Another unbeaten road foe for Cal U
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.