Collaros sparks Cincinnati’s rout of N.C. State
A nationally televised game pitting Cincinnati and North Carolina State demonstrated, among other things, the benefits of having an experienced quarterback running the show.
For the Bearcats, returing starter and former Steubenville Big Red all-Ohioan Zach Collaros was running the show. For the Wolfpack, Mike Glennon, the younger brother of former Virginia Tech QB Sean Glennon, is still getting his feet wet after taking over for Russell Wilson.
Wilson, who quarterbacked the Pack for three successful seasons, transferred to Wisconsin for his final campaign.
And Thursday night, it was Collaros’ night to shine.
Collaros threw for 263 yards and two touchdowns on 25 of 34 passing while rushign for 52 yards and two scores on nine carries.
The result was a dominating performance by the Bearcats’ offensive unit in a 44-14 pasting of the Wolfpack.
Cincinnati is the top-scoring offensive unit in the Big East, leading the way at 49.5 points per game.
Collaros is tied for first with nine touchdowns, is third in completion percentage and trails only South Florida’s B.J. Daniels in effeciency.
On the opposite side of the ball, fellow OVAC product and Beaver Local alum Derek Wolfe in enjoying another fine season.
Wolfe totaled three tackles and one sack against N.C. State, givign him 13 and 4 for the season.
He is the Big East’s sack leader through four games.
The offensive struggled for West Liberty continued Saturday as the Hilltoppers were handled by Fairmont State to drop to 0-4.
Wheeling Park defensive back Alec Wood led the ‘Toppers with 10 tackles, including two for a loss and a fumble recovery.
Fellow Park alum Jimmy Burres accounted for West Liberty’s lone offensive touchdown, finishing with four yards on five carries.
Muskingum is off to its best start in a long and following last week’s 27-7 win against then unbeaten and No. 9 Ohio Northern, the Muskies earned a spot in the rankings at No. 40.
It’s the first time Muskingum has been ranked since 1995 and is due in large part to the spirited play of sophomore quarterback and Barnesville alum Dalton Smith.
Well, that and a nasty defensive unit that is nationally ranked in multiple categories.
Against the Polar Bears, Smith ran for 45 yards and two touchdowns while passing for 160 yards and two more scores.
Smith is ranked third in the Ohio Athletic Conference for total offense.
The Muskies has been formidable and while the linebacker Alex Thomas has been getting the majority of the press, the front three, bolstered by local products Sean West (Bridgeport) and Jake Antolak (St. Clairsville) has been providing the push.
West is making quite a name for himself starting as a junior.
Muskingum leads Division III in sacks and is second in tackles for a loss with 34 total. West’s 4 sacks has him first in the OAC, seventh nationally.
Against Ohio Northern, West had five tackles while Antolak had six, including assisting on a tackle behind the line.
The Muskies are 10th nationall in both scoring and rushing defense and 18th in total defense.
7th in Division 3 in sacks, Muskingum is 1st in coutnry, averaging 8 per game, 2nd in tackles for loss in 34
- Martins Ferry’s Jeremy Murray compiled 167 yards on 12 carries (13.9 yards per touch) and three touchdowns as No. 2 Mount Union rolled Wilmington, 66-7.
Murray is now the leading rushing in Division III, averaging 182 yards per game. He is trailed closely by Pomona-Pitzer’s Luke Sweeney. Sweeney is averaging 181 per game.
- Buckeye Trail’s Dan Starr had nine tackles, including one for a loss, as Marietta’s comback bid fell short, 37-35, against John Carroll.
- East Liverpool’s Ethan Ludwig led Thiel with 10 tackles and a batted pass in a loss to Saint Vincent’s.
- Beaver Local’s Shawn Mercer had five tackles and an interception as Grove City fell short against Waynesburg.
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