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PSAC Football Roundup: No. 18 IUP Rallies for Wild Win Over Cal; CASH Grad Sheets Snags TD in SRU Win; Clarion Routs Seton Hill

Slippery Rock's Kyle Sheets. Photo Slippery Rock athletics.

CALIFORNIA, Pa. – The 18th-ranked IUP football team scored the final two touchdowns of the contest and fended off a potential go-ahead drive from California (Pa.) in a 22-21 victory on Saturday in the 13th Annual Coal Bowl at Adamson Stadium.

IUP (5-0, 3-0) remains unbeaten on the season, battling back from a 21-10 deficit through three quarters for its first victory at Adamson Stadium since 2006. Cal U (3-3, 2-1) began the final drive of the contest with 1:21 left on the clock, marching the ball down the field inside the IUP 20 in the closing seconds of the contest.

Cathedral Prep grad Jaheim Howard had a pair of tackles for IUP in the win.

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SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – The 20th-ranked Slippery Rock University football team scored on the opening kickoff and led wire-to-wire in a 31-17 win over Mercyhurst University Saturday night in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Western Division game from Mihalik-Thompson Stadium.

The Rock bounced back from their first loss of the season to improve to 5-1 overall and 2-1 in PSAC West games. Mercyhurst drops a fourth straight game after opening the season with a pair of wins to slip to 2-4 overall and 0-3 in PSAC West action.

Conneaut grad Kyle Sheets hauled in a 16-yard touchdown pass from Noah Grover in the second quarter and finished with six receptions for 70 yards.

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GREENSBURG, Pa. – The Golden Eagle football team took advantage of key Seton Hill miscues and turned them into points, with Clarion routing the Griffins 40-13 at Offutt Field on Saturday. Despite being outgained offensively by Seton Hill, the Golden Eagles used every tool in the kit to come away with their second road win of the year.

Clarion scored at least once in all three phases of the game, including two special teams touchdowns and a safety. The Golden Eagles got out to a quick lead and limited the Griffins’ ability to come back, holding them to one score late in each half. Neither team moved the ball particularly well, but Clarion excelled in the other facets to snatch the win.

Meadville grad Griffin Buzzell had four tackles in the win for the Golden Eagles, while Cathedral Prep alum Regan Schleicher had one reception for 11 yards, and Brockway grad Jarrett Esposito booted a 38-yard field goal and had six punts, averaging 39.2 yards per punt.

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EDINBORO, Pa. – EDINBORO, Pa. — Gannon rode a dominating performance on both offense and defense to a convincing 35-17 win at local rival Edinboro, spoiling the Fighting Scots’ Homecoming.

Despite leading rusher Melvin Blanks sitting out the second half, the Golden Knights ran for a season-high 259 yards and finished with 418 total yards.

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Israel Abanikanda ran for 320 yards to break Tony Dorsett’s program record and scored six touchdowns in Pitt’s 45-29 victory over Virginia Tech on Saturday.

Dorsett ran for 303 yards in 1975 against Notre Dame. Abanikanda broke the rushing record with a 6-yard carry in the fourth quarter.

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LAS VEGAS – The University of Notre Dame football team earned a 28-20 victory over the No. 16 BYU Cougars Saturday evening at Allegiant Stadium in the Fighting Irish’s annual Shamrock Series game.

Drew Pyne led a balanced offensive attack. The sophomore quarterback finished 22-for-28 for 262 yards and three scores. Michael Mayer was Pyne’s favorite target as the junior tight end finished with 11 catches for 118 yards and two scores. It’s the first time a Notre Dame tight end had 10 or more receptions in a game in school history. Mayer scored a touchdown for the fourth-straight week, extending his career-best of consecutive games with a receiving touchdown.

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