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Small College Preview: Slippery Rock at IUP for 96th Meeting; CMU Puts Unbeaten Streak on Line



The 96th installment of Slippery Rock versus Indiana (Pa.) will be another chapter in the rivalry’s history as the game returns to George P. Miller Stadium for the first time since 2018.

For the second consecutive year, the Crimson Hawks will look to take care of business as they did so on the road last season, winning 48-21.

No. 8 Slippery Rock enters the matchup with a perfect 4-0 record with a slate of impressive wins. Redshirt senior quarterback Noah Grover has been amongst the top of the PSAC passing leaderboards. Grover’s 1,109 yards and nine touchdowns are second in both respective categories. Grover was also recently named a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, college football’s premier scholar-athlete award.

As for the ground game, the 3-0 Crimson Hawks hold the advantage entering the game. The Crimson Hawks average 240 yards per game on the ground. Last week, running back Dayjure Stewart put together an awe-inspiring performance in the run game, going for 256 yards and a score.

While both teams have put together strong offensive resumes through the early goings of the season, Slippery Rock has boasted one of the best defensive units in the conference. 

RMU Sets Sight on Unfamiliar Foe

The first three games of the season for the Robert Morris football program have been lackluster and games that can be forgotten about.

On Saturday, the Colonials have an opportunity to get win number one and avoid their first 0-4 start since 2014 as they travel to Delaware State for the first time in program history. 

It has been four weeks of uncertainty at the quarterback position for the Colonials, especially with Anthony Chiccitt who was nursing an injury and did not play last week against East Tennessee State. Instead, Jake Simmons and Corbin LaFrance saw playing time with both throwing an interception.

Another area that needs to see improvement when they make to trek to the 2-2 Hornets is the run game. RMU has only mustered 102 yards on the ground through its first three games. 

Gannon Aims to Emulate Offensive Explosion

A week ago, Gannon totaled 629 total yards of offense, a mark the program had not reached since 2013. The Golden Knights look to emulate that performance as they welcome Seton Hill to campus for their homecoming game.

The large offensive output was conducted by two main performers. Quarterback Kory Curtis tossed three touchdown passes and running back Melvin Blanks (North Hills) added three scores on the ground.

While Gannon is looking to notch its fourth win of the season, Seton Hill is in search of its first win of the year.

Clarion Ground Game Faces Tough Run Defense

California (Pa.) got back on the winning track last week as the Vulcans look to continue that momentum when they travel Clarion.

Clarion has found success in the run game as they rank second in the PSAC in yards per game, but Cal U may be its toughest test as the Vulcans own the best run defense in the conference, holding teams to 55.3 yards per game. 

Edinboro, Mercyhurst Battle for Third Win

After back-to-back losses, Mercyhurst looks to return to the win column when Edinboro visits Saxon Stadium.

In what was a promising start to the season with two high-scoring wins, the Lakers have returned down the earth with their two consecutive losses. Last week, IUP got the best of the Lakers, 33-16.

Edinboro is coming off of its own loss as its record also pulled to an even 2-2. The Fighting Scots have struggled to score waves of points as they sit 15th in the conference with 11.8 points per game.

Grove City Welcomes Case Western Reserve for Homecoming

Grove City’s top-tier offense seeks another 40-plus point performance when Case Western Reserve comes to campus.

While quarterback Logan Pfeuffer (Peters) has been the focal point of the Wolverines’ offense, wide receiver Scott Fraser has also been largely impactful. Fraser leads all Division III wide receivers with 620 receiving yards.

W&J Aims to Repeat Defensive Performance

After dismantling Bethany a week ago, Washington and Jefferson turns towards Allegheny.

The defense was on display in the win over the Bison and the conference took note. Sophomore defensive lineman Jaren Thimons (North Catholic) earned PAC Defensive Player of the Week honors for his 2.5 sacks and six tackles.

Allegheny travels to the Presidents looking to grab its third win of the season after a 31-15 victory against Waynesburg last week.

Carnegie Mellon Faces Tough Westminster Squad

Under first-year head coach Ryan Larsen, No. 18 Carnegie Mellon has jumped out to a 4-0 start and will welcome Westminster to CMU. Last week, the Tartans scored three times on the ground to get past Thiel. On the defensive side, Carnegie Mellon boasts the top run defense in the conference. Westminster will pose a threat to CMU’s unblemished record as the Titans have scored 42 points in back-to-back weeks.

Ryan Larsen Leading New Era of Carnegie Mellon Football

Thiel Travels to Bethany

Bethany and Thiel will look to move out of the bottom of the PAC standings when the two programs meet in Bethany, Wva.

The Bison have lost their last two games after securing a win in their season-opening contest. Thiel still continues to search for its first win since 2017.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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