September 23, 2011

Chapman Football Game Notes (Azusa Pacific)

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A First Time for Everything
Prior to Chapman's season-opening 16-14 win over Whitworth, Chapman had been winless in the series. Chapman now has a 1-4 record against Whitworth dating back to 1994.

Game-Winning Kicks
Junior K Mauricio Alfonso's game-winning field goal against Whitworth with seven seconds remaining marked the third time in school history that Chapman had won a game with a field goal in the final 10 seconds. The last time Chapman won with a last-second field goal was in 2003 as the Panthers defeated Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 17-14 on the road. The only other game-winning field goal for the Panthers at Ernie Chapman Stadium came in 2001 on a 51-yard field goal from Matt Deter with 5 seconds remaining to defeat Azusa Pacific 27-25.

A Rare Come-From-Behind Win Over Whitworth
In addition to beating Whitworth for the first time in school history and kicking a game-winning field goal, Chapman did something else against Whitworth that has not happened very often: The Panthers came from behind to get the win. Chapman is now 21-60-1 when an opponent scores first, 14-59 when trailing after the first quarter, 10-65 when trailing at halftime and 6-71 when trailing after three quarters.

Career-High for Visciglia
Senior QB Bret Visciglia set a career-high in completions against Whitworth going 23-of-34 for 192 yards and a touchdown. His previous high for completions was 21 against Menlo College in his first-career start for Chapman in 2010.

A Good Sign for the Offense
The Panthers ran for 116 yards against Whitworth and averaged four yards per carry. Freshman RB Jeremiah McKibbins led the way for the Panthers with 55 yards on 13 carries. Chapman had a 4-3 record last season in games that they ran for 100 yards or more.

Defense Doing its Part
The last time Chapman's defense held an opponent to 14 points or less was a 17-14 road win against La Verne in the 2009 season finale. Leading the way for the defense against Whitworth was junior LB Mike Mehlhaff who had nine tackles, two tackles for loss and one sack. Sophomore LB Anthony Ferraro had seven tackles, four tackles for loss and two sacks and was named to the D3football.com Team of the Week for his efforts against Whitworth. Ferraro currently leads the nation in tackles for loss and is tied for third in sacks, while the defense is 11th overall with four sacks total.

Azusa Pacific in 2011

The Cougars are off to a 2-1 start and boast a No.14 ranking in the latest NAIA Coaches Top-25 Poll with their lone loss coming to FCS University of San Diego 42-40. Azusa Pacific's two victories have been blowouts over Division III foes La Verne (65-14) and Whittier (51-3). The Cougars are averaging 52 points and 540 yards of total offense per game which rank first and second in NAIA, respectively. Its defense hasn't been too bad either, limiting opponents to 19.7 points and 322 yards of total offense. The Cougars' run defense has been especially strong, limiting opposing ball carriers to 2.6 yards per rush.

Cougars Running Wild
Of Azusa Pacific's 1,620 yards of total offense in three games this season, 1,114 have been on the ground. The Cougars are averaging 371.3 yards per game rushing which ranks second in NAIA and 8.3 yards per carry. Leading the running attack is dual-threat senior QB John van den Raadt at 113.7 yards per game followed by junior RB Johnell Murphy who averages 99.7 yards. The Cougars have six ball carriers averaging 25-or-more yards per game. Last season Azusa Pacific won 35-17 over Chapman and ran all over Chapman's defense, totaling 403 yards on 46 carries for a total of 8.8 yards per rush. Chapman trailed 21-17 at halftime, containing van den Raadt for the most part, but in the second half he got loose for touchdown runs of 50 and 77 yards to break the game open. He ran for 162 yards against Chapman in 2010 while Murphy ran for 206 yards.

Chapman vs. Azusa Pacific

Azusa leads the all-time series 7-5, having won the last four games dating back to 2002. In 2001, Chapman defeated Azusa 27-25 on the aforementioned game-winning 51-yard field goal by Matt Deter.

Support Coach to Cure MD
Coach Owens and his staff are among more than 500 universities joining forces this week to support the Coach to Cure MD program which raises awareness and money to fund research for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, the most prolific lethal genetic disorder of childhood. On Saturday, Chapman's coaching staff, along with many members of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) will be wearing patches on their sleeves to raise awareness of Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

To donate $5 to Coach to Cure MD, text the word "Cure" to 90999. You can also visit coachtocuremd.org to make a donation. The Chapman coaching staff, Coach to Cure MD and the AFCA would like to thank you for support.

Chapman Football on Air

For the fifth straight year, Chapman has partnered with the school's on-campus radio station, Chapman Radio, to broadcast all nine Panthers' football games in 2011 streaming live on the internet at http://www.chapmanradio.com/sports. A rotation of on-air student talent will provide play-by-play and commentary for every down of Chapman football.

by Chris Watts
Sports Information Assistant

Sep. 24: All times Eastern
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Christopher Newport 17, at TCNJ 0
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at Hobart 27, Union 23
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at Thomas More 20, Carnegie Mellon 16
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at Massachusetts Maritime 32, Worcester State 14
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at Endicott 37, Nichols 0
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MIT 30, at Maine Maritime 13
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at Buffalo State 40, Morrisville State 24
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at Salve Regina 48, Coast Guard 10
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St. Lawrence 20, at RPI 14
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at Framingham State 23, Western Connecticut 17
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at Montclair State 21, Rowan 14
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at Stevenson 54, FDU-Florham 15
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at Trinity (Conn.) 38, Bates 7
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at Western New England 59, Curry 28
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at Utica 24, Cortland 13
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Colby 9, at Williams 7
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at Middlebury 40, Bowdoin 3
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at Amherst 34, Hamilton 0
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Kean 24, at William Paterson 13
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at DePauw 66, Hiram 17
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Franklin and Marshall 45, at Juniata 22
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at Kenyon 31, Allegheny 7
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Salisbury 35, at Southern Virginia 0
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Albright 20, at Delaware Valley 17
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Lycoming 28, at Misericordia 24
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at Plymouth State 30, Mass-Dartmouth 14
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at Husson 35, Alfred State 0
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at Springfield 28, WPI 23
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at Moravian 24, Dickinson 10
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at Denison 45, Wooster 7
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at Wittenberg 24, Wabash 14
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at St. Vincent 57, Grove City 32
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at Susquehanna 55, Gettysburg 40
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at King's 21, Lebanon Valley 17
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at Alfred 20, Ithaca 6
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at Widener 25, Wilkes 23
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at McDaniel 30, Ursinus 27
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at Muskingum 28, Marietta 10
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at Minnesota-Morris 28, Iowa Wesleyan 27
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at John Carroll 42, Heidelberg 14
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Ohio Northern 16, at Otterbein 10
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Case Western Reserve 35, at Waynesburg 7
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at Franklin 44, Bluffton 38
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Rose-Hulman 23, at Defiance 15
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at Centre 49, Chicago 27
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at Mount St. Joseph 38, Manchester 19
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Hanover 49, at Anderson 25
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at Merchant Marine 55, Rochester 7
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Johns Hopkins 30, at Muhlenberg 24
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Concordia-Chicago 42, at Maranatha Baptist 10
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Washington U. 36, at Birmingham-Southern 21
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UW-Platteville 56, at Lakeland 0
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at Northwestern (Minn.) 38, Martin Luther 20
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at Eureka 28, MacMurray 13
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at Westminster (Mo.) 35, Greenville 14
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Dubuque 30, at Luther 17
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Monmouth 52, at Lake Forest 6
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St. Thomas 33, at St. John's 21
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at Augsburg 49, Carleton 17
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Bethel 44, at St. Olaf 7
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at Hamline 42, Gustavus Adolphus 40
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at UW-Whitewater 35, Morningside 21
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at Hardin-Simmons 48, Texas Lutheran 38
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at UW-River Falls 42, Southwestern 22
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Simpson 17, at Buena Vista 9
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at St. Scholastica 49, Crown 13
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Cornell 46, at Beloit 41
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at Carthage 27, Augustana 24
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Coe 48, at Nebraska Wesleyan 17
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at Wartburg 56, Finlandia 0
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at Wheaton (Ill.) 10, Elmhurst 6
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Hendrix 42, at Millsaps 14
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Illinois Wesleyan 45, at North Park 10
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at Macalester 34, Grinnell 0
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at Ripon 33, Knox 19
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Illinois College 40, at Lawrence 15
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UW-Oshkosh 77, at Morthland College (Ill.) 0
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Central 42, at Loras 34
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at Geneva 35, Thiel 27
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UW-Eau Claire 40, at Wisconsin Lutheran 14
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St. John Fisher 42, at Brockport 38
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UW-Stevens Point 44, at Adrian 19
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UW-La Crosse 41, at Carroll 7
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at Berry 41, Sewanee 3
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Westminster (Pa.) 38, at Bethany 9
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Ohio Wesleyan 29, at Oberlin 16
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at Tufts 17, Wesleyan 14
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Mount Union 49, at Baldwin Wallace 7
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at Capital 35, Wilmington 21
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at Southwestern Assemblies 23, Austin 17
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Langston at McMurry
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at North Central (Ill.) 42, Millikin 7
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at Chapman 19, Trinity (Texas) 17
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Randolph-Macon at Shenandoah
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Emory and Henry at Washington and Lee
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Sep. 24: All times Eastern
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at Thomas More 20, Carnegie Mellon 16
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at Hobart 27, Union 23
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Christopher Newport 17, at TCNJ 0
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at Wittenberg 24, Wabash 14
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Salisbury 35, at Southern Virginia 0
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Albright 20, at Delaware Valley 17
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at Utica 24, Cortland 13
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at Stevenson 54, FDU-Florham 15
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at Franklin 44, Bluffton 38
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Johns Hopkins 30, at Muhlenberg 24
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St. Thomas 33, at St. John's 21
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at UW-Whitewater 35, Morningside 21
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at Hardin-Simmons 48, Texas Lutheran 38
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at Wheaton (Ill.) 10, Elmhurst 6
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UW-Platteville 56, at Lakeland 0
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UW-Oshkosh 77, at Morthland College (Ill.) 0
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Central 42, at Loras 34
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St. John Fisher 42, at Brockport 38
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Mount Union 49, at Baldwin Wallace 7
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at North Central (Ill.) 42, Millikin 7
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