Another unbeaten road foe for Cal U
By Jeff Oliver
Published: Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
For the second time in as many weeks, California University's football team will be taking on an undefeated opponent on the road.
Last week, Cal U went to Indiana and dropped a 20-7 decision to the Crimson Hawks.
Saturday, the Vulcans (3-1) travel to West Chester to take on the 17th ranked Golden Rams (4-0) at John A. Farrell Stadium. Kickoff is set for noon.
Like IUP a week ago, West Chester is a veteran squad with 16 returning starters from a squad that went 7-4 in 2012 to post the school's first winning record since 2009.
Last week, West Chester nipped Kutztown, 22-21, a team the Vulcans hammered earlier this season, 45-10.
Senior running back Rondell White leads the nation with an average of 253.3 all-purpose yards per game. He has 619 yards rushing (5.5 avg. per carry) and 256 yards receiving and has scored 10 touchdowns.
Quarterback Sean McCartney has completed 77 of 116 passes for 1,146 yards and 12 TDs with four interceptions.
White is the team's leading receiver with 22 receptions. Erick Brundidge has 17 receptions for a team-high 270 yards and four TDs.
The Vulcans will be hoping quarterback Cody Schroeder rebounds from his worst outing of the season last week.
Schroeder, who has passed for 804 yards, threw three first half interceptions against IUP, including two in the end zone when the Vulcans were driving.
James Harris came on to replace Schroeder and threw two interceptions.
The five interceptions were the most in one game by a Cal U team in over a decade.
In fact, Cal's offense was shut out last week as the only touchdown came on an interception return by Dewey McDonald.
West Chester owns a 5-4 series lead over Cal U, including a 37-34 win over the Vulcans last season.
CAL CLIPS: Last week's dismal performance brought the Vulcans' scoring average down to 23.5 ppg. The Golden Rams average 42.8 ... While Cal averages just 2.3 yards per rushing attempt, West Chester averages a whopping 6.0 ... Cal U sophomore linebacker Branko Busick has combined for 18 tackles the last two games, including 10 against IUP and McDonald has recorded two defensive touchdowns.
Jeff Oliver is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2666 or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
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.
- Crosby lifts Penguins over Capitals in last game of road trip
- Analysis: Steelers could fill needs with free agents while not spending big bucks
- Steelers to release LaMarr Woodley; Taylor restructures contract
- Ross boy burned by water treated at UPMC Mercy
- Ukraine control of bases erodes
- Fox Chapel Area superintendent seeks rapport with students
- Ukraine control of bases erodes
- Snowden captivates tech crowd
- CASD plans Fitness and Wellness Fair in April
- Pirates notebook: Martin finding power stroke
- Penguins notebook: Heralded Russian Evgeny Kuznetsov debuts with Capitals