October 16, 2011

Homecoming win over Whittier has Chapman off to best start since 1996

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ORANGE, Calif. – The Chapman University football team ran for 259 yards and three rushing touchdowns and the defense forced a pair of turnovers and scored a touchdown as well to lift the team to a 45-22 Homecoming win over Whittier College at Saturday night at Wilson Field. With the win, the Panthers are now 4-1 for the first time since 1996 and are 5-1 in Homecoming games under head coach Bob Owens.

Less than five minutes into the first quarter on its opening drive, Chapman (4-1) took a 7-0 lead when junior RB Chad Milburn ran the ball in from two yards out. The touchdown was set up by Milburn's 32-yard run which came a few plays earlier.

With a 7-0 lead in the second quarter, the Panthers extended their lead to 14-0 when senior QB Bret Visciglia hit junior Kali'i Kunitomo for a 29-yard touchdown pass at the 12:54 mark. Whittier (1-4) answered right back with a quick touchdown of its own as junior QB Kelly McGuire found senior WR Oreese Hoyes for a 47-yard touchdown pass. Despite the big play, Chapman's secondary limited Whittier to 110 yards through the air.

After a Chapman interception and a three-and-out by Whittier, the Panthers extended their lead to 17-7 with a field goal from junior K Mauricio Alfonso with 5:53 remaining in the second quarter. Just before halftime, freshman DB Jordan Williams intercepted an errant pass from McGuire at Whittier's 35-yard line and returned it 30 yards which set up another Chapman touchdown. On the ensuing play, Milburn ran in from five yards out to give Chapman a 24-7 lead at halftime. Milburn ran for a career-high 120 yards on the night with 95 yards coming in the first half.

Whittier scored on its first drive of the second half behind the running of sophomore RB Donell Griffin Jr. After runs of five and 52 yards, Griffin capped off the drive with a 5-yard touchdown run at the 13:10 mark of the third quarter to narrow the scored to 24-14. Griffin rushed for a game-high 167 yards on 30 carries accounting for nearly half the Poets' offense.

The Panthers came back with touchdowns on two of their next three possessions to build a 38-14 third quarter lead. Visciglia and Kunitomo connected for the first of the Panthers two third-quarter touchdowns. Sophomore QB Michael Lahey broke loose for a 53-yard touchdown run on the Panthers' only play of the possession to get the second touchdown. Kunitomo finished with a game-high five catches for 81 yards and two scores.

With 21 seconds remaining in the third quarter, Griffin scored the Poets' last touchdown of the night, making the score 38-22 after the successful two-point conversion. The Poets outscored Chapman 15-14 in the third quarter.

With 10:16 remaining in the game, junior LB Mike Mehlhaff returned a blocked punt by freshman LB Greg Johnson for a touchdown to give the Panthers the 45-22 win. Mehlhaff had a game-high 10 tackles including two tackles for loss.

Saturday night's game marked the first time this season that Chapman did not have to come from behind to get the win.

by Chris Watts
Sports Information Assistant

Boxscore: http://chapmanathletics.com/sports/fball/2011-12/boxscores/20111015_rj6u.xml

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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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Kean 24, at William Paterson 13
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Franklin and Marshall 45, at Juniata 22
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Albright 20, at Delaware Valley 17
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Lycoming 28, at Misericordia 24
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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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Rose-Hulman 23, at Defiance 15
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Hanover 49, at Anderson 25
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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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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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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 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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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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