HOW TO FOLLOW US: Ed Weir (play-by-play) and Mike Ferraro (color) will provide the call on 1450 WKIP AM in Poughkeepsie. The pregame show will begin at 1:45 p.m. EDT. The game can also be listened to for free on GoRedFoxes.com and the iHeartRadio app. For live game updates, check the official Twitter account of Marist Athletics (@MaristAthletics).
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE: Marist's three PFL losses have come to Jacksonville, Butler and Drake, who have a combined league record of 14-1 so far this season.
SCOUTING VALPARAISO: Valparaiso enters today's game having lost eight straight games dating back to last season. The Crusaders' last victory was a 34-31 home triumph against Campbell on Nov. 12, 2011. Defensive back Alex Grask is fifth in the PFL with 10.0 tackles per game, which is also first among defensive backs. Wide receiver Fred Gladney is sixth in the PFL in receptions with 5.1 per game. Head Coach Dale Carlson is in his 24th season as a collegiate head coach, and third at Valparaiso. He has 111 career victories.
A MARIST WIN TODAY WOULD ... :
- make the Red Foxes 3-0 all-time in games played in the state of Indiana. Marist won at Valparaiso in 2010, and at Butler in 2011.
- improve its record all-time against Valparaiso to 4-0.
- snap a three-game losing streak.
- be its first PFL road win of the season in its third try.
HISTORY WITH VALPARAISO: This is the fourth all-time meeting between the teams, with the Red Foxes having own the first three contests by a combined score of 105-14.
TURNOVER TURNAROUND: After forcing three turnovers in the first three games, Marist has forced 12 turnovers in its last four contests. After ranking 117th in the FCS in turnover ratio last year (minus-16), Marist leads the PFL at plus-6 this year, and has had three games without any turnovers this season.
REILLY APPROACHES RECORDS: Fifth-year senior QB Tommy Reilly saw his first extended action of the season at Drake with starter Chuckie Looney sidelined due to injury. Reilly enters today second all-time behind James Luft in program history in attempts, completions, yards and touchdown passes. Reilly trails Luft by 45 attempts, 20 completions, 286 yards and two touchdown passes.
HAGEMANN MAKES STOPS: Senior LB Mike Hagemann leads the Red Foxes with 58 tackles this season, and is 10th in the PFL with 8.3 stops per game. He has 24 tackles the last two weeks, with 13 against Butler and 11 at Drake. The 13 tackles vs. Butler were the most by any Red Fox in a single game this season.
MARSTON SHINES: Junior CB Jack Marston leads the Red Foxes in interceptions (two), pass break-ups (five) and solo tackles (28). He is also tied for third on the team in total tackles with 41.
BIG-PLAY THREAT: WR Michael Rios has 12 receiving touchdowns in his career. Ten have covered over 40 yards, seven have been from over 60 yards, and five have been from over 70 yards. He enters today averaging 23.8 yards per catch in his career, and currently ranks fourth in program history with 1,500 career receiving yards. Additionally, Rios has blocked seven kicks in his career.
TOUCHBACKS FOR MYERS: Senior Jason Myers has led the PFL in touchbacks each of the previous two seasons. Myers had 25 touchbacks in 2010 and 2011, and was named Honorable Mention All-PFL both years. Myers has registered 13 touchbacks in 29 kickoffs so far this season,
MARGINS: Marist's two wins this season have come by a combined total of 38 points, but its four losses have been by a combined total of 25 points. Marist has lost three games by three points or less, and one in overtime.
OT: Marist's overtime loss at Drake on Oct. 20 marked its first overtime game since a double-OT loss to Dayton on Nov. 13, 2010. In its history, Marist is 2-4 in overtime games. Its last win was in three extra periods vs. Georgetown on Nov. 3, 2007.