#7/#7 Panthers Play Host to #19/#17 West Texas A&M in NCAA Regional Semifinal

#7/#7 Panthers Play Host to #19/#17 West Texas A&M in NCAA Regional Semifinal

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio Dominican's football team enters its first postseason contest as an NCAA Division II member with an undefeated record as the Panthers welcome road-tested West Texas A&M to Columbus at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30.

ODU earned a bye and the number two seed in Super Region Four after completing the regular season with a 10-0 overall record and a 9-0 mark in the GLIAC, claiming the outright GLIAC championship.

The Panthers, in just their fourth season competing at the Division II level, are making their second overall postseason appearance in the program's 10-year history (NAIA Quarterfinals in 2007).

The Panthers wrapped up the regular season with a 40-13 road win at Malone on Nov. 16. ODU scored 23 points in the first quarter and didn't look back from there.

Mark Nichols ran for three touchdowns, Brandon Schoen had 151 yards on the ground and Di'Andre Harrison and Sydney Omameh combined for three sacks and 7.5 tackles for loss in the victory.

The Panthers also blocked three kicks in the game – two by Omameh – and came up with two turnovers as well in recording the second undefeated regular season in school history.

During the bye week, 20 players picked up All-GLIAC accolades, while Bill Conley was named the GLIAC Coach of the Year. Justin Bell was recognized as the Defensive Back of the Year in the conference while freshman Mason Sawicki was selected as the GLIAC's top rookie.

West Texas A&M enters the contest with a 10-2 record and defeated Indianapolis 27-14 in the first round of the playoffs last Saturday. In that contest, the Buffaloes forced three Greyhound turnovers and outgained Indy 435-312 in the road victory.

Dustin Vaughan threw for 320 yards with three touchdowns in the victory, with Torrance Allen hauling in 15 passes for 146 yards. Kyle Voss led the defense with eight tackles and a sack.

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ODU and WT are the top two teams in the nation in protecting the football. The Panthers have committed just eight turnovers this season, while the Buffaloes have committed 10 turnovers.
The two schools also excel in special teams, as WT leads the country in kick return yardage (31.5 per return), while ODU ranks second (27.5). The Panthers have the second-best kick coverage unit, allowing just 15.6 yards per return, while WT allows 23.8 yards per kick return.
Over the past two seasons, ODU's offensive line has allowed just nine sacks in 22 games. The Panthers have allowed just four sacks in 2013, which ranks second in the country. WT has recorded 37 sacks this season and has 117 tackles for loss.
During ODU's Division II-best 15-game win streak, the Panthers have outscored their opponents 629-244, with an average margin of victory of 25.7 points per game. It's tied for the longest win streak in school history (15 in 2006-07) and the Panthers have scored at least 30 points in 14 of the 15 contests.
In ODU's four home games this year, the Panthers are averaging 49.3 points and 606.5 yards per game.

Contact: Scott Miles
miless@ohiodominican.edu 

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