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Numbers Never Lie: Developing pattern for Princeton lefty QBs

Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Princeton receiver Roman Wilson caught the first of Quinn Epperly's three touchdown passes Saturday against Cornell.

How fitting, because Wilson was the one to haul in the game-winning touchdown a week ago in the Tigers' triple-overtime victory against Harvard. That three- overtime win helped Epperly garner national player of the week honors.

The junior quarterback from Knoxville, Tenn., was at it again Saturday against the Big Red, as Epperly completed 32-of-35 pass attempts (which included an FCS-record 29 consecutive completions to open the game) for 325 yards and three touchdowns. He added three more rushing scores in his team's decisive 53-20 win.

The Tigers are a perfect 4-0 in the Ivy League this season, and sit on a 6-1 overall record. If you look back to 2006 - the last time Princeton won a share of the Ivy League title - you'll notice some similarities between who's guiding the team.

In 2006, Princeton was quarterbacked by Jeff Terrell, a lefty who eventually went on to win the Ivy League player of the year award.

Epperly, another southpaw, is making a strong push week after week for the same award. And if Princeton keeps its winning ways, Epperly could be the next quarterback after Terrell to lead Princeton to an Ivy League championship.

The most impressive part, however, is that Epperly began the season as a backup. Junior Connor Michelson started the season under center, with Epperly seeing exactly a quarter of Michelson's snaps in a season-opening loss to Lehigh.

It took a few weeks for Epperly to gain the lion's share of the work at quarterback, and even still Michelson sees some snaps. He attempted four passes against Cornell Saturday.

But it's Epperly's job now, and judging by the performances Epperly has put up this season, it doesn't look like he'll be relinquishing his duties anytime soon.

Seven years after the Terrell-led squad won a share of an Ivy League title, Epperly is looking to do the same.

After this weekend's slate of games, here are some of the numbers that stood out in Week 10 around the FCS:

So Terrance West had another standout performance Saturday, rushing for 202 yards and two touchdowns against Delaware. But it was the Blue Hens who walked away with the victory.

Delaware scored 15 points in the last 48 seconds of game play to defeat the Tigers, 32-31. Without regular starter Trent Hurley under center, the Blue Hens turned to backup Trevor Sasek.

And what a win. Sasek hit Michael Johnson on an 11-yard touchdown strike with 48 seconds left on the clock at Unitas Stadium in Maryland. The Blue Hens recovered an onside kick, and, with 19 seconds remaining, Sasek hit Rob Jones for another score. Sasek found Jones on a two-point try, giving Delaware the lead and, ultimately, the win.

New Hampshire was shut out in a contest for the first time since Sept. 23, 1995. Coincidentally, both shutouts were at the hands of William & Mary (Saturday's was a 17-0 Tribe victory). The Wildcats had gone 220 games without being shut out.

Idaho State quarterback Justin Arias tied an FCS single-game high with 44 completions. Arias, a junior, was 44-of-64 passing for 441 yards and three touchdowns in his team's loss to Eastern Washington. Stephen F. Austin quarterback Brady Attaway had 44 completions on Sept. 28 versus Prairie View A&M.

North Dakota receiver Kenny Golladay (not Greg Hardin) set a season high in receptions for a single game with 17 in Saturday's loss to Northern Arizona. The previous high was 15 by Murray State's Walter Powell. Golladay had 134 receiving yards Saturday.

A total of seven FCS players recorded two interceptions in their games this weekend. This season, 51 players have intercepted two passes in a game. Only three players in the FCS have recorded three interceptions in a game this season.

Montana wide receiver Ellis Henderson had 357 all-purpose yards Saturday in his Grizzlies' 51-48 overtime win against Big Sky foe Sacramento State. Henderson's 357 yards rank second in an FCS game this season.

UT Martin linebacker Tony Bell recorded 4.5 sacks against Murray State, which is the most in a single game by any player this season. Bell has 8.5 total sacks this season.

Cal Poly's 15 total passing yards Saturday is the second fewest in a game for any team this season. But the Mustangs still defeated UC Davis, 34-16, behind 414 rushing yards in the team's triple option-style attack.

Grambling State finally recorded a win this season - Saturday's 47-40 decision over Mississippi Valley State - the second win for the Tigers in two seasons. Grambling was led by junior quarterback Johnathan Williams, who was 18-of-31 passing for 265 yards and five touchdowns. He also carried the ball 15 times for 54 yards and two touchdowns.

Brown running back John Spooney - the former track star - had two rushing touchdowns against Penn Saturday. His first scoring run - a 93-yard scamper - was the third-longest touchdown run by any player in the FCS this season. His second run - a 94-yard score in the second quarter - then tied for second in the FCS this season. Two other players in the FCS have had scoring runs of 94 yards this season.

New program Mercer defeated Pioneer Football League foe Davidson, 51-26, behind two spectacular rushing performances. Quarterback John Russ carried the ball 15 times for 123 yards and two touchdowns to go along with his 136 passing yards and passing score,

Running back JeTarii Donald led the way on the ground, recording 202 yards and two touchdowns for the Bears. Mercer is 4-1 in PFL play this season.

Three different Old Dominion receivers caught two touchdown passes from Taylor Heinicke in the Monarchs' 66-14 win over Rhode Island. Antonio Vaughan, Larry Pinkard and Zach Pascal each had at least 60 receiving yards and two touchdowns in the win.

Howard converted 12-of-18 third-down attempts, but it wasn't enough to hold on to win against Delaware State. The Hornets' Mitchell Ward hit a game-winning 26-yard field goal as time expired.

Northern Iowa fell to 0-5 in Missouri Valley Conference play this weekend with a 13-3 loss to Illinois State. The last time the Panthers lost five conference games was back in the 2002 season. Northern Iowa has conference games against Youngstown State, Missouri State and Western Illinois remaining on its schedule.

Don't look now, but Bucknell has won three straight games, including two Patriot League spoilers against Lehigh and Colgate. In their four wins this season, the Bison have only turned the ball over a combined one time. Compare that to the 19 turnovers (yes, 19) times they've turned it over in their four losses this season.

Finally, Georgia Southern's final season in the FCS is going downhill fast after a 16-14 loss to Furman. The Eagles threw the ball only six times, compared to their 58 rushes. Can you say one dimensional?"

Transitioning FCS program Appalachian State also fell Saturday to Chattanooga. The two Southern Conference teams moving up after this season have a combined record of 6-11.