Tuesday, November 30, 2010

DELTA STATE ADVANCES TO NCAA FOOTBALL REGIONAL TITLE GAME

Birmingham, AL—For the 11th straight year, Gulf South Conference Football advanced at least one team to the NCAA Division II Playoff Quarter-Finals.
              
The GSC was assured a Regional Finalist as No. 2 seed Delta State hosted league rival No. 6 seed North Alabama on Saturday  DSU moved on to its fourth NCAA Quarter-Final contest thanks to a revenge victory over the Lions, 47-24.  The win was the Statesmen’s 10th all-time post-season victory and was also the 90th win for the Gulf South Conference in the NCAA Playoffs.
              
The Statesmen seek to advance to their first Semi-Final round since 2006, traveling to No. 1 seed SIAC Champion Albany State on Saturday, December 4th.  Kickoff time is set for 12:00 pm Central.

@ #2 SEED DELTA STATE 47, #6 SEED NORTH ALABAMA 24 (NCAA PLAYOFFS--SECOND ROUND)
              
The second time was the charm for No. 2 seed Delta State (9-3), which topped GSC rival and No. 6 seed North Alabama (9-4), 47-24, in the second meeting versus the schools this season.
              
DSU rebounded from a 31-7 home setback versus UNA during the regular season, rolling up 524 yards of total offense en route to the highest point total ever against the Lions.
              
The Statesmen snapped a 7-7 tie in the first quarter, hitting for 27 unanswered points.  Wide receiver Chance Dennis found paydirt on Delta State’s opening possession, catching a 17-yard touchdown at 12:28.  North Alabama posted the neutralizer at 2:26 when running back Wes Holland ran for a 12-yard TD, only to see DSU close the first quarter with running back Brandon Lucas’ 28-yard scoring rush with 17 seconds remaining.
              
The Statesmen held a 27-7 halftime edge thanks to a 13-point second frame.  Running back Trevar Deed reeled-off a two-yard touchdown run at 9:48, followed by Dennis’ two-yard scoring grab at 3:48.  Quarterback Micah Davis capped the scoring streak at 11:31 in the third quarter after running for a 25-yard TD.  North Alabama made the score 34-10 via Josh Montgomery’s 34-yard field goal at 8:15, but Delta State iced the game with 13 straight points.  Lucas rushed for a 23-yard score at 7:28, while Blake Swain hauled-in a 13-yarder with 36 ticks on the clock.
              
Deed and Lucas each ran for over 100 yards, led by Deed’s game-high 109 yards on 15 carries.  Lucas added 106 yards on 11 attempts, while Davis ran for 77 yards and passed for 165 with three touchdowns.  Delta State evened the post-season series with North Alabama to 2-2 and put the brakes on a three-game skid versus the Lions.  DSU claimed its 10th NCAA Playoff victory in 14 contests and the win was also the 90th by the GSC in the post-season.  Box score

#2 seed Delta State (9-3) @ #1 seed Albany State (11-0), 12:00 p.m. (CST)
Location: ASU Coliseum, Albany, GA                                                          
Press Box Phone: (229) 430-3674/3675
Series: 0-0-0                                                                                                      
Last Meeting: First meeting
              
A pair of Conference champions battle in the NCAA Super Regional 2 Title Game as GSC Tri-Champion and No. 2 seed Delta State (9-3) travels to Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Champion and No. 1 seed Albany State (11-0) for a first-ever meeting.
              
DSU faces a team from the SIAC for the first time in history, while ASU takes on a GSC foe in the post-season for the second year in a row after West Alabama topped the Golden Rams in last year’s First Round, 24-22.  GSC teams are 6-2 versus Albany State in the post-season led by two straight triumphs.  The Statesmen are 5-1 on the road this season with their lone loss coming at Division I-FCS Jackson State in the season opener.  ASU is 5-0 at home this season.  Delta State is 10-4 in its six NCAA Playoff appearances, led by the 2000 NCAA Title and two Semi-Final berths.
              
Delta State leads the Conference in total offense (479.4), punting (36.6) and sacks against (1.08) and is also third in scoring offense (33.7), pass offense (293.8), pass efficiency (144.8) and rushing offense (185.9).  Albany State is No. 1 in the nation in scoring defense (11.55) and is also tops in the SIAC in passing offense (210.36), pass efficiency (166.16), rushing defense (59.18) and total offense (370.82).
              
DSU quarterback Micah Davis ranks second in the GSC in passing touchdowns (26), third in passing (289.6) and pass efficiency (145.0) and fourth in total offense (305.1).  Running back Trevar Deed places third in rushing (78.4) and is tied for second with 10 rushing TDs.  Brandon Lucas also has 10 rushing scores and is seventh in rushing (55.1).  Wide out LJ Castille is seventh in receiving (61.4) and ninth in receptions (4.3), while Maurice Moore is second in all purpose yards (137.8).  ASU signal caller Stanley Jennings is first in the SIAC in passing (201.0), pass efficiency (166.91) and total offense (212.8).  Wide out Ronnie Childs is tops in receiving (80.55).

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