Weekend College Top 10: Cal shakes up PSAC with Coal Bowl win over IUP
Every Monday, the Tribune-Review will highlight 10 top area college performances from the weekend:
1. Cal (Pa.) knocks off IUP in Coal Bowl
Junior Nelson Brown ran 23 times for a season-high 143 yards and three touchdowns to help the Vulcans rally for a 36-24 victory over the No. 2 Crimson Hawks on Saturday. Cal forced three second-half turnovers, including junior Lamont McPhatter’s interception that was returned 100 yards for a touchdown. McPhatter (New Castle), who added eight tackles, was named Coal Bowl MVP. Freshman Noah Mitchell threw for 256 yards and a touchdown to junior Chad Livingston (Laurel Highlands) for Cal (3-2, 2-0 PSAC West), which came back from a 14-10 halftime deficit. IUP (4-1, 1-1) entered the game on a 21-game regular-season winning streak. Redshirt senior Lenny Williams (Sto-Rox) threw for 169 yards and ran for 76 in the loss.
2. Perfect start continues for No. 8 Pitt volleyball
Sophomore Kayla Lund recorded 10 kills, and redshirt junior Stephanie Williams added six kills as the Panthers downed Miami, 25-15, 25-8, 25-13, in an ACC match Friday. Pitt (14-0) is off to its best start in school history.
3. Grove City runs past Carnegie Mellon
Junior Wesley Schools ran a career-high 43 times for 223 yards and a touchdown, and sophomore Cody Gustafson tied the school record with three touchdown catches as the Wolverines prevailed 31-21 in a PAC game Saturday. Grove City (2-3, 1-3), which had a 14-minute advantage in time of possession, won at CMU for the first time since 2005. Senior quarterback Alex Cline threw for 228 yards and a touchdown for the Tartans (2-2, 1-2).
4. Allegheny’s Lee breaks record in rout
Senior quarterback Logan Lee threw for 280 and two touchdowns -- giving him a school-record 56 for his career -- as the Gators cruised past Hiram, 52-20, in a North Coast Athletic Conference game Saturday. Senior Tyler Balla (Greensburg Central Catholic) ran for 123 yards and three touchdowns for Allegheny (3-2, 3-1).
5. No. 12 W&J football holds off Bethany
Sophomore Andrew Wolf caught 12 passes for 135 yards and his 13th touchdown, and junior Jacob Adams passed for 266 yards and two touchdowns as the Presidents escaped with a 27-20 victory in the PAC on Saturday. W&J (5-0, 4-0) built a 14-0 cushion in the first quarter and led 20-7 early in the second half before Bethany (2-3, 2-2) came back.
6. Clarion football extends winning streak to 4
Junior Jeff Clemens (North Allegheny) threw for 268 yards and accounted for two touchdowns, leading the Golden Eagles past Seton Hill, 19-16, on Saturday. Clemens threw a 45-yard TD to junior Dana Jackson and ran for a 5-yard TD. Clarion (4-1, 2-0 PSAC West) matched its longest winning streak since 2015. The Golden Eagles host Cal (Pa.) on Saturday. Seton Hill dropped to 0-5, 0-2.
7. Rock rolls to another big victory
Slippery Rock built a four-touchdown lead by halftime and defeated Mercyhurst, 41-21, in the PSAC on Saturday. Junior Roland Rivers threw for 294 yards and three touchdowns for The Rock (4-1, 2-0), and sophomore Jermaine Wynn Jr. (Woodland Hills) had seven catches for 70 yards. Twelve receivers caught at least one pass for Slippery Rock.
8. Point Park women earn 7th straight victory
Junior Nikki Polens (Riverview) and freshman Tia Horew (Chartiers Valley) scored second-half goals, leading the Pioneers soccer team past WVU Tech, 2-0, on Saturday. Point Park improved to 7-4 overall and 4-0 in the River States Conference.
9. No. 9 Penn State volleyball sweeps No. 17 Michigan
The freshman duo of Serena Gray (nine kills, six blocks) and Kaitlyn Hord (10 kills) helped the Nittany Lions to a 25-17, 25-21, 25-23 triumph in the Big Ten on Sunday. Penn State improved to 11-3, 2-2.
10. Tartans tennis player breaks school record
Senior Daniel Levine earned three wins at the ITA Southeast Regional Singles and Doubles Tournament on Friday in Fredericksburg, Va., increasing his combined career total to a school-record 142. James Muliawan, who played from 2006-10, held the previous mark. Levine and senior Chaz Downing went on to win the doubles championship, and Levine lost to Downing in the singles championship.