UC was given additional dispensation in the second week to finish its contract with St. Joseph's College of Renssalaer, Ind. Then, out of the blue, UC officials discovered that St. Joseph's scheduled another opponent for this weekend, Siena Heights of Michigan.
UC could have taken a bye week, but coach Pat Kirkland wanted his team to play an 11-game schedule and SIU contacted the MEC office looking for an opponent. The match was made.
With the weather, UC had some extra sessions to watch the Shaw video, which could classify as a horror film. The Eagles were outgained 520-148 and allowed Shaw to convert 11 first downs in 16 chances.
"First and foremost, we played a very good Shaw team," Kirkland said. "Personnel-wise, they had eight or 11 new starters, transfers mostly. Our defense played good enough to win on first and second down, but we couldn't get off the field."
State heads to Concord this weekend trying to forget its disaster, a 31-13 loss at Lock Haven, Pa. The Yellow Jackets owned a 26-12 advantage in first downs and a 358-254 edge in total yards, but special-teams disasters helped give Lock Haven TD drives of 3, 26 and 46 yards.
Twice, State punter Cory Broughton had trouble fielding snaps, incurring big losses on fourth down.
"We had a couple of low snaps on punts. The protection was fine," said first-year coach Jon Anderson. "Our punter inadvertently put his knee down once, and had another one go through his legs. We need a good snap and good operation time, and we've been working hard to correct that."
LeFloyd Phillips ran for 106 yards on 26 carries and Josh Wade added 65 on 10 attempts. Tyler Seals went 20 of 38 for 206 yards and one interception, but didn't throw his one touchdown pass until there was 2:28 left in the game.
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