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Football Hosts Seton Hill on Homecoming Weekend
10/19/2005

THE GAME
Frostburg State welcomes Seton Hill to Bobcat Stadium on Homecoming. This is the first-ever matchup between the two schools.

LAST WEEK
Frostburg State evened its record at 3-3 with a 23-6 win over Thomas More. The Bobcats rushed for a season-high 250 yards against a Saints defense that entered the game ranked 30th in the nation in run defense (96.0 ypg) and was also seventh in the country in scoring defense (8.8 ppg). Seton Hill fell to Kean 32-27 despite holding a 21-0 lead at halftime.

THE COACHES
Frostburg State head coach Rubin Stevenson (Salisbury ‘87) is in his sixth season at the helm of the Bobcat program. Stevenson is 24-31 overall and has led FSU to two ACFC championships (2002 & 2003), three Regents Cup titles (2001, 2002 & 2003 – awarded to the annual winner of the FSU-Salisbury game) and one ECAC Southwest Championship game appearance (2002). Stevenson was named the ACFC Coach of the Year in 2002 and was ACFC Co-Coach of the Year in 2003.

Chris Snyder (Randolph-Macon ‘05) was hired as the head coach to start the Seton Hill football program in March of 2004. Prior to his arrival in Greensburg, he spent 11 seasons at nearby Bethany College. Snyder served as offensive line coach his first nine seasons at Bethany and assumed offensive coordinator duties in his second season in 1994. Snyder was then elevated to head coach at Bethany for his final two seasons in 2002 and 2003. During that time, the Bison broke more than 15 school records, produced the PAC’s Most Valuable Player, and in finished No. 1 in the conference in total offense and No. 2 in total defense in 2002. Snyder's stint at Bethany was preceeded by two seasons as offensive line coach at Marietta College.

AMONG THE ELITE
In this week’s NCAA statistics, redshirt-senior defensive end Kevin Culbert leads the country in both tackles for loss per game (3.7) and sacks per game (1.8). He also ranks 41st in the nation with 6.2 solo tackles per game. Freshman kicker Mark Sedlock ranks 19th in NCAA Division III averaging 1.0 field goals per game.

AND THE WINNERS ARE ...
Redshirt-senior defensive end Kevin Culbert and sophomore running back Shanorm Young earned Atlantic Central Football Conference weekly honors for their performances last week at Thomas More. Culbert earned a share of his fourth ACFC Defensive Player of the Week award this season after making nine tackles, including six solo stops and two sacks, and adding two pass breakups, an interception and three quarterback hurries.

Young took home a share of his second ACFC Offensive Player of the Week honor in three weeks after carrying 23 times for a career-high 154 yards and two touchdowns while catching four passes for 42 yards against Thomas More. It was his third 100-yard rushing game this season.

STREAK ENDED
The Bobcats ended their eight-game road losing streak last Saturday as the Bobcats defeated Thomas More 23-6. Before last week’s win, FSU’s last road victory was a 31-7 win at Maryville (Tenn.) October 25, 2003.

LESS THAN 20
The Bobcats are 14-2 since the 2001 season when holding opponents to less than 20 points.

I’LL TAKE THAT
This season FSU has 11 interceptions, its highest total since recording 20 in 2002.

CARDIAC KIDS
Four of FSU's last seven wins dating back to October 11, 2003 have come by three points or less. In a 17-14 win over Montclair State earlier this season, redshirt-senior Kevin Culbert blocked a 31-yard field goal attempt on the game's final play to preserve the victory.

Against Buffalo State, the Bobcat defensive unit stuffed Bengal quarterback Mike Mikolaichik on fourth-and-one at the FSU 42 with just 22 seconds remaining. In 2003, the Bobcats kicked a 22-yard field goal on their first possession of overtime to down Wesley 42-39. In the Regents Cup Game, FSU stopped Salisbury on a fourth-and-four with just 55 seconds left in regulatuon to hold on to a tight 15-14 victory.

ON THE AIR
Bobcat fans can hear all 10 Frostburg State football games of the 2005 season on the internet this year. All 10 games will be broadcast live at www.futuremediaworld.com/frostburg.htm, while FSU’s six road contests, including the Seventh Annual Regents Cup Game versus Salisbury to be played Saturday, November 12 at Towson University’s Johnny Unitas Stadium, will also be carried on Frostburg State radio station 91.9 WFWM and on the internet at www.wfwm.org. Join Jeff Krone and Bernie Wynder as they call another year of exciting Bobcat football action. The pregame show will start 15 minutes prior to kickoff each week.

SCOUTING THE GRIFFINS
Seton Hill squares off against Frostburg State in the first-ever meeting between the two schools. The Griffins are 1-6 in their inaugural season of football and are coming off 32-27 loss to Kean last Saturday. Freshman quarterback Jordan Thomas was 12-of-19 for 139 yards and two touchdowns while leading the team in rushing, carrying the ball 14 times for 34 yards and one score.

The Griffins jumped out to a 21-0 lead at halftime behind Thomas. In the first quarter, he opened the scoring on an eight-yard touchdown run and later found freshman Ken Gordon with a 55-yard touchdown strike. Thomas then ran for the two-point conversion to make the score 14-0. With 1:35 left in the half, Thomas hit freshman Dan Krchmar with a six-yard scoring pass as SHU took its big lead at the break. However, Kean rallied in the second half, scoring 32 unanswered points to take the lead.

Seton Hill closed out the scoring when freshman Matt Dowdell ran in from six yards out with 2:56 left in the contest. Kean had 12 first downs, 178 rushing yards on 40 attempts and 99 yards on8-of-14 passing. The Griffins finished with 17 first downs, just 86 rushing yards in 38 attempts but threw for 213 yards on 20-of-39 passing.

Freshman Bob Johnson made a game-high nine tackles, including six solo stops, and also had one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Thomas leads the offense averaging 147.9 total yards per contest. He also leads the team with 10 touchdowns — seven passing and three rushing. Gordon leads the ground attack with 31.9 yards per game while averaging 4.0 yards per carry.

The receiving corps is paced by freshman wide receiver Tony Mitchell with 16 grabs for 161 yards and two touchdowns. He is followed by Derek Thompson with 16 catches for 155 yards and one score. On defense, a pair of defensive backs lead the Griffins. Freshman Andrew DeMase has 67 total tackles with one tackle for loss, one interception and two forced fumbles. Freshman Justin Colbaugh has 51 takedowns with 34 solo stops adding one tackle for loss, one interception and two recovered fumbles on the season.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-4371
Fax: 301-687-4780
E-mail: sportsinfo@frostburg.edu