Valpo Entertains Austin Peay Saturday After Last Week's Shutout
Friday, September 10, 2004

WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 11 - noon CST
WHERE: Brown Field, Valparaiso, Indiana

TV: (tape-delay) - Channel 43 in Valparaiso. Airs on Thursday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. - Dick Harlan and Bill Koch announcing.

RADIO: 95.1 (WVUR-FM) - Ken LaVicka and Andy Viano announcing.Webcast at

THE COACHES: Valparaiso is guided by Tom Horne, who is 63-96-1 in his 16th season at Valpo. Austin Peay is led by Carroll McCray, who is 4-8 in his 2nd season at Austin Peay.

SERIES RECORD: Valpo leads 3-2
LAST MEETING: 2003 - Valpo won 38-14

LAST WEEK: Valpo defeated Wisconsin Lutheran 41-0 last Saturday in Valparaiso. Austin Peay lost to Campbellsville 27-14 in Campbellsville, Ky.

Valpo (1-1) will play its second consecutive home game on Saturday against Austin Peay (0-1) beginning at noon. The Crusaders recorded their first shutout (41-0) since 1999 with last Saturday's win over Wisconsin Lutheran.

On Saturday, Valpo and Austin Peay will play the sixth game in the all-time series with the Crusaders holding a 3-2 edge. Last season, Valpo amassed 555 total yards in winning 38-14 against the Governors in Clarksville, Tenn. Rob Giancola enjoyed an outstanding game, catching three touchdown passes, including 67 and 57-yard aerials from David Macchi and Matt Van Daele, respectively. Giancola finished with 174 receiving yards on five receptions. Nick Reid also had a big performance, rushing for 121 yards and one touchdown on 20 carries. Bill Marshall made five tackles, including one for a loss.

Valpo's Sturman Named
PFL Defensive Player of the Week

Valparaiso University's Brandon Sturman was selected as the Pioneer Football League Defensive Player of the Week following his performance in the Crusaders' 41-0 victory over Wisconsin Lutheran Saturday. Sturman, a junior middle linebacker from Brookeville, Md./Sherwood, scored Valpo's first points, returning an interception 16 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter. The interception was Sturman's second in as many games. Sturman added a pass breakup and made three tackles against Wisconsin Lutheran.

Giancola Becomes Valpo's All-Time Leader In Receiving Yards

Rob Giancola became Valpo's all-time leader in receiving yards during the first half of last Saturday's 41-0 win over Wisconsin Lutheran. Giancola, who now holds 10 Valpo records, has 3,231 receiving yards, surpassing Mike Healey's mark of 3,212 set from 1982-85. A senior from Whiting, Ind./HS, Giancola eclipsed the mark with 106 yards in the first half. He broke the record with a 39-yard catch that set up Nick Reid's touchdown. Giancola finished the game with five receptions for 119 yards.

Giancola Nears All-time Scoring Record:
After catching a national-high 23 touchdown passes a year ago, Rob Giancola is closing in on Valpo's all-time scoring mark. With 218 career points, Giancola needs 17 to eclipse the 53-year-old record of 234 held by Joe Pahr (1949-51).

VALPO RANKED HIGH IN POLLS: Valpo is ranked among the elite programs in the NCAA I-AA Mid-Major polls. The Crusaders, coming off a PFL Championship season, are tabbed 5th in The Sports Network and 6th in the Football Gazette poll.

INSIDE VU FOOTBALL, head coach Tom Horne's TV show, airs every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 p.m. on Channel 43 in Valparaiso.

NEXT GAME: Valpo travels to play Saint Francis (PA) next Saturday, Sept. 18 beginning at 1 p.m. ET.

Next Home Game: Following next Saturday's road game at Saint Francis (PA), the Crusaders return home to face Jacksonville on Sept. 25 beginning at noon.