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Muhlenberg College

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

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football breaks into top 10

The Muhlenberg football team achieved another landmark in its incredible 2007 season when it moved into the top 10 in the American Football Coaches Association poll.

The Centennial Conference champion Mules (9-0), who are tied for 10th with St. Norbert, are in the top 10 for the first time in their Division III history. Only one other men’s team in College history has been ranked in the top 10 in Division III – men’s soccer, which made numerous appearances in the upper regions of the rankings in the late 1980s and 1990s, most recently at No. 8 in 1997.

One of nine undefeated teams in Division III and one of 12 to have clinched a bid to the NCAA Tournament, Muhlenberg is ranked 15th in the poll.

The Mules remain in the top 10 in Division III in several statistical categories. They are second in scoring defense, total defense and pass efficiency defense, trailing only top-ranked Mt. Union in all three.

Muhlenberg defense
Category Team or Player Rank Average or Number
scoring defense team second 7.6
total defense team second 166.0
pass efficiency defense team second 74.8
turnovers lost team third 3
sacks per game team sixth 4.0
rushing defense team seventh 62.7
passes had intercepted team seventh 4
fumbles lost team seventh 4
turnover margin team 13th plus-1.4
rushing yards John DeLuca 16th 126.0
kickoff return defense team 19th 15.24
pass efficiency Eric Santagato 27th 146.3
pass efficiency team 29th 145.8

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