Cal Poly Finishes No. 1 in the Nation in Rushing Offense
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Cal Poly's football team finished the 2013 season No. 1 in the NCAA's Division I Football Championship Subdivision in rushing offense.
Coach Tim Walsh's Mustangs averaged 309.1 yards per game, becoming the first team in the Big Sky to lead the nation in rushing since 1981 when Idaho topped the nation's rushing chart.
A year ago, Cal Poly broke the Big Sky record by accumulating 3,890 yards in 12 games, averaging 324.2 yards a contest. That figure was No. 3 in the FCS.
Cal Poly also finished No. 2 in the FCS in sacks allowed, giving up just six in 12 games for a .50 average. Central Connecticut State allowed only five in 12 games (.42 average).
The Mustangs also were No. 5 in red zone offense (89.5 percent), No. 8 in kickoff return average (24.31) and No. 15 in scoring defense, allowing just 21.6 points per game.
In the Big Sky Conference, Cal Poly was No. 1 in rushing offense, rushing defense (128.4 yards per game allowed), red zone offense, scoring defense, sacks allowed and fourth-down conversion percentage (60.9 percent).
Individually, Cal Poly's highest-ranked player was senior Alex Hubbard in kickoff returns as he finished No. 3 in the FCS with a 31.9 average.
Junior slotback Kristaan Ivory finished 30th in the nation in total rushing yards (1,113) and No. 33 in rushing yards per game (92.8). He is the 16th Mustang to rush for over 1,000 yards in a season and will enter his senior campaign with 1,853 career rushing yards, 38 yards shy of Cal Poly's top 10.
Hubbard was the lone Mustang ranked No. 1 in the Big Sky in any statistical category. He also was No. 3 in touchdowns scored by kickoff return (1) and No. 4 in fumbles recovered with two. Senior tackle Sullivan Grosz, the Big Sky Co-Defensive Player of the Year, finished No. 3 in sacks with 8.5 and No. 6 in tackles for lost per game (1.1).
Ivory was No. 4 in the Big Sky with his 92.8 rushing average and No. 5 with his 1,113 rushing yards. Cameron Ontko was No. 5 in the Big Sky in total tackles per game with a 9.8 average.
Quarterback Chris Brown's 11 passing touchdowns was No. 7 in the Big Sky while his eight rushing touchdowns also was No. 7. Placekicker Bobby Zalud made 97.1 percent of his PAT kicks, No. 2 in the conference, while his 57.1 percent success rate on field goal attempts was No. 6.
Cal Poly posted a 6-6 overall mark in its 20th season in the Football Championship Subdivision and Walsh's fifth season at the helm. The Mustangs finished tied for fourth in the Big Sky at 5-3 and are 12-4 in their first two seasons in the conference.
Final FCS polls were released Monday and Cal Poly received votes in both the Sports Network media and FCS Coaches polls, but not enough to crack the top 25.