UNH, Maine to meet for Brice-Cowell
Notes: Eastern Washington off to best start in Big Sky play
Trophy Hunting: New Hampshire and Maine square off for the 100th time Saturday -- the longest running rivalry in UNH history. The Brice-Cowell Musket, named after former Maine coach Fred Brice and former UNH coach William Cowell, goes to the winner of the game. The musket is a flintlock rifle made by Ebenezer Nutting of Falmouth, Maine, somewhere between 1722 and 1745. The George I period rifle has a 43-inch barrel and is rifled to a .65 caliber. The Wildcats lead the all-time series, 48-43-8, and have been victorious in eight of the last nine encounters.
Big Red Records: Junior QB Jeff Mathews is 451 passing yards away from becoming the second Cornell quarterback to surpass 7,000 career passing yards. Senior WR Luke Tasker needs three receiving yards to move into the top 10 on Cornell’s single-season receiving yardage list. He is 317 yards shy of setting the school’s single-season record with five games remaining.
Fourth Down Mastery: There are three schools that have converted every fourth down attempt so far this season. Albany has converted all nine of its attempts, while Cal Poly is 4-for-4 and McNeese State is perfect on all three of its fourth down tries.
Sam Houston Record Chasers: Kicker Miguel Antonio is closing in on a school career record with 247 points on 124 PATs and 41 field goals. He is 11 points behind all-time leader Billy Hayes (258 points in 1985-88). Meanwhile QB Brian Bell threw his 37th and 38th career touchdown passes last weekend at Nicholls to pass Rhett Bomar (37 touchdowns in 2007-08) in the school career record book. He is one touchdown behind all-time leader Dustin Long, who threw 39 touchdown passes in 2004. With 5,340 yards of career total offense, Bell ranks behind only Bomar, who rolled up a school record of 6,160 yards.
Bison Brock: North Dakota State quarterback Brock Jensen is No. 2 all-time at NDSU in completions (378) and No. 3 in passing yards (4,686). He needs 84 yards to pass Kevin Feeney (1995-98) in career passing yards.
Eagles Flying: Eastern Washington has fielded some excellent football teams since joining the Big Sky in 1987, but for the first time the Eagles find themselves 4-0 in Big Sky play. EWU improved to 4-0 in conference with a 27-24 win at previously unbeaten and second-ranked Montana State on Saturday in Bozeman.
On the Offensive: Cal Poly is 6-0 for the first time since 2004 when they started 7-0. The Mustangs have been an offensive juggernaut, averaging 38 points per game during its unbeaten streak. Defensively it has been a different story as they have allowed every team to score at least two touchdowns, and have given up an average of 21 points a game.
Patriot Familiarity: Lehigh and Colgate joined Lafayette at 1-0 in the Patriot League with wins last Saturday, and each team will be at home this weekend to try and create separation from the pack. Lehigh is trying to get to 2-0 in the Patriot League for the fourth consecutive season, while Colgate and Lafayette each attempt to do it for the first time since 2009. The trio has combined for 22 Patriot League titles, and at least one of the three has claimed an outright or shared title in 17 of the past 20 seasons.
Home Cookin’: Stony Brook carries an 11-game home Big South win streak into Saturday’s game against Gardner-Webb. During this streak, the Seawolves have scored 441 points (40.1 average), have scored more than 30 points in nine contests -- including the last six over 40, and have held the Conference membership to 178 points (16.2). The last Big South team to defeat Stony Brook inside LaValle Stadium was Gardner-Webb on Nov. 1, 2008 (34-33).
Offense Valley Conference: The Ohio Valley Conference might as well be known as the Offense Valley Conference as so far through seven weeks OVC teams have scored 40 or more points in a game 17 different times, including a 70-point outing by Murray State on Sept. 29 (the 6th most points in a FCS game this season), a 66-point outing by Tennessee-Martin on Oct. 13 (the 11th most points in a FCS game this season) and a 65-point effort by Eastern Illinois on Sept. 29 (the 14th most points in a FCS game this year).
Game of the Week: Wofford at Appalachian State -- After starting the season 1-2, No. 9 App State has won four consecutive heading into the Southern Conference clash with 11th-ranked Wofford. Both teams are 3-1 in conference and will go a long way into potentially deciding the conference championship. Although, Georgia Southern leads the conference at 4-1, the winner of this contest will control its own destiny. Saturday’s game also features a premier individual showdown between two of the nation’s top players in Appalachian State quarterback Jamal Jackson and Wofford running back Eric Breitenstein. Jackson leads the Southern Conference and ranks among the top 15 nationally in passing (1,869 yards), passing efficiency (147.7 passer rating), total offense (2,202 yards) and points responsible for (108). Breitenstein, a Boone native, ranks second nationally with 995 rushing yards and has scored nine touchdowns for the run-happy Terriers, which lead the nation in rushing with more than 410 yards per game.