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GAME 4 Miles vs. Albany State October 1, 2016 ASU Coliseum, Albany, GA 6 p.m. TV: None Radio: None

Date Opponent Time/Score

Sept. 4 ^!FORT VALLEY STATE W, 34-21

Sept. 10 #2 WEST GEORGIA L, 29-0

Sept. 24 ^at Morehouse W, 31-7

Oct. 1 ^at Albany State 6 p.m.

Oct. 8 CENTRAL STATE 1 p.m.

Oct. 15 at Kentucky State 1 p.m.

Oct. 22 at Lane 2 p.m.

Oct. 29 ^at Clark Atlanta 1 p.m.

Nov. 5 TUSKEGEE 5 p.m.

Nov. 12 SIAC Championship TBA

Nov. 24 $Alabama State 3 p.m.

Home games are in CAPS

SIAC West Division games in bold

^ - SIAC games ! Labor Day Golden Classic, Birmingham, AL

$ - Turkey Day Classic, Montgomery, AL






T eams that win championships the previous year are often targeted the next sea-son by every team on the schedule. Chances are that the Golden Bears will face that

scrutiny this week when they travel to take on Albany State. The Golden Bears, the

defending Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference champions, defeated the

Golden Rams in last seasons SIAC Championship game and are looking to build on a

31-7 win last week over Morehouse. Albany State is currently 1-3 after losing an ear-

ly, slim lead in a 27-23 loss to West Georgia, the current No. 3 team in Division II.

Albany State is led by Dan Land, who is in his second season at the helm of the

Golden Rams. Defense has been the teams calling card this season, holding three of

its four opponents under 70 yards rushing and 300 yards of total offense. When they

have the ball, the offenseled by the top passer in the SIAC, quarterback Caleb Ed-

monds has done a nice job racking up yards. But a 30 percent conversion rate on

3rd down has led to the lowest time of possession in the conference. They were also

victimized last week by having a kickoff and interception returned for touchdowns.

The Golden Bears know how to get the ball into the end zone. Last week, they

scored on offense, twice on defense, and special teams in the win over Morehouse.

Running back Jamarcus Nance has had a solid start, averaging 90 rushing yards per

game. He ran for 145 yards in last seasons championship game and eclipsed the

1,000-yard career mark last week. The defense will look to stay opportunistic as it

leads the SIAC in turnovers forced per game (3.67)

Today marks the 56th meeting be-tween Albany State and Miles, a series

that began in 1942. The Golden Rams

have certainly held the upper hand in this

series with a 36-16-3 mark, but two of

those 16 wins for the Golden Bears were

the biggest in school history.

Albany State won the initial contest

13-0 but in four of the next five years,

the Golden Rams did not score a single

point. Miles won the second meeting 52-

0, still the largest shutout win in the se-

ries, and an 8-8 tie in 1949 was the only

blemish during that time.

Both teams were fairly competitive

over the next 12 years but the series took

a big change after Miles earned a 26-12

win over Albany State in 1961. From

1962-1995, the Golden Rams went 17-

1-1 against the Golden Bearsthe

lone Miles win being a 7-0 victory in

1967. It included a 70-6 shellacking in

1992, the biggest margin of victory in

the series, which came during a 22-

game losing streak. The Golden Bears

won 26-24 in 1996 but from 2003-

2011, Albany State would win all nine

contests, continuing its dominance.

That all changed in the 2011 sea-

son. New head coach Reginald Ruffin

helped Miles avenge a 34-27 loss from

earlier in the season with a 20-17 win

over the Golden Rams in the inaugural

SIAC Championship Game. Since

Ruffins arrival, the teams have split

six contests. Albany State downed

Miles in the 2013 SIAC Championship

game 17-14, shutting the Golden Bears

out in the second half to erase a 14-7


Miles returned the favor last season.

Albany State took advantage of several

Miles mistakes in the second half to

earn a 29-16 win in Fairfield. But in the

SIAC Championship Game, the Golden

Bears defense controlled the contest

from the start and used a big goalline

stand in the first half to take a 20-7 win

and the schools second conference title

in five seasons.


How Miles has fared in 2016

When Miles scored 20+ points 2-0

When Miles scored 30+ points 2-0

When Miles allowed 20+ points 1-1

In home games 0-1

In road game 1-0

In neutral site games 1-0

In day games 2-1

In night games 0-0

When leading after first quarter 1-0

When trailing after first quarter 1-1

When tied after first quarter 0-0

When leading at halftime 1-0

When trailing at halftime 1-1

When tied at halftime 0-0

When leading after third quarter 2-0

When trailing after third quarter 0-1

When tied after third quarter 0-0

When outgaining opponents on ground 1-0

When outgaining opponents in air 0-0

In games decided by 1-3 points 0-0

In games decided by 4-7 points 0-0

In games decided by 8-10 points 0-0

In games decided by more than 10 pts. 2-1

When Miles has plus-turnover margin 1-0

When Miles has minus-turnover margin 0-1

When Miles has zero turnover margin 1-0



Field goals needed by junior

kicker Nick Christiansen to set

the school record for career 3-



Games Miles has held teams to

one touchdown or less since

2011, including seven times dur-

ing the 2015 season.


Yards needed by senior running

back Jonathan Clark to surpass

1,000 career rushing yards.


Reginald Ruffin has led one of the most success-

ful eras in Miles College football history. He en-

ters his sixth season as the head football coach for

the Golden Bears with two Southern Intercolle-

giate Athletic Conference championships as well

as an additional SIAC Championship game ap-

pearance. Over five seasons, Ruffin has won near-

ly 62 percent of his games, going 34-21 overall.

Last season, Miles went 7-5 overall and a per-

fect 5-0 in West Division play. A six-game win

streak culminated with a 20-7 win over Albany

State to secure the SIAC title. Ruffin earned SIAC

Coach of the Year honors as nine players earned

All-Conference selections while two were named


In 2014, Miles went 6-4 overall and 4-2 in the

SIAC Western Division, which followed a 2013

campaign that saw Ruffin led the Golden Bears to

a second SIAC Championship appearance in three

years. In 2011, Ruffins first season, he led the

Golden Bears to their first Division II SIAC

Championship and was named SIAC Coach of the

Year by his peers. The 2012 season brought a

second place finish in the SIAC Western Division

but Ruffin led Miles to its first berth in the NCAA

Division II Playoffs, finishing 8-3 overall.

Ruffin has continued to burgeon his reputation

as a winner at Miles. Prior to his stint with the

Golden Bears, he spent seven seasons at Tuskegee

as their defensive coordinator and linebacker

coach. As the defensive coordinator, Ruffin had

the SIACs best defense from 2007-09, leading the

way in several categories.

Prior to his first stint with the Golden Tigers in

2002, Ruffin served as athletic director and head

football coach at Choctaw County High School in

Butler, Alabama. Other stops included times at

West Georgia, his, alma mater, North Alabama,

and Jackson High School in Jackson, Alabama.

Ruffin is a 1997 graduate of the University of

North Alabama and holds a masters degree in

Education Administration from Nova Southeastern

University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. During his

playing days at the UNA, he became the Lions

second three-time All-American and is the only

Lion to be named All-America at two different

positions: as a defensive end in 1995 and 1996, and

as a linebacker in 1997. A four-year starter, he es-

tablished a school record with 34 career sacks and

the school single-season sack record with 11 in

1994. The Lions went 43-9 during his career and

won two Division II National Championships.

In 1994, Ruffin was selected Gulf South Confer-

ence Freshman of the Year. In 1995, he was selected

first-team All-Gulf South Conference, first-team

CoSIDA NCAA Division II All-South Region, third