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2013 Summary: Bulldog Football Wins 29th SCIAC Title to Cap off Outstanding Campaign

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While taking on one of the strongest schedules in NCAA Division III, the University of Redlands football team successfully stepped up to the challenge by winning the program's 29th Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) championship and the first in undefeated fashion since 2002.  Furthermore, the Bulldogs advanced to the NCAA Championships for the seventh time under Head Coach Mike Maynard en route to a 7-3 overall record.  Among multiple accomplishments, the Redlands football team put together yet another memorable campaign that once again raises the bar of expectations for the future.

The Bulldogs opened the 2013 campaign by battling it out with a pair of nationally-ranked foes in No. 3 University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (TX) and No. 11 Pacific Lutheran University (WA).  Despite the losses, Redlands took away plenty of positives, including an NCAA record-tying 99-yard reception by senior wide receiver Taylor Irwin (Rocklin, CA) against the Crusaders.  In addition, sophomore defensive back Connor Hoffman (Tustin, CA) nabbed a 76-yard, pick-six play against the Lutes.

In addition, these opportunities for growth inspired the Maroon and Gray to rattle off seven consecutive wins for a perfect conference season.  This string of triumphs began with a 38-21 showing at Occidental College on October 5, when the team registered the second-highest number of rushing yards in program history.   Overall, the Bulldogs racked up 606 yards of total offense, with 424 of them coming on the ground to rank second all-time at Redlands.  Thanks in great part to the success of the offensive line, the Bulldogs gained a balanced rushing attack, with senior running back Bobby Brown (Rancho Santa Margarita, CA) and sophomore running back Curtis Tanquary (San Jose, CA) both breaking the century mark at 175 and 133 yards, respectively.  

In addition, sophomore quarterback Kevin Russell (Lacey, WA) shined in his first start with the Maroon and Gray, finding six different targets through the air. 

Against the Tigers, Redlands broke a third-quarter tie with 17 unanswered points, while the Bulldog defense showed its strength by coming up with a pair of big stops that erased any chance of an Oxy comeback.

Riding the momentum of this solid win, the Maroon and Gray headed to Thousand Oaks for a critical showdown against the Kingsmen of Cal Lutheran University.  Amidst a defensive struggle, the Bulldogs rose to the occasion with integral plays throughout the game while limiting CLU to its lowest number of rushing yards this season at 114.  Redlands captured the 2013 Smudge Pot Trophy with a 10-7 victory and snapped the Kingsmen's conference win-streak.

Early in the first period, senior kicker Kevin Grady (Seattle, WA) put the Bulldogs on the board with a 21-yard field goal, before Tanquary's one-yard scamper into the end zone midway through the third stanza made it a 10-0 game. 

Although CLU eventually answered with its own touchdown, the Bulldogs' three-point lead held up through the final ticks of the clock, allowing Redlands to capture its first win over the Kingsmen since 2007.

One week later, the Redlands football team celebrated Homecoming with a 21-6 victory over the visiting Leopards of the University of La Verne.  After opening the game with an 81-yard, nine-play drive for the score, the Bulldogs methodically picked apart the opposing offense with incredible persistence and tenacity.  The Maroon and Gray took a 14-6 lead into the locker room before tacking on an insurance touchdown in the fourth frame. 

However, the highlight reel for this game included a huge goal-line stand by the Bulldog defense.  With successful carries and a five-yard pass, La Verne moved the ball all the way to the Redlands three-yard line.  However, the Maroon and Gray refused to back down, standing up the ball-carrier on three occasions to halt the Leopards at the one.  Among the total-team effort, the Bulldogs gained big stops from senior defensive lineman Steven Locke Jr. (Barstow, CA), junior linebacker Michael Tootle (Las Vegas, NV), senior defensive lineman Daniel Kane (Covina, CA), senior linebacker Justin Butler (Poway, CA), and junior defensive back DJ Dawson Jr. (Vallejo, CA), resulting in ULV's turnover on downs.

The Redlands defense also held La Verne's highly-touted running back to just 74 yards.  Tootle and senior defensive lineman Sean Woods(Victorville, CA) spearheaded this effort by recording 10 tackles each on the night.

This exciting finish propelled the Bulldogs into what turned out to be the conference championship game, as they battled it out with Chapman University in a showdown of the SCIAC's unbeaten teams on October 26.  While holding the Panthers to their lowest scoring effort of the season, Redlands fired off 14 unanswered points during the second half to secure a 21-17 victory. 

After the Bulldogs faced a 10-point deficit going into the final quarter, Russell and the Redlands offense elevated their game to the next level, marching the ball into the end zone on 12 plays for 79 yards.  Russell connected on seven of eight passes with three receivers each recording big catches of 10 or more yards, beginning with a 19-yard strike to senior wide receiver Aaron Atkins (Fallbrook, CA) and ending with a 13-yard toss to Irwin.

Down by three with plenty of time left, the Maroon and Gray continued its fierce defense by forcing a three-and-out showing on Chapman's ensuing possession.   This effort was repeated by the Bulldogs, before Tanquary ran in the eventual winning touchdown after sophomore wide receiverSteven Herber (Rancho Cucamonga, CA) hauled in a 47-yard strike to breach the Panther red zone. 

But with 4:43 remaining, the game was far from over.  The Bulldog defense stepped up once again, making important plays, especially on fourth-and-seven, when Hoffman picked off the Chapman quarterback to deny any chance of a Panther comeback.

With the table set for the SCIAC championship, Redlands took care of business down the stretch by recording wins over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges, Pomona-Pitzer Colleges, and Whittier College.  During the team's 34-6 triumph over CMS, Irwin recorded three touchdowns and 155 receiving yards in the first half alone to highlight the game.  Redlands then shut out the Sagehens for the second year in a row, earning a 49-0 decision at home on November 9.  Dawson, senior defensive back Stephen Reyes (Kingsburg, CA), and junior defensive back Curran Fudge(Oklahoma, OK) all snagged interceptions that led to Redlands touchdowns, with Fudge capping off the impressive rout with a pick-six play.  Finally, the Maroon and Gray secured complete ownership of the 2013 conference title with a 70-16 pummeling of the Whittier College Poets on Senior Day.  Redlands poured on 28 points in each of the opening quarters before utilizing much of its roster for a total-team effort in the regular-season finale.  Among the many highlights, senior wide receiver Sam Angelo (Woodinville, WA) and senior tight end Will King (Scottsdale, AZ) recorded touchdowns in their final game at Ted Runner Stadium.

Finally, with the automatic qualifier in hand, the Redlands football team awaited its first-round destination of the NCAA Division III Championships.  The announcement came with a familiar foe in No. 2 Mary Hardin-Baylor (TX), allowing the opportunity for the Bulldogs to avenge their season-opening loss to the Crusaders.   

After making the trek to Belton, Texas, the Bulldogs battled it out with the home team but fell short of the upset in a 7-35 decision.  The team's scoring play came off of an interception by senior defensive back Brandon Morris (Mission Viejo, CA), who nabbed his second pick of the season and then returned it 53 yards to the UMHB 32-yard line. From here, it took Russell and the Bulldogs only two plays to find a wide-open Atkins, thanks to the relentless work of the offensive line that included All-SCIAC honorees junior Aaron Hinkle (Lodi, CA) and senior Jorge Cervantes (Indio, CA).  Atkins hauled in a 29-yard strike into the far corner of the end zone to put the Bulldogs on the board late in the third frame.

Another highlight of the game included the team's 125 yards on the ground against the nation's then-top-ranked rush defense, which previously had allowed less than 53 yards per game.

Upon conclusion of the season, Redlands learned that 10 players earned All-SCIAC honors for their contributions during the team's undefeated run through the conference.   Locke headlined the list with his recognition as the 2013 SCIAC Defensive Player of the Year.   He became the third Bulldog in four years to collect this honor.  In addition, Kane, Woods, Tootle, and Morris also represented the defense with their First-Team nods, while senior defensive back Nick Kido (Honolulu, HI) landed among the Second Teamers.  On offense, Russell and Hinkle received First-Team recognition, with Atkins and Cervantes garnering a spot on the Second Team.

Finally, as of December 5, the Bulldogs led all of NCAA Division III in red-zone defense (47.2%) and fourth-down conversion percentage (75.0%).  In addition, Redlands' kickoff return average of 25.77 yards places it fourth in the nation.

Following an outstanding season in 2013, the University of Redlands football celebrates new milestones that include an undefeated SCIAC showing en route to the program's 29th championship.  Beyond saying goodbye to its 31 seniors, the Bulldogs hold high hopes for additional success in the seasons to come.

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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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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 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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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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at Johns Hopkins 52, Gettysburg 0
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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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