West Libery State Hilltoppers (7-2, 4-1)
Head coach: Roger Waialae (13-7, 2nd season)
Formations:Offense - Multiple I; Defense - Multiple 4
Rushing - Eddie Hills (194 for 922 yds, 8 TDs)
Passing - Jay Gullion (182-303-5, 2,083 yds, 18 TDs)
Receptions - Renard Stevens (56 for 569 yds, 5 TDs)
Tackles: Ian Whittington (56 TT)
Schedule/results: Aug. 26 at Seton Hill W, 31-14; Sept. 2 at Walsh L, 16-42; Sept. 9 vs. Kentucky Wesleyan W, 31-24; Sept. 23 at Concord L, 23-27; Sept. 30 at Duquesne W, 21-19; Oct. 7 vs. WV Wesleyan W, 23-10; Oct. 14 at Fairmont State W, 27-20; Oct. 21 vs. Glenville State W, 38-10; Oct. 28 at WV State W, 16-13; Today vs. Shepherd; Nov. 11 vs. Charleston.
Shepherd leads, 27-14.
Last season's game: Dan Chlebowski completed 15 of 27 passes for 171 yards and three touchdowns in Shepherd's 34-7 win over West Liberty State. ... Dan Peters intercepted four passes for the Rams. ... A 13-yard Mike Darrah to Renard Stevens touchdown pass was the lone Toppers score. ... Dervon Wallace added 159 rushing yards for the Rams.
Shepherd clinches the WVIAC title with a victory, but West Liberty would tie the Rams atop the league standings with the upset victory. ... Shepherd is ranked No. 5 in the AFCA Top 25 for a third straight week. ... The Rams posted their sixth shutout in eight games last week and have not allowed a first- or third-quarter point this season. ... Shepherd's current win streaks are up to 26 games in the regular season and 21 games in WVIAC play. ... The Rams continue to lead D-II in total defense, scoring defense and pass efficiency defense. ... No collegiate team at any level this season has allowed fewer points. ... The Shepherd defense held Wesleyan to 1-for-15 passing last week with three interceptions. ... Rams running back Dervon Wallace is seventh nationally in scoring and 11th in rushing. ... Wallace leads the WVIAC with 996 yards. ... WLSC's Darren Banks is third in D-II with eight interceptions. ... SU's Dan Peters is seventh with seven picks. ... The Toppers' Jay Gullion leads the WVIAC in passing at 231.4 yards per game. ... Gullion's 18 touchdown passes are seven more than any other QB in the league. ... WL running back Eddie Hills averages 102.4 yards per game to stand 22nd in D-II and third in the WVIAC. ... Topper WRs Renard Stevens and Almonzo Banks are the only conference players to average six or more receptions per game. ... WL kicker Billy Hager has made a league-best 10 of 12 field goals in 2006. ... West Liberty's five-game win streak is the school's longest since 1995.