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Rams begin conference play today

September 17, 2005

Shepherd (3-0, 0-0) at Glenville State (2-1, 1-0)

Today: 1 p.m. at Morris Stadium, Glenville, W.Va.

Shepherd

Head coach: Monte Cater (121-67-1, 19th season at SU; 152-90-2 overall, 25th season)

Formations: Offense - Multiple I; Defense - 4-4

Stat leaders:

Rushing: Bryan Wright (57 for 247 yds, 3 TD)

Passing: Dan Chlebowski (53-81-1, 602 yds, 3 TD)

Receptions: Rodney Jackson (13 for 232 yds, 1 TD)

Tackles: Jeremy Bailey (24 TT, 2 TFL)

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Glenville State

Head coach: Alan Fiddler (7-7, 2nd season)

Formations: Offense - Mulitple I; Defense - 4-3 Multiple

Stat leaders:

Rushing: Arthur Bryant (58 for 172 yds, 1 TD)

Passing: Joey Conrad (67-106-2, 808, 8 TD)

Receptions: Tavon McGee (21 for 255 yds, 1 TD)

Tackles: Jacquez Taylor (29 TT, 4 TFL)

Series

Shepherd leads, 25-21-2.

Last season's meeting: Shepherd weathered a 442-yard passing day from Joey Conrad to post a 20-14 victory over Glenville State. ... Glenville State reached the Rams' 5-yard line in the final minute, but four straight incomplete passes ended the threat. ... Alex Herbert rushed 28 times for 150 yards to lead the Rams.

Recent History: 2004 - Shepherd, 20-14; 2003 - Glenville State, 22-19; 2002 - Shepherd, 35-21; 2001 - Glenville State, 28-21; 2000 - Shepherd, 21-11; 1999 - Shepherd, 22-17; 1998 - Shepherd, 36-6; 1997 - Glenville State, 44-14; 1996 - Shepherd, 35-34 OT; 1995 - Glenville State, 40-10.

Game notes

The home team has won the past five matchups in the series. ... Glenville State's Joey Conrad has thrown for more than 400 yards in each of the past two matchups vs. Shepherd and has 1,226 career yards vs. the Rams in three games. ... Shepherd has outscored opponents 38-0 in second quarters this season. ... The Rams enter the game with a 10-game win streak. ... The winner of this contest has claimed the WVIAC title 10 times since 1991. ... Glenville State ranks eighth nationally in total defense, allowing only 186.3 yards per game. ... Conrad and Rams QB Dan Chlebowski rank 1-2 in WVIAC passing efficiency. ... Chlebowski has completed a conference-best 65 percent of his throws. ... Shepherd is ranked 29th nationally this week by Don Hansen's Football Gazette. ... The Rams also rank No. 27 in the D-II coaches' poll. ... Shepherd has scored 20 or more points in each game of its current win streak.

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