Sacred Heart (3-4, 1-2 NEC) at Saint Francis U (4-3, 2-1 NEC)
Saturday, Oct. 26 | 12:00 p.m.
DeGol Field | Loretto, Pa.
LORETTO, Pa. – The Sacred Heart football team looks to regain their footing on Saturday as the Pioneers head back on the road for a showdown at Saint Francis U at Noon. Much is at stake for both teams as SHU looks to get back in the win column after dropping three straight while SFU looks to keep pace near the top of the conference standings. Saturday's kickoff also serves as the Red Flash's Homecoming game which can be seen for free live on NEC Front Row.
- QB Logan Marchi has been the NEC's top QB throughout the 2019 campaign, throwing for 1,690 yards with 14 TD and 8 INT through the first seven games of the season. He rattled off a program record three-game streak of 300+ passing yards and finished an incredible streak wherein he went 120 straight passes to begin the season without throwing an INT. The streak ranks third all-time at SHU behind Dale Fink (148) in the 2010 season and RJ Noel (126) in 2013.
- WR Tyrese Chambers is quickly becoming the go-to receiver in an explosive SHU offense as the first-year receiver is already a four-time NEC Rookie of the Week honoree. Chambers leads the team in receptions (33), receiving yards (596) and receiving touchdowns (six). On a national scale, Chambers leads all FCS freshmen in receiving yards per game (85.1) and receiving touchdowns (six).
- RB Julius Chestnut has been the primary ball carrier this season and has racked up 814 rushing yards (116.3 per game) and 973 total yards from scrimmage with seven total TD (five rushing, two receiving). The 2018 NEC Rookie of the Year already has more 100+ rushing yard performances this season (five) than he did in 11 games played last season. He ranks third nationally in rushing yards and first among all FCS underclassmen with 814 on the season while his 116.3 rushing yards per game is fifth nationally. Chestnut is coming off a 128-yard effort on 20 carries (6.4 yards per carry) against Duquesne in Week 8.
- SHU's offensive line - LT J.D. DiRenzo, LG Anthony Della Fave, C Josh Sokol, RG Nick Carnesale, RT Donald Rappoccio/Jon Mucciolo - continue to dominate as the Pioneers have allowed just three sacks in 245 dropbacks through seven games, translating to a 1.22 percent sack success rate for opponents when SHU drops back to pass in 2019. Among the 124 teams in the FCS, SHU is one of just four who've allowed three or fewer sacks this season.
- LB Chris Outterbridge has been all over the field in the last four games, racking up 38 total tackles after recording just four through the first three games of 2019. Outterbridge has recorded his second through fifth-highest single-game tackle totals of his career in the last four games including two straight double-digit efforts heading into Saturday.
- Now in his eighth season at the helm, Coach Mark Nofri is already the winningest head coach in program history, owning an all-time career mark of 47-40 (.540) with five winning seasons to his credit.
- QB Logan Marchi became the program's first-ever CFPA FCS National Performer of the Week, an honor handed out weekly to the top individual performance in the nation, following SHU's 56-40 road win at Lafayette. Marchi took on a starring role, dropping big plays all over the field to finish 22-for-32 for 407 yards with 6 TD and 0 INT, engineering the highest-scoring game for SHU since 2013. Marchi became just the second SHU QB to throw for six scores in a game while his 6 TDs led all FCS QBs in Week 3.
- The Pioneers were picked second in the NEC Preseason Coaches' Poll, earning one first place vote, as SHU finished last season 7-4 overall (5-1 NEC) on their way to a split of the NEC Regular Season title which represents the program's third NEC crown over the last six seasons.
TALE OF THE TAPE (2019 stats/rankings)
|Saint Francis U (NEC rank)||Category||Sacred Heart (NEC rank)|
|20.0 (4)||Points||23.9 (2)|
|331.6 (4)||Total Offense||381.3 (2)|
|117.5 (5)||Rushing Yards||139.9 (4)|
|214.3 (3)||Passing Yards||241.4 (1)|
|31:52 (2)||Offensive Time of Possession||25:43 (8)|
|300.9 (2)||Total Defense||446.1 (8)|
|106.7 (2)||Rushing Yards Allowed||178.4 (6)|
|6/11||Rushing TDs/Passing TDs||8/14|
|194.1 (4)||Passing Yards Allowed||267.7 (8)|
|6/6||Rushing/Passing TDs Allowed||13/11|
|28:08||Defensive Time of Possession||34:17|
|+2 (3)||Turnover Margin||+0 (4)|
|18.3 (1)||Points Allowed||26.9 (6)|
INSIDE THE DUQUESNE BOX SCORE (DUQ 20, SHU 6)
- A slow start saw SHU trailing 17-0 at the half as the gap proved too much to overcome against one of the league's top defensive units in the Dukes
- The Pioneer defense played well in the loss, limiting the Dukes to just 379 total yards on offense while forcing a pair of fumbles to deny Duquesne both of momentum and points as each came on SHU's defensive end of the field
- RB Julius Chestnut was the top player on the day for SHU as he picked up 128 yards on 20 carries (6.4 ypc) including a 61-yard score in the third quarter that got the Pioneers on the board
- This marked the fourth straight 100+ yard rushing performance for Chestnut who now has 814 yards with 5 TD on the season
- Leading the defensive effort for SHU was LB Chris Outterbridge who finished the day with a season-high 11 tackles. Over the last four games, Outterbridge has 38 total tackles (9.5 per game) after racking up just four tackles in the first three games of 2019
- QB Logan Marchi struggled all afternoon against the league's top-ranked passing defense as he finished 9-for-25 for 84 yards with 0 TD and 3 INT
- SHU's offensive line continues to play well, allowing just one sack in 28 dropbacks on the day, as the line has allowed just four sacks through seven games this season
INSIDE THE PENN BOX SCORE (PENN 38, SHU 24)
- Penn jumped out to a 24-3 lead late in the second quarter, only to see the Pioneers outscore Penn 24-7 to cut the gap to 31-24 with 11:10 remaining in the fourth quarter
- This, however, was the closest SHU would get to the lead as Penn responded with a game-deciding 13-play, 75-yard scoring drive to make it a two-score game late in the contest
- WR Tyrese Chambers was dynamic with the ball in his hands, finishing the day with seven catches for 139 yards including a season-long 74-yard TD reception
- RB Julius Chestnut was a workhorse throughout, matching his season and career-high with 28 carries for 147 yards on the ground while adding three catches for 33 yards as the sophomore posted 180 total yards on the day
- Chestnut went north of 100 rushing yards for the third straight game and fourth time through six games in 2019
- QB Logan Marchi was up-and-down against one of the top defensive units in the Ivy League as he finished 21-for-37 passing for 278 yards, 2 TD and 2 INT. He upped his season total to 14 TD but his second interception came on a first-and-10 play inside the red zone as the turnover sealed the victory late for Penn
- The Pioneer offense (459 total yards vs Penn) was much more effective than in their previous outing wherein SHU gained just 238 total yards on offense against CCSU
- After being sidelined for the better part of the last three games, WR Naseim Brantley made an impact in his return to full action, finishing with three catches for 47 yards and 1 TD
- SHU's offense line – LT J.D. DiRenzo, LG Anthony Della Fave, C Josh Sokol, RG Nick Carnesale and RT Jon Mucciolo - continue to provide sensational protection as Machi wasn't sacked in 40 dropbacks on the day
- FS Shamere Collins was all over the field in this one, finishing with a career-high 10 tackles while LB Chris Outterbridge racked up a season-high 10 tackles
- DE Kevin Peprah was a playmaker on the defensive side, racking up four tackles, one sack, two TFL and his fumble recovery TD was the first defensive score for the Pioneers this season
INSIDE THE CCSU BOX SCORE (CCSU 28, SHU 3)
- CCSU racked up 464 total yards of offense and forced four turnovers while the Pioneers managed just 238 total yards and fell way short of their NEC-leading 300.5 passing yards per game heading to the game, finishing with just 126 on the day
- The formidable CCSU defense, which came in having forced 11 turnovers in the first four games of 2019 (Top 10 in the nation), was at it again with four takeaways (two fumble recoveries, two interceptions)
- SHU came into the game having lost just one turnover all season, one of just two teams in the nation that had one turnover and have played at least four games heading into last weekend
- RB Julius Chestnut continued to pile up the yardage, totaling 111 on the ground on 19 carries (5.8 yards per carry) as he led the SHU offense with his third 100+ yard performance on the season
- FS Jayden Jordan led the effort on the defensive end, finishing with a career-high 11 tackles in the losing effort, the most by a Pioneer in any game so far this season. LB Chris Outterbridge added nine tackles, giving him 17 over the last two games combined, while CB Shawn Ramcheran added seven in defeat
- QB Logan Marchi struggled against the playmaking Blue Devil defense, finishing the day 10-for-28 throwing for 126 yards with 0 TD, 2 INT and one sack taken
- Marchi came into the contest with a SHU record three straight 300+ passing yard outings as this was also his first multi-INT game of his five-game career as a Pioneer
- The announced crowd of 5,402 is the most in school history for a SHU Homecoming and the second-highest for a home game in school history, falling just short of the 5,569 the Pioneers drew for Family Weekend in 2017 against Dartmouth
INSIDE THE LIU BOX SCORE (SHU 34, LIU 10)
- Despite trailing 7-6 at the end of the first quarter, SHU ripped off 21 unanswered points that powered the way to a 34-10 road win over the Sharks.
- QB Logan Marchi was incredible once again, finishing 25-for-33 for 375 yards, 3 TD and 1 INT. He torched the Sharks throughout the first half, throwing all three TDs and accumulating 253 yards in the opening 30 minutes.
- This was Marchi's third straight 300+ yard performance, marking the first time in program history a SHU QB has accomplished the feat.
- RB Julius Chestnut had a big day all-around, registering career-highs in carries (28) and total yards from scrimmage (188) as he went for 143 yards on the ground while adding three catches for 45 yards. Chestnut broke free for a 44-yard score that iced the game away late in the fourth quarter.
- The three-time NEC Rookie of the Week WR Tyrese Chambers was the go-to guy for Marchi once again as the first-year tallied eight catches for 144 yards (18.0 ypc) and 2 TD. Chambers broke his own SHU rookie record for receiving yards in a game while his 60-yard score on a slant in the second quarter established a new career-long reception.
- A balanced SHU receiving core saw six different Pioneers snag at least three catches on the day. WR Troy Holland grabbed three catches for 94 yards, including a 62-yard bomb that was the longest play of the game. WR Yasir Berry tallied four catches for 50 yards while TE Del Driscoll caught three balls for 37 yards, one of which was his first career touchdown.
- On the defensive side of the ball, SHU limited LIU to just 10 points, matching a season-best for fewest points allowed in a game. LB Chris Outterbridge led the way with eight tackles while SS Noah Provenzano added seven. CB Shamere Collins came up with his first career INT while RJ Trimble-Edwards, a converted WR, picked up his second career sack with the Sharks driving late in the second quarter.
- In terms of total yardage, SHU outgained LIU 519-276 (+243) including a massive 375-135 advantage in passing yards. The 276 yards for LIU is a season-low in terms of yards allowed by the SHU defense.
- The Pioneers allowed one sack (the first SHU's OL had allowed all season) and Marchi threw an INT in the third quarter (the first turnover committed by SHU on the season).
- SHU came into their Week 4 meeting at LIU as the only team in the nation that hadn't allowed a sack or committed a turnover in 2019.
INSIDE THE LAFAYETTE BOX SCORE (SHU 56, LAF 40)
- Despite trailing at the half 24-21, SHU came storming out of the halftime locker room and outscored the Leopards 21-3 in the third quarter to power past Lafayette, 56-40
- Going down 24-14 midway through the second quarter, SHU started a streak of six straight possessions ending in a touchdown that lasted into the fourth quarter
- This marked a fifth straight victory for the Pioneers over Lafayette as well as the second straight over a Patriot League foe in 2019
- QB Logan Marchi took on a starring role, finishing 22-for-32 for 407 yards, 6 TDs and 0 INT
- Marchi became just the second SHU QB to throw for six scores in a game, matching the program record set by Dale Fink against Duquesne on Nov. 14, 2009
- His 75-yard TD score to Snelling is the longest TD pass for SHU in a game since an 80-yard toss from RJ Noel to Tyler Dube came against Cornell (Oct. 17, 2015 – 40 games ago)
- The WR duo of senior Kezio Snelling (five catches, 158 yards, 3 TD) and first-year Tyrese Chambers (nine catches, 133 yards, 2 TD) combined for 14 catches for 291 yards and 5 TDs in the victory
- For Snelling, he posted single-game career-highs across the board while Chambers set single-game program records in all three statistical categories
- Snelling's three receiving scores is tied for the second-highest single-game total in program history, a feat accomplished just nine times by five different Pioneers
- Snelling's 31.6 yards per catch average is the fourth-highest single-game total in program history and the highest since Joey Henley put up 31.8 yards per catch back on Sept. 17, 2005 against Iona (154 games ago)
- SHU's defense allowed 623 total yards from Lafayette, including 545 combined passing and rushing from QB Kevin Shoemaker (411 passing, 143 rushing) but the Pioneers came up with two interceptions and four sacks which proved enough for the 16-point win
- LB Mike Wilen tallied double-digit tackles for the fourth time in his career, finishing with a game-high 10 tackles including 2.5 TFL and one sack
- DE Chris Agyemang racked up two sacks, marking the fourth time in his career in which he finished with more than one sack in a game
- CB Lamar Evans and SS Alaam Horne each snagged their first career INT on defense in the win
- The 56 points scored for the SHU offense is tied for the sixth-most in a game in school history and represents the highest-scoring total in a game since defeating Bryant 56-28 on Oct. 19, 2013 (62 games ago)
- In addition, the 56 points for the Pioneers is tied for the fourth-most in school history against an FCS opponent
INSIDE THE BUCKNELL BOX SCORE (SHU 30, BUCK 10)
- The outcome was decided in the second quarter as the Pioneers exploded for 23 for their 30 points scored on the evening.
- SHU's defense pitched a clinic in the first half, allowing just 75 total yards and three points from the Bison to give a decisive 23-3 edge to the Pioneers at the half.
- SHU went over 500 yards on offense, 191 of which came on the ground while 316 came through the air. Fifth-year QB Logan Marchi finished 21-for-37 for 316 yards, three TDs and no interceptions. Sophomore RB Julius Chestnut carried the load on the ground, rushing a career-high 21 times for 162 yards (7.7 yards per carry) and three total TDs (one rushing, two receiving). Sophomore WR Naseim Brantley (six catches, 96 yards) and first-year WR Tyrese Chambers (four catches, 94 yards, 1 TD) were the top pass catchers on the day for the Pioneers.
- A balanced attack through the air saw Marchi find eight different players who tallied at least one reception on the evening.
- The defense came away with three sacks, two interceptions, nine pass breakups and 10 QB hurries on the day as CB Shawn Ramcheran and SS Noah Provenzano both snagged interceptions late to seal the victory.
- Sophomore LB DeAndre Byrd was everywhere on the defensive end, finishing with a team-high eight tackles while adding half a sack, one TFL and one forced fumble
- Sophomore DE Kevin Peprah added six tackles and one TFL while first-year LB Myles Talley was all over the field, registering four tackles, his first career sack and leading the team with 1.5 TFL
- The victory moved SHU to 8-0 in home openers under HC Mark Nofri, outscoring the opposition by an average margin of +26.9 in the eight-game win streak.
- Playing in front of a record crowd for a home opener, the announced official attendance of 4,187 is 30 higher than the Pioneers' previous-highest home opener crowd of 4,157 achieved in the 2018 opener against Lafayette (Sept. 1, 2018)
INSIDE THE MAINE BOX SCORE (MAINE 42, SHU 14)
- SHU's ground game, which led the NEC with 241.1 yards per game average last season, was largely held in-check by a Maine run defense that led the nation in 2018. The Pioneers gained 115 yards on 33 carries, led by Julius Chestnut who totaled 65 yards on nine carries (7.2 ypc). Fifth-year Eli Terry, who suffered a season-ending injury on the first play from scrimmage last season, saw the bulk of the work in the fourth quarter in his first game back and scored his second career touchdown.
- New faces led the SHU defense last Friday as sophomore inside linebacker Robert O'Donnell racked up a game-high eight tackles in his first career action. Junior Lamar Evans made six takcles while three Pioneers turned in four apiece. Sophomore Kevin Peprah recorded the game's only sack, the first of his career.
- Fifth-year transfer QB Logan Marchi started for SHU and played all but one series, going 12-for-29 for 104 yards and no interceptions against a Maine team that forced 18 last season. Marchi also punched in a one-yard score in the first quarter, good enough for the second rushing TD of his collegiate career.
- The Black Bears put the game away in the first half, scoring a touchdown on all six of their drives in the opening two quarters of play.
- Maine's three-year starter at QB, Chris Ferguson, tossed for a career-high 423 yards and three touchdowns including 404 yards in the first half alone, all against a SHU pass defense that ranked Top 5 in the country in 2018.
- After being outscored 42-7 and outgained 487-65 in the first half, SHU came back to shutout Maine (7-0) and outgain the Black Bears 142-95 in the second half
- Entering the game with 1952 career rushing yards, fifth-year RB Jordan Meachum gained 33 yards on nine carries to move to within 15 yards of becoming the eighth SHU player in program history to gain 2000+ career rushing yards
- Sophomore WR Naseim Brantley caught a career-high five receptions for 25 yards
- Sophomore WR Troy Holland went for 33 yards in his first career action, including an impressive 32-yard catch in the fourth quarter
- Prior to the loss, the last time SHU had lost in the team's first game of the season came all the way back in 2012 with a 30-27 overtime loss at Morgan State.
- In the first-ever meeting between the two sides, SHU dropped to 3-3 all-time in games played against nationally-ranked opponents.
- The Pioneers came into the game riding a three-game win streak against ranked foes, having beaten No. 24 Delaware (2014), No. 21 Bryant (2014) and No. 20 Stony Brook (2016) all within the last six seasons.
- The game also represented the first time SHU has ever faced an opponent ranked Top 10 in the nation.
SAINT FRANCIS U SCOUTING REPORT
- Saint Francis U (4-3, 2-1 NEC) heads into this showdown as the league's top-ranked defense, allowing just 18.3 points per game (1st NEC, 12th FCS) and coming off a 30-0 shutout victory at LIU in Week 8
- A host of statistics show the kind of job the SFU defense has done this season as the Red Flash lead the NEC and rank second nationally in third down defense (24.0) while also leading or ranking second in the conference in scoring defense (18.3), rushing defense (106.7), team passing efficiency defense (130.5), team sacks (2.86 per game), team tackles for loss (8.6 per game), time of possession (31:52) and total defense (300.9)
- The single-most impressive stat the SFU defense has accumulated this season is in passing defense, specifically team passing efficiency defense, as the Red Flead lead the FCS with a 130.5 efficiency rating allowed through seven games
- Da'Jon Lee is the standout player on this SFU defense as he comes in with a team-leading 41 tackles while his 12 TFL is tied for first in the conference. Lee has added two sacks, one pass breakup, two fumble recoveries and two blocked kicks to his resume in 2019
- For the season, the Red Flash have an incredible total of 11 players with at least 2.0 TFL through seven gams including three who've accumulated at least 7.0 in 2019
- A well-balanced offense features a wide array of running backs as the Red Flash employ a committee approach as four RBs and one QB have rushed at least 22 times this season
- RB Chris Wells leads the team with 202 rushing yards on the season with two rushing TDs but the depth comes through as RB Avery Millner (192 yards), RB Joel Denley (163 yards) and RB Derrick Wiley (99 yards) are all options out of the backfield for the SFU offense
- QB Jason Brown has been efficient all year long as he has thrown for 1453 yards (207.6 per game) with 11 TD and 3 INT while completing 59.3 percent of his attempts
- Brown has engineered an offense that values protecting the ball as the Red Flash rank 10th in FCS and 2nd in the NEC for fewest passes intercepted this season (three)
- Brown is also coming off an incredible showing in last week's 30-0 road win over LIU as he completed 18-of-27 pass attempts for 247 yards with 3 TD and 0 INT while he also rushed nine times for 46 yards in what was one of his top single-game performances on the season
- The top weapon for Brown at WR is EJ Jenkins who comes in with 19 catches for 433 yards (22.8 yards per catch) and 6 TD through seven games
- Jenkins is tied for the NEC-lead in receiving touchdowns (six) while his 22.8 yards per catch is 10th-best in the nation
- The most-targeted WR on the roster is Ra'Shaun Henry as he comes in with nearly double the number of total catches (37) compared to the next-closest player on the team as he has taken his 37 receptions for 341 yards and 2 TD
- The offensive line is solid as SFU is second in the NEC in fewest sacks allowed (1.57 per game) this season
INSIDE THE SERIES: SHU vs. Saint Francis U (SHU leads 12-11)
- In 23 all-time meetings between the two sides, the series history couldn't be much closer as SHU owns a slim 12-11 advantage while the Pioneers are 6-6 all-time against the Red Flash in Loretto and 6-5 at home against their league foe
- After dropping five straight in the first five years with Coach Nofri at the helm, the Pioneers have responded with two straight wins over the Red Flash including a 13-7 triumph that sealed a share of the NEC Regular Season title last season
PLAYER WEEKLY AWARDS
TYRESE CHAMBERS | NEC ROOKIE OF THE WEEK (OCT. 14)
- For the fourth time this season, SHU rookie WR Tyrese Chambers earned NEC Rookie of the Week accolades
- He earned the laurel following an outing that saw him finish with seven catches for 139 yards (19.9 yards per catch) and 1 TD while adding 11 rushing yards on two carries to give him 150 total yards from scrimmage
- Chambers put on the afterburners with a season-long 74-yard touchdown on a slant pattern that cut the deficit to 31-24 in the fourth quarter as the Pioneers worked their way back from a 24-3 first half deficit
- Chambers' 139 receiving yards was the highest single-game total for any player in the NEC in Week 7 and the fourth-highest of the season by a league player
- For the season, Chambers owns three of the five-highest single-game receiving performances in the NEC through seven weeks of the 2019 season
TYRESE CHAMBERS | NEC ROOKIE OF THE WEEK, NATIONAL FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK HONORABLE MENTION (SEPT. 23)
- For the third straight week, SHU first-year WR Tyrese Chambers earned NEC Rookie of the Week accolades
- The rookie sensation was again the go-to target for QB Logan Marchi as he hauled in 8-of-10 targets for 144 yards (18.0 ypc) and 2 TD in a 34-10 road win at LIU
- Chambers broke his own SHU first-year single-game record for receiving yards in a game while his 60-yard score represented a new career-long reception
- Seven of his eight receptions went for first downs while his first two catches on the day both went for touchdowns
- For Chambers, the first-year is on a torrid pace as he has 21 receptions for 371 yards (17.7 ypc) and 5 TD in the last three games after playing one series in a season-opening loss at Maine
LOGAN MARCHI | CFPA NATIONAL PERFORMER OF THE WEEK, CSM NEC OFFENSIVE POW, NEC OFFENSIVE POW (SEPT. 15)
- QB Logan Marchi was the big winner of the week, hauling in an FCS National Performer of the Week as well as both the College Sports Madness and conference's NEC Offensive Player of the Week honor
- This marks the first time in program history that SHU has seen a player honored with National Performer of the Week honors on offense as Marchi was distinguished with an award handed to the top individual performance in Week 3 of FCS play
- Marchi's finished with a line of 22-for-32 for 407 yards with 6 TD and 0 INT, engineering the highest-scoring game for the Pioneers since 2013
- He became just the second SHU QB to throw for six scores in a game, matching the program record established by Dale Fink against Duquesne on Nov. 14, 2009
- The six-touchdown total also represents the most passing TDs in a game for any FCS QB in week 3
- Marchi's 407 yards represents a new career-high, marking the first time in his collegiate career he has thrown for over 400 yards and the fourth time he has gone for 300+ in a game
- The yardage total is the second-highest single-game total for a SHU QB in program history
TYRESE CHAMBERS | NEC ROOKIE OF THE WEEK (SEPT. 16)
- WR Tyrese Chambers earned his second straight NEC Rookie of the Week honor after going off in a 56-40 road win at Lafayette, registering nine catches for 133 yards and 2 TD
- Both his nine-catch and 133-yard efforts are new single-game program records for first-years
- Six of Chambers' nine catches went for first downs or touchdowns while he caught 9-of-11 targets (81.8 percent) and carried the ball three times for 12 yards
- Chambers' TD catches were for 24 and 20 yards, the second of which came in the Pioneers' opening drive of the third quarter that gave SHU a lead they wouldn't relinquish for the remainder of play
- After seeing limited action in the season opener at Maine, Chambers has exploded over the last two contests, totaling 13 catches for 227 yards (17.5 yards per catch) and 3 TD
LOGAN MARCHI | CSM NEC OFFENSIVE POW (SEPT. 8)
- Fifth-year QB Logan Marchi took on a starring role for the Pioneers on Saturday night, finishing 21-for-37 for 316 yards through the air to go along with three touchdowns and no interceptions to earn College Sports Madness NEC Offensive Player of the Week honors
- This marked the third time in Marchi's collegiate career he has gone for 300+ yards in a game, falling just shy of his career-high 365-yard performance against UConn as a sophomore with Temple in 2017. He also continues to play mistake-free football as he has yet to throw an interception in his first 66 passing attempts as a Pioneer.
- Utilizing several different players, Marchi spread the ball around as eight different players had at least one catch on the evening. Marchi also utilized the deep ball quite well, averaging an impressive 15 yards per completion against the Bison. Marchi's 316-yard outing also marked the first time this season that an NEC quarterback has thrown for over 300 yards.
JULIUS CHESTNUT | NEC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK (SEPT. 9)
- Chestnut, the 2018 NEC Rookie of the Year and four-time NEC Rookie of the Week award winner last season, earned his first career Offensive Player of the Week distinction by the conference
- A stellar all-around outing saw the sophomore rush a career-best 21 times for 162 yards (7.7 yards per carry) and three total TDs (one rushing, two receiving)
- Coming into the game against Bucknell with three career receptions, Chestnut caught three passes for 25 yards, two of which went for touchdowns
- Chestnut broke the defensive struggle open midway through the second quarter with a career-long 86-yard touchdown that made it 10-3 SHU
- He was the lone NEC player to rush for over 100 yards on Saturday while his three total TDs tied for the lead among all non-QBs in the NEC
- His 162 yards on the ground are just two short of his single-game career-high of 164 established in a 49-26 home win over Bryant last season
- Chestnut's 187 total yards from scrimmage on Saturday represented a career-best and are the most by an NEC player in a game thus far in the season
- For his efforts, Chestnut was also named an FCS National Offensive Player of the Week Honorable Mention
TYRESE CHAMBERS | NEC ROOKIE OF THE WEEK (SEPT. 9)
- Chambers made big plays all over the field on Saturday, finishing with four catches for 94 yards and a touchdown in a 30-10 home win over Bucknell
- The first-year receiver posted catches of 24, 28 and 37 yards, a pair of which were highlight-reel worthy receptions, as the big-play threat burst open the Bucknell defense and led to a 300+ yard game for QB Logan Marchi
- After seeing little time in the season opener at Maine, Chambers was thrust into the Pioneers' three-WR sets and came away with a near 100-yard effort as well as his first career TD
PLAYING THE FULL 60 MINUTES
- A trend that has continued all season long through seven games is the Pioneers' commitment in the second half, specifically the fourth quarter
- SHU has outscored the opposition 42-30 (+12) in the fourth quarter of games this season, compared to a 158-125 margin (-33) for the Pioneers in the three other quarters combined
- The Pioneers are allowing an average of 4.3 points per quarter in the fourth this season compared to 7.5 per quarter in the three other quarters combined
HOLD THE LINE
- SHU's offensive line play has been stellar through seven games as the combination of LT J.D. DiRenzo, LG Anthony Della Fave, C Josh Sokol, RG Nick Carnesale, RT Jon Mucciolo/ Donald Rappoccio have allowed just three sacks all season
- The Pioneers are one of just three teams in the nation who've allowed three or fewer sacks thus far in 2019 and one of just two in FCS to have played at least seven games and given up three or fewer sacks
- In addition, SHU's O-line has limited opponents to 3.29 TFL per game, the third-lowest average allowed of any team in FCS, trailing only San Diego (3.00) and Princeton (3.20)
- Marchi has hit the turf three times in his 246 dropbacks this season, translating to a 1.22 sack percent rate for opposing defenses combined through seven games
- The three-game streak to start the season without a sack represents the third time in the last four seasons that SHU has rolled off a streak of three straight games without allowing a sack
- Making this feat even more impressive is only Della Fave and Sokol played last season in their current positions. DiRenzo started all 11 games at right tackle in 2018 and has shifted to the left tackle spot in 2019. Carnesale is a graduate transfer addition from Towson this season while Mucciolo is in his first collegiate season while Rappoccio was a backup his first two years at SHU
- WR Tyrese Chambers is quickly establishing himself as one of the top first-year wide receivers in all of FCS as he is already a four-time NEC Rookie of the Week
- Through seven games, Chambers leads all FCS first-years in receiving touchdowns (6), receiving yards per game (85.1) and receiving yards (596) while he sits second in both receptions (33) in receptions per game (4.7)
- Making this even more impressive is the four-time NEC Rookie of the Week has done all his damage over the last six weeks as he played just one series in the season opener at Maine
CHESTNUT CARRYING THE LOAD
- Through seven games in 2019, including just six as the team's primary ball carrier, RB Julius Chestnut has racked up 817 rushing yards on 146 carries (5.6 yards per rush) to go along with 7 total TD (five rushing, two receiving)
- Chestnut ranks Top 5 in both rushing yards (817, 4th in FCS) and rushing yards per game (116.7, 5th FCS)
- Over the last four games combined, Chestnut has rushed for over 100 yards in each while he's combined for 529 rushing yards on 95 carries to go along with eight catches for 97 yards as he has 626 total yards from scrimmage (156.5 per game)
ALL ABOUT THE TEAM ON DEFENSE
- The Pioneers' defense unit relies on an all-around approach as the team has 11 players with at least 20 tackles for the season and 12 that average at least three tackles per game
- Even with 10 total takeways (5 INT, 5 FR), there isn't a player with more than one interception or fumble recovery on the roster
- LB Chris Outterbridge has been the standout player of-late as he has 38 of his team-high 42 tackles in the last four games including a season-high 11 tackles last week against Duquesne
- DE Kevin Peprah is the team-leading in TLF with five on the season while DE Chris Agyemang leads the team in sacks (three) and CB Lamar Evans has a team-high six pass breakups in 2019