College football: Chestnut's Pick-Six helps lift resurgent West Virginia

Photo by Pete Emerson/Courtesy of WVU Athletic Communications

MORGANTOWN, W.VA. – West Virginia senior cornerback Terrell Chestnut made his share of trips to the end zone during his stellar scholastic football career at Pottsgrove.

Saturday, the electric performer once again took it to the house, delivering a Pick-6 from 32 yards out as the resurgent Mountaineers drilled Kansas 49-0 for their third straight win.

Chestnut also forced a fumble in the early going for West Virginia (6-4), which became Bowl eligible with the win. For the season, Chestnut has played in nine games, posting 3 interceptions, 6 pass breakups, 2 forced fumbles and 29 tackles (25 solo).

West Virginia, which has bracketed three-game winning streaks around a four-game slide, will look to stay hot when it faces Iowa State Saturday.

Rutgers

After starting the first 10 games of the season at right guard, redshirt junior Chris Muller (Boyertown) moved over to center and helped anchor a solid effort that lifted the Scarlet Knights (4-7) to a 31-21 victory over Army. Muller (6-6, 310) was part of an offensive line that paved the way to 254 rushing yards and allowed no sacks in the win.

Northwestern

Junior WR Andrew Scanlan (Spring-Ford) has played in four games this season for the Wildcats (9-2), ranked No. 17 heading into Saturday’s Big Ten contest at Illinois.

FCS

Villanova

Senior wide receiver Jacob Gribb (Pope John Paul II) had one catch for 4 yards in Villanova’ 38-29 season-ending loss to No. 12 James Madison Saturday. Gribb played in nine games for the Wildcats (6-5 overall, 5-3 Colonial Athletic Conference), but it was his contributions off the field that had the greatest impact – donating his bone marrow to a man suffering with leukemia.

Gribb, the son of Larry and Cassandra Gribb, joined the registry for the National Marrow Donor Program as a freshman and was found to have a DNA match this year. Villanova head coach Andy Talley has been a long proponent of the program, and Gribb was a willing participant, missing two games after donating his peripheral blood stem cells during a September procedure.

Sophomore safety Rasaan Stewart (Perkiomen Valley) played in 11 games for the Wildcats, contributing 17 tackles (12 solo), 1.5 TFL and one pass breakup.

Holy Cross

Freshman DB Akeem Walcott (Methacton) played in eight games with a pair of starts for the Crusaders (6-5), recording 13 tackles (9 solo) with three pass break-ups.

Bucknell

Junior defensive end RJ Sheldon (Spring-Ford) picked up 3.5 sacks and totaled 25 tackles (11 solo) while freshman Patrick Finn (Pottsgrove) saw time on the offensive line for the Bison (4-7).

Division II

Kutztown

Redshirt sophomore DE Zameer McDowell (Spring-Ford) was named to the All PSAC East 2nd team defense after the 6-foot-5, 280-pounder posted the following numbers: 45 tackles (21 solo), 11.5 TFL, 2.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 1 pass breakup. Redshirt freshman CB Marquis Barefield played in 6 games for the Golden Bears (7-4), mostly on special teams, registering 16 tackles (8 solo), 1.5 TFL, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one pass defended.

Bloomsburg

Redshirt junior DL Ezra Ranco (Perkiomen Valley) was a force on the defensive side of the ball for the Huskies (7-4), the 6-2, 300-pounder playing in all 11 games with 38 tackles (18 solo), 5.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one blocked kick.

Millersville

Redshirt junior quarterback JJ Paige (Spring-Ford) was instrumental in a pair of season-ending victories for the Marauders (2-9), throwing for 192 yards and a pair of scores in a 21-6 win over Cheyney and capping off the season with 301 yards and 3 TDs passing in a 31-21 triumph over Edinboro. Paige finished with 1,534 yards and 15 touchdowns through the air, hitting 150 of 249 attempts (60 percent) and tossing just 5 interceptions while also picking up 149 yards rushing.

Redshirt freshman DL Rob Varner (Spring-Ford) finished the season with 77 tackles (7 TFL), 2.5 sacks and an interception for Millersville.

Division III

Delaware Valley

Delaware Valley senior linebacker Rashaad Lighty (Pottstown) was named to the All Middle-Atlantic Conference first team defense for the second consecutive season. Lighty notched a Division III-best 6 forced fumbles in the regular season, placed third in the MAC and 18th in the country in sacks (10.5) and recorded 53 tackles (13.5 tackles for a loss) for the Aggies (9-2), who won the Centennial-MAC Bowl Series championship with a 20-16 win over Moravian Saturday. Lighty was selected to the D3football.com Team of the Week after recording a team-high 7 tackles, 3.5 sacks and breaking up a pass in the Del Val’s 20-3 win over Widener University on Nov. 14.

Freshman wide receiver Michael Fowler (Pottsgrove) has given the Aggies a spark in their return game this season. While catching 2 passes for 21 yards and rushing for another 23 yards on 4 attempts, Fowler has 188 yards on 8 kickoff returns and is averaging 8.4 yards per punt return (8-42).

Juniata

Junior quarterback Hank Coyne (Spring-Ford) had a strong season for the Eagles (3-7), throwing for 1900 yards and 13 touchdowns against 9 picks. Coyne completed 50.8 percent of his passes (160-315).

Junior wide receiver Davon Mitchell (Perkiomen Valley) had 8 receptions for 190 yards (21.1 ypc) with one touchdown for Juniata, also posting 13 rushing yards on two carries.

Widener

Senior placekicker Ryan O’Hara (Spring-Ford) was a reliable points producer for the Pride (6-4), hitting on 16 of 20 field goal attempts, including a 52-yarder, and converting 30 of 33 PATs. O’Hara also had 15 punts for 548 yards (36.5 average).

Franklin and Marshall

Senior offensive left tackle Ryan Ignatovig (Pope John Paul II) was named to the Centennial Conference first team after helping the Diplomats to a 6-4 overall, 5-3 finish in league play. Ignatovig was a second-team selection in 2014.

“Ryan had a great career,” F&M coach John Troxell said of the 6-foot-4, 296-pounder on the pottsmerc.com web site. “He was a four-year starter and worked so hard that I’m happy the rest of the league recognized him for his play. And, as good a player as he was, he was even better as a person. We’ll miss him, he will leave big shoes to fill.”

Ursinus

Senior DL Steve Ambs (Pottsgrove) capped a stellar career for the Golden Bears (3-7) with the following 2015 stats: 10 GP, 58 tackles (42 solo), 4.5 sacks, 13.5 TFL, 3 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery and 3 pass break-ups. For his four-year career, Ambs had 241 tackles (173 solo), 24.5 sacks, 53 TFL, 9 forced fumbles, 5 fumble recoveries and 11 pass break-ups.

Junior WR Matt Raymond (Owen J. Roberts) played in 8 games for Ursinus with 30 catches for 566 yards (18.9 ypc) and two TDs.

Other PAC-10 products contributing this season for the Golden Bears were:

Junior DB Johnnie Cherneskie (Pope John Paul II) 9 GP, 14 tackles (7 solo), 1 forced fumble

Sophomore DB Cody Richmond (Boyertown) 4 GP, 14 tackles (8 solo), 1.5 TFL

Sophomore DL Anthony Pond (Pottsgrove) 4 GP

Sophomore TE Chase Stine (Spring-Ford) 2  receptions, 15 yards

Freshman LB Kirk Cherneskie (Pope John Paul II) 1 GP, 1 tackle

Gettysburg

Senior WR Travis Andrews (Phoenixville) caught 12 passes for 139 yards and two TDs, rushed 19 times for 84 yards and returned 8 kickoffs for 126 total yards to cap a solid four-year career for the Greyhounds (7-3).