Weekend College Top 10: Slippery Rock, W&J QBs sparkle
Every Monday, the Tribune-Review will highlight 10 top area college performances from the weekend:
1. Slippery Rock QB accounts for 6 TDs in win
Junior Roland Rivers, who began the season as a backup, threw for 327 yards and five touchdowns and added 80 rushing yards and another TD as The Rock topped Seton Hill, 49-26, in the PSAC on Saturday. Rivers was named PSAC West Offensive Player of the Week. Slippery Rock (3-1, 1-0) totaled 503 yards and averaged 8 yards per play. Freshman QB Colton Mitchell completed 33 off 55 passes for 399 yards and three touchdowns for Seton Hill (0-4, 0-1), and Ardell Brown had 12 catches for 145 yards and a touchdown.
2. W&J rolls again behind Adams’ 6 TD passes
Junior Jacob Adams threw for 276 yards and set a personal best for touchdown passes in a game as the No. 12 Presidents built a 48-0 halftime lead in a 62-10 PAC victory over Grove City on Saturday. Sophomore Andrew Wolf had six catches for 196 yards and four touchdowns for W&J (4-0, 3-0), which is averaging 47.5 points this season. Wesley Schools ran for 117 yards for Grove City (1-3, 0-3).
3. Pitt volleyball surges to 13-0
The No. 9 Panthers matched their best start since 1975 with a 25-16, 25-18, 25-20 victory at Virginia Tech on Friday. Junior Nika Markovic recorded a team-best 14 kills, and sophomore Kayla Lund had 12 kills and eight digs. Junior Layne Van Buskirk tied her career high with nine blocks.
4. Cal (Pa.) hands Edinboro first loss
Freshman Noah Mitchell connected with freshman Tyson Hill (Valley) on an 18-yard touchdown with 5 minutes, 20 seconds left as the Vulcans outlasted Edinboro, 40-35, in a wild PSAC West opener Saturday. Cal junior Nelson Brown ran for three touchdowns, and classmate Jordan Dandridge caught nine passes for 153 yards and a touchdown. Vulcans junior Lamont McPhatter II (New Castle) intercepted two passes and returned a fumble 82 yards for a touchdown en route to being named PSAC West Defensive Player of the Week. Cal (2-2, 1-0) earned its 14th consecutive win over Edinboro (3-1, 1-1), which was led by Walter Fletcher’s two rushing touchdowns.
5. Clarion football shuts down Jones, Gannon
Th Golden Eagles limited last year’s national rushing leader, Marcus Jones, to 22 yards on 14 carries and defeated the Golden Knights, 14-9, in a PSAC West game Saturday. Clarion senior Alec Heldreth scored a touchdown on a fumble recovery and had 2 1 / 2 sacks, including one to end Gannon’s final drive. Junior Dana Jackson scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 34-yard catch with 16 seconds left in the third quarter for Clarion (3-1, 1-0). Gannon dropped to 0-4, 0-1.
6. Late FG lifts Waynesburg past Geneva
Freshman Garrett Horne hit a 20-yard field goal with 14 seconds left as the previously winless Yellow Jackets edged the Golden Tornadoes, 10-7, in the PAC on Saturday. Junior Tyler Perone (Seton LaSalle) found sophomore receiver Cole Booth for a 27-yard touchdown to tie the score early in the fourth quarter. Waynesburg (1-3, 1-2) held Geneva (2-2, 2-1) more than 100 rushing yards below its season average of 328. Senior Trewon Marshall (Quaker Valley) ran for 157 yards and scored Geneva’s only touchdown.
7. Westminster picks apart Bethany
Junior Aaron Pierce had two of the Titans’ four interceptions — returning one 18 yards for a touchdown — in their 21-3 victory in the PAC on Saturday. Senior Bryson Paulinellie had five catches for 83 yards for Westminster (3-1, 3-0). Bethany dropped to 2-2, 2-1.
8. Penn State women’s soccer prevails in OT
Sophomore Frankie Tagliaferri scored twice, including 55 seconds into overtime, as No. 20 Penn State topped Illinois, 2-1, in a Big Ten game Saturday. The Nittany Lions moved to 6-4, 2-1, and Illinois dropped to 6-5, 1-3.
9. Record performance helps PSU win invitational
Freshman Sarah Willis finished a tournament-record 11-under-par to take medalist honors and help Penn State claim the 42nd annual Nittany Lion Invitational. PSU shot 9-under in the final round to catch No. 16 Washington. Both teams finished even-par for the event, but Penn State won by tiebreaker because its fifth player, junior Ashni Dhruva, had a better score than Washington’s fifth player. Penn State senior Lauren Waller (Canon-McMillan) shot a personal-best 5-under in Sunday’s final round and took fifth overall.
10. W&J wins Westminster Fall Invitational
Freshman Cassidy Higgins (Mt. Lebanon) and sophomore Alexandra Jakubow tied for third individually to help the Presidents women’s golf team place first at Saturday’s five-team event at New Castle Country Club. Point Park’s Joey Walz (Seton LaSalle) earned medalist honors with a 77, six strokes ahead of Saint Vincent’s Sydney Ball. The Pioneers took second as a team, 11 shots behind W&J.
Jeff Vella is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jeff at [email protected] or via Twitter @JeffVella_Trib.