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Cal Poly Drops to No. 7 in Gridiron Power Index

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Following its first loss of the 2012 football season at Sacramento State, Cal Poly slipped three spots to No. 7 in the Gridiron Power Index.

Using seven cumputer rankings in addition to the Sports Network media and FCS Coaches polls, Cal Poly has a rating of 8.86. The Mustangs are ranked No. 5 in three computer rankings and No. 6 in the Jeff Sagarin rankings published by USA Today.

North Dakota State remains No. 1 in the GPI rankings with a 1.14 rating, followed by Georgia Southern (3.00) and Montana State (3.71). Also ahead of Cal Poly are Sam Houston State (5.00), Indiana State (6.86) and Eastern Washington (8.00).

By conference, the Missouri Valley is listed No. 1, followed by the Southern and Big Sky conferences.

In other polls this week, Cal Poly is No. 18 in the College Sports Madness poll and No. 9 in the Any Given Saturday poll.

Cal Poly, 7-1 on the year, 5-1 in Big Sky games and ranked No. 16 in both the media and coaches polls this week, visits No. 7 Eastern Washington on Saturday for a 1:35 p.m. kickoff at red-carpeted Roos Field in Cheney, Wash.

• Mustang senior slotback Deonte Williams and sophomore linebacker Nick Dzubnar were honored by College Football Performance Awards for their play in the Sacramento State game.

Williams cracked the 100-yard mark for the seventh time in eight games this season, rushing for 168 yards on 22 carries, including a 76-yard run which set up a Mustang touchdown. He is one game shy of Cal Poly's record for 100-yard games in a season.

Williams also became the 15th Mustang to rush for 1,000 yards in a season. He has 1,094 yards to date in pursuit of James Noble's single-season record of 1,578 yards set in 2005.

Dzubnar led the Mustangs with 11 tackles. He also recovered two fumbles in the first quarter which led to 10 points. Dzubnar also was credited with a forced fumble and a pass breakup.