Weekend College Top 10: IUP win part of wild day in PSAC
Every Monday, the Tribune-Review will highlight 10 top area college performances from the weekend:
1. IUP rallies from 20-0 deficit, beats Clarion
The No. 23 Crimson Hawks (5-2, 2-2) were in danger of their third straight PSAC West loss before scoring 14 points in the fourth quarter en route to a 24-23 victory over PSAC West opponent Clarion on Saturday. Lenny Williams (Sto-Rox) hit Miles Williamson (Chartiers-Houston) on a 27-yard touchdown pass for the go-ahead score with 3 minutes, 54 seconds left. Clarion (4-3, 2-2) scored three first-quarter touchdowns, including a 78-yard pass from Jeff Clemens to Dana Jackson. Mylique McGriff finished with 30 carries for 125 yards and a touchdown for the Golden Eagles, who had a 328-263 advantage in total yards. Justice Evans (Central Catholic) had 86 rushing yards and a touchdown for IUP, and Damon Lloyd record 16 tackles and a fumble recovery that led to the go-ahead touchdown.
2. Slippery Rock football takes over 1st place
Roland Rivers went 25 of 32 for 403 yards with five touchdowns and added 82 rushing yards and a TD as The Rock downed Edinboro, 59-28, in the PSAC on Saturday. Slippery Rock (6-1, 4-0) moved into first place in the West Division after Cal (Pa.)’s loss to Gannon. Slippery Rock led 45-21 at halftime and scored on eight of its first nine possessions before pulling its starters. It finished with 596 yards of offense. Jermaine Wynn (Woodland Hills) had six catches for 119 yards with three touchdowns, and Henry Litwin recorded a game-high nine receptions for 131 yards and a touchdown. Walter Fletcher finished with 144 rushing yards for Edinboro, and Jarrod Kellar threw for 261 yards with three touchdowns.
3. Pitt volleyball makes it an even 20
The No. 6 Panthers extended the best start in school history with a four-set win at N.C. State on Sunday. Pitt (20-0, 8-0 ACC) owns the longest winning streak in the nation and is one of two unbeaten teams (No. 1 BYU is 18-0). Nika Markovic had 17 kills and 11 digs, and Layne Van Buskirk added 13 kills.
4. Seton Hill football rallies, snaps 20-game skid
Ardell Brown returned a punt 69 yards for a touchdown with 2:13 left as the Griffins rallied for a 34-33 victory over Mercyhurst in the PSAC West on Saturday. Brown also had two touchdown catches and intercepted a pass on the final play. Seton Hill (1-6, 1-3) trailed 31-7 early in the third quarter before Brown started the comeback on a 54-yard touchdown catch from Chris Jones. After a touchdown catch and a touchdown run by Cinque Sweeting, Brown gave the Griffins the lead with his punt return. Mercyhurst dropped to 2-5, 1-3.
5. Duquesne runs to win over Robert Morris
A.J. Hines had 182 of the Dukes’ 321 rushing yards and scored three touchdowns in their 48-24 victory in the Northeast Conference on Saturday. Daquon Worley, normally a defensive back, played offense and had seven carries for 96 yards and two touchdowns for Duquesne (4-3, 1-1), which had lost two straight. Daniel Parr hit Nehari Crawford for a 43-yard touchdown pass to put the Dukes ahead for good in the second quarter. Terence Stephens Jr. had 112 yards rushing and added six receptions for 110 yards, becoming the first Colonials player to eclipse 100 yards in both categories since former NFL Draft pick Tim Hall in 1994. Jimmy Walker threw for 262 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions for Robert Morris (1-5, 0-3). Tight end Matthew Gonzalez caught two of those touchdowns, finishing with seven catches for 103 yards.
6. W&J escapes against Geneva
Jacob Adams connected with Andrew Wolf for a 12-yard touchdown with 30 seconds left as the No. 8 Presidents edged Geneva, 50-43, in the PAC on Saturday. Adams threw for a career-high 432 yards to go with five touchdowns, and Wolf recorded nine catches for 139 yards and three touchdowns, giving him 16 TDs on the season. Jordan West had 39 carries for 196 yards and two touchdowns for W&J (7-0, 6-0). The Presidents had 630 yards of offense. Trewon Marshall ran 35 times for 143 and three touchdowns for Geneva (2-4, 2-3), and Harrison Kozlow had seven catches for 183 yards and three touchdowns.
7. Gannon football halts Cal (Pa.)’s streak
Marcus Jones ran for 276 yards on 38 carries as the Golden Knights ended the Vulcans’ four-game winning streak with a 29-15 victory in the PSAC West on Saturday. It also was Cal’s first home divisional loss since 2013, stopping a streak of 15 games. Jones helped Gannon (2-5, 2-2) finish with a nearly nine-minute advantage in time of possession. Noah Mitchell went 21 of 38 for 239 yards with two touchdowns and one interception for Cal (4-3, 3-1).
8. Tartans QB breaks passing record in win
Senior Alex Cline threw for 268 yards -- giving him a school-record 5,746 for his career -- as Carnegie Mellon topped Bethany, 17-14, in the PAC on Saturday. Rob Kalkstein (2010-13) held the previous record with 5,519. Karl Kumm caught six passes for 111 yards for CMU (3-3, 2-3), and Rory Hubbard ran for 84 yards and a touchdown.
9. Penn State men’s hockey opens 2-0
Peyton Jones made 35 saves, and Brandon Biro had a goal and an assist as the No. 16 Nittany Lions defeated No. 17 Clarkson, 5-1, on Friday to complete their first season-opening sweep in program history. After the Golden Knights scored 3:33 into the game, Penn State erased the deficit on goals by Alex Limoges and Aarne Talvitie 62 seconds apart later in the period.
10. Another shutout for W&J field hockey
The No. 18 Presidents recorded their Division III-leading 10th shutout with a 1-0 victory over Utica in an Empire 8 game Saturday. Alana Boyd scored her sixth goal of the season, and Rena Israel (North Allegheny) earned her ninth shutout. W&J (12-0, 6-0) is one of five unbeaten teams in the nation.