October 7, 2011

Spartans Return Home to Host Yeomen Under the Lights on Saturday

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Oberlin College Yeomen at Case Western Reserve Spartans
Saturday, October 8, 2011 - 6:00 p.m.
Case Field - Cleveland, Ohio

LIVE VIDEO: http://tv.case.edu/athletics
(Dave Wilson, play-by-play; Ed Daugherty, color)
Pregame show begins at 5:45 p.m.

LIVE STATS: http://livestats.prestosports.com/casewesternreserve/

Download the complete Spartan Games Notes in .pdf format by clicking HERE.

THE MATCHUP

The Case Western Reserve University Spartans play at home for the first time in nearly a month when they host Oberlin College on Saturday, October 8 at 6:00 p.m. at Case Field in Cleveland. The Spartans (3-1) are riding a two-game winning streak after last Saturday's 17-10 come-from-behind victory at Allegheny College (Pa.). Oberlin is 2-2 following a 41-19 loss at then No. 16 nationally-ranked Wittenberg University.

SERIES NOTES

The Spartans and Yeomen have met 35 times on the gridiron with the Spartans holding a 29-6 lead in the all-time series. Case has won 26 straight versus Oberlin, including a 48-36 victory last season on the road. The last Oberlin win came at home by a score of 17-6 during the 1982 campaign. The-first ever meeting between the two sides resulted in a 27-21 Case win at home in 1972. 

THE COACHES

Case Western Reserve is coached by Greg Debeljak, who is in his eighth season in 2011 with a 55-23 (.705) record. Debeljak led the Spartans to three consecutive undefeated (10-0) regular seasons from 2007-09 with back-to-back-to-back NCAA postseason appearances and UAA titles. Since the beginning of the 2007 season, Case Western Reserve has posted an outstanding overall record of 42-6, earning Debeljak and his staff the UAA Coaching Staff of the Year award for three straight seasons (2007-09). In addition, Case has been ranked in the AFCA top 25 in each of the past four seasons (2007-10).

Oberlin is coached by Jeff Ramsey, who is in his 13th season with a 34-90 record. Ramsey ranks fifth on the Yeomen all-time wins list and his teams have set 136 school-records during his tenure. Prior to his time at Oberlin, Ramsey served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Division I-AA Sonoma State University (Calif.).

LAST MEETING

The Spartans improved to 5-0 in 2010 and stretched their regular season winning streak to 36 games with a 48-36 win at Oberlin on Saturday, October 9. The game opened with five-consecutive touchdown scoring drives as the two sides combined to score 35 points in the first quarter. Spartan wide receiver Zach Homyk made 10 receptions for a career-high 201 yards and two touchdowns, while quarterback Joey Baum completed 24-of-34 passes for a career-high 363 yards and three scores.

Defensively, current senior linebacker Jacob Adams (Cincinnati, Ohio/Princeton) totaled a team-high 12 tackles and current senior end Richard Doolin (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park) recorded two sacks.

SCOUTING THE SPARTANS

Through four games, the Spartans average 18.0 points, 118.0 yards rushing, 203.8 yards passing and 321.8 total yards. Case opponents average 12.5 ppg, 81.5 yards rushing, 221.0 yards passing and 302.5 total yards per game. The Spartans have a +2 turnover margin after checking in at +11 last season.

SPARTAN LEADERS

Offensively, junior quarterback Erik Olson (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park) has completed 67-of-117 passes for 719 yards with three touchdowns and four interceptions. Freshman running back Manny Sicre (Miami, Fla./Belen Jesuit Prep) has a team-high 269 yards on 55 carries (4.9 ypc) with a touchdown. Sicre also has 14 receptions for 75 yards. Sophomore running back Kenny Riordan (Spring Grove, Ill./Richmond-Burton) has 191 yards rushing on 45 carries (4.2 ypc). Senior wide receiver Bryan Metlesitz (North Royalton, Ohio/North Royalton) has team-highs of 22 receptions and 260 yards (11.8 ypc) to go along with two touchdowns. 

Defensively, junior linebacker Ryan Ferguson (Wheaton, Ill./St. Francis) has a team-high 44  tackles, including four for loss, with an interception and fumble recovery for a touchdown. Senior linebacker Jacob Adams (Cincinnati, Ohio/Princeton) is second on the team with 41 tackles with 1.5 sacks. Junior linebacker Kevin Nossem (Munster, Ind./Munster) has 31 tackles with a team-high tying four sacks, a team-best two interceptions, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. Senior defensive end Dale English (Middleburg Heights, Ohio/Holy Name) has 25 stops with a team-high nine tackles for loss and a team-high tying four sacks.

SCOUTING THE YEOMEN

To date, Oberlin has victories versus Kenyon College (42-0) and Hiram College (27-7) and losses to The College of Wooster (14-3) and Wittenberg University (41-19). Through four games, Oberlin averages 22.8 points, 126.0 yards rushing, 205.5 yards passing and 331.5 total yards per game. Yeomen opponents average 15.5 points, 124.0 yards rushing, 165.8 yards passing and 289.8 total yards per game. The Yeomen have a -1 turnover ratio.

YEOMEN LEADERS

Offensively, junior QB Josh Mandel has completed 57-of-89 (.640) for 637 yards with six TDs and five INTs. Junior QB Joe Cook is 10-of-18 for 102 yards with one INT. Sophomore RB Moses Richardson has rushed for 290 yards on 56 carries (5.2 ypc) with two TDs. Freshman RB Justin Williams has 106 yards rushing on 23 carries (4.6 ypc) with two TDs. Junior WR Robin Witjes has 16 receptions for 202 (12.6 ypc) and three TDs along with eight rushes for 64 yards. Senior Cory Kidd, junior Adam Niec and senior tight end Danny Enright all have 13 receptions -- Kidd has 190 receiving yards while Niec (2) and Enright (1) have each accounted for TDs.

Defensively, senior LB Derrick Dennis is the team-leader at 33 tackles, including a team-high tying five for loss, with two sacks and an INT. Senior DL Jake Hochendoner has 26 tackles, including a team-high tying for loss, and is tied for the team-high with 2.5 sacks. Sophomore DB Zach Kisley has 22 tackles and a team-high two interceptions to go along with three pass break-ups and a forced fumble.

AN "ENGLISH" LESSON

Three-time All-UAA senior defensive tackle Dale English (Middleburg Heights, Ohio/Holy Name) has led the team in sacks and tackles for loss in each of the past two seasons. Through four games in 2011, English has 25 tackles, including nine for loss, with four sacks, a pass break-up and a fumble recovery. English now has 28.5 career sacks -- two shy of tying the school record of 30.5 set by Brian Calderone (2005-08).

TWO IN A ROW

Junior quarterback Erik Olson (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park) has been selected as the UAA Offensive Player of the Week for two consecutive weeks. Olson threw for 228 yards and two TDs -- one of which was the game-winner -- in last Saturday's game at Allegheny.

FEEL THE "CALA-BREEZE"

Junior safety Dan Calabrese (Concord, Ohio/Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin) has punt returns of 55 (touchdown) and 63 yards, respectively, during the past two weeks. Calabrese also intercepted a pass at Denison two weeks and provided a forced fumble to set up the game-winning TD at Allegheny last week.

GETTING DEFENSIVE

The Spartans currently lead the UAA in rush defense (81.5 ypg) and scoring defense (12.5 ppg) and are tied for the lead in turnovers forced (11). Nationally, Case ranks third in tackles for loss per game (10 tpg), 16th in sacks per game (3.50) and 21st in rush defense.

100

A win versus Oberlin would be the 100th home victory in the history of CWRU football. Overall, the Spartans have a home record of 99-104-1, that includes a mark of 25-11 in six seasons at Case Field.

38

The number of consecutive regular season victories that Case Western Reserve posted from November 4, 2006 until October 30, 2010.

Sep. 23: All times Eastern
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at Bridgewater State 34, Fitchburg State 25
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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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Austin at Southwestern Assemblies
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Langston at McMurry
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at North Central (Ill.) 42, Millikin 7
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3 Trinity (Texas)
12 Chapman
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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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