Sacred Heart (7-4, 4-2 NEC) at Robert Morris (6-5, 5-1 NEC)
Saturday, Nov. 23 | 12:00 p.m.
Joe Walton Stadium | Moon Township, Pa.
Sacred Heart | Robert Morris
MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. – Owners of a four-game win streak for the first time since 2016, the Sacred Heart football team looks to finish the 2019 season on a high note as the Pioneers hit the road for a trip to face Robert Morris on Saturday at Noon from Joe Walton Stadium. Facing a Colonial team that had their own five-game win streak snapped last week at CCSU, these two teams battle in a game wherein the winner has a strong chance at finishing second in the league standings. SHU looks to continue a prolonged run of success in games against RMU as the Pioneers are riding a six-game win streak versus the Colonials, SHU's longest-active win streak against any opponent.
- RB Julius Chestnut is a two-time NEC Offensive Player of the Week and has put together one of the top individual performances in program history this season. Through 11 games, the sophomore has 1,354 rushing yards on the season which ranks second in FCS and fifth in all NCAA Div. I. Chestnut has eight 100+ yard performances while he has 12 total touchdowns (10 rushing, two receiving). In a 13-6 win over Lehigh this past weekend, Chestnut became the first underclassman in program history to reach the 2,000 career rushing yard milestone (2,067 yards in two seasons at SHU) while he is on the cusp of breaking the single-season rushing yard total for the Pioneers. His 123.1 rushing yards per game ranks third in FCS while he leads FCS in carries with 263 on the season. His single-game standout performance on the season came in a road win at Bryant in which he rushed 43 times for 203 yards, becoming just the ninth player in school history to rush for over 200 yards in a game while his 43 carries are the most by a player in a single-game at SHU in the program's Div. I era (since 1999).
- DE Chris Agyemang was named the NEC Defensive Co-Player of the Week on Monday after spearheading an incredible all-around team defensive showing with five tackles, two sacks, three TFL and a forced fumble in Saturday's 13-6 home win over Lehigh. As a team, the Pioneers limited the Mountain Hawks to just 3.5 yards per play and without a touchdown while setting new season-highs with 12 TFL and five sacks.
- Now 2-0 as the Pioneers' starting QB, redshirt freshman Marquez McCray has filled in admirably for the season-long starter Logan Marchi. Through two games under center, McCray is 21-for-32 (65.6 percent) throwing for 191 yards with 1 TD, 126.1 passing efficiency and the key stat being 0 INT and no turnovers. McCray was named the NEC's Rookie of the Week last week after going 11-for-14 for 105 yards with 1 TD and 21 rushing yards as the Pioneers defeated Wagner 41-7 at home on Nov. 9.
- 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 nine sacks in 347 dropbacks through 11 games, translating to a 2.59 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 eight who've allowed eight or fewer sacks this season.
- An all-around dynamic outing from the Pioneer defense on Saturday led the way to a 41-7 home win over Wagner in which SHU scored 41 unanswered second half points. In the win, SHU matched a program record with eight takeaways (4 INT, 4 FR) as the only other time the Pioneers forced eight takeaways in a single-game came on Oct. 10, 2015 in a 26-13 road win at Robert Morris. The 4 INT total is tied for the fourth-highest single-game total in school history while the four fumble recoveries is tied for the second-most for SHU.
- Head Coach Mark Nofri, already the winningest coach in program history, recorded his 50th career victory in Week 11 as the Pioneers defeated Wagner 41-7 at home. Owning a career mark of 51-40 (.567), Nofri owns 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 1,354 rushing yards (123.1 per game) and 1,533 total yards from scrimmage with 12 total TD (10 rushing, two receiving). The 2018 NEC Rookie of the Year has nearly three times as many 100+ rushing yard performances this season (eight) than he did in 11 games played last season (three). Chestnut ranks second nationally in rushing yards with 1,354 on the season while his 123.1 rushing yards per game is second in FCS. Chestnut is coming off a 130-yard effort on 25 carries against Lehigh in Week 12.
- 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)
|Robert Morris (NEC rank)||Category||Sacred Heart (NEC rank)|
|22.8 (5)||Points||25.5 (2)|
|288.6 (5)||Total Offense||366.5 (2)|
|133.4 (4)||Rushing Yards||154.0 (3)|
|155.3 (7)||Passing Yards||212.5 (2)|
|28:19 (7)||Offensive Time of Possession||27:21 (8)|
|354.2 (6)||Total Defense||393.2 (8)|
|176.7 (7)||Rushing Yards Allowed||155.5 (6)|
|12/15||Rushing TDs/Passing TDs||14/20|
|177.5 (3)||Passing Yards Allowed||237.7 (8)|
|21/13||Rushing/Passing TDs Allowed||14/15|
|31:41||Defensive Time of Possession||32:39|
|+7 (3)||Turnover Margin||+10 (2)|
|26.2 (5)||Points Allowed||22.8 (4)|
LET'S GET ALL DEFENSIVE ABOUT IT
- Defense has helped guide the Pioneers on their four-game win streak, as the team has allowed just 15.8 points per game including just 6.5 over the last games
- The Pioneers' 13-6 home win over Lehigh marked the first victory of 2019 wherein SHU scored less than 20 points (0-3 previously) while the Pioneers are 5-0 this season in games when the Pioneers allow less than 20 points
- SHU moved to 5-0 on the season in games where the Pioneers outgain their opponent
- Allowing just 13 combined points over the last two games, this active stretch marks the fewest points the SHU defense has allowed in consecutive games since allowing just six points over a two-game stretch all the way back in the 2002 season
- With 11 games in-hand across the 2019 season, the keys to success for the Pioneers have established themselves across the slate and a few of the most important trends for SHU that have led to success include leading at the half (3-0 record), leading after three quarters (5-0), scoring first (3-0), running more plays than the opponent (3-0), outgaining the opposition (5-0), winning the turnover battle (5-0), scoring 30+ points (3-0), allowing less than 20 points (5-0) and winning time of possession (4-0)
- Several trends that date back many seasons include owning a halftime lead as the Pioneers are winners of seven straight when owning the advantage at the half, having last lost with a halftime lead back on Nov. 4, 2017 in a 48-45 shootout loss at Bryant
- When holding a lead after three quarters of play the Pioneers are even more dominant, owners of a current 14-game win streak in those circumstances with the last loss coming on Oct. 14, 2017 with a 29-26 home loss to Dartmouth
- Another extended active win streak is when the Pioneers score first, having won nine straight games in those contests dating back to 2017
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 four-game win streak, however, the script has completely flipped with SHU owning a 31:24 minute average in offensive time of possession while holding the ball longer than their opponents in three-of-four games
- Third downs have been a huge factor in winning the possession battle as the Pioneers are 31-for-69 (45 percent) on offense and are holding opponents to 16-for-56 (29 percent) in those last four 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 an incredible +15 in turnover margin in their seven victories in 2019, having won the turnover battles five times (tied the other two) in the seven victories 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 11 games is the Pioneers' commitment in the second half of games
- SHU has outscored the opposition 160-73 (+87) in the third and fourth quarter of games this season combined, compared to a 175-115 margin (-60) for the Pioneers in the first two quarters combined
- The Pioneers are allowing an average of 3.3 points per quarter in the second halves of games this season compared to an 8.0 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 nine sacks all season
- The Pioneers are one of just eight teams in the nation who've allowed nine or fewer sacks in 2019 and one of just four in FCS to have played at least 11 games and given up nine or fewer sacks
- In addition, SHU's O-line has limited opponents to 4.36 TFL per game, tied for the 8th-lowest average allowed of any team in FCS, trailing national powers such as San Diego (3.30), North Dakota State (3.55) and Dartmouth (4.33)
- SHU quarterbacks have hit the turf nine times in his 347 dropbacks this season, translating to a 2.59 sack percent rate for opposing defenses combined through 11 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 honoree
- Through 10 games played, Chambers leads the team in receptions (43), receiving yards (713) and receiving touchdowns (seven). Among all FCS first-years, Chambers sits third in receiving yards per game (71.3) while he sits tied for third in receiving touchdowns (seven) and fourth in receptions per game (4.3)
- Making this even more impressive is the four-time NEC Rookie of the Week has done all his damage over nine games with significant playing time as he appeared in just one series in the season opener at Maine and missed the road game at Saint Francis U
CHESTNUT CARRYING THE LOAD
- Through 11 games in 2019, including 10 as the team's primary ball carrier, RB Julius Chestnut has racked up 1,354 rushing yards on 263 carries (5.2 yards per rush) to go along with 12 total TD (10 rushing, two receiving)
- Chestnut ranks second in the nation in rushing yards (1,354), rushing yards per game (123.1) and carries (263)
- Chestnut has more than double the number of 100+ rushing yard performances this season (eight) than he did in his 2018 NEC Offensive Rookie of the Year season (three)
- For the season, Chestnut has tallied 1,354 rushing yards to go along with 179 receiving yards for a total of 1,533 scrimmage yards (139.3 per game). On the national scale, Chestnut ranks third among all non-return specialists in all-purpose yards per game (141.1)
ALL ABOUT THE TEAM ON DEFENSE
- The Pioneers' defense unit relies on an all-around approach as the team has 16 players with at least 20 tackles for the season and 10 that average at least three tackles per game
- With 22 total takeaways (11 INT, 11 FR), 13 different players have recorded at least one INT or FR on the season while SS Noah Provenzano and CB Shawn Ramcheran each have 3 INT and one defensive TD in 2019
- LB Chris Outterbridge has been the standout player of-late as he has 69 of his team-high 73 tackles in the last eight games combined including a season-high 12 tackles against Saint Francis U on Oct. 26
- DE Kevin Peprah is the team-leading in TLF with 10 on the season while DE Chris Agyemang leads the team in sacks (5.5) and CB Lamar Evans has a team-high nine 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 LEHIGH BOX SCORE (SHU 13, LEH 6)
- In a game dominated by the two defenses, SHU trailed for the second straight game at the half but still managed to do enough in the second half to pull out a home win
- Facing Lehigh for the first time, the Pioneers put up a clinical defensive outing, limiting the Lehigh QB Alec Beesmer to 8-for-29 throwing while SHU came up with a season-high five sacks and 12 TFL, holding the Mountain Hawks without a touchdown in the contest
- One game removed from matching a school record with eight takeaways against Wagner, the SHU defense relied on an all-around approach as nine Pioneers had at least 0.5 TFL while four had at least 0.5 sacks
- DE Chris Agyemang and DE/WR RJ Trimble-Edwards combined for 3.5 sacks and 5.5 TFL as the duo led the way for the Pioneer defense in the final home game of the season for SHU
- RB Julius Chestnut keyed the win for the Pioneers as the workhorse back carried 25 times for 130 yards and 2 TD, both of which were scored in the fourth quarter of a come-from-behind victory
- SS Noah Provenzano was all over the field, finishing with a game-high 10 tackles and one pass breakup as this marked his third double-digit tackle performance of his career
- The five sacks for the SHU defense set a new season-high and is the most in a single-game for the Pioneers since the 2018 season finale against Saint Francis U on Nov. 17
- This was the first game the Pioneer defense didn't allow a touchdown since defeating Lafayette 3-6 on Sept. 1, 2018 (20 games ago)
- Allowing just 13 combined points over the last two games, this marks the fewest points the SHU defense has allowed in consecutive games since allowing six over a two-game stretch back in the 2002 season
INSIDE THE WAGNER BOX SCORE (SHU 41, WAG 7)
- Trailing 7-0 at the half, SHU had gone 10 straight quarters at home with a combined nine points scored but suddenly the Pioneers came alive in the second half, posting an incredible 41 unanswered points to roll past the Seahawks
- An all-around terrific team performance saw the Pioneers match a school record with eight takeaways (4 INT, 4 FR), something SHU has only done once prior in school history back on Oct. 10, 2015 in a 26-13 win at Robert Morris
- The 4 INT total is tied for the fourth-highest single-game total in program history while the 4 FR is tied for the second-most in school history
- Included in the eight takeaways was a pair of interceptions returned for touchdowns as SS Noah Provenzano returned one of his two picks on the day, 59 yards for a score
- That was Provenzano's second career pick-six and it came at a big time in the game as his touchdown gave SHU a 17-7 lead with 4:29 left in the third quarter
- CB Shawn Ramcheran capped the scoring with his first career defensive touchdown, returning the fourth INT of the day for SHU back 41 yards for the score
- LB Mike Wilen recovered two of the four fumbles lost on the day for Wagner while FS Shamere Collins was a ball-hawk in the first half, forcing a fumble that was recovered by LB Chris Outterbridge and later recording his first career interception as the sophomore forced two turnovers
- Leading the offense on the day was RB Julius Chestnut who extended his FCS-leading rushing total with 116 on the day to give him 1224 for the season through 10 games
- Chestnut's seventh 100+ yard performance on the season came on 27 carries while he also punched in a pair of rushes from inside the 5-yard line, giving him 10 total TD in 2019
- Starting for the injured QB Logan Marchi, redshirt freshman QB Marquez McCray was terrific in his debut, finishing 11-for-14 for 105 yards and 1 TD while he played mistake-free football with 0 INT and no fumbles
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.
ROBERT MORRIS SCOUTING REPORT
- Robert Morris (6-5, 5-1 NEC) won five consecutive games and stood at 5-0 in conference play heading into last weekend's showdown with fellow unbeaten CCSU but the Colonials lost a pivital matchup with a 49-28 loss in New Britain
- With a win, the Colonials would have clinched at least a share of the NEC Regular Season title and the league's automatic bid into the FCS Playoffs but were outdone by CCSU QB Aaron Winchester who ran in 4 TD in the Blue Devil victory
- The loss to nationally-ranked CCSU shouldn't take away from the great season RMU has put together as the Colonials stood 5-0 in NEC play for the first time since 2010 and recorded its longest win streak since 2010
- The Colonials lead the NEC in fewest penalties per game (5.7) while also ranking first in fumbles recovered (12; 9th in FCS) and team passing efficiency defense (112.2; 9th in FCS)
- The playmaking RMU defense has caused problems for opponents all season long as the Colonials have 23 takeaways in 2019 to rank 13th in FCS and second-best in the league
- LB Aniello Buzzacco has been a tackling machine this season with a per-game average of 10.6 as he has 117 total tackles as well as 5.0 TFL and 2 INT in 11 games played this season
- DB Mason Gray is the top playmaker on the defensive side of the ball as he has 92 total tackles and 3.5 TFL while adding 2 INT (both were pick-sixes) and 10 pass breakups which ranks Top 5 in the conference
- QB George Martin has been the primary starter under center for the Colonials as he has 1154 yards with 10 TD and 6 INT in 10 games played while completing 52 percent of his passes with an efficiency of 118.6
- RB Alijah Jackson is the primary ball handler for the Colonials and he has been elusive all season with 912 rushing yards on 174 carries (5.2 ypc) with 4 TD and a season-long rush of 80 yards
- TE Matthew Gonzalez is the top pass-catcher on this RMU squad and will present a new challenge to the Pioneers as this is the first time in 2019 that SHU is facing a team who's leading receiver is a tight end
- For the season, Gonzalez has 31 receptions for 524 yards (16.9 ypc) with 4 TD and 52.4 yards per game
INSIDE THE SERIES: SHU vs. RMU (SHU leads 13-8)
- This will be the 22nd all-time meeting between the two longtime NEC rivals as SHU owns the edge in the series with an all-time mark of 13-8
- The Pioneers are 7-4 in games against RMU played in Moon Township and have won four straight against the Colonials on the road and six straight overall
- Last season's meeting saw SHU dominate with a 38-7 victory in Fairfield in a game that saw the Pioneers outgain RMU 485-172 including 347-70 in rushing yards
- The SHU defense has had the Colonials' number in recent meetings as the Pioneers haven't allowed more than 14 points in any of the last five games played against RMU
PLAYER WEEKLY AWARDS
CHRIS AGYEMANG | NEC DEFENSIVE CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK (NOV. 18)
- Spearheading another sensational defensive performance, Agyemang earned his third career NEC Defensive Player of the Week honors
- Agyemang posted his fifth career multi-sack game (second this season) while he set a new career-best with three TFL in a 13-6 win over Lehigh
- The senior defensive end totaled five tackles while helping limit Patriot League member Lehigh to 3.5 yards per play
- Agyemang made 3.0 TFL in addition to two sacks highlighted by a fourth quarter strip sack that allowed SHU to keep a one-point lead with under three minutes remaining
- His first key stop dropped the running back for a two-yard loss on 1st-and-goal, leading to a turnover-on-downs in the opening quarter
MARQUEZ McCRAY | NEC ROOKIE OF THE WEEK (NOV. 11)
- Starting for the injured QB Logan Marchi, McCary posted a solid debut in his first career start as he finished 11-for-14 throwing for 105 yards with 1 TD and 0 INT
- McCray also rushed 14 times for 21 yards as he played mistake-free football while tossing his first career score in his first career start
- Playing against a Wagner unit led by two-time defending NEC Defensive Player of the Year and the NEC's all-time sack leader in Cameron Gill, McCray put up a solid all-around effort averaging 7.5 yards per attempt while finding his first career TD with a pass to Tyrese Chambers in the fourth quarter
JULIUS CHESTNUT | CSM NEC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK (NOV. 10)
- The conference has already named Chestnut the NEC Offensive Player of the Week twice this season and for the first time in 2019, College Sports Madness has handed Chestnut the honor following another stellar outing against Wagner in Week 11
- The catalyst on the offensive side of the ball throughout the afternoon was Chestnut who extended his FCS-leading rushing total with 116 on the day to give him 1,224 for the season through 10 games
- Chestnut's seventh 100+ yard performance of the season came on 27 carries while he also punched two rushes home from inside the 5-yard line, giving him 10 total TD (eight rushing, two receiving) in 2019
- Over his last two games, Chestnut has 67 carries for 319 yards (159.5 per game). Chestnut also stands just 63 yards away from 2000 for his career as he'd become the first SHU running back in school history to reach the 2000 career rushing milestone in his first two seasons as a Pioneer
- Chestnut has been a revelation in NEC-only play as he has 789 rushing yards (131.5 per game) on 159 carries with five rushing scores through six league games
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