Sept. 28, 2010

By Amy Farnum
NCAA.com

LAYING IT ON THE LINE:
When No. 2 Mount Union and No. 9 Ohio Northern meet on the gridiron on Oct. 2, two significant streaks will be on the line in the highly-touted match-up between Ohio Athletic Conference foes on Oct. 2.

The Purple Raiders are coming off a 51-0 win at Wilmington (Ohio) that stretched their regular season winning streak to 46 games. Zac Lemmon rushed for three touchdowns, while the Purple Raiders defense held the Quakers to 151 total yards.

The Polar Bears froze out Muskingum, 36-0, last weekend, limiting the Muskies to only three yards rushing and 158 total yards in the shutout. Senior running back Brent Donley, the OAC Offensive Player of the Week, ran for 143 yards and a score as ONU won its school-record 10th straight game - a streak that dates back to last season.

Mount Union leads the all-time series 38-13-1 and has won four straight against ONU since the Polar Bears 21-14 win in 2005 in Alliance.

TOMMIE-JOHNNIE SHOWDOWN: For the first time in program history, St. Thomas (Minn.) will visit Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference foe Saint Johns with a Top 5 ranking attached to its name. The Johnnies are ranked No. 18 in the latest AFCA Division III Top 25 as two of the nations top scoring offenses (both over 40 points per game) will face each other on Oct. 2. It is the first time in 25 years SJU has hosted the Tommies for Homecoming.

The Tommies are fresh off a 56-7 drubbing of Concordia-Moorhead, racking up 503 yards of total offense, while giving up just 167 and forcing five turnovers.

The Johnnies are coming off a similar dominant victory after downing Augsburg, 48-10. Quarterback Joe Boyle notched his first career 300-yard passing game as the Johnnies hit the mark for the first time since 2007. The native of Richfield, Minn., tossed two TDs and ran for two more, earning MIAC Offensive Player of the Week honors.

Last years match-up drew 12,903 fans in Collegeville, just 205 short of the league single-game attendance record. The Johnnies have won 12 straight in the series.

CCIW ROLLING: After concluding non-league action with a 22-2, the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin will begin conference play with a bang as two nationally-ranked foes face off on Oct. 2 and No. 13 Illinois Wesleyan heads to No. 17 Wheaton (Ill.) to open CCIW play.

Both squads enter league action with 3-0 marks, and are two of six schools in the eight-member conference that accomplished the feat. Collectively, the CCIW posted a 22-2 non-conference mark, the leagues best record since 1998. No. 7 North Central, the preseason favorite to win the league, also began the year with a 3-0 mark.

QUICK HITS: Alfred University cracked the AFCA Division III Top 25 at No. 25 following a 35-28 win at Springfield to open Empire 8 action. Freshman tailback Austin Dwyer rushed for a career-high 168 yards and two TDs, and caught another score on the day, garnering the leagues Offensive Player of the Week award … Coe College junior quarterback Brad Boyle threw for two scores and ran for three more as the Kohawks rallied for 17 unanswered points in a 37-28 comeback over then-No. 7 Central (Iowa). Boyle was named Iowa Conference Offensive Player of the Week for his performance. It was the Kohawks first win over the Dutch since 2005. Coe racked up 533 yards of offense, the third consecutive week it has hit the 500-yard mark. No. 8 Coe looks to remain perfect at Dubuque on Oct. 2 … Bridgewater (Va.) got off to a 3-0 start with a 35-24 win over Ferrum as senior wide receiver Tyler Beiler collected 212 yards receiving to become the schools all-time leader in receiving yards (2,051). Three of Beilers seven catches were for a touchdown. He earned Old Dominion Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week for his accomplishments.