BETHANY - In a season that has seen some ups and downs, Bethany will meet Saint Vincent College on Saturday in the finale.
The Bison are looking to stop a three-game losing skid as they take on the Bearcats for the seventh time. The Bison hold a 5-1 record on in the series, including a 54-27 victory at Bison Stadium in 2012.
''Saturday is a must win for us,'' Bethany coach Bill Garvey said. ''We want to make sure that we go out on a high note, and get back to .500 in conference play. We have had a roller coaster ride of a season, and we want to make sure that we send our seniors off with a victory.''
The winless Bearcats dropped a 36-26 decision to Grove City College in their previous outing.
The Bison sport the highest rated passing offense in the conference, averaging 298.7 yards per game. Matt Grimard, who recently broke the Bethany single-season mark in passing completions (230) and passing yards (2,684) also leads the PAC in passing yards, and is third in passing touchdowns, with 17.
His biggest weapon has been Eric Blinn, as the sophomore wideout has 83 catches for 1,033 yards, becoming just the second Bison receiver all-time to break the 1,000-yard mark.
Defensively, the Bison come into the contest ranked fifth in passing defense, as opponents are averaging 244.4 per game through the air. Individually, Larry Kpadehyea ranks 10th in the conference in total tackles (73) while freshman Khallid Pierce ranks fourth in both sacks (7.0) and tackles for loss (12.0).
The Bearcats are ranked last in the PAC in total offense (246.9 yards) scoring offense (11.1 points) and rushing offense (75.8 yards) per game. Andy Borgen has completed 56 percent of his passes, connecting on six touchdown passes. His top wideout is Matt Duffey who has made a team-high, 37 catches for 380 yards and two scores.
On the defense, the Bearcats rank second in the PAC in passing defense, holding opponents to 206.3 yards per game through the air. However, Saint Vincent also ranks eighth in rushing defense, allowing 194.0 yards per game.