West Chester University Men’s Football (8-3, 6-1 PSAC) fell 24-7 to IUP (11-0, 7-0 PSAC) in the PSAC championship on Saturday afternoon, and now the Golden Rams’ postseason fate rests in the hands of the NCAA selection committee.

In the last coaches poll of the season WCU was ranked No. 6. The top seven teams typically make the postseason.

IUP’s defense did a strong job of bottling up WCU’s main offensive cogs, with Jarel Elder only rushing for 49 yards on 12 attempts, and quarterback Paul Dooley going 16-26 for 160 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. Dooley was sacked three times on the afternoon.

If WCU doesn’t clinch a postseason berth, Elder will have concluded his career seventh all-time on WCU’s rushing list with 3,087 yards and fifth all-time in WCU history with 5,574 all-purpose yards.

Dan Neuhaus, Rasheem James, Tyler Karpinski and Elder all finished with three catches in the loss, with Neuhaus catching the lone Golden Rams touchdown on a 36-yard pass from Dooley in the second quarter. That brought the score to 14-7, but IUP managed to reel off an additional 10 unanswered points to keep WCU at bay.

Tyler Morrissey had a historic day in the loss, finishing with a career-high 20 tackles. Morrissey’s 20 tackles are the second-best in a PSAC game this season and the fourth-best in WCU history. It’s the first time a Golden Ram had 20 tackles in a contest since Jimmy Lewis recorded 20 stops against Millersville in 2006.

If the season is over for WCU, we want to commend the Golden Rams for another stellar and exciting season of West Chester University football.

B.J. Boyer is a fourth-year student majoring in communication studies. He can be reached at WB806695@wcupa.edu.

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