Tepper: IUP is the best
Lou Tepper shares a widely popular sentiment among coaches in the region when he says that Indiana (Pa.) this season is the top NCAA Division II team around.
‘No one in this league compares to them,’ said the Edinboro coach, who takes his Fighting Scots up against the fifth-ranked Indians on Saturday at IUP’s Miller Stadium.
IUP (5-0, 3-0) leads the NCAA Division II Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Western Division standings after trouncing Shippensburg 37-7 last weekend on the road. The Indians are ranked second in the Division II Northeast Region playoff rankings behind Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference leader Grand Valley State.
Edinboro (4-2, 3-1) has won four of its past five games, including impressive conference victories over Slippery Rock and Clarion. The Fighting Scots can move into a tie for first place in the division by upsetting IUP.
‘I’ve talked to two coaches who have already played them and both have said they have no weaknesses,’ Tepper said. ‘IUP is clearly the most talented team in this league.’
IUP hasn’t yielded more than 12 points in a game so far, beating Bloomsburg, the defending national runner-up, 23-12, on Oct. 6.
In other PSAC West games tomorrow, Slippery Rock (3-3, 1-3), hoping for another big performance from record-setting running back Dorrian Glenn, plays at Clarion (3-4, 1-2), and California (Pa.) (4-2, 1-2) looks to end a two-game losing streak when it visits Lock Haven (1-6, 0-3).
Glenn broke the Slippery Rock single-game rushing record last week in a 37-27 victory over California, gaining 335 yards on 38 carries and scoring four touchdowns.
California will look to rebound against Lock Haven behind running back Wesley Cates, who needs just 195 yards to break former Bloomsburg great Irv Sigler’s PSAC career rushing record of 5,105 yards. Last week, Cates broke conference records for touchdowns, held by Sigler, and points, held by former Clarion star Steve Witte. Cates, who leads the conference this season with 936 yards and 14 touchdowns, has scored 56 career touchdowns and totaled 342 career points.
Elsewhere in games of interest around the district: