/notables/2018/11/week10-top25-roundup

Top 25: NCC beats IWU, UST rallies, Salisbury upset

North Central comes up to the line.
North Central had a big day on offense at Illinois Wesleyan.
North Central athletics file photo by Steve Woltmann
 

Wesley knocked off its unbeaten archrival, North Central handled Illinois Wesleyan, St. Thomas had to rally down two scores in the fourth quarter and Bethel made sure everyone knew it was ranked for a reason in Saturday's Division III football Top 25 action. 

Wesley missed an extra point with 61 seconds to play, missed another in overtime, Khaaliq Burroughs threw five interceptions and Wesley still knocked off its archrival, defeating No. 18 Salisbury 19-13. The loss is the first on the season for the Sea Gulls after eight consecutive wins. The Wolverines held the option offense of the Sea Gulls to 195 yards, all of them on the ground. Wesley improved to 6-3, 5-3 in the NJAC, with all three losses coming by one point apiece.

Devinne Greene had three of the five Sea Gull interceptions, one of which set Salisbury up on the 41-yard line and led to its second touchdown, giving his team a 13-0 lead. 

North Central scored 24 consecutive points from the second to fourth quarter and the No. 10 Cardinals pulled away to a 38-20 victory at No. 13 Illinois Wesleyan. After a 24-yard touchdown pass by Brandon Bauer tied the game at 14 apiece late in the second quarter, the Cardinals immediately answered,as Cameron Moore returned the ensuing kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown to allow NCC to retake the lead. The Cardinals opened the second half with a 63-yard touchdown drive to take the lead, then followed with a 98-yard drive early in the fourth. Broc Rutter made an 86-yard completion to Michael Sfikas on third-and-14, then ran the ball in from 6 yards out on the next play to give North Central a three-touchdown advantage.

In the tournament

The following teams have qualified for the 2018 NCAA Division III playoffs:

Berry (SAA)
Brockport (E8)
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (SCIAC)
Delaware Valley (MAC)
Denison (NCAC)
Eureka (NACC)
Framingham State (MASCAC)
Frostburg State (NJAC)
Hanover (HCAC)
Husson (ECFC)
Johns Hopkins (CC)
Martin Luther (UMAC)
Mary Hardin-Baylor (ASC)
Marvyille (USAC)
Mount Union (OAC)
North Central (CCIW)
Randolph-Macon (ODAC)
RPI (LL)
St. John's (MIAC)
St. Norbert (MWC)
Trine (MIAA)
UW-Whitewater (WIAC)
Wartburg (ARC)
Washington & Jefferson (PAC)
Western New England (CCC)
Whitworth (NWC)

St. Thomas took its first lead with 2:28 left in the game and the No. 7-ranked Tommies rallied to win 14-13 at Gustavus Adolphus. The Tommies, who were shut out through three quarters for the first time since the 2011 national semifinals at UW-Whitewater, brought in Ronnie Jones at quarterback after Jacques Perra went 10-for-17 for 54 yards with two interceptions. Jones led the Tommies on a touchdown drive early in the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 13-7. Later in the quarter, Mark Dowdle ran out of the end zone with a fake punt to keep the Tommies' drive alive and Jones followed by hitting Gabe Green for a 28-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-8 to take the lead.

It was just Jones' fifth completion on the afternoon. He attempted 17 passes.

"Sometimes you need a little spark," Tommies coach Glenn Caruso said on St. Thomas' radio postgame show. "Sometimes that comes through defensive pressure, sometimes no-huddle offense, sometimes a personnel change."

Bethel picked off Augsburg quarterbacks four times and six players scored rushing touchdowns as the No. 25 Royals rolled past Augsburg 75-0. The Auggies managed just 155 yards of total offense. Bethel and St. Thomas square off at Bethel next Saturday, with the winner in good shape for an at-large bid to the playoffs. 

Joseph Ortiz caught 18 passes for 170 yards and Brockport's Rashad Baker caught four passes, all of them on defense and one in the end zone in the closing seconds of a 21-16 win vs. Cortland. The Red Dragons fell to 7-2, 5-2 in the Empire 8, while Brockport improved to 9-0, 6-0 and clinched the conference's automatic bid. Cortland managed 66 rushing yards, but just 171 passing yards on 44 attempts, including five interceptions.

Leading 37-13 with 10 and a half minutes left, Linfield seemed to have its game well in hand. But Puget Sound came back to score 22 points in six minutes, taking a 41-40 lead with less than a minute to play. That only set up Wyatt Smith for some last-minute heroics, however, as he hit J.D. Lasswell for a 59-yard touchdown pass with 35 seconds to go to give No. 23 Linfield the 47-41 win.

D'Angelo Fulford completed 14 of 18 passes for 236 yards and three scores, and Ernie Burkes ran for 126 yards and a touchdown as No. 1 Mount Union defeated Muskingum 52-10, clinching the automatic bid from the Ohio Athletic Conference for the second consecutive season. Danny Robinson had a pair of sacks and Andrew Roesch had four tackles for loss in the win.

No. 14 Trine clinched the automatic bid from the MIAA on Saturday as the Thunder defeated Adrian and Hope defeated Kalamazoo. Lamar Carswell finished 1 yard shy of averaging 10.0 yards per carry, going 26 carries for 259 yards and three touchdowns in Trine's 42-47 win. Brandon Winter threw for two touchdowns in nine pass attempts. Kalamazoo lost to Hope 33-7.

Conor Davies scored a pair of touchdowns and the No. 15 RPI defense held St. Lawrence to 19 yards rushing as the Engineers defeated the Saints, 27-20, to clinch the Liberty League title and the conference's automatic bid into the NCAA playoffs. RPI improved to 8-0, 4-0 in the LL heading into the regular season finale with archrival Union.

No. 16 Delaware Valley registered two defensive touchdowns and eight sacks as the Aggies rolled over King's 49-0. Michael Nobile tallied four tackles for loss and three sacks for Delaware Valley. Stevenson intentionally took a safety with three seconds left to ensure a 33-32 win over Lycoming which guarantees the Mustangs will finish in front of FDU-Florham in the MAC standings. If Delaware Valley and Misericordia finish tied for first without playing each other, Stevenson's position relative to FDU-Florham could decide which team gets the automatic bid.

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
Video 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 Audio
1:00 PM
Methodist at Shenandoah
Live stats
1:00 PM
Dickinson at Washington and Lee
Video Live stats
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
Loras at UW-Eau Claire
Video Live stats Audio
2:10 PM
Trinity International at St. Thomas
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.

Rank School (No. 1 votes) W-L Points  

D3football.com will 
rank all 247 teams
in Kickoff 2019!
Subscribe now!

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.