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Top 25 roundup: UMHB rolls, UWO sputters

Markeith Miller
Markeith Miller tied the Division III season high with six rushing touchdowns at Albright on Saturday.
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Week 2 brought more than a couple of upsets as the UW-Oshkosh offense struggled again, but the Mary Hardin-Baylor offense came out firing on all cylinders in Saturday's Top 25 games. 

If a team makes its greatest improvement between Week 1 and Week 2, the UW-Oshkosh offense needs another couple of Week 2's, and fast. The Titans finished with just 127 yards of total offense and completed just 10 of 29 passes in a 7-3 loss at Davenport. Davenport is a third-year program, in its second season at the NCAA Division II level.

The Panthers took a 7-0 lead late in the first half and the No. 4 Titans missed a field goal early in the third quarter. They got into Davenport territory twice in the second half, once resulting in a 37-yard field goal by Peyton Peterson and the second ending in a turnover on downs at the Panther 34. The UWO offense has scored 17 points in two weeks and averages 166.5 yards of total offense in those two games. 

No. 2 Mary Hardin-Baylor got its season off on a high note, taking it to Albright to the tune of a school record for points in a 91-7 final. Luke Poorman didn't even start for the Cru, who gave the honors to Jase Hammack, a transfer who started his career at Abilene Christian, a Division I FCS program. Markeith Miller ran for six touchdowns in the win. Hammack completed seven of 12 passes for 270 yards and two scores, yielding to Poorman with 6:20 left in the first quarter and again on the second possession of the third quarter. Poorman was 5-for-7 passing for 96 yards. Eleven member of the Cru registered one tackle for loss apiece in the victory, while Jefferson Fritz had two of UMHB's four interceptions.

Ithaca scored with 1:38 left to cut Brockport's lead to 13-7, but could not cover the onside kick and the No. 5 Golden Eagles held on for the victory. Justin Morrison picked up 51 yards on 13 carries before leaving with an injury and Joe Germinerio completed 23 of 37 passes, but they went for just 170 yards against the Ithaca defense. The Brockport defense didn't give up much either, though, as Ithaca managed just 180 points of total offense. Alex West had two and a half tackles for loss, three quarterback hurries and a forced fumble from his linebacker spot.

Matt Sacia threw for 252 yards and a touchdown, but Monmouth's DeAndre Wright ran for 165 yards and two scores as the Scots knocked off No. 13 Wartburg 24-18. The Knights extended their lead to 18-13 with a 36-yard field goal late in the third, but Yansay Williams returned the ensuing kickoff 77 yards to set up an 18-yard drive which gave Monmouth (1-1) the lead. A short Wartburg punt to start the fourth quarter set the Scots up at the 40 and Joey Biel converted on a 21-yard field goal to give Monmouth a 24-18 lead. Wartburg never got closer than the Monmouth 31 the rest of the way.

Illinois Wesleyan rallied from a 16-point fourth-quarter deficit to tie the game at 31-31, but UW-La Crosse's Ryan Beirne hit on a 20-yard field goal as time expired to defeat the No. 21 Titans 34-31. IWU twice blocked (or otherwise interrupted) the game-ending field goal attempt, but only by virtue of a Titans player being significantly offsides each time. Ben Schramski had hit tight end Cole Spieker for a 28-yard gain to midfield to get the drive started. Spieker finshed with six catches for 119 yards and Dominic Labellarte had six catches for 103 yards and two scores in the win.

Jaquan Hemphill ran for 258 yards and two touchdowns and Marc Reed threw for two scores and ran for another as No. 10 Hardin-Simmons won 42-33 at Trinity (Texas). The No. 10 Cowboys, playing their season opener, rolled up 453 yards on the ground, including 30 first downs.

North Central outgained Lake Forest 637-188 and had eight rushing touchdowns from five players in a 70-14 win. It was the season opener for the No. 7 Cardinals. Dominick Muoghalu led the way with 11 carries for 125 yards and three scores. Sixth-ranked Linfield fell in its season opener at former NAIA power Carroll, giving up a 65-yard touchdown pass with 1:29 left and falling 21-14. It was Carroll's third game of the season.

Frostburg State rolled up 24 points in the second quarter and had special teams touchdowns in the first and third as the No. 8 Bobcats rolled to a 47-7 win vs. TCNJ. Wayne Palmer had two and a half of Frostburg's eight sacks and added a forced fumble, while Connor Cox threw three touchdown passes in the second quarter en route to a 12-for-20 day.

No. 12 UW-Whitewater avenged one of last year's early-season losses as the Warhawks defeated Concordia-Moorhead 24-6. Cole Wilber finished 20-of-28 passing with 223 yards and two touchdowns, while Mitchell Dess contributed five receptions for 77 yards and one score, and JT Parish posted four catches for 65 yards and one touchdown

Susquehanna held off No. 18 Johns Hopkins to defeat the Blue Jays 37-35. Aaron Speight and Torey Brown combined for 90 yards and three touchdowns on 29 carries in the win, which came after Susquehanna scored 16 unanswered points to take a 37-28 lead. No. 23 Delaware Valley got back on track with a 52-21 at Mass-Dartmouth. Quarterback Dashawn Darden needed just 11 completions to throw for 207 yards and four touchdowns, including two to Dan Allen.

Nick Smith caught the first two passes of his career -- both touchdowns -- and the RPI defense intercepted four passes, including one returned for a touchdown, as the No. 24 Engineers defeated WPI 25-14, in the Transit Trophy Game.

Sep. 5: All times Eastern
6:30 PM
Capital at Westminster (Pa.)
7:00 PM
Johns Hopkins at Randolph-Macon
Live stats
7:00 PM
Buena Vista at Hamline
Video Live stats
7:00 PM
McMurry at Trinity (Texas)
Video
7:30 PM
Trine at Manchester
Live stats
8:00 PM
Belhaven at Millsaps
8:00 PM
Lake Forest at Wisconsin Lutheran
Video Live stats
Sep. 6: All times Eastern
6:00 PM
Salisbury at Albright
7:00 PM
Nichols at Dean
Video Live stats
7:00 PM
Stevenson at Curry
Video Live stats
7:00 PM
Worcester State at WPI
Video Live stats
7:00 PM
Delaware Valley at Kean
7:00 PM
Alvernia at Gallaudet
7:00 PM
Anna Maria at Becker
Live stats
7:00 PM
Framingham State at Endicott
Video Live stats
7:00 PM
Hope at Millikin
Video Live stats Audio
10:00 PM
Chapman at Pacific
Sep. 7: All times Eastern
12:00 PM
Maine Maritime at SUNY-Maritime
12:00 PM
Norwich at Salve Regina
Live stats
12:00 PM
St. John Fisher at Buffalo State
12:00 PM
FDU-Florham at Merchant Marine
Live stats
12:00 PM
Carnegie Mellon at MIT
Video Live stats
12:00 PM
Alfred State at Mass-Dartmouth
Video Live stats
12:00 PM
Wesley at Franklin Pierce
Live stats Tickets
12:00 PM
Brockport at Hobart
12:00 PM
TCNJ at Muhlenberg
Video Live stats
12:00 PM
Allegheny at RPI
12:00 PM
Grove City at Juniata
Video Live stats
12:00 PM
Morrisville State at Bridgewater State
Live stats
12:00 PM
Bethany at Ursinus
Video Live stats
12:00 PM
Fitchburg State at Cortland
Live stats
12:00 PM
North Central (Ill.) at Christopher Newport
1:00 PM
Greensboro at Apprentice
1:00 PM
Lycoming at Susquehanna
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Western Connecticut at William Paterson
1:00 PM
Plymouth State at Castleton
1:00 PM
Kenyon at Catholic
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Wilkes at Hartwick
1:00 PM
Montclair State at Southern Virginia
Live stats
1:00 PM
Kalamazoo at Oberlin
1:00 PM
Bluffton at Wooster
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Methodist at Shenandoah
Live stats
1:00 PM
Dickinson at Washington and Lee
Video
1:00 PM
Averett at Hampden-Sydney
Live stats
1:00 PM
N.C. Wesleyan at Emory and Henry
Video Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
Springfield at Western New England
1:00 PM
Baldwin Wallace at Alma
Preview Live stats
1:00 PM
Franklin and Marshall at Lebanon Valley
1:00 PM
Ithaca at St. Vincent
1:00 PM
Alfred at Thiel
1:00 PM
Westfield State at Union
1:00 PM
Wittenberg at Washington and Jefferson
1:00 PM
Misericordia at McDaniel
1:00 PM
Coast Guard at University of New England
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Mayville St. at St. Scholastica
1:30 PM
Centre at Hanover
Live stats
1:30 PM
Geneva at Mount St. Joseph
Live stats
1:30 PM
Waynesburg at Muskingum
Video Live stats Audio
1:30 PM
UW-Stevens Point at John Carroll
2:00 PM
Berry at Maryville (Tenn.)
Live stats
2:00 PM
Guilford at Huntingdon
2:00 PM
Otterbein at Ohio Wesleyan
2:00 PM
Simpson at Bethel
2:00 PM
Coe at Augustana
2:00 PM
East Texas Baptist at UW-Platteville
Live stats
2:00 PM
Macalester at Carleton
2:00 PM
Southwestern at Sewanee
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Wartburg at Greenville
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Finlandia at Concordia (Wis.)
Live stats
2:00 PM
Martin Luther at Gustavus Adolphus
2:00 PM
Crown at St. Olaf
2:00 PM
Concordia-Moorhead at UW-La Crosse
2:00 PM
St. John's at UW-Stout
Audio
2:00 PM
Augsburg at Ripon
2:00 PM
Lawrence at Grinnell
2:00 PM
Howard Payne at Austin
Live stats
2:00 PM
Carroll at Lakeland
2:00 PM
Wheaton (Ill.) at Monmouth
2:00 PM
Northwestern (Minn.) at Central
2:00 PM
St. Norbert at Aurora
2:00 PM
Carthage at UW-Oshkosh
2:00 PM
Westminster (Mo.) at Nebraska Wesleyan
2:00 PM
Luther at Whittier
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Whitworth at La Verne
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Pomona-Pitzer at Lewis-Clark Valley
2:10 PM
Trinity International at St. Thomas
2:10 PM
Loras at UW-Eau Claire
Video Live stats Audio
3:00 PM
Dubuque at UW-Whitewater
3:00 PM
Rockford at MacMurray
Video
3:00 PM
Redlands at George Fox
Video Live stats Audio
3:00 PM
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at Puget Sound
Video Live stats
6:00 PM
North Park at Anderson
Live stats
6:00 PM
Heidelberg at Adrian
Live stats
6:00 PM
Defiance at Albion
Live stats
6:00 PM
Widener at Rowan
6:00 PM
Moravian at King's
6:00 PM
Birmingham-Southern at LaGrange
Live stats
6:00 PM
Concordia-Chicago at Beloit
7:00 PM
St. Lawrence at Utica
7:00 PM
Marietta at Hiram
7:00 PM
Case Western Reserve at Rochester
Video Live stats
7:00 PM
Ohio Northern at Denison
Video Live stats Live stats
7:00 PM
Mount Union at Rose-Hulman
Video Live stats
7:00 PM
Olivet at Wilmington
Live stats
7:00 PM
Gettysburg at Bridgewater
Live stats
7:00 PM
Franklin at Benedictine
Live stats
7:00 PM
Washington U. at Chicago
Video Live stats Audio
7:00 PM
Knox at Eureka
7:00 PM
Lyon at Hendrix
7:00 PM
Louisiana College at Stetson
7:00 PM
UW-River Falls at Minnesota-Morris
7:00 PM
Hardin-Simmons at Sul Ross State
Audio
7:00 PM
Rhodes at Illinois College
8:00 PM
Iowa Wesleyan at Cornell

D3football.com Top 25, preseason

The D3football.com Top 25, entering the 2019 season. This is the 17th season of the D3football.com Top 25.

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1 Mary Hardin-Baylor (24) 15-0 624
2 Mount Union (1) 14-1 599
3 St. John's 12-1 566
4 UW-Whitewater 12-1 555
5 North Central (Ill.) 10-2 482
6 Johns Hopkins 12-2 457
7 St. Thomas 8-2 414
8 Muhlenberg 11-2 405
9 Hardin-Simmons 9-2 397
10 Bethel 11-2 396  
11 Whitworth 10-1 336  
12 Linfield 7-2 291  
13 Brockport 11-1 230  
14 Delaware Valley 9-2 223  
15 Illinois Wesleyan 8-2 197  
16 Berry 10-2 190  
17 John Carroll 9-2 168  
18 Wittenberg 9-1 162  
19 RPI 10-2 152  
20 Centre 10-2 137  
21 Washington and Jefferson 9-2 132  
22 Wheaton (Ill.) 8-2 109  
23 Wabash 9-1 105  
24 Randolph-Macon 9-3 91  
25 St. Norbert 10-2 83

Others receiving votes: Trine 73; UW-La Crosse 71; Wartburg 61; Wesley 59; Washington U. 58; Montclair State 49; Alfred 48; Ithaca 42; UW-Oshkosh 40; Central 29; Case Western Reserve 25; Baldwin Wallace 20; Salisbury 15; Trinity (Texas) 10; Hope 10; Redlands 6; Marietta 3; Trinity (Conn.) 3, MIT 2.

The D3football.com Top 25 is voted on by a panel of 25 coaches, Sports Information Directors and media members from across the country, and is published weekly. Points are awarded on a 25-24-23-22-etc. basis.