California completed an 11-0 season to secure the most wins in school history and assured its first trip to the NCAA Division II playoffs with a 30-9 victory against visiting Shippensburg in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West yesterday.
The Vulcans, ranked No. 6 nationally and No. 1 in the Northeast Region, will receive its bid today and likely will host a game in the first round.
California also clinched the PSAC West championship with a 6-0 record.
The Vulcans were led by Joe Ruggiero's 164 yards passing and touchdowns of 45 yards to Joe Slappy and 6 yards to Cory Garver, and Daine Williams' 151 yards rushing and a 1-yard touchdown. California's Tyler Lorenz made field goals of 32, 43 and 22 yards.
California entered leading the country in scoring defense (7.9 points per game).
• Robert Morris 41, Sacred Heart 31: The host Colonials (4-6, 3-3) averted the first six-game losing streak in school history as Erik Cwalinski passed for 220 yards and three touchdowns in the Northeast Conference game. Cwalinski completed 15 of 25 passes, including touchdowns of 19 and 44 yards to Alvin Hill and 6 yards to Mario Hines.
• Slippery Rock 59, Edinboro 34: The visiting Rock (9-2, 4-2) kept alive its Division II playoff hopes as Corey Manfull rushed for 172 yards and two touchdowns and Nate Crookshank passed for 212 yards and four touchdowns. Slippery Rock entered eighth in the Northeast Region, which sends the top six teams to the playoffs.
Manfull's touchdown runs were 1 and 17 yards. Crookshank's touchdown passes were 15 and 47 yards to Paul Favers, 6 yards to Frank Cremonese and 36 yards to Terry Grossetti. Edinboro's Trevor Harris completed 39 of 58 passes for 375 yards and two touchdowns.
• Washington & Jefferson 77, Bethany 39: W & J (10-0), which already clinched the Presidents' Athletic Conference championship and earned the league's first automatic bid to the Division III playoffs, got 296 yards passing and six touchdowns from Bobby Swallow and 208 yards rushing and three touchdowns from Kevin Mathews. Bethany's Milton Joyner passed for 375 yards and five touchdowns.
• Thiel 62, Saint Vincent 14: Dan Hess carried 43 times for a school-record 327 yards and touchdowns of 1, 30, 17, 1 and 2 yards. Saint Vincent (0-10) led, 7-0, after the first quarter on Mike Speal's 80-yard touchdown pass to Sheldon Loughner.
• West Liberty State 70, Seton Hill 43: Zach Amaedro passed for 518 yards and five touchdowns for host West Liberty State (8-3) and Antwarn Jones rushed for 128 yards and Matt Dowdell passed for 330 yards and three touchdowns for Seton Hill (3-7).
• Waynesburg 54, Westminster 13: Wayneburg (8-2) strengthened its chances for a bid to the Division III playoffs as Dan Hess rushed for a school-record 312 yards on 40 carries that included touchdowns of 11, 2, 3, 2 and 21 yards. Hess, a freshman from Ringgold, entered leading Division III in rushing (1,707 yards) and scoring (14.7 ppg). Westminster's Brett Ziegler had five catches to set a school career record with 141.
• Geneva 13, Grove City 12: Bobby Bondi threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Luke Duriancik with 9.7 seconds left for host Geneva (8-2), which will host Malone in the Victory Bowl Saturday.
• Bloomsburg 41, IUP 35: IUP (8-2) might have lost a bid to the Division II playoffs when Dan Latorre ran 26 yards for the winning touchdown with 1:36 remaining to lift host Bloomsburg (7-3) over the Crimson Hawks. Bloomsburg's Jamar Brittingham rushed for 120 yards to become the all-time leader in the PSAC with 5,689. IUP's Andrew Krewatch passed for 271 yards and three touchdowns.
• Carnegie Mellon 39, Washington & Lee 21: Robert Gimson rushed for 165 yards and three touchdowns and Travis Sivek rushed for 125 yards and a touchdown as the Tartans (6-4) won their fourth in a row and completed their 33rd consecutive non-losing season.