October 17, 2013

W&J-Westminster Game Notes

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NCAA Division III Football – Presidents' Athletic Conference

Washington & Jefferson College (4-2, 3-1 PAC) at Westminster College (2-3, 1-2 PAC)

New Wilmington, Pa. – Burry Stadium (3,000)

Saturday, October 19 – 7:00 pm

Video: http://www.meridix.com/everywhere.php?liveid=WestminsterCollegePA

Audio: WJPA, 1450-AM (Bob Gregg, Mark Uriah); http://www.meridix.com/everywhere.php?liveid=WestminsterCollegePA

Live Stats:  http://www.westminster.edu/athletics/sports/football/stats/live/xlive.htm

Time:  7:00 pm

Site: Burry Stadium (3,000 - FieldTurf)

Series:  W&J leads 32-2

Series Streak: +12 W&J

 

Last Meeting: W&J 24, WES 21 -- 10/13/2012

First Meeting: W&J 16, WES 0 — 11/10/1894

Last W&J Win: W&J 24, WES 21 -- 10/13/2012

Last WES Win: WES 19, W&J 17 — 9/29/2001

Last W&J Win at WES: W&J 20, WES 16 — 10/1/2011

Last WES Win at WES: N/A

THE SERIES:  W&J has dominated the series with Westminster, owning a 32-2 lead.  The Presidents have won 12 consecutive games against the Titans, including a 20-16 victory the last time they met in New Wilmington. The Titans' last victory in the series came in 2000 by a 19-17 margin. Westminster, which recorded a school-record 10 sacks in that win, was a provisional member of NCAA Division III in 2000 following its move from NAIA Division II.

THE HEAD COACHES: Mike Sirianni (Mount Union '94) owns a 97-23 (.808) record at W&J during his 11th season as head coach.  The three-time PAC Coach of the Year and 2004 South Region Coach of the Year is second among all active NCAA head coaches in winning percentage (minimum 10 years of experience).  Jeff Hand (Clarion '92) owns a 32-52 record (.381) in his eighth season at Westminster.  Overall, Hand has been a Division III head coach for 14 years and his teams have posted a 69-76 mark (.476). 

W&J vs. THE PAC:  W&J sports a 265-86-4 (.749) all-time record against current members of the Presidents' Athletic Conference.  Washington & Jefferson has claimed 22 PAC Championships throughout history.  W&J has produced a 51-10 record (.833) in conference games since Sirianni took over as head coach in 2003. 

Bethany (69-21)                  

Geneva (39-19-2)    

Grove City (36-13)    

Saint Vincent (5-1)             

Thiel (43-22-2)

Thomas More (4-5)

Waynesburg (37-3)

Westminster (32-2)

THE LAST MEETING {W&J 24, WES 21 -- 10/13/12}:  Dion Wiegand rushed for 79 yards and a touchdown, while catching six passes for another 79 yards to help the Presidents record a 24-21 PAC football victory over Westminster on Senior Day at Cameron Stadium.  Westminster grabbed an early 7-0 lead on the first possession of the game.  Quarterback Dak Britt completed the 65-yard drive with an eight-yard touchdown run.  W&J, which played without injured starting wide receiver Alex Baroffio, tied the game on its third possession of the first quarter.  Matt Bliss lofted a 38-yard pass to Hunter Creel to ignite the drive and the two hooked up two plays later for a 15-yard scoring pass.  The Titans fumbled on their first series of the second quarter and Dan Sciortino recovered for the Presidents.  Nine plays later, Eric Eberle nailed a 26-yard field goal for a 10-7 W&J lead with 11:03 left in the first half.  Westminster stopped the Presidents on downs at the WC 31-yard line with five minutes left in the half and Britt took advantage with a 61-yard touchdown run to give the Titans a 14-10 lead at halftime.  W&J took the lead back late in the third quarter when Wiegand sparked a seven-play, 63-yard drive to put the Presidents ahead 17-14.  He caught a 24-yard swing pass and added a 20-yard rush before barreling in from two yards out for the touchdown.  A 60-yard Eberle punt pinned the Titans at their own four-yard line early in the fourth quarter and the W&J defense forced a quick punt.  The lead then grew to 24-14 following Bliss' three-yard quarterback keeper at the 6:39 mark of the fourth quarter.  Westminster answered three minutes later on a 25-yard touchdown pass from Britt to Collin Wallace, but W&J gained two first downs on the ensuing possession nearly ran out the clock before punting with 16 seconds left.  Jon Lowery ended the game by bringing down Britt at the line of scrimmage on the Titans' first play.  Bliss completed 25-of-44 attempts for 312 yards, while adding 45 rushing yards.  Creel had another career day with 128 receiving yards on eight receptions, while Dan Lucas had seven catches for 79 yards.  The W&J defense forced 10 punts and was led by Ian Hennessy's 13 tackles and a half-sack.  Classmate Nathan Melhorn added 10 stops.  The Presidents outgained the Titans 436-327 and ran 81 total plays.  W&J, which won despite only converting 2-of-14 third-down chances, also used a 23-11 advantage in first downs.  Britt passed for 158 yards and rushed for 93 to lead the Titans.

SCOUTING WESTMINSTER:  Westminster has fought back from an 0-2 start to win two of its last three games.  Two if the Titans' losses have come by four points or less (Hiram 23-19 and Grove City 24-21).  Last week, senior running back Tyler Banks scored with 2:57 remaining to help Westminster earn a 27-24 Homecoming Day win over Carnegie Mellon at Burry Stadium.  Banks rushed for 87 yards and two touchdowns.  Senior defensive end Sean Christofferson posted nine tackles (3.5 for a loss) and 2.5 sacks.  Senior quarterback Dak Britt is the catalyst of the Titan offense as a dual threat.  He has passed for 1,283 yards and six touchdowns (5 INT), while rushing for 202 yards and a touchdown.  Christofferson is second in the PAC in sacks (5.5) and tackles for a loss (10.5).  Westminster ranks third in the conference in total defense (373.6 ypg allowed), but is eighth in the league in points scored (19.0 ppg). 
  
BIG TIME RUSH:  Washington & Jefferson has rushed for more yards than it has passed for 22 times under Head Coach Mike Sirianni.  The Presidents are undefeated when this occurs.
NOT TWICE:  W&J avoided back-to-back losses Saturday night.  The Presidents have still not suffered consecutive losses during the same season since 1997 when it fell during weeks one and two to Emory & Henry and Buffalo State.  The Presidents have played 183 games without suffering back-to-back losses.
  
PRIMETIME KICKOFFS:  The Presidents will play their fifth night game of the season Saturday at Westminster.  Two weeks ago, W&J lost its first-ever night contest, but last week's win over Thomas More maintained the program's perfect 16-0 record at Cameron Stadium under the lights. 
  
TURNOVER FREE: Since Mike Sirianni took over as head coach in 2003, the Presidents have played turnover-free football 23 times and hold an 21-2 record in those contests.  Both losses occurred in the NCAA playoffs (2010 Mount Union; 2007 NC Wesleyan).  W&J has not committed a turnover this year three times (Thiel, Grove City, Thomas More). 
  
PRESIDENT TIDBITS:  Under Head Coach Mike Sirianni, the Presidents hold a 75-3 record when leading at halftime and a record of 36-7 during the month of October, including a 20-2 mark in Washington.
TAKE CARE:  W&J has won the turnover battle three times this year and won all three games.  The defense produced two turnovers versus Thomas More, a fumble recovery by junior CB Alec Schram and an interception by senior safety B.J. Monacelli.  The Presidents have won 26 consecutive games when committing less turnovers than their opponents.  The last time W&J suffered a loss despite winning the turnover battle was in the first round of the 2007 NCAA playoffs, a 35-34 overtime loss to North Carolina Wesleyan (NCW - 3, W&J - 0).
THIRTY WON (USUALLY):  Since Mike Sirianni took over as head coach in 2003, W&J has scored 30 or more points 71 times in 120 games (59 percent).  The Presidents hold a 68-3 record when scoring at least 30 and have not lost with that total since a 35-32 setback to Thomas More in 2011.  
  
MOVIN' ON UP: W&J senior quarterback Matt Bliss is fifth all-time at W&J with 5,319 passing yards.  After a two-touchdown performance versus Thomas More, Bliss can move into fifth place on the career touchdown pass list with five more scoring tosses.  Bliss has completed nearly 63 percent of his career passes. 
UNUSUAL EXPERIENCE:  Saturday's win over Thomas More marked just the seventh time since 2010 that W&J did not pass for or rush for at least 200 yards.  The Presidents rushed for 169 yards and threw for 176.  W&J has won six consecutive games when failing to gain 200 yards in the rushing or passing game.  The last time the Presidents lost under these circumstances came in the 2010 season, opener at Delaware Valley (67 total yards). 
HARDWARE STORAGE:  Senior running back Dion Wiegand was named the PAC Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday.  On Tuesday, D3football.com picked Wiegand as the website's return specialist on the Week 6 National Team, presented by Scoutware.  Late Tuesday night, the ECAC announced Wiegand as the Division III Southwest Special Teams Player of the Week, marking the second award he has earned from the organization this fall.  His 92-yard kickoff return touchdown was the first by a President since Aaron Krepps took one back 83 yards for a score on Sept. 10, 2005.  In addition to his special teams play, Wiegand rushed 26 times for 111 yards and two touchdowns.  He returned three kickoffs for 119 yards.
  
NATIONAL LEADER:  Wiegand leads NCAA Division III in scoring (16.0 ppg) and rushing touchdowns (14).  His 753 rushing yards are the 14th-best total nationally, while his 171.8 all-purpose yards per game rank 20th in the country.  He has helped W&J post 144 first downs this year, the seventh-highest number in the nation.  With 16 total touchdowns, Wiegand is on pace to produce the most touchdowns by a President since Chris Babirad's '94 school-record total of 34 during the 1992 season.  Curt Jones '09 notched the second-best touchdown total in school history in 2008 after scoring 24 times.
 
TAKING ADVANTAGE:  Senior placekicker Craig Popp took over extra-point and field goal duties versus Thomas More and produced a perfect 6-for-6 night on extra points.  His 19-yard field goal during the second quarter was the first of his career.  Classmate Eric Eberle still handles the Presidents' kickoff and punting duties.
AMONG THE BEST:  Senior wide receiver Alex Baroffio ranks sixth among all active college football players (2nd in Division III) with 231 career receptions.  Robert Holland of Division II Chowan leads all NCAA receivers with 281 catches.  Baroffio's 2,771 career receiving yards are fourth among active NCAA Division III receivers and 385 away from breaking the W&J school record. 
 
HISTORY LESSON:  Washington & Jefferson has won 693 games in its 122-year history (693-380-40, .640), third behind Wittenberg (721) and Mount Union (719) among NCAA Division III schools.
 

Washington & Jefferson's Record When it:

Wins coin toss..................        2-0

Receives the opening kick..        2-1

Scores first.......................        3-0

Leads after one quarter......        3-1

Leads at halftime...............        4-0

Leads after three quarters..        4-0

Scores between 0-9 points.        0-0

Scores between 10-19 points     0-1

Scores between 20-29 points     0-1

Scores 30+ points.............        4-0

Allows opponent 0-9 points        0-0

Allows opponent 10-19 points    2-0

Allows opponent 20-29 points    2-1

Allows opponent 30+ points      0-1

Leads in time of possession      2-0

Rushes for 200+ yards.......        2-0

Allows 200+ yards rushing.        2-2

Passes for 200+ yards.......        2-1

Allows 200+ yards passing        3-2

Gains 400+ total yards.......        2-2

Allows 400+ total yards......        2-2

Is penalized 50+ yards.......        3-1

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