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Football Squares Off Against Westminster

Frostburg State travels to Westminster for the 10th meeting between the two schools. The Bobcats are looking for just their second win in the series.

Frostburg State routed Seton Hill 45-9 on Homecoming weekend last Saturday to improve to 4-3 overall, while Westminster fell to 20th-ranked Thiel 34-0 to fall to 3-4 on the season.

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. Jeff Hand (Clarion ‘92) took over the head coaching job at Westminster on May 6, 2005 after a four-year stint as head coach at Presidents’ Athletic Conference rival Waynesburg, where he posted a 24-18 overall record. His best season was in 2003, as he led the Yellow Jackets to a 9-1 regular-season mark and the program's first-ever PAC Championship. Waynesburg advanced to the NCAA Division III Playoffs for the first time in school history, falling at Bridgewater (Va.) 28-24 in the opening round. For his efforts, Hand was named PAC and NCAA Division III All-Region II Coach of the Year.

In this week’s NCAA statistics, redshirt-senior defensive end Kevin Culbert leads the country in both tackles for loss (3.9 per game) and sacks (2.2 per game). He is also 41st with 6.1 solo stops per contest. Freshman punt returner Brandon Tann jumped to fifth in the nation with an 18.3-yard punt return average after setting a school record with 131 return yards this past Saturday in a 45-9 win over Seton Hill. Freshman placekicker Mark Sedlock is tied for 21st in the country with 1.0 field goals made per game.

Redshirt-senior defensive end Kevin Culbert and freshman punt returner Brandon Tann each took home several honors for their outstanding efforts in last week’s 45-9 win over Seton Hill. Culbert was chosen the Atlantic Central Football Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Week and was also named to the Team of the Week after pacing the Bobcat defense with 11 tackles, including seven for losses of 40 yards and a career-best 4.5 sacks for 39 yards. Tann was named the ACFC Special Teams Player of the Week and was also selected the Don Hansen’s National Weekly Football Gazette NCAA Division II punt returner of the week after setting a school record with 131 yards on four punt returns. He ignited the Bobcats with a 75-yard return for touchdown late in the first quarter and also had returns of five, 20 and 31 yards.

The 45 points FSU scored last Saturday in the win over Seton Hill are the most for a Bobcat team since defeating Oberlin 48-14 on Oct. 5, 2003.

The Bobcats are 15-2 since the 2001 season when holding opponents to less than 20 points.

This season FSU has 12 interceptions, its highest total since recording 20 in 2002.

Four of FSU's last eight 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 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.

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 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.

Westminster brings a 3-4 record into Saturday’s meeting with Frostburg State and looks to rebound from a 34-0 loss to 20th-ranked Thiel last week. The Titans seek to improve on their 8-1-1 series lead against Frostburg State and are 5-0-1 at home versus the Bobcats. In last week’s game, Thiel posted a 482-153 advantage in total yards over Westminster, including a whopping 148 to minus-3 margin in rushing yards. Quarterback J.R. Barley led the Titans by completing 14-of-22 passes for 133 yards. His favorite target was running back Sean Buggey, who caught five balls for 58 yards, including 35-yarder. Defensive lineman Ryan Chmura paced the defense with 11.5 tackles, including 11 solo and three tackles for loss. Jerry Bonenberger was second on the team with nine solo stops. On the season, Buggey leads WC in rushing, carrying 144 times for 643 yards and five touchdowns and averaging 91.9 yards per game. He also leads the team in scoring with six scores. Barley guides the Titans through the air throwing for 540 yards on 64-of-115 passing with just one touchdown but five interceptions. Wideout Brett Ziegler leads the receiving corps with 24 grabs for 236 yards and two scores, followed by Jason Discello with 21 catches for 104 total yards. Chmura anchors the defense with 45.5 total tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. Bonenberger has 45.5 tackles, five tackles for loss, one interception and three pass breakups. Defensive back Reggie Williams leads the team with two interceptions and six pass breakups.

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