CWRU Football to Host Saint Vincent Saturday Night in Battle of the Unbeaten

CWRU Football to Host Saint Vincent Saturday Night in Battle of the Unbeaten

2016 Case Western Reserve University Football
Game #4: CWRU (3-0, 2-0 PAC, 1-0 UAA) vs. Saint Vincent College (4-0, 2-0 PAC)
Saturday, October 1, 2016 · 6:00 p.m. ET · Cleveland, Ohio (DiSanto Field)

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Play-by-play: Andrew Luftglass · Color Commentary: Eddy Jansen

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Saturday night's game will feature a matchup of two of the three remaining undefeated teams in the Presidents' Athletic Conference this season, when the Case Western Reserve University Spartans (3-0, 2-0 PAC, 1-0 UAA) will return home for the first time since September 3rd to play host to the Saint Vincent College Bearcats (4-0, 2-0 PAC) at DiSanto Field in Cleveland, Ohio.

Saturday night will feature an annual tradition for the Spartans and Case Western Reserve University, as fans will be treated to a fireworks show following the game, sponsored by Bon Appétit and FedEx Office.  Spectators are invited to remain in the seats for the show after completion of the game.

In addition, halftime will feature special performances by the Spartan Marching Band, the CWRU cheerleaders, and the dance team, in addition to a dizzy bat relay, with prizes sponsored by the Jolly Scholar.

Case Western Reserve will enter the game with a 3-0 record, following its 35-7 win at Waynesburg last Saturday, during which the Spartans outgained the Yellow Jackets 286-57 on the ground.  Through three games this season, the Spartans have outscored their opponents 135-24 to lead the PAC with 45.0 points per game, and rank second in the conference with 8.0 points allowed.  CWRU is second in the PAC with 488.0 yards of offense per game (244.7 rushing yards and 243.3 passing yards), while the defense is second in the PAC with 247.0 yards allowed (63.3 rushing yards and 183.7 passing yards allowed per game).  The Spartans have a +6 turnover ratio this season.

Junior quarterback Rob Cuda has completed 65% of his passes this season for 678 yards with six touchdowns and a pair of interceptions.  Junior running back Jacob Burke leads the team with 234 rushing yards, and is the PAC leader and 13th in Division III with six rushing touchdowns this year, while Cuda has added 220 yards and four touchdowns on the ground.  Senior wide receiver Brendan Lynch leads the PAC with 8.0 receptions per game and is tenth in Division III with 133.3 receiving yards per game and five receiving touchdowns.

Junior outside linebacker Chanan Demery leads the defense with 19 total tackles (12 solo) and a pair of interceptions during the year, while five other Spartan players (junior linebacker Alex Habeeb, senior cornerback Nick Kwon, senior defensive lineman Tyler Doty and junior safety Daniel Fabiniak) have at least one interception during the campaign.   Senior linebacker Zach Lyon has a team high 2.5 sacks, and is tied with junior linebacker Andrew Banathy for the team lead with 3.5 tackles for a loss.  Junior linebacker Justin McMahon has added 18 tackles (11 solo) during the year, while Kwon leads all Spartans with four pass breakups and five passes defended. 

Saint Vincent has opened its 2016 season with a 4-0 record, including a 57-32 win at Grove City last weekend.  Through its first four games, the Bearcats have outscored their opponents 164-107, good for a margin of 41.0 to 26.8 per game.  The Bearcats have averaged 456.0 yards of offense per game this year, including 147.2 rushing yards and 308.8 passing yards, while the defense has allowed 385.5 yards per game 196.0 rushing yards and 189.5 passing yards).  The Bearcats have a +3 turnover ratio during the year.

Quarterback Derek Stewart has completed 65.2% of his passes this season for 1,235 yards and 13 touchdowns, while throwing just three interceptions.  Two backs have paced the team in rushing, with Shavonta Craft collecting 240 yards and five touchdowns, while Jhanard Dorsett has 220 yards and three scores.  In the receiving game, Damon Black has 27 receptions for 362 yards and four scores, while Dalton Dietrich has added 20 catches for 290 yards and four TDs, and DJ Oceant-Kelly has caught 17 passes for 273 yards and three touchdowns.

Defensively, linebacker Matt Jenkins leads the team with 31 tackles, and defensive end Garrett Virostek has added 27 tackles and forced a pair of fumbles.  Linebacker Kim Ornis leads all Bearcats with 2.0 sacks and 6.0 tackles for a loss.  Safety Devin Anderson and nose tackle Nick Nitowski each have an interception this season, with Nitowski adding a pair of fumble recoveries.

This will be the fourth meeting all-time between the two teams, with the Spartans leading the series 2-1, after claiming home victories in 2007 (42-0) and 2015 (49-14) and falling to the Bearcats on the road in 2014 (23-20).  Last season, Rob Cuda rushed for a career-high 145 yards and completed 23-of-30 passes for 236 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Spartans to a 49-14 victory in Cleveland.  Case Western Reserve scored the first 49 points in the game, en route to the win.

Case Western Reserve is coached by Greg Debeljak, who has a career record of 85-41 (.675) during his 13 seasons with the team.  Debeljak has led the Spartans to four UAA Championships in the last nine years with three consecutive undefeated (10-0) regular seasons and NCAA Playoff berths from 2007-09.  Since the beginning of the 2007 season, Case Western Reserve has posted an outstanding overall record of 72-24, earning Debeljak and his assistants the UAA Coaching Staff of the Year award four times (2007-09, '11). 

Saint Vincent is led by Head Coach Ron Dolciato, who is in his third year with the team and has compiled a 12-12 all-time record.  He is a 1990 graduate of John Carroll University.

The Spartans are 41-18 all-time in home games at DiSanto Field, which first opened during the 2005 season.  Included in the overall record is an 11-4 mark at home since the start of the 2013 season, good for a .733 winning percentage.  Case Western Reserve is 1-0 at home this year, with a 45-17 win over the University of Chicago in its home-opening game.

Case Western Reserve is 22-3 in its last 25 night games dating back to the 2006 season, including a 4-0 record in night games over the last two seasons.  Earlier this season, the Spartans picked up a win in their first night game of the season, a 55-0 victory at Grove City College on September 17th.  Saturday game will be the second of three scheduled night contests this season, with the final one scheduled against Geneva College at home on October 22nd. 

Spartan junior running back Jacob Burke matched a program record with four rushing touchdowns against Waynesburg last week.  He became the fourth player in school history to run for four scores in a game, joining former Spartans Brandon McDowell (2003 vs. Denison), Frank Peters (1999 vs. Oberlin) and Ted Otero (1997 vs. Oberlin).  Burke also recorded his first career 100-yard rushing game, finishing the contest with 163 yards on the ground, the most by a Spartan player since Manny Sicre ran for 172 yards against John Carroll in 2011.

The Spartans have allowed just 24 points through three games this season, and only seven points in the last 10 quarters.  Waynesburg's second-quarter touchdown on Saturday ended a 107-minute shutout stretch for the CWRU defense.

CWRU received votes in each of the latest major polls released this week.  The Spartans received 13 votes in the poll, the 11th-most for teams outside of the top-25.  In the AFCA poll, CWRU received 15 votes, 14th among squads not ranked in the top-25.

Jacob Burke
and Chanan Demery were named the University Athletic Association Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week, respectively, following their performances against Waynesburg on Saturday.  It was the second career UAA Athlete of the Week honor for Burke, while Demery, who finished the game with six tackles and an interception, claimed the award for the first time in his career.