October 14, 2011

Chapman Football Game Notes (Whittier)

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Off to a Good Start
The Panthers are off to a 3-1 start this season which is their best start since 2008 when they also began the year 3-1. A win Saturday against Whittier would mark the best start to a Chapman football season since 1996 when they began the year 6-1.

Comeback Kids
Historically the Panthers have not been a come-from-behind team with a 22-61-1 record alltime when an opponent scores first and a 12-66-1 record when trailing at halftime. This year's squad however has thrived with its back to the wall with a 2-1 record when an opponent scores first. Chapman has trailed at halftime in each game this season pulling out three come-from-behind wins.

Bending, But Not Breaking
The Chapman 'D's 'bend, but don't break' mentality is no more evident than in its opponents' red zone statistics. The Panthers kept Claremont from scoring three times from within the red zone last week and have stopped their opponents 33 percent of the time this season. On one possesion, sophomore LB Anthony Ferraro blocked a Claremont field goal attempt. The Panthers D also had a game-winning fourth down stop in the fourth quarter to seal the win.

Wall of Protection
Going into the season, one of Chapman's strengths was expected to be its offensive line. Thus far, that's held true as the offensive front five have given up just one sack and rank No. 3 in Division III in sacks allowed. That pass protection has helped the Panthers to a 122 quarterback efficiency rating.

Extra, Extra (Points)
Thanks to the footwork of junior Mauricio Alfonso and senior Jimmy Adranly, the Panthers have successfully kicked 27 consecutive PATs dating back to last season. In fact, Alfonso has been perfect in his career going 31 for 31 over the past two seasons. They still have a ways to go to touch the school record from 2007-09 when Chapman kicked 54 extra points consecutively.

Turnover Free Football
Against Claremont on Saturday, Chapman played a turnover-free game for the first time since defeating Whittier 29-17 last season, a span of eight games.

Recent Homecoming Game History
Chapman is 4-1 under head coach Bob Owens in Homecoming games. Whittier defeated Chapman 21-6 in 2009, handing Owens' his lone Homecoming loss at Chapman. Chapman then rebounded in 2010 to defeat La Verne 38-25 and get the Homecoming win.

Attendance Record vs. Whittier for 2009 Homecoming
When Chapman and Whittier met for Homecoming in 2009, the teams set an attendance record at Ernie Chapman stadium with an announced crowd of 4,496.

Whittier in 2011
Whittier is 1-3 this year with losses to Azusa Pacific (51-3), Occidental (31-17) and Cal Lutheran (56-0). The Poets defeated Puget Sound 66-48 at home for their lone win of 2011. In the game, Whittier rolled up a school record 651 yards of total offense including 456 yards through the air.

Punt the Ball Out of Bounds
That may be the best strategy against Whittier's punt return team which is averaging 22.50 yards per return which ranks second in Division III behind Wabash College. Wabash is averaging 24.5 yards per return.

Chapman vs. Whittier
Chapman is 11-3 alltime against Whittier. The Panthers defeated the Poets 29-17 last season on the road. In that game, Chapman rushed for 217 yards and two touchdowns led by sophomore QB Michael Lahey who ran for 83 yards and a touchdown. Senior WR Mike Lambesis also had a big day for the Panthers' offense catching eight balls for 89 yards and a TD.

Chapman Stat Leaders
Passing: Bret Visciglia (68-113, 689 Yds., 6 TD, 4 INT)
Rushing: Chad Milburn (159 Yds., 1 TD)
Receiving: Kali'i Kunitomo (17 catches, 215 Yds. 3 TD)
Tackles: Kellen Matsuno 28 (18 solo, 10 assisted)
Tackles for Loss: Ferraro (6.5)
Sacks: Ferraro (2)
Interceptions: Jason Jacobi (1), Cody Chapple (1)

Whittier Stat Leaders
Passing: Chris Lopez (78-143, 980 Yds., 4 TD)
Rushing: Lopez (125 Yds., 1 TD)
Receiving: Oreese Hoyes (22 catches, 266 Yds.)
Tackles: Travis Driskell 46 (22 solo, 24 assisted)
Tackles for Loss: Driskell (5)
Sacks: Charles Scicli (1), Karsten Tindal (1)
Interceptions: Anthony Bennett (2), Alex Mitchell (2)

Chapman Football on Air
Chapman University Athletics has partnered with United Webcast to provide live streaming video of all home sporting events this fall including the five-game home football schedule. Live streaming video can be found online at: www.chapmanwebcast.com.

For the fifth-straight year, Chapman has partnered with the school's on-campus radio station, Chapman Radio, to broadcast all nine Panthers' football games in 2011 streaming live on the internet at http:www.chapmanradio.com/sports. A rotation of on-air student talent will provide play-by-play and commentary for every down of Chapman football.

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Christopher Newport 17, at TCNJ 0
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at Hobart 27, Union 23
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at Massachusetts Maritime 32, Worcester State 14
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at Endicott 37, Nichols 0
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MIT 30, at Maine Maritime 13
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at Buffalo State 40, Morrisville State 24
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St. Lawrence 20, at RPI 14
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at Montclair State 21, Rowan 14
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at Stevenson 54, FDU-Florham 15
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at Trinity (Conn.) 38, Bates 7
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at Western New England 59, Curry 28
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at Utica 24, Cortland 13
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Colby 9, at Williams 7
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at Amherst 34, Hamilton 0
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Kean 24, at William Paterson 13
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at DePauw 66, Hiram 17
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Franklin and Marshall 45, at Juniata 22
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at Kenyon 31, Allegheny 7
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Salisbury 35, at Southern Virginia 0
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Albright 20, at Delaware Valley 17
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Lycoming 28, at Misericordia 24
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at Plymouth State 30, Mass-Dartmouth 14
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at Husson 35, Alfred State 0
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at Springfield 28, WPI 23
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at Moravian 24, Dickinson 10
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at Denison 45, Wooster 7
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at Wittenberg 24, Wabash 14
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at St. Vincent 57, Grove City 32
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at King's 21, Lebanon Valley 17
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at Alfred 20, Ithaca 6
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at Widener 25, Wilkes 23
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at McDaniel 30, Ursinus 27
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at Muskingum 28, Marietta 10
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at Minnesota-Morris 28, Iowa Wesleyan 27
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at John Carroll 42, Heidelberg 14
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Ohio Northern 16, at Otterbein 10
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Case Western Reserve 35, at Waynesburg 7
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at Franklin 44, Bluffton 38
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Rose-Hulman 23, at Defiance 15
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at Centre 49, Chicago 27
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Hanover 49, at Anderson 25
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at Merchant Marine 55, Rochester 7
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Johns Hopkins 30, at Muhlenberg 24
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Concordia-Chicago 42, at Maranatha Baptist 10
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Washington U. 36, at Birmingham-Southern 21
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UW-Platteville 56, at Lakeland 0
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at Northwestern (Minn.) 38, Martin Luther 20
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at Eureka 28, MacMurray 13
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at Westminster (Mo.) 35, Greenville 14
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Dubuque 30, at Luther 17
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Monmouth 52, at Lake Forest 6
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St. Thomas 33, at St. John's 21
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at Augsburg 49, Carleton 17
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Bethel 44, at St. Olaf 7
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at Hamline 42, Gustavus Adolphus 40
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at UW-Whitewater 35, Morningside 21
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at Hardin-Simmons 48, Texas Lutheran 38
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at UW-River Falls 42, Southwestern 22
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Simpson 17, at Buena Vista 9
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at St. Scholastica 49, Crown 13
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Cornell 46, at Beloit 41
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Coe 48, at Nebraska Wesleyan 17
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Hendrix 42, at Millsaps 14
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Illinois Wesleyan 45, at North Park 10
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Illinois College 40, at Lawrence 15
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UW-Oshkosh 77, at Morthland College (Ill.) 0
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Central 42, at Loras 34
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at Geneva 35, Thiel 27
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UW-Eau Claire 40, at Wisconsin Lutheran 14
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St. John Fisher 42, at Brockport 38
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UW-Stevens Point 44, at Adrian 19
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UW-La Crosse 41, at Carroll 7
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at Berry 41, Sewanee 3
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Westminster (Pa.) 38, at Bethany 9
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Ohio Wesleyan 29, at Oberlin 16
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at Tufts 17, Wesleyan 14
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Mount Union 49, at Baldwin Wallace 7
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at Capital 35, Wilmington 21
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Langston at McMurry
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at Chapman 19, Trinity (Texas) 17
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at Thomas More 20, Carnegie Mellon 16
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at Hobart 27, Union 23
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Christopher Newport 17, at TCNJ 0
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at Wittenberg 24, Wabash 14
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Salisbury 35, at Southern Virginia 0
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Albright 20, at Delaware Valley 17
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at Utica 24, Cortland 13
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at Stevenson 54, FDU-Florham 15
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at Franklin 44, Bluffton 38
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Johns Hopkins 30, at Muhlenberg 24
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St. Thomas 33, at St. John's 21
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at UW-Whitewater 35, Morningside 21
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at Hardin-Simmons 48, Texas Lutheran 38
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at Wheaton (Ill.) 10, Elmhurst 6
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UW-Platteville 56, at Lakeland 0
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UW-Oshkosh 77, at Morthland College (Ill.) 0
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Central 42, at Loras 34
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St. John Fisher 42, at Brockport 38
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Mount Union 49, at Baldwin Wallace 7
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at North Central (Ill.) 42, Millikin 7
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