With a 3-3 record about halfway through the 2013 season, Edinboro was still in search of a signature win. After Saturday, consider that feat accomplished.
Quarterback Jon Girvin, a former Northgate standout, passed for 263 yards and three touchdowns as the Fighting Scots (4-3, 2-2) went on the road and defeated No. 22 IUP at George P. Miller Stadium.
The Crimson Hawks (5-2, 2-2), who were as high as No. 7 in the AFCA Division II coaches poll earlier in the season, lost for the second time in a row. IUP's two-game losing streak is its first since 2011.
Edinboro's lead grew to as many as 16 points midway through the third quarter, but the Crimson Hawks added a field goal and a fourth-quarter touchdown reception from Terrill Barnes to give the game its final score.
Barnes caught seven passes for 82 yards and a touchdown in a losing effort. Blackhawk graduate Mike Shansky had a team-high nine tackles and a sack for Edinboro.
• Slippery Rock 34, Clarion 13: Nigel Barksdale passed for 276 yards and two touchdowns, and West Mifflin graduate Shamar Greene rushed for 131 yards and a touchdown on only 15 carries as The Rock (6-1, 3-1) defeated the visiting Golden Eagles (3-4, 1-3). The loss was the fourth in a row for Clarion, which got 139 total yards from Perry graduate Darelle Carson.
• Mercer 54, Carnegie Mellon 21: The visiting Tartans (3-4) got two fourth-quarter touchdown receptions, one from Tim Swanson and the other from Franklin Regional graduate Graham Schilling, but it was not nearly enough to overcome a 54-7 deficit.
• Bethany 27, Waynesburg 20: Matt Grimard and Eric Blinn hooked up on two fourth-quarter touchdown passes, the second of which went for 68 yards and broke a tie with 20 seconds remaining, helping to lead the visiting Bison (3-3, 3-1) to their third consecutive victory. The Yellow Jackets (5-2, 3-2) got 255 passing yards from Carter Hill, who injured his knee on the final play.
• California 33, Seton Hill 7: Trailing, 7-6, early in the second quarter, the visiting Vulcans (5-2, 3-1) scored 27 unanswered points to defeat the Griffins (0-7, 0-4). Quarterback James Harris led California with 221 passing yards and two touchdowns in relief of starter Cody Schroeder.
• Thomas More 42, Thiel 21: Quarterback Ryan Radke had 220 yards (137 passing, 83 rushing) and a passing touchdown, but the host Tomcats (1-6, 1-4) allowed the Saints (5-1, 4-1) to rush for 345 yards and gain 611 yards of total offense.
• Geneva 40, Saint Vincent 30: Quarterback Zack Hayward, a Blackhawk graduate, passed for 402 yards and two touchdowns and ran for an additional 35 yards and a touchdown, leading the host Golden Tornadoes (4-2, 3-1) past the Bearcats (0-6, 0-4). Saint Vincent quarterback and Pine-Richland graduate Andy Borgen had 339 total yards and four touchdowns.
• Urbana 32, West Liberty 13: Running back Kenjay Trueblood rushed for 96 yards, which accounted for nearly half of his team's total offense, as the host Hilltoppers (3-4, 3-2) fell. The loss was the third in the past four games for West Liberty, which started the season 2-1.
First Published October 19, 2013 8:00 PM