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Charleston, 3-0 in WVIAC, visits Shepherd

October 06, 2007

Charleston at Shepherd

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

Webcast: www.shepherdrams.com

Charleston Golden Eagles (5-1, 3-0)

Head coach: Tony DeMeo (18-10 at UC, 3rd season; 94-89-2, 19th season NCAA; 111-95-2 overall)

Formations: Offense - Triple Gun; Defense - Multiple

Stat leaders:

Rushing - DeRante Hunter (104 for 454 yds, 3 TDs)

Passing - DeRante Hunter (40-81-6, 513 yds, 3 TDs)

Receptions - Terrance Spencer (13 for 211 yds, 2 TD)

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Tackles - LeDominique Williams (37 TT)

Shepherd Rams (4-1, 1-1)

Head coach: Monte Cater (144-70-1, 21st season; 174-93-2 overall, 27th season)

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

Stat leaders:

Rushing - Dervon Wallace (135 for 754 yds, 8 TDs)

Passing - Tyler Lazear (62-103-3, 641 yds, 4 TDs)

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

Tackles: Layton Hersh (32 TT, 2 INT)

The series

The series is tied, 2-2.

Last year's game: Shepherd posted all of its points in the fourth quarter of a 17-0 win over Charleston. ... The Rams got 143 rushing yards and a TD from Dervon Wallace. ... Dan Peters added a 26-yard interception return for a touchdown. ... Charleston was limited to 182 yards of total offense, only 75 of which came on the ground. ... Shepherd compiled 301 yards of total offense.

Game notes

The Rams are ranked 18th nationally in the D2football.com media poll and 21st in the AFCA coaches' poll. ... Charleston is off to its strongest start since resuming football in 2003. ... The Golden Eagles have outscored foes 139-53 during their current four-game win streak. ... UC is second nationally with 18 forced turnovers. ... The Golden Eagles' defense leads the WVIAC in rushing defense and is 10th nationally, allowing only 71 yards per game. ... Foes are only managing 28.3 rush yards per game during UC's current win streak. ... Freshman QB DeRante Hunter leads all WVIAC quarterbacks in rushing with 75.7 yards per game. ... The Charleston rushing attack is 35th out of 144 Division II squads with 199.3 yards per game. ... UC is only ranked 138th in D-II at 88.8 yards per game through the air. ... DL T.L. Asbury tops the league with 15 tackles for loss. ... DB Mike Williams has three interception returns for touchdowns in the past two weeks. ... Shepherd owns a 17-game WVIAC home win streak following last week's win over Seton Hill. ... The Rams have won 73 of their last 74 contests that they have allowed fewer than 20 points. ... The lone loss was a 13-8 setback to Virginia State in 2004. ... SU has shut out Charleston in each of the last two seasons. ... Senior running back Dervon Wallace has gone over the 100-yard mark in each contest this season. ... Wallace leads the WVIAC and is seventh nationally at 150.8 rush yards per game. ... The Rams stand 10th in Division II in total defense as they only give up 241.4 yards per game. ... Tyler Lazear is one of only three league starting quarterbacks to complete over 60 percent of his passes. ... Opponents have only converted 16 of 65 third down attempts vs. Shepherd in 2007. ... Charleston paces the WVIAC with 19 sacks. ... The Golden Eagles also top the league in red-zone scoring. ... UC has 16 touchdowns and three field goals in 21 trips inside the opponent's 20-yard line.

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