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Johns Hopkins-Muhlenberg Football Notes

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The Game:  Johns Hopkins (2-1, 2-0 Centennial) finally returns home as the Blue Jays welcome Muhlenberg (2-1, 2-0 Centennial) to Homewood Field.

The Teams:  Johns Hopkins and Muhlenberg both enter this week's game riding two-game winning streaks.  The Blue Jays opened the season with a 41-37 loss at Randolph-Macon, but have bounced back with wins over Gettysburg (29-21) and Moravian (41-3).  Muhlenberg opened with a 27-7 loss against Delaware Valley, but rebounded with wins over Susquehanna (21-14) and Gettysburg (33-27 in overtime).

The Coaches: This week's game features the two most successful coaches in the Centennial Conference over the last 10 years.  Johns Hopkins has grabbed at least a share of five Centennial titles under Jim Margraff since 2002, while Muhlenberg counts at least a share of six titles to its credit since 2001 under Mike Donnelly.  Margraff is in his 21st year as the head coach at Johns Hopkins and sports a 131-76-3 (.631) record.  He also ranks second all-time in CC history with 87 league victories to his credit.  Donnelly sports an 86-55 record since taking over in 1998..

In the Polls:  Johns Hopkins is listed as receiving votes in this week's AFCA (1) and d3football.com (11) polls.  

Johns Hopkins closed the 2009 seson ranked eighth in the final AFCA Division III Coaches Poll, 11th in the d3football.com Poll and second in the Lambert Cup Poll.  All three rankings are the highest in school history - final or otherwise.  The number eight ranking in the AFCA Poll is the highest final ranking for a Centennial Conference team in the history of that poll (poll debuted in 1999).  The Lambert Trophy is presented annually to the top team in the East in each of the four divisions of the NCAA (FBS, FCS, Division II, Division III).

Tomlin Ties School Record:  Junior Hewitt Tomlin moved into a tie for first place in school history in career wins by a starting quarterback with last week's 41-3 win at Moravian.  Tomlin, who is now 19-6 in 25 career starts at Johns Hopkins, tied JHU Hall of Famer Mark Campbell's record for career wins by a starting QB.  Campbell played from 1982-85 and was also an All-American pitcher for the Blue Jay baseball team.  

Below is a list of the winningest quarterbacks in school history:

Name (Years) - Career Wins
Hewitt Tomlin (Active) - 19
Mark Campbell (1982-85) - 19
Jack Thomas (1972-74) - 18
Wayne Roccia (1996-99) - 18
Zach DiIonno (2002-05) - 17
Jim Margraff (1978-81) - 16

Class Act: Without question, the current group of juniors who play defense for the Blue Jays ranks among the strongest defensive classes in school history.  

Seven players from this class are scheduled to start on defense this week against Muhlenberg and five have already amassed 100 or more career tackles, including four who reached the mark in the first two games this season.

Below is a list of the five juniors who have 100 or more career tackles to their credit entering this week's game against the Mules.

Name (Pos.) Career Tackles
Tyler Brown (LB) - 125
Kale Sweeney (ROV) - 111
Sam Eagleson (CB) - 110
Mike Milano (S) - 108
Ryan Piatek (LB) - 107

Homecoming, Part II:  Six members of the 2010 Johns Hopkins football team call the Allentown/Bethlehem/Lehigh Valley area home and returned to their old stomping grounds last week when the Blue Jays played at Moravian.  They'll get a reverse homecoming of sorts this week when hometown Muhlenberg pays a visit to Homewood Field.

Three of the six (Michael Milano, Kale SweeneyAdam Schweyer, Josh Heft) will start on defense for the Blue Jays, while another (John Gardus) will see extensive playing time on that side of the ball.  Junior A.J. Safiis one of JHU's top special teams players and also saw time ar running back last week.

Last week, the five players from the Allentown area who play defense combined for 15 tackles, two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble and one sack.  On the other side, Safi saw the most extensive playing time of his career on offense as he carried seven times for 35 yards with one touchdown.

Below is a list of the six JHU players who hail from the Allentown area:

John Gardus (Jr. • DB) Allentown/Salisbury
Michael Milano (Jr. • DB) Allentown/Central Catholic 
Kale Sweeney (Jr. • SS) Schnecksville, PA/Parkland
Adam Schweyer (So. • DB) Allentown, PA/Central Catholic
Joshua Heft (So. • SS) Slatington, PA/Parkland
A.J. Safi (Jr. • RB) Allentown/Salisbury

Road Warriors:  The Blue Jays posted a 6-2 record on the road last season after punching up a 4-1 record on the road in 2008.  Including last week's win at Moravian, JHU is 16-5 since the start of the 2007 season on the road and 38-14 on the road since the start of the 2001 season.

More Road Warriors:  Johns Hopkins played its final four games of the 2009 season on the road (one regular season game - three NCAA Playoff games) and opened the 2010 season with three straight away from Homewood.  Johns Hopkins will be one of the last teams in the nation to play a home game this season when the Blue Jays finally return to Homewood this week against Muhlenberg.

Scoring is Up:  Johns Hopkins averaged 29.8 points per game last season, the highest total for a Blue Jay team since the 1968 team averaged 34.3 points.  JHU picked up right where it left off a year ago in the season opener as the Blue Jays punched up 37 points against Randolph-Macon and came back with a 29-point showing at Gettysburg and a 41-point effort at Moravian.  JHU has scored at least 29 points in six straight regular season games dating back to last season.

The Light Went On:  Since managing just 43 yards and no points on 19 offensive plays in the first quarter of the season opener at Moravian, the Blue Jay offense has been on fire.  JHU has amassed 107 points and 1,324 yards in the last 11 quarters.

Quarterly Report:  A quick look at JHU's scoring breakdown reveals that it has taken a little while for the Blue Jays to get going, but when they do they score in bunches.

JHU found the end zone in the first quarter for the first time this season in last week's win at Moravian (14 first-quarter points vs. MC), but the second quarter has been just the opposite as the Blue Jays have already scored 46 second-quarter points on the year.

400 Yards, Again:  Johns Hopkins rolled up 417 yards of total offense in last week's win at Moravian and has now punched up 400 or more yards of total offense in eight of its last nine games dating back to last season.  Only then third-ranked Wesley, which knocked off JHU, 12-0, in the NCAA Quarterfinals, has held JHU below 400 yards of total offense in the last nine games.

It's a Record:  The 384 yards passing for Johns Hopkins against Randolph-Macon is the most ever for JHU in a season opener.  The 384 yards also rank as the fourth-best total (as a team) in JHU history.

It's Another Record:  JHU got 326 passing yards at Gettysburg to follow up the 384 yards through the air in the season opener.  This is the first time in school history JHU has gotten 300 or more passing yards in back-to-back games.

It's Been a While:  The Johns Hopkins defense forced six turnovers in last week's win at Moravian as the Blue Jays came up with three interceptions and three fumble recoveries.  The last time JHU forced six or more turnovers was against St. Lawarence early in the 2008 season, when JHU actually forced seven.  JHU is now tied for second in the Centennial Conference in turnover margin (+1.33/game).

The six-turnover showing for the JHU defense kept alive several impressive streaks for the Blue Jays.  Consider ...

 JHU has intercepted at least one pass in 17 straight games dating back to the final game of the 2008 season vs. Catholic.

 JHU has forced at least one turnover in 19 straight games dating back to late in the 2008 season.

 JHU has forced two or more turnovers in 16 of the last 17 games dating back to late in the 2008 season.

We Are the Champions:  Johns Hopkins won its fifth overall Centennial Conference title in 2009, including its second outright title.  JHU had never won a CC Championship prior to 2002, but has now grabbed at least a share of five of the last eight titles.  The Blue Jays shared the title in 2002, 2003 and 2004 and took the title outright in 2005 and 2009.

JHU Ties Victory Record:  The 10 wins for the Blue Jays last season tied the school record for victories in a season.  Previously, JHU had won 10 games in a season just once (2003).

Unchartered Waters:  Johns Hopkins became the first Centennial Conference team to advance to the NCAA Quarterfinals since 1985 when it knocked off previously unbeaten Hampden-Sydney and Thomas More in the first two rounds of the NCAA Playoffs last season.  In addition, the two road wins for the Blue Jays in the NCAAs last season matched the total number of road victories the Centennial Conference had accumulated from 1983-2008.

One of Two:  Johns Hopkins was one of just two teams in the nation to win a pair of NCAA Playoff games on the road last season.  The Blue Jays won at #14 Hampden-Sydney in the first round and at #10 Thomas More in the second round.  Only Albright, which won in the first two rounds on the road as well, also won a pair of playoff games away from home this season.

Streaking:  Since the start of the 2002 season the Blue Jays sport a 65-26 (.714) record.  Taking it back farther the Blue Jays are 71-29 (.710) since the start of the 2001 season and 76-34 (.691) since the beginning of the 2000 season.  The 74 wins the Blue Jays amassed from 2000-09 are the most wins in a decade in school history.  The previous record of 55 wins came in the 1990s.  To put this in perspective, Johns Hopkins had never won more than seven games in a season prior to this decade.  In the decade just completed, the Blue Jays averagedmore than seven wins per season (7.4).

Seven's Heaven:  Since the beginning of the 2003 season the Blue Jays are 56-17 when scoring more than seven points and 0-7 when they have been held to seven points or less.

Oct. 20: All times Eastern
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at Johns Hopkins 52, Gettysburg 0
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at Framingham State 29, Westfield State 14
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Moravian 20, at Juniata 17
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at Salve Regina 41, Endicott 14
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at Thomas More 63, St. Vincent 13
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at Union 28, Hobart 23
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at Hamilton 27, Colby 24
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at Christopher Newport 27, William Paterson 19
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at Ithaca 35, St. John Fisher 10
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at Allegheny 44, Kenyon 35
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SUNY-Maritime 21, at Mount Ida 13
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Middlebury 43, at Bates 14
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at Springfield 68, Catholic 20
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at Amherst 21, Wesleyan 17
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at Trinity (Conn.) 63, Bowdoin 14
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Husson 48, at Gallaudet 21
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Wabash 35, at Oberlin 21
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at Utica 34, Buffalo State 12
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Ohio Northern 7, at Muskingum 6
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at Frostburg State 62, Montclair State 3
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at Wesley 34, Rowan 3
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at Stevenson 26, Albright 23
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Wittenberg 52, at DePauw 6
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at Albion 31, Alma 28
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at Guilford 45, Shenandoah 20
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Plymouth State 40, at Massachusetts Maritime 14
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Wooster 58, at Hiram 25
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Washington and Lee 36, at Hampden-Sydney 6
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at Anna Maria 36, Alfred State 34
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Bridgewater 31, at Emory and Henry 23
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at FDU-Florham 49, Wilkes 31
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Lebanon Valley 17, at Misericordia 0
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at St. Lawrence 36, Rochester 14
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RPI 30, at Alfred 15
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at Curry 46, Nichols 16
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at Salisbury 42, Southern Virginia 0
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Ferrum 27, at Brevard 24
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Randolph-Macon 63, at Apprentice 14
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at Susquehanna 21, Ursinus 14
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Cortland 34, at Morrisville State 20
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at Trine 50, Hope 14
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Trinity (Texas) 27, at Sewanee 21
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Wartburg 41, at Luther 16
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at Franklin and Marshall 56, Dickinson 0
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Tufts 21, at Williams 13
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Mount Union 66, at Wilmington 7
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MIT 30, at Coast Guard 21
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at Norwich 24, Maine Maritime 22
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at Marietta 44, Heidelberg 21
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Franklin 29, at Rose-Hulman 22
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John Carroll 48, at Capital 21
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at Manchester 28, Bluffton 21
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Mount St. Joseph 71, at Anderson 27
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UW-Whitewater 20, at UW-River Falls 7
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Kean 26, at TCNJ 3
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at LaGrange 59, Greensboro 10
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at Worcester State 45, Mass-Dartmouth 40
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Muhlenberg 40, at McDaniel 13
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Western New England 45, at Becker 0
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at Maryville (Tenn.) 35, Methodist 14
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Adrian 36, at Kalamazoo 22
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Denison 31, at Ohio Wesleyan 20
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at Washington and Jefferson 34, Westminster (Pa.) 33
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Berry 37, at Millsaps 22
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at Benedictine 43, Olivet 37
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Birmingham-Southern 31, at Austin 24
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at Mary Hardin-Baylor 45, Belhaven 7
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at UW-Stout 23, UW-Stevens Point 17
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Eureka 37, at MacMurray 20
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at Illinois Wesleyan 13, Carthage 10
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Nebraska Wesleyan 14, at Buena Vista 13
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Lakeland 48, at Wisconsin Lutheran 0
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at Aurora 28, Rockford 21
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at Concordia-Chicago 37, Concordia (Wis.) 17
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at St. Olaf 29, Carleton 26
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at St. John's 41, Gustavus Adolphus 17
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at Concordia-Moorhead 42, Augsburg 20
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St. Thomas 84, at Hamline 0
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Westminster (Mo.) 24, at Greenville 14
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at Loras 44, Coe 38
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Monmouth 61, at Cornell 10
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Wheaton (Ill.) 56, at North Park 0
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Northwestern (Minn.) 30, at Martin Luther 14
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Hardin-Simmons 33, at Texas Lutheran 30
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at Lake Forest 70, Grinnell 6
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at Millikin 56, Carroll 35
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at Macalester 47, Ripon 31
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at St. Norbert 38, Lawrence 6
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St. Scholastica 49, at Crown 21
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at Iowa Wesleyan 24, Minnesota-Morris 17
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UW-Platteville 34, at UW-Eau Claire 14
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at WPI 41, Merchant Marine 7
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at Centre 42, Rhodes 35
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Hanover 49, at Earlham 14
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at Chicago 55, Beloit 12
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UW-Oshkosh 42, at UW-La Crosse 28
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at Dubuque 28, Simpson 27
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at North Central (Ill.) 54, Augustana 2
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at East Texas Baptist 68, Louisiana College 35
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at Brockport 45, Hartwick 0
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Western Connecticut 27, at Bridgewater State 20
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Chapman 38, at La Verne 21
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Pacific 17, at Lewis and Clark 7
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Pacific Lutheran 27, at Willamette 14
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at Whitworth 38, Puget Sound 23
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Redlands 42, at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 25
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at Linfield 12, George Fox 6
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Sul Ross State 52, at Howard Payne 15
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at Castleton 17, Dean 14
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N.C. Wesleyan 21, at Averett 15
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at Otterbein 37, Baldwin Wallace 29
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Case Western Reserve 45, at Geneva 7
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Carnegie Mellon 42, at Thiel 10
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at Illinois College 23, Knox 13
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at Cal Lutheran 60, Whittier 34
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Occidental at Pomona-Pitzer
Oct. 20: All times Eastern
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at Johns Hopkins 52, Gettysburg 0
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Oct. 21: All times Eastern
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at Wesley 34, Rowan 3
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at Frostburg State 62, Montclair State 3
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Wittenberg 52, at DePauw 6
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at Springfield 68, Catholic 20
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Wartburg 41, at Luther 16
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Mount Union 66, at Wilmington 7
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at Marietta 44, Heidelberg 21
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at Washington and Jefferson 34, Westminster (Pa.) 33
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Hardin-Simmons 33, at Texas Lutheran 30
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at Mary Hardin-Baylor 45, Belhaven 7
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St. Thomas 84, at Hamline 0
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at St. John's 41, Gustavus Adolphus 17
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at Illinois Wesleyan 13, Carthage 10
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at Concordia-Moorhead 42, Augsburg 20
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Berry 37, at Millsaps 22
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UW-Platteville 34, at UW-Eau Claire 14
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UW-Oshkosh 42, at UW-La Crosse 28
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at North Central (Ill.) 54, Augustana 2
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at Brockport 45, Hartwick 0
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at Linfield 12, George Fox 6
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Case Western Reserve 45, at Geneva 7
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