Getting Off on the Right Foot
Part of Chapman's early-season success and 3-1 record is because Chapman has scored first in all four games. Chapman is 55-25 all-time when scoring first, but when an opponent scores first, the team's record is an abysmal 22-62-1.
Coach Owens One Win From 50
Coach Owens is one win shy of 50 for his head coaching career. In 13 years as a head coach – six at Whittier and seven at Chapman – Owens has a 49-63 overall record including a 40-33 record against SCIAC opponents. Saturday's win over Pomona-Pitzer marked the 30th win for Coach Owens at the helm of the Chapman program. Owens is 30-28 since taking over at Chapman in 2006. His .517 winning pct. is tops for a Chapman head coach.
Alfonso is Division III Active Career Leader in FGs
Having connected on 80.77 percent of his field goal attempts, senior PK Mauricio Alfonso is the Division III active career leader in field goals-percentage made just ahead of Mount Union's Tyler Almeida. Alfonso has made 21 of 26 attempts during his career and is also Division III's active leader in field goals made as well as Chapman's career leader.
For the second consecutive year the Panthers are in search of a 4-1 start which would equal the team's best five-game start to a season since 1996. Last year Chapman began the year 4-1 but then dropped the season's final four games to end the year 4-5 with one of the losses coming on the road against Occidental. In 1996, Chapman began the year 6-1.
Keeping the Clock Moving
With Chapman's offense relying more heavily on its rushing attack this season, the team's games have been lasting on average two hours, 49 minutes. That is three minutes above the national average of 2:46, but is the second fastest game time in the SCIAC behind Pomona-Pitzer who completes its games in 2:34. Nationally, Amherst and Bates play at the quickest games on average at 2:20 while Lebanon Valley has the longest games at 3:30.
Sacks Leader: Making 'em Count
The Panthers remain ranked in the top-25 in the nation in quarterback sacks, dropping QBs at a clip of 3.25 per game. And while the team ranks No. 24 in Division III in that category, freshman DL Ben Wadors is tied for No. 28 with 1.0 sacks per game and currently leads the SCIAC in that category. In fact, Wadors has just eight tackles on the season – that's 12th on the team – but when he gets loose, watch out! Of his eight tackles, five have been for a loss (team leader) totaling 25 yards.
Extra, Extra (Points)!
With five extra points kicked against Whittier, Chapman's special teams have now converted on a school record 60-straight PATs. The current streak, which began in 2010, has been thanks primarily to Alfonso who now is 62-for-62 in his career.
Chapman vs. Occidental
Although the results have been fairly one-sided, Chapman maintained a pretty healthy rivalry with the Tigers over their past five meetings. Oxy has won four of those five, but all but last year's game has been decided by a touchdown or less, including the Panthers' 28-24 win in 2010, the last meeting at Chapman Stadium. Occidental leads the all-time series 8-6 after a 27-17 win in Eagle Rock last October.
Occidental in 2012
The once-mighty Tigers are off to a rough start under new head coach Bill Redel. Occidental began the year 0-3 but rebounded with a 34-21 win over Claremont last Saturday. The Tigers offense broke out of its three-game slump with more points than it had all year combined. Junior QB Tommy Edwards was named SCIAC Male Athlete of the Week after completing 24 of 34 passes for 387 yards and four touchdowns. Edwards ranks No. 38 in Division III in total offense per game, averaging over 276 yards, while the Tigers are 22nd in the nation in passing offense with over 303 yards per game.
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 http://www.chapmanradio.com/sports and synced with the video broadcast during home games. A rotation of on-air student talent will provide play-by-play and commentary for every down of Chapman football.
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: http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/chapman.portal#
by Chris Watts
Sports Information Assistant