McCoy looks to make more history
Notes: Dartmouth, Cornell to meet for 94th year in a row
Running Duke: Duquesne’s Larry McCoy became the school’s all-time rushing leader with his 116-yard effort against Monmouth last weekend. He heads to Robert Morris this weekend needing just 153 yards to pass Wagner’s Rick Sarille (4,460 yards from 1996-99) and take over the No. 2 spot on the Northeast Conference’s all-time rushing list. McCoy, whose 880 career carries are the most by any active player in the FCS, enters this weekend with 4,308 yards. McCoy has run for 100 or more yards in 20 of his past 26 games.
Miguel the Magnificent: Stony Brook hosts VMI this weekend with Miguel Maysonet needing one touchdown to tie the Big South career record of 47, established by Coastal Carolina’s Aundres Perkins from 2003-06. Maysonet is the first player in league history with three 200-yard rushing games and his five 200-yard all-purpose games this season has matched the conference’s season mark. In addition, Maysonet’s 1,502 rushing yards this season is the second-highest single-season total in League annals, and he is 132 rushing yards away from breaking his own Big South single-season record of 1,633 set last season. Maysonet has gained 702 yards on the ground in four Big South games, and is on pace to finish with 1,053 in the six-game conference season.
NCAA Berth On the Line: Central Arkansas can clinch no worse than a share of the 2012 Southland Conference championship if it can get past Northwestern State in its final conference game of the season Saturday in Conway. The Bears are 5-1 in league play and are among three one-loss teams with three weeks remaining in the season. Sam Houston State is 4-1 with two league games to play and Southeastern Louisiana is 3-1 with three conference games to go. The Bearkats and Lions meet Saturday in Huntsville. Central Arkansas has wins this season against both Sam Houston State (24-20 on Sept. 22) and Southeastern La. (34-14 last Saturday) so it holds the tie-breakers for the league’s automatic berth into the NCAA tournament. The Bears are looking for their first conference title since transitioning into the Southland and becoming eligible for the conference championship in 2010. UCA finished with a league-best 6-1 conference record in 2008, but was not eligible for the title. The Bears received an at-large berth into the Division I playoffs last year in just their second year of eligibility.
Big South Record Watch: Gardner-Webb TE Seth Cranfill needs two receptions to break the Big South single-season record for most receptions by a tight end (34). Stony Brook WR Kevin Norrell is 22 receiving yards away from breaking the Big South single-season record of 1,081.
Battle of the Bigs: Lafayette vs. Lehigh may get all the publicity as the longest running series in the Football Championship Subdivision -- having played at least once every year since 1897 -- but not many people realize that the Dartmouth-Cornell series is the second longest. This is the 94th consecutive year the two have met on the gridiron. Before that, they had played against each other just twice, with the Big Green owning the edge in the overall series entering Saturday 54-40-1. And of the seven longest series among FCS teams, Dartmouth is a part of four of them — versus Yale (87 years, fourth), Princeton (80, sixth) and Columbia (71, seventh).
Third Down Pros: Montana State leads the nation in third-down conversions with a percentage of 57.5, while North Dakota State is just behind, converting third downs at a clip of 57.1 percent. There are only nine teams in the nation that convert third downs better than 50 percent of the time.
Closing in on the Century Mark: Eastern Illinois wide receiver Erik Lora broke the Ohio Valley Conference record for single season catches during the Panthers win against No. 18 Eastern Kentucky. Lora leads the FCS with 93 catches which ranks 25th all-time on the FCS single season list. He needs seven catches to become only the 17th FCS receiver with 100 catches in a season. Lora is also the FCS leader in receiving yards at 1,226.
New Hampshire Note: New Hampshire squares off with William & Mary this weekend looking to break a nine-game losing streak against the Tribe. In fact, William & Mary is the only Colonial Athletic Association team that New Hampshire has not beaten in the Sean McDonnell era (0-9). The Wildcats’ last victory against the Tribe was Oct. 24, 1998. That 31-19 win was historic because UNH senior RB Jerry Azumah set the FCS career rushing record in that game. Azumah carried 33 times for 235 yards that afternoon and ended his Hall of Fame career with 6,193 rushing yards. Azumah is now No. 3 all-time in FCS history, behind Adrian Peterson (Georgia Southern, 6,559) and Charles Roberts (Sacramento State, 6,553).
More on the Wildcats: UNH senior middle linebacker Matt Evans, the FCS active leader with 427 career tackles, is seven tackles away from matching Steve Doig (1978-81) as the all-time leader in UNH history. Evans leads the CAA in tackles (93).
Scoring Streak: Harvard has been a model of consistency on offense, especially when it comes to reaching the end zone the past 15 seasons. The Crimson currently owns a consecutive scoring streak of 144 games. The last time Harvard failed to scratch the scoreboard was Sept. 19, 1998 in a 19-0 loss at Columbia. This season, Brown had its Ivy League-record, 162-game scoring streak halted on Oct. 13 in 19-0 defeat at Princeton. In 2011, Penn had its 136-game scoring streak come to an end in a 6-0 loss to Brown on Oct. 29.
Looking out for No. 1: Saturday’s matchup is the third consecutive between Appalachian State and Georgia Southern in which one of the two teams has been ranked No. 1 nationally in one of the major FCS polls (Georgia Southern is the top-ranked team in this week’s FCS coaches poll). The No. 1-ranked team has lost the previous two Appalachian-GSU matchups. The top-ranked Mountaineers lost 21-14 in overtime at Georgia Southern in 2010 and the No. 1 Eagles fell at Appalachian last season 24-17.
Game of the Week: Penn at Princeton – Both teams are 3-1 on the season and tied atop the Ivy League standings with Harvard. The winner of the contest will control its own destiny in trying to win the conference crown. Princeton already has more wins this season than the last two years combined and is looking for its first Ivy League title since 2006. Meanwhile Penn will face Harvard the following week and is trying to win its first Ivy championship since 2010.