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BETHANY’S CRUSE HONORED BY D3FOOTBALL.COM

Oct. 14 - BETHANY, W.Va. – Senior Matt Cruse (Naples, Fla./Barron Collier) was chosen as one of three wide receivers for this week’s D3Football.com National Team of the Week following his performance in Bethany’s win over Thiel Saturday.

The 6-3, 205-ppound wideout snared 12 passes for 186 yards and one touchdown in a 42-21 Homecoming win by the Bison. His score was a 34-yard TD grab in the back of the end zone that swelled BC’s lead to 14-0 late in the first quarter. The 12 catches, eight of which went for first downs, is also tied for the second-most in one game by a Bison receiver in school history.

It was record-setting day for Cruse as well, as the 186 receiving yards gives him 2,276 for his career. That was good enough to vault past T.J. Parker’s Bethany record of 2,141 yards for first place on the school’s all-time list. It’s the second record that Cruse has set in his career, as he also owns the mark for most touchdown receptions (23) and with 153 catches, he is closing in on Parker’s Bethany career record of 175.

The big game against Thiel has Cruse rocketing up the PAC rankings for the year. With 24 receptions for 317 yards and two touchdowns, he now stands sixth in the league in receiving yards per game (63.4) and seventh in receptions (4.8).

According to BC head coach Tim Weaver, the big efforts from Cruse and other seniors on the roster was the key to Saturday’s win.

“Matt played a great game,” said Weaver. “He made all the easy catches, made a couple in traffic and made a very difficult play on his touchdown. When Matt is that productive, it opens everything else up for our offense. He and (QB) Chad (Smith) had it going very well Saturday and we need to keep that going through the second half of the season. 

“We're excited that Matt got the yardage record to go with the touchdowns, and we expect him to get the career receptions mark before he's finished,” added Weaver. “Senior leadership is key in college football, and we had Matt Cruse and Matt Dahle (PAC Defensive Player of the Week) honored for their play on Saturday, so it's no surprise that we played well as a team and got a great win.”

An accounting major, Matt is the son of Bill and Margaret Cruse of Naples, Fla.