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Elsewhere in College Football — Week 6

What if all the weeks could be like college football’s week 6…wouldn’t it be great?

There was so much action and excitement it was like all the federal holidays occurred in the same week and the banks stayed open.  Crazyfreakyridiculous.

Washington State made a big statement in the Pac 12; Oklahoma got flag-planted by Iowa State; Western Michigan outlasted Buffalo in a seven-overtime thriller that featured 193 plays from scrimmage, more than 1,300 yards of offense and only took four hours and thirty-one minutes to play; and best of all, at least in terms of O-Zone readers, Michigan lost.

It was as if you got a hole-in-one, hit the lottery and heard from the United States Patent and Trademark Office confirming your “Cup O Pizza” concept has been approved and registered.  And as great as week 6 was, you know what?  There was even more and it didn’t get the coverage it deserves because it happened, “Elsewhere in College Football”…

Biggest Blowout of the Week

The Bald Eagles of Lock Haven University claimed the title this week with their 62-0 victory over Cheyney in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference match-up.  Strictly by coincidence, this will not the be the only PSAC game referenced in this edition of EiCF, and in this one Lock Haven rushed for 460 yards, including 181 from Kyle Knight in routing the Wolves.  Knight had four TD’s and averaged 9.1 yards per attempt. The win was the first of the year for Lock Haven and the loss dropped Cheyney to 0-5 on the season.  Cheyney has now lost 58 of their past 61 games.

Fewest Points by a Winning Team

Staying in the PSAC, the Marauders of Millersville University slipped by East Stroudsburg 12-0 to be the team with the lowest winning score this weekend.  Tyrone Gibson rushed for a career-high 183 yards and a touchdown as Millersville picked up a road win.  In addition to Gibson’s TD, the Marauders got a safety on a sack by senior linebacker Sean Dugan and a 41-yard field goal by Joey Farley.  The shutout was the first for Millersville since they blanked—anyone, anyone—Cheyney in October of 2012.

Most Points by a Losing Team

Buffalo’s 68 points don’t’ qualify because their game went into overtime.  This category is only for regulation games and this weekend there were two teams that scored 45 points and lost.  One, the Wonder Boys of Arkansas Tech, dropped a one-point decision to the Weevils of the University of Arkansas at Monticello and the other, Air Force lost by 3.

We’ll start with the Weevils and the Wonder Boys because the game featured a team with the nickname Weevils and a team with the nickname Wonder Boys.  The Wonder Boys came into the game as the #24 team in D-II but Weevils controlled the clock with a passing game that racked up 365 yards.  Quarterback Cole Sears was 29 of 49 and passed for three touchdowns.  He added a fourth on a 10-yard run with 1:44 left that was the game winner.  Arkansas Tech led by 10 early in the fourth quarter following KJ Reid’s 39-yard pick six but Sears led the Weevils on two long touchdown drives in the last 8 minutes of the game for the upset.   The Weevils have wobbled a bit this season but haven’t fallen and evened their record at 3-3.  The Wonder Boys fell to 4-2 on the season

As for Air Force, the Falcons dropped a 48-45 decision to Navy as Midshipman QB Zach Abey connected with Tyler Carmona for a 16-yard TD pass with 15 seconds left in the game.  Air Force scored with just under two minutes left to take the lead 45-41 but Navy drove 75 yards in 11 plays for the game winner.  Navy improved to 5-0 on the season and Air Force falls to 1-4.

Simon Says No Again

Another week and another update on the Clan of Simon Fraser University.  Canada’s NCAA team extended the nation’s—or maybe the International or North American—longest losing streak to 29 straight by dropping an 82-21 decision to Western Oregon.  SFU was outgained 604-248 and they converted only 2 of 13 third down opportunities.  The highlight for Simon Fraser was a record setting 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by sophomore Gavin Cobb.  Cobb’s return cut the lead to 14-7 but that would be as close as they would get.  Western Oregon would outscore SFU 68-14 the rest of the way.  Nick Duckworth threw for 294 yards and 6 TD’s to lead Western Oregon.

In their last four games the Clan has lost 72-14 to Humboldt State; 83-7 to Azusa Pacific; 62-0 to Central Washington and 82-21 to WOU.  They have a bye next week and then, because the Great Northwest Athletic Conference only has five teams that play football and they play each team twice, Simon Fraser’s next four games are against Azusa Pacific, Humboldt, Central Washington and Western Oregon and if past performance is any indication of future performance than, well, you know.

Two-hundred and twenty-five Clan fans attended the game and according to the box score on the official Simon Fraser web site, the temperature at game time was 11 Celsius and the wind was from the East at 6km.

Indiana Goes 2-0; California goes 0-2

The Hoosiers of Indiana University in Indiana beat Charleston Southern 27-0 and the University of California Berkley in California lost to Washington 38-7 and in our third game from the PSAC, Indiana University of Pennsylvania defeated California University of Pennsylvania in the ninth annual Coal Bowl 26-10.  The Crimson Hawks of IUP are ranked 3rd in D-II and Cal was #16 and 4,019 fans watched the action at Miller Stadium in Indiana, PA.  IUP QB Lenny Williams rolled up 297 yards and scored three times to lead Indian to the win.  IUP is now 6-0 for the first time since 2001 and they limited Cal, who came into the game averaging 41 points and more than 400 yards per game, to just 283 total yards including just 51 yards rushing on 23 carries.

Indiana takes on undefeated Slippery Rock next week and Cal will host 1-5 Clarion.

Finally, Box Scores We Love

1st2nd3rd4thTotal
Anna Maria (0-5)1070623
Gallaudet (1-4)212725073

A couple of winless teams met Saturday afternoon and the Bison of Gallaudet set several new school records including 765 yards of offense; 622 yards rushing; 11 touchdowns and the 73 points were a single game scoring record.  Gallaudet averaged 12.7 yards per carry with Jake Bonheyo and Timel Benton doing most of the damage.  These two combined to carry the ball 8 times for 259 yards and 5 TD’s.  Yep, they carried 8 times and scored 5 times.  They both averaged over 32 yards per carry.  Canton Meadows also had three rushing touchdowns but he only averaged 9.3 yards per carry on his 9 attempts.

The Amcats of Anna Maria had a twelve-minute time of possession advantage but weren’t able to do much with it and that’s not too surprising for a team that according to D-III statistics is 8-76 since the start of the 2009 season.