No. 1 UW-Whitewater takes victory
Roundup: Special teams and defense lead No. 5 Linfield to win
WHITEWATER, Wis. -- No. 1 Wisconsin-Whitewater defeated Wisconsin-Stevens Point 31-16 at Perkins Stadium on Saturday. Warhawk senior tailback Levell Coppage made several record-book entries. The Warhawks extended their college football-leading win streak to 38 games, including 25 consecutive at home and 22 in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
The 38-game streak moves Whitewater into sixth place for the longest win streak in NCAA history, passing Augustana (1983-85), and Yale (1890-93, 1987-89).
Coppage, with 245 yards on 29 carries against the Pointers, has rushed for 1,101 yards this season, the first back in UW-W and Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference history to rush for 1,000 yards in all four years of his career. Coppage also has 6,776 career yards, replacing former Warhawk Justin Beaver as the school and WIAC career rushing leader. Coppage also moved into third place in DIII career rushing.
No. 2 Mount Union 42, Otterbein 0
ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Quarterback Matt Piloto and wide receiver A.J. Claycomb stepped in for injured starters to lead Mount Union to its eighth consecutive victory against Ohio Athletic Conference rival Otterbein in front of 1,841 at Mount Union Stadium on Saturday.
The Purple Raiders (8-0, 7-0 OAC) rolled up 548 total yards of offense behind Piloto, a junior, who stepped in when starting quarterback Neal Seaman was injured in the first series of the game. Piloto finished 16 of 22 passing for 223 yards and three touchdowns, including two to Claycomb.
Junior running back Jeremy Murray added 122 yards on 23 rushes and he scored a pair of touchdowns. Murray surpassed 1,000 yards rushing for the season -- he now has 1,093 yards and 14 TDs.
No. 4 Mary Hardin-Baylor 57, Howard Payne 6
BROWNWOOD, Texas -- No. 4 Mary Hardin-Baylor set the tone with a touchdown on the first offensive play of the game and the Cru would stretch it to 19-0 after UMHB's second offensive play, on the way to a 57-6 victory against Howard Payne on Saturday. The Cru improved to 8-0 overall and 6-0 in American Southwest Conference play with the victory. The Yellow Jackets fell to 1-8 overall and 1-6 in ASC play with the loss.
UMHB rolled up 440 yards of total offense in the game with 243 of those coming on the ground. The Cru held Howard Payne to just 20 yards rushing and 122 yards of total offense with over half of those yards coming on a scoring drive late in the fourth quarter. UMHB also forced two turnovers, pulled its starters with 11:20 left in the first half and played every player who made the trip.
LiDarral Bailey finished 5-7 passing for the Cru for 117 yards and two touchdowns. Moore led the team with a career-high 72 yards and three touchdowns on 14 rushes. Darius Wilson added 57 rushing yards and Davis caught three passes for 89 yards and two scores. Andy McAteer led the UMHB defense with seven tackles, including 4.5 tackles for loss. Jones added five tackles, a tackle for loss and the fumble return for a touchdown.
No. 5 Linfield 23, Menlo 6
ATHERTON, Calif. -- Lucas Jepson caught two touchdown passes from Mickey Inns, including the game-winner with 8:31 to play, propelling No. 5 Linfield to a 23-6 nonconference victory against Menlo on Saturday.
Linfield remained unbeaten at 7-0, but was less than perfect. As the offense struggled to extend an early lead, it was defense and special teams that helped the Wildcats avoid the ambush. No. 25 Menlo (NAIA), dropped to 5-3 for the season.
Both offenses were stalled in the first half. Though they came into the game averaging 454 yards of offense, the Wildcats were held to 108 yards in the first two quarters. Menlo managed just 64 yards before intermission.
With each team’s defense holding the other offense in check, the only scoring of the second half came on Jepson’s bomb down the left sideline, a play that covered 71 yards and effectively sealed the victory for the visitors.