Saturday will be the first time in four years that the Indiana University of Pennsylvania football team will play a night game at Frank Cignetti Field at George P. Miller Stadium.
IUP (4-1) will look for its fifth straight win of the season against California University of Pennsylvania (4-2). The regular season meeting will also serve as the seventh annual Coal Bowl.
Kickoff for the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West division showdown is set for 6 p.m. Saturday will also mark the first night game in Coal Bowl history.
California is coming off a 56-21 loss against Slippery Rock University, while IUP is fresh off a victory against Seton Hill University, in which it scored a season-high 47 points.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Lenny Williams (accounting) is coming off a 205-yard rushing performance against the Griffins. Williams ranks as one of the top rushing quarterbacks in NCAA Division-II, averaging more than 8 yards per rushing attempt.
“It feels good to finally make some real plays,” Williams said.
His 205-yard rushing total set a school and conference record for most rushing yards by a quarterback in a single game.
It might be a tough task for the California defense to try to contain Williams and the rest of the IUP rushing attack.
The Vulcans allow nearly 200 yards rushing per game, and they surrendered 297 last week to Slippery Rock.
The IUP defense is beginning to hit its stride after limiting Seton Hill to 73 yards below its season average through the air. The Crimson Hawks will face another loaded offensive unit as the Vulcans come in with a potent passing attack.
Quarterback James Harris averages 291 yards through the air and ranks third in the PSAC with a pass efficiency rating of 151.9.
IUP has the winningest record in the PSAC West since 1986, going 250-82-1 (.752). Despite that, head coach Curt Cignetti is 1-3 against California in his career, with the Vulcans having outscored IUP 82-67 in those games.
IUPAthletics.com will offer a live feed of the game. IUP did receive votes in the latest D-II football rankings. Defensive end Errol Brewster, who played for IUP from 2010-12, will make his return to Indiana, this time wearing a Vulcans uniform. Brewster has three sacks and 17 tackles this season. After this contest, IUP will close out the 2015 season with three of its remaining four games on the road.