The #2 Winston-Salem State University Rams will look to take the next step in the quest to play for a NCAA DII National Championship, as they will host the #16 West Texas A&M Buffaloes at 6:30 pm at Bowman Gray Stadium in the Semi-Final round of the 2012 NCAA DII Playoffs.
The Rams (13-0) enter this contest after having beaten the Crimson Hawks of Indiana (Pa), 21-17 last week in Winston-Salem. The Buffaloes (12-2) will enter the game coming off of a huge 34-13 win over #1 Colorado State-Pueblo last weekend.
Winston-Salem State is expected to have All-CIAA and Offensive Player of the Year, quarterback Kameron Smith, back from a shoulder injury suffered in the CIAA Championship game month ago. Smith who has passed for a school and CIAA record 40 touchdowns in 2012, has practiced all week and looks ready to go. Smith came into the game inthe fourth quarter last week and guided the WSSU Rams to the game-winning score with 3:51 left in the contest.
Kameron Smith's backup, Anthony Carrothers is a very capapable, as he has proved over the last three games, dating back to the second half of the the CIAA Champinship game. Anthony Carrothers has passed for 787 yards and seven touchdowns over the three game span, connecting on 36 of 73 pass attempts with two interceptions.
The defensive side of the ball has been overshadowed by the high octane offense all season, but it is just as solid as the offense. The Rams are the #1 ranked scoring and total defensive unit in the CIAA and a top 10 NCAA DII defensive unit.
Carlos Fields, the CIAA Defensive Player of the Year, has been a key cog to the master of the Rams defensive unit, as he has accumulated a team high 97 tackles, followed by Malcolm Rowe's 64, Daniel Mungin's 53, Khendra Reid's 50, and Donnie Owens' 48 tackles.
If the Rams want to keep thier chances alive for a 15 win season and a DII National Championship, it must be clicking on all cylinders in all phases of the game, as the Rams will be facing an experienced and well coached football team in West Texas A&M
WSSU made a historic run through the DII Playoffs a year ago, making it all the way to the national semifinals before falling 21-14 to Wayne State. The Rams are the only final four team from 2011 to make the field in 2012.
Pittsburg State defeated Wayne State (Mich.) in the 2011 national championship game to claim last year's NCAA title. The 2012 championship game will be played Dec. 15, at 1 p.m. ET at Braly Municipal Stadium in Florence, Ala., and will be broadcast live on ESPN2 HD and ESPN3.com.
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