District Roundup: IUP rallies in 4th quarter, advances in NCAA Div. II

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Andrew Krewatch, a redshirt sophomore from North Allegheny High School, threw touchdown passes of 23 yards to Ken Witter and 4 yards to Mychal Skinner and ran 11 yards for a score to lead visiting IUP to a 45-35 victory against West Chester yesterday in the first round of the NCAA Division II Northeast Region playoffs.

Sixth-seed IUP (9-2) advances to the second round and plays Shepherd at noon Saturday at Sherperdstown, W.Va.

IUP, making its first appearance in the playoffs since 2002, rallied from an 18-point deficit in the final 10:37 to defeat third-seed West Chester (9-3).

Poohbear McNeal rushed for 80 yards and two touchdowns. His 1-yard scoring run with 2:35 left capped a 72-yard drive and gave IUP its first lead, 42-35.

Anthony Rodriguez returned a kickoff 79 yards for a score for IUP.

ECAC bowls

Carnegie Mellon 21, Gettysburg 20: Sophomore quarterback Phil Pantalone threw two touchdown passes and ran for another as Carnegie Mellon (7-4) defeated the visiting Bullets (6-5) in the ECAC Southwest Bowl. Pantalone completed 12 of 14 passes for 140 yards, including one of 8 yards to Brendan Howe for a score with 2:09 remaining. The Tartans won their fifth consecutive game and completed their 33rd consecutive non-losing season. Carnegie Mellon's Travis Sivek rushed for 82 yards on 24 carries and finished his career as the school's all-time leading rusher with 4,183 yards.

Dickinson 16, Waynesburg 10: Tim Wells ran 5 yards for a touchdown in overtime to lift host Dickinson (9-2) over Waynesburg (8-3) in the ECAC Southeast Bowl. Waynesburg missed a 27-yard field goal on its possession in overtime. Waynesburg running back Robert Heller rushed for 144 yards on 39 carries to set the NCAA all-division freshman record with 2,176 yards.

Victory Bowl

Malone 45, Geneva 17: Malone (8-4) scored 31 points in the second quarter in winning the 11th annual NCCAA Victory Bowl at Geneva (8-3). Malone had 521 total yards to Geneva's 293. The Golden Tornadoes completed just 18 of 47 passes for 221 yards.

Elsewhere

Monmouth 31, Duquesne 20: David Sinisi rushed for 125 yards and scored on runs of 3 and 6 yards to lead the host Hawks (4-6) against the Dukes (6-4). For Duquesne, Kevin Rombach completed 23 of 41 passes for 226 yards.



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