From IUP Sports Information
The top-ranked IUP defense gave up 676 total yards to Slippery Rock as the seventh-ranked Crimson Hawks dropped a 42-16 decision to their rival on Saturday afternoon at Mihalik-Thompson Stadium.
The loss was the first for IUP, which falls to 5-1 overall on the season and 2-1 in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Western Division. Slippery Rock improves to an identical 5-1, 2-1 record.
The defeat was also the first regular season loss for IUP since Sept. 22, 2012, a streak of 11 consecutive regular season wins.
The 26-point loss was the worst loss for IUP since a 47-20 defeat at Bloomsburg in 2010. It was the worst loss to Slippery Rock since 1999 as The Rock won that matchup 52-14.
Slippery Rock got out to a 28-3 first half lead, scoring three touchdowns in the second quarter alone. Former IUP running back Teddy
Blakeman scored two of those touchdowns on runs of two and three yards, respectively.
The Slippery Rock offense, which came in averaging 50 points per game, scored just once in the opening quarter, marching 80 yards on seven plays on its second possession.
The Rock went up 14-0 at the beginning of the second quarter on a 38-yard scoring pass from Nigel Barksdale to John Schademan.
The next three IUP possessions ended with two punts and an interception as Slippery Rock added the Blakeman touchdown runs to go
on top 28-0.
The Crimson Hawks put together an eight-play, 41-yard scoring drive towards the end of the second, ending with a 44-yard field goal by Brett Ullman.
In the third, Barksdale scored on a one-yard run and hooked up with Schademan for a 42-yard score to put The Rock on top 42-3.
IUP scored a pair of touchdowns in the fourth, the first a 23-yard pass play from Mike Box to Terrill Barnes at the beginning of the quarter to make it a 42-10 ballgame. De'Antwan Williams later made it a 42-16 game with a one-yard scoring run, but the two-point play would fail to keep the deficit at 26 points.
Barksdale finished 27-of-38, two touchdowns and 425 yards, the second most yards an IUP defense has ever given up. He added 55 yards and two scores on the ground. Schademan had six receptions for 170 yards and two touchdowns while Shamar Greene paced the Slippery Rock run game with 101 yards on 17 carries.
Box finished 18-of-41 for 278 yards and a touchdown. Barnes caught nine passes for 160 yards and a score while Drew Carswell had a career-high seven grabs for 103 yards.
IUP was limited to just 59 rushing yards on 28 attempts. Williams ran 13 times for 34 yards.
The Crimson Hawks are back in action next weekend as they return home to host Edinboro. The Fighting Scots will enter with a 3-3 overall record and a 1-2 mark in PSAC West play. Kickoff from Frank Cignetti Field is at 1 p.m.