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Games of Nov. 14-15, 2014


QB Ayrton Scott, Jr., Augsburg
Scott completed 28 of 41 passes for a school-record 563 yards and five touchdowns, while rushing 18 times for 67 yards, in Augsburg's wild 62-61, two-overtime win at No. 18-ranked Bethel on Saturday. His 630 yards of total offense are also the most by an NCAA Division III player this season, with his 563 passing yards third-most. Scott completed touchdown passes of 50, 80, 68, 4 and 20 yards in snowy and cold conditions, in a game that produced the most combined points (123) in a single game in MIAC history. 

OL Alvin Taylor, David Nelson, Tony Veliz, Gerald Valenzuela, Alex Piotrowski, Benedictine
Benedictine ground out the clock on the way to a 16-0 win vs. Lakeland that that put them in the playoffs. They ran for a season-high 216 yards and held the ball for more than 37 minutes.

RB Brenton Braddock, Jr., St. Thomas
Braddock came off the bench after a first-quarter injury to Jack Kaiser and tied a 12-year-old school record with five TD runs (5, 5, 20, 25, 47) and also had a career-best 261 rushing yards on 41 carries to lead the Tommies' 57-35 win over Gustavus that let them tie for second place in the MIAC and surge into the NCAA playoffs. Braddock rushed for 342 yards in the first nine games as a backup.

RB Craig Needhammer, Sr., Lycoming
In the final game of his collegiate career, Needhammer posted a school-record 299 rushing yards to lead Lycoming to a 45-27 win over FDU-Florham. Needhammer's 299 yards helped him level a bevy of records in his final collegiate game, smashing the school's career record for rushing yards with his last run, a 50-yard touchdown with 2:47 left to seal the win. Needhammer smashed the school record for rushing yards in a game of 253 set by Tim Deasey in 2001, doing it on 30 carries.

WR E.J. Bennett, Sr., Mass. Maritime
Bennett caught 11 passes for 239 yards and a pair of touchdowns (9 yards and a career-long 93) while breaking the school career receptions record (182) in the Buccaneers' 31-21 Cranberry Bowl victory at Bridgewater State. Averaged 21.7 yards per catch and converted a key third-and-14 conversion on the final insurance touchdown drive with just over four minutes remaining before catching the 9-yarder for his second score of the game with 1:36 to play on a fourth-and-1 from the BSU 9.

WR Joey Sonnenfeld, Jr., Augsburg
Sonnenfeld shattered single-game receiving records for both Augsburg and the MIAC, catching 15 passes for a record 334 yards and three touchdowns in the 62-61 win vs. Bethel. Sonnenfeld caught touchdown passes of 80, 68 and 20 yards, with the 20-yarder coming in overtime. 

TE Mitch Gallagher, So., St. Lawrence
Gallagher recorded a career-high three touchdowns in Saturday's 42-13 win over Merchant Marine, helping St. Lawrence finish with eight wins for the first time since 1982. He closed as the game's leading receiver with 84 yards on seven catches.


DE Jeff Milner, Sr., Millsaps
Milner had seven tackles (five solo) including two for loss and a pass breakup. He also blocked a kick and took a blocked punt 20 yards back for a touchdown in the fourth quarter against Rhodes.

DT Ben Poirer, Sr., Heidelberg
Poirer had a career-high 11 tackles (eight solo), three tackles for loss and two and a half sacks. He also hurried the Baldwin Wallace quarterback, forcing an interception.

DT Drew Heitland, Fr., Coe
Making his first career start, Heitland helped slow down Buena Vista's league-leading offense, forcing a fumble and recording three tackles for loss, two of them sacks, among a career-high six tackles. The Kohawk defense held Buena Vista to 286 yards, after they averaged 494.8 coming in.

DE Teidrick Smith, So., Mary Hardin-Baylor
Smith posted 2.5 sacks and returned an interception 36 yards for a touchdown as UMHB held ETBU to just 19 points and 140 yards below their season average in total offense.

LB Max Winsberg, Sr., Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
In his final collegiate game, Winsberg returned an interception 93 yards for a touchdown to put the Stags up 21-0 just over five minutes into the game. He added a second interception, forced two fumbles and had 10 tackles (including a sack) to lead the team to a 41-21 win against cross-campus rival Pomona-Pitzer.

LB Beau Brewer, Sr., Louisiana College
Brewer racked up 21 tackles (eight solo), one and a half tacklers for loss, one sack, and two pass breakups in leading the Wildcats to their seventh consecutive winning season. It was the second time in four games that Brewer reached 21 tackles in a game.

LB Colton Ryan, Jr., Albright
Ryan had a season-high 15 tackles and added three and a half tackles for loss and two sacks as Albright defeated Lebanon Valley 17-14. 

CB Eric Larson, Sr., Central
Larson's two first-quarter interceptions set the stage for Central's 38-7 victory over Dubuque. He also added five pass breakups as the Dutch defense held Dubuque to just 167 passing yards and 264 yards of total offense.

S Mike Lopuchovsky, Jr., Waynesburg
Lopuchovksy set a personal best and team season high with 16 total tackles, including 10 solo stops and one tackle for loss in a 31-28 overtime win vs. Washington and Jefferson.

S Eric Mimnaugh, Jr., Castleton
Mimnaugh finished with just two tackles but tied a program record with three interceptions, returning one for a touchdown, along with two more pass breakups. Mimnaugh's interception return for a score came late in the second quarter to give Castleton a 34-0 lead and ensure that Norwich would not be able to grab a share of the ECFC title.

CB Nick Borkowski, Sr., RPI
In the Dutchman Shoes Trophy Game, Borkowski returned an interception for 75 yards and a touchdown to tie the game at 14-14 in the second quarter and he broke up a fourth-down pass on Union's final possession in RPI territory with the Engineers ahead, 31-28. Nick tied for the game-high in tackles with 11, including a game-best seven unassisted stops with 0.5 tackles for loss. RPI won the game, 31-28, to retain the trophy for the second straight season.

Special teams

K Alex Hallwachs, Jr., Washington U.
Hallwachs had three field goals and a PAT in the Bears' 17-16 loss at Carnegie Mellon. Hallwachs connected on kicks of 36, 41 and 18 to tie the single-season school record with 15 field goals. He also moved into first place in the WUSTL school history with 30 career field goals.

P Jonathan Hager, So., Waynesburg
Hager played a major role in Waynesburg's 31-28 overtime upset win of Washington and Jefferson this weekend. He had arguably his best game as a collegiate punter, averaging 46.7 yards over six punts with a long of 60 yards. Hager had four punts downed inside the opposing 20-yard line, didn't give up any touchbacks and boomed two punts of 50 yards or more.

H Luke Hinton, Jr., Cortland State
Hinton, in just his second game as a holder, put himself in the history books with one of the most unlikely Cortaca Jug-winning touchdown passes. He threw a 4-yard touchdown pass after a botched snap on a field goal attempt on the final play of the game. Cortland State defeated Ithaca 23-20.

ST Mark Gilmore, So., Albright
Gilmore blocked a potential game-tying 28-yard field goal attempt with 34 seconds remaining in the game sealing the Lions' 17-14 victory over Lebanon Valley. It marked Gilmore's fourth blocked kick of the season.

RET Rashad Sims, So., Millsaps
Sims took a fourth quarter kickoff 93 yards for a score to get the Majors on the scoreboard against Rhodes. Additionally, he took several short kicks into strong field position for the Majors as the Lynx tried to keep the ball out of his hands, averaging 32 yards per return. 

Dec. 8: All times Eastern
at Mount Union 28, Johns Hopkins 20
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at Mary Hardin-Baylor 31, UW-Whitewater 14
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Dec. 8: All times Eastern
at Mount Union 28, Johns Hopkins 20
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at Mary Hardin-Baylor 31, UW-Whitewater 14
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