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College Football: Ship Advances to 2nd Round, Shepherd Falls to IUP

The Shippensburg Red Raiders roll past Bloomsburg in a rematch of their epic regular season match-up, while the Shepherd Rams get knocked out of the playoffs by IUP.
(Courtesy Shippensburg University)

No. 15 Red Raider Football Explodes in Second Half to Move Past No. 10 Bloomsburg, 58-20, in NCAA First Round

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - The No. 15-ranked Shippensburg University football team scored 45 points in the second half on Saturday afternoon to erase a one-point intermission deficit and blow by No. 10 Bloomsburg, 58-20, in the first round of the NCAA Division II playoffs from SU Student Association Field at Seth Grove Stadium.

The Red Raiders (11-1) won their first NCAA playoff game since the 1991 season - when head coach Mark 'Mac' Maciejewski '92/'96M was a noseguard for the Red Raiders - and will travel to Super Region One No. 1 seed and No. 2-ranked Winston Salem State (11-0) next Saturday at noon for a second round matchup with the Rams from Bowman Gray Stadium.

The region's No. 4 seed Raiders held the No. 5 seed Huskies to just 23 yards passing until the game's final drive. Bloomsburg finishes the season 10-2, with both losses coming at Shippensburg (SU beat BU 49-42 three weeks ago to clinch the Eastern Division title).

Junior quarterback and PSAC East Offensive Player of the Year Zach Zulli went 26-of-35 passing for 469 yards, throwing for three touchdowns and running for another 1-yard score. Senior wide receiver Jacob Baskerville caught seven balls for a career-high 153 yards and two touchdowns, setting the school single-season record for 100-yard receiving games (his seventh of 2012).

Senior wide receiver Bryan Barley had three catches for 94 yards and two touchdowns - a 48-yarder from Zulli in the beginning of the third quarter that put SU up for good and another 28-yarder from senior fullback Kevin Herod on a trick play in the beginning of the fourth quarter.

Sophomore wide receiver Trevor Harman caught six balls for 117 yards while senior tailback Mike Frenette led Shippensburg with 71 yards rushing on 13 carries and ran in a 16-yard touchdown.

Shippensburg's offense put up 673 yards of total offense, including 507 yards through the air. The Raider defense, meanwhile, forced five BU turnovers - two fumble recoveries and three interceptions - and has now recorded 10 turnovers total in its two victories over Bloomsburg this season.

(Courtesy Shepherd University)

#25 SHEPHERD FOOTBALL FALLS AT #11 IUP (11-17-2012)

INDIANA, Pa. - Shepherd University dropped a 27-17 decision to #11 Indiana University of Pennsylvania in first round action of the NCAA II Football Championship at George P. Miller Stadium on Saturday.

IUP took a advantage of a Shepherd turnover to take a 7-0 lead as Mike Box teamed with Terrill Barnes on a five-yard scoring pass with 8:27 left in the first quarter.

Shepherd tied the game at 7-7 when senior quarterback Bobby Cooper (Davidsonville, MD/South River) dashed 18 yards for a score with 5:10 left in the second quarter. Redshirt-freshman kicker Ryan Earls (Stevensville, MD/Kent Island) added the extra point.

IUP took a 14-7 lead into intermission  when Carl Fleming picked off a pass and ran 77 yards for a touchdown with 3:36 left in the half.

Shepherd tied the game at 14-14 when scored Cooper knifed his way into the end zone on a one-yard run with 11:56 left in the third quarter.  The score was set up by a 31-yard punt return by junior DJ Scott (Frederick, MD/Thomas Johnson).

The Rams took a 17-14 lead on a 42-yard field goal by Earls with 6:43 left in the third quarter.

The Crimson Hawks took a 21-17 lead on a five-yard run by De'Antwan Williams with 1:45 left in the third quarter.

IUP extended its lead to 24-17 on a 39-yard field goal by Brett Ullman with 12:03 left in the fourth quarter.

IUP took a 27-17 lead on a 31-yard field goal by Ullman with 9:11 remaining in the fourth quarter. An Alexander Bergdahl interception set up the score.

Williams rushed 30 times for 152 yards for the Crimson Hawks. Harvie Tuck added 60 yards on 16 carries. Freshman running back Allen Cross (Elkridge, MD/Long Reach) had 13 carries for 63 yards to lead the Rams. Cooper added 43 yards on eight carries.

Box connected on 6-of-20 passes for 122 yards for the Crimson Hawks. Cooper hit on 12-of-28 passes for 96 yards for the Rams.

Senior wide receiver Larry Lowe (Stafford, VA/Brooke Point) led the Shepherd receiving corps with four receptions for 25 yards. Barnes had three catches for 55 yards to lead IUP.

IUP had 325 yards of total offense, while Shepherd had 250. The Crimson Hawks rushed for 203 yards in the contest and became the only team to rush for 110 yards or more against the Rams this season.

Sophomore safety David Carter (Winchester, VA/John Handley) had 13 tackles to pace the Rams. Junior defensive lineman Mike Franklin (Elkridge, MD/Long Reach) added 10 stops and three tackles-for-loss. Fleming led IUP with 13 tackles.

Shepherd completes its season at 8-3, while Indiana (Pa.) improves to 11-1. The Crimson Hawks advance to face New Haven next Saturday at noon.
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