Indiana Blanks Millersville

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It wasn't long ago that Indiana (Pa.) football coach Lou Tepper, while in charge at Edinboro, was helping to force IUP's long- dominant program off its perch in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Western Division by returning the Fighting Scots to the NCAA Division II playoffs after an eight-year absence.

IUP, with 13 postseason appearances since 1973, hasn't been to the playoffs since 2002, the year before Tepper led Edinboro to the first of two consecutive Division II berths.

Since then, IUP has taken a backseat in the PSAC-West, first to Edinboro and then to California (Pa.), ranked No. 13 in Division II by the American Football Coaches' Association.

With Tepper in his second season at IUP, replacing Frank Cignetti, the school's all-time winningest coach, the Crimson Hawks appear to be in position to return to prominance following Saturday's 45-0 rout of Millersville in a non-conference game in Indiana.

Back in the national rankings last week, No. 22 IUP (3-0) scored touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams while limiting Millersville (1-3) to 141 yards of total offense, including 124 on the ground by Brad Lantz.

"I think we got what we wanted today. Our kids played a complete game," said Tepper, who led IUP to an 8-2 record in his first season -- a three-game improvement over the previous year -- and a final ranking of No. 25.

IUP is 3-0 for the first time since 2003 -- oddly enough, it was the start of four consecutive non-playoff seasons for the Crimson Hawks -- and recorded its first shutout since a 17-0 victory over then-No. 9 Shippensburg on Oct. …