Mustangs Head to Susquehanna for Centennial-MAC Bowl

Mustangs Head to Susquehanna for Centennial-MAC Bowl

Stevenson (8-2, 7-1 MAC) vs.
Susquehanna (7-3, 6-3 Centennial Conference)
2018 Centennial-MAC Bowl Series
Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 1 pm
Amos Alonzo Stagg Field - Selinsgrove, Pa.

COMPLETE GAME NOTES (PDF)

STORY LINES

  • Stevenson has forced at least one turnover in 65 straight games.  The last game without a takeaway was November 3, 2012 at Lycoming.
  • Stevenson is making its fifth straight postseason appearance.  The Mustangs made their first NCAA trip in 2016, qualified for ECAC bowls in 2014 and 2017, and competed in the inaugural Centennial-MAC Bowl Series in 2015, defeating Muhlenberg 14-9.
  • Stevenson finished seventh in the final NCAA regional rankings.
  • Stevenson is 40-14 (.741) since the start of the 2014 season.
  • Stevenson held FDU-Florham to 45 yards in last Saturday's 34-0 win.  It marked the eighth-fewest yards allowed in a Division III game this season.  The shutout was the fourth in program history.
  • At 288.3 yards allowed and 19.2 points allowed per game, the Mustangs are second in the MAC in both categories.
  • Stevenson is 5-0 on the road this season.  Stevenson went 5-0 on the road in 2016 during the regular season, but fell at Wesley in its NCAA contest.
  • Stevenson had a total of 12 players named to the MAC All-Conference team released Tuesday, including First Team selections Brendan Flaherty, Ashton Leschke, Izaiha Pitts and Brian Latham.
  • Stevenson ranks No. 23 nationally in success in the red zone.  The Mustangs have gotten inside the opponent 20 35 times and come away with scores on 30 of them, recording 25 touchdowns and five field goals, good for an .857 scoring percentage in the red zone.
  • Sophomore quarterback Ty Crabb was 22-26 passing for 199 yards in his first collegiate start October 6 against Lebanon Valley, and also rushed for 113 yards on nine carries and a pair of scores, with TD runs of 41 and 33 yards.  He recorded the first 100-yard game for a Mustang runner since Devonte Williams had 108 yards on November 12, 2016 at Lycoming.  Crabb was named the MAC Offensive Player of the Week after throwing for 246 yards and three touchdowns at Lycoming.
  • Stevenson's current five-game win streak is its longest since 2016, when the Mustangs won the first eight games of the season.
  • Stevenson head coach Ed Hottle won his 50th career game September 8 at Bridgewater.  He is 48-36 at Stevenson and also spent three years as head coach at Gallaudet.

SERIES HISTORY

•  Stevenson and Susquehanna have never faced each other.  The only meeting for Stevenson against a Centennial Conference opponent came in 2015 when the Mustangs defeated Muhlenberg in the Centennial-MAC Bowl Series.

NEAR THE TOP

•  Since the start of the 2014 season, Stevenson is the second winningest program in the Middle Atlantic Conference.

Team Overall Pct. Conference Pct.

1) Delaware Valley 48-8 .857 39-5 .886

2) Stevenson 40-14 .741 34-10 .773

3) Widener 35-19 .648 32-12 .727

4) Albright 32-23 .581 27-17 .614

5) Lycoming 24-26 .480 21-23 .477

6) King's (Pa.) 22-28 .440 20-24 .455

7) Lebanon Valley 19-31 .380 19-25 .432

8) FDU-Florham 14-36 .280 10-34 .227

9) Wilkes 12-38 .240 11-33 .250

9) Misericordia 12-38 .240 11-33 .250

      Alvernia 1-9 .100 0-8 .000

STEVENSON QUICK HITS

•  The Mustangs were picked second in the Middle Atlantic Conference preseason poll released in August behind Delaware Valley.  The Mustangs earned two place votes, while the Aggies garnered eight.  Widener, which was picked third, received the other first place vote.

•  Senior linebacker Ashton Leschke is a three-time CoSIDA Academic All-District selection, being named for the third time this week.  He is a biology major.

•  Stevenson's shutout of FDU-Florham was the fourth in program history.
•  Sophomore Brandon Ribeiro had a program-record 66 yard punt at Albright on September 15.
•  Titus Johnson had a program-record 71-yard touchdown run in the Albright game as well.

•  Stevenson has not played an overtime game in its last 72 contests and has only played in two in its history.  The last OT game came on September 8, 2012, a 29-22 loss to Albright.

•  The Mustangs have never been shut out in 84 games in program history.

•  Stevenson played two non-conference games for the first time since the 2011 season, its first.  The Middle Atlantic Conference has gone to an eight-game schedule with the addition of Alvernia, giving it 11 teams.

HOLDING RANK

•  Stevenson finished ranked No. 7 in the final East Region rankings.  Stevenson's lone two losses this season have come to ranked teams No. 2 Frostburg State and No. 4 Delaware Valley.

1) Brockport 10-0

2) Frostburg State 9-0

3) RPI 8-1

4) Delaware Valley 9-1

5) Ithaca 8-2

6) MIT 9-1

7) Stevenson 8-2

8) Framingham State 8-2

9) Western New England 8-2

10) Salisbury 8-2

STERLING SENIORS

•  The Stevenson football program honored 23 seniors playing in their final regular season home game last week against FDU-Florham.  This year's senior class has compiled a record of 32-11 (.744)

12 MUSTANGS NAMED ALL-CONFERENCE

•  A total of 12 members of the Stevenson University football team were selected to the Middle Atlantic Conference All-Conference team announced Tuesday afternoon.

Senior offensive lineman Brendan Flaherty, senior defensive back Brian Latham, senior linebacker Ashton Leschke and junior linebacker Izaiha Pitts were named First Team All-Conference.  Senior defensive back Brody Coleman, junior offensive lineman Connor Davis, sophomore running back Titus Johnson, junior wide receiver Chaz Lyles and junior offensive lineman Ryan Nowicki were Second Team choices.  Senior linebacker Mike Datu, junior defensive back Zach May and senior fullback Patrick Najmola were Honorable Mention All-Conference.

HE DOES IT ALL

•  Against Wilkes on October 20, junior wide receiver Chaz Lyles scored three different ways.  He had a rushing touchdown on a direct snap in the second quarter, threw touchdown passes of six and 45 yards later in the quarter, then had a touchdown reception on Stevenson's first drive of the second half.  Lyles finished the day with 11 catches for 113 yards.

SPARKLING DEBUT

•  Sophomore Ty Crabb made his first collegiate start at quarterback against Lebanon Valley on October 6 and led the Mustangs to a 36-7 victory.  He was 22-26 passing for 199 yards and a touchdown, while also carrying nine times for 113 yards and two scores on runs of 41 and 33 yards.  His 100-yard rushing game was the first for a Mustang since 2016.

TAKING CARE OF THE BALL

•  Stevenson did not have a turnover in its 35-23 win at Bridgewater on September 8 or in its 20-6 win against Widener on October 13.  The Mustangs are 10-0 since the start of the 2015 season when they do not commit a turnover, going 2-0 last season and 3-0 in both 2015 and 2016.  

RED ZONE SUCCESS

•  Through 10 games, the Mustangs have scored on 30 of their 35 trips to the red zone, recording 25 touchdowns and five field goals.  Stevenson ranks No. 23 in red zone efficiency in Division III.

ROAD WARRIORS

•  For the second time in three seasons, Stevenson finished the regular season 5-0 on the road.  In 2016 the Mustangs were 5-0 on the road during the regular season, but dropped their NCAA game at Wesley.  Since 2015, Stevenson is 17-5 (.773) in road games.

DOMINATING DEFENSE

•  Stevenson allowed just 45 total yards and no points in its 34-0 win over FDU-Florham last Saturday, including -19 yards rushing.  The 45 yards allowed is a program record and the eighth-fewest yards allowed in a Division III game this season.