Bison Defense Superb in Homecoming Win against Carnegie Mellon

BY: DANIEL SEAMAN

 

BETHANY,W.Va—The Bethany Bison are 5-1 this season, and will look to win their sixth consecutive game against PAC rival, Washington and Jefferson at 1 p.m. this Saturday.

Last Saturday during Homecoming the Bison defeated Carnegie Mellon University by a score of 19-7.

The game on Saturday became the fifth straight victory of the season. This is the longest winning streak for the Bison since the 2001 team won five straight to start the season. The Bison defense only allowed 198 yards of total offense in the win. They held Carnegie Mellon to just forty-eight yards rushing. Crazy enough, the Tartans managed 110 yards over fifty-six plays. The Tartans offense struggled the entire day other than two plays of forty-four plus yards or more.

The defense continued their onslaught against opposing quarterbacks. The Bison defense recorded seven total sacks in the game and nine tackles for a loss. At this point in the season the Bison defense has recorded fifty-nine tackles for a loss and twenty-seven sacks on the year. Just like he has done all year, Nadim Raddar leads the defense for the Bison. His partner in crime last week was defensive tackle Eric Campbell. Campbell finished the game with a team high seven tackles including two sacks and two tackles for a loss.

Nadim Raddar continued to play at a high level recording three sacks and three tackles for loss in the win. With those numbers Raddar now leads the country with sixteen tackles for a loss and eleven and a half sacks on the season. To add to the pressure the Bison defense continued to make big plays on the back end. Defensive backs Dion Williams and Aaron Frye both recorded an interception in the game that would seal the deal for the Bison.

The game was not just about the defensive play because the Bison offense played very well. During the game the Bison offense saw two season-high performances. The running game was the driving force for the Bison offense. The Bison offense recorded 301 rushing yards during the game. This total marked the most rushing yards the Bison have recorded since their 387-yard performance against King’s College in 2010.

The rushing attack of the Bison was led by Jalen Holmes who had a great day filling in for the injured Brandon Hill. Holmes recorded 160 yards rushing and only lost nine yards on the day. He also averaged 6.2 yards per carry.

The passing attack once again featured star receiver, Eric Blinn. He recorded fifteen catches for the second game in a row this season. He finished the game with 137 receiving yards and two touchdowns. With that game, Blinn has now had four straight games with at least 130 receiving yards and ten catches and one touchdown. His two touchdown receptions are also a season-high for him. He now has sixty-six catches for 673 yards and six touchdowns on the year.

On the other side of the field, Carnegie Mellon was struggling to get the offense going. Quarterback Andrew Hearon completed twelve of twenty-four passes for 142 yards and two interceptions. Those interceptions were a major setback for the Carnegie Melon offense. Hearon also tried to help on the ground game. He had eighteen attempts for negative four yards rushing. But he did score a rushing touchdown. Defensively they were lead by linebacker Jacob Bartel. Bartel had twelve total tackles and one sack on the day. He also had three tackles for a loss.

This Saturday the Bison play their toughest opponent since their week one matchup against Mount Union. They will play Washington and Jefferson this Saturday at 1p.m. W&J, like Bethany, are having a great season as well. They are lead by running back, Ryan Ruffing who has 149 attempts for 777 yards and fifteen touchdowns so far this season. With those numbers Ruffing is averaging 155.40 yards per game. Also leading them offensively is quarterback, Pete Coughlin. Coughlin is having a great year with a quarterback rating of 175.97. He has also thrown for 1,486 yards and more importantly has sixteen touchdowns and one interception making him a very accurate passer. 

The stat that is the most shocking is that Coughlin has only completed forty-nine passes all season. This will be a match worth watching; it will have playoff and conference implications.  The matchup features first ranked Bethany College versus second ranked Washington and Jefferson. Both are on five game winning streaks and both are undefeated in the conference.

 

 

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