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Football Takes On Buffalo State in ACFC Contest

Frostburg State welcomes Buffalo State to Bobcat Stadium for an Atlantic Central Football Conference contest. Both squads are seeking their first league win of the year.

Saturday's game will be broadcast over the internet at Join Jeff Krone and Bernard Wynder for all of the exciting action. The pregame show will start at 12:45 pm. THE SERIES
Buffalo State holds a 2-1 lead in the short series thanks to a 16-9 victory last year. The home team has won all three previous meetings.

Frostburg State fell to 1-2 with a tough 19-14 ACFC loss at SUNY-Brockport, while Buffalo State rallied from a 13-0 first-half deficit to knock off Cortland 27-20 for its first victory of the season.

Frostburg State head coach Rubin Stevenson (Salisbury ‘87) is in his sixth season at the helm of the Bobcat program. Stevenson is 22-30 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.

Paul Shaffner (Ithaca ‘82) is in his second season as the head coach at Buffalo State, where he owns a 5-8 record. In his first season, he led the Bengals to a 4-6 mark (2-3 ACFC) and mentored 10 all-conference players. Prior to coming to Buffalo State, Shaffner posted an 18-24 record over four seasons as the head coach at Division II Glenville State (W.Va.).

Shaffner’s coaching career began as the defensive coordinator at Division III Maine Maritime Academy (1983-85). He then spent the next two years as a graduate assistant coach on Joe Paterno’s staff at Penn State University and enjoyed a Division I National Championship in his first season thanks to a Fiesta Bowl victory over the University of Miami. He served as an assistant coach and defensive coordinator at Division I-AA Lafayette College in Easton, Pa., from 1988 to 1999, where he helped his team to two Patriot League championships and a Colonial League title.

At Ithaca, he earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physical education, served as a co-captain at center and played on the 1979 NCAA Division III National Championship team and 1980 National runner-up squad. He won the Sebring Memorial Award his senior year for the top Scholar-Athlete.

The Frostburg State defense has again emerged as one of the top units in Division III this season. Entering this weekend’s game, the Bobcats are 34th in the nation in rushing defense (87.0 ypg), 64th in scoring defense (18.0 ppg) and 67th in total defense (303.7 ypg). There are 228 football-playing schools in NCAA Division III.

Redshirt senior defensive end Kevin Culbert has been nearly unstoppable this season. After missing the last seven games of 2004 with a hand injury, Culbert has returned to the level that earned him numerous All-America honors following his 2003 campaign.

In this week’s NCAA statistics, Culbert leads the nation with 5.0 tackles for loss per game, is second with 2.0 sacks per game and is 24th with 7.3 solo tackles per game.

Junior linebacker Lathon Romaine is enjoying a break-through season so far in 2005. After making five starts and 27 tackles last season, Romaine has earned a full-time spot on the inside and through three games has already recorded 26 tackles, including 4.5 for loss and a sack, as well as two pass breakups and an interception.

He led FSU with 11 stops in a season-opening 21-3 loss at Apprentice September 10 and posted a career-high 13 stops to go along with 2.5 tackles for loss, two pass breakups and an interception in last week’s 19-14 loss at SUNY-Brockport September 24.

Frostburg State freshman punter Tom Vanik was named the Atlantic Central Football Conference Rookie of the Week for his outstanding performance in FSU’s 17-14 win over Montclair State September 17. Vanik averaged 46.4 yards on five punts, with two of his kicks landing inside the 20. He booted an ACFC-record 76-yard punt, just three yards shy of the FSU mark set by Steve Nibbs against Bridgewater in 1971.

Junior Mike Gray and redshirt-senior Kevin Culbert each blocked a field goal in FSU’s exciting 17-14 win over Montclair State September 17. Gray swatted down a 21-yard kick with 30 seconds left in the first half, and Culbert knocked down a potential game-tying 31-yard attempt with five ticks left in the game to preserve the victory. FSU last blocked a field goal September 27, 2003 against SUNY-Brockport (27-yarder).

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, 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 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.

Buffalo State looks to keep rolling after downing SUNY-Cortland 27-20 last week for its first win of the year. The Bengals started the season 0-2 but will now look to even their record in their fourth-ever meeting with Frostburg State.

In last week’s win, sophomore running back James Perkins ran 32 times for 123 yards and two touchdowns and senior quarterback Mike Mikolaichik completed 15-of-30 passes for 181 yards and two more scores to help BSU rally from a 13-0 first-half deficit. Perkins was named the ACFC Co-Offensive Player of the Week for his performance.

Cortland used a pair of field goals and a 58-yard interception return for a touchdown to build its 13-0 advantage, but Mikolaichik started the comeback with a 10-yard strike to Greg Meyer to bring BSU to within 13-7 at the half.

Perkins scored on runs of one and seven yards in the third to put the Bengals ahead 21-13, and BSU increased its cushion to 27-13 with 10:09 left in the game on a three-yard pass from Mikolaichik to junior Jonathan Allen. Cortland closed out the scoring with a touchdown with 2:13 left.

Perkins has been the go-to-guy in the backfield for the Bengals this season, gaining 237 yards on 54 carries and averaging 4.4 yards per attempt. He leads the squad with three touchdowns this year.

Mikolaichik is second in the ACFC with 239.7 passing yards per game average. He is 58-for-123 for 719 yards and four touchdowns this year, including a season-high 276 yards and two scores in the season-opening loss to No. 15 Ithaca. The receiving corps is deep as 11 different players have caught at least one pass from Mikolaichik this season. However, Allen is the preferred target and leads the team with 20 catches for 322 yards and two touchdowns.

On defense, senior defensive back Michael Haynes leads the squad with 20 total tackles, four interceptions and one pass breakup. Senior defensive lineman Daniel Perez paces the team with 4.5 tackles for loss and has 12 total tackles, including one sack for five yards.

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Frostburg State University
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Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-4371
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