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Thomas More, UWO, Linfield clear hurdle

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Thomas More's Luke Zajac hurdles over a teammate to try to pick up more yardage against UW-Platteville.
Luke Zajac and Thomas More cleared another hurdle in their quest to get a playoff bid as an independent.
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UW-Platteville, Linfield, UW-Oshkosh and Illinois Welseyan each turned their most recent results around, although that was bad news for the Pioneers. RPI survived in triple overtime, while Union handed Springfield, a key playoff rival of Thomas More's, its first loss of the season.

UW-Platteville saw the tables turned in Week 3, as the No. 16 Pioneers rolled out to a 21-0 lead before Thomas More rallied for a 35-28 win. The Saints tied the game before halftime as Justin Post hit Logan Winkler for a 35-yard touchdown pass. The Pioneers (1-1) retook the lead with a 64-yard drive to open the second half, but Thomas More answered on the next possession with a long drive, capped by a 17-yard touchdown run by Luke Zajac.

Post found Hjavier Pitts for a 28-yard touchdown pass with 5:01 left in the game, and the Saints defense held on fourth-and-goal from the 13 as Kyle Davis broke up a pass to the end zone. Pitts had 123 yards on the ground and 38 yards through the air, with two touchdowns.

No. 15 UW-Oshkosh got the biggest output its had from its offense all season as the Titans won at Division II Lincoln (Mo.) 17-7, a week after losing to a third-year Division II program. Kyle Radavich was an efficient 19-for-31 passing for 156 yards and a touchdown and ran for a TD as well in the win. And No. 11 Linfield got back on track as well, with 389 yards of total offense, though it led to just 13 points in a 13-0 win vs. Redlands. The Wildcat defense held Redlands quarterback Levi Plante to 10-for-26 passing for 111 yards and an interception. Duke Mackle had the interception for Linfield, while Brian Pullman had two sacks and forced a fumble.

Illinois Welseyan fell out of the Top 25 last week, but could vault itself right back in after a 24-14 win vs. No. 12 Wheaton. The Thunder scored twice in the first two minutes of the second half to cut IWU's lead to 17-14 but could not get back on the scoreboard. 

Union receiver Andre Ross had six catches for 178 yards and the Springfield rushing offense was held completely in check as the Dutchmen upended the No. 25 Pride 45-10. The Dutchmen's defense limited the Pride to just 126 total yards of offense -- just 1.9 per play -- after they averaged 400-plus yards on the ground in their first two games, both victories. With the NEWMAC not yet eligible for an automatic bid, Springfield, the rest of its conference, and Thomas More are competing for one playoff bid, which comes from Pool B.

No. 5 North Central rolled up 577 yards of total offense and fended off a frantic comeback attempt to defeat Washington U. 32-19. Cardinal quarterback Broc Rutter established a benchmark for the program with 35 completions in his 47 passes. Washington U. scored with 43 seconds left to cut the lead to 13 and lined up for an onside kick once again, but Michael Sfikas snagged the ball out of the air to finish the contest.

Sophomore Sanjay Krishnan made two field goals in overtime and defensive back D.J. Stefonsky sealed the win with an interception in the end zone as No. 21 RPI defeated Utica, 23-20. The Engineers (3-0) scored with 3:41 left in regulation to force an extra session and the teams traded missed field goals in the first overtime, made kicks in the second before RPI emerged victorious after the third overtime.

After scoring the first 28 points of the game, No. 18 Berry had to hold on to defeat Rhodes 42-35 in an SAA game. The Lynx responded by cutting that 28-0 lead to 35-28 and it was a seven-point deficit again in the fourth quarter before Kevin Grier and Mark Sommerville each intercepted passes in the final minute-plus to seal the win.

Wilkes held the ball for nearly 40 minutes, but let an upset slip out of its hands at Delaware Valley where the No. 22 Aggies hung on for a 21-10 victory. Dashawn Darden ran for 145 yards and two touchdowns including the game-clinching score with 1:08 to play.

The 1,000th game in St. Thomas football history was like many others in the past decade as the No. 3-ranked Tommies opened MIAC play with a 62-0 win vs. Hamline. Will Toonen had return touchdowns of two and 42 yards and Josh Parks rushed 10 times for 100 yards in less than two quarters as UST broke a record with its 29th consecutive victory over MIAC opponents dating to October 2014. The includes 28 MIAC regular-season games and one NCAA playoff victory over St. John's. The Tommie defense held Hamline to minus-15 net yards on 44 plays with just two first downs (one by penalty), and forced 11 punts. UST had three takeaways and 19 tackles for loss.

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

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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.