Oct. 4, 2010

DOUBLE-TAKE: It was anticipated to be a battle between Top 10 teams, but there was not much of a contest for the record crowd of 10,805 fans at Bearcat Stadium when No. 7 Northwest Missouri State dominated No. 8 Missouri Western, 42-0, in a game between Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association squads on Oct. 2.

It was the first time the Griffons had been shut out since 1997, and the first time the Bearcats had shutout Missouri Western in the 30-game series.

Missouri Western had entered the game as the nations top scoring team in Division II, averaging 48.6 points per game. The Griffons managed just 167 yards of total offense. The Bearcats have now won 40 straight conference games, one shy of equaling the MIAA record held by Northwest.

‘CATS ON THE PROWL: No. 5 Abilene Christian survived a clash of Lone Star Conference South Division unbeatens, fending off then-No. 6 Texas A&M-Kingsville, 31-24, behind a stellar performance by sophomore quarterback Mitchell Gale.

Gale, a native of Alva, Okla., set career-high marks for the third straight week in completions, attempts and yards as he led the Wildcats to victory against the nations top-ranked defense. He completed 34 of 51 passes for 417 yards and three touchdowns, earning LSC South Offensive Player of the Week honors. Gale has thrown 240 passes without an interception. ACU recorded 440 total yards against the Javelinas, who had held their previous four opponents to less than 200 total yards.

The Wildcats move on to another Top 10 LSC team as they host No. 8 Midwestern State on Oct. 9. There are four LSC squads ranked in the Top 10 of the latest national poll.

ROLLING THUNDER: CSU-Pueblo broke into the AFCA Division II Top 25 for the first time in program history after coming out on top of a 33-30 triple-overtime contest against Chadron State on Oct. 2. Last year, the Thunderwolves ended Chadrons 28-game Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference winning streak with a 28-17 defeat of CSC.

The Thunderwolves are 5-0 - the programs best start since 1980 when it claimed the RMAC championship as a member of the NAIA. CSUP restarted the football program in 2008, posting a 4-6 record, and following it up with a 7-4 mark last year. The Thunderwolves appear in a national poll (NAIA Top 25) for the first time since 1983.

Junior running back Jesse Lewis claimed RMAC Offensive Player of the Week honors after carrying the ball 18 times for 118 yards and a touchdown as he remained the leagues leading rusher at 129.2 yards per game. Lewis has scored at least one touchdown in his past seven games.

CSUP will face its toughest two tests of the season over the next two weeks as the Thunderwolves travel to Colorado Mines on Oct. 9, following by a home game against defending RMAC champion and No. 14 Nebraska-Kearney the next weekend.

CHARGING ON: Hillsdale College sophomore running back Joe Glendening racked up 156 yards and three touchdowns on 32 carries as he played a key role in the Chargers 35-21 victory over Saginaw Valley State last weekend. The win broke the Chargers seven-game losing streak to SVSU.

The native of Grand Rapids, Mich., claimed Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week for his performance. Glendening leads the league with 11 touchdowns and paces the GLIAC with 152.8 rushing yards per game.

The Chargers have won three consecutive games, climbing two spots to No. 9 in the latest AFCA Division II Top 25 -- their highest ranking since being in the No. 8 spot in 1992.

QUICK HITS: No. 1 Grand Valley States point total in the Lakers 71-10 win over Wayne State was the programs most since GVSU downed Wayne State 77-12 in 2001 … Central Missouri moved up four spots to No. 12 in the latest AFCA Division II Top 25 after downing Truman, 38-14, for the Bulldogs first 4-0 start in Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association play since 2002 … Kutztown is off to its best start in school history at 5-0 after turning back Shippensburg, 33-24, last weekend. The Golden Bears have scored 30 or more points in every game this season … Delta State quarterback Micah Davis sparked the Statesmen to a 20-point, fourth-quarter comeback, including a 16-yard TD pass with 19 seconds left in regulation in DSUs 41-37 upset of then-No. 15 West Alabama on Sept. 30. The native of Wesson, Miss., threw for five touchdowns and a career-best 414 yards against the Tigers, and was named Gulf South Conference Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts. DSU moved up six spots to No. 13 in the latest poll following the victory … St. Augustines College senior tailback Walter Sanders garnered Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Offensive Back of the Week honors after running for 243 yards and three scores in the Falcons 42-36 win over defending league champion Fayetteville State last weekend. Sanders, a native of Baltimore, Md., needs just 299 yards to become the schools first 1,000-yard rusher of the modern era.