Notebook: Valdosta Shuts Down Lions
Oct. 18, 2010
By Amy Farnum
STEPPING UP: No. 2 Minnesota-Duluth shook off losing two-time All-American running back Isaac Odim to a season-ending knee injury at practice earlier in the week to post a convincing 49-0 win over University of Mary in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference action on Oct. 16. Odim had entered last week as the Division II touchdown leader.
Senior running back Brad Foss stepped up to run for 121 yards and three touchdowns as UMD won its 26th straight NSIC contest. The Bulldogs racked up 531 yards of total offense and 30 first downs on the day.
UMD is off to a 7-0 start for the sixth time in program history, and has outscored opponents, 347-78, on the year. The Bulldogs head to Northern State on Oct. 23.
BLAZERS BATTLE: Valdosta States victory over previously unbeaten and third-ranked North Alabama was not only unique because of the 5-0 score, but also because of the lack of offensive production by the Lions last Thursday.
The Lions, who entered the game averaging 389 yards of total offense, managed just 101 total yards - the lowest in school history. The Blazers had been giving up 348 per game.
The game was the lowest scoring Gulf South Conference contest since UNAs 3-0 win over Tennessee-Martin in 1987. It was also the first time the Lions had been shutout since 2001, and the first time they were held scoreless at home since a 21-0 setback to VSU in 1997.
The Blazers jumped five spots in the latest AFCA Division II Top 25 to No. 14 with the victory, and are currently tied with the Lions for second place in the GSC standings. No. 22 Delta State tops the standings at 4-1 despite falling to Harding last weekend.
GETTING DEFENSIVE: Texas A&M-Kingsville shut down then-No. 7 West Texas A&M in a defensive battle between a pair of Top 10 Lone Star Conference squads as the No. 9 Javelinas came back from an 11-point halftime deficit for a 28-24 win last weekend.
Senior safety Delra Glover sparked a defensive unit that held WTAMU scoreless in the second half of play, allowing just 67 yards by the Buffaloes high-powered offense. The native of Hempstead, Texas, tallied six tackles, earning LSC South Defensive Player of the Week honors for his performance.
The Javelinas offense out-gained WTAMU, 503-340, marking the first time this season that an opponent had produced more offensive yards than the Buffaloes. WTAMU was held to 227 yards less than its season average. TAMU-K climbed two spots to No. 7 in the latest AFCA Division II Top 25 with the key victory.
QUICK HITS: Shepherd junior running back Tommy Addison ran for 152 yards and three touchdowns as the Rams took over sole possession of the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference standings with a 37-26 win over previously unbeaten West Virginia Wesleyan. It was the fifth 100-plus rushing game for Addison, earning him WVIAC Co-Player of the Week honors. Shepherd improved to 7-0 on the year, and moved up three spots to No. 15 in the national poll … Kutztown tied a school-record with its seventh win of the season after downing Millersville, 38-28, in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference action last weekend. Sophomore quarterback Kevin Morton registered his second 300-yard passing game of the season, throwing for 350 yards and four TDs in the contest. Morton has tossed a TD pass in 12 straight games dating back to last year … Mars Hill moved into sole possession of first place in the South Atlantic Conference following a 48-36 win over Newberry that was sparked by running back Jonas Randolphs 183 yards rushing and two scores, along with quarterback Jon Richts school-record 330 yards passing … St. Cloud State cracked the AFCA Division II Top 25 at No. 23 this week after moving to 6-1 with a 24-6 defeat of Southwest Minnesota State on Saturday. Quarterback Phillip Klaphake threw for 320 yards and rushed for a career-high 134 yards in the contest, earning NSIC Offensive Player of the Week honors.