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Beane sets record, Rams await playoff word

November 13, 1999

BUCKHANNON, W.Va. - Shepherd College running back Damian Beane entered the NCAA record book - again - rushing for 171 yards as the Rams locked up their third straight West Virginia Conference title Saturday with a 55-3 demolition of West Virginia Wesleyan.

Beane is now the leader in all divisions for career 100-yard games with 34. He finishes second on the all-time Division II rushing list with 6,346 yards.

The Bobcats took a 3-0 lead with a 43-yard field goal in the first quarter, but Joel Gordon found Jason Dirting from 37 yards to put Shepherd up 6-3, and Gordon found Marcus Boyd twice in the second quarter for a 21-3 halftime lead.

Kevin Burkey added two third-quarter field goals for a 27-6 lead before Shepherd blew the game open with four rushing touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Beane and Gordon had one each, and reserve tailback Dalevon Smith had the other two.

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Gordon finished 19-for-31 with 271 yards and the three touchdowns, while Dirting finished with eight catches and 181 yards. The Shepherd defense chipped in as well, holding the Bobcats to 57 total rushing yards, and James Riley had two interceptions.

The Rams will learn if they have earned their second straight playoff bid today. Shepherd was fourth in the Northeast Region entering the day, but second-seeded Northwood (Mich.) lost to Michigan Tech, and No. 3 Shippensburg was drilled at Indiana (Pa.).

Indiana, Pa. 43, Shippensburg 16

INDIANA, Pa. - Brian Eyerman threw a 98-yard touchdown pass to Greg Dorsey, one of four touchdowns he threw for 275 yards to lead Indiana University of Pennsylvania over Shippensburg.

The win keeps IUP's playoff hopes alive and likely knocks Shippensburg (8-3, 4-2 PSAC West) out of the post-season running.

Shippensburg scored on Mike Erlandson's 1-yard run in the second and Keith Kullman's 24-yard pass to Jamie Ware with 2:01 remaining in the game.

Frostburg 23, Salisbury 22

BALTIMORE, Md. - Greg Cooper caught a 47-yard touchdown pass from Jason Henry with 2:43 remaining to lift Frostburg State over Salisbury State.

With the victory at PSINet Stadium, Frostburg State (8-2, 5-1) clinched an Atlantic Central Conference title and won the first-ever Regents Cup. The traveling trophy is held by the winner until the next year's meeting between the two teams.

W. Maryland 37, Johns Hopkins 7

WESTMINSTER, Md. - Teron Powell caught six passes, one for a touchdown, and ran for another score as Western Maryland beat Johns Hopkins.

With the win, Western Maryland clinched its third straight unbeaten regular season and Centennial Conference title.

Tailback Jemel Johnson rushed for a career-high 109 yards as the sixth-ranked Green Terror (10-0, 7-0) warmed up for a third consecutive NCAA Division III playoff appearance.

Franklin & Marshall 22, Gettysburg 12

LANCASTER, Pa. - Matt McCall and Chris Richards each rushed for more than 100 yards and combined for three rushing touchdowns as Franklin & Marshall defeated Gettysburg in a season-ending Centennial Conference game.

The Diplomats (2-8, 2-5) entered the game without a 100-yard rusher in the 1999 season. McCall gained 103 yards on 22 carries, including a pair of second quarter TD runs. Richards had a game-high 113 yards on 16 carries, including a five-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter to put the game away.

Millersville 48, Cheyney 18

MILLERSVILLE, Pa. - Chambersburg graduate Drew Folmar threw for 306 yards and four touchdowns to pace Millersville to a victory over Cheyney in the regular season finale for both teams.

The win, coupled with losses by Northeast Region contenders Northwood and Shippensburg, will likely propel the Marauders (8-2, 5-1 PSAC East) to their first NCAA playoff appearance since 1995.

Folmar completed 19 of 25 passes as Millersville jumped out to a 35-0 lead.

John Flamish eclipsed the 1,000-yard rushing mark with a 24-yard carry midway through the second quarter and finished with 1,030 yards for the season. He ran for 76 yards on 10 carries and scored the game's first touchdown on a 5-yard run.

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