Chapman Football Homecoming Game Notes (10/6/12)

Offensive Line (left to right): Andrew Palacios, Justin LaLonde and Chris Collodel (photo by Larry Newman)
Offensive Line (left to right): Andrew Palacios, Justin LaLonde and Chris Collodel (photo by Larry Newman)

Balancing Act on Offense
Three games into the season and Chapman finds itself with one of the most balanced offensive attacks in all of Division III averaging 262 yards rushing which ranks 18th nationally and first in SCIAC, in addition to 237 yards passing per game. All told, Chapman has put up 499 yards of total offense per game which is No. 10 nationally and second in the SCIAC behind Whittier.

Lighting Up the Scoreboard
The last time Chapman put up as many points in its first three games of the season was 1996 when the team scored 125 points in wins over Eastern Oregon, Redlands and Chico State. The team's highest scoring three-game stretch to start a season came in 1995 when Chapman scored 127 points. This season Chapman has scored 118 points and ranks No. 23 in Division III in scoring offense at 39 points per game.

Wall of Protection
A large part of Chapman's offensive success has come from its O-Line which has not allowed a quarterback sack in the first three games, leading the SCIAC and Division III.

Opponent QBs Feeling the Pressure
On the flipside, the Chapman defense has been creating havoc for opposing QBs. The Panthers rank No. 16 in Division III in sacks with 11 in three games and lead the SCIAC in that category. Setting the bar for Chapman have been freshman DL Ben Wadors and senior DL Elliot Cooley who have three and two sacks, respectively, for a combined 30 yards. Six other Chapman players have registered a sack this season.

Third Down, Who Cares?
Part of the reason for the team's success this season on offense has been its ability to convert on third down. Chapman ranks No. 1 in Division III in third-down conversions with 60 percent success. The team has kept the chains moving on 27 of 45 third downs.

McKibbins Making His Mark
Sophomore RB Jeremiah McKibbins scored a school-record five rushing TDs in Chapman's win over Whittier. He also rushed for 251 yards, 11 short of the school record and it was the seventh time in school history that a running back ran over 200 yards. McKibbins has had 150 yards or more rushing in all three games and ranks No. 2 in Division III at 196.7 yards per game. For his efforts last week, McKibbins was named SCIAC Male Athlete of the Week, Chapman Athlete of the Week and to the Team of the Week by and Beyond Sports College Network (BSN).

Maranville Near Top in Kickoff Returns
Junior RB Austin Maranville ranks fourth in Division III and is No. 1 in SCIAC in kickoff return average at 37.5 per return.

Chapman on Defense
While Chapman's total defensive stats are near the middle to bottom of the conference after three games, the Panthers rank third in the SCIAC in rushing defense, allowing 111 yards per game. Where Chapman struggles defensively is in pass defense as teams are averaging 340 yards through the air which ranks No. 8 in the SCIAC.

Extra, Extra (Points)!
With five extra points kicked against Whittier, Chapman's special teams have now converted on a school record 57-straight PATs. The previous school record of 54 was set from 2007-09. The current streak, which began in 2010, has been thanks primarily to senior PK Mauricio Alfonso who now is 59-for-59 in his career.

Alfonso Breaks Career Field Goal Mark
Alfonso kicked two field goals (33 and 20 yards) Saturday and has established a new bar for kickers in Chapman history as he now stands alone as the career leader with 20 over his four seasons.

Recent Homecoming Game History
Chapman is 5-1 under head coach Bob Owens in Homecoming games, including the past two against Whittier and La Verne. The Panthers have averaged over 41 points in the past two Homecoming victories.

Chapman vs. Pomona-Pitzer
Chapman is 8-1 all-time vs. Pomona-Pitzer including six wins in a row in the series. Last season, Chapman had to come back from a 21-point, first half deficit on the road to pull out the 45-35 win. Pomona-Pitzer last won in the series, 14-0 in 2005.

Pomona-Pitzer in 2012
Pomona-Pitzer is off to a 0-3 start as opponents have outscored the team 110-33. Pomona-Pitzer has struggled offensively in part because of the absence of senior All-American RB Luke Sweeney who missed the first two games because of an injury, although he did return last week to rush for 80 yards in the team's loss to Cal Lutheran. A bright spot offensively for the Sagehens this season is senior WR Yoshi Rothman who is second in the SCIAC and No. 11 in the nation in receptions per game at 8.3. He also is second in the SCIAC in all-purpose yards behind McKibbins, and No. 12 nationally. Pomona-Pitzer is averaging 244 yards of total offense while giving up 450 yards a game on defense.

Chapman Football on Air
For the sixth-straight year, Chapman has partnered with the school's on-campus radio station, Chapman Radio, to broadcast eight of the nine Panthers' football games in 2012, including all four home games. The games will be streamed live on the internet at A rotation of on-air student talent will provide play-by-play and commentary for every down of Chapman football.

Live Video/Stats
Chapman University will be providing live video and play-by-play statistics of Saturday night's contest through Stretch Internet and found at this link: