Kutztown Golden Bears
2017 Record: 4-2, 2-1 PSAC East
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Head Coach: Jim Clements (Widener ’96)
Record at KU: 24-15 (4th season)
Career Record: 90-39 (12th season)
East Stroudsburg Warriors
2017 Record: 2-4, 1-2 PSAC East
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Head Coach: Denny Douds (Slippery Rock ’63)
Record at ESU: 260-189-3 (44th season)
Career Record: same (52nd season at ESU)
Series: 71st Meeting (ESU leads 46-23-1)
First Meeting: 1904 (KU def. ESU, 11-4)
Last Meeting: 2016 (KU def. ESU, 49-30)
Last ESU Win: 2013 (ESU def. KU, 43-26)
TV: KUTV (SECV & Hometown Utilicom)
Live Stats, Audio & Video: www.KUBears.com
WAYS TO WATCH/LISTEN:
ON CAMPUS: 1670 AM
TV: SECV Birdsboro Channel 24, 524 (HD)
TV: SECV Lehigh Valley Channel 266, 765 (HD)
TV: Hometown Utilicom Channel 191
LISTEN ONLINE: www.Kutztown.edu/KUR
KU and ESU have the two best turnover margins in the PSAC.
Craig Reynolds (Willow Grove, Pa./Abington) ranks third in the PSAC and 10th in D-II at 178.67 all-purpose yards per game.
Shawn Turber-Ortiz (Northumberland, Pa./Shikellamy) has five interceptions in the last four games, including two last week.
Kutztown co-leads the PSAC with 12 interceptions.
KU has committed five turnovers with a +1.83 turnover margin, the best marks in the PSAC.
Dean Krcic (Saylorsburg, Pa./Pleasant Valley) leads the PSAC and ranks fifth in Division II in punting average at 45.1 yards.
Alec Rosenfeld (Bensalem, Pa./Bensalem) has made five field goals this season – all coming in the last three weeks.
Kutztown has lost three fumbles this year, the second-fewest in the PSAC.
Turber-Ortiz (defense) and Krcic (special teams) were named PSAC East Athletes of the Week.
Kutztown (459) and Reynolds (261) broke school-records for rushing yards last year vs. ESU.
SERIES HISTORY: Saturday marks the 71st meeting between Kutztown and East Stroudsburg, dating back to 1904 as the second-longest rivalry in school history. ESU holds a 46-23-1 advantage in the all-time series, but KU has won six of the last seven matchups. In the last seven years, KU’s average margin of victory in its six wins is 21.7 points. Prior to the recent run beginning in 2010, ESU had won nine in-a-row over Kutztown from 2000-09.
LAST WEEK: KU ended a 25-year drought and won at Bloomsburg last week for the first time since 1992 with a 23-7 victory. The win snapped Bloomsburg’s 11-game home winning streak in the series. KU’s defense had three interceptions and held Bloomsburg to 166 total yards. KU scored all 23 points in the second half after playing to a scoreless first half – a first for KU since 2001.
LAST YEAR: Craig Reynolds (Willow Grove, Pa./Abington) ran for 261 of KU’s 459 rushing yards, both of which marked school-records, in a 49-30 victory at ESU last year. Reynolds also broke the school-record for all-purpose yards in a game at 345.
HOT HAND: Shawn Turber-Ortiz (Northumberland, Pa./Shikellamy)has five interceptions as a redshirt-freshman, all coming in the last four games. He ranks second in the PSAC and third in Division II with five. He had two last week at Bloomsburg and needs one more to set the school’s freshman record.
DEFENSIVE STAND: Kutztown’s defense is coming off its best performance of the season. Bloomsburg entered last week averaging 376 yards per game, but was held to 166. KU forced Bloomsburg off the field on 11-of-15 third-downs, while Bloomsburg’s lone touchdown was scored off a drive that started at the KU 1-yardline.
ONSIDE KICK: Kutztown converted an onside-kick attempt at Bloomsburg last week, KU’s first since 2014.
BLOCKED KICKS: East Stroudsburg co-leads the PSAC with five blocked kicks this year.
STOPPING THE RUN: Under head coach Jim Clements, KU is 11-2 when holding its opponent to less than 100 yards rushing. His only losses were to Mercyhurst in 2016, and at West Chester in 2017. This season, KU ranks second in the PSAC at 97.2 rushing yards allowed per game.
PICK CITY: KU has 12 interceptions this year, tied for the most in the PSAC with Indiana (PA). KU had four interceptions earlier this year vs. Seton Hill – the most for KU since 2011.
ALL-PURPOSE BACK: Craig Reynolds (Willow Grove, Pa./Abington) ranks third in the PSAC and 10th in Division II at 178.67 all-purpose yards per game, highlighted by a 335-yard performance in the season-opener against Assumption. He holds the single-game record of 345, set last season. For his career, he ranks sixth in school history with 3,547 career all-purpose yards.
EYEING THE ENDZONE: Reynolds ranks third in the PSAC and sixth in Division II with 10 touchdowns this season – five rushing, four receiving and one punt return.
UP AND AWAY: Kutztown is 1-of-2 teams in the PSAC to not allow a blocked kick, and 1-of-9 to not allow a blocked punt this season.
PROTECT THE FOOTBALL: Kutztown has committed five turnovers this year, the fewest in the PSAC. KU’s turnover margin of +1.83 ranks first in the PSAC and fourth in Division II.
THROWING TO THE RIGHT TEAM: Kutztown has thrown two interceptions this year, tied for the fewest in the PSAC.
PUT THOSE FLAGS AWAY: Kutztown has the most penalty yardage in the PSAC at 93.83 per game.
DON’T RUN AT RONNY: Ronny Tomasetti (Dickson City, Pa./Mid-Valley), a team captain, earned All-PSAC and All-Region honors last year. He has three sacks this season and 18 for his career, tied for eighth in school history.
TACKLING TJ: Tajier Jefferson (East Orange, N.J./Queen of Peace) had a career-high 15 tackles in the opener against Assumption with an interception and a forced fumble. He is a two-year All-PSAC starting linebacker and a 2017 team captain with 196 career tackles and 30 tackles-for-loss. He has only missed one game in his career.
FORCED FUMBLE: Jefferson co-leads the PSAC with two forced fumbles this year.
LEADING TACKLER: Jalen Nieves (Bensalem, Pa./Bensalem)has played in 33 career games with 215 tackles and four interceptions.
PRIMETIME PUNTER: Freshman punter Dean Krcic (Saylorsburg, Pa./Pleasant Valley) leads the PSAC and ranks fifth in Division II with an average of 45.1 yards-per-punt. The school-record for a season is 43.02 by KU All-Time Team punter Jon Corson in 2003.
DUAL-THREAT QB: DiGalbo earned All-PSAC East Second Team honors and the PSAC East Freshman of the Year last year. On the ground, he holds four school-rushing-records for a quarterback – touchdowns in a game (3) and season (8), longest run (82) and most rushing yards in a game (126). He has run for 646 career yards with 12 touchdowns, as KU’s career QB records stand at 878 yards and 19 touchdowns.
WINNING QUARTERBACK: Collin DiGalbo (Secane, Pa./Monsignor Bonner) holds a record of 10-3 as a starting quarterback.
POINTS ON THE BOARD: DiGalbo ranks fourth in the PSAC, responsible for 16.3 points-per-game.
MAGIC NUMBER = 24: KU head coach Jim Clements is 19-1 in his Kutztown career when holding opponents to 24 or fewer points. His only loss was to Mercyhurst in 2016 (23-19).
RETURN MAN: Reynolds ranks third in the PSAC and eighth in Division II at 17.0 yards per punt return. The school-record is 16.4 by KU All-Time Teamer Mark Steinmeyer in 1988.
STARTING LINEBACKER: Tajier Jefferson (East Orange, N.J./Queen of Peace) has made 26 consecutive starts at linebacker, the longest streak on the team.
INTERCEPTION LEADER: Jake Perry (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin) leads KU with eight career interceptions, including five last season in his All-PSAC East First Team season.
BALL HAWK: Sophomore cornerback Ahkee Cox-Cowan(Harrisburg, Pa./Harrisburg) ranks third in the PSAC in passes defended at 1.5 per game.
RETURNING KICKER: Alec Rosenfeld (Bensalem, Pa./Bensalem)was an All-PSAC and All-Region kicker his freshman campaign in 2014, when he set school-records for field goal percentage in a season and field goals in a game. He has kicked five field goals over the last three weeks, moving him into third all-time at KU with 21 career field goals.
EARLY LEAD: Kutztown has led at halftime in 26 of its last 29 wins. KU’s two comeback wins over that time were at Indiana (PA) in 2015, and at Shippensburg in 2016. It was once tied at halftime at Bloomsburg in 2017.
PASS ATTACK: Dating back to 2011, Kutztown has thrown 30 or more pass attempts in 45 of its last 60 games (75.0 percent). Earlier this year, KU threw less than 30 pass attempts in three-straight games for the first time since 2015.
PSAC PRESEASON POLL: Kutztown was picked second in the East.
1) West Chester (8)
5) East Stroudsburg
6) Lock Haven
1) IUP (6)
2) California (2)
3) Slippery Rock
6) Seton Hill