Notebook: Second-Half Mustang
Sept. 28, 2010
By Amy Farnum
FOURTH-QUARTER FEAT: Midwestern State University running back Keidrick Jackson was selected Lone Star Conference South Offensive Player of the Week for his spectacular efforts in sparking the Mustangs 30-24 come-from-behind win over Central Oklahoma on Sept. 25.
The redshirt freshman from Arlington, Texas, ran for 11 times for a team-best 136 yards - all in the fourth quarter - as the Mustangs rallied for the victory. Jackson tied the game with a 69-yard score with 13:56 remaining in regulation, and then ran five consecutive for 46 yards during the Mustangs game-winning drive later in the quarter. He is the third different MSU player to reach the 100-yard rushing mark this season.
No .10 MSU is 4-0 for the fifth straight year and will open LSC South Division action against Incarnate Word on Oct. 2.
STARTING STRONG: Kutztown University is off to its best start in school history after downing Cheyney, 52-14, in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Eastern Division action on Sept. 25.
The Golden Bears previous best start to a season was 3-0-1 in 1949. KU tops the league in scoring offense (41.3 ppg) and scoring defense (10.2 ppg), which rank ninth and fifth in the nation, respectively. Kutztown has not given up more than 14 points in its first four games - the first time since 1985 the program has accomplished the feat, and it is the first time since 1991 the Golden Bears have totaled 30 or more points in the first four games of a season.
Kutztown will look to keep up its winning ways when the Golden Bears host Shippensburg on Oct. 2.
RAMS ARE BACK: After spending the last four years as a member of Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), Winston-Salem State has made a strong showing back in the Division II level this season, beginning the year with a 5-0 mark - the Rams best start since 1991.
With the perfect start and victory over CIAA preseason favorite Fayetteville State last weekend, the Rams cracked the AFCA Division II Top 25 at No. 23. It is the Rams first appearance in the poll since 2002.
WSSU travels to Johnson C Smith on Oct. 2 as it looks to continue its success in the teams quest for its first Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association championship and NCAA Division II playoff appearance since 1991.
QUICK HITS: Augustana College senior wide receiver Tyler Schulte streaked down the field for a 99-yard touchdown catch on his teams first offensive play of the game as the Augies downed Southwest Minnesota State, 53-21, last weekend. It was the first of three TDs in the game for the native of Sioux Falls, S.D., who garnered Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors. The pass from quarterback Josh Hanson to Schulte set the school record for the longest play from scrimmage, surpassing 97-yard run in 1937. Schulte also paces Division II with 153.75 receiving yards per game … Bloomsburg freshman running back Franklyn Quiteh claimed Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference East Offensive Player of the Week honors for the second time this season after registering his second 200-yard rushing game of the year along with touchdowns in a 44-7 win over Millersville. The native of Tobyhanna, Pa., ran for 223 yards on 22 carries. He leads the nation in rushing with 168.0 yards per game … UNC Pembroke is back in the AFCA Division II Top 25 at No. 24 after a convincing 30-7 victory over then-No. 14 Carson-Newman last weekend.
LOOKING AHEAD: This weeks Division II schedule features three Top 25 match-ups, including a pair of Top 10 games. The first of the three nationally-ranked contests pits Gulf South Conference foes No. 15 West Alabama and No. 19 Delta State against each other in a Thursday night showdown that is the GSC-TV Game of the Week. It will be televised on the following networks/stations: Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast, CoxSports (select locations), Mediacom, TV-16 Searcy (AR), WHCQ-TV (Cleveland, Miss.). Also, No. 5 Abilene Christian heads south to face Lone Star Conference rival No. 6 Texas A&M-Kingsville, while No. 7 Northwest Missouri State hosts No. 8 Missouri Western State.
NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT: West Liberty State and Fairmont State will be featured in the Division II Game of the Week on CBS College Sports Network on Thursday, Sept. 30 at 8 p.m. ET.
The Hilltoppers, who recently dropped out of the national rankings after being upended by West Virginia Wesleyan last weekend, look to get back on the winning track in a nationally-televised contest at Fairmont State. Despite a 1-2 start with a pair of narrow losses, West Liberty boasts one of the passing offenses in the nation led by senior quarterback Zach Amedro, who is just 300 yards shy of becoming only the fifth 12,000-yard passer in NCAA Division II history.
Fairmont State will also be looking for a victory after suffering a pair of three-point setbacks in its last two games. FSU leads the all-time series 37-36-5, although the Hilltoppers have won five straight games over the Falcons.