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GAME NOTES: Ithaca Continues Liberty League Slate at Union Saturday

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FULL GAME NOTES

ITHACA, N.Y. –
This Saturday, October 13, the Ithaca College football team will travel to Union College for another Liberty League contest beginning at 1:30 p.m. at Frank Bailey Field in Schenectady, N.Y. Ithaca is 3-2 on the season and 0-1 in Liberty League play, while Union owns a 4-1 overall mark and is also 0-1 in the Liberty League.

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ALL-TIME SERIES:
Saturday will mark the 15th all-time meeting between Ithaca and Union since 1985. Ithaca owns an overall record of 11-3 over the Dutchmen, including victories in each of the last eight meetings.

Last season, the Bombers defeated Union, 20-3, at Butterfield Stadium. The Dutchmen's last victory over IC came back in 2009 by a 24-21 outcome. Prior to that, IC and Union met five times between 1985 and 2005, including four times in the NCAA Tournament.

Ithaca won the first-ever meeting, 13-12, in the NCAA Tournament in '85 and prevailed against in 1986 by a 24-17 score in overtime in postseason play. Another NCAA victory was in store for the Bombers in 1991 by a 35-23 margin in NCAAs, and then Union won back-to-back meetings in 1999 (31-7) and 2005 (55-41).

A PAIR OF ONE-POINT LOSSES:
Last weekend was tough for Ithaca and Union, as both squads dropped one-point contests in Liberty League action.

The Bombers fell at home to No. 20 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 10-9. IC pulled to within a point on the final play of the game on a 5-yard pass from senior Peter Palczewski to junior Will Gladney, which was originally intended for sophomore Andrew Vito, but as he was going to the ground, the ball flew out of his possession to a diving Gladney. The ensuing extra point was blocked by RPI, but a penalty was called on the Engineers for rushing the field while the ball was still in play. IC had another attempt and went for a two-point conversion, but came up short.

Union also suffered heartbreak last Saturday as the Dutchmen lost to Hobart, 29-28, in Geneva for its first loss of the season.

After a first quarter field goal by Hobart with 3:31 remaining, the Dutchmen took over the lead for good less than two minutes later. Union would build its lead to 28-19 with 9:47 remaining in the third quarter, but the Statesmen chipped away with a field goal later in the quarter and scored the game-winning touchdown with 8:28 to go in regulation.

FIRST TIME SINCE 1997:
For the first time in 21 seasons, Ithaca has allowed 20 points or fewer over its opening five games. The 1997 squad surrendered 20 points or fewer in nine of the 10 games played that season. Prior to '97, a Bomber defensive unit accomplished this feat 10 times dating back to 1975 (1992, '89, '88, '87, '85, '84, '81, '79, '78 and '75). Only once since 1975 has a Bomber team gone all season without allowing more than 20 points scored in a game – 1984.

DEFENSIVE MILESTONE:
This year's defense has also been historical stingy in another category – total yards allowed. Through five contests, the Bombers have already held their opposition to under 200 yards of offense twice. St. Vincent only amassed 172 yards in the first game of the season, while RPI was held to 162 last week.

In recent memory, this has occurred twice over the last decade – 2010 and 2014.

GLADNEY CLOSING IN:
Gladney entered the 2018 season just 46 receptions and 408 yards shy of setting both school career records. After hauling in four catches for 60 yards in the season opener against St. Vincent, Gladney missed the next two games, but has since returned his previous form with 12 catches for 96 yards against St. John Fisher and eight grabs for 101 yards versus RPI last week.

He is now 22 catches and 151 yards away from the career milestones. Gladney currently has 129 receptions and 1,800 yards to his credit. Dan Ruffage '12 owns both career records of 151 catches and 1,951 yards.

NATIONAL STATISTICAL RANKINGS:
The Bombers are currently ranked within the top 31 nationally in seven different defensive categories.

IC is 12th in fumble recovered (8), 13th in defensive touchdowns (2), 18th in total defense (251.4 yards per game), 23rd in red zone defense (56.3%), 24th in scoring defense (12.8 points per game), 27th in rush defense (77.0 yards per game) and 31st in first down defense (70%).

SCOUTING THE DUTCHMEN:
Union is 4-1 on the season and leads the Liberty League in scoring offense and scoring defense. The Dutchmen are averaging 36.0 points on offense and allowing 12.4 points on defense through five games. Union's offense is also tops in average yardage at 418.6 per contest, while the defense is second behind Ithaca at 255.8.

Will Bellamy leads the league in passing yards with 1,446 and is second in touchdowns thrown with 16. Bellamy's favorite target, Andre Ross Jr., paces the Liberty League with 771 yards receiving and nine touchdowns.

Ross Jr. leads all of Division III in yards per game at 154.2 and is third in total receiving yards.

UP NEXT:
The Bombers return home for the next two weeks against Rochester and St. Lawrence. IC hosts Rochester on October 20 at 1 p.m. and then St. Lawrence comes to town on the 27th for Senior Day.

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 at Manchester
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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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