Offenses Unite in Matchup of Unbeatens

Oct 9, 2015


Spartans defeated Simpson in 2014 Homecoming, 44-10.

Game Info
at Simpson College
Bill Buxton Stadium – 1:00 PM
Indianola, Iowa

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INDIANOLA, Iowa – Despite a matchup between the sixth and seventh ranked offenses in the Iowa Conference, expect an offensive battle between a pair of Iowa Conference unbeatens (1-0), the University of Dubuque football team and Simpson, in a series that has averaged a combined 68 points scored in each of the last five meetings. Both teams are battle-tested after facing a combined three Top-25 teams and a pair of WIAC schools.

On defense, the Spartans (2-2) will need another big week against a Simpson team that put up 43 points in last week’s victory over Buena Vista. It was an offensive explosion from a Simpson team that had scored just 47 points combined in their first three games (1-2).

The Simpson offense is anchored by a pair of Iowa Conference Offensive Players of the Week in running backs Jordan Beem and Davey Jergens. Each average over 4.9 yards per carry and have scored two rushing touchdowns. Beem, the current IIAC Player of the Week, had a career-high 184 yards and two touchdowns last week and leads the team with 373 yards rushing.

Quarterback Rio Johnson (796 yards and four touchdowns) pioneers a Spartan offensive that put up a season-high 31 points two weeks ago at Pacific (Ore.) and posted an efficient 5.3 yards per play in a 16-14 victory over Luther last week. Johnson’s go-to targets are wide receivers, senior Chris Bagley and Dylan Schultz, who each have 16 receptions.

Reigning Iowa Conference Men’s Athlete of the Week, Spartan linebacker Blaine Snitker, made a splash in his season debut last week with a career-high 21 tackles. The senior leads a Spartan defense that held a run-happy Luther offense to a season-low 231 yards rushing a week ago.

UNIVERSITY OF DUBUQUE
Record: 2-2, 1-0 IIAC
Preseason Conf. Rank: 4th (Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC))
Head Coach: Stan Zweifel | 7th year - [30-24, 23-17 IIAC]
Rankings: NR (D3football.com)

SIMPSON COLLEGE                                                                                   
Record: 2-2, 1-0 IIAC
Preseason Conf. Rank: 8th (Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC))                
Head Coach: Jim Glogowski | 8th year – [35-39, 24-30 IIAC]
Rankings: NR (D3football.com)                                                          

Summary

2015 STATS

SIMPSON

UNIVERSITY OF DUBUQUE

Overall Record

2-2

2-2

Conf. Record

1-0

1-0

Avg. Points (IIAC Rank)

22.5 (6)

15.8 (7)

Avg. Points Allowed

28.5 (4)

29.8 (6)

Pass O ypg

144.8 (7)

199.0 (5)

Pass D

216.8 (3)

234.0 (6)

Rush O

155.5 (5)

155.5 (5)

Rush D

145.5 (4)

147.2 (4)




Statitude Adjustment

Season Stat Leaders

LUTHER

UNIVERSITY OF DUBUQUE

Passing

#2 QB Frye
38-64 (59.4%), 424 YDS
6 TD – 2 INT, 139.7 Eff.

#16 QB Johnson
73-118 (61.9%), 796 yds
4 TD – 3 INT, 124.6 Eff.

Rushing

#24 RB Beem
76 car, 373 yds, 4.9 avg
2 TD, Long - 44

#1 RB Vance-Jenkins
44 car, 157 yds, 3.6 avg
1 TD, Long - 13

Receiving

#4 WR Connealy
12 Rec, 107 yds
Long - 31

#15 WR Bagley
16 rec, 158 yds
2 TD, Long - 21

Defense

#45 LB Pavon
23 TKLs, 3.0 TFL, 1 Int
1 PD

#27 LB Stauner
40 TKLs, 2.0 TFL, 1.0 Sack
1 FR

Kicking

#18 K Jensen
2-3 FG, Long – 40
10-11 XP, 16 pts

#31 K Prull
3-4 FG, Long – 30 yds
6-7 XP, 15 pts


Last Meeting
2014 at UD
UD won 44-10 on Homecoming
-Spartans jumped out to 14-0 lead after 1st Q and never looked back
-Led 28-7 at half as QB Fry finished with 278 yds and 4 TDs, 2 TD to WR Rutenbeck
-Total yards: UD 482, SC 287
-Avg yards per play: UD 5.7, SC 4.1
-First Downs: UD 29, SC 18

History Books

Series record: UD trails 27-35-3

Last 5

Score

2014

UD 44-10

2013

SC 50-46

2012

UD 45-40

2011

UD 42-21

2010

UD 35-7


-Avg. margin of victory last 5 yrs: 18.4
-66th meeting between the two dating back to 1950
-Meeting every year since beginning of series in 1950
-Simpson owns longest winning streak of 18 games from ’87-‘05
-Largest margin of defeat: Simpson by 52 points in ’90 and ‘98
-Coach Z 5-1 against the Storm, only UD coach with winning record since Don Birmingham (6-1 from ’77-’83) 
                                        
Storm Warning
-Simpson offense erupted for 43 points in last weekend’s win vs. Buena Vista
-Scored 47 pts combined in first 3 games

Opponent

Result

Points Scored

Total Offense

Yards per play

Vs. UW-River Falls

WIN

28

355

5.5

At No. 25 Ill. Wesleyan

LOSS

7

205

3.2

Vs. Elmhurst (Ill.)

LOSS

12

275

4.2

Vs. Buena Vista

WIN

43

366

6.2


Sharing is Caring
-UD’s Blaine Snitker and Simpson’s RB Jordan Beem were named Iowa Conference Male Athlete of the Week and Offensive Football Player of the Week, respectively, for their efforts last weekend
-Snitker: Registered career-high 21 tackles after sitting out 1st 3 games due to injury in 16-14 win vs. Luther
-Beem: Rushed for career-high 184 yds and 2 TDs on 19 car and caught 3 passes for 54 yds in 43-13 rout of Buena Vista
-Other IIAC honors: Simpson’s RB Davey Jergens earned IIAC Football Off. Player of the Week honors on Sept. 6 after scoring 3 TDs on 7 offensive touches in 28-21 win over UW-River Falls in Week One

Lather, Rinse, Re-Streak

-Senior kicker Curtis Prull is 3-4 on field goals this season and broke his streak of 11 straight makes dating back to November 16, 2013
-Prull started anew after knocking in 18-yd FG with 13 seconds left in 1st half of last weekend’s 16-14 win over Luther

Jack of All Trades
-Junior wide receiver Dylan Schultz is 3rd in the IIAC in All-Purpose yardage at 138.8 ypg
-Tied for team-lead with 16 catches for 158 yds receiving

Deuces!
-Thanks to solid defense and special teams, Spartans have escaped with pair of 2-point victories over Pacific (Ore.), 31-29, and Luther, 16-14, in the last 2 weeks
-Pacific (Ore.): Special teams recovered onside kick at PAC44 with 1:16 to go
-Luther: UDefense forced incompletion on 4th and 5 on UD39 with 1:19 to go