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There’s no place like home. 

Get ready, Indiana; your IUP Crimson Hawks are coming back to Miller Stadium for their last regular season game.

On Saturday, the No. 19 Crimson Hawks take on the 3–6 Edinboro Fighting Scots. This game will also be IUP’s senior day.

IUP is coming into this matchup hot off the heels of a 50–23 blowout against Seton Hill. The Hawks had one of their best rushing performances of the season.

Justice Evans had a career game against the Griffins last week with 175 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. 

IUP’s focus this week will be on “Playing at our level. At a championship level. We need to play at our full potential offensively” said redshirt senior lineman Ken Roman. 

IUP has averaged 489 yards per game this season while putting up 46 points per game against its competition. IUP has allowed only 79 yards per game this season and only one touchdown in the last three outings. 

Edinboro’s record does not tell the full story for the Fighting Scots. Edinboro dropped its first four games of the season; however, they are 3–2 for the past five games. Edinboro managed to put up 30 against a nationally ranked Slippery Rock squad.

Edinboro has won two straight  games against Seton Hill and Clarion. Last week against the Golden Eagles, Edinboro put up 215 yards rushing and hopes to continue this success against IUP. 

Along with Edinboro’s strong rushing attack, the Fighting Scots had a strong showing on defense. Edinboro limited the Golden Eagles to a mere 131 passing yards and caused three turnovers.

While their record may not show it, this squad is strong and has potential to beat any team in Division II. The Hawks are aware of this, and they are not taking their competition lightly.

“We still have to play Edinboro and Shippensburg,” Roman said. “We need to take each week one practice and one game at a time. Nothing in this game is guaranteed. We are in control of our own destiny.” 

The Crimson Hawks have remained ranked 19th in the nation for the past three weeks, and they are in hot pursuit of a national title. IUP is still ranked fourth in the Super Region One rankings and is a near lock for a playoff spot barring a loss. With only two games left in the regular season, this will be one of their last opportunities to make a statement and make a late season push to climb the poll.

This squad has the ability and the talent. It will be interesting to see who the victor will be in this matchup between two very hot and impressive teams.

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