Notebook: UMD Sitting Ontop
Nov. 1, 2010
By Amy Farnum
ON THE RUN: Michigan Tech senior running back Phil Milbrath garnered Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week for an outstanding performance in the Huskies' upset of then-No. 1 Grand Valley State on Oct. 30.
The native of Norway, Mich., carried the ball 33 times for 293 yards and two scores as the Huskies downed the Lakers for the first time since 1984.
Milbrath has rushed for 543 yards over his last two games and now leads the GLIAC with 158.0 yards per game. He also tops the league in scoring with 12.0 points per game and all-purpose yards with 204.1 yards per game.
NEW AT THE TOP: Minnesota-Duluth climbed to the top of the AFCA Division II Top 25 for the first time program history during the regular season thanks to Michigan Tech's upset of then-No. 1 GVSU last weekend.
The Bulldogs are one of six Division II schools with 9-0 records after defeating then-No. 20 St. Cloud State, 40-17, on Oct. 30. UMD has won 28 consecutive Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference contests and will put the winning streak on the line at Minnesota-Crookston on Nov. 6.
VIKING VICTORS: Minnesota-Duluth is not the only 9-0 team in the NSIC. Augustana's 17-13 win over Minnesota State last weekend gave the Vikings their school-record ninth win of the season.
Junior defensive back Nick Andreas was selected NSIC Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts in the victory. The native of Lakeville, Minn., tallied a career-high 15 tackles along with a fumble recovery. Three of Andreas' tackles came during a drive in which the Vikings forced a Maverick punt which lead to the eventual game-winning drive.
The No. 7 Vikings, who are one spot shy of their highest national ranking, will put their perfect record on the line at Wayne State on Nov. 6.
STILL STUBBORN: Central Missouri put itself in position to battle for at least a share of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association by defeating Missouri Southern, 34-21, over the weekend.
Jamorris Warren led the Mules with 148 yards and two touchdowns on eight catches. With his performance, Warren became the school's single-season receiving yards leader with 1,091. Senior quarterback Eric Czerniewski also set a new school single-season mark with 33 TD passes after tossing four scores against the Lions.
The No. 6 Mules are 8-0 in league action, and will host No. 3 Northwest Missouri State to conclude the regular season on Nov. 6. The Bearcats are 7-0 in MIAA play.
CHARGING ON: New Haven broke into the latest AFCA Division II Top 25 at No. 23 after clinching at least a share of the Northeast-10 Conference championship with a convincing 58-19 victory over Pace University on Oct. 30.
Victor Jones rushed for 149 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries, becoming just the third player in school history to reach the 1,000-yard plateau.
New Haven concludes the regular season against Saint Anselm College on Nov. 6.
A NICE DAY: Kutztown sophomore quarterback Kevin Morton claimed his second Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference East Offensive Player of the Week award after tossing a career-high 451 yards and five touchdowns on a school-record 35 completions on 52 attempts.
All five of Morton's TDs were thrown in the second half as the Golden Bears scored 35 unanswered points en route to a 45-23 victory over West Chester on Saturday. It was the third straight week Morton passed for at least 350 yards.
By defeating West Chester for the first time since 2003, the No. 15 Golden Bears (9-0, 6-0) will play for the PSAC East championship against No. 13 Bloomsburg (8-1, 6-0) on Nov. 6.
THIS WEEK'S TOP 25 GAMES - November 6
No. 3 Northwest Missouri at No. 6 Central Missouri
No. 2 Abilene Christian at No. 14 West Texas A&M
No. 4 Texas A&M-Kingsville at No. 19 Midwestern State
No. 5 Albany State vs. No. 22 Fort Valley State (21st Annual Fountain City Classic)