Pioneer-Football.org
The Pioneer Football League Report: Week 13

Tuesday, November 22, 2022
by Cody Bush, PFL Media Relations

AHEAD IN WEEK 13
Saturday, Nov. 26

[—/RV] Davidson at [13/14] Richmond, 2 p.m.
Broadcast: ESPN+
Location: Richmond, Virginia Stadium: Robins Stadium
Series: First Meeting

PFL POSTSEASON HISTORY
FCS PLAYOFFS

The NCAA Football Championship began in 1978 with a four-team field. It has expanded over the years to its current 24-team format. The Pioneer Football League first received an automatic bid during the 2013 expansion.
2013: Tennessee State 31, at Butler 0
2014: at Montana 52, San Diego 14
2015: Western Illinois 24, at Dayton 7
2016: San Diego 35, at Cal Poly 21
2016: at North Dakota State 45, San Diego 7
2017: San Diego 41, at Northern Arizona 10
2017: at North Dakota State 38, San Diego 3
2018: at Nicholls 49, San Diego 30
2019: at Northern Iowa 17, San Diego 3
2020-21: at Jacksonville State 49, Davidson 14
2021: at Kennesaw State 48, Davidson 21
2022: Davidson at Richmond

NOTES FROM AROUND THE PFL

ST. THOMAS CLINCHES PFL TITLE, INELIGIBLE FOR FCS PLAYOFFS
St. Thomas, in its second season as a Division I program, clinched the 2022 PFL Championship outright with its win against Butler, Nov. 19. They are the ninth different program to win a PFL title in the league’s 30 seasons. However, as a reclassifying institution – moving from Division III to Division I – the Tommies are ineligible for the FCS Playoffs due to NCAA rules.

DAVIDSON CLAIMS PFL AUTOMATIC BID
Davidson claimed the PFL’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Football Championship with its win against Dayton in Week 12. The Wildcats become the second PFL team to make an FCS Playoff appearance in three consecutive seasons, joining San Diego (2016-19).

WILDCATS DO RUN RUN
Davidson’s offense owns four of the FCS’ 400-yard rushing days in 2022, including two of the top three spots thanks to a 498-yard rushing performance against Butler and a 467-yard day against Morehead State. The Wildcats are averaging an FCS-best 350.5 rushing yards per game – 24.8 yards per game more than second-ranked Montana State (325.7 yards per game).

PFL AWARD CALENDAR
The 2022 Pioneer Football League awards will be announced Nov. 28-30. The 2022 PFL Major Award winners will be released Monday, Nov. 28, followed the next day by its 30th All-PFL Teams. The league’s 30th Academic All-PFL team and its Scholar-Athlete of the Year will be announced Wednesday, Nov. 30.

PFL WEEK 12 IN REVIEW
St. Thomas clinched the 2022 PFL Championship and an undefeated PFL season with a 27-13 victory against Butler… Tyreece White’s blocked field goal with 5:03 remaining in the game helped Davidson hold on for a 24-23 PFL victory against Dayton. With the win, Davidson clinched the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Football Championship for the third consecutive season… Judd Erickson threw two first half touchdowns and San Diego held on for a 14-9 PFL victory against Morehead State… Drake shutout an opponent for the first time since 2011 with a 24-0 PFL victory against Valparaiso… Returning from a Week 1 injury, Alex Piccirilli threw four touchdowns to lead Stetson past Presbyterian, 42-21… Bucknell scored the final 21 points, erasing a halftime deficit to down Marist in a nonconference tilt… Alex Piccirilli’s return also produced the league’s only 300-yard passing performance as he threw for a career-best 334 yards against Presbyterian and produced one of the league’s two 100-yard receiving outings with Michael Carley’s 103 yards… Presbyterian’s Dominic Kibby also had a 104-yard day as a receiver… It was a tough week for the league’s rushers with no runner going for 100 yards in the week, and the league’s 11 teams averaging only 115 rushing yards per game… Davidson’s Coy Williams and Dylan Sparks each had 99 yards in Davidson’s 218-rushing yard performance against Dayton.

Copyright ©2022 Pioneer Football League. All Rights Reserved. Pioneer-Football.org