WACO, TX – After spending three straight weeks ranked 22nd in the nation, IUP has moved up two spots to No. 20 in the lastest version of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division II Poll, as it was released on Monday.
The Crimson Hawks are on a three-game winning streak after Saturday’s 26-10 victory at Edinboro, improving to 6-1 on the year and 3-1 in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Western Division.
IUP’s defense shut down the hot-handed Fighting Scots offense, totaling just 231 yards with just 185 of that coming through the air. Heading into the game Edinboro was on a three-game winning streak, averaging over 36 points per game and quarterback Cody Harris was throwing for nearly 300 yards per outing. Harvie Tuck (Akron, OH/St. Vincent-St. Mary) again went over 1,000 yards on the season, rushing for 178 and two scores while De’Antwan Williams (Woodbridge, VA/Woodbridge) added 85 yards on the ground.
The Crimson Hawks received 197 points in the voting with newcomers to the poll Miles, Michigan Tech and Sioux Falls fall in at 21 thru 23. Grand Valley State is 24th in the nation while Harding rounds out the top 25. There’s a new No. 1 in Colorado State-Pueblo as Winston-Salem State (second), New Haven (third), Bloomsburg (fourth) and Northwest Missouri State (fifth) also moved up. Losing for the first time this season, Pittsburg State fell from No. 1 to a tie with Minnesota-Duluth for seventh.
This week welcomes Mercyhurst (6-1, 4-0), winners of six straight to George P. Miller Stadium. Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m.