the endzone.

Northern Michigan chipped into the FSU lead and trimed the deficit to 13-6 on a pair of field goals from Rockne Belmonte in the second quarter. His first came from 45 yards away and finished a short 30-yard Wildcat drive. The second was a 25-yarder after the Bulldogs limited NMU to only 22 yards on six plays.

However, FSU answered late in the half as the Bulldogs drove 74 yards in 10 plays before freshman kicker Victor Bodrie (Northville) connected on a 30-yard field goal as time expired in the opening period.

The Bulldogs scored the only points of the second half as they held NMU off the board over the final 30 minutes. Schneider hooked up with senior receiver Mike Ryan (Howell) onn a 13-yard TD strike with 3:53 to go in the third as the Bulldogs drove 74 yards in seven plays to take a 23-6 edge.

Ferirs increased its lead to 26-6 with 11:54 to play as Bodrie made a 38-yard field goal to finish off a 69-yard Bulldog drive. That was followed by a safety late in the game with 4:34 remaining when NMU snapped the ball out of the endzone from inside its own five-yard line.

The final Bulldog score took place on a 70-yard scoring completion from redshirt freshman quarterback Taylor Masiewicz (Rockford) to freshman receiver Jake Lampman (East Lansing/Haslett) with only 2:33 left to go.

Ferris State piled up 32 first downs and 554 yards of total offense in improving to 5-2 overall and 4-2 in conference action. The Bulldogs’ balanced attack ran for 242 yards while Schneider was 22-of-30 in the air for 202 yards and a score.

The Bulldogs held NMU to 222 yards with 149 coming on the ground. Tailback Prince Young had 149 yards of his own on 25 carries in leading the Wildcats. QB Carter Kopach was 12-of-25 in the air, but threw for only 73 yards and was intercepted twice by the Bulldogs.

Schneider paced FSU on the ground with 77 yards and a TD on 13 carries. Williams added 65 yards on 19 attempts and redshirt freshman Jamaal Jackson (St. Joseph) contributed 45 yards on nine carries.

Ryan caught a game-high eight passes for 90 yards and score for FSU while Williams and Jackson both added four catches apiece. Masiewicz completed four-of-six passes for 110 yards in a relief role behind Schneider.

Defensively, the Bulldogs received a game-high 12 stops from junior linebacker Tayo Moss (South Rockwood/Monroe St. Mary’s). Sophomore defensive end Cody Groulx (Montrose, Mich./Hill McCloy) added 10 tackles while junior cornerback Antwian Windmon (Chicago, Ill./Morgan Park) recorded nine stops and also had an interception.

NMU was led on the defensive side by Josh Droese with 11 tackles in the game. The Wildcats dropped to 3-4 overall and 3-3 in conference action with their fourth-straight setback.

Ferris State will take part in the Anchor-Bone Classic next Saturday, Oct. 22, as the Bulldogs visit archrival Grand Valley State for a 7 p.m. (ET) league tilt at GVSU’s Lubbers Stadium in Allendale, Mich.

Bulldog Bites: Ferris State remained within at least one game of Saginaw Valley State for the GLIAC North Division lead pending the outcome of the Cardinals’ Saturday evening contest ……. Junior linebacker Mike Elias (Ann Arbor/Huron) also had an interception for FSU …….. The win was FSU’s 10th in the last 11 matchups against the Wildcats in Big Rapids ……. It marked Ferris’ first win over Northern Michigan since 2008 at Top Taggart Field ……. Ferris was a perfect five-of-five inside the red zone …… The Bulldogs controlled the ball for 36:32 of possession time … FSU had five tackles for loss in the game and also forced a fumble ….. The victory was the 12th for head coach Jeff Pierce against Northern Michigan, which is the most of any team he’s faced …… FSU’s 1999 GLIAC Championship team was honored in a special halftime ceremony in addition to the crowning of Ferris State’s king and queen.

Submitted by

Robert Bentley


Grimes Breaks W&M Career Rushing Record as No. 16/15 Tribe Defeats No. 6 UNH, 24-10

Courtesy TribeAthletics.com
Sat, October 15, 2011

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (Oct. 15, 2011) – Senior All-American running back Jonathan Grimes became William and Mary’s all-time rushing leader and senior defensive end Marcus Hyde set a single-game school record with five sacks, as the No. 16/15 Tribe earned a 24-10 victory against sixth-ranked New Hampshire on Saturday afternoon at Zable Stadium.

Needing 145 rushing yards to eclipse Derek Fitzgerald’s W&M career record of 3,744, Grimes piled up a career-high 169 yards on 28 carries to increase his career total to 3,768. The Palmyra, N.J., native also hauled in three catches for 126 yards, which included touchdown receptions of 72 yards and 50 yards, as he registered 323 all-purpose yards – just one shy of the single-game school record he established against Villanova in 2008.

Hyde also etched his name in the program’s record book with one of the best individual defensive performances in school history, totaling a single-game school-record five sacks to go with six tackles for a loss, nine solo tackles, a forced fumble and a pass breakup.

Making just his second career start, sophomore quarterback Brent Caprio completed 7-of-11 passes for 167 yards with a pair of scores, while redshirt freshman running back Keith McBride rushed for 68 yards on nine carries and broke off a 50-yard touchdown scamper early in the fourth quarter. Defensively, junior linebacker Jabrel Mines posted a team-high 13 tackles and had two of the Tribe’s season-best 12 tackles for a loss. The Doswell, Va., native also had a forced fumble and a fumble recovery, which came on a strip that halted the Wildcats’ opening drive. Sophomore safety Jerome Couplin III and redshirt freshman safety Ivan Tagoe both recorded interceptions.

Although UNH (4-2, 2-1) outgained the Tribe (4-3, 2-2), 517-429, the Wildcats committed four turnovers (two fumbles, two interceptions). Quarterback Kevin Decker accounted for most of UNH’s offense and completed 34-of-50 passes for a career-high 422 yards with a touchdown. Wideout Joey Orlando totaled eight catches for 132 yards, while wideout Mickey Mangieri hauled in eight receptions for 100 yards.

New Hampshire had multiple scoring opportunities early in the contest, but placekicker Mike MacArthur missed a 27-yard field goal late in opening quarter and the Tribe stopped UNH on downs early in the second quarter. The fourth-down stop came on a fourth-and-3 at W&M’s 22-yard line when Hyde registered the first of his five sacks.

Despite the slow start offensively on both sides, the teams combined for 17 points in the final 2:30 of the opening half. The Wildcats struck first with a 37-yard field goal by MacArthur. W&M then quickly answered on its ensuing drive when Grimes took a short screen pass from Caprio 72 yards down the Tribe sideline, breaking multiple tackles along the way, to give the College a 7-3 lead with 1:35 left in the first half.

UNH responded with a quick touchdown drive of its own, however, as Decker drove the Wildcats 90 yards on just eight plays on a drive that culminated with a 15-yard touchdown strike to a leaping R.J. Harris in the left side of the end zone with 0:08 showing on the clock.

Although W&M limited UNH to just 25 rushing yards (on 22 carries) in the first half, the Wildcats threw for 289 yards and outgained the Tribe, 314-183.  Individually, Hyde already had four sacks at the intermission, which broke the previous single-game sack record of 3.5 set by Luke Cullinane against Villanova in 1996.

After stopping UNH on downs at the Tribe 31-yard line on the Wildcats’ opening drive of the second half, W&M went ahead, 14-10, when Caprio connected with Grimes on a short screen pass that the All-American running back took 50 yards into the end zone midway through the third quarter.

An interception by Tagoe halted a UNH drive inside the red zone late in the third quarter, and six plays later McBride broke off a 50-yard touchdown run to extend the margin to 21-10 with 12:42 remaining.

Sophomore placekicker Drake Kuhn provided the final score of the contest with a career-long 45-yard field goal with 6:06 left on the clock.

New Hampshire’s comeback bid ended on the following drive when senior cornerback Terrell Wells recovered a fumbled lateral by Orlando at W&M’s 24-yard line.

The Tribe will return to action next weekend when it hosts No. 17/23 Towson for homecoming on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

Warhawks Defeat Blue Devils, Extend Win Steak to 36

In the team’s first ever Friday night game, the number one nationally-ranked UW-Whitewater football team ran its record to 6-0 overall and 3-0 in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference with a 42-21 win over UW-Stout, 3-3 overall and 1-2 in the WIAC, before 6,209 fans in Perkins Stadium in Whitewater.  The win, under the “Friday night lights” kept several streaks alive for the Warhawks, most notably the nation’s longest consecutive win streak, which now stands at 36.  The team has also won its last 24 games played at Perkins Stadium, its last 20 WIAC contests, and ten straight against the Blue Devils.

UW-Stout received the opening kickoff of the game and was forced to punt after losing six yards on three offensive plays.  UW-Whitewater wasted no time and recorded the game’s first score with 9:29 left in the first quarter.  Quarterback Matt Blanchard (Lake Zurich, IL/Lake Zurich) found tight end Jason Ford (Palatine, IL/Fremd) on the goal line for a three-yard touchdown pass to lead 7-0.

The Blue Devils converted on fourth and short on the Warhawks’ 37 yard-line on their second possession and again on fourth down, four plays later on the 27 yard-line with a 9-yard pitch to running back Eric Brown.  The Blue Devils were rewarded for their resolve two plays later when quarterback Ross Carey tied the game at 7-7 with a four-yard touchdown run with 2:17 to play in the first quarter.

On their first possession of the second quarter the Warhawks took advantage of an 11-yard punt by UW-Stout to begin a UW-W drive at the Whitewater 47.  Four plays later the Warhawks took the lead 14-7 thanks to a four-yard touchdown run by Levell Coppage (Oak Park, IL/Oak Park) at 9:22.

Shortly afterwards the Blue Devils were backed up inside their own 25, and then committed a false start on third and long.  After the penalty, linebacker Kyle Wismer (Spring Grove, IL/Richmond-Burton) charged through the line to bat down a Carey pass to force the Blue Devils to punt.  With 8:12 left in the half Whitewater took possession at their own 30 yard-line.  Five plays later Blanchard found Tyler Huber (Mukwonago/North Prairie) alone in the end zone for a 31-yard touchdown pass, set up by a 25-yard completion to Cory Robinson (Cambridge/Cambridge) on the previous play.

Following another Blue Devil punt, the Warhawks received the ball on their own 30-yard line with 3:28 to play in the half.  The team dug itself into a hole after a pair of penalties to make it second and 23, but was bailed out by a 37-yard catch by Luke Menzel (Sheboygan Falls/Oostburg), who followed that up with another reception, this time for 25 yards, again from Blanchard.  A holding penalty made it first and 20, but Coppage took it in for the score from 23 yards out to make it 28-7 with 1:33 left in the half.

The third quarter belonged to the Blue Devils as they scored on their first two possessions in the second half.  Carey hooked up with Trevor Morning on a 39-yard touchdown pass to make the score 28-14 with 7:06 remaining in the third quarter, to break a run of twenty-one consecutive points by Whitewater.

After the teams traded punts, the Blue Devils scored again.  Carey hooked up with Morning for his second touchdown on a 45-yard pass to make it 28-21 with 0:32 left in the third quarter.

The Warhawks responded on their next drive, which covered 73 yards in five plays in 2:18, with a 26-yard touchdown run by Coppage to make it 35-21 with 13:15 in the fourth quarter.  The score was set up by an 18-yard catch by Menzel on the previous play.

Whitewater’s defense shut down the Stout offense from that point on preventing any more scores and coming up with a pair of interceptions to put the game away.  Ryan Cortez (Palatine, IL/Palatine, IL) had the first interception with just over six minutes to play at the Blue Devils’ 25.  Two plays later Blanchard hooked up with Bernie Tamsett (Waterford/Waterford Union) for a nine-yard touchdown to conclude the scoring, 42-21 with 5:20 left in the fourth quarter.

The Blue Devils saw their next drive end with the second interception, this time by Ryan Wenkman (Wisconsin Dells/Wisconsin Dells).

The Warhawks racked up 539 yards of total offense.  Blanchard finished 20-28 with 294 yards, tying his season high, also accomplished in the third game of the season, and three touchdowns.  Coppage ended his night with 139 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries.  Menzel had a personal season-high of 153 yards on 7 catches.  Casey Casper (Dousman/Kettle Moraine) recorded eight tackles, 1.5 sacks, and 2.5 tackles for loss.  Cortez finished with seven tackles, one tackle for a loss, and an interception.  Stout’s Carey went 18-32 for 213 yards, with two touchdowns and two picks.  Tight end Josh Peterson had 5 catches for 47 yards.  Blue Devil defensive back Aaron Kobes had 11 tackles, 7 of them solo, and one tackle for a loss to lead both teams.

Saturday, October 22nd, the Warhawks play at 1:30 p.m. in Oshkosh, Wisconsin against UW-Oshkosh.

Submitted by Tom Fick

#10 ACU 28, #17 WTAM 18

ABILENE – Defense rarely decides games between rivals Abilene Christian University and West Texas A&M, but the 10th-ranked Wildcats rose up and bucked that trend, upending the 17th-ranked Buffs 28-18 Saturday afternoon before a Homecoming crowd in Shotwell Stadium.

ACU entered the game with the Lone Star Conference’s worst pass defense, but sacked WT quarterback Dustin Vaughan eight times – four by defensive end Aston Whiteside – and limited the Buffs to 46 yards of rushing. Wildcat quarterback Mitchell Gale completed 18 of 31 passes for 305 yards and two touchdowns, leading his team on 99- and 98-yard scoring drives, and hurting the Buffs with its own big-play offense.

It was defensive-minded game by ACU-WT standards, given that the two teams combined to score 445 points in their previous five games, including a 93-68 win by ACU in the 2008 NCAA Division II playoffs.

Both teams traded punts in the first quarter, with a 44-yard field goal by WT’s Sergio Castillo Jr. the only score. ACU broke open the defensive slugfest with a six-play, 99-yard scoring drive in the second quarter, capped by a 3-yard TD run by Daryl Richardson. The Wildcats forced a fumble on the Buffs’ next possession, and drove 75 yards in only four plays to build a 14-3 lead when Reggie Brown bulled his way for a 4-yard TD run with 7:36 left.

ACU (5-1 overall and 4-0 in the LSC) rolled up 400 yards of offense, helped by scoring passes of 19 yards to wide receiver Jamaine Sherman and 53 yards to fullback Justin Andrews. Tight end Ben Gibbs caught three passes for 96 yards and Tony Gabriel grabbed seven for 84. Andrews caught 2 for 71.

Vaughan completed 27 of 53 passes for 314 yards and two touchdowns for WT, including scoring passes of 12 yards to Jeremy Watson and 9 yards to Brittan Golden. The Buffs fell to 4-2 overall and 4-1 in the LSC.

The Wildcats have another showdown next Saturday when they travel to Wichita Falls for a game with LSC co-leader Midwestern State at 8 p.m

Submitted by

Lance Fleming
Assistant Director of Athletics for Media Relations
Abilene Christian University