Weekend College Top 10: Slippery Rock football nips Cal (Pa.) in battle of unbeatens
Every Monday, the Tribune-Review will highlight 10 top area college performances from the weekend:
1. No. 18 Slippery Rock knocks off No. 5 Cal (Pa.) in PSAC showdown
Sophomore Jake Chapla (Plum) hit a 36-yard field goal in overtime as The Rock outlasted the Vulcans, 47-44, on Saturday. Slippery Rock (5-0, 2-0 PSAC West) sent the game into overtime when senior Tanner Garry (Fort Cherry) hooked up with Milly Raye (Allderdice) for a 24-yard touchdown with 42 seconds left. Garry went 25 of 41 for 268 yards and two TDs. Raye had nine catches for 82 yards, and senior Isiah Neely (Our Lady of the Sacred Heart) ran for three touchdowns. Senior Marcus Martin (West Mifflin) had two sacks, including a key one on Cal's first possession of overtime to force a long field-goal attempt that missed. For Cal (4-1, 1-1), senior Michael Keir completed 18 of 26 passes for 326 yards and a touchdown, and junior Jimmy Wheeler (West Mifflin) ran for 77 yards and two touchdowns. The Vulcans visit No. 4 IUP at 2 p.m. Saturday.
2. Pitt men's soccer earns first ACC victory
Freshmen Edward Kizza and Colin Brezniak scored as the Panthers defeated No. 21 Syracuse, 2-1, on Friday to end an 0-31-7 skid since joining the conference in 2013. Redshirt sophomore Mikal Outcalt made six saves for Pitt (5-5, 1-3), which has won two straight. It was the Panthers' first win over a ranked team since 2008 and their first conference victory since defeating Seton Hall in the Big East in 2011.
3. RB Bullock's record-tying day carries No. 4 IUP
Sophomore Samir Bullock tied the school record with six rushing touchdowns and finished with 263 yards rushing to lead the Crimson Hawks past Seton Hill, 57-14, on Saturday. The six touchdowns also tied the PSAC single-game record held by IUP's Chris Temple and longtime NFL fullback John Kuhn of Shippensburg. Senior quarterback Lenny Williams (Sto-Rox) went 17 of 21 for 209 yards and a touchdown, helping the Crimson Hawks (5-0, 2-0 PSAC West) roll up a season-best 640 yards. Seton Hill dropped to 0-5, 0-2.
4. Carnegie Mellon football off to best start since 2006
Senior receiver John Prather tied the school record with 10 catches to go with 122 yards and four touchdowns as the Tartans (5-0, 3-0 PAC) rolled past Bethany, 45-14, on Saturday. Junior quarterback Alex Cline threw for a career-best five touchdowns.
5. Stuart's career day lifts Duquesne football
Graduate student Tommy Stuart went 24 of 29 for 226 yards and a personal-best four touchdowns as the Dukes beat West Virginia Wesleyan, 38-13, on Saturday for their 100th win at Rooney Field. Junior Nehari Crawford had six catches for 70 yards and two touchdowns, and freshman DeWayne Murray III (Steel Valley) ran for a game-high 83 yards for Duquesne (3-1).
6. Offensive outburst lifts Allegheny football
Junior Logan Lee threw for 292 yards and five touchdowns, and classmate Tyler Balla (Greensburg Central Catholic) ran for 193 yards and a touchdown as the Gators bested Hiram, 57-40, on Saturday. It was the most points scored by Allegheny (2-3, 1-3 North Coast Athletic Conference) since 1999. Sophomore Alex Victor had four catches for 174 yards and three touchdowns for the Gators.
7. Westminster football ends long skid at Thomas More
Senior cornerback Todd Jeter (Gateway) forced and recovered a fumble in overtime, and freshman John Cybak hit a 33-yard field goal to clinch a 24-21 victory in the Presidents' Athletic Conference on Saturday. It was the first win for the Titans (3-1, 2-0) against Thomas More (1-4, 0-3) since 2004. Westminster senior Dominique McKinley (Greensburg-Salem) ran for 99 yards, moving into fifth place on the school's all-time list with 2,954 yards.
8. Edinboro tennis player makes PSAC history
Senior Vitor Albanese became the first player in conference history to win three singles titles at the conference championships, defeating Mercyhurst's Ruri Fraser, 5-7, 7-6 (4), 10-8, on Sunday. Albanese, the reigning PSAC Player of the Year, also teamed with classmate Daniel Fernandez for the PSAC doubles title.
9. La Roche senior soccer player scores 50th goal
Vanessa Ceravolo (Hampton) had two goals — giving her 50 all-time — in Saturday's 5-1 victory over Medaille. She became the fourth player in school history to achieve the milestone.
10. No. 10 Carnegie Mellon volleyball improves to 18-1
Junior Lauren Mueller had 17 kills as the Tartans defeated No. 18 Washington, 3-1, on Sunday. Carnegie Mellon, which fell to Case Western on Saturday for its first loss of the season, also received 15 kills from senior Eliza Donohue and 13 from classmate Heather Holton.
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