September 28, 2013

Top 25 wrap: Linfield rolls, PLU survives


UW-Eau Claire missed a point-after attempt in the third quarter and it came back to cost them in the fourth.
Photo by Ryan Coleman, d3photography.com 

No. 2 Linfield jumped out to a 24-0 halftime lead and rolled to a 45-0 win at Case Western Reserve, while conference rival and No. 10 Pacific Lutheran had to hold on in the final minute, stuffing a two-point conversion attempt to win at UW-Eau Claire 21-19.

Eau Claire's Joel Sweeney accounted for 37 yards on a second-quarter TD drive and 73 yards on an 88-yard touchdown drive in the final minutes of the game, scoring from 1 yard out to cut the lead to two points. But Sweeney was stopped by Conor Gabart on the two-point conversion attempt and PLU survived.

Josh Yoder was 21-for-32 passing for the No. 2 Wildcats for 235 yards and two TDs in the win, holding the Spartans to 89 yards of total offense in the process. It was a 2,500-mile trip for Linfield, which kicked off at noon ET, 9 a.m. Pacific.

Wesley didn't look any the worse for wear after the loss to UMHB last week, rolling out to a 37-0 lead at the end of the first quarter and cruising to a 46-12 win at Birmingham-Southern. The No. 11 Wolverines took advantage of a bad-snap safety and returned two fumbles and an interception for touchdowns in the first quarter alone.

Concordia-Moorhead limited Connor Bruns to 23-for-48 passing and picked him off twice as the Cobbers knocked off No. 21 St. John's 24-10 on the road. It was the first loss for the Johnnies after three narrow victories to open the season.

Lycoming led No. 24 Widener 13-0 at the half before seeing the Pride score two third-quarter touchdowns to take a 14-13 lead. But the Warriors responded with a 13-play drive capped by a Zack Czap field goal, his third of the game, to take the lead for good with 2:24 left as Lycoming held on for a 16-14 win on the road.

No. 18 St. John Fisher orchestrated three consecutive touchdown drives in the fourth quarter to erase a 17-14 deficit against Cortland en route to a 33-25 win.

Delaware Valley senior Kyle Schuberth (interview at right) carried the ball 37 times for 214 yards and a school record-tying four TDs as the Aggies scored 34 of the game's final 40 points to come from behind and defeat MAC foe Stevenson 41-23.

Matthew McDaniels entered the day with the most total rushing yards in Division III this season but No. 7 Hobart held the Merchant Marine quarterback to 65 yards rushing on 22 carries in a 24-8 win. Spencer Stanek threw for 364 yards and four touchdowns in North Central's 27-7 win against UW-Stevens Point. The Cardinals ran for just 41 yards, however.

There were also a lot of blowout wins for Top 25 teams as well, as top-ranked Mount Union crushed Marietta 84-14 and No. 8 UW-Oshkosh crushed Alma 56-3 and outgained the Scots 555-75. Fifth-ranked Bethel cruised at Carleton, No. 12 UW-Whitewater shut out Waldorf, No. 13 Heidelberg demolished Wilmington, No. 14 Franklin put up 80 on Earlham and No. 16 Johns Hopkins had an easy time of it at home vs. Muhlenberg. No. 17 Wittenberg blanked Oberlin, while No. 19 Wabash shut out Allegheny.

Sep. 1: All times Eastern
7:00 PM
Coast Guard at Anna Maria
7:00 PM
Defiance at Baldwin Wallace
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Washington and Lee at Johns Hopkins
Video
7:30 PM
Trine at Manchester
Live Stats
8:00 PM
Millsaps at Belhaven
Sep. 2: All times Eastern
6:00 PM
Mass-Dartmouth at Mount Ida
6:00 PM
Delaware Valley at Wesley
7:00 PM
Muhlenberg at Wilkes
7:00 PM
N.C. Wesleyan at Stevenson
7:00 PM
Western New England at Springfield
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
Fitchburg State at Becker
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
Albright at Salisbury
7:00 PM
WPI at MIT
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Salve Regina at Worcester State
7:00 PM
Bridgewater State at Curry
7:00 PM
Morrisville State at St. Lawrence
10:00 PM
Adrian at Pacific
Sep. 3: All times Eastern
12:00 PM
Endicott at Framingham State
Live Stats
12:00 PM
Washington U. at Carnegie Mellon
Live Stats
12:00 PM
Chicago at Case Western Reserve
12:00 PM
Husson at Alfred
12:00 PM
SUNY-Maritime at Maine Maritime
Video
12:00 PM
Cortland at Heidelberg
12:00 PM
Otterbein at Buffalo State
12:00 PM
Ursinus at Bethany
12:00 PM
Sewanee at Kenyon
1:00 PM
King's at Moravian
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Kean at Christopher Newport
1:00 PM
McDaniel at Catholic
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Lebanon Valley at Franklin and Marshall
Video Live Stats
1:00 PM
Plymouth State at Castleton
Live Stats
1:00 PM
RPI at Norwich
1:00 PM
Randolph-Macon at Dickinson
1:00 PM
Oberlin at Kalamazoo
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Emory and Henry at Ferrum
Video Live Stats
1:00 PM
Wooster at Washington and Jefferson
1:00 PM
Alfred State at William Paterson
1:00 PM
St. Vincent at Alma
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Concordia (Wis.) at Finlandia
1:00 PM
Olivet at St. John Fisher
1:00 PM
Rowan at Widener
Audio
1:00 PM
Hobart at Brockport
Live Stats Audio
1:00 PM
Union at Ithaca
1:00 PM
Susquehanna at Lycoming
1:00 PM
Utica at Misericordia
1:00 PM
The Apprentice School at Methodist
1:00 PM
TCNJ at UW-Whitewater
1:30 PM
Wilmington at Bluffton
1:30 PM
Monmouth at Hope
1:30 PM
Bridgewater at Gettysburg
1:30 PM
Muskingum at Waynesburg
1:30 PM
Juniata at Grove City
2:00 PM
Wisconsin Lutheran at Trinity Int'l
2:00 PM
Lakeland at Carroll
Video Live Stats
2:00 PM
UW-Stevens Point at St. Norbert
2:00 PM
Austin at Hendrix
2:00 PM
Maranatha Baptist at Martin Luther
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Millikin at Greenville
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Eureka at Knox
Live Stats
2:00 PM
MacMurray at Rockford
2:00 PM
Gustavus Adolphus at Westminster (Mo.)
Video Live Stats
2:00 PM
UW-La Crosse at Luther
2:00 PM
Beloit at Lake Forest
2:00 PM
Concordia-Moorhead at Jamestown
2:00 PM
Crown at Hamline
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Carleton at Macalester
2:00 PM
Bethel at Dubuque
2:00 PM
St. Scholastica at St. John's
Video Live Stats Audio
2:00 PM
St. Olaf at Grinnell
2:00 PM
Buena Vista at Mayville St.
2:00 PM
Simpson at UW-Stout
2:00 PM
Aurora at Carthage
2:00 PM
UW-River Falls at Coe
2:00 PM
Ripon at Concordia-Chicago
Video Live Stats
2:00 PM
Elmhurst at Loras
2:00 PM
Huntingdon at Louisiana College
2:00 PM
North Central (Ill.) at Robert Morris-Chicago
2:00 PM
Benedictine at Wheaton (Ill.)
2:00 PM
John Carroll at UW-Oshkosh
Audio
2:30 PM
Southern Virginia at Earlham
Live Stats
2:30 PM
Lawrence at Presentation
4:00 PM
UW-Platteville at George Fox
4:00 PM
La Verne at Puget Sound
Video Live Stats
4:00 PM
Central at Whitworth
5:00 PM
Hartwick at Western Connecticut
Live Stats
6:00 PM
Wabash at Albion
6:00 PM
Maryville (Tenn.) at Berry
6:00 PM
Augustana at Mount St. Joseph
6:00 PM
Thomas More at Franklin
Live Stats
6:00 PM
Hampden-Sydney at Averett
7:00 PM
Denison at Marietta
7:00 PM
Hiram at Westminster (Pa.)
7:00 PM
Thiel at Allegheny
7:00 PM
Capital at Wittenberg
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Shenandoah at Gallaudet
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Illinois College at Rose-Hulman
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
Geneva at Frostburg State
7:00 PM
Nichols at Westfield State
7:00 PM
Greensboro at Guilford
Live Stats
7:00 PM
LaGrange at Birmingham-Southern
7:00 PM
Hardin-Simmons at Southwestern
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Anderson at North Park
7:00 PM
Ohio Wesleyan at Mary Hardin-Baylor
7:00 PM
East Texas Baptist at Texas Lutheran
7:10 PM
St. Thomas at UW-Eau Claire
Video Live Stats
7:30 PM
Hanover at Centre
8:00 PM
Willamette at Rhodes
8:00 PM
Cornell at Iowa Wesleyan
Live Stats
8:00 PM
Augsburg at Northwestern (Minn.)
Live Stats
8:00 PM
Southwestern Assemblies at Howard Payne
8:00 PM
Sul Ross State at UT-Permian Basin
8:30 PM
Redlands at Trinity (Texas)
Sep. 1: All times Eastern
7:00 PM
Washington and Lee at Johns Hopkins
Video
Sep. 2: All times Eastern
6:00 PM
Delaware Valley at Wesley
7:00 PM
Albright at Salisbury
Sep. 3: All times Eastern
12:00 PM
Cortland at Heidelberg
1:00 PM
TCNJ at UW-Whitewater
2:00 PM
North Central (Ill.) at Robert Morris-Chicago
2:00 PM
John Carroll at UW-Oshkosh
Audio
2:00 PM
Huntingdon at Louisiana College
2:00 PM
St. Scholastica at St. John's
Video Live Stats Audio
2:00 PM
Benedictine at Wheaton (Ill.)
4:00 PM
UW-Platteville at George Fox
4:00 PM
Central at Whitworth
6:00 PM
Thomas More at Franklin
Live Stats
6:00 PM
Wabash at Albion
7:00 PM
East Texas Baptist at Texas Lutheran
7:00 PM
Ohio Wesleyan at Mary Hardin-Baylor
7:00 PM
Hardin-Simmons at Southwestern
Live Stats
7:10 PM
St. Thomas at UW-Eau Claire
Video Live Stats