Football Returns To Big Sky Action At Idaho State
Oct. 1, 2007
Northern Colorado (0-5, 0-1 Big Sky) at
Saturday, Oct. 6, 2007 • 2:07 p.m. MDT
Holt Arena (12,000) •
Last Meeting: October 7, 2006; ISU 41-13
Career Record: 14-19-1 (4th Year)
Career Record: 63-41 (9th Year)
Troy Coverdale, play-by-play Tom Lewis, play-by-play
Chris Ott, color analyst Toby Christensen, color analyst
Non-conference action for the Bears is complete and the final seven games on the 2007 schedule are all Big Sky Conference tilts. This week, NC faces
The game Saturday will be televised on Altitude Sports & Entertainment, with Tom Lewis calling the play-by-play and Toby Christensen providing the color commentary. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:07 p.m. This is the second straight conference game and the second in the last three to be televised for the Bears as the contest at
This will be the 24th meeting between Northern Colorado and
For the second straight week, the Bears face a team with no
Sept. 15 at
Sept. 22 *#25
Sept. 29 *at #18
Oct. 6 *
Oct. 13 *at
Oct. 20 *
Nov. 3 *at
Nov. 10 *#1
Nov. 17 *at
*Indicates Big Sky Conference Game
He can run, that we knew, but now we know he can throw too. Junior running back David Woods rushed for a career-best 130 yards against Cal Poly, posting the longest rush of the season with a 20-yard gain in the first quarter. In the second quarter, Woods completed a 35-yard pass to senior wide receiver Andy Birkel, setting up the Ryan Chesla touchdown. The pass by Woods is the longest for the team this year. Woods tallied 173 all-purpose yards in the game, gaining 43 yards off two kickoff returns. His 173 all-purpose yards are the most for a Northern Colorado player since the Bears joined the Big Sky Conference and the most since Andre Wilson tallied 220 against
Junior tight end Ryan Chesla caught two touchdown passes in the game at Cal Poly, an eight-yard pass from Mike Vlahogeorge in the second quarter and a 30-yard pass from Dominic Breazeale at the beginning of the fourth quarter to give him his first career two-touchdown day and the first for the Bears this year. Chesla and David Woods lead the team with three touchdowns each this season. Last year, Andre Wilson led the Bears with five touchdowns in the 11 games.
The new polls are out for the week of October 1, proving the
Junior Eric Brown has amassed 269 yard during kickoff returns this season, for an average of 53.8 yards per game. If he proceeds at his current pace, Brown will end up with the second-best season in
Senior punter Rafael Mendoza punted five times on Saturday and pinned the opponents inside the 20-yard line three different times, bringing his season total to 10 times inside the 20. Last year, he had 13 punts downed inside the 20 on 56 punts (23 percent) with seven touchbacks, while this year he has done so 10 times in 35 punts (29 percent) with just two touchbacks.
Junior linebacker Cristian Sarmento is just four tackles shy of his 150th, as he sits at 146 tackles in 26 games for his career... Junior Brian Barmann surpassed the 300 yard total for career receiving yards after tallying one catch for nine yards against Cal Poly. Barmann now has 302 yards in 13 games... Senior Andy Birkel is just six yards shy of hitting 1,300 all purpose yards for his career... With 125 more yards of total offense, senior quarterback Dominic Breazeale will reach 1,500 yards for his career. He has played 14 games for the Bears with 1,274 passing yards and 101 rushing yards... Senior punter Rafael Mendoza surpassed the 6,000 mark for career punting yards at Cal Poly and now has 6,020 yards in 29 games played.
Junior running back David Woods had 25 rushing attempts against Cal Poly, tying him for the most attempts in the Big Sky this year (O. Sobomehin,
The Bears are playing their fifth road game in six weeks and when they return home on Sunday, will have amassed 12,244 miles already this season. The season opener to
Defensive end John Eddy is listed as day-to-day after leaving the
Freshman Josh Mack made his first career start against Cal Poly, becoming the 16th different player to start this season for the Bears. Freshman defensive tackles Amal Gumbs and Dominique Ceja started against Northern Arizona, while at
For the last two seasons, head coach Scott Downing has seen something in his defensive players he likes for the return game. In 2006, Derek Gainey returned 16 of the team's 39 kickoffs for 312 yards (19.5 per return) and Aaron Henderson returned 10 of the team's 12 punt returns for 42 yards. This year, Eric Brown has 13 of the team's 31 returns for 269 yards (20.7 per return) in the last four games.
Junior defensive end Mark Rodden, who spent his first two seasons with the Bears on the offensive line, notched the longest interception return of the year, picking off
For the third time since head coach Scott Downing took over the reins, two players recorded over 100 all-purpose yards in the same game as junior running back David Woods tallied 180 and senior wide receiver Andy Birkel had 101.
For the first time in Big Sky Conference history, the league will sponsor a weekly conference call with the nine head coaches. The call will take place on Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon (Mountain) beginning Sept. 5.
10:38-10:46 Bobby Hauck,
10:46-10:54 Ron McBride,
10:54-11:02 Rob Ash,
11:02-11:10 Scott Downing, No.
The Bears sport two pair of brothers currently on the roster in Matt (Fr-LB) and Mike (Jr-QB) Vlahogeorge, and Justin (So-RB) and Korey (So-DB) Askew but there are several other members of the team who had brothers on previous year's teams. Senior linebacker Asa Matthew's brother Adam played for the Bears from 1999-2003, while senior nose guard Vinny Pallone's brother Dominic played for the Bears from 1996-00.