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No. 5 Shepherd hosts Bobcats

October 28, 2006

Today: 1 p.m. at Ram Stadium

West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats

Head coach: Bill Struble (109-130, 24th season)

Formations: Offense - I Formation; Defense - 50 Angle

Stat Leaders:

Rushing - Ben Vance (85 for 425 yds, 2 TDs)

Passing - Harry Lorusso (48-107-5, 707 yds, 3 TDs)

Receptions - Bryan Overton (14 for 277 yds, 3 TDs)

Tackles - Donovan Godwin (58 TT, 14 TFL)

Schedule/results: Sept. 2 at Kentucky Wesleyan W, 31-13; Sept. 9 vs. Virginia Union L, 10-27; Sept. 16 at WV State W, 21-14; Sept. 23 vs. Charleston L, 17-19; Sept. 30 vs. Concord L, 7-10 (OT); Oct. 7 at West Liberty State L, 10-23; Oct. 21 vs. WV State L, 0-14; Today at Shepherd; Nov. 4 at Fairmont State; Nov. 11 vs. Glenville State.

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Shepherd Rams

Head coach: Monte Cater (136-68-1, 20th season at SU; 167-91-2 overall, 26th season)

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

Stat Leaders:

Rushing - Dervon Wallace (152 for 902 yds, 13 TDs)

Passing - Dan Chlebowski (91-133-3, 778 yds, 2 TDs)

Receptions - Rodney Jackson (20 for 171 yds/Craig Tremel 20 for 121 yds)

Tackles - Lewis Corum (54 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; Sept. 30 vs. Fairmont State W, 20-0; Oct. 14 at Charleston W, 17-0; Oct. 21 vs. Concord W, 42-0; Today vs. WV Wesleyan; Nov. 4 at West Liberty State; Nov. 11 at WV State.

The series

Shepherd leads, 24-6-1.

Last season's game:Shepherd exploded for five second-quarter touchdowns to build a 48-0 halftime lead in a 51-0 win. ... Dervon Wallace rambled for 141 yards and three touchdowns. ... The Rams' defense only allowed Wesleyan to complete 9 of 32 passes for 64 yards with four interceptions. ... SU outgained the Bobcats, 448-122.

Game notes

Both head coaches in this game are among the winningest in WVIAC history. ... Shepherd's Monte Cater owns the most victories in conference annals, while Bill Struble is fourth. ... Shepherd continues to lead all collegiate divisions in scoring defense at less than two points per game. ... SU's fifth shutout of the season last week tied the 1922 team for a school record. ... Shepherd leads Division II in scoring defense, total defense and pass efficiency defense. ... Ricky Schmitt is third nationally in punting and banged the conference's long punt of the season with a 77-yard effort in the Concord game. ... SU running back Dervon Wallace is sixth nationally in scoring. ... His 13 touchdowns lead the WVIAC, but he is behind the pace of his 27 scores in 2005. ... Shepherd has won 25 straight regular-season matchups and its past 20 conference games. ... The Rams have not allowed a point in the last 12 quarters. ... Speedy Wesleyan WR Bryan Overton is third nationally in kickoff returns (32.1 ypr). ... Devin Ramos completed 8 of 23 passes last week in his first start for the Bobcats. ... Wesleyan running backs Ben Vance and Greg Duncan each average 5.0 yards per carry. ... Each rank among the league's top eight in rushing. ... Shepherd's No. 5 national ranking is the highest achieved by a WVIAC football squad in the NCAA Division II era.

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