The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

October 21, 2013

Todd Hummel's college football column: Bison, Crusaders notch nice wins


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---- — Doing this job, you get a chance to know some of the local college coaches a bit.

A bit of small talk on the phone or getting a chance to see them as a proud father outside of college football or maybe grabbing lunch at Sheetz. It's sometimes hard for fans to see coaches as people as well.

That's why Saturday was so nice to see as both Bucknell University and Susquehanna University won. The Bison snapped a four-game losing streak with a victory over Dartmouth on the road, while the Crusaders downed Moravian for their first win of the year.

Bucknell coach Joe Susan couldn't have scripted a better day in Hanover, N.H. Susan's football philosophy is simple: every possession should end in a kick (extra point, field goal or punt) and control the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball.

Getting possessions that end in kicks has been the toughest thing for the Bison to do this year. Bucknell has been hampered by 19 turnovers in its first five games, but had just one in the victory over the Big Green.

Injuries have also been a factor on both sides of the ball, but the Bison got some of their standouts back on the field. Senior quarterback Brandon Wesley returned to the field for the first time since injuring his left leg against Cornell on Sept. 21.

The fourth-year starter didn't throw an interception and broke the school-career passing yards record in the victory. Wesley set the record on a 42-yard completion to Josh Brake in the first half and now has 5,347 yards in his career.

Sean Sellers also returned to the starting lineup at defensive end, something Susan was hoping for earlier in the week. Sellers, who also hadn't played since the game against Cornell, had six tackles and 1.5 sacks. His return allowed Demetrius Baldwin-Youngblood move back to his normal defensive tackle position, helped another Bison standout defensive lineman, Tracey Smith, get free as well. Smith finished with eight tackles, 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble that set up Bucknell's second touchdown of the game.

Dartmouth entered Saturday's game averaging nearly 500 yards of total offense, while the Bison held them to 252 yards. Bucknell registered a season-high seven sacks in the game.

Susan also had got his other wish as not only the defensive line play outstanding, the offensive line opened holes for halfbacks: sophomore Matt DelMauro (75 yards, TD) and freshman C.J. Williams (68 yards, TD).

The Bison dominated the time of possession battle in the second half, holding the ball for 20:18.

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Bloomsburg tailback Franklyn Quiteh had a streak of 22 consecutive 100-yard games snapped against Millersville on Oct. 12, but Saturday at East Stroudsburg, the senior set the Huskies' single-game rushing record of 308 yards.

I was more interested in the record he broke. Jerry Marks held the previous record of 300 set in 1991 against Mansfield.

Marks, who at one time also held the PIAA record for career rushing yards, played for Southern Columbia in high school and currently coaches wrestling for the Tigers.

His son, Blake, is a sophomore running back for Southern Columbia.