Football to Host Delaware Valley in ECAC Bowl Game

Monday, November 12, 2012
 

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Andrew Tullo
Andrew Tullo in action from last year’s game at Delaware Valley. Tullo starts on the line for a Mule defense that has allowed only 186 rushing yards on 131 carries in the last four games.
The Muhlenberg football team received a bid to the ECAC Championships and will host Delaware Valley in the South Atlantic Bowl game on Saturday, November 17, at noon.

ECAC This is the ninth postseason bid in the last 13 seasons for the Mules – the third to an ECAC game. Muhlenberg hosted and defeated Wilkes, 26-22, for the 2000 ECAC Southwest championship in its first postseason game in 54 years. The following season, the Mules lost at King’s, 32-29, in the ECAC Southeast game.

Muhlenberg (8-2) enters the postseason on a roll, having won five straight games by an average score of 40-18. The Mules, who wrapped up their regular season with a 45-7 win at Moravian on Saturday, finished second in the Centennial Conference, a game behind Johns Hopkins. They were eighth in the South Region in the last published NCAA rankings and received consideration for an at-large NCAA Tournament berth.

The Aggies (7-3) had their run of four straight Middle Atlantic Conference championships snapped by Widener. They will be making their ninth postseason appearance in the last 10 years and their fourth in an ECAC game since 2003; their most recent was 16-7 South Atlantic Bowl win against Kean in 2008. Delaware Valley reeled off seven straight wins after starting the season 0-2 but lost its finale at Widener, 42-23, in a game it needed to win by 16 points to receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

This will be the third straight year in which Muhlenberg and Delaware Valley play each other, although the last two were in the first game of the season rather than the last. The Aggies won the first two meetings, 27-7 at Muhlenberg in 2010, and 10-9 in Doylestown last year on a fourth-down touchdown pass on the final play of overtime.

This year’s postseason meeting could be similarly low-scoring. Both teams rank in the top 20 in Division III in scoring defense, allowing fewer than 15 points per game.

Admission for Saturday’s game is $8 for adults and $5 for students. Children under 5 and Muhlenberg students with ID will be admitted free of charge.