Late rally gives Mount Union title
Review: Mary Hardin-Baylor rolls up 77 points on Sul Ross State
ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Matt Piloto's 29-yard touchdown pass to Chris Denton on fourth down with 2:14 left in the game gave Mount Union a 25-20 comeback victory against Baldwin-Wallace on Saturday afternoon.
The win secured the Purple Raiders' 20th consecutive Ohio Athletic Conference championship and a berth in the NCAA Division III playoffs for the 23rd time.
Piloto, a junior making his first career regular-season start, finished 18 of 32 passing for 231 yards and two touchdowns, both to Denton to lead the Purple Raiders (9-0, 8-0 OAC). Denton, a junior, finished with a career-best seven catches for 111 yards.
Junior running back Jeremy Murray led the Mount Union running attack with 28 carries for 155 yards and one touchdown.
Junior Nick Driskill had a team-high 14 tackles for the Purple Raider defense and junior defensive back Alex Nicholls had two interceptions. Senior linebacker Jorge Carbonell broke up a fourth-down pass in the final minute to secure the victory.
No. 1 Wisconsin-Whitewater 37, Wisconsin-Eau Claire 22
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. -- Top-ranked UW-Whitewater earned sole possession of the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship, the Warhawks' seventh consecutive, with a 37-22 win against UW-Eau Claire at Carson Park.
A major theme for the day was set in the opening drive. UW-Eau Claire took the opening kickoff and piled up yards down the field. The drive stopped abruptly when UW-W defensive back Noah Timm picked off an Austin Neu pass, Timm's fifth interception of the season, at the Whitewater goal line.
Along with the impressive defensive stand, UW-Whitewater had 393 yards of offense, including 298 yards on the ground. UW-Eau Claire totaled 399 yards with 330 of those coming via the pass but UW-W controlled the ball 33:57. The equalizer was a +3 advantage in turnovers for the Warhawks.
Matt Blanchard may not have passed for big yards, but he demonstrated why he is the passing efficiency leader in the WIAC, hitting 10 of 15 for 95 yards and four touchdowns. The offensive line led Lavell Coppage to 236 yards on 36 carries, the seventh 200+ game of his career. Timm added three solo tackles to his two picks and blocked kick.
No. 3 St. Thomas (Minn.) 56, Carleton 0
NORTHFIELD, Minn. -- No. 3 St. Thomas (Minn.) defeated Carleton 56-0, recorded its third shutout and accomplishing a first in MIAC football history with back-to-back 10-0 regular seasons. St. John’s was the last team with consecutive undefeated seasons (9-0 and 8-0 in 1962 and 1963).
“That puts us in a very elite group,” Coach Glenn Caruso said as St. Thomas improved to 40-6 in four seasons under his guidance with a conference winning streak of 19 games. “Our guys worked hard for this. They earned it.”
The Tommies dominated Carleton on both the scoreboard and the statistical charts. They had edges of 537-85 in yards, including 386-9 on the ground and 23-4 in first downs, and scored on five of six red zone possessions. Two St. Thomas runners – Colin Tobin and Aaron Terell-Byrd – ran for 149 and 142 yards, respectively.
After viewing his offense’s inconsistent play Oct. 29 in a 20-7 home win against Gustavus Adolphus, Caruso was glad to see the Tommies click on offense against Carleton. They built a 42-0 halftime lead by scoring on five of their first six drives and picking up their first special teams’ touchdown of the year with Fritz Waldvogel’s 51-yard punt return. Their 306 first-half yards included 16 plays of nine or more yards.
The defense was equally effective in the first half, holding the Knights to 35 yards and one first down. Of Carleton’s eight first-half possessions, five were three-and-out drives, one was four and out and one ended in a fumble.
No. 4 Mary Hardin-Baylor 77, Sul Ross State 13
BELTON, Texas – No. 4 Mary Hardin-Baylor dominated from the opening kickoff and the Cru rolled to a 77-13 victory against Sul Ross State. UMHB improved to 9-0 overall and 7-0 in American Southwest Conference play with the win while the loss dropped the Lobos to 2-7 overall and 1-6 in the ASC on the season.
The Cru rolled up 569 yards of total offense and held the Lobos to just 274 yards of offense despite the UMHB starters taking the second half off. The Cru had 451 rushing yards and held the Lobos to 108 yards on the ground.
Wilson finished with 138 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 18 carries while Moore added 110 yards and two scores on nine totes. Sims also topped the 100-yard mark with 105 yards on six carries.
UMHB used nine different ball carriers, three quarterbacks and six different receivers in the game. Javicz Jones had a team-high eight tackles despite limited playing time in the last three quarters of the game.
UMHB now leads the all-time series with Sul Ross 14-0. The Cru has won 18 consecutive ASC games and has a 23-game regular-season winning streak. UMHB stretched its regular-season home winning streak to 26 consecutive games and the Cru has won 17 consecutive home games overall, dating back to the 2008 Division III national semifinals.
No. 5 Linfield 42, Whitworth 38
SPOKANE, Wash. – Quarterback Mickey Inns passed for 344 yards and five touchdowns, sparking fifth-ranked Linfield to a 42-38 come-from-behind Northwest Conference victory against Whitworth at the Pine Bowl.
The unbeaten Wildcats (8-0, 5-0 NWC) clinched at least a share of the program’s third consecutive and 35th all-time conference championship, but had to fend off an upset-minded Whitworth squad in the game’s late stages.
Pirates' quarterback Bryan Peterson also passed for five scores and 274 yards in a losing effort.
Forced to play from behind in the second half for the first time this season, Linfield opened up the playbook and the result was 28 unanswered points.
The scoring surge put the ‘Cats in front by 17 points in the fourth quarter, but it was four missed extra points – including three blocked kicks – that proved the difference in the contest. Whitworth, which had won two consecutive games after a 1-4 start, dropped to 3-5 overall and 2-3 conference play.
The Wildcats allowed a season-high 38 points and 422 yards but needed to shake off a myriad of mistakes to prevail in a game it had to have. Six penalties, a missed fourth-down opportunity, and a pair of fumbles highlighted a sloppy first half for the Wildcats, who found themselves trailing at intermission for the first time this season.
Whitworth led 25-14 at the break, outgaining Linfield 209-187 through the first two periods. Freshman receiver Austin Ehlo caught three touchdowns from Peterson. Ehlo ended with seven catches for 88 yards.
Information and photos compiled from respective athletic department websites.