Nov 19, 2011 11:10 PM by Bill Halter
The Cal Poly football team saved its best performance for last and won 41-10 at South Alabama on Saturday. Unfortunately the loss only guarantees an eighth winning season in nine years for the Mustangs and not a playoff berth. Cal Poly finished 6-5, 3-1 in the Great West. The Mustangs share the Great West title with North Dakota who beat South Dakota 38-37 to secure a 3-1 conference record as well. South Alabama, a team that will move up to the F.B.S. level in 2013 dropped to 6-4. This was the Jaguars first home loss in the programs three years of existence.
Cal Poly's triple option offense had South Alabama off balance all game, the Mustangs rushed for 226 yards on 59 attempts. Senior slotback Mark Rodgers led the way with 117 yards on 14 carries and a touchdown. Senior fullback Jake Romanelli was held in check, gaining just 49 yards on 21 rushes but it was enough to get him over the 1,000 yard mark. Romanelli ended the season with 1,015 yards rushing and is the 14th Mustang to crack 1,000 yards in a season. Junior slotback Deonte Williams rushed five times for 23 yards and two touchdowns.
Junior quarterback Andre Broadous completed nine of 12 passes for 150 yards and one score. He also had 13 rushes for 29 yards and a touchdown, his 18th rushing touchdown of the season, extending the school record he broke last week.
Defensively Cal Poly was the best it's been all season, recording four sacks, four turnovers and holding South Alabama under 300 yards in total offense. Linebacker Kennith Jackson, safety Jordan Williams and defensive lineman Troy Shotwell all had an interception. Linebacker Nick Dzubnar led Cal Poly with 10 tackles and one forced fumble. Cornerback Asa Jackson added seven tackles.
Sophomore kicker James Langford kicked field goals of 28 and 37 yards, giving him a school-record 15 field goals this season. The old mark of 14 was set by James Tuthill in 1995 and matched by Nick Coromelas in 2005.
South Alabama's only touchdown of the game was in the final minute and Cal Poly outgained them 376-276. The Mustangs gained 226 yards on the ground and 150 more through the air while South Alabama produced 60 yards on the ground and 216 passing yards.
25 seniors played their final games for the Mustangs who will miss out on the national playoffs for a third straight year.
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