No. 23/24 Mustangs Look to Wrap Up MAC Crown Saturday

No. 23/24 Mustangs Look to Wrap Up MAC Crown Saturday

No. 23/24 Stevenson (8-1, 7-1 MAC) vs.
Lycoming (3-6, 2-6 MAC)
Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 1:00 pm
David Person Field (3,700) - Williamsport, Pa.

GAME NOTES (PDF) 

STORY LINES

  • The Mustangs have been ranked since week two this season and reached their highest ranking in the D3football.com (14) and AFCA (12) rankings in each of the last two weeks, but fell to No. 23 (D3football.com) and No. 24 (AFCA) this week.  2016 is the first season Stevenson has been ranked.
  • Stevenson leads Division III in interceptions with 22 through nine games.  Last season the Mustangs led the Division with 29 picks in 11 games.
  • With a win Saturday, the Mustangs clinch at least a share of the Middle Atlantic Conference title and wrap up the NCAA automatic berth from the MAC.  Stevenson also clinches if Albright falls at Lebanon Valley.
  • Stevenson is 4-1 following a loss since the start of the 2014 season.
  • Stevenson has forced at least one turnover in 42 straight games and had at least one interception in 24 straight contests.
  • The Mustangs have won seven straight on the road, tied for the fifth-longest road win streak in Division III.

SERIES HISTORY

•  Lycoming owns a 4-1 lead in the all-time series, but the Mustangs broke through in 2015 with a 38-14 win in Owings Mills.

MUSTANGS DEFENSE AMONGST NATIONAL LEADERS

•  Stevenson led Division III in 2015 in turnovers (40), interceptions (29) and turnover margin (+1.91 per game).  The Mustangs also ranked No. 21 in scoring defense and No. 22 in total defense.  This season, the Mustangs again lead in interceptions with 22, while No. 7 in turnover margin (+1.67), No. 11 in turnovers gained (26) and No. 36 in scoring defense (17.9).  With five defensive touchdowns, Stevenson is No. 4 in that category.

PICK SIX 

•  Stevenson opened the season with six interceptions in its win over North Carolina Wesleyan, a program record.  Billy Lewis finished with three interceptions, including a 38-yard return for a touchdown, while Cory Pietrzyk had two interceptions.  Austin Tennessee recorded the other INT.  The Mustangs have five pick sixes in 2016, with their five defensive touchdowns good for fourth nationally. 

STEVENSON QUICK HITS

•  Senior Tim Sternfeld finished fourth in Division III in 2015 with an 85.7 field goal percentage. He converted on 12-of-14 tries last season. He is 30-for-37 in his career.

•  The Mustangs were picked third in the Middle Atlantic Conference preseason poll released in August.  Stevenson was selected behind Delaware Valley and defending league champion Albright.

•  Stevenson posted its third shutout in program history with a 48-0 win over Misericordia on October 1, then followed up with a 19-0 blanking of then-No. 25 Delaware Valley on October 22.  The other two shutouts came in 2014.  The 48-point margin of victory is the second-largest in program history.

•  The Mustangs are ranked No. 39 nationally and lead the MAC with their 37.7 ppg average.  They have scored at least 40 points five times this season.

•  Sophomore linebacker Ashton Leschke was named CoSIDA Academic All-District on Thursday, November 3.  He is a biology major.

TENNESSEE GARNERING PRESEASON ATTENTION

•  Senior defensive back Austin Tennessee was named to the D3football.com Preseason All-America team as a Second Team selection.  Last season he had six interceptions and 12 pass breakups and a pair of blocked kicks.  He is a two-time First Team All-MAC selection as well as a two-time D3football.com All-Region choice.  This season he is a two-time MAC Defensive Player of the Week.