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Dayton Flyers CB Christian Searles named PFL Player of the Week

Christian Searles


Junior Corner Tied A UD Record With 3 Interceptions

ST. LOUIS – University of Dayton junior cornerback Christian Searles was named Defensive Player of the Week after helping Dayton to its third straight win Saturday at Jacksonville.

Searles intercepted three passes in UD’s 36-16 win over the Dolphins.  The Chicago Mt. Carmel High School product tied the Dayton
record for interception in a game.
He is the 10th Dayton player to have three interceptions in a single game.  The previous nine were Paul Spakowski (1951), Jim Spoerl (1953), Bob Cyphers (1959), Jack Unverferth (1961), Gary Hussion (1965), Bob Smith (1983), Aaron Furman (2002) and Mark Kasmer (2002).

Searles was also in on two tackles and broke up a pass.  On special teams, he returned three punts for 43 yards.

On the season, Searles is second in the PFL in passes defended (1.43 per game).  He leads the Flyers in passes broken up (7) and is tied for second in interceptions (3).  Dayton leads the PFL and is second in FCS football in interceptions this season (12).
Searles was also College Sports Madness’ PFL Defensive Player of the Week.

Dayton is 5-2 on the year and third in the PFL with a 3-1 record.   UD will take on Butler in Indianapolis Saturday at 1 p.m. ET.
PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Doug Hauschild; COURTESY DAYTON MEDIA RELATIONS

Rutgers loses to #2 Ohio State, 58-0; Game Notes

No. 2 OHIO STATE (4-0, 1-0) 58, RUTGERS (2-3, 0-2) 0
OHIO STADIUM • COLUMBUS, OHIO
OCTOBER 1, 2016 • ATTENDANCE: 105,830

PARTICIPATION
First career start (2): DL Darnell Davis, DL Kevin Wilkins
• Rutgers now has six players that have made their first career start this season.
Career debut (1): WR Ntwademela Perry

TEAM NOTES
• The attendance of 105,830 marked the third-largest crowd Rutgers has played in front of in its history following 109,879 at Michigan last season and 106,795 at Ohio State in 2014.
• Rutgers made its second trip to Ohio Stadium, marking the first Big Ten venue to visit twice since joining the league in 2014.
• Rutgers ended a streak of playing at 23 consecutive different regular season venues.
• Both games on the road this season have been against top-15 opponents, as Ohio State ranks No. 2 and Washington was No. 14 week one.
• Rutgers won the turnover margin, 1-0, after picking off a pass and not turning over the ball.

Anthony Cioffi (courtesy Rutgers)

INDIVIDUAL NOTES
DB Anthony Cioffi
• Recorded eighth career interception and second of the season in the first quarter. Needs two more picks to move into the top-10 in the school career record books.

DB Kiy Hester
• Reached double-digit tackles for the second-straight week by logging 10.

LB Tyreek Maddox-Williams
• Recorded a career-high 11 tackles in the game. Came into the game with three stops on the season.

LB Deonte Roberts
• Picked up a career-high 10 tackles

DB Isaiah Wharton
• Had two pass break-ups for third career game with at multiple deflections.

 

GAME NOTES WRITTEN BY & A COURTESY OF RUTGERS ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

National Football Foundation releases Weekly College Football TV Schedule for Week 5

2010 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Greg McElroy will be on the call Saturday as his alma mater, No. 1 Alabama, hosts Kentucky at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.


The following schedule is for games from Division I (FBS and FCS) for the dates of Sept. 29-Oct. 5, 2016. If you choose to reproduce this schedule, please credit The National Football Foundation and use the NFF logo, which can be downloaded here.

* All times Eastern
* FBS Rankings reflect the FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll
* FCS Rankings reflect the STATS FCS Top 25 Poll
* Schedule organized by home team.

This schedule is compiled by Alan Cox. Any comments or updates, please emailnews@footballfoundation.com.

The American
Date
Time
Game
Network (Talent)
Thurs., Sept. 29
8:00 p.m.
Connecticut
at (6) Houston
ESPN
(Dave Flemming, Jesse Palmer, Laura Rutledge)
Sat., Oct. 1
Noon
UCF
at East Carolina
CBS Sports Network
(Dave Ryan, Corey Chavous, Melanie Collins)
Sat., Oct. 1
Noon
SMU
at Temple
ESPNews
(Mike Couzens, Dan Hawkins)
Sat., Oct. 1
7:00 p.m.
South Florida
at Cincinnati
ESPNU
(Mark Neely, Ray Bentley)
ACC
Date
Time
Game
Network (Talent)
Sat., Oct. 1
Noon
Notre Dame
vs. Syracuse
(East Rutherford, N.J.)
ESPN
(Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Allison Williams)
Sat., Oct. 1
Noon
(13) Miami (Fla.)
at Georgia Tech
ESPN2
(Allen Bestwick, Mike Bellotti1, Kris Budden)
Sat., Oct. 1
12:30 p.m.
Virginia
at Duke
ACC Network/Raycom Sports, also ESPN3/ACC Network Extra (subject to blackout)
(Tom Werme, Dave Archer, Roddy Jones)
Sat., Oct. 1
1:00 p.m.
Buffalo
at Boston College
ACC Network Extra/ESPN3
(Alex Faust, Matt Chatham)
Sat., Oct. 1
3:30 p.m.
North Carolina
at (12) Florida State
ESPN
(Mark Jones, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich)
Sat., Oct. 1
3:30 p.m.
Wake Forest
at N.C. State
ACC Network/ESPN3/RSN
(Wes Durham, James Bates, Lyndsay Rowley)
Sat., Oct. 1
7:30 p.m.
Marshall
at Pittsburgh
ACC Network/ESPN3/RSN
(Bob Rathbun, Takeo Spikes, Rebecca Kaple)
Sat., Oct. 1
8:00 p.m.
(3) Louisville
at (5) Clemson
ABC
(Chris Fowler3, Kirk Herbstreit3, Samantha Ponder)
Big Ten
Date
Time
Game
Network (Talent)
Sat., Oct. 1
Noon
Northwestern
at Iowa
ESPNU
(Eamon McAnaney, John Congemi)
Sat., Oct. 1
Noon
Rutgers
at (2) Ohio State
BTN
(Kevin Kugler, Matt Millen, Lisa Byington)
Sat., Oct. 1
3:30 p.m.
Purdue
at Maryland
BTN
(Joe Beninati, J Leman2)
Sat., Oct. 1
3:30 p.m.
(8) Wisconsin
at (4) Michigan
ABC
(Dave Flemming, Brian Griese2, Todd McShay)
Sat., Oct. 1
3:30 p.m.
Illinois
at (15) Nebraska
ESPN2
(Dave Lamont, Kelly Stouffer, Paul Carcaterra)
Sat., Oct. 1
3:30 p.m.
Minnesota
at Penn State
BTN
(Brandon Gaudin, Chuck Long1)
Sat., Oct. 1
8:00 p.m.
Michigan State
at Indiana
BTN
(Eric Collins, Glen Mason)
Big 12
Date
Time
Game
Network (Talent)
Thurs., Sept. 29
8:30 p.m.
Kansas
at Texas Tech
FOX Sports 1
(Justin Kutcher, Petros Papadakis)
Sat., Oct. 1
Noon
(14) Baylor
at Iowa State
FOX Sports 1
(Tim Brando, Spencer Tillman)
Sat., Oct. 1
Noon
Texas
at Oklahoma State
ABC
(Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham, Jerry Punch)
Sat., Oct. 1
3:30 p.m.
Kansas State
at West Virginia
ESPNU
(Clay Matvik, Dusty Dvoracek)
Sat., Oct. 1
5:00 p.m.
Oklahoma
at TCU
FOX
(Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt, Shannon Spake)
Conference USA
Date
Time
Game
Network (Talent)
Sat., Oct. 1
6:00 p.m.
Old Dominion
at Charlotte
CUSA TV
(Matt Swierad, Kevin Donnalley2)
Sat., Oct. 1
7:00 p.m.
Florida Atlantic
at Florida International
beIN Sports
(Matt Martucci, Brett Romberg, Jordan Daigle)
Sat., Oct. 1
7:00 p.m.
UTEP
at Louisiana Tech
American Sports Network
(Dave Armstrong, Rich Baldinger)
Sat., Oct. 1
7:00 p.m.
Middle Tennessee
at North Texas
Campus Insiders
(Ray Crawford, Max Starks)
Sat., Oct. 1
7:00 p.m.
Rice
at Southern Miss
CUSA TV
(John Cox, Lee Roberts)
Sat., Oct. 1
7:00 p.m.
Houston Baptist
at Western Kentucky
CUSA TV
(Randy Lee, Leo Peckenpaugh, Terry Obee)
MAC
Date
Time
Game
Network (Talent)
Sat., Oct. 1
2:30 p.m.
Ohio
at Miami (Ohio)
ESPN3/TWC/BCSN
(Bob McElligott, Ryan Cavanaugh, Madison Spielman)
Sat., Oct. 1
3:00 p.m.
Eastern Michigan
at Bowling Green
ESPN3
(Jim Barbar, John Gregory)
Sat., Oct. 1
3:30 p.m.
Akron
at Kent State
ESPN3
(Michael Reghi, Dustin Fox)
Sat., Oct. 1
3:30 p.m.
Northern Illinois
at Ball State
American Sports Network/ESPN3
(Mike Gleason, Brad Jackson, Petar Hood)
Sat., Oct. 1
7:00 p.m.
Western Michigan
at Central Michigan
CBS Sports Network
(Ben Holden, Jay Feely, John Schriffen)
Mountain West
Date
Time
Game
Network (Talent)
Sat., Oct. 1
3:30 p.m.
Navy
at Air Force
CBS Sports Network
(Carter Blackburn, Aaron Taylor, Jenny Dell)
Sat., Oct. 1
4:00 p.m.
San Jose State
at New Mexico
ROOT Sports
(Marc Stein, Joel Dreesen, Brad Thompson)
Sat., Oct. 1
10:15 p.m.
Utah State
at Boise State
ESPN2
(Roy Philpott, Tom Ramsey, Alex Corddry)
Sat., Oct. 1
10:15 p.m.
Wyoming
at Colorado State
ESPNU
(Mike Corey, Rene Ingoglia)
Sat., Oct. 1
10:30 p.m.
Fresno State
at UNLV
CBS Sports Network
(Dwayne Ballen, Randy Cross1, Cassie McKinney)
Sat., Oct. 1
11:59 p.m.
Nevada
at Hawaii
Oceanic PPV/Hawaiian Telcom PPV
(Robert Kekaula, Rich Miano, Scott Robbs)
Pac-12
Date
Time
Game
Network (Talent)
Fri., Sept. 30
9:00 p.m.
(7) Stanford
at (10) Washington
ESPN
(Joe Tessitore, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe)
Sat., Oct. 1
2:30 p.m.
Oregon State
at Colorado
Pac-12 Networks
(JB Long, Glenn Parker, Jill Savage)
Sat., Oct. 1
6:00 p.m.
Utah
at California
Pac-12 Networks
(Ted Robinson, Yogi Roth, Cindy Brunson)
Sat., Oct. 1
8:30 p.m.
Arizona State
at USC
FOX
(Joe Davis, Brady Quinn, Jenny Taft)
Sat., Oct. 1
9:30 p.m.
Oregon
at Washington State
Pac-12 Networks
(Roxy Bernstein, Anthony Herron, Lewis Johnson)
Sat., Oct. 1
10:30 p.m.
Arizona
at UCLA
ESPN
(Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Rocky Boiman)
SEC
Date
Time
Game
Network (Talent)
Sat., Oct. 1
Noon
Alcorn State
at Arkansas
(Little Rock, Ark.)
SEC Network
(Mike Morgan, Clint Stoerner, Kevin Weidl)
Sat., Oct. 1
Noon
Florida
at Vanderbilt
SEC Network
(Tom Hart, Andre Ware1, Cole Cubelic)
Sat., Oct. 1
3:30 p.m.
Louisiana Monroe
at Auburn
SEC Network
(Taylor Zarzour, Jordan Rodgers, Lauren Sisler)
Sat., Oct. 1
3:30 p.m.
(11) Tennessee
at Georgia
CBS
(Verne Lundquist3, Gary Danielson, Allie LaForce)
Sat., Oct. 1
4:00 p.m.
(9) Texas A&M
at South Carolina
SEC Network
(Dave Neal, Matt Stinchcomb2, Olivia Harlan)
Sat., Oct. 1
7:00 p.m.
Kentucky
at (1) Alabama
ESPN
(Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy2, Tom Luginbill)
Sat., Oct. 1
7:00 p.m.
Memphis
at (16) Ole Miss
ESPN2/SEC Network
(Anish Shroff, Ahmad Brooks, Dawn Davenport)
Sat., Oct. 1
7:30 p.m.
Missouri
at LSU
SEC Network
(Brent Musburger3, Jesse Palmer, Kaylee Hartung)
Sun Belt
Date
Time
Game
Network (Talent)
Sat., Oct. 1
Noon
Georgia State
at Appalachian State
American Sports Network/ESPN3.
(Brett Dolan, Michael Young)
Sat., Oct. 1
5:00 p.m.
Troy
at Idaho
ESPN3
(Shawn Kenney, Al Groh)
Sat., Oct. 1
7:30 p.m.
Incarnate Word
at Texas State
ESPN3/CBS Austin/CW 35
(Don Harris, Chuck Miketinac, Hector Ledesma)
Sat., Oct. 1
8:00 p.m.
Louisiana Lafayette
at New Mexico State
ESPN3
(Drew Fellios, Forrest Conoly)
Sat., Oct. 1
8:00 p.m.
San Diego State
at South Alabama
ESPNews
(Joel Meyers, Brian Kinchen)
Wed., Oct. 5
8:00 p.m.
Georgia Southern
at Arkansas State
ESPN2
FBS Independents
Date
Time
Game
Network (Talent)
Fri., Sept. 30
10:15 p.m.
Toledo
at BYU
ESPN2
(Adam Amin, Mack Brown, Molly McGrath)
Sat., Oct. 1
3:30 p.m.
Tulane
at UMass
American Sports Network/ESPN3
(Eric Frede, Andy Gresh, Hali Oughton)
FCS
Big Sky
Date
Time
Game
Network (Talent)
Sat., Oct. 1
2:00 p.m.
(16) Cal Poly
at North Dakota
Midco Sports Network/WatchBigSky.com
(Alex Heinert, Ryan Kasowski)
Sat., Oct. 1
3:00 p.m.
Northern Arizona
at Northern Colorado
CET Sports/WatchBigSky.com
(Josh Howe, Paul Browning)
Sat., Oct. 1
4:05 p.m.
UC Davis
at (4) Eastern Washington
ROOT Sports NW/DirecTV’s Audience Network
(Tom Glasgow, Jason Stiles, Jen Mueller)
Sat., Oct. 1
4:30 p.m.
Southern Utah
at (11) Montana
Cowles Media/WatchBigSky.com
(Chris Byers, Grady Bennett, Mick Delaney)
Sat., Oct. 1
5:30 p.m.
Idaho State
at Portland State
WatchBigSky.com
(Tom Hewitt, Mike Lund)
Sat., Oct. 1
9:00 p.m.
Montana State
at Sacramento State
Cowles Media
(Jay Sanderson, Dan Davies, Jason Alvine)
WatchBigSky.com
(Jason Ross, Steve McElroy, Danny Sullivan)
Big South
Date
Time
Game
Network (Talent)
Sat., Oct. 1
1:00 p.m.
Fordham
at Monmouth
ESPN3/Big South Network
(Matt Harmon, Eddy Occhipinti)
Sat., Oct. 1
6:00 p.m.
Benedict (S.C.)
at Gardner-Webb
Big South Network
(Fabian Fuentes, Alex Guest)
Sat., Oct. 1
7:00 p.m.
Robert Morris
at Liberty
ESPN3/Big South Network/LFSN
(Mike Tilley, Matt Warner)
CAA
Date
Time
Game
Network (Talent)
Sat., Oct. 1
Noon
Brown
at Rhode Island
Atlantic 10 Network
(Steve McDonald, Terry Lynch)
Sat., Oct. 1
1:30 p.m.
Delaware
at (7) James Madison
JMUSports.com
(Curt Dudley, Adam Coolbaugh)
Sat., Oct. 1
3:30 p.m.
(17) Villanova
at Elon
ElonPhoenix.com
(David Hibbard, Taylor Durham)
Sat., Oct. 1
3:30 p.m.
Bryant
at Maine
WVII/FOX College Sports/GoBlackBears.com
(Dan Hannigan, Mike DeVito)
Sat., Oct. 1
3:30 p.m.
(19) William & Mary
at New Hampshire
UNHWildcats.com
(Bob Lipman, Tim O’Sullivan)
Sat., Oct. 1
3:30 p.m.
Towson
at (6) Richmond
Comcast SportsNet/RichmondSpiders.com
(Brent Harris, Qadry Ismail)
Ivy League
Date
Time
Game
Network (Talent)
Fri., Sept. 30
7:00 p.m.
Georgetown
at (25) Harvard
ESPN3/Ivy League Digital Network
(Ben Altsher, Bill Spaulding)
Fri., Sept. 30
7:00 p.m.
Penn
at Dartmouth
NBC Sports Network
(Paul Burmeister, Ross Tucker)
Sat., Oct. 1
Noon
Princeton
at Columbia
FOX College Sports
(Scott Sudikoff, Steve DeOssie)
Sat., Oct. 1
1:30 p.m.
Lehigh
at Yale
One World Sports/Ivy League Digital Network
(Bill Spaulding, Jack Ford4)
MEAC
Date
Time
Game
Network (Talent)
Thurs., Sept. 29
7:30 p.m.
Hampton
at (22) North Carolina A&T
ESPNU
(Eric Clemons, Jay Walker)
Sat., Oct. 1
1:00 p.m.
Delaware State
at Morgan State
None
Sat., Oct. 1
2:00 p.m.
Howard
at Norfolk State
NSUSpartans.com
(Ross Gordon, Turrell Ducre)
Sat., Oct. 1
4:00 p.m.
North Carolina Central
at Bethune-Cookman
BCUAthletics.com
(Nick Rice, Larry Wesley, Terrance Gatling)
Sat., Oct. 1
6:00 p.m.
Savannah State
at Florida A&M
None
Missouri Valley
Date
Time
Game
Network (Talent)
Sat., Oct. 1
2:00 p.m.
(18) Illinois State
at (1) North Dakota State
ESPN3/KVLY/NBC North Dakota
(Brian Shawn, Lee Timmerman, Beth Hoole)
Sat., Oct. 1
3:00 p.m.
Missouri State
at (24) Indiana State
ESPN3
(Chase Eyrich, Corey Clark)
Sat., Oct. 1
4:00 p.m.
South Dakota
at (20) Youngstown State
ESPN3
(Jim Campbell, Tim Pozsgai)
Sat., Oct. 1
5:00 p.m.
Southern Illinois
at (12) Northern Iowa
ESPN3/Panther Sports Network
(Brad Wells, Justin Surrency)
Sat., Oct. 1
7:00 p.m.
(8) Western Illinois
at (15) South Dakota State
ESPN3
(Adam Seidel, Danan Hughes, Kelly Burke)
Northeast
Date
Time
Game
Network (Talent)
Sat., Oct. 1
1:00 p.m.
Malone (Ohio)
at St. Francis
NEC Front Row
(Pat Farabaugh, Jay Roberts)
Sat., Oct. 1
6:00 p.m.
Sacred Heart
at Wagner
ESPN3
(Paul Dottino, Kevin Gilbride, John Schmeelk)
Ohio Valley
Date
Time
Game
Network (Talent)
Sat., Oct. 1
3:00 p.m.
Tennessee-Martin
at Tennessee State
ESPN3
(Kevin Ingram, Bob Belvin)
Sat., Oct. 1
5:00 p.m.
Murray State
at Austin Peay
OVC Digital Network
(Brian Rives, Van Stokes)
Sat., Oct. 1
7:00 p.m.
Eastern Kentucky
at Tennessee Tech
OVC Digital Network/WCTE
(Tim Scruggs, Sam Brooks)
Sat., Oct. 1
7:00 p.m.
(13) Eastern Illinois
at Southeast Missouri St.
OVC Digital Network
(Erik Sean, Rick Wieser, Todd Bonacki)
Patriot League
Date
Time
Game
Network (Talent)
Sat., Oct. 1
1:00 p.m.
Cornell
at Colgate
Time Warner Sports
(Tim Heiman, Dale Drypolcher)
Sat., Oct. 1
3:30 p.m.
Holy Cross
at Lafayette
Patriot League Network/Lafayette SN
(Gary Laubach, Mike Joseph, John Leone)
Pioneer
Date
Time
Game
Network (Talent)
Sat., Oct. 1
1:00 p.m.
San Diego
at Butler
ButlerSports.com
(Mark Minner, Mark Pearson)
Sat., Oct. 1
1:00 p.m.
Campbell
at Marist
GoRedFoxes.com
(Geoff Brault, Ed Weir)
Sat., Oct. 1
1:00 p.m.
Drake
at Dayton
DaytonFlyers.com
(Larry Hansgen, Mike Kelly)
Sat., Oct. 1
1:00 p.m.
Valparaiso
at Morehead State
OVC Digital Network
(Chuck Mraz, Jason Blanton)
Sat., Oct. 1
1:00 p.m.
Stetson
at Davidson
TWC Sports Channel
(Brock Bowling, Stan Lewter)
Sat., Oct. 1
1:00 p.m.
Duquesne
at Jacksonville
ESPN3
(Scott Manze, David Lamb)
Southern
Date
Time
Game
Network (Talent)
Sat., Oct. 1
Noon
(5) Chattanooga
at East Tennessee State
SoCon Digital Network
(Jay Sandos, Matt Wilhjelm, Robert Harper)
Sat., Oct. 1
1:30 p.m.
Mercer
at VMI
ESPN3
(Wade Branner, Dave Harding)
Sat., Oct. 1
3:00 p.m.
Wofford
at Samford
ESPN3
(Curt Bloom, Ben Neill, Hattie Breece)
Sat., Oct. 1
3:00 p.m.
Kennesaw State
at Furman
ESPN3
(Bob Mihalic, Sam Wyche)
Sat., Oct. 1
3:30 p.m.
(9) The Citadel
at Western Carolina
ESPN3
(Pete Yanity, Will Merritt)
Southland
Date
Time
Game
Network (Talent)
Sat., Oct. 1
3:30 p.m.
Central Arkansas
at Abilene Christian
American Sports Network/Southland DN
(Lincoln Rose, John Bradshaw Layfield, Ashlea Bullington)
Sat., Oct. 1
4:00 p.m.
Stephen F. Austin
vs. (2) Sam Houston State
(Houston, Texas)
ESPN3
(Randy McIlvoy, Shea Walker, Tatum Everett)
Sat., Oct. 1
7:00 p.m.
Nicholls State
at (23) McNeese State
ESPN3/Cox Sports Television
(Lyn Rollins, Rene Nadeau, Carley McCord)
Sat., Oct. 1
8:00 p.m.
Southeastern Louisiana
at Lamar
ESPN3
(David Saltzman, Lemont Williams)
SWAC
Date
Time
Game
Network (Talent)
Sat., Oct. 1
3:00 p.m.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff
at Alabama State
BamaStateSports.com
(Maurice Carter, Eddie Robinson2)
Sat., Oct. 1
4:00 p.m.
Prairie View A&M
vs. Grambling State
(Dallas, Texas)
None
Sat., Oct. 1
7:00 p.m.
Mississippi Valley State
at Jackson State
None
Sat., Oct. 1
8:00 p.m.
Alabama A&M
at Texas Southern
ROOT Sports SW+
(Butch Alsandor, Ken Moore, Nick Strong)
FCS Independent
Date
Time
Game
Network (Talent)
Sat., Oct. 1
6:00 p.m.
(10) Charleston Southern
at (14) Coastal Carolina
GoCCUSports.com
(Joe Cashion, Layne Harris)
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Findlay Oilers hosting 13th-ranked Ferris State Bulldogs Saturday

September 29, 2016

 

The Game

The Oilers will host the thirteenth ranked team in DII when Ferris State University comes to Findlay on Saturday, October 1. The game begins at 7:00pm and is the second time this season that the Oilers take on a nationally ranked opponent.

Sights and Sounds

All Oilers football games can be heard on 88.3 FM “WLFC” or on the internet via their web site. You can listen to the broadcast by clicking on the following link:

WLFC

Live stats will also be available for all contests. A link to retrieve the live stats can be found on the schedule page of the website.

UFTV

A video broadcast of the game is provided by UFTV and can be found on their YouTube page by clicking the link below.

UFTV BROADCAST

Coach Keys Weekly

Don’t forget to tune into 88.3 FM “WLFC” for Coach Keys Weekly. The show is aired from 7-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday evenings.

Fans are also encouraged to send questions in for coach Keys through Twitter.  Please send questions throughout the week on Twitter Tim Montgomery @Oilersonair.

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The Series

The Oilers are 11-13 against Ferris State with their first meeting taking place in 1934, an Oilers victory. Their latest encounter came a year ago when Ferris invaded Findlay as the fourth ranked team in the country. Findlay had a 14-point halftime lead but eventually lost 42-39.

Head Coach Rob Keys

Head coach Rob Keys is in his sixth season at the helm of the Oilers football program in 2016.  He has recorded a 34-24 record with the program as a head coach, which includes a 30-23 mark in GLIAC games.

For Findlay’s 2016 coaching staff, please click on the following link:

2016 Coaching Staff

The Oilers

The Oilers head into the fifth week of the season after a 58-13 dominating victory over the Lake Erie College Storm. The win gives Findlay a 2-2 record in GLIAC play as they currently sit in second place in the South Division of the conference.

After back-to-back losses, Findlay let out their frustrations in Painesville as they came out of the gate looking as sharp as they have all season. It took just four offensive plays for the Orange and Black to find the end zone. On the flip side of the ball, the defense was locked in as they forced three straight three-and-outs to begin the game. Once the first quarter ended, the Oilers had put 27 points on the scoreboard, the most points in a quarter since 2014.

2016 Season Statistics
2016 Roster

The Storm

The Bulldogs come into the game sporting a 3-1 record with all of those games being played within the GLIAC. Despite falling six spots from #7 to #13 in the AFCA DII Poll, the Bulldogs are still the highest ranked one-loss team in the country.

There was some question surrounding the Bulldogs beginning the year after they graduated two-time Harlon Hill winner, Jason Vander Laan. Thus far, they have filled in nicely as junior Reggie Bell has led the team from Big Rapids back into the national rankings.

Ferris State began the year with a 41-0 blowout of Ohio Dominican but their previous three games have all been decided by a combined 11 points including a last second touchdown to beat Northwood in Week 3.

Bell, who played his first two years of college football at Eastern Michigan, has been a force offensively as he is the team’s leading passer and rusher. On the year, he has thrown for 880 yards while rushing for 405 yards while scoring a combined eight touchdowns. He has thrown for 200+ yards and rushed for 100+ two of his four games this season.

His favorite target this season has been senior Jamel Lockett who leads the team and is seventh in the GLIAC with 22 receptions. However, the leading receiver in terms of yardage is sophomore Malik Taylor who has hauled in 14 passes for 272 yards. That is good for nearly 20 yards per catch.

Senior linebacker Anthony Darkangelo is the team’s leading tackler, and second in the GLIAC, with 41 stops this season. He has 4.5 tackles-for-loss and 0.5 sacks. Darkangelo is the lone Bulldogs player who earned first team all-GLIAC honors last season. He has been all-GLIAC in each of the previous two seasons.

Other all-conference returners include junior defensive end Dylan Roney (2nd team), junior linebacker Nick Huckabay (honorable mention), and senior linebacker Brady Sheldon (honorable mention).

2016 Season Statistics
2016 Roster

Record Watch: Rhys Gervais

In his second year as the Oilers signal caller, Rhys Gervais already has his name all over the Findlay record books. Last year he set multiple season records; passing yards (3,353), completions (228), pass attempts (362), total offense (3,439), and passing touchdowns (33).

After this outstanding first season, Gervais’ name can also be found in the career record book, as well. He is currently sixth at UF with 494 pass attempts and is chasing the mark of 534 set by Bryan Hieber (1999-2000) for fifth. He is fifth in pass completions with 314 and again, could move into the top spot as Gervais is just 73 completions shy of Crooks’ mark of 387. He is chasing Bo Hurley (1994-97), who completed 337 passes, for fourth.

Perhaps most impressive is the amount of yards Gervais has thrown for in his short time as the quarterback. Rhys currently sits in third at UF with 4,435 yards, just 396 yards shy of the record set by Bo

Hurly from 1994-1997. Gervais is chasing Verlon Reed (2013-14) for third. Reed threw for 4,503 yards. Gervais also sits in sole possession of second all-time at UF for touchdown passes in a career. He currently has 44 and is chasing Bo Hurley who threw 57 touchdowns from 1994-1997.

Record Watch: Dylan Blunk

Senior wide receiver Dylan Blunk ranks seventh all time at Findlay with 117 receptions after leading the team last year with 65 receptions. He can quickly move into sixth place, needing to reach 119 to pass Andy Witker (118 / ’04).

Blunk is also nearing the top in receiving yards in a career as he currently ranks seventh all-time with 1,554 yds.

GLIAC Preseason Poll: The Oilers were picked to finish fourth in the GLIAC South Division this year, receiving 13 total points in the annual coaches poll. They trailed Tiffin University (19), Ohio Dominican (19) and Ashland University (25) in the South Division poll.

Grand Valley State University was tabbed as the favorite to win the North Division as the Lakers, ranked third in the country to begin the season, racked up a league-high 47 points.

Links

NCAA Division II Stats
NCAA
NCAA Division II Football
American Football Coaches Association
D2Football.com
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GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY David Buck; COURTESY FINDLAY SPORTS INFORMATION

NFL-AFCA announce new agreement on expanded contact with college underclassmen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

​DEAL WITH AMERICAN FOOTBALL COACHES ASSOCIATION TO HELP PROVIDE MORE INFORMED EVALUATION OF PLAYERS’ DRAFT POTENTIAL

The National Football League and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) today announced an agreement to provide NFL scouting personnel with greater access to underclassmen who may elect to apply for special eligibility for the NFL Draft.

The goal of the agreement – which goes into effect in February of 2017 – is to enable NFL scouts to obtain additional background information for a limited number of underclassmen prior to and during their potential final college football season, ultimately helping enable the NFL College Advisory Committee to provide a more informed evaluation of the players’ draft potential.

“The more information our College Advisory Committee has, the better evaluations they can make for student-athletes who are at a critical juncture of their lives,” said NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations TROY VINCENT.  “While there is no question that obtaining a college degree is a transformative experience for so many people in society and a goal to which we encourage everyone to aspire to, for those talented few individuals that have the ability to succeed in the NFL prior to exhausting their college football eligibility, this new agreement will ensure they have better information with which to make their decision.  We appreciate the efforts of our partners at the AFCA in making this new agreement a reality.”

Beginning in February, each NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) school may designate a maximum of five underclassmen who may apply for special eligibility for the 2018 Draft to be permitted additional scouting.  Those players may be timed, tested and interviewed prior to their 2017 college seasons at the school’s senior pro day for 2017 draft-eligible players. FBS schools may request the ability to designate more than five players, subject to the determination of the NFL that the players are legitimate draft prospects.

NFL clubs will also be permitted to inquire about and scout these players throughout the 2017 season as though they were seniors in their final season of college football eligibility.  There is no limit to the number of underclassmen from an individual school that may petition for special eligibility for the draft.

“On behalf of the AFCA, I would like to thank our committee of collegiate coaches and the NFL for working diligently over the last several months to assist our student-athletes,” said AFCA Executive Director TODD BERRY.  “This opportunity will allow our student-athletes to make better and more informed decisions.  This continues to show the commitment and cooperation of both entities to solve issues relating to this major decision.”

The NFL College Advisory Committee was created in 1994 at the request of the AFCA.  The committee serves in a limited advisory capacity for underclassmen who are seriously considering early entry into the NFL Draft.  The committee is comprised of senior personnel evaluators from NFL clubs, along with directors from the league’s two sanctioned scouting organizations – National Football Scouting and BLESTO.

 

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