No. 4 Lakers lose All-American QB
Top 10: No. 7 New Haven picks up road win at Pace 44-10
No. 4 Grand Valley State 28, Tiffin 0
TIFFIN, Ohio -- No. 4 Grand Valley State claimed a 28-0 road victory against Tiffin Saturday afternoon. GVSU improves to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in GLIAC action, while the Dragons fall to 1-2 overall and 0-2 in GLIAC play. GVSU will host Ohio Dominican next Saturday (Sept. 22) at Lubbers Stadium.
On the Lakers' second possession junior QB Heath Parling hit senior WR Charles Johnson with a 58-yard pass down to the Tiffin 1-yard line on first down. GVSU then finished the drive with a Parling to Johnson slant pass for a touchdown and Marco Iaderosa added the PAT for a 7-0 lead at the 5:25 mark of the first quarter.
But preseason NCAA Division II All-America candidate quarterback Heath Parling suffered what is preliminary diagnosed as a torn anterior cruciate ligament during the first quarter.
The shutout was the Lakers' first since blanking Ferris State in 2010 (41-0).
GVSU tallied 363 yards of total offense on just 51 plays, rushing for 157 and passing for 206. Junior RB Chris Robinson rushed for 77 yards on 12 carries, while Ratay added 65 yards and a TD on eight carries. Grimes completed 10-of-15 passes for 143 yards and two TDs, while Parling completed 2-of-4 passes for 59 yards and a score. Charles Johnson hauled in six passes for 139 yards and two TDs.
The Laker defense limited Tiffin to 313 total yards, led by junior LB Charles Hills' team-high nine tackles. Williams added six tackles and a pick, while Deonte Hurst pitched in six tackles. GVSU recorded two QB sacks (-13) eight tackles for loss (-48).
No. 1 Pittsburg State 52, Southwest Baptist 9
BOLIVAR, Mo. -- Top-ranked Pittsburg State scored 52 points in a row to overcome sloppy field conditions and a slow start to roll to a 52-9 victory against Southwest Baptist Saturday at Plaster Stadium.
Tony Abenoja passed for 259 yards and two scores to lead the Pitt State offense, while Briceton Wilson added a pair of rushing touchdowns.
Pitt State (3-0, 3-0 MIAA) scored four times in just under five minutes between the late first quarter and early second quarter to turn a 7-7 game into a 31-7 advantage against SBU (0-3, 0-3 MIAA).
The Pitt State defense limited the Bearcats to 139 total yards in the contest. SBU compiled 66 yards on its first two drives of the game, but managed just 73 yards the rest of the way.
The Gorillas will return to Brandenburg Field/Carnie Smith Stadium to host Lincoln (Mo.) next Saturday.
No. 2 Minnesota-Duluth 70, Concordia-St. Paul 24
Minnesota Duluth found the end zone on each of its first 10 offensive series, scored the game's final 42 points, yielded just 30 total yards in the second half and wrapped up Saturday with a 70-24 win against host Concordia-St. Paul.
UMD, the four-time defending Northern Sun Conference champion, rolled up a program-record 675 yards of offense while improving to 3-0 on the season and 29-2 in its last 31 games away from Duluth.
Quarterback Chase Vogler turned in the most productive performance of his career with personal bests for passing yards (296), pass completions (22-of-26) and total offense (396). He also threw for three touchdowns in addition to running for an even 100 yards and two more scores on 10 carries.
The No. 2 Bulldogs, who trailed the Golden Bears (1-2 overall and in the NSIC), held a slim 28-24 lead with 1:27 to go in the first half before rattling off 42 unanswered points.
No. 3 Colorado State-Pueblo 35, Western New Mexico 27
SILVER CITY, N.M. -- CSU-Pueblo overcame several missed opportunities against Western New Mexico Saturday with key turnovers and a bruising rushing attack to claim a 35-27 win.
With the win, third-ranked CSU-Pueblo improved to 3-0 on the season, claiming its 18th consecutive regular season win in the process.
Like it had in each of its previous wins in 2012, the ThunderWolves got itself involved in a high-scoring dogfight and missed opportunities to put its opponent away before finally nailing the coffin down late in the game.
The ThunderWolves experienced that when, after leading 21-20, they seemingly were ready to put the Mustangs away when tailback J.B. Mathews ran in the final of his school-record four touchdown runs to go up 35-20 in the third quarter. Mathews would finish with 227 rushing yards and more than 290 all-purpose yards in his finest collegiate game.
But Western New Mexico marched right down the field, taking just 90 seconds to drive 68 yards down the field and cut the score to 35-27.
After the rude awakening to open RMAC play, CSU-Pueblo returns home next weekend for its home RMAC opener against rival Adams State.
No. 5 Winston-Salem State 55, Morehouse 21
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Maroon Tigers surrendered 677 yards and seven touchdowns and fell to the No. 5 Winston-Salem State Rams, 55-21.
The Rams rolled up a 21-7 lead and never seem threatened.
Morehouse running back David Carter was held to a season-low 39 yards, on 15 carries. This was Morehouse's largest margin of defeat since Fort Valley scored eight touchdowns and rolled to a 57-12 victory in 2004.
No. 6 California (Pa.) 24, Edinboro 13
EDINBORO, Pa. -- In their Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) West-opener, the No. 6 Vulcans scored a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns on Saturday to secure a 24-14 victory against Edinboro.
Senior quarterback Peter Lalich posted his second consecutive 300-yard game, finishing with 321 passing yards and two touchdowns. He completed 23-of-38 attempts against the Fighting Scots and tied his career with three interceptions. Through three games this year, Lalich ranks third in the PSAC with 995 passing yards and fourth with eight touchdowns.
Junior wide receiver Mike Williams registered his second career 100-yard game, posting six receptions for 123 yards with one touchdown.
No. 7 New Haven 44, Pace 10
PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. -- No. 7 New Haven defeated Pace 44-10 Saturday afternoon at Pace Field. With the win, the Chargers improved to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the Northeast-10 Conference, while the Setters dropped to 0-3 overall and 0-2 in conference play.
Ronnie Nelson led the Chargers with 152 yards passing on just eight completions in 10 attempts. But Nelson had three touchdown, including two caught by Demetrius Washington-Ellington.
Pace quarterback Jordan Raynor threw for 224 yards but was sacked four times in the loss.
No. 8 Missouri Western 38, Nebraska-Kearney 14
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- Eighth-ranked Missouri Western used 28 unanswered points opening up a 35-7 lead late in the third which helped them to a 38-14 victory against MIAA newcomer Nebraska-Kearney.
Quarterback Travis Partridge threw a career high four touchdowns and rushed for another helping MWSU to its fourth 3-0 start under Head Coach Jerry Partridge.
MWSU finished the night with 549 yards of total offense with 351 coming on the ground. Michael Hill finished with 160 yards on 24 carries and now needs just 57 to become MWSU's all-time leading rusher. He also needs just 10 carries to become the Griffons all-time leader in carries.
No. 9 Washburn 24, Northeastern State 20
TOPEKA, Kan. -- The No. 9 Washburn Ichabods held off a comeback by Northeastern State to come away with a 24-20 win against the RiverHawks.
Devon Connors' interception of a Johnny Deaton pass with 1:34 remaining wrapped up the win for the Ichabods at the Washburn 48 yardline. The RiverHawks took over possession with a chance to win the game after the Ichabods missed a 42-yard field goal with 1:42 to play. Washburn would run out the clock and wrap up the win improving to 3-0 on the season.
The RiverHawks outgained the Ichabods 423 to 286, but had two interceptions and a fumble.
Findlay 29, No. 10 Saginaw Valley 27
Findlay came away with a 29-27 win at #10 Saginaw Valley on Saturday to improve to 2-0 on the season.
Leading 26-21 with 12:14 remaining in the contest, the Oilers drove the ball inside the Cardinals 10-yard line, but had Seth White's field goal blocked with 6:52 left in the fourth quarter. The Cardinals then took over and swiftly marched down the field for another touchdown and took a 27-26 lead with 5:26 to play after a missed two-point conversion attempt.
The Oilers then got White into field goal range for a chance to win the game. White, who had his last attempt blocked, booted the ball through the middle of the uprights to take a 29-27 lead with only ten seconds left on the clock.
The Cardinals set up a 54-yard field goal attempt by Scott Stanford in the final 10 seconds, which fell just shy of the post.
Senior QB Clay Belton completed 32-of-42 passes for 335 yards and two touchdowns. His passing yardage was the second-highest single game total in school history and his 32 pass completions established a new school record.