No. 1 Northwest Missouri State falls to Pittsburg State

MARYVILLE, Mo. -- All winning streaks end at some point. Sadly, for the Bearcats, they saw theirs end on a beautiful Saturday afternoon on Homecoming against rival Pittsburg State.

Northwest Missouri State was outplayed in all three phases in front of a record-setting crowd of 11,002 fans at Bearcat Stadium. They fell for the first time in 22 games. The way Northwest lost 35-17 was more shocking than the loss itself.

"I thought Pittsburg State played a really good game today," Northwest head coach Adam Dorrel said. "They had a great game plan and they came out ready to play.

"From us, I was a little bit disappointed. I felt like we were lethargic early in the game in all phases again. We had some catastrophic breakdowns that you can't have when you are playing a great football team."

The only bright spot for the No. 1 ranked Bearcats was the three interceptions by senior safety Jared Fox, who won the Don Black award given to the MVP in the Homecoming game.

"It is obviously an honor. There are some great players who got the award before me," Fox said. "Honestly, the football came my way and I was able to make a play. Our other defensive guys would have done the same thing."

It was doubtful the Bearcats were going to experience a second straight undefeated season. To go 15-0 and win a national championship is rare in NCAA Division II.

No. 2 Mavericks Defeat Golden Bears for Seventh Win of Season

MANKATO, Minn. --- No. 2 Minnesota State-Mankato team remained perfect as it defeated the Concordia-St. Paul Golden Bears 38-6 at Blakeslee Stadium.

With the win, MSU improves to 7-0, including 3-0 mark in NSIC South Division play. With the loss, CU drops to 1-6 on the season, including a 0-3 record in south division action.

The Mavericks have now won 29-consecutive NSIC games dating back to week one of the 2012 season. MSU has also won its last 22 NSIC home games dating back to the 2010 season.

The Maverick defense proved to be a force at home once again as it limited the Golden Bears to just a pair of field goals. The defense also matched last week's mark in the sack categorie as MSU notched seven sacks. Senior Kris Fleigle notched 1.5 sacks, to go along with eight tackles and an interception.

Junior Tyler Henderson led the MSU defense with 10 tackles, while freshman Cory Brent posted his second interception of the season. Junior Bryce Dominick recovered a CU fumble as well.

No. 3 Minnesota Duluth gets it done with the run in takedown of Northern State

Although Northern State came into the day ranking dead last in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference in pass defense, No. 3 Minnesota Duluth still went with its bread and butter Saturday afternoon.

UMD, the NSIC's top rushing team, amassed 385 yards on the ground -- nearly half of which was generated by junior Logan Lauters -- and knocked off Northern State University 43-30 for its 15th consecutive regular season victory. The win kept the Bulldogs' perfect 2014 record intact at 7-0 and pushed their all-time NSIC North Division home record to 22-0.

Lauters rushed for a career-high 200 yards (marking the 16th time a Bulldog has reached that plateau) and one touchdown on just 15 carries while sophomore quarterback Drew Bauer ran 12 times for 126 yards and two scores. He also threw for 182 and one more score while making good on 15 of 28 passes. Senior wide out Zach Zweifel topped the Bulldogs with six receptions (for 82 yards), which moved the fourth-year starter into a tie for fifth place on the Bulldogs' career pass catch charts (146).

No. 4 North Alabama wins shoot out at Florida Tech

MELBOURNE, Fla. -- Florida Tech missed a 45-yard field goal attempt as time expired and the No. 4 North Alabama pulled out a 34-31 win in a Gulf South Conference shhotout with the Panthers. 

North Alabama led 34-24 in the fourth quarter before Florida Tech scored a touchdown to close the gap to three, then drove to the UNA 28 before attempting the potential game-tying kick.

With the win, North Alabama takes over the lead in the Gulf South Conference standings at 3-0 in league play. The fourth ranked Lions are 6-0 overall.

Lamonte Thompson rushed for 124 yards and three touchdowns to lead the UNA offense, while quarterback Luke Wingo threw for 273 yards and one touchdown.

Florida Tech, now 4-3 and 1-2, gained 524 total yards with 280 rushing and 244 passing. FIT’s Trevor Sand rushed for 191 yards on 24 carries. 

The North Alabama defense had allowed just five touchdowns in five games this season but the Panthers scored four in this contest. 

No. 5 Lenoir-Rhyne pulls out victory against Newberry, 23-10

NEWBERRY, S.C. -- No. 5 Lenoir-Rhyne (7-0, 4-0) remained unbeaten on the year after pinning a 23-10 defeat oF Newberry (2-5, 1-4) Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference game at Setzler Field.

With the score tied at seven midway through the second quarter, Lenoir-Rhyne junior defensive lineman Placid Ajoku returned a fumble 70 yards for a score to give the Bears the lead for good while senior placekicker Justin Powell kicked three field goals in the victory.

Lenoir-Rhyne, the second-best rushing team in NCAA Division II, finished with 391 yards on the ground. Senior quarterback Miles Freeman rushed for a season-high 165 yards while senior running back Jarrod Spears added 114 yards on the ground for the Bears in the win.

Davis, defense leades No. 6 Henderson State to win against Arkansas Tech

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. -- Darius Davis had three touchdown receptions and the Henderson State defense limited Arkansas Tech to 192 yards of offense as the Reddies beat the Wonder Boys 24-3, Saturday in .

The No. 6 Reddies improved to 7-0 overall and 6-0 in the Great American Conference.

Davis, Henderson's all-time leader in receiving yards and touchdowns, caught four passes for 181 yards including touchdown receptions of 56, 68 and 58 yards, all in the first-half.

Rodgers went over the 300-yard mark for the 23rd time in his career totaling 325 yards on 21-of-36 passing. The Reddie signal-caller now has 12,120 career passing yards, eighth all-time in NCAA Division II history.

Henderson totaled just 53 yards rushing in the game, with Rodney Bryson leading the way with 38 yards on 13 carries.

Arkansas Tech ended with -4 yards rushing as the Reddie defense totaled a season-best 12 tackles for lost yardage including 7 quarterback sacks.

Dijon Benton had a season-best 11 tackles including 1.5 sacks to lead the Reddie defense.

No. 11 Ferris State topples No. 7 Ohio Dominican in showdown of unbeatens

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- No. 11 Ferris State pulled off one of its biggest wins in many years as FSU recorded an exciting 34-19 road victory against fellow unbeaten and reigning Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Champion No. 7 Ohio Dominican on Saturday.

The Bulldogs moved to 7-0 overall and 6-0 in the GLIAC. The showdown pitted a pair of teams ranked among the nation's top 15 in five different polls and the win was FSU's 11th consecutive victory. A streak that dates back to last year.

With the setback, Ohio Dominican suffered its first loss of the year in falling to 6-1 overall and in the GLIAC.

No. 8 Shepherd shocked by Notre Dame (Ohio)

SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio -- Ray Russ completed 25-of-44 passes for 459 yards and five touchdowns to lead Notre Dame (Ohio) to a 35-34 win against Shepherd in MEC football action on Saturday. Mitchell Shegos had 11 catches for 155 yards for the Falcons.

Allen Cross rushed 27 times for 132 yards to lead the Shepherd ground attack. Sophomore running back Jabre Lolley added 85 yards on 12 carries and Ziemba rushed nine times for 39 yards. Shepherd totaled 532 yards of total offense, while Notre Dame totaled 493 yards. Shepherd amassed 300 yards on the ground.

Redshirt-freshman linebacker James Gupton recorded a game-high 12 tackles (four solo) for the Rams. George Berry had 11 tackles (six solo)  for Notre Dame.

Shepherd falls to 6-1, 6-1 in conference play, while Notre Dame improves to 5-2, 5-1.

No. 9 Delta State Falls At West Georgia, 24-16

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- West Georgia (6-1, 2-1 GSC) used a road strong defense and the strength of two second half touchdowns to upend No. 9 Delta State University (5-1, 3-1 GSC) 24-10 Saturday at UWG's Ra-Lin Field.

The Statesmen used its two-minute offense to get on the board before halftime.  Vince Sciorotta kicked a 28-yard field to cap the nine-play, 64-yard drive and trim the deficit to 10-3 at intermission.

Tyler Sullivan attempted a DSU single game record 73 passes, completing 39 with two touchdowns and three interceptions.  Sullivan broke the old record held by Scott Eyster versus Southern Arkansas in 2003.

The Statesmen were held to their lowest offensive output of the year, totaling 423 yards, 32 rushing and 391 passing.

West Georgia had 400 yards of total offense, 272 on the round and 128 passing.  Hinsley led the Wolves' rushing attack with 161 yards on 25 carries.

No. 10 West Chester defeats Shippensburg on Homecoming

WEST CHESTER, Pa. -- Sr., QB Sean McCartney thew for 393 yards and five touchdowns, and Jr., TE Tim Brown caught four passes for 143 yards and a pair of scores, to lead 10th-ranked West Chester University (7-0, 6-0 PSAC) 55-28 victory over visiting Shippensburg on Homecoming Weekend inside John A. Farrell Stadium.
McCartney hooked up with Brown on a 90-yard TD pass on the first play of the game to get the sparks flying early for the Golden Rams. However, Rich Bruno's extra-point attempt was wide left as the Rams jumped out to a 6-0 lead. Shippensburg (3-4, 2-4) answered back when Blair Brooks rushed 42 yards up the middle, and then followed with a 25-yard up the gut to pay dirt that put the Raiders in front, 7-6.
Brown and Mike Doty each caught a 21-yard TD pass from McCartney in the first quarter as West Chester began a string of 21 unanswered points that put the game away by halftime. Elliott added a 15-yard TD reception at the beginning of the second quarter, which game West Chester a commanding 27-7 advantage.