/seasons/2013/contrib/20131003d3h

MIAC Football Preview - Week 5

October 3, 2013 - http://www.miacathletics.com/sports/fball/2013-14/releases/previews/week_5

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Last week, the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) football championship picture gained a little clarity as two undefeated teams squared off. However, this season, there appears to be at least one title-altering game on the slate each week, as Week 5 is also highlighted by another matchup of unbeaten teams to headline Saturday's four-game schedule.

Last Saturday, an unbeaten nationally-ranked team fell for the second week in a row. This time, it was Then-No. 21 Saint John's falling to Concordia, 24-14 in Collegeville in a matchup of 3-0 teams. The 10-point margin was the closest game of the day as the other three, including Gustavus' 45-19 win over St. Olaf, resulted in routs.

In the other two games, the other two undefeated teams certainly looked the part, as fifth-ranked Bethel rolled to a 58-14 win at Carleton, and (RV) Augsburg cruised to a 55-20 win over Hamline. Now, the two will get to square off with a lot on the line. The Royals (3-0, 1-0 MIAC) host the Auggies (3-0, 2-0 MIAC) Saturday at 1 p.m. in a matchup of teams without a loss, and with MIAC championship and NCAA playoff aspirations.

A pair of high-powered offenses will be on display Saturday in Arden Hills as Bethel leads the MIAC in yards(506.7) and points (45.0) per game with Augsburg (493.7 yards, 41.7 points) close behind in second. The Royals certainly have the higher-profile defense, but the numbers are fairly close. Bethel is allowing 296.0 and 15.0 points per game, while the Auggies give up 351.0 yards and 17.7 points per game.

Both teams' quarterbacks are playing at an extremely high level. Bethel's Erik Peterson lead the MIAC in passing yards (262.3 per game) and completion percentage (72.4) and has yet to throw an interception, while Augsburg's Ayrton Scott is first in touchdown passes (nine) and second in both passing (252.3) and rushing yards (138) per game. Both feature playmaking running backs in Brandon Marquardt (Bethel) and Phil Putratz (Augsburg) and talented wideouts in Joey Sonnenfeld (Augsburg) and Mitch Hallstrom (Bethel). Defensively, the Royals are led by star linebacker Seth Mathis, who broke Bethel's career tackles record a week ago, and the Auggies' star has been Michael Juberian, whose 38 total tackles and 12.7 tackles per game lead the MIAC.

With a week off to regroup after being upset by the Johnnies, No. 6 St. Thomas (2-1, 0-1 MIAC) returns to action with a home game against Carleton (2-1, 1-1 MIAC) at 1:10 p.m. in St. Paul. The Knights face the challenge of facing a top-six ranked opponent for the second week in a row, and will try to show improvement from last week's loss to Bethel. Linebacker Mason Schnarr continues to shine for Carleton with 11.3 tackles per game, two TFL and three pass breakups. The Tommies' defense has been stout thus far in its three performances, but will try to get quarterback Matt O'Connell and the offense back on track in front of St. Thomas' home crowd.

A pair of teams coming off a loss look to bounce back in Northfield Saturday when the (RV) Johnnies (3-1, 1-1 MIAC) visit the Oles (1-3, 0-2 MIAC) on St. Olaf's home field. The game showcases some of the league's top talent at receiver. SJU's Josh Bungum leads the MIAC with 101.8 receiving yards per game, while St. Olaf's duo of Stephen Asp and Jacob Schmeising has combined for 659 yards and seven touchdowns through the first four games.

While the Ole-Johnnie showdown could be fought through the air, the Gustavus (2-1, 1-1 MIAC) and Hamline (1-2, 0-2 MIAC) matchup will likely be fought on the ground as two of the league's top running backs square off. The Gusties will hope to continue the momentum gained during their impressive win over the Oles, behind star back Jeffrey Dubose, who leads the MIAC in rushing touchdowns (seven) and is third in yards per game (133.7). However, Hamline counters with Austin Duncan - the league's leader in yards (529), yards per game (176.3) and attempts (101).

After its big win, 4-0 start, and jump into the national rankings, No. 23 Concordia is idle this week. However, if Bethel can defeat Augsburg, the Royals will visit Moorhead the following week to set up yet another matchup of undefeated MIAC teams. With the Tommies already facing a defeat and so much talent at the top of the league, expect the race for the title to receive a new twist as the season winds on.

The MIAC thanks Supreme Images Photography for contributing graphics for the MIAC Football Preview throughout the season.


MIAC FOOTBALL WEEK 5 - SCHEDULE AND LINKS

Schedule | Scoreboard | Stats | Standings | App |

Sat. Oct. 5

Augsburg

 

Bethel

 

1:00 PM

Live stats Video Audio

 

Gustavus

 

Hamline

 

1:00 PM

Live stats Video Audio

 

Saint John's

 

St. Olaf

 

1:00 PM

Video Audio

 

Carleton

 

St. Thomas

 

1:10 PM

Live stats Video Audio Audio


CONCORDIA GOES BACK-TO-BACK FOR MIAC PLAY-OF-THE-WEEK

The second week of the MIAC Play-of-the-Week featured eight clips vying for the title of the conference's top highlight from Week 4. The video clips and voting was again popular among MIAC fans with 640 total votes and 3,121 total YouTube views of the eight video clips. Each clip received at least 233 views.

For the second-straight week, Concordia's Bradon Zylstra claimed the Play-of-the-Week honor, this time for his leaping touchdown catch in the Cobbers' win over Saint John's. Zyltra's highlight received 41 percent of the vote (264 votes) to edge Gustavus' Matt Boyce (31 percent, 199 votes) for the title.


MIAC MEDIA FOOTBALL COVERAGE

MIAC Weekly podcast Host Mike Gallagher talked MIAC football again this week in his conference roundup, and he was joined by Concordia Head Football Coach Terry Horan to talk about the Cobbers' 4-0 start, and jump into the Top 25 rankings.


MIAC IN THE POLLS

The MIAC continues to impress on the national stage, as the conference has five teams ranked in the top 31 in both the D3football.com and AFCA polls, with three in the top 25 of both. The conference has higher rankings from D3football.com with Bethel at No. 5, St. Thomas at No. 6 and Concordia at No. 23, with Augsburg appearing as the first team in the "Others receiving votes" section, and Saint John's just three spots behind the Auggies.

The save five appear in the AFCA rankings as well, also led by the Royals at No. 8. St. Thomas checks in at No. 13, the Cobbers are No. 23 in that poll as well. Saint John's is the third team in the "Others Receiving Votes" category, with Augsburg just three spots behind the Johnnies.

D3football.com Top 25 | AFCA Division III Coaches' Poll |


MIAC IN THE PRESS

Here's a look at the top MIAC football stories in the media over the past week.

9/29/2013            The MIAC 3: Recap, Auggies roll to big win over Hamline - Bring Me The News
9/29/2013            College roundup - St. Cloud Times
9/29/2013            Concordia makes it back-to-back football wins against St. John's - Fargo Forum
9/29/2013            Gustavus rallies for 45-19 win against St. Olaf - Mankato Free Press
9/27/2013            The MIAC 3: Top games on the gridiron to watch for this weekend - Bring Me The News
9/27/2013            Area college football update - Star Tribune


ATHLETES-OF-THE-WEEK

Concordia knocked off No. 21 Saint John's on the road Saturday, and Cobber quarterback Griffin Neal received his second MIAC Football Offensive Player-of-the-Week award as a result. Neal racked up 269 combined rushing and passing yards and threw for two scores in the win. Gustavus defensive back Zach Dilger was named the MIAC Football Defensive Player-of-the-Week. His two first-quarter interceptions, as well as his five tackles, tackle-for-a-loss and two other pass breakups, help Gustavus score a big win over St. Olaf. Bethel kicker Andrew O'Reilly received the MIAC Football Special Teams Player-of-the-Week award after a perfect PAT performance. The sophomore was 8-for-8 on extra points, and sent his nine kickoffs a total of 505 yards in the Royals' victory at Carleton Saturday.

MIAC Football Athletes-of-the-Week | 


IN THE TRENCHES

The Gustavus offense came to life in a big way in Saturday's 45-19 win over St. Olaf, and the kudos extend to the guys up front. The Gustie offensive line helped the team rack up 433 yards of total offense and 27 first downs in the win. Gustavus ran for 132 yards and four scores on the ground, and added 301 yards and two more touchdowns through the air. The Gusties allowed just three sacks on 42 dropbacks, and just six negative-yardage plays on 74 offensive snaps. The starters up front for Gustavus were: center David Gschneidner, guards Lyle Opdahl and Trevor Winkelman and tackles Marcus Kelly and Wyatt Adams.

Concordia's defense was certainly stout up front in the Cobbers 24-14 upset at Saint John's, with much of the credit going to the defensive line. Concordia held the Johnnies to just 86 rushing yards on 26 attempts - a 3.3 yards per carry average. The Cobbers limited SJU to a 40-percent conversion rate on third down, and Saint John's was 0-for-2 on fourth downs. Concordia's starters up front were nose guard Mark Wychor and defensive ends Nick Leen andNate Adams.


BY THE NUMBERS

5: MIAC teams ranked in the top 31 in the nation in both the D3football.com and AFCA polls.

253.5: The previous career record for tackles at Bethel prior to Saturday. Royals' star LB Seth Mathis made 10 tackles in the win at Carleton to become the school's all-time leader.

12: Combined field goal and PAT attempts by St. Olaf kicker Eric Tusa without a miss. Tusa is 2-for-2 on field goals and 10-for-10 on extra points this season.

0: Interceptions thrown by Bethel's Erik Peterson in 87 pass attempts. He's the only starting quarterback in the MIAC without a pick this season.

3.5, 8.5: Sacks and tackles-for-a-loss, respectively, for Concordia's Nate Adams. Both totals lead the MIAC.

38: Straight points scored by Gustavus in a little more than two quarters during Saturday's 45-19 win over St. Olaf. The Gustaies trailed 13-7 after the first quarter, and were leading 45-13 early in the fourth.


MIAC Football Home Page

Oct. 12: All times Eastern
Final
Mary Hardin-Baylor 55, at Howard Payne 0
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Guilford 28, Ferrum 27
Box Score Recap
Final
Westfield State 41, at Fitchburg State 27
Video Box Score Recap
Final
Wilkes 31, at FDU-Florham 16
Video
Oct. 13: All times Eastern
Final
at Delaware Valley 23, Lycoming 16
Video Box Score Recap
Final
Plymouth State 29, at Framingham State 28
Video Box Score Photos
Final
at Hamilton 62, Bowdoin 27
Video Video Box Score
Final
at Gallaudet 35, Castleton 25
Video Box Score
Final
at Hobart 52, Rochester 7
Video Box Score
Final
Nichols 23, at Becker 15
Video Box Score
Final
Muhlenberg 34, at Thomas More 31
Video Box Score
Final
at Hope 70, Finlandia 6
Video Box Score Photos
Final
King's 51, at Alvernia 7
Video Box Score
Final
at Morrisville State 41, Utica 24
Video Box Score
Final
at Centre 33, Trinity (Texas) 28
Video Box Score
Final
at Cortland 41, Buffalo State 7
Video Box Score Recap
Final
Husson 56, at Alfred State 14
Video Box Score
Final
Wittenberg 41, at Allegheny 14
Video Box Score
Final
Western Connecticut 23, at Massachusetts Maritime 13
Video Box Score
Final
at Amherst 35, Colby 9
Video Box Score
Final
Stevenson 20, at Widener 6
Video Video Box Score
Final
Wesleyan 44, at Bates 13
Video Box Score Photos
Final
at Case Western Reserve 37, St. Vincent 7
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Carnegie Mellon 17, Bethany 14
Video Box Score
Final
at Salisbury 17, Montclair State 15
Video Box Score Photos
Final
Maryville (Tenn.) 34, at Methodist 9
Video Box Score
Final
Wabash 7, at Ohio Wesleyan 0
Video Box Score
Final
Misericordia 25, at Lebanon Valley 21
Video Photos
Final
Denison 20, at DePauw 12
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Western New England 56, Curry 21
Video Box Score Recap
Final
Randolph-Macon 45, at Shenandoah 14
Video Box Score Photos
Final
Kalamazoo 20, at Albion 19
Video Video Box Score Recap Photos
Final
Brockport 52, at Alfred 0
Video Box Score Recap Recap
Final
at Westminster (Pa.) 49, Thiel 7
Box Score
Final
Wooster 27, at Oberlin 21
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Washington and Lee 40, Emory and Henry 29
Video Box Score
Final
at Frostburg State 56, William Paterson 0
Video Box Score Recap Recap Recap
Final
at Hiram 28, Kenyon 24
Video Box Score
Final
Wesley 54, at Kean 6
Video Box Score
Final
Trine 50, at Olivet 49
Video Box Score
Final
Southern Virginia 23, at Apprentice 21
Box Score
Final
at St. John Fisher 42, Hartwick 14
Video Box Score Recap Recap
Final - OT
MacMurray 27, at Crown 21
Video Box Score Recap Live stats
Final
at Martin Luther 28, Westminster (Mo.) 12
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Macalester 47, Lawrence 21
Video Box Score
Final
Ithaca 24, at Union 0
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Marietta 63, Wilmington 21
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Coast Guard 15, Maine Maritime 0
Video Box Score Recap
Final
Mount Union 77, at Capital 3
Video Box Score Photos
Final
at Trinity (Conn.) 38, Tufts 24
Video Box Score Recap
Final
Franklin 42, at Mount St. Joseph 34
Video Video Box Score Recap
Final
Manchester 21, at Bluffton 17
Video Box Score Recap
Final
John Carroll 49, at Ohio Northern 17
Video Box Score Photos
Final
at Hanover 48, Defiance 7
Video Box Score
Final
at Baldwin Wallace 44, Muskingum 7
Video Box Score
Final
at Grove City 28, Waynesburg 3
Video Box Score
Final
Merchant Marine 17, at Springfield 14
Video Box Score
Final
Middlebury 21, at Williams 10
Video Box Score Photos
Final
at Huntingdon 52, Brevard 17
Video Box Score
Final
Hampden-Sydney 42, at Bridgewater 21
Video Box Score
Final
at SUNY-Maritime 35, Dean 7
Video Box Score
Final
Endicott 66, at University of New England 38
Video Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Washington and Jefferson 50, Geneva 43
Video Box Score Recap
Final
Berry 35, at Hendrix 14
Video Box Score
Final
at Texas Lutheran 28, East Texas Baptist 21
Video Box Score
Final
Augustana 41, at North Park 7
Video
Final
Louisiana College 35, at McMurry 23
Video
Final
at Washington U. 17, Wheaton (Ill.) 10
Video Box Score Recap
Final
Wartburg 31, at Coe 19
Video Photos
Final
Eureka 44, at Concordia-Chicago 14
Video Box Score Photos
Final
Carleton 36, at Augsburg 34
Video Box Score Recap Photos
Final
Rockford 37, at Lakeland 20
Video Box Score
Final
Gustavus Adolphus 42, at Hamline 14
Video Box Score
Final
at St. John's 40, St. Thomas 20
Video Box Score Recap Photos
Final
Concordia (Wis.) 23, at Aurora 20
Video Box Score
Final
at Benedictine 40, Wisconsin Lutheran 31
Video Box Score
Final
at Loras 44, Nebraska Wesleyan 20
Video Box Score
Final
St. Norbert 21, at Chicago 20
Video Box Score
Final
Bethel 35, at St. Olaf 7
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Luther 41, Buena Vista 26
Video Box Score
Final
Millikin 32, at Carthage 29
Video Box Score Recap
Final
Knox 28, at Grinnell 7
Video Box Score
Final
at Central 17, Simpson 16
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Ripon 49, Beloit 14
Video Box Score
Final
at UW-River Falls 21, UW-Stout 19
Video Box Score
Final
Monmouth 45, at Illinois College 13
Video Box Score
Final
at Illinois Wesleyan 44, Elmhurst 28
Video
Final
UW-Whitewater 45, at UW-Eau Claire 0
Video Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Hardin-Simmons 48, Sul Ross State 27
Video Box Score
Final
Austin 34, at Millsaps 23
Video Box Score
Final
at Lake Forest 42, Cornell 0
Video Box Score
Final
at UW-Oshkosh 31, UW-Platteville 10
Video Box Score Photos
Final
at Bridgewater State 44, Mass-Dartmouth 28
Video Box Score
Final
at Whitworth 55, Pacific Lutheran 13
Photos Recap Box Score Video
Final
Pacific 23, at Puget Sound 22
Video Box Score Recap
Final
George Fox 28, at Willamette 6
Video Box Score
Final
at Linfield 43, Lewis and Clark 26
Video Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Southwestern 21, Belhaven 10
Video Box Score
Final
Rowan 17, at TCNJ 14
Video Box Score
Final
Adrian 28, at Alma 23
Video Box Score Photos
Final
Averett 24, at N.C. Wesleyan 14
Video Box Score
Final
Heidelberg 21, at Otterbein 7
Video Box Score
Final
Anderson 63, at Earlham 0
Video Box Score
Final
at North Central (Ill.) 59, Carroll 0
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at UW-La Crosse 63, UW-Stevens Point 27
Video Box Score Recap
Final
Birmingham-Southern 13, at Sewanee 10
Video Box Score
Final
at St. Scholastica 47, Greenville 13
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Northwestern (Minn.) 20, Minnesota-Morris 17
Video
Final
La Verne 42, at Whittier 23
Video Box Score
Final
at Chapman 62, Occidental 0
Video Video Box Score
Final
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 20, at Redlands 10
Video Box Score
Final
at Cal Lutheran 28, Pomona-Pitzer 24
Video Box Score Recap
Oct. 14: All times Eastern
Final
LaGrange 43, at Greensboro 16
Video Box Score
Oct. 12: All times Eastern
Final
Mary Hardin-Baylor 55, at Howard Payne 0
Video Box Score Recap
Oct. 13: All times Eastern
Final
at Delaware Valley 23, Lycoming 16
Video Box Score Recap
Final
Muhlenberg 34, at Thomas More 31
Video Box Score
Final
Brockport 52, at Alfred 0
Video Box Score Recap Recap
Final
at Frostburg State 56, William Paterson 0
Video Box Score Recap Recap Recap
Final
Wesley 54, at Kean 6
Video Box Score
Final
Wittenberg 41, at Allegheny 14
Video Box Score
Final
Trine 50, at Olivet 49
Video Box Score
Final
at Case Western Reserve 37, St. Vincent 7
Video Box Score Recap
Final
Mount Union 77, at Capital 3
Video Box Score Photos
Final
John Carroll 49, at Ohio Northern 17
Video Box Score Photos
Final
Berry 35, at Hendrix 14
Video Box Score
Final
at Washington and Jefferson 50, Geneva 43
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at St. John's 40, St. Thomas 20
Video Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Washington U. 17, Wheaton (Ill.) 10
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Illinois Wesleyan 44, Elmhurst 28
Video
Final
UW-Whitewater 45, at UW-Eau Claire 0
Video Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Hardin-Simmons 48, Sul Ross State 27
Video Box Score
Final
at UW-Oshkosh 31, UW-Platteville 10
Video Box Score Photos
Final
at Whitworth 55, Pacific Lutheran 13
Photos Recap Box Score Video
Final
at Linfield 43, Lewis and Clark 26
Video Video Box Score Recap
Final
at North Central (Ill.) 59, Carroll 0
Video Box Score Recap