DII Top 10 Roundup: No. 2 CSU-Pueblo downed by Fort Lewis, snaps streak
DURANGO, Colo. -- Second-ranked Colorado State-Pueblo's 42-game regular season winning streak, which started Oct. 23, 2010, came to an end Saturday in a 23-22 upset loss at Fort Lewis.
The streak goes down as the second-longest regular season winning streak in NCAA Division II history, behind a 48-game win streak by Grand Valley State from 2004-09.
The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference contest at Ray Dennison Memorial Field had six lead changes, with the last coming on a touchdown by Fort Lewis (2-4, 1-3 RMAC) to take the 1-point lead with 3:46 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Sophomore LaRon Tarkington guided the Pack (5-1, 3-1 RMAC) in tackles with nine (seven solo). Junior running back Cameron McDondle rushed for 138 yards on 18 carries to average 7.7 yards per rush. The 100-yard game was his fourth of the season and second consecutive contest.
ST. CHARLES, Mo. -- Top-ranked Northwest Missouri State football team moved to 6-0 on the year with a 50-21 win against Lindenwood on Saturday in St. Charles, Missouri.
It was the Bearcats' 21st consecutive win overall, dating back to the 2013 season opener. It was also the seventh consecutive road win for Northwest.
Brady Bolles threw two touchdowns and was 16-for-25 on the day for 204 yards. He also ran the ball six times for 36 yards.
The Bearcats racked up 431 yards of offense (258 passing, 173 rushing). Northwest also scored in all three phases of the game.
WINONA, Minn. -- Third-ranked Minnesota State-Mankato made extended its winning streak on the road Thursday evening as it downed Winona State 44-24.
With the win, MSU improved to 6-0 on the season, while Winona State fell to 3-3.
As a unit, MSU tallied 421 yards of total offense, including 160 on the ground and 261 through the air. The Maverick defense held the Warriors to just 71 rushing yards. The Mavericks also combined for seven sacks to go along with one interception.
Junior Josh Gordon proved to be a defensive force once again as he came up with four quarterback sacks, with junior Tyler Henderson, senior Shonquille Dorsey and sophomore Colt Nero each posting one sack.
Junior Rob Myers led the Maverick defense with seven tackles, while senior Nathan Hancock tallied his fourth interception of the season.
On offense, Pfeiffer led the Maverick rushing attack with 57 yards and two touchdowns.
Buford recorded a game-high 136 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- Austin Sikorski and the other 13 Minnesota-Duluth seniors can now cross at least one entry off their collegiate football bucket list -- win at St. Cloud State.
Sikorski closed out the scoring for the fourth-ranked Bulldogs Saturday afternoon by plowing in from two yards out and topping off a 44-21 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference triumph against the Huskies. UMD, which was winless in its last two visits to Husky Stadium and last prevailed there in 2008, is now 6-0 on the season.
After St. Cloud State jumped out to a 7-0 lead on its second play from scrimmage (a 39-yard scoring strike), the Bulldogs answered with 21 consecutive points, capitalizing on two Husky fumbles in the process and went into halftime up 21-14. Their foot remained firmly on the offensive pedal in the third quarter as a pair of Drew Bauer touchdown passes and a 44-yard field goal from sophomore Tyler McLaughlin all but put the game away.
Bauer had a big day, throwing for 326 yards -- the highest total by a Bulldog since Ted Schlafke threw for 350 yards in the 2007 season finale at St. Cloud State -- and two scores while completing 20 of 31 throws. He ran for another touchdown and led both teams in rushing with 82 yards on 13 carries. Junior running back Logan Lauters added 72 yards and two more touchdowns.
PEMBROKE, N.C. -- A 62-yard touchdown pass from Jacob Thomas to Delvon Carpenter early in the fourth quarter broke open a tight game and helped propel North Alabama to a 27-6 road win against North Carolina-Pembroke.
Thomas, UNA’s third-string quarterback, was forced into the starting role due to injuries and answered the call, leading five Lion scoring drives. UNA never trailed in the game but the Lions were clinging to a 13-6 lead early in the fourth quarter when Thomas hit Carpenter to put the game on ice. The Lions then added a one-yard TD run by Tahj Kimble later in the quarter to expand the lead.
With the win, the fifth ranked Lions move to 5-0 on the season. It was UNA’s 12th consecutive regular-season win. UNCP falls to 1-4 overall.
North Alabama finished the game with 423 total yards after having just 139 at the half. The Lions rushed for 200 yards and passed for 223. Thomas was 8-of-16 passing for 223 yards and one touchdown. Lamonte Thompson rushed 20 times for 82 yards. The UNA defense held the Braves to just six first downs and 193 total yards. UNCP rushed for 89 and passed for 104.
Fast start helps No. 6 Lenoir-Rhyne defeat North Greenville
HICKORY, N.C. -- Sixth-ranked Lenoir-Rhyne raced to a 25-point lead then held on to defeat North Greenville 32-21 Saturday afternoon in front of 7,821 fans on Homecoming at Moretz Stadium.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior fullback Chris Robinson and senior tailback Jarrod Spears rushed for 145 and 133 yards, respectively, while senior quarterback Miles Freeman added two touchdown runs as the Bears (6-0) continued their best start since 1962.
The Bears jumped out to a 22-0 halftime advantage thanks to a pair of one-yard touchdown runs by Freeman in the second quarter and led by as many as 25 points when senior placekicker Justin Powell kicked a 21-yard field goal to open the third quarter.
North Greenville (4-2), behind quarterback Nelson Hughes and wide receiver Robbie Brown, began to rally and scored on three consecutive possessions in the second half to cut the margin to 11 points, but couldn’t get any closer.
WEATHERFORD, Okla. -- With the offense struggling, it was Henderson State that turned in a strong second-half performance as the No. 7 Reddies beat Southwestern Oklahoma 28-14 on Saturday.
On the road for the fourth time in six weeks, Henderson State (6-0, 5-0 GAC) looked sluggish as the offense was held to its lowest output of the season totaling just 374 yards.
Despite dealing with heavy winds, Kevin Rodgers completed 25-of-38 passes for 266 yards. He threw for three touchdowns but was also picked off three times. Darius Davis finished just shy of 100 yards receiving having five catches for 98 yards, while Corey Chappell had seven receptions for 70 yards.
Rodney Bryson was a work horse on the ground for the Reddies finishing with 103 yards on 18 carries. It was Bryson's first 100-plus yard game of his career.
Henderson's defense limited Southwestern to 275 yards of offense with Davis leading the way with 11 tackles.
Lawson Schulz and Kenrick Burns had nine tackles each, with Brady finishing with eight stops.
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio Dominican's defense smothered Hillsdale, holding the Chargers to 130 total yards, and the eighth-ranked Panthers earned a 9-3 victory in a physical GLIAC matchup Saturday afternoon at Panther Stadium.
Junior safety Brad McCurdy made a diving interception of a desperation pass near midfield in the game's waning moments to seal the victory for ODU, the 21st consecutive regular season win for the Panthers.
The Panthers improved to 6-0 (6-0 GLIAC), while the Chargers fell to 2-4 (2-3 GLIAC).
Hillsdale entered the day averaging 426.4 yards of offense and were second in the GLIAC in passing offense (253.6 yards per game). ODU, though, limited the Chargers to 27 yards rushing on 27 attempts, and Hillsdale quarterback Mark LaPrairie completed just 8 of 24 throws for 103 yards on the afternoon.
A trio of short field goals by junior Brent Wahle accounted for the Panthers' scoring.
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. -- Sophomore quarterback Jeff Ziemba completed 16 of 21 passes for 271 yards and four touchdowns to lead No. 9 Shepherd to a 51-0 win against UVa-Wise in MEC football action at Ram Stadium on Saturday.
William McKenzie led the Shepherd receivers with four receptions for 84 yards. Terrence Younger had five catches for 68 yards to lead Wise.
Jabre Lolley rushed 12 times for 111 yards to lead the Shepherd ground attack.
Shepherd totaled 459 yards of total offense with 121 rushing yards. UVa-Wise was limited to 107 yards of total offense with only nine rushing yards.
KUTZTOWN, Pa. -- Mike Doty caught seven passes for 107 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead No. 10 West Chester (6-0, 5-0 PSAC) to a 29-7 victory against host Kutztown (3-3, 3-2) Thursday night.
Quarterback Sean McCartney went 26-for-42 for 303 yards and the two scores to Doty. Defensive back Al-Hajj Shabazz returned an interception 20 yards for West Chester's first score. Running back Brandon Monk rushed for 129 yards on 21 carries.
Rich Bruno kicked a 35-yard field goal and Shabazz returned his INT for a touchdown in the first quarter. Bruno's PAT following Shabazz's score was no good for a West Chester 9-0 lead after 15 minutes. Bruno kicked a 32-yard field goal and Doty caught a 17-yard TD pass right before halftime to give the Golden Rams a 19-0 lead.
Doty caught a 13-yard TD pass at the end of the third quarter and Bruno kicked a 21-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to stake West Chester to its largest lead of the night at 29-0. Kutztown added a touchdown late in the fourth quarter to avert the shutout.