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Ithaca Welcomes St. John Fisher on Saturday for Hall of Fame Weekend

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ITHACA, N.Y. – The Ithaca College football team is back at Butterfield Stadium this Saturday for a non-conference matchup with former Empire 8 rival St. John Fisher College at 1 p.m. Saturday's contest also marks Hall of Fame weekend on South Hill. More information about this year's class is listed below.

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ALL-TIME SERIES:
Saturday's contest featuring Ithaca and St. John Fisher will mark the 20th all-time meeting between the former Empire 8 Conference rivals. Fisher owns the series lead, which dates back to 1998, by a slim, 10-9, margin.

Ithaca dominated the series early on, winning the first six meetings by an average margin of nearly 29 points per game (39.3 to 10.5). Fisher earned its initial win of the rivalry in 2004 by a 45-38 score, and then went on to win seven of the next eight games (seven straight from 2006-12). The Bombers got back on track with wins in 2013 (25-22) and 2014 (19-8), but the Cardinals have prevails in each of the past two showdowns – 34-0 and 34-17.

There have been three shutouts over the previous 19 bouts – two for Ithaca (44-0 in 1999 and 52-0 in 2001) and one for Fisher (34-0 in 2015).

HALL OF FAME RECOGNITION: During halftime of Saturday's contest, Ithaca College will recognize the newest Hall of Fame class, which will formally be inducted later in the evening at the Athletics and Events Center as part of the 48th ceremony. ESPN SportsCenter Anchor and Ithaca College alumnus Kevin Connors '97 will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the third straight year.

This year's class consists of the 1989-1990 back-to-back national championship wrestling teams, Tariq Ahmad '04 (football, track & field, basketball), Lynn Anne Bolton '96 (field hockey, swimming & diving), Joseph Campo '49 (wrestling, football, track & field), Ryan Ciotoli '02 (wrestling), Joe Fitzgerald '93 (football, Olympics), Maria Hutsick '75 (athletic training), Bonnie McDowell O'Kane '96 (volleyball), Brian Parrotte '88 (baseball), Tyler Schulz '04 (basketball) and Hannah Shalett Quintana '07 (softball).

STILL IN THE HUNT: Despite its 27-14 loss to RPI last Saturday, Ithaca still has a chance at winning the Liberty League title. As the league standings read heading into Saturday, Union is perfect at 2-0 and Ithaca is 3-1, to sit atop the conference. Hobart and RPI are both 1-1, while Rochester and St. Lawrence are 0-2. Hobart and Union play each other Saturday, as do Rochester and St. Lawrence.

VITO SHINES AT RPI: Freshman wide receiver Andrew Vito produced a breakout performance in Troy last weekend with seven catches for 123 yards and a touchdown. His touchdown score came on the opening drive of the game from 26 yards out. Later in the game, he recorded grabs of 34 and 37 yards.

NABI ECLIPSES 300 AGAIN: Although he threw four interceptions at RPI, freshman quarterback Wahid Nabi surpassed more than 300 yards passing for the third time this season. Nabi went 23-for-42 in the contest for 329 yards and a pair of touchdowns. By reaching 300-plus yards last week, Nabi now owns three of the top 15 passing performances in school history since 1993.

DEFENSE HAS BEEN TOUGH: Over the past two contests, the Ithaca defense has surrendered an average of 250.5 yards per game and generated three turnovers. The Bombers' secondary has also shut down the aerial attack each of the past two games, as they have allowed just an average of 112 yards through the air.

SCOUTING FISHER: Fisher has had a tough start to the season, as the Cardinals are 1-5. Fisher ran through a gauntlet of top teams early on in 2017. The Cardinals opened with Washington & Jefferson, which is now ranked No. 15, and then played at Hobart (preseason No. 14). From there, Fisher squared off with No. 22 Brockport and 18th ranked Alfred.

SJFC secured its first win of the season last week in a thrilling 39-36 five-overtime triumph over Utica. The Cardinals blocked a punt for a touchdown and made five field goals in the win.

Fisher is averaging 18.5 points per game this season and is allowing 31.2. The Cardinal offense puts up 308 yards a game, while the defense surrenders 457.3 per outing.

The offense runs through James Chambers, who has amassed 513 rushing yards and five touchdowns, as well as 207 receiving yards and two more scores. Fisher also uses two quarterbacks throughout a contest – Joshua Michels (705 passing yards, four TDs) and Johnathan Letta (318 passing yards, 192 rushing yards and three TDs).

Defensively, Demarre Nelson has intercepted five passes, while Evan Majewski and Justin Rivera have each tallied 62 tackles.

UP NEXT: The Bombers head to Utica College next Saturday, October 28 for a non-conference matchup at 1 p.m. Ithaca will then return home for the final two games of the regular season against Union (November 4) and Cortland (November 11).

STATISTICS:

ITHACA | ST. JOHN FISHER

Oct. 19: All times Eastern
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Martin Luther 21, at Northwestern (Minn.) 6
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at Stevenson 33, Wilkes 21
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at RPI 31, Hobart 24
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at MIT 13, Coast Guard 0
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Norwich 15, at Maine Maritime 7
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at Moravian 31, Juniata 14
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at Dean 53, Gallaudet 21
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Endicott 45, at Becker 13
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Frostburg State 24, at Montclair State 17
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SUNY-Maritime 68, at Castleton 41
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at Trinity (Texas) 28, Sewanee 14
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Johns Hopkins 51, at Gettysburg 14
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N.C. Wesleyan 29, at Brevard 21
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at Misericordia 37, FDU-Florham 33
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Union 29, at St. Lawrence 7
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at Ithaca 28, Rochester 3
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at Colby 23, Hamilton 21
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at Middlebury 35, Bates 34
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Trinity (Conn.) 48, at Bowdoin 6
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Springfield 23, at Catholic 11
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Amherst 33, at Wesleyan 3
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at Plymouth State 17, Massachusetts Maritime 14
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at Husson 54, Anna Maria 14
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TCNJ 13, at Kean 8
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Carnegie Mellon 41, at Thiel 7
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Salve Regina 30, at Curry 21
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King's 37, at Albright 26
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Trine 31, at Finlandia 0
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Susquehanna 41, at Ursinus 35
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Delaware Valley 52, at Lebanon Valley 7
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at Western New England 70, University of New England 13
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Franklin and Marshall 35, at Dickinson 14
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at Wittenberg 38, DePauw 23
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at Emory and Henry 52, Shenandoah 50
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at Wabash 32, Oberlin 7
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at Westminster (Pa.) 27, Washington and Jefferson 20
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at Hampden-Sydney 38, Guilford 35
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at Randolph-Macon 44, Bridgewater 41
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Cortland 56, at Hartwick 3
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at Denison 27, Ohio Wesleyan 10
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Waynesburg 12, at St. Vincent 10
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Salisbury 33, at Southern Virginia 0
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at Methodist 42, Greensboro 6
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Christopher Newport 39, at William Paterson 10
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Albion 49, at Adrian 42
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Thomas More 35, at St. Scholastica 0
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at Westminster (Mo.) 25, Minnesota-Morris 7
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Lake Forest 24, at Grinnell 0
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at Greenville 41, Crown 14
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at Merchant Marine 25, WPI 24
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at John Carroll 27, Marietta 24
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at Tufts 28, Williams 21
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Ohio Northern 49, at Capital 46
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Baldwin Wallace 35, at Wilmington 33
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at Mount Union 54, Heidelberg 0
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at Lycoming 52, Alvernia 0
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at Rose-Hulman 44, Anderson 6
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at Franklin 64, Earlham 20
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Hanover 48, at Manchester 14
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Mount St. Joseph 20, at Defiance 0
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at Utica 30, Alfred 22
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Maryville (Tenn.) 37, at LaGrange 17
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Framingham State 27, at Westfield State 2
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Morrisville State 35, at St. John Fisher 7
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at Muskingum 21, Otterbein 14
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at Berry 28, Millsaps 21
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at Muhlenberg 42, McDaniel 18
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at Rowan 28, Wesley 27
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at Wooster 28, Hiram 21
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Allegheny 54, at Kenyon 10
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at Nebraska Wesleyan 23, Luther 15
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Wheaton (Ill.) 20, at Augustana 3
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at Eureka 50, Benedictine 20
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Mary Hardin-Baylor 49, at Belhaven 0
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at Hardin-Simmons 58, Texas Lutheran 14
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Chicago 63, at Beloit 0
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at Concordia (Wis.) 45, Concordia-Chicago 34
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Aurora 25, at Rockford 7
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at Bethel 41, Concordia-Moorhead 13
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Lakeland 38, at Wisconsin Lutheran 12
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at St. John's 57, St. Olaf 7
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at Gustavus Adolphus 42, Augsburg 0
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Dubuque 38, at Buena Vista 7
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North Central (Ill.) 26, at Carthage 14
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at Ripon 58, Macalester 34
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at Monmouth 51, Cornell 0
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at Simpson 38, Loras 33
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at Knox 20, Illinois College 6
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UW-Stout 31, at UW-Stevens Point 27
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Millikin 14, at Elmhurst 13
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at MacMurray 20, Iowa Wesleyan 13
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UW-Eau Claire 40, at UW-Platteville 16
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at St. Thomas 68, Carleton 0
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at Mass-Dartmouth 41, Worcester State 27
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at Wartburg 47, Central 20
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at UW-Oshkosh 24, UW-La Crosse 13
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at UW-Whitewater 44, UW-River Falls 7
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at Birmingham-Southern 47, Austin 35
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Centre 41, at Rhodes 14
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at Carroll 23, North Park 0
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at Kalamazoo 17, Alma 10
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at Pacific Lutheran 33, Willamette 20
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at Brockport 65, Buffalo State 7
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at Averett 45, Huntingdon 17
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Washington and Lee 38, at Ferrum 35
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at Pacific 54, Lewis and Clark 22
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Redlands 35, at La Verne 17
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Whitworth 47, at Puget Sound 13
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Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 27, at Occidental 7
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Linfield 14, at George Fox 0
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at Hope 35, Olivet 30
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at Western Connecticut 50, Bridgewater State 48
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Case Western Reserve 27, at Geneva 14
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at Sul Ross State 28, Howard Payne 27
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East Texas Baptist 48, at Louisiana College 27
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Illinois Wesleyan 27, at Washington U. 21
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St. Norbert 46, at Lawrence 0
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at Pomona-Pitzer 42, Whittier 17
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Chapman 33, at Cal Lutheran 29
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Frostburg State 24, at Montclair State 17
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at RPI 31, Hobart 24
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Trine 31, at Finlandia 0
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at Wittenberg 38, DePauw 23
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at Westminster (Pa.) 27, Washington and Jefferson 20
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Delaware Valley 52, at Lebanon Valley 7
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Johns Hopkins 51, at Gettysburg 14
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at Mount Union 54, Heidelberg 0
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at John Carroll 27, Marietta 24
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at Berry 28, Millsaps 21
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at Rowan 28, Wesley 27
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at Muhlenberg 42, McDaniel 18
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Wheaton (Ill.) 20, at Augustana 3
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Mary Hardin-Baylor 49, at Belhaven 0
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at St. John's 57, St. Olaf 7
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at Hardin-Simmons 58, Texas Lutheran 14
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North Central (Ill.) 26, at Carthage 14
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at St. Thomas 68, Carleton 0
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at UW-Oshkosh 24, UW-La Crosse 13
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at UW-Whitewater 44, UW-River Falls 7
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at Brockport 65, Buffalo State 7
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Whitworth 47, at Puget Sound 13
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Linfield 14, at George Fox 0
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Case Western Reserve 27, at Geneva 14
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Illinois Wesleyan 27, at Washington U. 21
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