With the season coming to a heartbreaking end last Saturday in Winston-Salem, N.C., some football standouts are receiving postseason honors. The Beyond Sports College Network All-American Team was announced Wednesday and features four Crimson Hawks.
Curt Cignetti, IUP’s head football coach since 2011, is reportedly among candidates for the same position at Southern Miss, which became vacant when the Golden Eagles dismissed Ellis Johnson last month. According to Al Jones of gulflive.com, which is powered by The Mississippi Press, Cignetti is among nearly 30 coaches who have expressed interest in the job.
Heartbreaking. That’s the only word that could describe how the Crimson Hawks felt after their 21-17 loss in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division II Playoffs. The Hawks had been battling back all day from early blows that would’ve knocked most other teams out.
The IUP Crimson Hawks continue their playoff drive this weekend against the No. 1 team in the region in Winston-Salem State. The Hawks are in the regional final for the first time since 2007 when they lost to Shepherd. The Hawks arrived in this position after defeating Shepherd at home 27-17 and traveling to New Haven to defeat the Chargers 17-14.
The Crimson Hawks continued to contradict statistics Saturday in their 27-17 victory over the sixth-seed and West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference champions, Shepherd University. After holding the nation’s number one offense to just 10 points en route to becoming the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference champions, IUP showed the nation’s number one run defense just how versatile they were.
Star running back Harvie Tuck and Head Coach Curt Cignetti are among 15 Crimson Hawks who have received All-PSAC West selections. The former, who gained more than 1,500 yards on the ground for IUP this season, was recognized with the conference’s Offensive Player of the Year honor, while Cignetti was named Coach of the Year for the PSAC West.
Shippensburg might boast the best offense in all of Division II football, but the Raiders’ explosiveness was nowhere to be found Saturday at George P. Miller Stadium. Entering a much-anticipated matchup with the undefeated powerhouse, the Crimson Hawks flexed their own muscles in perhaps the most convincing victory of the season, dominating on both sides of the ball to rout the Raiders, 41-10, and capture the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference title for the first time since 1987.
The Crimson Hawks won the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West Division on Saturday, but now face the challenge of an injured team. The Hawks entered the game against Gannon knowing that just down the road the PSAC West was going to be decided with California taking on Mercyhurst.
Not starting due to an ankle injury, Johnny Franco burst into action Saturday against Gannon and was named the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West Defensive Player of the Week. Only playing the second half, Franco intercepted two passes in the final 1:19, preventing Gannon from carrying out their upset bid in Erie.
The Crimson Hawks saw their playoff chances improve before heading into their final Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West game against Gannon. After defeating Clarion 45-0 Saturday at home, the Crimson Hawks had some help from a very unlikely source.
The Crimson Hawks have established a reputation as one of the most productive rushing teams in all of Division II football, but it was quarterback Mike Box and the passing attack that helped IUP improve to 8-1 Saturday. Finding success through the air, the Hawks had little trouble shutting out Clarion en route to a 45-0 victory.
IUP defensive back Marvens Toussaint has been named the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West Defensive Player of the Week. With his two interceptions against Clarion on Saturday, Toussaint forced three turnovers to help IUP to its third shutout of the season, in the 45-0 win over Clarion.
The news isn’t good for the Crimson Hawks. IUP enters this week’s pivotal matchup against Clarion with the news that they’re seventh in the first regional rankings of the year. Seventh isn’t the place that any team wants to be this time of the year.
The Crimson Hawks have been practically unstoppable on the football field this year, winning seven of their first eight games en route to a seventh-place standing on the NCAA Super Region One rankings. A number of factors have led to IUP’s success, but there’s one concrete reason the Hawks have been so successful: Harvie Tuck just doesn’t stop running.
The Crimson Hawks have been accustomed to slow starts on the football field in recent weeks, but coupled with the Crimson Hawks’ early struggles has been subsequent flat-out domination. After managing just seven points in the first half last Saturday, the team again improved down the stretch, handing Mercyhurst its first loss in seven weeks by a score of 31-13.
The 20th-ranked Crimson Hawks hope to soar in a pivotal PSAC West game over the Mercyhurst Lakers. The Hawks are coming home after a 26-10 victory against Edinboro last weekend, while Mercyhurst comes in after getting by crosstown rival Gannon 38-29.
On a historic day, the Crimson Hawks survived first half problems to improve to 6-1 on the season with a 26-10 victory against Edinboro. The historic part came in the second half, when Harvie Tuck surpassed Michael Mann for most rushing yards in the regular season with 3,854 yards.
The Hawks (5-1, 2-1) travel to Edinboro this week after a Homecoming victory against rival Slippery Rock. Senior runningback Harvie Tuck passed Amir Dew for third all-time in school history for career rushing yards with 3,690. In that game, Tuck had 36 carries for 240 yards and one touchdown.
‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.’ That seems to be the case with IUP’s football team, which stuck to the ground to top Slippery Rock on Homecoming weekend Saturday. Relying on its familiarly productive rushing attack, the Crimson Hawks overcame fundamental mistakes, as well as a stout defensive showing from The Rock early in the game to capture its fifth win of the year, 33-16.
The 22nd-ranked Crimson Hawks are looking to pass their next test Homecoming weekend as they host Slippery Rock. “We’re excited to play them at home,” Head Coach Curt Cignetti said. “We have three tough ones in a row.” The Hawks come into this game riding high from an impressive 41-7 victory on the road last week against Millersville, where Mike Box took over as the starting quarterback and had 278 yards passing and one touchdown as he went 15 of 24.
The Crimson Hawks bounced back with a 41-7 victory on the road against Millersville while gaining 552 yards on offense. “It was a great win, but it was a sloppy game,” Head Coach Curt Cignetti said. The Hawks offense came out early and started to show domination on a defense that ranked 14th in the conference in rushing yards allowed, but Millersville was determined not to get beat on the ground throughout the game.
The 14th ranked Crimson Hawks have a huge challenge and opportunity as they travel to 6th-ranked California for the 4th annual Coal Bowl. Both teams come in at 3-0, but have taken different paths to get there. “It will be a great challenge,” Head Coach Curt Cignetti said.
The 17th-ranked Crimson Hawks are working on getting better before the upcoming Hall of Fame Game against Lock Haven. “I think if you focus in on the process of doing things right and staying focused on the present moment and doing your job and knowing what your job is,” Head Coach Curt Cignetti said.
Three different running backs scored for the Hawks Saturday as they improved to 2-0 on the season. After defeating Southern Connecticut to kick off the year, IUP forced five turnovers en route to a 56-0 victory over Cheyney. For the second consecutive week IUP relied on its ground game, and the Hawks’ group of running backs seemed to deliver.
For the first time since 2008, the Crimson Hawks have appeared in the top 25 of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division II Coaches’ Poll. After a 33-6 win over Southern Connecticut to open its 2012 season, IUP has made its debut in this year’s poll at No.
The Crimson Hawks reached 23 in this week’s AFCA Coaches’ Poll after they defeated Southern Connecticut 33-6. The Hawks were led by senior running back Harvie Tuck, who ran 185 yards on 28 attempts. He also had a touchdown. Tuck was joined by Montay Green, who also rushed for 101 yards and scored one touchdown as well.
The Crimson Hawks have high expectations going into their first game against Southern Connecticut. “Overall, the attitude has been good and the guys we have returning have played some really good football,” said head coach Curt Cignetti. The Hawks were preseason PSAC West favorites alongside California, but before that matchup on Sept.
It took only two years, but head coach Curt Cignetti already has the Crimson Hawks back to being one of the more prominent teams in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC). The Crimson Hawks open the season tied for first with California University of Pennsylvania in the coach’s preseason poll.
Proud of each other's accomplishments, competitive siblings, redshirt freshman All-PSAC West kicker for IUP's football team Brett Ullman, and women's basketball senior guard ArikaUllman, have played significant roles in IUP athletics.
For any college students interested in making a career in professional football the Johnstown Generals of the Ultimate Indoor Football League will be holding an open tryout from 9 a.m-noon Saturday at S&T Bank Arena at 497 East Pike Road.
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TOP RETURNING PLAYERS QB - Pat Smith Smith is entering his third season with the Hawks. In 2009, Smith played eight games for the Hawks due to an injury to then starting quarterback Andrew Krewatch. In his eight games Smith completed 66 of his 128 passes for 637 yards and four touchdowns, but did throw four interceptions.
IUP enters this week’s pivotal matchup against Clarion with the news that they’re seventh in the first regional rankings of the year. Seventh isn’t the place that any team wants to be this time of the year.