Share This Page

College football district preview

| Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

Game of the week: St. Francis (Pa.) at Duquesne

When: 1:10 p.m. Saturday

Records: St. Francis 2-2, 1-0 NEC; Duquesne 3-1, 1-0

How St. Francis fares at Rooney Field will suggest a great deal about the state of the Red Flash, who already have matched or exceeded the number of wins they finished with each of the past four seasons.

Both of St. Francis' losses came against nationally ranked opponents: No. 6 James Madison and No. 13 Towson. The Red Flash sandwiched a pair of comeback wins between the setbacks; they rallied with 24 second-half points to defeat Bryant, 39-28, in Week 2 and scored 50 unanswered points in the final three quarters to bury Morehead State, 57-23, the following week.

The Red Flash's point of pride is its multi-threat run game, which ranks sixth in the FCS at 271.3 yards per contest.

Senior running back Keion Wade leads the way at 95.8 yards per game, and senior quarterback John Kelly and freshman running back Khairi Dickson follow with averages of 66.3 and 66.

Defending conference co-champion Duquesne has the second-best run defense in the NEC (133.8 yards per game), and the Dukes also have the conference's top rusher, senior running back Larry McCoy, who ranks 13th in the FCS at 124.5 yards per game.

In the teams' past two meetings, Duquesne prevailed by at least 24 points. The Dukes won 12 of the past 13; St. Francis' only victory came in 2009, when the Red Flash defeated the Dukes, 31-14, at home.Saturday's other games to watch

• Grove City at Westminster, 1 p.m.

Grove City (2-2, 1-1 PAC) enters with the highest-scoring offense (32.0 points per game) in the conference.

Westminster (2-1, 1-1) fields the stingiest defense in points (11.0) and yards allowed (229.3) per game.

• Carnegie Mellon at Wabash (Ind.), 2 p.m.

Carnegie Mellon (4-0) continues to thrive with a potent offense averaging 259.8 passing yards and 455.3 total yards.

The Tartans face a tough test in Wabash (2-1), which is ranked No. 20 in Division III and allows just 11.3 points per game.

• West Chester at California (Pa.), 3:30 p.m.

The Vulcans (4-0) have committed 13 turnovers in four games. They had five during a comeback win over Indiana (Pa.) last week.

California must be more careful against PSAC East foe West Chester (3-1), which leads the conference in interceptions (nine) and is second in turnovers gained (13).

NOTEBOOK

Duquesne senior running back Larry McCoy needs 23 yards to reach 4,000 for his career. He's also 284 yards away from Duquesne's all-time rushing record.

Carnegie Mellon junior quarterback Rob Kalkstein became the first Tartan in 19 years to pass for 300 yards when he finished with 314 in a 51-28 win over DePauw last week.

Indiana (Pa.) senior running back Harvie Tuck fell one carry short of tying the team's single-game record when he ran 43 times for a career-best 256 yards and two TDs in the Crimson Hawks' 26-24 loss to California (Pa.) last week. Tuck ranks second in Division II in rushing yards per game (180.3).

Edinboro senior safety Kenny Pettis leads Division II in tackles per game (14.3). He's averaging six solo stops per contest.

• Slippery Rock (2-2) hosts Kutztown (1-3) on Saturday in a rematch of the PSAC championship game. Both teams' struggles have come as a bit of a surprise: Kutztown was the PSAC East favorite, and Slippery Rock received two PSAC West first-place votes in the preseason coaches' poll.

• Grove City's 44-40 comeback win over Bethany last week marked the first time the Wolverines won a game in which they allowed at least 40 points.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.