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Rams try to complete perfect regular season

November 05, 2005

West Virginia State (2-8, 2-5)

at No. 8 Shepherd (10-0, 7-0)

Today: 1 p.m. at Ram Stadium, Shepherdstown, W.Va.

West Virginia State

Head coach: Carl Lee (34-74, 10th season)

Formations: Offense - Multiple; Defense - 4-3

Stat leaders:

Rushing - Brandon White (135 for 411 yds, 5 TDs)

Passing - Kevin Ward (105-205-13, 1,119 yds, 6 TDs)

Receptions - Kenneth Davis (43 for 553 yds, 3 TDs)

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Tackles - DeMichael Nesbitt (99 TT, 12 TFL)

Shepherd

Head coach: Monte Cater (128-67-1, 19th season at SU; 159-90-2 overall, 25th season)

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

Stat leaders:

Rushing - Dervon Wallace (206 for 1,203 yds, 22 TDs)

Passing - Dan Chlebowski (121-195-7, 1,387 yds, 11 TDs)

Receptions - Rodney Jackson (36 for 510 yds, 3 TDs)

Tackles - Jeremy Bailey (69 TT, 11 TFL)

Series

Shepherd leads, 25-3.

Last season's meeting: Alex Herbert helped Shepherd break away from a 7-0 halftime lead with 114 rush yards in a 34-0 Rams victory. ... SU tallied a pair of second half defensive touchdowns. ... The Rams held a 325-142 total offense edge. ... WVSU was limited to minus-21 rush yards on 35 carries.

Recent history: 2004 - SU 34-0; 2003 - SU 35-21; 2002 - SU 40-0; 2001 - SU 48-14; 2000 - SU 44-8; 1999 - SU 63-14; 1998 - SU 15-0; 1997 - SU 23-7; 1996 - SU 16-11; 1995 - SU 38-0.

Game notes

Shepherd has won the last 24 in the series dating back to a 12-7 Jackets win in 1980. ... The Rams would complete their first unbeaten regular season since 1955 with a victory. ... A win would also likely clinch a first-round playoff bye and a home contest in the second round of the Northeast Region playoffs. ... National interceptions leader Dan Peters was named the National Defensive Player of the Week by Don Hansen's Football Gazette and D2football.com following a four-interception effort in last week's win over West Liberty State. ... SU running back Dervon Wallace needs 12 points vs. his former WVSU teammates to equal the WVIAC single-season scoring record of 150 points that is owned by Concord's Chris Hairston (1992). ... Shepherd has outscored foes 131-13 in the second quarter in 2005. ... The Rams own a 17-game overall win streak and have taken their last 15 WVIAC games.

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