Frostburg State hosts Waynesburg for the 38th ever meeting between the two schools. The Bobcats are looking for just their fourth win in the last 10 meetings.
Frostburg State downed Westminster 16-13 on a last second field goal to improve to 5-3 overall, while Waynesburg fell to Washington & Jefferson 35-24 to fall to 3-5 overall.
Frostburg State head coach Rubin Stevenson (Salisbury ‘87) is in his sixth season at the helm of the Bobcat program. Stevenson is 26-31 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.
Rick Shepas (Youngstown State ‘87) takes over the head coaching job after posting a 97-35 overall record in the high school ranks, earning seven coach of the year honors, winning four league titles and coaching seven playoff teams. Shepas most recently served the past seven seasons as head coach at Massillon, one of the most prominent high school athletic programs in the country. While with the Tigers, he posted a 53-28 (.654) record and became one of only two coaches in school history to win 12 games in a season.
AMONG THE ELITE
In this week’s NCAA statistics, redshirt-senior defensive end Kevin Culbert for the fifth straight week leads the country in both tackles for loss (3.9 per game) and sacks (2.1 per game). He is also 36th in the nation with 6.1 solo stops per contest. Freshman kicker Mark Sedlock ranks fifth in the country with 1.3 field goals made per game and freshman punt returner Brandon Tann ranks seventh in the college ranks with a 16.2 yards per return average.
AND THE WINNERS IS ...
Freshman kicker Mark Sedlock was honored as the ACFC Special Teams Co-Player of the Week. Against Westminster, Sedlock was three-of-five on field goals, including a 41-yard game winner with 10 seconds left in the fourth quarter, to give FSU its third straight win.
LESS THAN 20
The Bobcats are 16-2 since the 2001 season when holding opponents to less than 20 points.
I’LL TAKE THAT
This season FSU has 13 interceptions, its highest total since the team had 20 in 2002.
During the current three-game winning streak, the Bobcats are holding opponents to 9.3 points per game and just 142.3 yards passing per contest.
Five of FSU's last nine wins dating back to October 11, 2003 have come by three points or less. Last week, the Bobcats needed a last-second field goal from freshman kicker Mark Sedlock to down Westminster 16-13. 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 that same year, FSU stopped Salisbury on a fourth-and-four with just 55 seconds left in regulation 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, 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 YELLOW JACKETS
Waynesburg travels to Frostburg State for the 38th ever meeting between the two schools. The Yellow Jackets look to improve on the 25-11-1 edge they hold in the all-time series against the Bobcats.
Waynesburg is coming off a 35-24 loss to No. 14 Washington and Jefferson last Saturday. The Yellow Jackets were led by quarterback Tres Cobb who was 21-of-35 for 216 yards with one touchdown and one interception. W&J jumped out to a 14-0 lead before Waynesburg got on the board with a Ben Popson 37-yard field goal.
At the start of the third quarter, the Presidents extended the lead to 21-3 on a 61-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Chris Edwards to wide receiver Aaron Krepps. WC's Eric Daniels brought the score to 21-10 when he scored a 13-yard touchdown run. On the ensuing possession, W&J again pushed the lead to 28-10.
At the start of the fourth quarter, Waynesburg closed the gap to 28-17 on a Cobb 15-yard scoring strike to Ivan Hawkins. The Presidents scored a one-yard touchdown mid-way through the fourth and the Yellow Jackets scored a seven-yard touchdown with 4:37 remaining in the game to close out the scoring.
On the season, Ryan Abels leads WC in rushing gaining 1,075 yards on 158 carries including eight touchdowns while averaging 134.4 yards per game. Cobb has quietly had a solid season throwing for 1,049 yards with four touchdowns averaging 131.1 yards per contest. His favorite target is Dominick Hunter who has 34 receptions for 343 yards and two scores.
Defensive back Andy Tenney paces the Yellow Jacket defense with 89 total tackles. He has also added three TFL, two interceptions, two fumbles recovered and two forced fumbles. Linebacker Nick Emley has 56 total tackles including five for loss while leading the squad with four interceptions. Mike Czerwien is third on the team with 52 total tackles but leads the with 15.0 TFL and nine sacks.
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Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532-2303