Mustangs Look to Remain Unbeaten on the Road at Widener

Mustangs Look to Remain Unbeaten on the Road at Widener

Stevenson (4-2, 3-1 Middle Atlantic Conference) vs.
Widener (3-3, 3-1 Middle Atlantic Conference)
Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 1 pm
Quick Stadium - Chester, Pa.

COMPLETE GAME NOTES (PDF)

STORY LINES

  • Stevenson has forced at least one turnover in 61 straight games.  The last game without a takeaway was November 3, 2012 at Lycoming.
  • Stevenson has made four straight postseason appearances.  The Mustangs made their inaugural NCAA appearance in 2016, while the program enjoyed bowl wins in 2014 and 2015, winning an ECAC bowl in 2014 and the Centennial-MAC Bowl in 2015.  Last season, Stevenson qualified for the ECAC James Lynah Bowl.
  • Stevenson is 36-14 (.720) since the start of the 2014 season.
  • The Mustangs have had a MAC weekly award winner in three of the last four weeks.  Hanif Jones was Defensive Player of the Week after the Albright game as he had a 31-yard interception return for a touchdown and three tackles.  Ashton Leschke earned the award after his 10-tackle performance against King's in which he also had three pass breakups, a forced fumble and fumble recovery.  Leschke was also named to the D3football.com Team of the Week.  Vincent Lee was named MAC Special Teams Player of the Week for his 52-yard punt return for a touchdown against Lebanon Valley.
  • Lee's punt return touchdown was the third in program history, with Preston Addo recording the other two.
  • Stevenson was picked second in the Middle Atlantic Conference preseason poll behind defending champion Delaware Valley.
  • Stevenson has scored on 20 of its 21 trips to the red zone this season, recording 15 touchdowns and five field goals.  The Mustangs are ranked ninth in Division III in red zone efficiency this season.
  • Sophomore quarterback Ty Crabb was 22-26 passing for 199 yards in his first collegiate start Saturday 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.
  • The Mustang defense has held its last two opponents under 300 yards of total offense.  At 314.2 yards allowed per game, Stevenson ranks second in the MAC
  • Stevenson's recent three-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 44-36 at Stevenson and also spent three years as head coach at Gallaudet.

SERIES HISTORY

•  Widener has captured five of the seven meetings with Stevenson dating back to 2011.  The Pride snapped a two-game Mustang win streak in the series with a 20-14 win at Mustang Stadium last season.  In the last meeting in Chester, Pa., Stevenson posted a 45-21 win on October 15, 2016.

 

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 43-8 .843 34-5 .872

2) Stevenson 36-14 .720 30-10 .750

3) Widener 34-16 .680 31-9 .775

4) Albright 32-19 .627 27-13 .675

5) Lycoming 22-23 .489 19-20 .487

6) King's (Pa.) 19-26 .422 17-22 .436

7) Lebanon Valley 17-28 .378 17-22 .436

8) FDU-Florham 12-33 .267 8-31 .205

9) Wilkes 10-36 .217 9-31 .225

10) Misericordia 8-37 .178 7-32 .180

      Alvernia 1-4 .200 0-4 .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 two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District selection.  He is a biology major.
•  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 68 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 80 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.

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.  The Mustangs are 9-0 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 its first six games, the Mustangs have scored on 20 of its 21 trips to the red zone, recording 15 touchdowns and five field goals.  Stevenson ranks ninth in red zone efficiency in Division III, but only two teams ranked ahead of the Mustangs (Central (Iowa) and Endicott) have played six games.

DOMINATING DEFENSE

•  The Mustang defense was dominant in the second half against Albright, allowing just 48 yards and no points as Stevenson outgained the Lions 279-48.  Stevenson also had two interceptions in the second half, including Hanif Jones' 31-yard pick six that earned him MAC Defensive Player of the Week honors.

     Stevenson has held three of its first six opponents, including the last two, under 300 yards of total offense.  The Mustangs rank second in the MAC in total defense at 314.2 yards per game.

KEEP AWAY

•  Stevenson has led in time of possession in four of the first six games, and has an average time of possession of 31:06.

WHAT'S NEXT

•  Stevenson hosts Wilkes for Homecoming on Saturday, October 20 then will have its bye week.