Sacred Heart (5-4, 3-2 NEC) vs Wagner (1-8, 1-3 NEC)
Saturday, Nov. 9 | 12:00 p.m.
Campus Field | Fairfield, Conn.
FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Back-to-back NEC road wins has the Sacred Heart football team flying high with a return to Campus Field set for this week against the Wagner Seahawks. The Pioneers toppled both Saint Francis U (36-33 in overtime) and Bryant (24-17) in consecutive conference games away from home and make a return trip to Fairfield looking to stymie a two-game NEC home losing streak. SHU defeated the Seahawks 41-14 in a dominating performance in Staten Island last season but face a stiff challenge against a Wagner squad with high-end talent on both sides of the ball.
- QB Logan Marchi has been the NEC's top QB throughout the 2019 campaign, throwing for 2,147 yards with 19 TD and 9 INT through nine games. 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.
- RB Julius Chestnut earned NEC Offensive Player of the Week honors following a tremendous effort that saw him finish the Pioneers' 24-17 road win at Bryant with 203 rushing yards on 43 carries. The 203 rushing yards is a career-high as Chestnut became just the ninth player in school history to rush for 200+ yards in a single-game. His 43 carries are the most by an NEC running back this season as well as the second-most carries by a Pioneer in school history and highest-ever in the program's Div. I era (since 1999).
- WR Tyrese Chambers is quickly becoming the go-to receiver in an explosive SHU offense as the four-time NEC Rookie of the Week honoree was one of 24 freshmen named to the FCS Jerry Rice Award Watch List, an honor handed to the nation's top freshman regardless of position. Chambers leads the team in receptions (36), receiving yards (639) and receiving touchdowns (six). On a national scale, Chambers leads all FCS freshmen in receiving yards per game (79.9) and receiving touchdowns (six).
- 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 six sacks in 313 dropbacks through eight games, translating to a 1.92 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 five who've allowed six or fewer sacks this season.
- DE Kevin Peprah was a problem for the Bryant offensive line throughout Saturday's showdown as he finished with a pair of career-highs in tackles (eight) and tackles for loss (three). As a team, SHU registred a new season-high nine TFL while matching a season-best with three takeaways (two INT, one fumble recovery).
- Head Coach Mark Nofri is on the cusp of a personal coaching milestone as he enters today's game with an all-time mark of 49-40 (.551). Already the winningest head coach in program history, Nofri has the fifth-most victories among active head coaches with eight seasons or less at the helm of their current institution.
- RB Julius Chestnut has been the primary ball carrier this season and has racked up 1,108 rushing yards (123.1 per game) and 1,187 total yards from scrimmage with eight total TD (six rushing, two receiving). The 2018 NEC Rookie of the Year already has more 100+ rushing yard performances this season (six) than he did in 11 games played last season. He ranks first nationally in rushing yards and first among all FCS underclassmen with 902 on the season while his 123.1 rushing yards per game is third in FCS. Chestnut is coming off a 203-yard effort on 43 carries against Bryant in Week 10.
- 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)
|Wagner (NEC rank)||Category||Sacred Heart (NEC rank)|
|15.6 (7)||Points||25.2 (2)|
|240.2 (7)||Total Offense||388.1 (2)|
|50.3 (8)||Rushing Yards||149.6 (3)|
|189.9 (4)||Passing Yards||238.6 (2)|
|30:57 (3)||Offensive Time of Possession||27:19 (8)|
|343.8 (5)||Total Defense||427.6 (8)|
|143.2 (5)||Rushing Yards Allowed||157.7 (6)|
|9/7||Rushing TDs/Passing TDs||11/19|
|200.6 (5)||Passing Yards Allowed||269.9 (8)|
|12/14||Rushing/Passing TDs Allowed||14/14|
|29:03||Defensive Time of Possession||32:41|
|+0 (5)||Turnover Margin||+2 (4)|
|24.7 (5)||Points Allowed||26.4 (6)|
CONTROLLING THE CLOCK
- Time of possession is a stat SHU struggled in mightily through the midway point of the season, averaging just 25:10 minutes on offense through the first seven games of the season, a single-game average that ranked among the bottom 10 teams in FCS
- Also in those first seven games, SHU won the time of possession battle just once and held the ball for a season-low 17:59 in a home loss to CCSU on Oct. 5
- During the Pioneers' current two-game win streak, however, the script has completely flipped with SHU owning a 32:51 minute average in offensive time of possession while holding the ball longer than their opponents in both games
- Third-downs has been a huge factor in winning the possession battle as the Pioneers are 19-for-38 (50 percent) on offense and are holding opponents to 6-for-27 (22 percent) in those last two games
QB KEYING THE VICTORIES
- When looking at the keys to success for the Pioneers this season, the answer lies in the turnover battle as SHU is a +7 in turnover margin in their five victories in 2019, having won the turnover battles four times (tied the other) in the five wins this season
- In the team's four losses in 2019, the Pioneers are -5 in turnover margin
- QB Logan Marchi has been terrific in the team's victories this season, completing 100-of-156 pass attempts (64.1 percent) for 1555 yards (311 per game) with 17 TD and 2 INT for a passer efficiency rating of 181.2
- The script is completely different in losses as Marchi is just 52-for-119 (43.7 percent) on his throws for 592 yards (148 per game) with 2 TD and 7 INT in the four defeats for SHU
PLAYING THE FULL 60 MINUTES
- A trend that has continued all season long through nine games is the Pioneers' commitment in the second half of games
- SHU has outscored the opposition 106-70 (+36) in the third and fourth quarter of games this season combined, compared to a 165-115 margin (-50) for the Pioneers in the first two quarters combined
- The Pioneers are allowing an average of 3.9 points per quarter in the second halves of games this season compared to a 9.2 average per quarter in the first halves combined
HOLD THE LINE
- SHU's offensive line play has been stellar as the combination of LT J.D. DiRenzo, LG Anthony Della Fave, C Josh Sokol, RG Nick Carnesale, RT Donald Rappoccio/ Jon Mucciolo have allowed just six sacks all season
- The Pioneers are one of just five teams in the nation who've allowed six or fewer sacks thus far in 2019 and one of just four in FCS to have played at least nine games and given up six or fewer sacks
- In addition, SHU's O-line has limited opponents to 4.22 TFL per game, tied for the eighth-lowest average allowed of any team in FCS, trailing national powers such as San Diego (3.00), North Dakota State (3.22), Princeton (4.00) and Dartmouth (4.14)
- Marchi has hit the turf six times in his 313 dropbacks this season, translating to a 1.92 sack percent rate for opposing defenses combined through nine 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 eight games played, Chambers leads all FCS first-years in receiving yards per game (79.9) while he sits third in receptions per game (4.5), receiving yards (639) and receiving touchdowns (six) as well as fifth in receptions (36)
- Making this even more impressive is the four-time NEC Rookie of the Week has done all his damage over seven games with significant playing time as he appeared in just one series in the season opener at Maine
CHESTNUT CARRYING THE LOAD
- Through nine games in 2019, including just eight as the team's primary ball carrier, RB Julius Chestnut has racked up 1,108 rushing yards on 211 carries (5.3 yards per rush) to go along with 8 total TD (six rushing, two receiving)
- Chestnut leads the nation in rushing yards (1,108) while he is third in FCS in rushing yards per game (123.1) and second in carries (211)
- Chestnut has more 100+ rushing yard performances this season (six) than he did in his 2018 NEC Offensive Rookie of the Year season (three)
- For the season, Chestnut has tallied 1,108 rushing yards to go along with 179 receiving yards for a total of 1,287 scrimmage yards (143 per game). On the national scale, Chestnut ranks second among all non-return specialists in all-purpose yards per game (145.9)
ALL ABOUT THE TEAM ON DEFENSE
- The Pioneers' defense unit relies on an all-around approach as the team has 14 players with at least 20 tackles for the season and 11 that average at least three tackles per game
- Even with 13 total takeaways (7 INT, 6 FR), only CB Shawn Ramcheran (2 INT) has more than one interception or fumble recovery on the season
- LB Chris Outterbridge has been the standout player of-late as he has 54 of his team-high 58 tackles in the last six games combined including a season-high 12 tackles last week against Saint Francis U
- DE Kevin Peprah is the team-leading in TLF with 8.0 on the season while DE Chris Agyemang leads the team in sacks (3.5) and CB Lamar Evans has a team-high eight pass breakups in 2019
- Phil Sampson broke through the middle and blocked the potential game-winning 25-yard SFU field goal attempt with four seconds left in the fourth quarter of a tied game
- This marked the second time in 2019 that SHU has blocked a FG as Omar Fraser got a hand on an LIU attempt back in September
- Blocked kicks are something SHU has specialized in over the years as this marks the third straight season in which the Pioneers have blocked at least two FG attempts. Dating back to the 2010 season, the Pioneers have at least two blocked kicks in nine of the last 10 seasons.
INSIDE THE BRYANT BOX SCORE (SHU 24, BRY 17)
- Taking control of the ball at their own 4-yard line leading by seven, SHU steamrolled their way up the field behind eight straight Julius Chestnut carries to salt away the 24-17 road win over the Bulldogs
- In that final drive, Chestnut picked up 44 crucial yards on those eight straight carries as the sophomore finished off what was an incredible day that saw him total a career-high 203 rushing yards
- QB Logan Marchi picked his spots and finished 16-for-27 on the day, throwing for 177 yards with 3 TD and 1 INT for his fourth 3+ TD game of the season
- On Marchi's 17 completions, five different Pioneers finished with at least two receptions while WR Naseim Brantley, WR Rob DiNota and WR Kezio Snelling each caught one TD
- The SHU defense attacked the line of scrimmage all day, finishing with nine TFL as a team while forcing three takeaways (two INT and one fumble recovery) while totaling two sacks
- The nine TFL set a new season-high while the three forced turnovers matched a season-best
- DE Kevin Peprah was all over the field, leading the way for the Pioneers with eight tackles and 2.5 TFL while LB Mike Wilen snagged his first career interception, DE Phil Sampson came up with a strip sack and CB Shawn Ramcheran snagged his second INT of the season which ultimately led to the TD drive that proved to be the difference in the Pioneer victory
- A week after holding Saint Francis U to just 2-for-15 on third down conversions, the Pioneers held Bryant to just 4-for-12 on the day
- Over the last two weeks, SHU has held their opposition to just 6-for-27 (22 percent) on third down attempts
- On the offensive side of the ball, SHU was an impressive 12-for-20 (60 percent) on third down conversions which is their second-highest single-game success percentage, trailing an 8-for-13 (62 percent) showing at LIU back on Sept. 21
INSIDE THE SAINT FRANCIS U BOX SCORE (SHU 36, SFU 33 OT)
- The Pioneers overcame a 10-point deficit midway through the third quarter to tie the score late in the fourth, block the potential game-winning SFU field goal attempt with three seconds left in regulation and then scored the game-winning touchdown in overtime to topple the Red Flash on the road
- QB Logan Marchi bounced back in a big way after struggling for three straight games as he finished 16-for-27 throwing for 280 yards with 2 TD and 0 INT. The Pioneers are now 3-1 on the season in games where Marchi doesn't throw an interception.
- RB Julius Chestnut's 100-yard streak came to an end but the sophomore still had a productive day, finishing with 88 rushing yards on 22 carries with 1 TD
- Making his collegiate debut, RB Malik Grant provided a spark for SHU as he rushed for 51 yards on 11 carries (4.6 ypc) with 1 TD in his first career game
- Marchi locked on to three main targets in the courage of the game as the WR trio of Kezio Snelling (four catches, 134 yards, 1 TD), Naseim Brantley (four catches, 91 yards) and Rob DiNota (six catches, 44 yards) combined for 14 catches for 267 yards and 2 TD
- PK Dane Borges was a perfect 3-for-3 on field goal attempts as well as 3-for-3 on extra points as the senior more than doubled his makes on the season in one game
- P Noah Gettman played a key role in the victory as he averaged 40.6 yards on his seven punts while three landed inside the 20-yard line
- Eight different Pioneers finished with at least four tackles while the SHU defense produced five TFL and four pass breakups through the course of the game
- This was the first overtime game for SHU since the 2012 season where the Pioneers dropped a 30-27 decision at Morgan State. In addition, it was just the second NEC OT game in program history for SHU as the Pioneers were 1-2 in OT games prior to the victory with their only win coming in a 10-7 home win on Nov. 2, 2002 over Wagner
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
WAGNER SCOUTING REPORT
- Wagner (1-8, 1-3 NEC) has struggled in the 2019 campaign, having lost four straight heading into Week 11 with the matchup in Fairfield
- Points have been a problem all season long, as the Seahawks currently sit 117th in FCS in scoring offense at 15.6 points per game while the defense has been solid, coming in having allowed an average of 24.7 points which ranks 38th in the nation
- The offense has struggled particuarly on third down as Wagner has converted just 27.4 percent (122nd FCS, 8th NEC) while on offense and has allowed opponents to convert on 44.7 percent of their opportunities (105th FCS, 7th NEC)
- Another glaring stat is the running game as Wagner has struggled mightily on that side of the ball, averaging just 50.3 yards per game as a team which ranks last in FCS
- QB Christian Alexander-Stevens is a dual-threat playmaker in the Wagner offense as he has thrown for 1501 yards (166.8 per game) with a 57.3 completion percentage while adding five rushing touchdowns to his resume
- Alexander-Stevens is a fifth-year graduate transfer from Florida International University who earned Offensive MVP honors in leading FIU to a 35-32 victory over Toledo in the 2018 Bahamas Bowl
- Wagner also features a stud on the defensive side of the ball in DE Cam Gill who was a Preseason First Team All-American after racking up 13.5 sacks in 2018 which ranked second among all returning FCS players entering the 2019 season
- Gill is the two-time defending NEC Defensive Player of the Year and has 8.5 sacks through nine games in 2019 which ranks ninth nationally
- For his career, Gill has 35 career sacks which is the most-ever by an NEC player
INSIDE THE SERIES: SHU vs. WAG (Wagner leads 11-10)
- The Seahawks own a slim 11-10 advantage in the all-time series against SHU
- The home team has dominated this annual rivalry as the Pioneers are 7-4 in games against the Seahawks at home while Wagner is 7-3 against SHU in Staten Island
- Despite the overall success against Wagner at Campus Field, the Seahawks have won three of the past four meetings in the all-time series in Fairfield including a 28-15 decision in the last game played at Campus Field in 2017
PLAYER WEEKLY AWARDS
JULIUS CHESTNUT | NEC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK (NOV. 4)
- A career-high 203 rushing yards earned sophomore RB Julius Chestnut his second NEC Offensive Player of the Week honor of 2019
- He joins CCSU QB Aaron Winchester as the lone players in the conference to earn the Offensive Player of the Week award multiple times this season
- Taking control of the ball leading by seven at their own 4-yard line, SHU steamrolled their way to a 24-17 road win at Bryant behind Chestnut who carried eight straight times for 44 yards, helping salt away the remaining 5:27 on the clock in the win
- That final drive finished off an incredible day that saw Chestnut total a career-high 203 rushing yards, becoming just the ninth player in program history to gain 200+ rushing yards in a single-game
- His career-high 43 carries are the most by a Pioneer in the program's Div. I history (since 1999) and the second-highest single-game total in school history
- For the season, Chestnut leads the nation with 1108 yards on the ground and his 123.1 rushing yards per game is the third-highest total in FCS
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