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Rams host Griffins

September 29, 2007

Seton Hill at Shepherd



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

Webcast: www.msasportsnetwork.com or www.shepherdrams.com

Seton Hill Griffins (1-2, 1-0)

Head coach: Chris Snyder (4-20 at SHU, 3rd season; 8-36 overall, 5th season)

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

Stat leaders:

Rushing - Antwarn Jones (69 for 462 yds, 4 TDs)

Passing - Matt Dowdell (32-68-3, 453 yds, 4 TDs)

Receptions - Derek Thompson (13 for 215 yds, 3 TDs)

Tackles - Zach Talkovic (30 TT)

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Shepherd Rams (3-1, 1-1)

Head coach: Monte Cater (143-70-1, 21st season; 173-93-2 overall, 27th season)

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

Stat leaders:

Rushing - Dervon Wallace (107 for 606 yds, 7 TDs)

Passing - Tyler Lazear (48-80-3, 447 yds, 3 TDs)

Receptions - Mark Springirth (14 for 145 yds, 1 TD)

Tackles - Layton Hersh (27 TT)

Game notes

Seton Hill pays its first visit to Shepherd with the momentum from last week's 34-27 overtime win over Glenville State. ... The victory marked the first Division II and WVIAC win in program history for the Griffins. ... Shepherd bounced back from a road loss to Glenville State with a steady 31-10 road win at Fairmont State last Saturday. ... The Rams are ranked 18th by D2football.com and 22nd by the AFCA. ... Shepherd has won 16 league games in a row at home, dating back to a 24-14 loss to West Virginia Wesleyan on Nov. 9, 2002. ... This matchup features two of the top running backs in Division II football. ... Seton Hill's Antwarn Jones is eighth nationally in rushing at 154.0 yards per game. ... The sophomore established a new school record with 227 yards and three touchdowns in the win over Glenville State. ... Shepherd senior Dervon Wallace is ninth in D-II with 151.5 rush yards per game. ... Wallace has moved into fifth place on the all-time WVIAC rushing chart. ... He needs 35 points to pass Damian Beane as the top scorer in Shepherd and WVIAC history. ... The Rams' defense limited Fairmont State to minus-15 yards rushing last week. ... Shepherd is 10th nationally in total defense, giving up only 241.3 yards per game. ... Shepherd's 13.8 points per game allowed tops the WVIAC. ... Shepherd leads the conference in rushing offense with 204.0 yards per game. ... However, Seton Hill has the top per carry average with 4.6 yards per rush. ... The teams rank 1-2 in the WVIAC in fewest penalty yards. ... Seton Hill is only averaging 53.3 yards of infractions per game. ... Shepherd is only being assessed 57.0 yards per game. ... Foes have only converted 15 of 56 third down tries versus the Shepherd defense in 2007. ... Seton Hill LB Zach Talkovic is one of only four league players to average in double figures for tackles per game at 10.0. ... Shepherd's Frank Herrera is tied for the league lead with five sacks. ... Herrera and teammate T.J. Taylor each own eight tackles for loss. ... Seton Hill has been outscored 45-6 in the second half this season. ... Matt Johnston intercepted a pair of passes in the Glenville State triumph. ... Shepherd's defense recorded a pair of safeties versus Fairmont State. ... Seton Hill has not won back-to-back games in the two-plus year history of the program.

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