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Mount Union survives in triple overtime

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No. 1 Mount Union survived a huge scare as No. 12 John Carroll took the three-time defending champs to three extra periods before falling 57-51. 

Mount Union had a chance to win the game in regulation but a Rodney Chenos 23-yard field goal attempt was no good. The teams traded field goals in the first overtime and touchdowns in the second before Mount Union quarterback Gary Smeck hit tight end Adam Irgang for a six-yard touchdown in the third overtime. John Carroll threw four incomplete passes, two of them dropped, to end the game.

JCU built a 7-0 lead by taking the opening drive 68 yards in seven plays, capped by a Bobby Kraft one-yard run. JCU was driving again when a Tom Arth fumble was scooped up by Jesse Pearson, who raced 33 yards to tie the score at 7-7. 

After the teams traded the lead back and forth, it appeared Mount Union would take a 24-21 lead into the intermission. But the Blue Streaks took a 28-24 lead into the locker room at halftime thanks to a 56-yard Hail Mary catch by senior split end Larry Holmes. Holmes had three touchdowns on the afternoon, including one in the second overtime. 

The Purple Raiders scored twice in a two-minute span of the fourth quarter to take a 41-34 lead, but John Carroll answered with a Holmes 4-yard touchdown reception from Tom Arth with 59 seconds to tie the game at 41 apiece. A last-minute Mount Union drive set up Chenos' miss.

Mount Union quarterback Smeck ended the day 23-for-26 for 329 yards with one touchdown and one interception, while Arth was 21-for-36 for 382 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions.

Nov. 18: All times Eastern
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Husson 23, at Springfield 21
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at Berry 34, Huntingdon 20
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at Delaware Valley 35, Western New England 0
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at Brockport 66, Plymouth State 0
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Frostburg State 35, at Wittenberg 7
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at Mount Union 21, Washington and Lee 0
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at Wesley 45, RPI 27
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at Washington and Jefferson 31, Johns Hopkins 28
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at Trine 63, Monmouth 24
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at Mary Hardin-Baylor 50, Chapman 6
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Case Western Reserve 28, at Illinois Wesleyan 0
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at UW-Oshkosh 63, Lakeland 0
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at St. Thomas 47, Eureka 8
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at Wartburg 35, Franklin 34
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at North Central (Ill.) 17, St. John's 7
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at Linfield 27, Hardin-Simmons 13
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Nov. 25: All times Eastern
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Wesley at Brockport
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Case Western Reserve at Mount Union
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Frostburg State at Washington and Jefferson
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Husson at Delaware Valley
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Berry at St. Thomas
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North Central (Ill.) at UW-Oshkosh
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Linfield at Mary Hardin-Baylor
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Trine at Wartburg
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Nov. 25: All times Eastern
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Wesley at Brockport
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12:00 PM
Case Western Reserve at Mount Union
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12:00 PM
Frostburg State at Washington and Jefferson
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Husson at Delaware Valley
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Berry at St. Thomas
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North Central (Ill.) at UW-Oshkosh
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Linfield at Mary Hardin-Baylor
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Trine at Wartburg
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