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Top 25: Tight finishes for ranked teams

Hardin-Simmons battle at TLU
Hardin-Simmons athletics photo by Brendan Maloney
 

At a glance 

No. 1 Mary Hardin-Baylor 45, Belhaven 0
No. 2 Mount Union 66, Wilmington 7
No. 3 UW-Oshkosh 42, UW-La Crosse 28
No. 4 North Central 54, Augustana 2
No. 5 Hardin-Simmons 33, Texas Lutheran 30
No. 6 St. Thomas 84, Hamline 0
No. 7 Linfield 12, No. 19 George Fox 6
No. 8 St. John's 41, Gustavus Adolphus 17
No. 10 UW-Platteville 34, UW-Eau Claire 14
No. 11 Illinois Wesleyan 13, Carthage 10
No. 13 Wittenberg 52, No. 25 DePauw 6
No. 15 Washington & Jefferson 34, Westminster (Pa.) 33 (OT)
No. 14 Wesley 34, Rowan 3
No. 16 Frostburg State 62, Montclair State 3
No. 17 Case Western Reserve 45, Geneva 7
No. 18 Berry 37, Millsaps 22
No. 20 Wartburg 41, Luther 16
No. 21 Concordia-Moorhead 42, Augsburg 20
No. 22 Johns Hopkins 52, Gettysburg 0
No. 23 Springfield 68, Catholic 20
Marietta 44, No. 24 Heidelberg 21

In three tight games that all came down to the end within minutes of each other, No. 5 Hardin-Simmons survived on the road, No. 11 Illinois Wesleyan did so at home and No. 15 Washington & Jefferson needed overtime to join that group. No. 7 Linfield survived a nail-biter as well from up-and-comer George Fox to clinch its 62nd consecutive winning season. 

After coughing up a 10-point third-quarter lead, Hardin-Simmons bounced back with a fourth-quarter touchdown and Dedrick Strambler intercepted a pass in Cowboy territory to help HSU hold on and defeat Texas Lutheran 33-30. Jaquan Hemphill's 29-yard touchdown run had given HSU a 19-13 lead just seconds before halftime, but TLU answered with a 39-yard field goal by Tyler Hopkins on the final play of the half. Quarterback Kyle Grona had two of his three touchdown runs for Texas Lutheran in a 3 minute, 12-second span of the third and fourth quarters to give the Bulldogs a 30-26 lead before HSU answered with a 10-play, 75-yard drive to take the lead for good.

Carthage had an 11-play drive finish with a touchdown in the first quarter, but had to settle for a field goal after having first-and-goal from the 5 in the closing seconds of the first half. The Red Men's 10-0 lead did not hold up as No. 11 Illinois Wesleyan scored on a blocked punt, then scored on offense as well in a 13-10 win. Carthage had a 50-yard touchdown pass called back because of holding in the fourth quarter and Trevor Staley later ended the Red Men's chances with an interception with 0:42 to go. IWU held on four separate fourth-down conversion opportunities for Carthage.

No. 15 Washington & Jefferson rallied from a 21-7 deficit, and a 27-19 deficit in the fourth quarter to get past Westminster (Pa.) 34-33 in overtime. The Presidents had touchdown drives of 14 and 12 plays in the second half and tied the game at 27-27 as Alex Rowse found Justin Vickless in the front corner of the end zone for a TD with 8:44 left. In overtime, W&J struck first on a catch right on the end line. Westminster, which had to convert two fourth downs on its overtime possession, scored, but the Titans' two-point conversion pass was batted down, preserving the win in front of 3,944 at W&J.

Linfield had to make do with four field goals, but Willy Warne was all the scoring the seventh-ranked Wildcats needed as he connected from 32, 20, 43 and 35 yards to lift his team to a 12-6 win vs. No. 19 George Fox. The Bruins scored on the last play of the game to spoil the shutout. The teams combined for 295 yards of total offense. With the win, Linfield improved to 5-1 and assured itself of its 62nd consecutive winning season, extending its own record in that department. Grant Schroeder and the George Fox offense were only on the field for 22:11 as Linfield won the clock and the turnover battle. Schroeder was 8-for-23 passing for 69 yards and had 16 carries for 41 yards.

No. 25 DePauw's stay in the rankings will be a short one, as these Tigers scored first and last vs. the Tigers of No. 13 Wittenberg. But they scored none of the 52 points in between and Wittenberg rolled to a 52-6 win. Wittenberg (7-0, 6-0 NCAC) scored in all manner of ways, including a punt return, a fumble recovery and an 80-yard pick six.

Roger Walker had a huge day on the ground for Marietta and the Pioneers, with four touchdowns, two of them in the fourth quarter of a 44-21 win vs. No. 24 Heidelberg. Marietta (4-3, 3-3 OAC) scored 37 of the first 44 points of the game. "This is an awesome win for the program, the college, and our young men. I'm very proud of the way we played today," Marietta coach Andy Waddle said. "We felt like we needed to win third down and the battle of big plays and we did both today."

Brockport held Brad Garcia and Koree Reed to a combined eight catches for 118 yards, about half of their season average, as the No. 12 Golden Eagles shut out Hartwick 45-0. Hartwick's 167 yards of total offense was their lowest total since 2012, when Salisbury held the Hawks to 142. Salisbury was the last team to shut Hartwick out as well, in 2013.

It was another hyper-efficient day for Mount Union quarterbacks, especially D'Angelo Fulford, as he completed 14 of 14 passes for 268 yards and six touchdowns in the No. 2 Purple Raiders' 66-7 rout of Wilmington. Mount Union quarterbacks combined for 22-for-23 passsing in the win. UMHB exploded for 28 second-quarter points and never looked back as the top-ranked Cru rolled to a 45-7 victory over Belhaven. No. 6 St. Thomas had 28 in the second as well, plus 29 in the first and 20 in the third of an 84-0 pasting of Hamline. The Tommies (6-1, 5-0) have allowed just 42 first downs in 73 offensive drives by their opponents in their five MIAC wins.

Khaaliq Burroughs was 22-for-29 passing for 269 yards and E.J. Lee ran for 108 yards and three touchdowns as No. 14 Wesley rolled past Rowan 34-3. No. 16 Frostburg State scored in all three phases of the game in a 62-3 win vs. Montclair State, setting the program record for largest margin of victory. Rob Cuda ran for two touchdowns and threw for one as No. 17 Case Western Reserve rolled past another overmatched opponent, winning 45-7 at Geneva. Case stands at 7-0, with the fourth-worst strength of schedule in Division IIINo. 23 Springfield improved to 8-0 for the first time since 2003 as the Pride rolled over Catholic 68-20. The Pride finished with 625 yards on the ground en route to 674 yards of total offense.

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Manchester 52, at Defiance 21
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at Johns Hopkins 41, Moravian 0
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at St. Lawrence 32, Morrisville State 22
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MIT 13, at Becker 6
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Alfred State 27, at Rochester 21
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Brockport 55, at Buffalo State 22
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DePauw 21, at Kenyon 7
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Massachusetts Maritime 42, at Maine Maritime 21
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Salve Regina 62, at Dean 35
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at Hobart 20, Rowan 17
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at St. John Fisher 40, TCNJ 16
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Juniata 44, at Ursinus 38
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at Framingham State 48, Westfield State 21
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Wesley 20, at Endicott 17
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Amherst 24, at Colby 10
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at Methodist 30, Catholic 14
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Middlebury 28, at Bates 0
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at Merchant Marine 45, SUNY-Maritime 0
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at Trinity (Conn.) 61, Bowdoin 7
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at Union 27, Springfield 17
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at Apprentice 49, Gallaudet 13
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Hanover 31, at Maryville (Tenn.) 10
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at Trine 21, Concordia (Wis.) 16
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at Westminster (Pa.) 42, St. Vincent 14
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Wesleyan 28, at Hamilton 10
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at Hope 34, Aurora 32
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at Carnegie Mellon 20, Washington and Jefferson 13
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at Washington and Lee 52, Guilford 14
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WPI 31, at Husson 12
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at Albion 56, Eureka 41
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Averett 35, at Ferrum 12
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at Southern Virginia 29, Hampden-Sydney 17
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at Randolph-Macon 20, Emory and Henry 17
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at Franklin and Marshall 34, McDaniel 17
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at Plymouth State 34, Worcester State 9
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at Ithaca 27, Alfred 9
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Wilkes 24, at Lycoming 17
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at Ohio Wesleyan 55, Oberlin 3
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at Muhlenberg 24, Susquehanna 17
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Wabash 48, at Allegheny 35
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at Delaware Valley 28, Stevenson 21
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at Widener 48, FDU-Florham 10
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at Lebanon Valley 31, Alvernia 12
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Dickinson 56, at Gettysburg 20
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Lakeland 28, at Kalamazoo 7
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Concordia-Chicago 23, at Finlandia 12
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Greenville 42, at Northwestern (Minn.) 14
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at UW-Oshkosh 44, Huntingdon 14
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MacMurray 38, at Minnesota-Morris 14
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at Carthage 36, Carroll 7
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Westminster (Mo.) 35, at Iowa Wesleyan 7
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at Williams 44, Tufts 8
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at Mount Union 45, Baldwin Wallace 7
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Franklin 34, at Bluffton 19
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at Mount St. Joseph 34, Anderson 7
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Bethany 41, at Waynesburg 17
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John Carroll 14, at Otterbein 7
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Nichols 37, at Anna Maria 20
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at Norwich 17, Coast Guard 14
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at Wilmington 42, Ohio Northern 38
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at Alma 51, Rockford 16
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at UW-Platteville 41, Thomas More 10
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at St. Olaf 36, Carleton 19
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at St. John's 33, Gustavus Adolphus 21
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at Concordia-Moorhead 48, Augsburg 0
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Nebraska Wesleyan 37, at Buena Vista 16
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Hardin-Simmons 63, at Howard Payne 20
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at Austin 20, Centre 13
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Wartburg 62, at Luther 10
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Millikin 41, at North Park 7
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UW-Whitewater 28, at St. Xavier 20
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at Lewis and Clark 44, Whittier 41
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St. Thomas 74, at Hamline 14
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King's 41, at Hartwick 19
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at University of New England 31, Castleton 21
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at Olivet 21, Benedictine 6
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at Adrian 32, Wisconsin Lutheran 29
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Sul Ross State 21, at McMurry 7
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at Dickinson St. 23, UW-La Crosse 17
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at Waldorf 27, UW-River Falls 24
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at Willamette 34, Occidental 31
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Western Connecticut 42, at Bridgewater State 33
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at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 24, Pacific Lutheran 17
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at Puget Sound 28, La Verne 24
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at Mass-Dartmouth 37, Fitchburg State 13
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at Wittenberg 14, Wooster 12
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at Dakota St. 38, UW-Stevens Point 21
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at RPI 35, Utica 33
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at Stetson 59, Western New England 28
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North Central (Ill.) 46, at Washington U. 13
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at Marietta 31, Muskingum 25
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at Denison 66, Hiram 7
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Bridgewater 35, at Shenandoah 17
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at Brevard 27, Christopher Newport 6
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at Heidelberg 55, Capital 6
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at Case Western Reserve 52, Grove City 14
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at Geneva 45, Thiel 10
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Coe 24, at Loras 7
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at Augustana 55, Elmhurst 13
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at St. Scholastica 35, Crown 32
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Berry 14, at Trinity (Texas) 10
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Simpson 21, at Dubuque 14
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Birmingham-Southern 49, at Sewanee 30
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Texas Lutheran 31, at East Texas Baptist 21
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at Wheaton (Ill.) 24, Illinois Wesleyan 10
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at Southwestern 50, Louisiana College 3
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at Mary Hardin-Baylor 23, Belhaven 13
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at Millsaps 14, Rhodes 0
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at George Fox 26, Pomona-Pitzer 15
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at Redlands 27, Linfield 19
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at Chapman 37, Whitworth 30
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at Cal Lutheran 45, Pacific 28
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Johns Hopkins 17, at Randolph-Macon 12
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Salisbury 63, at Albright 28
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Delaware Valley 37, at Kean 7
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North Central (Ill.) 43, at Christopher Newport 13
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Wesley 69, at Franklin Pierce 0
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at Muhlenberg 45, TCNJ 26
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Ithaca 66, at St. Vincent 28
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at Susquehanna 42, Lycoming 26
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at Washington and Jefferson 16, Wittenberg 8
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at John Carroll 21, UW-Stevens Point 7
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Centre 45, at Hanover 31
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Berry 31, at Maryville (Tenn.) 10
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at Bethel 42, Simpson 10
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Wheaton (Ill.) 38, at Monmouth 0
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St. John's 14, at UW-Stout 7
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at UW-La Crosse 21, Concordia-Moorhead 14
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Whitworth 50, at La Verne 24
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at St. Thomas 69, Trinity International 3
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at UW-Whitewater 42, Dubuque 7
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Mount Union 66, at Rose-Hulman 14
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Hardin-Simmons 64, at Sul Ross State 0
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Washington U. 43, at Chicago 7
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