CWRU Football Set to Host Geneva for Saturday Night Matchup

CWRU Football Set to Host Geneva for Saturday Night Matchup

2016 Case Western Reserve University Football
Game #7: CWRU (6-0, 5-0 PAC, 1-0 UAA) vs. Geneva College (2-4, 1-3 PAC)
Saturday, October 22, 2016 · 6:00 p.m. ET · Cleveland, Ohio (DiSanto Field)

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Eddy Jansen (Play-by-play)

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Case Western Reserve University will look to keep its perfect record intact on Saturday, October 22nd at 6:00 p.m., when the Spartans (6-0, 5-0 PAC) play host to Geneva College (2-4, 1-3 PAC) at DiSanto Field in Cleveland, Ohio.

SCOUTING THE SPARTANS
Case Western Reserve has won each of its first six games this season, including a 3-0 mark in home games during the year.  CWRU is coming off a 48-21 victory over Thiel last Saturday, as the team improved to 5-0 in the Presidents' Athletic Conference.  The Spartans have averaged 45.5 points per game (second in the PAC and ninth in Division III) on 525.5 yards of offense (11th in DIII, second in the PAC), including 267.3 rushing yards per game (14th in DIII, second in the PAC) and 258.2 passing yards per game.  Defensively, the Spartans have held opponents to 14.5 points per game (19th in Division III, first in the PAC) on 269.3 yards (19th in DIII, first in the PAC), including 82.8 rushing yards (22nd in DIII, second in the PAC) and 186.5 passing yards per game.  Case Western Reserve has a +6 turnover margin this season.

Junior quarterback Rob Cuda has started all six games for the Spartans, completing 62.9% of his passes for 1,477 yards and 12 touchdowns, with just five interceptions.  Junior running back Jacob Burke has carried the ball 93 times for 686 yards (27th in DIII) and 11 touchdowns, and Cuda has an additional 444 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns.  Senior wide receiver Brendan Lynch leads the team with 46 receptions for 783 yards and nine touchdowns, while sophomore receiver Justin Phan has added 29 receptions for 301 yards and a pair of scores, and sophomore Hunter Tulloch has caught 11 passes for 218 yards and a touchdown.

Defensively, junior linebackers Justin McMahon and Andrew Banathy are leading the team with 40 tackles apiece.  Sophomore defense end Cameron Brown has a team-best six tackles for a loss, including 1.5 sacks, with Bananthy contributing 5.5 tackles for a loss.  Junior linebacker Chanan Demery leads the Spartans with four interceptions this season and has forced a team-best three fumbles, and senior cornerback Nick Kwon has defended a team-best 10 passes with two interceptions and 27 tackles.  Junior defensive lineman Dan Techman has sacked the quarterback a team-leading three times.

SCOUTING THE GOLDEN 
TORNADOES
Geneva will enter Saturday's game with an overall record of 2-4, including a 1-3 PAC ledger and a 0-3 mark in road contests this season.  The Golden Tornadoes lost at home to Carnegie Mellon last Saturday, 29-10, falling into a tie for eighth place in the conference.  In their first year of running the triple option, the offense has averaged 17.7 points per game on 264.5 yards, including 232.7 rushing yards (32nd in DIII and third in the PAC) and 31.8 passing yards per game.  The Golden Tornadoes have allowed 20.8 points per contest on 300.8 yards (third in the PAC), including 119.7 rushing yards and 181.2 passing yards per game.  Geneva has a -6 turnover margin this season.

The Golden Tornadoes run the ball close to 90% of the time, with sophomore Trewon Marshall leading the way with 109 carries for 613 yards and four touchdowns, sophomore quarterback Javid Ellis rushing an additional 82 times for 311 yards and three touchdowns, and senior quarterback Devin Kelosky running 58 times for 190 yards and three scores.  Ellis and Kelosky have split time at quarterback, with Ellis throwing for 151 yards and Kelosky throwing for 36.  Marshall is the team's leading receiver with three receptions for 42 yards, and Jamin Ellis has caught two passes for 43 yards.

Senior linebacker Jimmy Quinlan has a team-best 56 tackles, including 3.5 for a loss, and senior linebacker Jon Fiscus had added 22 tackles, including eight for a loss and 2.5 sacks.  Geneva's sack leader is junior defensive end Branden Heckman with 3.5, and senior linebacker Austin Mirizio leads the team with a pair of interceptions.

SERIES HISTORY
Case Western Reserve holds a 3-1 lead in the all-time series (which dates back to 1976), including a 2-0 mark in games played in Cleveland, Ohio.  The Spartans have won both matchups with Geneva since joining the PAC, claiming a 33-19 win at DiSanto Field in 2014, and a 20-7 victory in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania last year.

In last year's meeting, the Spartans held Geneva to just 124 total yards of offense, en route to the win.  Rob Cuda threw for a pair of touchdowns, including one to tight end Zech Medved, and kicker Ben Carniol kicked field goals from  28 and 36 yards to secure the win.

THE COACHES
Case Western Reserve is coached by Greg Debeljak, who has a career record of 88-41 (.682) 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 75-24, earning Debeljak and his assistants the UAA Coaching Staff of the Year award four times (2007-09, '11).

Geneva is led by Head Coach Geno DeMarco, who is now in his 24th season with the team, and has a career record of 140-106.  He is a 1986 graduate of West Virginia University.

CUDA NAMED UAA ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Rob Cuda was named the University Athletic Association Offense Athlete of the Week for Football, after accounting for five touchdowns (two passing, three rushing) and throwing for a career-high 340 yards during the team's win over Thiel on Saturday.  It marks the first time this season and fourth time during his career that he has garnered the honor.

AMONG THE UNDEFEATED
The Spartans are one of just 18 remaining undefeated teams in Division III football, and the only undefeated team remaining in either the Presidents' Athletic Conference or the University Athletic Association.  The Spartans' 6-0 start is their best since the team won its first seven games during the 2010 season, and marks the seventh time in program history that CWRU has opened a season with at least six-consecutive wins.  Case Western Reserve is currently 5-0 in PAC games, and is tied atop the conference standings with 13th-ranked Thomas More.

IN THE POLLS
Case Western Reserve continued to climb in the national rankings this week.   The Spartans received 44 votes in the latest D3football.com poll, an additional 18 votes from the previous week's poll and good for third among teams not in the top-25.  In the American Football Coaches Association poll, CWRU received 53 votes, a 26-vote climb from last week and fifth among teams outside the top-25.

HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE
The Spartans are 43-18 all-time in home games at DiSanto Field, which first opened during the 2005 season.  Included in the overall record is a 13-4 mark at home since the start of the 2013 season, good for a .765 winning percentage.  Case Western Reserve is 3-0 at home this year, outscoring its three opponents 146-66 at DiSanto Field.

NIGHT OWLS
Case Western Reserve is 23-3 in its last 26 night games dating back to the 2006 season, including a 5-0 record in night games over the last two seasons, and a 2-0 mark so far this year.  Saturday's game will be the final of three scheduled night contests this season for CWRU, with the Spartans outscoring their opponents 108-28 in the two games.

LYNCH-PIN
Senior receiver Brendan Lynch caught seven passes for 219 yards on Saturday, three yards shy of the school's single game record he matched earlier in the year.  He caught a pair of touchdown passes in the game, reeling in a 60-yard pass and a 72-yard pass on the first play of back-to-back drives in the second quarter.  Lynch currently ranks eighth in Division III in receiving yards, ninth in receiving touchdowns, and 21st in receptions per game (7.7), and is four receiving touchdowns shy of the school's single-season record of 13, set by former Spartan Bryan Erb last year.

RUNNING FOR THE END ZONE
Case Western Reserve University junior quarterback Rob Cuda and junior running back Jacob Burke are tied for seventh in Division III and second in the PAC with 11 rushing touchdowns apiece this season.  Burke also leads all PAC runners and is 10th in Division III with 7.38 yards per carry, while Cuda is 22nd in Division III and second in the PAC with 320.2 yards of total offense per game.

RED ZONE SUCCESS
The Spartans have scored on 81.6% of their red zone opportunities this season, the second-best mark in the PAC, and 79th-best in Division III.  Meanwhile, CWRU leads the PAC and ranks ninth in Division III in red zone defense, allowing opponents to score just 53.8% of the time when they get inside the 20-yard line.