WEEK 9 NOTES: Homecoming and First Place All Surround Pivotal Football Matchup…

10/26/2017 | Football
Saturday, Oct. 28 4:05 p.m.
University Field at Andre Reed Stadium
 (Cap: 5,600)

Kutztown Golden Bears
2017 Record: 6-2, 4-1 PSAC East
Schedule | Roster | Statistics | Media Guide
Head Coach: Jim Clements (Widener ’96)
Record at KU: 26-15 (4th season)
Career Record: 92-39 (12th season)

Shippensburg Red Raiders
2017 Record: 
7-1, 4-1 PSAC East
Schedule | Roster | Statistics
Head Coach: Mark “Mac” Maciejewski (Shippensburg ’92)
Record at SHIP: 47-22 (7th season)
Career Record: same

Live Coverage
Live Stats | Live Audio (KUTV Simulcast) | Live Video (KUTV)

Game Notes
KU Game Notes | PSAC Week 9 Notes

Series: 70th Meeting (SHIP leads 48-19-2)
First Meeting: 1929 (SHIP def. KU, 26-12)
Last Meeting: 2016 (KU def. SHIP, 24-21 (2OT))
Last SHIP Win: 2014 (SHIP def. KU, 37-32)
TV: KUTV (SECV & Hometown Utilicom)
Audio: KUR
Live Stats, Audio & Video: www.KUBears.com
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

Kutztown is tied with four teams for first place in the PSAC East.
Kutztown leads the PSAC with 15 interceptions.
Both teams are ranked in the NCAA Super Region One poll (KU, 7th – SHIP, 9th).
Collin DiGalbo (Secane, Pa./Monsignor Bonner) holds a TD/INT ratio of 19/2.
Kutztown clinched its program-record-tying fourth-straight winning season.
KU ran for a season-high 281 yards last week at Lock Haven.
Shippensburg has posted three shutouts this year.
Offensive lineman Skyler Panchari (Pottsville, Pa./Blue Mountain)became the first KU OL to score a TD last week since 2012.
Evan Culver (Hellertown, Pa./Saucon Valley) ran for a season-high 147 yards last week at Lock Haven.
Kutztown has won two-in-a-row over Shippensburg.

Complete Game Notes

SERIES HISTORY: Saturday marks the 70th meeting between the Golden Bears and the Red Raiders. KU has won two-in-a-row in the series, including in double-overtime at SHIP last season, 24-21, to win KU the PSAC East title. The last time these teams played at Andre Reed Stadium in 2015, KU ended a four-game skid against Shippensburg with a 51-27 win.

LAST WEEK: Kutztown led from start-to-finish and rolled to a 55-26 road victory at Lock Haven last week, securing the program’s fourth-straight winning season and 12th-in-a-row for KU head coach Jim Clements. KU ran for a season-high 281 yards – its fourth 200-yard effort in the last six games. KU totaled 546 yards for its second-straight 500-yard game. It capitalized on all eight of its red-zone trips, and notably, went 4-of-5 on fourth-downs with three fourth-down touchdowns.

FIRST PLACE ON THE LINE: First place in the PSAC East is on the line Saturday. The winner between Kutztown-Shippensburg will remain in first place in the division, while the loser will fall out of the driver’s seat for the division title.

LAST YEAR: Brandon Keffer (Lancaster, Pa./Cocalico)‘s first field goal attempt of the season went through for the game-winner in double-overtime last year as Kutztown defeated Shippensburg, 24-21, at Seth Grove Stadium, ultimately clinching KU the PSAC Eastern Division title and securing its place in the PSAC Championship game.

REGIONAL RANK: For the first time in six years, Kutztown has made an appearance in the NCAA Regional Poll. The Golden Bears were ranked seventh on Monday as the first official Super Region One rankings were released. It’s the first of three ranking releases prior to the announcement of the 28-team Division II playoff field on Sunday, Nov. 12. Seven teams in each of Division II’s four regions advance to the postseason. Super Region One is made up of four conferences – the PSAC, Mountain East Conference, Northeast 10 Conference and the Great Midwest Athletic Conference.

WINNING SEASON: KU has posted four-straight winning seasons, including 2017, extending head coach Jim Clements‘ career streak to 12 straight.

CULVER’S CORNER: Evan Culver (Hellertown, Pa./Saucon Valley) is coming off back-to-back season-best performances at running back. He ran for 104 yards vs. ESU two weeks ago, and followed with a 147-yard outing at Lock Haven last week. He is the first KU freshman running back to run for 100 yards since Darrell Scott (Douglassville, Pa./Daniel Boone) in 2013.

SEASON-HIGH RUSHING: KU ran for a season-high 281 yards last week at Lock Haven – its fourth 200-yard effort in the last six games. Notably, Shippensburg has only allowed one 200-yard rushing effort all season.

 KU went 4-of-5 on fourth-downs last week at Lock Haven with three fourth-down touchdowns, the most fourth-down conversions in a game for KU since last year vs. Lock Haven (4-4).

TIGHT END TOUCHDOWNS: Jack Pilkerton (La Plata, Md./La Plata (Golden West)) caught a 15-yard touchdown last week at Lock Haven, his second touchdown catch of the season, marking KU’s first tight end with multiple touchdown catches in a season since Dan Onorato in 2007.

O-LINEMAN TD: Kutztown senior offensive lineman Skyler Panchari (Pottsville, Pa./Blue Mountain) ran for a two-yard touchdown last week on his first career carry. It marked the first touchdown by a KU offensive lineman since Zack Yankiewicz in 2012.

SHIPPENSBURG RED-ZONE: Shippensburg holds the best defense in Division II in limiting opponents to a scoring percentage of .529 in the red-zone.

SHIPPENSBURG DEFENSE: Shippensburg leads the PSAC in scoring defense, rushing defense, total defense and red-zone defense. It is the second-straight meeting that SHIP has led in rushing defense against KU.

BLOCKED EXTRA POINT: Kutztown had an extra point attempt blocked last week at Lock Haven and had it returned for a defensive two points, a first against the Golden Bears since Clarion did it in 2005.

SHARING THE WEALTH: 11 different receivers caught a pass earlier this year vs. ESU, the most for KU since Josh Luckenbaugh connected with 11 vs. West Chester in 2012.

TRENDING THE RIGHT DIRECTION: Kutztown’s defensive averages have improved over the last four weeks. Entering Bloomsburg, KU was allowing 346 yards per game – 104 rushing. KU has steadily lowered those averages to 301 total yards and 93 rushing yards per game.

LESS THAN 100 RUSHING YARDS: The KU defense has not allowed 100 rushing yards in three of the last four games. Under Jim Clements, KU is 12-2 when holding teams to less than 100 rushing yards.

GETTING TO THE FINISH LINE: KU is outscoring opponents by 140 points in the first three quarters, but is being outscored by two in the fourth quarter.

DO THE AMADOU: True freshman wide receiver Amadou Barry(Upper Darby, Pa./West Catholic Prep) had a career-high seven catches for 161 yards and two touchdowns vs. ESU. It was the first 100-yard receiving game for a KU freshman receiver since Alex Tonnies in 2013.

FRESHMEN LEADERS: Earlier this year vs. ESU, Evan Culver(Hellertown, Pa./Saucon Valley) ran for 101 yards and Amadou Barry (Upper Darby, Pa./West Catholic Prep) had 161 receiving yards. It was the first time in the last 21 years that one KU freshman had 100 rushing yards, and another KU freshman posted 100 receiving yards.

HOT HAND: Shawn Turber-Ortiz (Northumberland, Pa./Shikellamy)has five interceptions as a redshirt-freshman. He ranks second in the PSAC and eighth in Division II with five. He needs one more to set the school’s freshman record.

ONSIDE KICK: Kutztown converted an onside-kick attempt at Bloomsburg this year, KU’s first since 2014.

STOPPING THE RUN: Under head coach Jim Clements, KU is 12-2 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 third in the PSAC at 93.1 rushing yards allowed per game – currently the best mark in school history in the modern era (97.2 in 1995).

PICK CITY: KU has 15 interceptions this year, the most in the PSAC and one shy of the Division II lead. KU had four interceptions earlier this year vs. Seton Hill – the most for KU since 2011.

SCORELESS HALF: Earlier this year, Kutztown played to a scoreless halftime at Bloomsburg – a first for KU since 2001 vs. Lock Haven at home.

PUT THOSE FLAGS AWAY: Kutztown has the most penalty yardage in the PSAC at 94.5 per game. Only five teams in Division II have more penalty yards than KU.

ALL-PURPOSE BACK: Craig Reynolds (Willow Grove, Pa./Abington) ranks fourth in the PSAC and 19th in Division II at 158.57 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 3,585 career all-purpose yards.

EYEING THE ENDZONE: Reynolds ranks fifth in the PSAC with 10 touchdowns this season – five rushing, four receiving and one punt return. However, he has not found the endzone in four-straight games.

PROTECT THE FOOTBALL: Kutztown has committed seven turnovers this year, tied for the fewest in the PSAC with Shippensburg. KU’s turnover margin of +1.75/game ranks first in the PSAC and second in Division II.

THROWING TO THE RIGHT TEAM: Kutztown has thrown three interceptions this year, the second-fewest in the PSAC behind Shippensburg.

DUAL-THREAT QB: Collin DiGalbo (Secane, Pa./Monsignor Bonner) 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 698 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 12-3 as a starting quarterback.

CAREER NUMBERS: Sophomore quarterback Collin DiGalbo(Secane, Pa./Monsignor Bonner) threw for a career-high 351 yards vs. ESU this year – 1-of-2 300+ yard games of the season. He tossed a career-high five touchdowns in a win over Seton Hill this year, 1-of-7 players in school history to throw for five TD passes in a game.

POINTS ON THE BOARD: Collin DiGalbo (Secane, Pa./Monsignor Bonner) ranks second in the PSAC, responsible for 17.5 points-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) is a two-year All-PSAC starting linebacker and a 2017 team captain. He posted a career-high 15 tackles in the season-opener and ranks 19th in school history with 215 career tackles and 35 tackles-for-loss. He has only missed one game in his career.

STARTING LINEBACKER: Jefferson has made 28 consecutive starts at linebacker, the longest streak on the team.

LEADING TACKLER: Jalen Nieves (Bensalem, Pa./Bensalem)has played in 35 career games with 225 career tackles, 16th in school history, and four interceptions.

BALL HAWK: Sophomore cornerback Ahkee Cox-Cowan(Harrisburg, Pa./Harrisburg) leads Division II with 2.1 passes defended per game.

PRIMETIME PUNTER: Freshman punter Dean Krcic (Saylorsburg, Pa./Pleasant Valley) leads the PSAC and ranks fifth in Division II with an average of 44.2 yards-per-punt. The school-record for a season is 43.02 by KU All-Time Team punter Jon Corson in 2003.

MAGIC NUMBER = 24: KU head coach Jim Clements is 20-1 in his Kutztown career when holding opponents to 24 or fewer points. His only loss was to Mercyhurst in 2016 (23-19).

DAY OF FIRSTS: 12 Golden Bears have scored their first career touchdowns this year: Conor Sullivan (Whitehall, Pa./Whitehall)Eric Nickel (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan)Sharif Fennell Jr. (Philadelphia, Pa./West Catholic Prep)Skyler Panchari(Pottsville, Pa./Blue Mountain)Evan Culver (Hellertown, Pa./Saucon Valley)Andrew Garbarino (Peckville, Pa./Valley View)Amadou Barry (Upper Darby, Pa./West Catholic Prep)Abdul-Hassan Neblett (Newark, N.J./Paramus Catholic)Jack Pilkerton(La Plata, Md./La Plata (Golden West))Diego Torres (York, Pa./West York Area)Josh Lee (Willow Grove, Pa./Abington (Thaddeus Stevens)) and Chris Kane (Maple Glen, Pa./La Salle College).

TEAM CAPTAINS: Kutztown’s three team captains this year are Ronny Tomasetti (Dickson City, Pa./Mid-Valley)Craig Reynolds(Willow Grove, Pa./Abington) and Tajier Jefferson (East Orange, N.J./Queen of Peace). KU will also feature a fourth team captain on gameday.

RETURN MAN: Craig Reynolds (Willow Grove, Pa./Abington)ranks second in the PSAC and eighth in Division II at 17.0 yards per punt return, however, he has not been used on special teams the last four games. The school-record is 16.4 by KU All-Time Teamer Mark Steinmeyer in 1988.

INTERCEPTION LEADER: Jake Perry (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin) leads KU with nine career interceptions, one shy of cracking the top-10 at KU. He had five last season in his All-PSAC East First Team season.

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 seven field goals over the last five weeks, moving him into third all-time at KU with 23 career field goals – one shy of second at KU.

PSAC EAST CHAMPS: Kutztown won its third PSAC East title in program history last year, joining previous title teams from 1980 and 2011. KU went 7-0 in the PSAC East, its first perfect PSAC season in school history.

PSAC PRESEASON POLL: Kutztown was picked second in the East.

Eastern Division
1) West Chester (8)
2) Kutztown
3) Shippensburg
4) Bloomsburg
5) East Stroudsburg
6) Lock Haven
7) Millersville
8) Cheyney

Western Division
1) IUP (6)
2) California (2)
3) Slippery Rock
4) Edinboro
5) Gannon
6) Seton Hill
7) Clarion
8) Mercyhurst

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