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W&J-Saint Vincent Game Notes

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NCAA Division III Football – Presidents' Athletic Conference

 Washington & Jefferson College (5-2, 4-1 PAC) at Saint Vincent College (0-6, 0-4 PAC)

Latrobe, Pa. – Chuck Noll Field (1,000)

Saturday, October 26 – 1:00 pm

 

Video: http://www.meridix.com/everywhere.php?liveid=SaintVincentCollege

Audio: WJPA, 1450-AM (Bob Gregg, Mark Uriah); http://www.msasports.net/broadcasts/washington-and-jefferson-mens-football-at-st-vincent-mens-football

 

Series:  W&J leads 5-1

Series Streak: +1 W&J

Last Meeting: W&J 40, SVC 14 -- 10/20/2012

First Meeting: W&J 64, SVC 6 — 9/29/2007

Last W&J Win: W&J 40, SVC 14 -- 10/20/2012

Last SVC Win: SVC 35, W&J 27 — 10/8/2011

Last W&J Win at SVC: W&J 21, SVC 7 — 10/17/2009

Last SVC Win at SVC: SVC 35, W&J 27 — 10/8/2011

THE SERIES:  W&J has claimed five of the six meetings with Saint Vincent since the Bearcats brought football back as a varsity sport in 2007.  Saint Vincent lost the first four games in the series by a combined total of 188-53, but pulled off a 35-27 upset in Latrobe in 2011.  Last year, W&J defeated the Bearcats 40-14 on Homecoming Day at Cameron Stadium. 

THE HEAD COACHES: Mike Sirianni (Mount Union '94) owns a 98-23 (.810) record at W&J during his 11th season as head coach.  The three-time PAC Coach of the Year and 2004 South Region Coach of the Year is second among all active NCAA head coaches in winning percentage (minimum 10 years of experience).  Bob Colbert (Maryland '71) is coaching Saint Vincent for the seventh year this fall.  His teams have posted a 10-57 record (.149).  Colbert, who has coached football for 43 years, is the brother of Pittsburgh Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert. 

W&J vs. THE PAC:  W&J sports a 266-86-4 (.750) all-time record against current members of the Presidents' Athletic Conference.  Washington & Jefferson has claimed 22 PAC Championships throughout history.  W&J has produced a 52-10 record (.839) in conference games since Sirianni took over as head coach in 2003.

Bethany (69-21)                  

Geneva (39-19-2)    

Grove City (36-13)    

Saint Vincent (5-1)

Thiel (43-22-2)

Thomas More (4-5)

Waynesburg (37-3)

Westminster (33-2)

THE LAST MEETING {W&J 40, SVC 14 -- 10/20/12}:  Dion Wiegand rushed for a career-high 168 yards and blocked a punt, while backup quarterback Shane Smith added 115 on the ground and recovered a key fumble during Washington & Jefferson's 40-14 PAC football rout of Saint Vincent at Cameron Stadium.  Following a scoreless first quarter, W&J opened a 3-0 lead at the 13:34 mark of the second quarter after Eric Eberle's 36-yard field goal.  The Presidents took a 17-0 lead into halftime after a pair of touchdown runs by Matt Bliss during the final 8:30 of the first half.  Smith recovered a Saint Vincent fumble on the second half kickoff and the lead grew to 24-0 after Bliss drilled an eight-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Trefelner.  The Bearcats clawed back into the game with a pair of touchdowns during a four-minute span to trail 24-14 at the 9:22 mark.  A long pass from Matt Deakins to Dan Wirkowski set up Ryan Crawford's two-yard touchdown run at the 12:56 mark and Dwayne Brown's 97-yard return of an interception 3:34 later made it a 10-point game.  Bliss was hurt trying to make a tackle on the play and did not return. B.J. Monacelli's 37-yard kickoff return gave W&J a spark and Smith lofted his first career touchdown pass, a 32-yarder to Dan Lucas four plays later for a 31-14 advantage.  Smith accounted for 68 of the Presidents' yards on their next series, an 11-play, 85-yard scoring drive, which Smith snuck in from a yard out for a 38-14 lead with 33 seconds left in the third quarter.  Late in the fourth quarter, Wiegand blocked a punt which was recovered by SVC in the end zone for a safety and the game's final margin.  W&J ran 86 plays, including 55 rushing attempts, for a season-high 546 yards and 30 first downs.  The Presidents held the ball for 12 minutes and 23 seconds during the decisive third quarter.  Wiegand rushed 26 times and also caught two passes for 14 yards.  Smith's only completion went for a touchdown and he carried the ball 17 times.  Bliss added 155 passing and 61 rushing yards before leaving.  The Bearcats were limited to 330 total yards and 12 first downs.

SCOUTING SAINT VINCENT:  Saint Vincent has lost 17 consecutive games and has not been on the winning side of the scoreboard since a 20-14 win over Bethany on November 12, 2011.  The Bearcats finished the 2011 season with a 6-5 record and appeared in the ECAC Southwest Bowl (23-15 loss at Lebanon Valley), but have averaged just 12.4 points per game since that postseason appearance.  This year, SVC ranks 236th nationally out of 242 teams in scoring offense (11.2 ppg) and 234th in total offense (245.2 ypg).  The Bearcats scored their most points since the 2011 upset of W&J during a 40-30 loss at Geneva last week.  Saint Vincent surrendered 554 yards of total offense and 27 first downs.  Junior quarterback Andy Borgen completed 21-of-35 passes for 289 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing 21 times for 50 yards and a touchdown.  He was sacked five times.  Sophomore safety Renny Larue-Holloman leads the defense with 60 tackles, including nine versus Geneva, and two fumble recoveries.  The Bearcats have recovered seven fumbles overall, which ranks 47th in the country.  

ENERGY EFFICIENT:  W&J plays an afternoon game for just the third time this season on Saturday in Latrobe, including the Presidents' only game on the 2013 schedule contested on natural grass.  Seven of W&J's last 15 games have been night kickoffs.  The Presidents hold an 11-8 record in day games since the start of the 2011 season and an 8-1 mark in night contests. 

TURNOVER FREE: Since Mike Sirianni took over as head coach in 2003, the Presidents have played turnover-free football 23 times and hold an 21-2 record in those contests.  Both losses occurred in the NCAA playoffs (2010 Mount Union; 2007 NC Wesleyan).  W&J has not committed a turnover this year three times (Thiel, Grove City, Thomas More). 

PRESIDENT TIDBITS:  Under Head Coach Mike Sirianni, the Presidents hold a 76-3 record when leading at halftime and a record of 37-7 during the month of October, including a 20-2 mark in Washington.

TAKE CARE:  W&J has won the turnover battle four times this year and won all four games.  The Presidents have claimed 27 consecutive victories when committing less turnovers than their opponents.  The last time W&J suffered a loss despite winning the turnover battle was during the first round of the 2007 NCAA playoffs, a 35-34 overtime loss to North Carolina Wesleyan (NCW - 3, W&J - 0). 

THIRTY OR BUST:  Since Mike Sirianni took over as head coach in 2003, W&J has scored 30 or more points 72 times in 121 games (60 percent).  The Presidents hold a 69-3 record when scoring at least 30 and have not lost with that total since a 35-32 setback to Thomas More in 2011.  The Presidents are 29-20 under Sirianni when being held to fewer than 30 points. 

SEEING RED:  W&J has converted points in nearly 80 percent of its appearances in the red zone this fall.  The Presidents, who have scored 26 touchdowns and kicked five field goals inside the 20, are on pace for their best red zone conversion percentage since 2006 (80.8 percent, 42-of-52 - 37 TD, 5 FG). 

TOP 5:  Senior quarterback Matt Bliss is fifth all-time at W&J with 5,583 passing yards.  With four scoring tosses at Westminster, Bliss upped his career touchdown total to 39, tying Gino Rometo '11 and Pat Aigner '89 for fifth place.  Bliss notched the 500th completion of his career last week and his career 62.5 completion percentage ranks eighth among active NCAA Division III quarterbacks.  Bliss' 50 total touchdowns are 27th-most among active players. 

ALEX THE GREAT: Senior wideout Alex Baroffio leads all active NCAA Division III receivers with 239 career receptions.  He is 17 catches shy of tying Pomona-Pitzer's RJ Maki (2007-10), Albright's Eric Nemec (1995-98) and Eureka's Kurt Barth (1994-97) for 25th place in NCAA Division III history.  Baroffio is also 248 yards away from breaking Ryan Silvis '01 school record (3,155) for career receiving yards.  Baroffio has 2,908 yards gained through the air entering Saturday's game at Saint Vincent. 

HEATING UP:  Junior defensive end Jon Lowery registered three sacks at Westminster to up his career total to 13.5.  He is fifth in the PAC and 51st in NCAA Division III this year with six sacks.  Lowery has produced at least a half of a sack in 10 of his last 21 appearances. 

B.J.'S PICKS:  Senior safety B.J. Monacelli's interception at Westminster was his third of the season which gives him three in each of his last three years.  He has led the Presidents in INTs every year since 2011.  The last W&J defender to record three or more interceptions in three consecutive years was Nick Cherish '07 (2004 - 6, 2005 - 3, 2006 - 8). 

TWO OF THE BEST:  Seniors Alex Baroffio and Dion Wiegand both rank among the top 20 players in NCAA Division III for all-purpose yards.  Baroffio is ninth in the country with 193.1 yards per game, while Wiegand has produced 173.7 all-purpose yards per game (17th in nation).   Baroffio is on pace for the fifth-best, all-purpose yardage season in school history. 

WHAT A RUSH:  Dion Wiegand continues to rack up yardage on the ground as he ranks ninth in the country with 910 rushing yards.  He leads the PAC and ranks fourth nationally with 14 rushing touchdowns, while his 14.6 points per game average (17 total TDs) is sixth in the country.  Wiegand is 300 yards shy of 2,000 for his career. 

1,000-YARD CLUB:  Dion Wiegand is 90 yards away from becoming the seventh W&J running back since 1990 to rush for 1,000 yards in a season (Chris Babirad - 1992: 2,471 and 1991: 1,713; Jake Williams - 1993: 1,109 and 1994: 1,285; Joey Nichols - 2001: 1,577 and 2002: 1,460; Ryan Mendel - 2006: 1,421; Curt Jones - 2008: 1,327; Tim McNerney - 2010: 1,009).

RECEPTION STREAKS:  Alex Baroffio has caught at least one pass in 30 consecutive games.  The last time he was held without a reception was versus Grove City on Oct. 30, 2010.  In addition, senior wide receiver Dan Lucas has hauled in at least one reception in 18-straight contests.  Former St. Thomas (Minn.) wideout Fritz Waldvogel (2008-11) owns the NCAA D-III record at 50. 

ROUNDING THIRD:  Saint Vincent has been outscored 43-3 this season during the third quarter.  On the flip side, the third quarter has been the Presidents' best 15 minutes as they've outscored their opponents by an 81-33 margin. 

Oct. 13: All times Eastern
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Bridgewater State 24, at Mass-Dartmouth 22
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at UW-Whitewater 21, UW-La Crosse 14
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Salve Regina 45, at Nichols 10
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Mount Ida 14, at Dean 7
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at Thomas More 59, Waynesburg 7
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at Maine Maritime 34, Coast Guard 16
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at Finlandia 27, Trinity Bible 21
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Hamilton 28, at Bowdoin 7
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at Delaware Valley 49, King's 14
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at Olivet 47, Albion 26
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at Wesleyan 41, Bates 23
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Union 27, at Rochester 0
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Amherst 40, at Colby 7
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at Western New England 41, Endicott 14
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at Brockport 48, Morrisville State 7
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at Plymouth State 16, Framingham State 13
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at RPI 27, Ithaca 14
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Hobart 49, at Hartwick 27
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at Ferrum 34, LaGrange 20
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at Carnegie Mellon 42, Geneva 27
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Ohio Wesleyan 16, at Wabash 13
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DePauw 26, at Denison 17
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at Trine 42, Kalamazoo 7
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at Washington and Lee 47, Guilford 26
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at Husson 49, Castleton 0
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Gallaudet 35, at Alfred State 19
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at Wittenberg 49, Allegheny 15
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Brevard 41, at Methodist 17
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at Lebanon Valley 31, Stevenson 24
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Buffalo State 24, at St. Lawrence 21
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at Cortland 20, Alfred 17
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at Randolph-Macon 52, Emory and Henry 29
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at Wesley 29, Kean 9
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at Hampden-Sydney 58, Apprentice 28
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Frostburg State 59, at William Paterson 7
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at N.C. Wesleyan 45, Greensboro 0
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at Westminster (Pa.) 49, Grove City 27
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Washington and Jefferson 49, at Bethany 14
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at Westminster (Mo.) 56, Crown 15
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at Northwestern (Minn.) 29, Iowa Wesleyan 7
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at Knox 56, Grinnell 14
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at Widener 31, Lycoming 17
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Trinity (Conn.) 23, at Tufts 16
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at Mount St. Joseph 66, Earlham 7
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Ohio Northern 27, at John Carroll 20
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Baldwin Wallace 23, at Muskingum 20
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at Mount Union 72, Capital 14
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Rose-Hulman 44, at Manchester 13
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at Hanover 31, Bluffton 28
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Defiance 45, at Anderson 0
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at Wartburg 42, Loras 11
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Hiram 62, at Kenyon 56
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Springfield 35, at Merchant Marine 13
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Williams 27, at Middlebury 26
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at Westfield State 33, Fitchburg State 21
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Marietta 43, at Wilmington 33
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at Berry 34, Hendrix 10
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Curry 40, at Becker 0
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TCNJ 20, at Rowan 14
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at SUNY-Maritime 51, Anna Maria 15
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Salisbury 28, at Montclair State 10
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at Huntingdon 28, Maryville (Tenn.) 16
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at Austin 33, Millsaps 19
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at Mary Hardin-Baylor 65, Howard Payne 0
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at Washington U. 55, Buena Vista 20
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Alma 27, at Aurora 19
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at Rockford 29, Concordia-Chicago 14
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Wisconsin Lutheran 22, at Concordia (Wis.) 19
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at Lakeland 57, Benedictine 21
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at St. Norbert 10, Chicago 0
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Concordia-Moorhead 45, at Hamline 0
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St. Olaf 22, at Augsburg 20
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Bethel 24, at Gustavus Adolphus 3
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St. John's 35, at Carleton 0
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at Eureka 30, Greenville 19
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Centre 27, at Trinity (Texas) 21
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Dubuque 42, at Nebraska Wesleyan 27
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Central 30, at Coe 19
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Lake Forest 56, at Cornell 28
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at Carthage 31, Elmhurst 8
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at Illinois Wesleyan 30, Carroll 0
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Millikin 28, at Augustana 27
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Ripon 52, at Beloit 28
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MacMurray 49, at Minnesota-Morris 13
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Macalester 21, at Lawrence 18
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at Monmouth 59, Illinois College 14
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at UW-Stevens Point 26, UW-Eau Claire 3
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Case Western Reserve 63, at Thiel 28
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at Wooster 38, Oberlin 28
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Texas Lutheran 41, at East Texas Baptist 34
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at UW-Stout 21, UW-River Falls 16
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UW-Oshkosh 28, at UW-Platteville 14
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Sewanee 34, at Birmingham-Southern 13
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at Hope 22, Adrian 3
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Linfield 49, at Lewis and Clark 14
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La Verne at Occidental
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Whitworth 17, at Pacific Lutheran 14
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at Cal Lutheran 42, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 20
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at George Fox 58, Willamette 12
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at Pacific 35, Puget Sound 27
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Pomona-Pitzer 45, at Whittier 23
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at Western Connecticut 28, Massachusetts Maritime 21
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at St. Scholastica 56, Martin Luther 21
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at St. John Fisher 39, Utica 36
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at Heidelberg 48, Otterbein 45
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at Shenandoah 38, Bridgewater 20
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Southwestern 60, at Belhaven 31
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Hardin-Simmons 35, at Sul Ross State 10
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at Louisiana College 52, McMurry 34
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at Simpson 38, Luther 17
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at Chapman 45, Redlands 26
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at Wheaton (Ill.) 42, North Central (Ill.) 20
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at Delaware Valley 49, King's 14
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at Cortland 20, Alfred 17
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at Wesley 29, Kean 9
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Frostburg State 59, at William Paterson 7
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at Wittenberg 49, Allegheny 15
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at Brockport 48, Morrisville State 7
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Washington and Jefferson 49, at Bethany 14
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Ohio Wesleyan 16, at Wabash 13
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at Mount Union 72, Capital 14
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at Wartburg 42, Loras 11
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at Berry 34, Hendrix 10
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Springfield 35, at Merchant Marine 13
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at Mary Hardin-Baylor 65, Howard Payne 0
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St. John's 35, at Carleton 0
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at Illinois Wesleyan 30, Carroll 0
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Concordia-Moorhead 45, at Hamline 0
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Case Western Reserve 63, at Thiel 28
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UW-Oshkosh 28, at UW-Platteville 14
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Linfield 49, at Lewis and Clark 14
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at George Fox 58, Willamette 12
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Hardin-Simmons 35, at Sul Ross State 10
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Oct. 16: All times Eastern
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at Wheaton (Ill.) 42, North Central (Ill.) 20
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