Game Notes: Cal U football team wraps up PSAC West game on Saturday at Slippery Rock

# 3/13 CAL U (8-0, 5-0) @ # 15/16 SLIPPING ROCK (8-1, 5-1)
• When: Saturday November 6, 2021
• Where: Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania.
• Stadium: Mihalik-Thompson Stadium (10,000)
• Kick-off: 1 p.m.
• Live video: CUTVSport1 (YouTube) I PSAC Network (SRU flow)
• Live radio: WCAL (91.9 FM) I WLER (97.7 FM)
• Live statistics: click on HERE

• Fans should not attend any event if you are showing symptoms of COVID-19 or if you are feeling ill.
• Masks are MANDATORY inside all buildings on the SRU campus, regardless of vaccination status.
• Fans are encouraged, but not required at this time, to wear masks during outdoor SRU events.
• Fans are encouraged to socialize when possible at events.

• Parking is available in the lots surrounding the stadium
• Parking spaces cost $ 10 in all parking lots ($ 25 for RVs, large vehicles)
• Shuttles will go around the car parks to facilitate transport to the gates.
• Campus map | The stadium is # 52 on the map

• Visiting fans can park together and park on the grounds of the Stadium Lodge. The lot opens at 10 a.m.
• GPS address: 246 Harmony Road, Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania
• Visiting fans can enter the game through gate six, located in the field hockey / lacrosse building just below the pavilion parking area, which provides direct access to the visitor bleachers.
• Campus map | Visitor parking is at building # 51. The front door is at building # 53.

• Tailgating is authorized in paid lots three hours before kick-off (lots open at 10 a.m.)
• No tailgating at half time
• All Tailgaters must enter play at kick-off
• The Tailgaters must release the prizes 90 minutes after the end of the game.
• No strong alcohol or glass bottles
• Adhere to all campus tailgating rules found HERE.
• All-time streak: Slippery Rock leads 49-30-3 I Story
• First meeting: 1919 – Cal U 7-0
• Last meeting: November 2, 2019 @ Slippery Rock – Slippery Rock won 31-28 | to summarize | The score of the box I Video highlights
• Series: Slippery Rock +3

• Cal U will close out the PSAC West game on Saturday by traveling to face Slippery Rock. The Vulcans earned a 42-14 victory over Seton Hill last week after scoring 28 points in the first quarter. Meanwhile, The Rock took a 63-21 victory at Gannon behind eight pass touchdowns.

• Cal U scored 28 unanswered points in the first quarter, including two touchdowns by wide receiver Derek lockhart, and won a 42-14 victory over Seton Hill. junior quarterback Noah mitchell set a career-high with five touchdown passes and finished with 320 passing yards. Lockhart totaled 135 receiving yards and three of 10 touchdowns, while the runner-up JaQuae Jackson posted 121 yards and two scores. linebacker Noah Dillow led the team with 12 tackles and a defensive back Jermal Martin, Jr. scored on an intercept return.

• The Rock have won seven of the last nine games in the series after the Vulcans won five straight games from 2006 to 2010. Additionally, Cal U have lost the last five games at Mihalik-Thompson Stadium, their last road victory having took place in 2010.

• After spending two decades as a program assistant, Shawn lutz was 47-12 in six seasons as head coach of The Rock. He led the program to an NCAA playoff semifinal appearance in 2019 after winning the program’s first PSAC championship in four years. Lutz has been named PSAC West Coach of the Year in each of the past two seasons.

• Slippery Rock once again presents one of the most prolific offensives in the country, ranking in the top 10 in terms of scores, total yards and passing yards. The Rock made a quarterback change to the North Dakota transfer Noah grover last week and he set a one-game school record with eight touchdowns against Gannon. He finished with 439 passing yards on 32 of 40 attempts after entering the game with just 32 passing attempts this year. Slippery Rock features a dynamic trio of wide receivers led by seniors Henri litwin. All-American in 2019, Litwin leads the PSAC with 813 receiving yards and 11 total touchdowns this year. Senior journeyman Jermaine Wynn, Jr. ranks in the league’s top 10 with 596 receiving yards and is fourth in the PSAC with 127.25 yards per game. The Rock also debuted with a new starter last week during the transfer from Portland State. Evyn holtz, who recorded 109 rushing yards on 18 carries. Slippery Rock is also among the nation’s top 10 in total defense, allowing just over 250 yards per game. Senior Tim vernick leads the team with 59 tackles and starts the week with almost 250 career saves. Classmate Garret de Bien pace the team with 11.5 TFL in his second year as a starter, while his senior compatriot Chad Kuhn recorded a 7.0 sacks at the head of the team after being a 2019 AP All-American. The Rock have a pair of explosive comebacks in Wynn and senior Sweetness to the five with Wynn second in the league with 12.4 yards per punt return.

• The latest Super Region One ranking was released on Monday and the top six teams remain unchanged from last week. This weekend, two regionally-ranked clashes with the top-ranked and undefeated Bentley will travel to sixth-ranked New Haven in the NE-10. Cal U and Slippery Rock are both also positioned in the rankings.

• Cal U climbed into the AFCA Top 25 again this week, now sitting in third place with 668 points. The Vulcans equaled their highest position in the poll previously established on October 18, 2010 after claiming a home victory over Slippery Rock. Cal U has climbed the rankings after making their poll debut at No.25 five weeks ago and are one of four remaining undefeated teams in the country.

• Junior Jermal Martin, Jr. was named PSAC West Defensive Athlete of the Week for the third straight game on Monday. He posted seven tackles and a 27-yard interception return for a touchdown in the win over Seton Hill. Martin is the first player since 2018 to record an interception in three straight games, and became the first Cal U defensive player since 2014 to win the League’s Weekly Laurel three times in a season.

• Cal U offensive lineman Eric Hudanick and Slippery Rock wide receiver Henri litwin were two of only 15 NCAA Division II players to be announced as semifinalists for the 2021 William V. Campbell Trophy, which recognizes the nation’s top college football athlete. Hudanick and Litwin were both also selected as CoSIDA Academic All-Americans in the spring.

• junior quarterback Noah mitchell set a career-high with five passing touchdowns and finished with 320 passing yards last week against Seton Hill. He also recorded his fourth straight game with at least 300 passing yards and ranks second in the country with 323.0 passing yards per game. Mitchell enters the weekend with just three passing touchdowns before tying the 69-year school record set by Josh portis (2009-10).

• Last week, junior defensive lineman Gerald Brown had eight saves in the victory over Seton Hill. He has now recorded a total of 17 tackles in the past two weeks after making 11 saves in the previous four games. Brown was a consensus selection of all regions in the 2019 campaign after placing in the top five in the PSAC with 16.5 TFL and 8.0 sacks, in addition to leading the team in tackles.

• Junior wide receiver Derek lockhart scored three receiving touchdowns, including two in the first quarter, against Seton Hill. He eclipsed the mark of the century for a straight week, finishing with 135 receiving yards on a career-high 10 catches. Lockhart has totaled 24 receptions for 380 yards and six touchdowns in his last three games. The South Allegheny product entered the season with just three career catches.

• Last week, the Vulcans surrendered more than 100 yards to a running back for the first time since week 9 of the 2018 campaign (Wes hills, Slippery rock). Senior at Seton Hill Logan wiland, who leads the PSAC on rushing this year, finished with 166 rushing yards on 33 carries in the loss. Cal U is still seventh in the NCAA Division II this season in rushing defense, allowing just 78.8 rushing yards per game.

• Linebacker in second year Noah Dillow led the team with 12 tackles and also added 1.5 TFLs last week against Seton Hill. It was the second time this year that he has recorded double-digit saves after totaling a career-high 13 in the season opener. Dillow leads the team with 59 tackles this fall, which equals his 2019 campaign total, and ranks in the PSAC’s top 15 with 7.5 tackles per game.

• Last weekend, senior Tyson hill rose to second place all time in school history in receptions and reception classes. He just hangs out Garry Brown in both categories while totaling 167 catches for 2,661 career yards. A two-time selection on the PSAC West First All-Star Team, Hill ranks fourth in the league this season with 674 receiving yards and 5.5 receptions per game.
• Cal U leads the league and ranks in the top 10 in the nation, allowing his opponents to convert just 26.9 percent on third downs. The Vulcans have only allowed one opponent this year to convert more than five first tries. Meanwhile, Slippery Rock is second in the PSAC by converting 51.7% on third downs.

• Wide receiver in second year JaQuae Jackson scored a pair of touchdowns and finished with 121 receiving yards against Seton Hill last week. He’s grabbed multiple touchdowns three times this year and eclipsed the mark of the century for receiving yards on two occasions. A freshman, Jackson is fourth in the PSAC with eight touchdowns and second with 6.4 receptions per game.

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