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No. 9 Shepherd hosts Fairmont State

September 30, 2006

Today: 1 p.m. at Ram Stadium

Shepherd Rams (4-0, 1-0)

Head coach: Monte Cater (133-68-1, 20th season at SU; 164-91-2 overall, 26th season)

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

Stat leaders:

Rushing - Dervon Wallace (97 for 623 yds, 8 TDs)

Passing - Dan Chlebowski (50-77-3, 411 yds, 2 TDs)

Receptions - Rodney Jackson (13 for 142 yds, 1 TD)

Tackles - Lewis Corum (34 TT)

Schedule/results: Aug. 26 at Millersville W, 28-7; Sept. 2 at Shippensburg W, 14-0; Sept. 16 vs. C.W. Post W, 24-0; Sept. 23 vs. Glenville State W, 23-6; Today vs. Fairmont State; Oct. 14 at Charleston; Oct. 21 vs. Concord; Oct. 28 vs. W.V. Wesleyan; Nov. 4 at West Liberty State; Nov. 11 at W.V. State.

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Fairmont State Falcons (1-3, 1-1)

Head coach: Rusty Elliott (17-27, 5th season)

Formations: Offense - Multiple; Defense - Multiple

Stat leaders:

Rushing - Wendell Johnson (96 for 343 yds, 4 TDs)

Passing - John Rahl (39-84-6, 452 yds, 1 TD)

Receptions - Robbie Graham (14 for 104 yds, 1 TD)

Tackles - Shahram Shafii (32 TT, 3 TFL)

Schedule/results: Aug. 31 at California (Pa.) L, 9-26; Sept. 9 at North Greenville L, 7-28; Sept. 16 at Concord L, 10-13 (2OT); Sept. 23 vs. W.V. State W, 14-0; Today at Shepherd; Oct. 7 at Glenville State; Oct. 14 vs. West Liberty; Oct. 21 at Charleston; Oct. 28 vs. St. Joseph's (Ind.); Nov. 4 vs. W.V. Wesleyan; Nov. 11 vs. Webber International.

The series

Fairmont State leads, 31-25-7.

Last season's meeting: Shepherd faced perhaps the toughest test during its 2005 unbeaten regular season, slipping past Fairmont State, 14-11. ... Dan Peters slapped the potential game-winning touchdown pass as time expired as the Rams survived the upset bid. ... Dervon Wallace accounted for both Shepherd TDs on rushes of 1 and 19 yards. ... Wendell Johnson rushed 42 times for 154 yards for FSU. ... The Falcons held a 266-185 total offense advantage, including a 205-63 edge on the ground.

Game notes

Ninth-ranked Shepherd brings a 22-game regular-season win streak and a 17-game WVIAC string into the contest. ... The Rams are the D-II leaders in scoring defense at 3.3 points per game. ... SU also ranks in the national top 20 in total defense, rushing offense, pass efficiency defense and turnover margin. ... Rams RB Dervon Wallace is ninth nationally in rushing (155.8 ypg) and eighth in scoring ( 12.0 ppg). ... Wallace leads the conference in both categories. ... SU's Dan Peters is second in D-II with five interceptions. ... Peters led all NCAA divisions with 12 picks in 2005. ... The Rams own a plus-41 turnover margin in their last 26 games. ... FSU rookie DB Andre Pope is tied for second in the WVIAC with three interceptions. ... Falcons RB Wendell Johnson has gone over the 100-yard mark in each of the past two weeks, averaging 122.5 yards per game over the stretch. ... The Falcons are 5-0 since the start of last season when forcing four or more turnovers. ... FSU is 0-9 over that period when opponents only cough it up three times or less. ... The teams rank 1-2 in scoring defense in the WVIAC stats. ... Opponents have reached the Shepherd red zone eight times, but have only scored twice (both touchdowns).

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