2010 NCAA Playoffs: St. Thomas Bracket

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St. Thomas Tommies
Seed: No. 1, St. Thomas bracket
Last Top 25 ranking: No. 4, Week 11 2010
Location: St. Paul, MN
Enrollment: 5780
Stadium: O'Shaughnessy Stadium (6000)
Playing surface: New-style turf
Conference: MIAC
Preseason ranking from Kickoff:
Head coach: Glenn Caruso (Ithaca '96)
Career record: 34-17, 28-5 at St. Thomas
Base offense: Multiple one-back
Base defense: 3-4
Record in NCAA playoffs: 3-2 (1990, 2009)
Championships: None
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How they got here: Pool A, MIAC champs
You'll know they're playing well if: Multiple receivers get the ball on offense and the defense bottles up the run.
You'll know they're playing poorly if: Ben Wartman can't stay in the game long enough to get the carries he needs to wear down the opposition.
This season's turning point: St. John's PAT hits the upright in overtime, giving St. Thomas its first win against its archrival in more than a decade.
Rushing/receiving yards per game: 206.6/205.5
Rushing/receiving yards allowed: 111.6/138.0
How far can they go? Wide range of possibilities, from a second-round exit to a Stagg Bowl loss.
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Wheaton (Ill.) Thunder
Seed: No. 2, St. Thomas bracket
Last Top 25 ranking: No. 15, Week 11 2010
Location: Wheaton, IL
Enrollment: 2282
Stadium: McCully FIeld (5000)
Playing surface: Turf
Conference: CCIW
Preseason ranking from Kickoff:
Head coach: Mike Swider (Wheaton '77)
Career record: 123-36 (.774)
Base offense: Multiple
Base defense: 3-4
Record in NCAA playoffs: 9-6 (1995, 2002-04, 2006, 2008)
Championships: None
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How they got here: Pool C
You'll know they're playing well if: Their defense is generating turnovers and getting pressure on the quarterback, the offensive attack is balanced and they have their usual stellar special teams play. 
You'll know they're playing poorly if: If the rushing attack is significantly slowed down and they are settling for field goals instead of touchdowns in the red zone. Wheaton has 54 visits to the red zone, but 20 times they have settled for field goal attempts.  In the loss to North Central, three red zone visits, no touchdowns, two field goal.
This season's turning point: Trailing Augustana 14-9 at the end of the third quarter, the Thunder outscored Augustana 11-0 in the fourth, including a stop of Augustana on four downs within the Wheaton 5 with under a minute in the game.
Rushing/receiving yards per game: 203.7/202.6
Rushing/receiving yards allowed: 99.5/194.5
How far can they go? If Jordan Roberts is healthy, there could be an East-West final between two North Region teams. But this is likely the year in which Wheaton's streak of wins against everyone but Mount Union comes to an end.
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Wartburg Knights
Seed: No. 3, St. Thomas bracket
Last Top 25 ranking: No. 11, Week 11 2010
Location: Waverly, IA
Enrollment: 1729
Stadium: Walston-Hoover Stadium (4800)
Playing surface: Turf
Conference: IIAC
Preseason ranking from Kickoff:
Head coach: Rick Willis (Cornell '88)
Career record: 104-25 (.806)
Base offense: Pro style
Base defense: 4-3
Record in NCAA playoffs: 5-8 (1982, 1993-94, 1999, 2002-04, 2008)
Championships: None
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How they got here: Pool A, IIAC champ
You'll know they're playing well if: They're balanced on offense. The Knights have been balanced down to the yard -- one more kneel-down might have done it -- under a quarterback in his first year at Wartburg. His passing lines from game to game are fairly interchangeable, around 14-for-23 for 190 yards. Not superstar numbers but enough to give his defense room to work.
You'll know they're playing poorly if: The opposing offense gets yards in big chunks and the game gets into a shootout.
This season's turning point: Back-to-back 70-yard drives gave Wartburg a two-touchdown lead at the half and the Knights went on to beat Coe 31-21.
Rushing/receiving yards per game: 190.9/190.8
Rushing/receiving yards allowed: 108.4/182.7
How far can they go? The bottom half of that bracket is anyone's game. But in a battle of defenses, it might be a fluke score that turns the game in the first round.
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Cal Lutheran Kingsmen
Seed: No. 4, St. Thomas bracket
Last Top 25 ranking: No. 16, Week 11 2010
Location: Thousand Oaks, CA
Enrollment: 2001
Stadium: Mt. Clef Stadium (2300)
Playing surface: Grass
Conference: SCIAC
Preseason ranking from Kickoff:
Head coach: Ben McEnroe (Cal Lutheran '92)
Career record: 29-9 (.763)
Base offense: Multiple pro
Base defense: 3-3-5
Record in NCAA playoffs: 0-1 (2009)
Championships: None
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How they got here: Pool A, SCIAC champ
You'll know they're playing well if: Deme'Treck Chambers averages more than 5 yards per carry, double-digit tackles for loss are in sight and Josh Oosterhof is helping win the battle of field position with booming punts.
You'll know they're playing poorly if: They turn the ball over more than twice (five times in the loss to Pacific Lutheran, two or fewer in every other game) and there's a crooked number leading off the opponent's score.
This season's turning point: That fateful halftime against Linfield, after which Daniel Mosier had 194 rushing yards to outscore the Wildcats 33-14.
Rushing/receiving yards per game: 175.2/196.2
Rushing/receiving yards allowed: 115.1/167.9
How far can they go? This is all set up for a one-and-out. Without Mosier's 202 rushing yards, the Kingsmen wouldn't have won the first meeting, and they won't win the Linfield rematch.
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Linfield Wildcats
Seed: No. 5, St. Thomas bracket
Last Top 25 ranking: No. 8, Week 11 2010
Location: McMinnville, OR
Enrollment: 1659
Stadium: Maxwell Field (2250)
Playing surface: Turf
Conference: NWC
Preseason ranking from Kickoff:
Head coach: Joe Smith (Linfield '93)
Career record: 38-11 (.776)
Base offense: Spread
Base defense: 4-2
Record in NCAA playoffs: 12-5 (2000, 2002-05, 2009)
Championships: 2004
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How they got here: Pool A, NWC champ
You'll know they're playing well if: Sack machine Eric Hedin is spending more time in the opponent’s backfield than the starting halfback. Quarterback Aaron Boehme is slicing and dicing for big yards with his legs and arm.
You'll know they're playing poorly if: The offense can’t sustain drives and forcing the defense back on the field or the special teams are making silly mistakes.
This season's turning point: The Wildcats blocked a potential game-tying extra point attempt by Pacific Lutheran, then drove 75 yards for a touchdown to take an eight-point lead in a game Linfield went on to win 35-20.
Rushing/receiving yards per game: 200.7/269.1
Rushing/receiving yards allowed: 79.1/178.1
How far can they go? At least as far as last season.

 

Sack machine Eric Hedin is spending more time in the opponent’s backfield than the starting halfback. QB Aaron Boehme is slicing and dicing for big yards with his legs and arm.
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Bethel Royals
Seed: No. 6, St. Thomas bracket
Last Top 25 ranking: No. 16, Week 11 2010
Location: Arden Hills, MN
Enrollment: 2699
Stadium: Royal Stadium (3500)
Playing surface: Grass
Conference: MIAC
Preseason ranking from Kickoff:
Head coach: Steve Johnson (Bethel '79)
Career record: 163-70-2 (.698)
Base offense: Multiple pro
Base defense: 4-3
Record in NCAA playoffs: 3-5 (2000-01, 2003, 2006-07)
Championships: None
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How they got here: Pool C
You'll know they're playing well if: Logan Flannery not only gets his yards, he gets in the end zone. Freshman Mitch Hallstrom catches at least five passes.
You'll know they're playing poorly if: They need a broken play, a gadget play or a defensive score to put points on the board.
This season's turning point: A week after struggling at St. Olaf, Bethel came out and put the first 17 points on the board and went on to beat St. John's 17-14.
Rushing/receiving yards per game: 254.3/132.7
Rushing/receiving yards allowed: 56.4/162.7
How far can they go? The defense will be there, but Bethel needs to score somehow.
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Coe Kohawks
Seed: No. 7, St. Thomas bracket
Last Top 25 ranking: No. 13, Week 11 2010
Location: Cedar Rapids, IA
Enrollment: 1249
Stadium: Clark (1200)
Playing surface: Turf
Conference: IIAC
Preseason ranking from Kickoff:
Head coach: Steve Staker (Upper Iowa '68)
Career record: 22-9 (.710)
Base offense: Spread
Base defense: 4-3
Record in NCAA playoffs: 2-6 (1985, 1991, 1993, 2002, 2005, 2009)
Championships: None
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How they got here: Pool C
You'll know they're playing well if: Brad Boyle does what he does. He continues to be an efficient signal-caller and while his interception total skyrocketed this year, it was only going from one to five. The Kohawks have put together some long drives, eating clock and keeping the defense off the field.
You'll know they're playing poorly if: The opponent is able to do something with the passing game. Coe has given up 400 yards of total offense four times this season, but only six times have opponents completed half their passes or more. Because of injuries, the defense is inexperienced at most positions.
This season's turning point: Seeing their name on Selection Sunday. No at-large team had a lower seed.
Rushing/receiving yards per game: 186.7/282.7
Rushing/receiving yards allowed: 121.6/216.3
How far can they go? Don't let the NCAA's seeding fool you. This is no 2-7 game. Wheaton is the lower-ranked team in the opening round game but has the home field for what should be a great battle.
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Benedictine Eagles
Seed: No. 8, St. Thomas bracket
Last Top 25 ranking: Never ranked
Location: Lisle, IL
Enrollment: 2520
Stadium: The Sports Complex (3031)
Playing surface: Turf
Conference: NATHC
Preseason ranking from Kickoff:
Head coach: Jon Cooper (North Park '72)
Career record: 30-30 (.500)
Base offense: Pro style
Base defense: 4-3, Cover 2
Record in NCAA playoffs: First trip
Championships: None
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How they got here: Pool A, NATHC champ
You'll know they're playing well if: It's hard to tell whether the surge down the stretch is a sign of improvement or of playing Rockford and Maranatha Baptist in two of the final four games.
You'll know they're playing poorly if: They give up long scoring plays and can't get more than 3 yards a pop on the ground.
This season's turning point: Getting the last score of a 33-point fourth quarter to beat Concordia (Ill.) 47-41. The first conference win was a clean break from a non-conference schedule which featured back-to-back losses to North Park and Kalamazoo.
Rushing/receiving yards per game: 161.2/245.3
Rushing/receiving yards allowed: 129.4/151.9
How far can they go? To St. Paul and back. Stop at the Norske Nook in Osseo. Wis., to get a pie.
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Sep. 20: All times Eastern
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RPI 41, at Castleton State 13
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at Massachusetts Maritime 26, Maine Maritime 20
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at Rochester 30, Gallaudet 2
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at Husson 34, Alfred State 28
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at Randolph-Macon 34, Sewanee 20
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at Johns Hopkins 33, Moravian 14
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at Utica 20, Frostburg State 12
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Alfred 29, at Buffalo State 21
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at Catholic 31, Newport News Apprentice 24
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at Nichols 10, Becker 3
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Wesleyan 22, at Middlebury 14
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Bridgewater State 51, at Worcester State 27
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at Tufts 24, Hamilton 17
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at Amherst 14, Bates 6
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at Trinity (Conn.) 32, Colby 7
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at William Paterson 36, Salve Regina 32
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at Stevenson 20, Lebanon Valley 14
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Allegheny 24, at Hiram 21
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at Merchant Marine 34, SUNY-Maritime 17
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at St. Vincent 23, Case Western Reserve 20
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Thomas More 66, at Thiel 27
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Ursinus 31, at Franklin and Marshall 24
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Endicott 41, at Kean 28
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at Hampden-Sydney 56, Coast Guard 0
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Maryville (Tenn.) 40, at Averett 17
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at Widener 41, Albright 23
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Hobart 43, at Curry 13
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at Greensboro 37, LaGrange 35
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at Dickinson 29, Susquehanna 28
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at Wesley 37, Rowan 7
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at St. Lawrence 31, Morrisville State 14
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at Misericordia 35, FDU-Florham 0
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at Gettysburg 31, Juniata 17
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at Montclair State 27, Lincoln (Pa.) 14
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Wabash 31, at Denison 12
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Bethany 21, at Westminster (Pa.) 14
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at Springfield 47, Mount Ida 16
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at Ithaca 42, Hartwick 7
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at Norwich 10, WPI 7
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Iowa Wesleyan 13, at Minnesota-Morris 7
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at Methodist 41, Huntingdon 34
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Ohio Northern 37, at Baldwin Wallace 35
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at Capital 34, Wilmington 21
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Franklin 62, at Anderson 14
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at Washington and Jefferson 48, Carnegie Mellon 30
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at John Carroll 43, Heidelberg 16
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at Lycoming 28, King's 13
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at Waynesburg 44, Geneva 38
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Mount Union 62, at Muskingum 6
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Mount St. Joseph 24, at Defiance 21
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at Manchester 55, Earlham 7
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at Williams 36, Bowdoin 0
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Muhlenberg 59, at McDaniel 10
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UW-Whitewater 48, at TCNJ 0
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at Otterbein 20, Marietta 0
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Hope 25, at Lakeland 22
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Olivet 49, at Aurora 20
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Albion 57, at Concordia (Wis.) 20
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at Washington U. 24, North Park 19
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at Wisconsin Lutheran 32, Kalamazoo 20
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at Wheaton (Ill.) 17, UW-Eau Claire 0
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Concordia-Moorhead 23, at St. John's 14
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at Bethel 40, St. Olaf 0
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Augsburg 42, at Carleton 14
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at Gustavus Adolphus 48, Hamline 19
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Stetson 37, at Birmingham-Southern 19
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Trinity (Texas) 14, at Sul Ross State 6
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at Austin 21, Occidental 12
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at Howard Payne 38, Southwestern Assemblies 25
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at Central 65, Maranatha Baptist 12
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at Luther 49, Grinnell 21
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UW-Stevens Point 37, at Coe 21
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at Greenville 30, Eureka 27
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Westminster (Mo.) 27, at MacMurray 21
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Texas Lutheran 38, at Louisiana College 32
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at Simpson 13, Illinois Wesleyan 3
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Trine 27, at Rockford 7
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Rose-Hulman 48, at Hanover 42
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at Western Connecticut 45, Plymouth State 7
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Hardin-Simmons 37, at Wayland Baptist 23
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at Whittier 23, Lewis and Clark 10
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Willamette 42, at Cal Lutheran 24
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Alma 24, at Concordia-Chicago 21
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Carroll 28, at Lake Forest 7
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Whitworth 50, at La Verne 48
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Westfield State 14, at Mass-Dartmouth 13
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at St. Scholastica 48, Crown 14
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at Wittenberg 34, DePauw 17
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St. John Fisher 36, at Brockport State 20
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Guilford 35, at Southern Virginia 27
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Wooster 63, at Oberlin 10
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at Shenandoah 45, Ferrum 20
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Centre 28, at Washington and Lee 23
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at Ohio Wesleyan 35, Kenyon 25
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at Delaware Valley 54, Wilkes 35
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UW-River Falls 43, at South Dakota Mines 28
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at Augustana 34, Loras 17
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at Dubuque 16, Pacific 10
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at North Central (Ill.) 28, UW-Platteville 7
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Chicago 29, at Elmhurst 17
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Mary Hardin-Baylor 41, at UW-La Crosse 22
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at South Dakota State 41, UW-Oshkosh 3
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Adrian 23, at Benedictine 6
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at Wartburg 45, UW-Stout 14
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at Northwestern (Minn.) 34, Martin Luther 27
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at East Texas Baptist 58, Southwestern 34
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Rhodes 42, at Pomona-Pitzer 21
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Linfield 36, at Redlands 3
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Fitchburg State at Bridgewater State
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Marietta at Mount Union
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Baldwin Wallace at John Carroll
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Kean at Mary Hardin-Baylor
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Pacific Lutheran at Trinity (Texas)
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Allegheny at Wabash
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Johns Hopkins at Muhlenberg
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Ohio Northern at Heidelberg
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Westminster (Pa.) at Thomas More
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Ithaca at Alfred
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Southern Virginia at Wesley
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St. John Fisher at Frostburg State
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Wittenberg at Oberlin
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Merchant Marine at Hobart
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Lycoming at Wilkes
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North Central (Ill.) at UW-Stevens Point
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St. John's at St. Thomas
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Bethel at Carleton
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St. John Fisher 36, at Brockport State 20
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at Wittenberg 34, DePauw 17
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at Wartburg 45, UW-Stout 14
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at South Dakota State 41, UW-Oshkosh 3
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at North Central (Ill.) 28, UW-Platteville 7
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Mary Hardin-Baylor 41, at UW-La Crosse 22
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Linfield 36, at Redlands 3
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UW-Whitewater 48, at TCNJ 0
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Mount Union 62, at Muskingum 6
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at John Carroll 43, Heidelberg 16
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at Lycoming 28, King's 13
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at Wesley 37, Rowan 7
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at Hampden-Sydney 56, Coast Guard 0
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Wabash 31, at Denison 12
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Thomas More 66, at Thiel 27
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at Ithaca 42, Hartwick 7
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Hobart 43, at Curry 13
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at Johns Hopkins 33, Moravian 14
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at Bethel 40, St. Olaf 0
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at Wheaton (Ill.) 17, UW-Eau Claire 0
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at Simpson 13, Illinois Wesleyan 3
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