Montclair, NJ (11/23/10) - You can follow all of the action of the Montclair State football team as they take on Wesley College in the second round of the 2010 NCAA Division III Playoffs on Saturday, November 27 in Dover, DE. Kickoff is scheduled for Noon.
Both teams advanced to the second round with very different victories. Montclair edged Hampden-Sydney in the closest game in the first round as the Red Hawks held off the Tigers, 16-14. Cornerback Andrey Green (East Orange, NJ / East Orange) batted down a two-point conversion pass with 5:14 left to help MSU maintain its two-point advantage. Gary Knoeppel (West Long Branch, NJ / Shore Regional) then came up with a huge interception on Hampden-Sydney's next possession allowing Montclair to run out the remainder of the clock for the win. Meanwhile top-seeded Wesley rolled past Muhlenberg 53-14 in its opening contest as the Wolverines amassed 649 yards of total offense.
The appearance in the NCAA Division III Playoffs will be Montclair’s 10th overall and second straight marking the first time MSU has made back-to-back appearances since a run of three straight playoffs from 1999-2001. Last season the Red Hawks knocked off Maine Maritime at home, 38-22 in the opening round before falling to eventual national-runner-up Mount Union the following week. Overall, Montclair is 9-9 in its NCAA Division III Playoff history and 10-9 in total NCAA trips which includes the aforementioned Knute Rockne Bowl.