October 23, 2013

W&J-Saint Vincent Game Notes

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NCAA Division III Football – Presidents' Athletic Conference

 Washington & Jefferson College (5-2, 4-1 PAC) at Saint Vincent College (0-6, 0-4 PAC)

Latrobe, Pa. – Chuck Noll Field (1,000)

Saturday, October 26 – 1:00 pm

 

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

Audio: WJPA, 1450-AM (Bob Gregg, Mark Uriah); http://www.msasports.net/broadcasts/washington-and-jefferson-mens-football-at-st-vincent-mens-football

 

Series:  W&J leads 5-1

Series Streak: +1 W&J

Last Meeting: W&J 40, SVC 14 -- 10/20/2012

First Meeting: W&J 64, SVC 6 — 9/29/2007

Last W&J Win: W&J 40, SVC 14 -- 10/20/2012

Last SVC Win: SVC 35, W&J 27 — 10/8/2011

Last W&J Win at SVC: W&J 21, SVC 7 — 10/17/2009

Last SVC Win at SVC: SVC 35, W&J 27 — 10/8/2011

THE SERIES:  W&J has claimed five of the six meetings with Saint Vincent since the Bearcats brought football back as a varsity sport in 2007.  Saint Vincent lost the first four games in the series by a combined total of 188-53, but pulled off a 35-27 upset in Latrobe in 2011.  Last year, W&J defeated the Bearcats 40-14 on Homecoming Day at Cameron Stadium. 

THE HEAD COACHES: Mike Sirianni (Mount Union '94) owns a 98-23 (.810) 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).  Bob Colbert (Maryland '71) is coaching Saint Vincent for the seventh year this fall.  His teams have posted a 10-57 record (.149).  Colbert, who has coached football for 43 years, is the brother of Pittsburgh Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert. 

W&J vs. THE PAC:  W&J sports a 266-86-4 (.750) 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 52-10 record (.839) 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 (33-2)

THE LAST MEETING {W&J 40, SVC 14 -- 10/20/12}:  Dion Wiegand rushed for a career-high 168 yards and blocked a punt, while backup quarterback Shane Smith added 115 on the ground and recovered a key fumble during Washington & Jefferson's 40-14 PAC football rout of Saint Vincent at Cameron Stadium.  Following a scoreless first quarter, W&J opened a 3-0 lead at the 13:34 mark of the second quarter after Eric Eberle's 36-yard field goal.  The Presidents took a 17-0 lead into halftime after a pair of touchdown runs by Matt Bliss during the final 8:30 of the first half.  Smith recovered a Saint Vincent fumble on the second half kickoff and the lead grew to 24-0 after Bliss drilled an eight-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Trefelner.  The Bearcats clawed back into the game with a pair of touchdowns during a four-minute span to trail 24-14 at the 9:22 mark.  A long pass from Matt Deakins to Dan Wirkowski set up Ryan Crawford's two-yard touchdown run at the 12:56 mark and Dwayne Brown's 97-yard return of an interception 3:34 later made it a 10-point game.  Bliss was hurt trying to make a tackle on the play and did not return. B.J. Monacelli's 37-yard kickoff return gave W&J a spark and Smith lofted his first career touchdown pass, a 32-yarder to Dan Lucas four plays later for a 31-14 advantage.  Smith accounted for 68 of the Presidents' yards on their next series, an 11-play, 85-yard scoring drive, which Smith snuck in from a yard out for a 38-14 lead with 33 seconds left in the third quarter.  Late in the fourth quarter, Wiegand blocked a punt which was recovered by SVC in the end zone for a safety and the game's final margin.  W&J ran 86 plays, including 55 rushing attempts, for a season-high 546 yards and 30 first downs.  The Presidents held the ball for 12 minutes and 23 seconds during the decisive third quarter.  Wiegand rushed 26 times and also caught two passes for 14 yards.  Smith's only completion went for a touchdown and he carried the ball 17 times.  Bliss added 155 passing and 61 rushing yards before leaving.  The Bearcats were limited to 330 total yards and 12 first downs.

SCOUTING SAINT VINCENT:  Saint Vincent has lost 17 consecutive games and has not been on the winning side of the scoreboard since a 20-14 win over Bethany on November 12, 2011.  The Bearcats finished the 2011 season with a 6-5 record and appeared in the ECAC Southwest Bowl (23-15 loss at Lebanon Valley), but have averaged just 12.4 points per game since that postseason appearance.  This year, SVC ranks 236th nationally out of 242 teams in scoring offense (11.2 ppg) and 234th in total offense (245.2 ypg).  The Bearcats scored their most points since the 2011 upset of W&J during a 40-30 loss at Geneva last week.  Saint Vincent surrendered 554 yards of total offense and 27 first downs.  Junior quarterback Andy Borgen completed 21-of-35 passes for 289 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing 21 times for 50 yards and a touchdown.  He was sacked five times.  Sophomore safety Renny Larue-Holloman leads the defense with 60 tackles, including nine versus Geneva, and two fumble recoveries.  The Bearcats have recovered seven fumbles overall, which ranks 47th in the country.  

ENERGY EFFICIENT:  W&J plays an afternoon game for just the third time this season on Saturday in Latrobe, including the Presidents' only game on the 2013 schedule contested on natural grass.  Seven of W&J's last 15 games have been night kickoffs.  The Presidents hold an 11-8 record in day games since the start of the 2011 season and an 8-1 mark in night contests. 

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 76-3 record when leading at halftime and a record of 37-7 during the month of October, including a 20-2 mark in Washington.

TAKE CARE:  W&J has won the turnover battle four times this year and won all four games.  The Presidents have claimed 27 consecutive victories when committing less turnovers than their opponents.  The last time W&J suffered a loss despite winning the turnover battle was during the first round of the 2007 NCAA playoffs, a 35-34 overtime loss to North Carolina Wesleyan (NCW - 3, W&J - 0). 

THIRTY OR BUST:  Since Mike Sirianni took over as head coach in 2003, W&J has scored 30 or more points 72 times in 121 games (60 percent).  The Presidents hold a 69-3 record when scoring at least 30 and have not lost with that total since a 35-32 setback to Thomas More in 2011.  The Presidents are 29-20 under Sirianni when being held to fewer than 30 points. 

SEEING RED:  W&J has converted points in nearly 80 percent of its appearances in the red zone this fall.  The Presidents, who have scored 26 touchdowns and kicked five field goals inside the 20, are on pace for their best red zone conversion percentage since 2006 (80.8 percent, 42-of-52 - 37 TD, 5 FG). 

TOP 5:  Senior quarterback Matt Bliss is fifth all-time at W&J with 5,583 passing yards.  With four scoring tosses at Westminster, Bliss upped his career touchdown total to 39, tying Gino Rometo '11 and Pat Aigner '89 for fifth place.  Bliss notched the 500th completion of his career last week and his career 62.5 completion percentage ranks eighth among active NCAA Division III quarterbacks.  Bliss' 50 total touchdowns are 27th-most among active players. 

ALEX THE GREAT: Senior wideout Alex Baroffio leads all active NCAA Division III receivers with 239 career receptions.  He is 17 catches shy of tying Pomona-Pitzer's RJ Maki (2007-10), Albright's Eric Nemec (1995-98) and Eureka's Kurt Barth (1994-97) for 25th place in NCAA Division III history.  Baroffio is also 248 yards away from breaking Ryan Silvis '01 school record (3,155) for career receiving yards.  Baroffio has 2,908 yards gained through the air entering Saturday's game at Saint Vincent. 

HEATING UP:  Junior defensive end Jon Lowery registered three sacks at Westminster to up his career total to 13.5.  He is fifth in the PAC and 51st in NCAA Division III this year with six sacks.  Lowery has produced at least a half of a sack in 10 of his last 21 appearances. 

B.J.'S PICKS:  Senior safety B.J. Monacelli's interception at Westminster was his third of the season which gives him three in each of his last three years.  He has led the Presidents in INTs every year since 2011.  The last W&J defender to record three or more interceptions in three consecutive years was Nick Cherish '07 (2004 - 6, 2005 - 3, 2006 - 8). 

TWO OF THE BEST:  Seniors Alex Baroffio and Dion Wiegand both rank among the top 20 players in NCAA Division III for all-purpose yards.  Baroffio is ninth in the country with 193.1 yards per game, while Wiegand has produced 173.7 all-purpose yards per game (17th in nation).   Baroffio is on pace for the fifth-best, all-purpose yardage season in school history. 

WHAT A RUSH:  Dion Wiegand continues to rack up yardage on the ground as he ranks ninth in the country with 910 rushing yards.  He leads the PAC and ranks fourth nationally with 14 rushing touchdowns, while his 14.6 points per game average (17 total TDs) is sixth in the country.  Wiegand is 300 yards shy of 2,000 for his career. 

1,000-YARD CLUB:  Dion Wiegand is 90 yards away from becoming the seventh W&J running back since 1990 to rush for 1,000 yards in a season (Chris Babirad - 1992: 2,471 and 1991: 1,713; Jake Williams - 1993: 1,109 and 1994: 1,285; Joey Nichols - 2001: 1,577 and 2002: 1,460; Ryan Mendel - 2006: 1,421; Curt Jones - 2008: 1,327; Tim McNerney - 2010: 1,009).

RECEPTION STREAKS:  Alex Baroffio has caught at least one pass in 30 consecutive games.  The last time he was held without a reception was versus Grove City on Oct. 30, 2010.  In addition, senior wide receiver Dan Lucas has hauled in at least one reception in 18-straight contests.  Former St. Thomas (Minn.) wideout Fritz Waldvogel (2008-11) owns the NCAA D-III record at 50. 

ROUNDING THIRD:  Saint Vincent has been outscored 43-3 this season during the third quarter.  On the flip side, the third quarter has been the Presidents' best 15 minutes as they've outscored their opponents by an 81-33 margin. 

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