Edinboro Football falls to nationally ranked Indiana University (Pa.)

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Wednesday, September 27th, 2017 at 6:15 PM
Edinboro Football falls to nationally ranked Indiana University (Pa.) by Mike Lantinen
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The Edinboro Fighting Scots football team traveled to the George P. Miller Stadium in Indiana (Pa.) this past Saturday for their fourth game of the season. Coming off a loss this past week against West Chester, Edinboro couldn’t change the tide of their 2017 campaign, falling 38-7. They’re now 2-2 on the year.

Quarterback Jake Sisson had another tough showing, throwing 5 interceptions and 1 touchdown for an NCAA quarterback rating of 80.6. This brings his total to 7 interceptions over the past two games; he threw 19 in last season’s 11 games.

Considering IUP boasts a scoring defense ranked second overall in the PSAC and a rushing defense that is the tops in the conference, Edinboro looked to adjust accordingly.

Offensive coordinator Chris Limbach favored another pass heavy offensive scheme with Sisson throwing the ball 47 times while the running backs only combined for 22 carries, a similar trend to previous 2017 games. In their loss to West Chester, they had 26 carries compared to 53 passing attempts.

Sisson has averaged 48.5 pass attempts per game so far this year, giving him the most attempts in the conference.

An opportunity early on came when IUP’s punter fumbled a snap, giving Edinboro the ball at midfield. But an interception by IUP’s Max Redfield would immediately change possession, leading to a touchdown-scoring drive for IUP.

Before the end of the first quarter, the Crimson Hawks scored again on an 11- play 70-yard drive which resulted in Lenny Williams’ second passing touchdown of the game. While Williams doesn’t pass in bulk, he has proven to be one of the more efficient passers in the PSAC with a 65.7 percent completion rating.

The QB was an important difference- maker for the game, as Edinboro consistently found its way into the backfield, but Williams’ allusiveness was too much. He threw for 4 touchdowns on the day.

On two separate occasions, Edinboro was on the 1 and 2-yard line and they couldn’t put points on the board. On first and goal at the 5-yard line, Edinboro’s offense attempted two passes followed by a Walter Fletcher run that put them 1 yard away. The following play was intercepted.

This wasn’t an isolated incident. On two other occasions, the Scots were in the Crimson Hawks’ red zone and only came away with a single touchdown.

IUP went up 21-0 in the first half and 31-0 before Edinboro’s first score of the game. In a completion to James Clark, Sisson and the wide receiver, who has been a key to this offense, connected for a 10-yard touchdown reception.

IUP’s wide receiver JoJo Gause caught three touchdown passes on the day, all of which came from Williams. During the fourth quarter both teams would go scoreless, leaving the final score as 38-7, IUP. 

Mike Lantinen can be reached at sports.spectator@gmail.com. 

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