Nov. 8, 2010

IT'S UP ... IT'S GOOD! It doesn't get more exciting than last weekend's Northwest Missouri State-Central Missouri game - a 45-yard field goal attempt with seconds remaining on the clock and the league title on the line in front of a Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association-record crowd of 13,096 fans. It is a dream-like scenario for any player, and sophomore placekicker Todd Adolf certainly got a happy ending in that dream nailing the game-winning, career-long field goal as time expired as the Bearcats handed the Mules their first loss, 17-16, in MIAA play. Adolf had missed a 26-yard field goal attempt in the second quarter. The victory extended NWMSU's MIAA winning streak to 45 games as the Bearcats held the Mules their lowest point total of the season. Central Missouri's regular season came to an end with the loss and the Mules will have to wait to see if they earn an at-large berth in the NCAA Division II playoffs when the bracket is announced on Nov. 14. SCRATCHIN' AND CLAWIN': Second-ranked Abilene Christian fended off a valiant effort by then-No. 14 West Texas A&M, surviving with a 41-34 victory thanks to Daryl Richardson's 23-yard TD scamper with a minute left in the game on Nov. 6. The Wildcats clinched a share of their second Lone Star Conference South Division title in the last three years in front of 13,827 fans. Richardson ran for 98 yards and three touchdowns, counteracting the aerial assault by WTAMU quarterback Taylor Harris, who threw for 496 yards and four touchdowns in the contest. ACU, the No. 1-ranked team in the region, closes out its regular season against Southwestern Oklahoma State on Nov. 13 with a chance to post the program's first-ever 11-0 regular season. ON THE RUN: The nation's leading rusher Franklyn Quiteh was not quieted by previously-unbeaten Kutztown as No. 13 Bloomsburg dominated the No. 15 Golden Bears, 61-35, to claim the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Eastern Division title on Saturday. The freshman from Tobyhanna, Pa., collected 194 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 22 carries, earning PSAC East Offensive Player of the Week honors for his performance. It was his fourth-most rushing yards of the season. Quiteh entered the contest averaging over 160 yards per game, raising it to 163.9 rushing yards per game after the outing. The No. 11 Huskies will travel to Mercyhust, winner of the PSAC West Division, to determine the league champion on Nov. 13. PERFECTION: Fifth-ranked Albany State closed out the regular season with a perfect 10-0 record following the Golden Rams' 12-7 win over No. 22 Fort Valley State as they claimed their first Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference since 2006. Senior Ronnie Childs caught six passes for 109 yards and two touchdowns in ASU's hard-fought victory in the Fountain City Classic. Childs, who was named the Classic MVP, also garnered SIAC Offensive Player of the Week honors for his contributions. The Rams automatically receive a berth in the NCAA Division II playoffs along with their league title. QUICK HITS: No. 1 Minnesota Duluth clinched a share of its third straight Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference with a convincing 55-7 win over Minnesota Crookston on Nov. 6. UMD, the most potent scoring offense in the nation, registered touchdowns on six of its seven first half possessions. The Bulldogs will claim the outright league title with a victory over Minnesota State Mankato on Nov. 13 ... Wayne State tied a program record for wins as the Warriors improved to 8-2 with a 41-27 defeat of Indianapolis last weekend. The program has reached eight wins in just three prior seasons ... Valdosta State claimed a share of the Gulf South Conference for the first time since 2004 with a 31-13 win over West Georgia. The Blazers can secure an outright title with a victory at West Alabama on Nov. 11 ... Shaw remained unbeaten in Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association action with a 10-6 win over St. Augustine's College on Nov. 6, earning the league's Southern Division title and a spot in the CIAA championship game against Virginia State on Nov. 13 ... Wingate won at least a share of the South Atlantic Conference title with a 49-29 victory over Mars Hill College last Saturday. It is Wingate's first title in school history, and the Bulldogs can claim the outright championship with a victory at Newberry on Nov. 16.