WHITEWATER, Wis. — No. 1 Wisconsin-Whitewater scored the first four times it had the ball Saturday as the Warhawks topped Campbellsville 54-14.
Matt Blanchard, who played less than a half, was efficient, hitting on 12-of-15 passes for 294 yards and the three touchdowns. Levell Coppage rushed 15 times for 117 yards, and Desmin Ward carried the ball 9 times for 92.
Campbellsville’s quarterback Patrick Henry, who came in when starter Zach Eastham went out with an injury, completed 4-of-22 passes for two touchdowns. Wayne Coffee carried the ball 15 times for 55 yards. Warrenhuffman had three catches for 87 yards.
No. 2 Mount Union 58, John Carroll 7
ALLIANCE, Ohio — Junior running back Jeremy Murray and junior wide receiver Jasper Collins had career nights to lead No. 2 Mount Union to a 58-7 victory against John Carroll in the Ohio Athletic Conference opener before a sellout crowd of 6,252 at Mount Union Stadium on Saturday night.
Murray finished with career-highs of 254 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries for Mount Union (2-0, 1-0 OAC). Also, junior wide receiver Jasper Collins had a career-best three touchdown catches. Collins finished with eight catches for 109 yards.
The Purple Raiders finished the game with 631 total yards, their highest total since gaining 657 yards against Wheaton in a NCAA Division III national semifinal game on Dec. 13, 2008. It was Mount Union’s best regular-season performance for total yards since a 648-yard performance against Baldwin-Wallace on Oct. 4, 2008.
No. 3 Mary Hardin-Baylor 28, McMurry 27
BELTON, TX — Javicz Jones intercepted a McMurry two-point conversion attempt with less than two minutes remaining to preserve the lead, and the Cru used another pick with just 11 seconds left to preserve the win as No. 3 Mary Hardin-Baylor held off McMurry in American Southwest Conference showdown.
The Cru withstood a 56-minute lightning delay and the War Hawks furious second-half comeback to improve to 2-0 overall and 1-0 in the ASC. McMurry falls to 1-2 overall and 0-1 in the ASC with the loss.
UMHB jumped out to a 28-6 lead with 8:41 left in the second quarter before the lightning delay hit. McMurry would dominate play the rest of the way and went for the win in the final two minutes. Jake Mullin hit Delfonte Diamond with a six-yard TD pass with 9:31 left in the third quarter to cut the UMHB lead to 28-14 following a two-point conversion. UMHB was driving toward a lead-stretching score midway through the fourth when D.J. Baiza picked off a pass and took it back 81 yards for a score to pull McMurry to within 28-21.
The Cru would pin the War Hawks at their own nine-yard line, but McMurry drove 91 yards in nine plays and Mullin hit R.J. Long with a 15-yard scoring strike to cut the gap to 28-27 with 1:47 to go. The War Hawks went for the win, but Jones was in perfect position to pick off Mullin’s conversion attempt.
McMurry would recover the ensuing onside kick attempt, but was whistled for illegal touching, forcing a re-kick. This time, David Wassermann recovered for the Cru. UMHB could not run out the clock and McMurry would have one more chance with 24 seconds left. Mullin threw an incompletion before Eric Nelson picked off his next pass at the 50-yard line to clinch the win.
No. 4 St. Thomas 49, St. Olaf 14
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Senior Colin Tobin had four first-half touchdowns to help St. Thomas build a 35-0 halftime lead en route to a 49-14 victory against visiting St. Olaf on Saturday.
The No. 4 Tommies (3-0 overall, 1-0 MIAC) ran its regular-season win streak to 17 games. St. Thomas rolled up 443 yards and punted just once, and on defense had four sacks, two interceptions and a fumble recovery.
The Oles (2-1, 0-1) were held to 29 net yards in the first half, but gained 233 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns in the final two quarters.
St. Thomas senior Fritz Waldvogel added 228 all-purpose yards on 10 touches, scored two TDs, and became the school’s career receiving yards leader. Waldvogel had a 65-yard touchdown reception and a 40-yard punt return to the Oles’ one-yard line.
No. 5 Bethel 27, Carleton 9
ARDEN HILLS, Minn. — Bethel fell behind 7-0 early, but outscored Carleton 27-2 in the final three quarters as the fifth-ranked Royals ran past the Knights.
The Royals finished Saturday’s contest with 244 yards rushing on 49 carries lead by Josh Aakre who compiled 96 yards on 16 carries with two touchdowns. Brandon Marquardt added 71 yards on 19 carries and a touchdown and Jesse Phenow finished with 82 yards on 13 carries for the Royals.
The second half was key for the Royals as they ratcheted down the defense to hold the Knights to just 76 yards of total offense and zero points. Billy Morgan complied 13 solo tackles, four assisted tackles, one sack and one interception. Outside linebacker Eric Smith had five solo tackles, four assisted tackles, and one sack.
Gavin Maurer contributed two sacks.
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.
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