The Big Sky Conference is proud to announce that the University of California, Davis and Cal Poly have accepted invitations to join the league as affiliate members in the sport of football.
Invitations of affiliate membership were extended by Big Sky Conference Commissioner Doug Fullerton with approval of the Presidents’ Council and accepted by both universities late last week.
The Davidson Wildcats were just a little bit out of synch a little too often Saturday night in a 20-10 loss to Georgetown in their football season opener at Richardson Stadium.
“It’s a tough loss, because we expected to win this game,” said Wildcats’ senior running back Kenny Mantuo, who rushed 21 times for 53 yards and scored Davidson’s only touchdown. “Early in the game, it was like we had one guy missing on about every play, and in football that will kill you.”
The visiting Hoyas (1-0), who broke a 12-game losing streak, took advantage and never trailed, getting out to a 14-0 lead by the start of the second quarter. Georgetown turned a Davidson turnover into one touchdown and put together a short drive for another.
Drake started its football season two quarters too late in Saturday’s 28-14 loss to Lehigh.
Playing before a crowd of 3,628 at Drake Stadium, the Bulldogs were dominated in the first half and fell behind 21-0, but rallied in the second half. Drake closed to within 21-14 with 7 minutes 44 seconds to play and then had a chance to tie when Nick Chenier recovered the ensuing kickoff at Lehigh’s 22-yard line.
But Drake lost the ball on downs when quarterback Mike Piatkowski was sacked for an 8-yard loss on 4th-and-4. Lehigh added an insurance score by driving 76 yards, capped by a 28-yard touchdown by Jay Campbell, his third score of the night. That made it 28-14 with 4:10 left.
Missouri Valley Football Conference schools completed a successful week Saturday with two more wins, wrapping up a 6-1 non-conference slate in the first weekend for Division I football. The most significant win of the day was a 6-3 North Dakota State win at Kansas, marking the league’s first FBS win in three years.
Russ Huesman went for the win with 51 seconds left Saturday against third-ranked Appalachian State.
In the biggest game the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has played in years, with a crowd of 15,235 on hand at Finley Stadium, the Mocs’ second-year coach opted for a two-point conversion rather than attempting a tying extra point.
Quarterback B.J. Coleman tried to fire the ball to 6-foot-5 wideout Marlon Anthony, but the pass was batted down in the end zone by the Mountaineers, preserving a thrilling 42-41 come-from-behind Southern Conference win.
In Steve Pierce’s vision, the University of North Alabama football team travels to Norman, Okla., on a Saturday afternoon in the fall for a game against the Oklahoma Sooners.
Game complete and after returning home, the Lions deposit a six-figure check into their bank account and have received 31/2 hours of national exposure for their effort against a Division I powerhouse program.
Right now, Pierce’s vision is only a dream. But it might not be too far from happening.
On the final crazy play of a crazy game, Jacksonville State running back Calvin Middleton found himself in the middle of a mass of bodies as quarterback Coty Blanchard lofted a 2-point conversion pass toward the end zone.
Somehow, through the arms and legs, Middleton came down with the football as the Gamecocks celebrated a stunning 49-48 victory over Mississippi in double overtime.
“The coaches called a shovel pass,” Middleton said. “I don’t even know if (Blanchard) saw me, but I knew if I could catch it I was deep enough in the end zone to score.
“This means everything.”
Sure, Ryan Taggart was excited before Holy Cross’ season opener, but that was probably the third-best adjective he’d use to describe his pregame emotions.
“Nervous and anxious were 1 and 2,” he said.
Taggart, who is succeeding record-setting quarterback Dominic Randolph, made his starting debut yesterday and, as it turned out, the senior didn’t have too much to worry about. He completed 17 of 29 passes for 186 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Crusaders to a 38-7 victory over Howard University at Fitton Field.
There’s a first time for everything, as the Montana Grizzlies proved time and again Saturday in their college football opener Saturday at Washington-Grizzly Stadium.
At least a dozen Grizzlies registered career firsts as UM overwhelmed outmanned Western State College (Colo.) 73-2 before 25,563 fans — the third-best crowd in stadium history.
Lehigh University’s season opener at Drake in Des Moines, Iowa, will be a homecoming of sorts for Mountain Hawks junior Jake Drwal.
Drwal, a wide receiver, grew up in Omaha, Neb., some two hours away.
“I’m going to have a bunch of family up there,” he said. “They’re bringing buses with 60 or 70 people. I’m pretty nervous for this game, but hopefully I get that out early and make some plays.
“I’m going to try to do something for the fans.”
After a long training camp, the Georgetown Hoyas are ready to escape D.C. and head to North Carolina to open their season against Davidson College.
Up until late last week, many questions still remained about the starting lineup for the Hoyas. Offensive coordinator David Patenaude established the most important of these position battles by naming a quarterback for Saturday’s game.
“Scott Darby is going to start the game for us,” he said.
The Lehigh University football team has rushed for 130 yards or more in six of its last seven games.
So it’s no surprise that coach Andy Coen wanted to continue that success on the ground as the Mountain Hawks open the 2010 season at Drake University on Saturday evening.
Lehigh opens difficult schedule in Iowa.
Lehigh football coach Andy Coen said there was a point about 10 days to two weeks ago in preseason camp when it dawned on him that this season could be different.
“It was like bang, wow. … I looked around and really liked what I saw,” Coen said. “And it stayed really consistent for the next couple of days after that. A light came on and some guys who hadn’t proven themselves before really started to show what they can do.
“We had a good camp and I think we have a good football team. Now, I want to see them play.”
Nick Parrish clearly doesn’t believe in modest goals. The Georgetown senior linebacker stated candidly his ambitions this season included the Hoyas winning the Patriot League title and him becoming one of the best players at his position in the country.
Achieving the second might be easier than the first. Parrish, a 6-foot-1, 210-pound four-year starter and two-time captain for Georgetown, is on track to become the Hoyas’ career leading tackler. Last season, he led the Patriot League in tackles with 110. His strong play has earned him preseason accolades, including an honorable mention on the FCS Senior Scout Bowl All-America team.
The Big South Conference Council of Chief Executive Officers has unanimously approved a four-year associate football membership extension with Stony Brook University, it was announced today by Big South Commissioner Kyle B. Kallander. Stony Brook first joined the League as a football member in 2008 and its membership will extend through the 2015 season.
“Stony Brook has been an outstanding football member for the Big South Conference,” said Kallander. “They have strong leadership, are a class act, and obviously are very competitive. We are thrilled to extend our relationship with the Seawolves.”