November 10, 2012

Presidents play their way in

Washington and Jefferson rolled past Waynesburg to clinch the PAC automatic bid. 
W&J athletics photo 

Washington and Jefferson played its way into the NCAA playoffs, while Kenyon played itself out as the final weekend of the 2012 Division III football season had a few surprises.

Alex Baroffio caught 11 passes for 139 yards and three touchdowns for the Presidents, who defeated Waynesburg 31-14 and put the Yellow Jackets deep onto the bubble. The Presidents, playing this season in memory of Tim McNerney, who was killed in October, will have an 11th game next week.

Waynesburg has just one loss, but has just a .441 strength of schedule. That's the worst among teams with legitimate at-large hopes and stands 216th among the 229 teams measured.

Who's in?

Here's the list of conferences and automatic bids:

ASC: Mary Hardin-Baylor
CCIW: North Central
Centennial: Johns Hopkins
ECFC: Mount Ida
E8: Salisbury
HCAC: Franklin
IIAC: Coe
LL: Hobart
MAC: Widener
MIAA: Adrian
MIAC: St. Thomas
MWC: St. Norbert
NATHC: Concordia-Chicago
NCAC: Wittenberg
NEFC: Framingham State
NJAC: Cortland State
NWC: Linfield
OAC: Mount Union
ODAC: Washington and Lee
PAC: Washington and Jefferson
SCIAC: Cal Lutheran
UMAC: St. Scholastica
USAC: Christopher Newport
WIAC: UW-Oshkosh 

Denison ended Kenyon's unlikely run to an automatic bid, defeating the Lords 22-13. Denison improved to 4-6 by holding Kenyon under 250 yards of total offense. Kenyon would have won the three-way tiebreaker in the North Coast Athletic Conference if it had won, as Ohio Wesleyan and Wittenberg each won. That gives Wittenberg the NCAC's automatic bid. Wittenberg rolled past Oberlin 47-20 while Ohio Wesleyan defeated Wooster 36-12.

Adrian had already clinched the MIAA title, but the Bulldogs went one better in their final game, knocking Huntingdon out of playoff contention. Adrian improved to 9-1 with a 17-16 win. Aaron Tenney came in in relief at quarterback for the Bulldogs and completed just seven of 18 passes, but one of them was an 8-yard toss to Antoine Mason for a touchdown with 6:38 left for the game-winner. Huntingdon had three possessions after that but never got beyond its own 35-yard line.

Widener did not put itself onto the bubble, defeating Delaware Valley 42-23 and wrapping up the MAC automatic bid. If a second team from the MAC goes, it would have to be Lycoming, which shut out Misericordia 38-0. Delaware Valley scored first and converted three Chris Haupt interceptions into 10 points but could not keep up with the Widener offense. Delaware Valley needed to win by 16 to get the tiebreaker for the MAC automatic bid.

All three tied CCIW teams won, with Elmhurst surviving Illinois Wesleyan 35-31. Wheaton and North Central had no trouble with North Park and Augustana, respectively. That gives North Central the conference's automatic bid and leaves Elmhurst in very good position for an at-large bid. Also in good shape is Heidelberg, which blocked a Baldwin Wallace field goal as time expired to beat the Yellow Jackets 35-34. The game gives Heidelberg a strength of schedule boost to .471, which, while low, should be enough to get the Student Princes into the postseason.

St. Norbert defeated Lake Forest and Illinois College was crushed by Carroll, giving St. Norbert the automatic bid out of the Midwest Conference. Lake Forest was already behind all of the two-loss teams in the West and wouldn't move up after a loss. Bethel defeated St. John's 27-22, Concordia-Moorhead topped Gustavus 29-10, UW-Platteville rolled over UW-Stevens Point 57-7 and Pacific Lutheran was leading at Menlo in the fourth quarter.

Bethel's win left St. John's season over at 5-5 and gave the Johnnies their first losing MIAC season since 1973. John Gagliardi, who has won 489 games as a collegiate head coach, said after the game he did not come ready to make a statement as to whether he would return as coach in 2013.

If Illinois College had won, it would have captured the MWC tiebreaker. However, the Blueboys were rolled by Carroll, 49-14. Lamont Williams had six rushing touchdowns for the Pioneers, who took advantage of six Illinois College turnovers.

Chris McNally rushed for 247 yards and two scores to lead a Mount Ida attack that piled up 342 total yards on the ground en route to a 52-28 win over Castleton State. The win gave Mount Ida the automatic bid to the playoffs from the ECFC. Christopher Newport clinched the USA South automatic bid before it even took the field against Methodist, as Ferrum lost at home to Maryville 22-17. Framingham State beat Salve Regina 28-16 to win the NEFC championship game, making Salve's next 24 hours extremely uncomfortable.

Bubble team Franklin and Marshall lost to Gettysburg 38-31, knocking the Diplomats out of contention. With that loss and Huntingdon's loss, Louisiana College will be the top at-large candidate from the South Region, as the Wildcats defeated Hardin-Simmons 45-37.

St. Thomas wrapped up its third consecutive 10-0 regular season, scoring 28 unanswered points to beat St. Olaf 35-21. UW-Oshkosh finished a perfect regular season as well, as the Titans held off UW-Stout 27-18. The game, however, dropped Oshkosh behind St. Thomas in terms of strength of schedule and should affect the teams' relative seeding.

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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Randolph-Macon at Shenandoah
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Emory and Henry at Washington and Lee
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Sep. 24: All times Eastern
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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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