For the Cumberland Times-News
BUFFALO — Frostburg State travels to Buffalo State for its third Empire 8 game of the season as the Bobcats look for their first conference victory in their third road contest of the year.
Kickoff is set for 2 p.m.
This will be the sixth meeting between the two teams with the Bengals taking a 3-2 lead in the series with last year's 22-7 victory in Frostburg. That Bobcats last defeated Buffalo State in 2005, 27-26, at Bobcat Stadium when the teams were members of the Atlantic Central Football Conference.
FSU junior Rowan Pinkett is currently fifth in the country and leads the Empire 8 with 13.2 tackles per contest. Junior Keith Smith ranks 44th in the country and second in the conference at 10.4 tackles per game. Sophomore Marcus Moody stands at 59th and fifth at 10 tackles per game. Sophomore Salaman Riddell is currently third in the country and first in the conference in solo tackles per contest at 8.4.
Junior standout Ken Emmons' 521 yards of total offense against Waynesburg still ranks third in the country for total offense in a single game amoung all 242 NCAA Division III teams.
Emmons also ranks 26th nationally in total offense per game (307.0), 58th in points responsible for (74), 61st in passing yards per game (232.8) and 66th in passing yards (1,164). In terms of Empire 8 rankings, he is second in total offense.
Entering its fifth contest of the season, the Bobcats have racked up 2,239 total yards. They currently rank 26th in the country and lead the Empire 8 in first downs (125), 57th and second in the league in rushing (207.0), 40th and second in total offense (447.8) and 89th in scoring (30.0).
Buffalo State is currently 170th in the country and seventh in the Empire 8 in total defense allowing 415.0 yards per game. Additionally, Buffalo State is 202nd and sixth in passing yards allowed (254.2), 198th and seventh in scoring defense (36.7) and 122nd and sixth in rushing defense (160.8).
FSU is also ranked 13th in the nation and leads the Empire 8 in blocked kicks (4), 17th and first in the fewest penalties (4.4) and 24th and second in the conference with seven fumbles recovered.
The trio of Emmons, junior Mike Fourth and freshman Janai Billips have powered the ground game to the nation's 57th and the conference's second best rushing attack (207.0 ypg). Fourth currently leads the team with 431 rushing yards on 97 attempts with six touchdowns, while Emmons has 371 yards and four scores. Billips has gained 208 yards with two touchdowns.