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Game Day

A Look at Today's Key Matchups

November 11, 2000

NCAA DIVISION I-AA

* CAL POLY SAN LUIS OBISPO (3-6) vs CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE (3-6)

At North Campus Stadium, 3:05 p.m.

After a four-year hiatus, Northridge resumes its rivalry with one of its oldest foes in a nonconference game. The Mustangs and Matadors played every year from 1962 to 1995, including twice in 1990, when Cal Poly won, 14-7, in the first round of the Division II playoffs. With Northridge scheduled to leave the Big Sky for independent status next season, this likely will resume being an annual matchup. Northridge entered the record books last week in a 64-61 loss to Cal State Sacramento, participating in the highest scoring game in Division I history. Each team scored nine touchdowns to tie an NCAA record for touchdowns in a game. Northridge's offense has come alive in the latter half of the season. Marcus Brady passed for a career-high 493 yards and four touchdowns against Sacramento to raise his season totals to 2,262 yards and 18 touchdowns. Brady likes to spread the completions among Drew Amerson (53 catches), D.J. Hackett (43), Gil Rodriguez (27) and Jason Stone (21). Receiver Kassim Osgood and quarterback Seth Burford of Cal Poly were selected national Division I-AA players of the week after record-setting performances against Northern Iowa. Osgood had a I-AA record with 376 yards receiving and a school-record 17 catches. Burford had a school record 566 yards passing and four touchdown passes. Cal Poly and Northridge have played three common opponents this season. Each recorded victories over Montana State and were defeated by Sacramento and Montana.

NCAA DIVISION III

* CAL LUTHERAN (3-5, 1-3) vs. CLAREMONT-MUDD (3-5, 0-4)

At Claremont-Mudd, 1 p.m.

The Kingsmen couldn't close the season against a better opponent. They hold a 24-4-1 advantage over the Stags, including 6-2 in Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference games. Both teams are coming off their third victories of the season--Claremont-Mudd defeated Pomona-Pitzer, 20-16, in nonconference play and Cal Lutheran beat Occidental, 45-24, in SCIAC play. One would figure this game to be a high-scoring contest. The Stags' defense ranks fourth in the conference by allowing 370.9 yards per game while the Kingsmen rank last in defense by allowing more than 500 yards a game. Claremont features the SCIAC's leading rusher, Ryan Gocong, who has 1,101 yards rushing and nine touchdowns in 213 carries. Quarterback Nick Bonacci has completed 56 of 133 passes for 625 yards with three touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

JUNIOR COLLEGE

* GLENDALE (3-5, 2-3) vs. MOORPARK (5-3, 4-1)

At Moorpark, 7 p.m.

Looking to rebound from a 24-10 upset loss to Valley last week, Moorpark needs a victory to stay in a tie for the Western State Conference Northern Division lead with Canyons and Hancock. Moorpark travels to Hancock for the regular-season finale next week. The game features two excellent ballcarriers in Joey Casillas of Moorpark, who has 475 yards rushing in six games, and Jamel Applewhite of Glendale, who has 582 yards rushing. Glendale last week was clobbered by Hancock, 58-15, and all is but out of contention, but the Vaqueros can be a factor in the race by derailing Moorpark. The Raiders need one victory to ensure a winning record and qualify for a bowl game. Moorpark has won seven consecutive games against Glendale dating to 1991.

* CANYONS (7-1, 4-1) vs. VENTURA (4-4, 3-2)

At Ventura High, 7 p.m.

Since reinstating football in 1998, Canyons is 0-2 against Ventura. Another defeat against the Pirates could prove devastating for the Cougars, who are battling Moorpark and Hancock for the WSC Northern Division title. Canyons last week pummeled last-place Santa Barbara, 54-10, the third time this season the Cougars scored 50 points or more. Ventura has won three of its last four, including a 41-8 cakewalk over Pierce last week. The Pirates have the second-toughest defense against the pass in the WSC, allowing 134.0 yards per game, a definite asset against passing crazy Canyons. The Cougars average 261.8 yards passing and have a WSC-leading 21 touchdown passes.

Other games: 7 p.m.--Valley (2-6, 2-3) at Pierce (1-7, 1-4); Antelope Valley (4-5, 3-4) at San Bernardino (2-6, 2-4)

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