November 3, 2012

Top 25 wrap: Wabash, Hopkins fall

Wabash couldn't keep Oberlin in check as the Yeomen threw for 403 yards.
Wabash athletics photo
Little Brass Bell
The Little Brass Bell is in the hands of Wheaton (Ill.) for the first time since 2007.
Wheaton (Ill.) athletics photo by Mike Hudson

Robin Witjes caught seven passes for 165 yards and two touchdowns and threw a 50-yard touchdown pass of his own as Oberlin shocked No. 10 Wabash with a 31-16 win.

It's Wabash's second home loss, both of them to teams outside of the regional rankings, seemingly eliminating the Little Giants from consideration for an at-large bid.

No. 13 Johns Hopkins lost for the first time on the season, falling 14-12 at Franklin and Marshall. The Blue Jays need to beat McDaniel next week to wrap up the automatic bid from the Centennial Conference, but may have cost themselves a chance at a home game.

No. 24 Wheaton took back the Little Brass Bell for the first time since 2007 and dealt No. 7 North Central its first defeat in CCIW play since Oct. 31, 2009 in a 35-21 victory in Naperville, Ill. But the Thunder won by six points fewer than it needed to give itself a three-way tiebreak advantage over NCC and Elmhurst, which means it needs Illinois Wesleyan (6-3) to beat the Bluejays next week to clinch the AQ. If Elmhurst, which improved to 8-1 with a 41-24 win at Carthage, wins, North Central takes the bid and Elmhurst is in good shape for an at-large bid.

Tight end Logan Marks caught a pair of identical touchdown passes in the first half and Matt O'Connell and Brenton Braddock combined for 149 yards rushing and a touchdown as No. 4 St. Thomas clinched the automatic bid from the MIAC, defeating No. 17 Concordia-Moorhead 21-7. The win, combined with St. Olaf's 24-17 upset of No. 12 Bethel, means the MIAC could go from a conference projected to get three playoff bids to a one-bid league overnight. For St. Thomas, it's the 26th consecutive MIAC win.

It wasn't their biggest upset of the season, but Buffalo State rallied from a 9-0 deficit to beat No. 25 St. John Fisher, 17-9. The Bengals forced four Cardinals turnovers and held SJFC to 227 total yards. Meanwhile in the Empire 8, No. 16 Salisbury clinched, as it rolled past Utica 63-23. The Sea Gulls threw just twice, while Dan Griffin ran 17 times for 137 yards and five touchdowns and Joe Benedetti got 153 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries. 

Who's in?

Here's the list of conferences whose automatic bid has been decided:

ASC: Mary Hardin-Baylor
E8: Salisbury
IIAC: Coe
LL: Hobart
MIAA: Adrian
MIAC: St. Thomas
NATHC: Concordia-Chicago
NJAC: Cortland State
NWC: Linfield
OAC: Mount Union
ODAC: Washington and Lee
UMAC: St. Scholastica
WIAC: UW-Oshkosh 

Yet to be decided: Centennial, CCIW, ECFC, HCAC, MAC, MWC, NCAC, NEFC, PAC, SCIAC, USAC.

No. 1 Mount Union rushed for 311 yards and wrapped up the automatic bid from the Ohio Athletic Conference with a 38-7 win at No. 23 Baldwin Wallace. The Purple Raiders held their opponents to 159 yards of total offense; 87 of those yards came in the first quarter and 72 the rest of the way. (Photo gallery)

Linebacker Javicz Jones had 13 tackles, a sack and two interceptions returned for touchdowns as No. 2 Mary Hardin-Baylor clinched the ASC AQ with a 54-20 win at East Texas Baptist. Quarterback LiDarral Bailey passed for one touchdown and ran for two more, and running back Darius Wilson rushed for 122 yards.

Mickey Inns passed for 422 yards and three touchdowns, two to Diedre Weirsma, for No. 3 Linfield, and the defense kept Adam Kniffin out of the end zone in a 47-7 win over Puget Sound. The Wildcats clinch the NWC's AQ. Cal Lutheran got within one win of the SCIAC automatic bid with a 59-34 win against La Verne.

No. 5 Wesley, with the Pool B bid all but locked up, finished its regular season by allowing just 93 yards in a 47-0 win against Newport News Apprentice. Another independent playoff hopeful beat a non-Division III opponent, as No. 19 Huntingdon won, 33-19, at Point (Ga.).

No. 6 UW-Oshkosh scored five touchdowns in nine minutes during its 56-31 triumph over UW-Stevens Point. The Titans have their first-ever nine-win season.

No. 9 Hobart clinched the Liberty League automatic bid with a 34-14 win at St. Lawrence. Nick Strang completed 15 of 18 passes for three touchdowns and ran for another for the Statesmen.

Brendan Keiran rushed for 135 of No. 14 Coe's 223 yards, and the Kohawks won their first outright IIAC title, clinching the conference's AQ as well in a 35-7 win at Luther.

Two ranked teams kept their Pool C hopes always with big wins. Bryce Corrigan threw seven touchdown passes in No. 15 UW-Platteville's 62-20 win against UW-Stout. Meantime, C.J. Powell had 10 catches for 192 yards and Cartel Brooks carried 29 times for 134 yards and two touchdowns as No. 18 Heidelberg (8-1) kept its playoff hopes alive with a 31-10 win against John Carroll.

No. 21 Franklin had 11 sacks, and won its seventh in a row, beating Bluffton, 21-9. The Grizzlies still need to beat rival Hanover, which lost to Manchester, 35-34, in the Victory Bell game on Saturday to clinch the HCAC AQ.

No. 11 Widener had its MAC contest at FDU-Florham cancelled, as did No. 20 Cortland State and its NJAC contest at William Paterson because of the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy on both North Jersey campuses. Rowan, which is just outside of the top 25 and is located in the southern part of the state, cancelled its game with Kean because the Cougars were struggling with the aftermath of the storm as well.

Sep. 23: All times Eastern
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at Bridgewater State 34, Fitchburg State 25
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Sep. 24: All times Eastern
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Christopher Newport 17, at TCNJ 0
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at Hobart 27, Union 23
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at Thomas More 20, Carnegie Mellon 16
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at Massachusetts Maritime 32, Worcester State 14
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at Endicott 37, Nichols 0
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MIT 30, at Maine Maritime 13
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at Buffalo State 40, Morrisville State 24
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at Salve Regina 48, Coast Guard 10
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St. Lawrence 20, at RPI 14
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at Framingham State 23, Western Connecticut 17
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at Montclair State 21, Rowan 14
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at Stevenson 54, FDU-Florham 15
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at Trinity (Conn.) 38, Bates 7
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at Western New England 59, Curry 28
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at Utica 24, Cortland 13
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Colby 9, at Williams 7
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at Middlebury 40, Bowdoin 3
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at Amherst 34, Hamilton 0
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Kean 24, at William Paterson 13
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at DePauw 66, Hiram 17
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Franklin and Marshall 45, at Juniata 22
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at Kenyon 31, Allegheny 7
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Salisbury 35, at Southern Virginia 0
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Albright 20, at Delaware Valley 17
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Lycoming 28, at Misericordia 24
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at Plymouth State 30, Mass-Dartmouth 14
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at Husson 35, Alfred State 0
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at Springfield 28, WPI 23
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at Moravian 24, Dickinson 10
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at Denison 45, Wooster 7
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at Wittenberg 24, Wabash 14
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at St. Vincent 57, Grove City 32
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at Susquehanna 55, Gettysburg 40
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at King's 21, Lebanon Valley 17
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at Alfred 20, Ithaca 6
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at Widener 25, Wilkes 23
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at McDaniel 30, Ursinus 27
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at Muskingum 28, Marietta 10
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at Minnesota-Morris 28, Iowa Wesleyan 27
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at John Carroll 42, Heidelberg 14
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Ohio Northern 16, at Otterbein 10
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Case Western Reserve 35, at Waynesburg 7
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at Franklin 44, Bluffton 38
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Rose-Hulman 23, at Defiance 15
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at Centre 49, Chicago 27
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at Mount St. Joseph 38, Manchester 19
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Hanover 49, at Anderson 25
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at Merchant Marine 55, Rochester 7
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Johns Hopkins 30, at Muhlenberg 24
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Concordia-Chicago 42, at Maranatha Baptist 10
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Washington U. 36, at Birmingham-Southern 21
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UW-Platteville 56, at Lakeland 0
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at Northwestern (Minn.) 38, Martin Luther 20
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at Eureka 28, MacMurray 13
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at Westminster (Mo.) 35, Greenville 14
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Dubuque 30, at Luther 17
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Monmouth 52, at Lake Forest 6
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St. Thomas 33, at St. John's 21
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at Augsburg 49, Carleton 17
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Bethel 44, at St. Olaf 7
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at Hamline 42, Gustavus Adolphus 40
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at UW-Whitewater 35, Morningside 21
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at Hardin-Simmons 48, Texas Lutheran 38
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at UW-River Falls 42, Southwestern 22
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Simpson 17, at Buena Vista 9
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at St. Scholastica 49, Crown 13
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Cornell 46, at Beloit 41
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at Carthage 27, Augustana 24
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Coe 48, at Nebraska Wesleyan 17
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at Wartburg 56, Finlandia 0
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at Wheaton (Ill.) 10, Elmhurst 6
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Hendrix 42, at Millsaps 14
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Illinois Wesleyan 45, at North Park 10
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at Macalester 34, Grinnell 0
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at Ripon 33, Knox 19
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Illinois College 40, at Lawrence 15
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UW-Oshkosh 77, at Morthland College (Ill.) 0
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Central 42, at Loras 34
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at Geneva 35, Thiel 27
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UW-Eau Claire 40, at Wisconsin Lutheran 14
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St. John Fisher 42, at Brockport 38
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UW-Stevens Point 44, at Adrian 19
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UW-La Crosse 41, at Carroll 7
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at Berry 41, Sewanee 3
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Westminster (Pa.) 38, at Bethany 9
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Ohio Wesleyan 29, at Oberlin 16
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at Tufts 17, Wesleyan 14
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Mount Union 49, at Baldwin Wallace 7
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at Capital 35, Wilmington 21
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at Southwestern Assemblies 23, Austin 17
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Langston at McMurry
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at North Central (Ill.) 42, Millikin 7
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at Chapman 19, Trinity (Texas) 17
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at Thomas More 20, Carnegie Mellon 16
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at Hobart 27, Union 23
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Christopher Newport 17, at TCNJ 0
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at Wittenberg 24, Wabash 14
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Salisbury 35, at Southern Virginia 0
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Albright 20, at Delaware Valley 17
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at Utica 24, Cortland 13
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at Stevenson 54, FDU-Florham 15
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at Franklin 44, Bluffton 38
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Johns Hopkins 30, at Muhlenberg 24
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St. Thomas 33, at St. John's 21
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at UW-Whitewater 35, Morningside 21
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at Hardin-Simmons 48, Texas Lutheran 38
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at Wheaton (Ill.) 10, Elmhurst 6
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UW-Platteville 56, at Lakeland 0
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UW-Oshkosh 77, at Morthland College (Ill.) 0
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Central 42, at Loras 34
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St. John Fisher 42, at Brockport 38
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Mount Union 49, at Baldwin Wallace 7
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at North Central (Ill.) 42, Millikin 7
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