DIII Roundup: No. 3 Mount Union edges No. 6 John Carroll for OAC crown
No. 3 Mount Union 31, No. 6 John Carroll 24
ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Third-ranked Mount Union won the Ohio Athletic Conference football title with a 31-24 win against No. 6 John Carroll in the regular season finale Saturday in front of a stadium-record crowd 9,397 at Mount Union Stadium.
Mount Union running back Bradley Mitchell scored his second rushing touchdown of the game -- an 8-yard scamper with 1:12 left -- to give the Purple Raiders the lead and the defense held as the Blue Streaks drove all the way to the Mount Union 7-yard line before time expired.
The Purple Raiders won their 23rd consecutive game and 26th overall in OAC play as they extended their regular season win streak to 93 games and home field win streak to 80 games.
John Carroll rallied from a 24-7 halftime deficit with 17 unanswered points to tie the game at 24-24 with 3:17 to play.
No. 1 UW-Whitewater 28, UW-River Falls 25
RIVER FALLS, Wis. -- Top-ranked Wisconsin-Whitewater tallied a go-ahead touchdown with under 30 seconds to play Saturday to emerge with a 28-25 victory at UW-River Falls in a Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference affair at Ramer Field.
With the win, the Warhawks (10-0 overall, 7-0 WIAC) clinch their seventh undefeated regular season in the past 10 years and extend their winning streak to 27 games, the longest in all of college football regardless of division.
Trailing 25-21 with 1:20 to play in the fourth quarter after a touchdown by the Falcons (3-7, 2-6), Warhawks senior defensive back Marcus McLin took the ensuing kickoff back 48 yards to the UW-River Falls 39-yard line.
After a holding penalty on the Falcons pushed the ball inside the 30, senior quarterback Matt Behrendt completed consecutive passes to junior running back Dennis Moore and freshman wide receiver Ricky Finco for 15 and eight yards, respectively.
Two plays later, facing third and seven at the 11-yard line after a delay of game penalty, Behrendt found Justin Howard to give UW-Whitewater a three-point advantage with 26 seconds on the clock.
No. 2 Mary-Hardin Baylor 83, East Texas Baptist 19
MARSHALL, Texas -- Second-ranked Mary Hardin-Baylor dominated in every phase of the game as the Cru rolled to an 83-19 victory against East Texas Baptist University in the regular season finale for both teams on Saturday.
UMHB wraps up its fifth consecutive undefeated winning season by improving to 10-0 overall and 5-0 in American Southwest Conference play. The loss ends the Tigers' season at 4-6 overall and 1-4 in the ASC.
UMHB finished with 476 yards of total offense to help overcome 12 penalties. ETBU managed 440 total yards, but turned the ball over six times, gave up seven sacks and were held 140 yards under their season average. The Tigers ran 113 total plays in the game.
Zach Anderson was 12 of 20 for 158 yards and a touchdown and Damon Thomas ran for 74 yards on just three carries. Trey Thedford finished with 16 tackles, just two off the school single-game record. Smith finished with 2.5 sacks, eight tackles and his interception return for a score.
Charlotte 38, No. 4 Wesley 33
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte snapped its six-game losing streak by defeating No. 4 Wesley 38-33 behind three touchdowns from sophomore running back Kalif Phillips and quarterback Lee McNeill’s two touchdown passes.
Meanwhile the 49ers defense rose to the occasion and held the Wolverines to just nine second-half points to avenge last year’s loss.
Leading by four in the fourth, McNeill hit T.L. Ford for a 15-yard TD with 12 minutes to go to put Charlotte up 38-27. The 49ers picked up a critical fourth and one earlier in the drive.
Wesley cut the deficit to six with 1:11 left, but failed to recover the onside kick.
No. 5 Wartburg 81, Loras 21
WAVERLY, Iowa -- Fifth-ranked Wartburg finished a perfect 10-0 in the regular season with its 81-21 win against Loras on Saturday for the fourth time in program history.
The Knights also set a school record in points and total yards with 674. The old mark was 663 set against William Penn in 1991.
Logan Schrader finished 12 of 16 for 312 yards and three TDs, while Jake Haberman and Brandon Domeyer each ran for over 100 yards and combined for five touchdowns.
No. 7 Johns Hopkins 48, McDaniel 17
BALTIMORE -- Seventh-ranked Johns Hopkins sprinted out to a 21-0 lead less than 10 minutes into Saturday’s game against rival McDaniel, pushed the lead to 41-7 at the half and never looked back, cruising to a 48-17 victory at Homewood Field Saturday afternoon.
The victory caps a perfect 10-0 regular season for the Blue Jays, who also secured the outright Centennial Conference title for the fourth consecutive year with a 9-0 league mark.
Johns Hopkins, which was already assured of no worse than at least a share of the title entering the game and had secured the league’s automatic bid to the upcoming NCAA Playoffs, defeated its long-time rival for the 14th consecutive time in finishing the regular season undefeated for the second year in a row and the third time in four years.
After the teams traded punts to open the game, the Blue Jays took all the drama out of the 93rd meeting in series history by scoring three touchdowns in a span of just under four minutes. Each drive took less than two minutes.
No. 8 Hobart 28, Rochester 23
GENEVA, N.Y. -- It wasn't the best performance of the year, but No. 8 Hobart wrapped up its third consecutive undefeated regular season with a 28-23 win against Rochester in the annual Centennial Cup game at Boswell Field on Saturday.
The Statesmen (10-0, 7-0) played an efficient first half, building a 21-0 lead by the intermission.
But Rochester stormed back. The Yellowjackets turned a late interception by free safety Kevin Brooks into the day's final scoring drive. A 52-yard run by Matthew Eichorn set up Bronson's third TD pass, a 3-yard toss to Adenuga, who finished with five catches for 61 yards.
Rochester attempted an onside kick with 90 seconds remaining, but Troy Robinson recovered the kick at the Yellowjackets 49 and the Statesmen ran out the clock with three consecutive kneel downs.
No. 9 Wheaton (Ill.) 21, Carthage 2
KENOSHA, Wis. -- Ninth-ranked Wheaton completed an undefeated regular season on Saturday with a 21-2 victory at Carthage College. Wheaton ends the regular season 10-0 for the first time since 2003.
Wheaton has earned the CCIW's automatic bid to the 2014 NCAA Division III Football Playoffs.
Wheaton put together 362 yards of total offense, with 252 passing yards and 110 rushing yards. Carthage tallied just 265 yards of offense with 192 passing yards and 73 rushing yards.
Wheaton quarterback Johnny Peltz completed 19 of his 30 passing attempts for 252 yards and three touchdown passes. Peltz also ran for 68 yards on 12 carries. Jesse Geary carried the ball 11 times for 31 yards and he caught three passes for 50 yards. Luke Thorson caught six passes for 81 yards and two touchdowns.
No. 10 Widener 44, Delaware Valley 28
CHESTER, Pa. -- Tenth-ranked Widener scored 21 points in the decisive third quarter and captured its league-record 20th Middle Atlantic Conference title with a 44-28 victory against 15th-ranked Delaware Valley at Leslie C. Quick Jr. Stadium.
Seth Klein threw for 287 yards and four TDs against one interception. Two of Klein's scoring passes came in the third quarter, including the eventual game-winning 55-yard strike to Anthony Davis with 5:39 to play in the third.
The teams combined for 1,000 yards of offense (Widener 527, Delaware Valley 473).