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Small college football capsules

| Saturday, Sept. 14, 2002

Robert Morris (1-0) at Dayton (1-0)

  • When: 1 p.m.

  • Where: Welcome Stadium, Dayton, Ohio

  • On the air: WPIT-AM (730)

  • The buzz: Robert Morris risks a seven-game winning steak against Dayton, ranked No. 1 in The Sports Network NCAA Division I-AA Mid-Major poll. Robert Morris is ranked No. 3 after opening the season with a 41-12 victory over Division III Buffalo State. … Dayton leads the series, 4-2. … Robert Morris has scored at least 40 points in four consecutive games. … Dayton opened with a 39-0 victory over St. Francis (Pa.). … Robert Morris running back Sam Dorsett, who is 126 yards shy of becoming the school's all-time leading rusher, tore ligaments in his knee last week and is out for the year.

    Catawba (1-0) at Indiana, Pa. (1-1)

  • When: 7 p.m.

  • Where: Miller Stadium, Indiana

  • On the air: WCCS-AM (1160)

  • The buzz: For the second consecutive week, IUP finds itself in a game featuring a pair of nationally-ranked teams. IUP defeated then-No. 9 Bloomsburg, 37-18, last week to climb four spots to No. 18 in the American Football Coaches' Association NCAA Division II poll. Catawba opened with a 30-22 victory over Livingstone to move up four spots to No. 8. … This is the first meeting between the teams. … Catawba lost to Grand Valley State 34-16 in the Division II semifinals last season. … IUP defensive back Trent Jones, a transfer from Connecticut, intercepted three passes against Bloomsburg.

    Washington & Jefferson (1-0) at Allegheny (0-1)

  • When: 1 p.m.

  • Where: Robertson Field, Meadville

  • On the air: WJPA-AM (1450), WMGW-AM (1490), WNJR-FM (92.1)

  • The buzz: Allegheny holds a 19-18-1 edge in the series, but the Gators have lost to the Presidents seven consecutive times. … Both teams were locked in close games before the outcome was decided in the second half of their openers last weekend. W&J scored 35 unanswered points to beat Ursinus, 63-20. Allegheny trailed 9-0 at halftime against Baldwin-Wallace, before dropping a 22-2 decision. … W&J quarterback Brian Dawson can become the school's all-time leader in in touchdown passes with three more and pass attempts with 13 more.

    Duquesne (1-0, 0-0) at Siena (0-1, 0-1)

  • When: 1:30 p.m.

  • Where: Christian Brothers Academy Stadium, Albany, N.Y.

  • On the air: WBGG-AM (970)

  • The buzz: Duquesne begins its quest for a fourth consecutive Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title after opening with a 35-14 nonconference victory over Bucknell. The Dukes are ranked No. 2 in The Sports Network NCAA Division I-AA Mid-Major poll. … Duquesne has beaten Siena seven consecutive times and leads the series, 8-1. … Duquesne is 33-13 on the road under coach Greg Gattuso, including 24-4 in MAAC games. … Jay Bateman, 29, of Siena is the youngest college head coach in the nation. … Siena dropped its opener, a 14-7 MAAC loss to Iona.

    California, Pa. (1-0) at Fairmont State (1-0)

  • When: 6 p.m

  • Where: Duvall-Rosier Field, Fairmont, W.Va.

  • On the air: None

  • The buzz: Armed with new coaches, both NCAA Division II teams have had longer-than-usual layoffs after opening with victories. Fairmont State opened Aug. 31 with a 24-20 win over Division I-AA Mid-Major Fairfield. California trounced NAIA Geneva, 45-0, on Sept. 5, holding the ball for an amazing 44 minutes, 42 seconds. … California leads the series 19-10-4. … California running back Tayon Mitchell rushed for 99 yards on 12 carries in his debut since replacing departed All-American Wesley Cates, the all-time leading rusher in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference with 5,647 yards.

    Carnegie Mellon (1-0) at Grove City (1-0)

  • When: 1:30 p.m.

  • Where: Robert E. Thorn Field, Grove City

  • On the air: WRCT-FM (88.3), WSAJ-FM (91.1)

  • The buzz: Grove City looks to start the season 2-0 for the first time since beating Kenyon and Bluffton in 1994. The Wolverines held the ball for nearly 42 minutes — amassing 471 yards of total offense — in a 30-7 victory over Hiram in their opener last week. … Carnegie Mellon prevailed against Grove City in the closing seconds last season, 17-14. Grove City has beaten Carnegie Mellon twice in a row at home (1997, 2000). … Carnegie Mellon defeated Bethany (W.Va.), 31-9, in its opener last week but struggled early on, leading only 13-3 heading into the fourth quarter.

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