From IUP Sports Information
INDIANAPOLIS - IUP has earned the third seed in Super Region One and
will host sixth-seeded Shepherd in the opening round of the 2012 NCAA
Division II Football Championships on Saturday, November 17.
13th-ranked IUP earned an automatic bid to the NCAA postseason with a
resounding 41-10 over seventh-ranked Shippensburg in the Pennsylvania
State Athletic Conference (PSAC) championship game on Saturday at
George P. Miller Stadium.
The Crimson Hawks (10-1) earn the third seed in the region behind top
seeded Winston-Salem State (11-0) and second seeded New Haven (11-0),
which both receive first round byes. Shippensburg (10-1) earned the
fourth seed and will host Bloomsburg (10-1) in a rematch of the
October 27 game that saw the Red Raiders win 49-42 to clinch the PSAC
Shippensburg was the top team in the region from the outset until
IUP's dominating victory this weekend. The Crimson Hawks entered the
contest as the fifth ranked team in the region, moving up two spots
with the win.
The four conference champions in the region receive automatic bids,
with IUP picking up the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference spot.
Shepherd took the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
bid while Winston-Salem State comes from the Central Intercollegiate
Athletic Association and New Haven from the Northeast 10 Conference.
Shippensburg and Bloomsburg received the two at-large teams spots.
This will be IUP's first trip to the NCAA postseason under head coach
Curt Cignetti, now in his second year at the helm. IUP last appeared
in the playoffs in 2007, going on the road to beat West Chester 45-35
in the first round before losing at Shepherd 41-34 in the second
IUP has appeared in the NCAA playoffs 14 times in program history,
accumulating a 16-14 all-time record.
The playoffs begin on Saturday, November 17 with the first round at
campus sites. The national championship game is set for Saturday,
December 15 at Braly Municipal Stadium in Florence, Alabama.
Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Check
IUPathletics.com for additional ticket sales information throughout
the week. The game will be broadcast on U 92.5 FM and Red Zone Media at 11:30am