No. 6 MSU-Mankato stays unbeaten
Top 10: CSU-Pueblo, New Haven and Ashland each stay perfect
MANKATO, Minn. -- No. 6 Minnesota State-Mankato remained undefeated Saturday as it earned a 27-13 victory against 17th-ranked Sioux Falls Saturday afternoon in front of 4,041 fans in Blakeslee Stadium.
With the victory, Minnesota State (10-0, 10-0 NSIC) earned a share of the 2012 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference title and a share of the NSIC South Division crown. A win next week for the Mavericks against Upper Iowa would secure both titles outright. MSU has now won 16 NSIC or NIC crowns and has claimed four of the last five NSIC South Division titles.
The win also matched the Mavericks best start in school history, tying the 2009 team, which also started 10-0.
The Mavericks opened the game with a five-play, 75-yard drive that was culminated by a two-yard touchdown run by junior quarterback Jon Wolf.
Wolf finished the game completing 11-of-19 passes for 200 yards and a touchdown while rushing ten times for 31 yards and a score. Sophomore running back Andy Pfeiffer rushed 17 times for 53 yards while.
As a team, the Mavericks finished with 114 yards of rushing and 200 passing for a total of 314 for the game while limiting the Cougars to just 246 yards, only 43 of which came via the ground attack. The defensive effort marked the seventh time this season that MSU has limited its opponents to 100 yards or less in rushing offense.
No. 1 Colorado State-Pueblo 31, New Mexico Highlands 17 -- Box Score
PUEBLO, Colo. -- CSU-Pueblo overcame a seven-point fourth quarter deficit behind an offensive explosion to knock off RMAC rival New Mexico Highlands 31-17 at the Neta and Eddie DeRose Thunderbowl.
With the win, the ThunderWolves clinched at least a share of the RMAC title for the second season in a row and increased their regular-season win streak to a RMAC-record 25 games.
The Pack allowed the Cowboys three points at halftime and went into the locker room with a 10-3 lead.
On the first play of the fourth quarter, the Cowboys found the end zone for the first time in the game on a 4-yard touchdown run and the game was tied at 10. The Pack offense had a quick three and out and the ball was once again in the hands of the Cowboys, who were able to punch it in for six points to take the lead 17-10 with just eight minutes remaining.
CSU-Pueblo quarterback J.B. Mathews took a 40-yard screen pass from Dausin for a touchdown and all of the sudden the Pack offense found their stride - and luckily it wasn't too late.
They got the ball right back and did the same thing, using screens to get down the field before Mathews went into the end zone for the third time and gave the Pack a 24-17 lead, which they never surrendered.
No. 2 Winston-Salem State 41, Fayetteville State 8 -- Box Score
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- No. 2 Winston-Salem State remained undefeated with a 41-8 win at Fayetteville State on Saturday. But it wasn't as easy as the scorer makes it seem.
The Fayetteville State defense forced the Rams, who will face Elizabeth City State next week in the CIAA Championship Game, into three first-half turnovers and went into halftime, tied 6-6. The Rams managed just 152 yards of offense in the first half while quarterback Kameron Smith threw two interceptions and completed just five passes for 78 yards on 14 attempts.
But things turned around in the second half, as WSSU outscored FSU 35-2.
Smith finished with 218 yards through the air and three touchdown passes.
No. 3 New Haven 37, American International 6 -- Box Score
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- American International had costly penalties and missed scoring opportunities in the early going as it dropped a 37-6 Northeast-10 contest to No. 3 New Haven on Saturday.
Three different New Haven players rushed for touchdowns -- led by Mike DeCaro's two scores. Quarterback Ryan Osiecki completed 21-of-27 passes for 259 yards and a touchdown for the Chargers, as they moved to 9-0 overall.
UNH outgained the Yellow Jackets 455-375 in total offense while rushing for 196 yards.
Kevin Arduino threw a touchdown pass to Stpehan Benjamin for AIC's only touchdown of the afternoon.
No. 4 Northwest Missouri State 55, No. 20 Emporia State 10 -- Box Score
MARYVILLE, Mo. -- Northwest Missouri State trolled past Emporia State 55-10 on Saturday to extend its winning streak to eight games, move into a tie atop the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association and stay pointed toward the NCAA football playoffs.
The Bearcats (9-1 overall) won for the 18th consecutive time against the Hornets and 14th time in a row at home.
The Bearcats spotted Emporia State an early 3-0 lead, then – starting with running back Jordan Simmons' 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdow – erupted for 48 unanswered points.
They doused the Hornets’ MIAA title hopes and likely their playoff chances. Emporia had fallen 57-28 to Missouri Western a week earlier, and now is 8-2 both overall and in the league.
No. 5 Ashland 49, Tiffin 21 -- Box Score
TIFFIN, Ohio -- No. 5 Ashland forced Tiffin's passing attack into mistakes at Frost-Kalnow Stadium on Saturday. AU, which still has a perfect record after 10 weeks, defeated the Dragons 49-21.
The Eagles (10-0, 9-0 GLIAC) are one victory away from completing the regular season unbeaten. The last AU team to accomplish that feat was the 1972 team that ended the season 11-0 and ranked fifth in the country. This team has also clinched the GLIAC crown, the first in school history. AU's final regular season game is next Saturday at home against Notre Dame (Ohio).
Ashland led, 21-0 after one quarter, 21-6 at halftime and 35-14 after three quarters. The Eagles enjoyed a 440-295 edge in total yardage. Of AU's seven scoring drives, three took less than two minutes and six consumed 4:05 or less.
The loss left Tiffin with a 2-8 record, 1-8 in the GLIAC. AU completely shut down the Tiffin ground game. The Dragons finished the game with minus-27 yards rushing.
Senior quarterback Taylor Housewright completed 19-of-27 passes for 253 yards and four touchdowns. Housewright has 27 touchdown passes this year. That's the second-highest single-season total in school history. Only Billy Cundiff with 37 in 2008 had more.
No. 7 Shippensburg 61, Cheyney 9 -- Box Score
SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. –- Six different seniors scored the first seven touchdowns of the game on Senior Day on Saturday afternoon as No. 7 Shippensburg cruised past Cheyney 61-9 in its PSAC East finale and final tune-up before next weekend’s PSAC Championship.
The Raiders (10-0, 7-0 PSAC East) will face off next Sat., Nov. 10, against PSAC Western Division champion and No. 14-ranked Indiana (Pa.).
The game will be played at 2:05 p.m. and telecast live on PCN from the Crimson Hawks’ George P. Miller Stadium as the West champion holds the right to host the State Game this season. IUP clinched the West title with a 38-35 victory against Gannon and No. 22 California’s (Pa.) 40-7 loss to Mercyhurst on Saturday afternoon.
Shippensburg set two more single-season records on Saturday to bring its total to seven single-season records set –- and 40 total records broken or tied –- in 2012. The Raiders recorded 25 first downs to run its season total to 287, breaking the 281 from last year’s team.
SU also scored two touchdowns on fumble returns -– by senior defensive tackle Mark Kahlil Smith and sophomore linebacker Chase Fleming –- to bring its total to five defensive scores this season –- surpassing the previous record of four defensive touchdowns by the 1999 squad.
For the first time in nearly 60 years, the Shippensburg defense held the opposing team to zero passing yards as Cheyney (1-9, 0-7) quarterbacks combined to go 0-for-3 passing with an interception on Saturday. It’s the fifth time in school history and the first time since 1953 that an SU defense has held an opponent to zero or fewer yards passing.
Junior quarterback Zach Zulli set the career passing yardage mark as he threw for 284 yards, giving him 6,586 in just 21 career games. Zulli also threw four touchdowns to run his season total to 49. Senior quarterback Jeff Tomasetti earned the Senior Day start and went 3-for-5 passing and carried the ball four times for 11 yards while leading the Raiders on a fourth-quarter touchdown drive.
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No. 9 Minnesota-Duluth 55, Mary 14 -- Box Score
DULUTH, Minn. -- Chase Vogler's remarkable collegiate career may be slowly coming to an end, but the Minnesota-Duluth senior quarterback showed Saturday afternoon that he still has plenty left in the tank.
Vogler, making his 50th career start, passed for three touchdowns and ran for another score in propelling the ninth-ranked Bulldogs past Mary 55-14 at James S. Malosky Stadium. UMD, now 9-1 overall, bolted to a 31-7 halftime lead while cruising to its 39th consecutive NSIC home triumph, a run which stretches back to the the 2000 season, and improving to 6-0 all-time versus the Maruaders (4-6).
Vogler connected with three different wide outs -- junior Joe Reichert (39 yards) and sophomore Zach Zweifel (15 yards) and Aaron Roth (32 yards) -- in boosting his season touchdown pass total to a career-high 19.
The Bulldogs rolled up 564 yards of total offense on the afternoon, including 270 on the ground, and limited Mary to 251 overall yards. Junior strong safety Travis Nordhus finished with a team-high nine total tackles and one interception while junior inside linebacker Colby Ring had eight stops for a UMD defense that has allowed just 34 points in the last 18 quarters.
No. 10 Midwestern State 52, No. 12 West Texas A&M 48 -- Box Score
CANYON, Texas --The 10th-ranked Mustangs made their most miraculous comeback scoring two touchdowns in the final two minutes, including an 18-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Marqui Christian, to claim a 52-48 win against No. 12 West Texas A&M.
MSU clinched a share of its fourth Lone Star Conference title and third in the last four years while winning its eighth consecutive game to move to 8-1.
And it just didn't seem probable when West Texas A&M's Khiri Robinson advanced a swing pass 5 yards to give the Buffs a 48-38 lead with 2:55 to play.
MSU senior quarterback Brandon Kelsey hit Keivin Swanson on a 16-yard slant, then connected for 56 yards to set the Mustangs up at the WTAMU 2-yard line. Kelsey then scampered in from 1-yard out to pull MSU to within 48-45.
West Texas A&M recovered the ensuing on-side kick and running back Khiri Robinson was stuffed on first down before MSU called its last timeout with just two seconds to play.
Instead of draining the clock, West Texas A&M elected to throw the ball deep resulting in an incompletion to stop the clock. The Mustangs rocked Robinson for a 5-yard loss to force the Buffs into a 4th-and-long situation.
The snap on the resulting punt sailed over West Texas A&M punter Kevin Van Voris' head and was scooped by Christian who sprinted 18 yards into the end zone for the winning score.