September 8, 2007

Game #2 - SHU 54 - La Salle 14 - Post Game Notes

Sept. 8, 2007

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Game #2 - SHU 54 - La Salle 14 - Post Game Notes

• The Pioneers are 2-0 to start a season for the first time since 2003. The win matches the Pioneers win total from last season (2-9).

• SHU's 54 points are their most points scored in a game since a 53-45 win at home over Saint Francis (PA) on October 29, 2005.

• The combined 95 points over the first two-games is the most points scored in the first two games of a season all-time. The next highest total is 85, scored over the first two games of the 2001 season: W, 41-21 at Central Connecticut, W, 44-31 at Robert Morris.

• Saturday marked the second straight game the Pioneers have piled up over 450 yards of total offense (75 plays - 501 yards). The 501 yards is the sixth highest total in program history for a single game.

• For the second-straight week the Pioneer offense picked up 26 first downs and was better then 60% on third down (8-of-12). The SHU offensive unit is yet to turn the ball over in 2007 while the first-team unit is yet to yield a sack.

• Redshirt-Freshman Dale Fink continued his hot start, completing eight-of-nine for 122 and three scores. Fink is 24-of-34 for 360 yards and seven touchdowns with no interceptions through the first two games.

• The Evin Jones-Jason Payne running back tandem continues to pay off for Sacred Heart. The duo combined for 125 yards on 13 carries and three touchdowns. Jones had his first career two-touchdown game. He had two career scores rushing heading into Saturday's game.

• Junior Ed Gurrieri led all rushers with a career high 83 yards on 20 carries while scoring his first career touchdown.

• The Pioneers scored their first defensive touchdown since the 2004 season in the win. Senior safety John Wilson's 54-yard interception return for a touchdown marked the first SHU defensive touchdown since a Mike Scott 27 yard fumble return for a score against Stony Brook on October 30, 2004 (W, 38-35). Scott is currently in his third season as the running backs coach at Sacred Heart.

• Sacred Heart kicker Joe Schroeder hit six-of-seven on his extra point attempts, his two misses coming in the first half.

• Saturday's game marked the Pioneer football debut on WICC 600 AM. The voice of the Pioneers Jeff Holts and Assistant Athletic Director Gene Gumbs called all the action.