By the numbers: four fewer undefeated teams after an exciting week of DII football
Last week, four of the Top 25 fell to unranked schools. Week 5 had a different flare, with several ranked opponents pitted against each other. Five ranked teams lost, but three were at the hands of fellow Top 25 foes.
There will certainly be a new look to the American Football Coaches Association Coaches Poll come Monday. Let's go beyond the box score and take a look at Week 5 by the numbers.
How the Top 25 fared:
3 — Ranked teams that lost to other Top 25 teams. No. 18 Slippery Rock won in overtime against Pennsylvania State Atheltic Conference rival, No. 5 Califonia (Pa.), 47-44. No. 8 Colorado Mesa lost to Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference foe No. 17 Colorado State-Pueblo 30-24. The No. 22 Assumption Greyhounds handled No. 24 LIU Post 54-20, claiming its stake as top dog in the Northeast-10.
14.33 — Average amount of points that separated the three ranked battles.
2 — Ranked teams that lost to a team oustide the Top 25. No. 11 Arkansas Tech lost a 35-31 heartbreaker to a Ouachita Baptist team that received votes last week and could make a case for the Top 25. No. 24 Catawba fell to Carson-Newman 31-18.
39.75 — Average amount points scored by the Top 25.
16 — Top 25 teams that remain undefeated in DII football.
35 — Games in a row that the Bearcats have won since 2014. It took a touchdown in the final seven seconds on Saturday to secure the win.
62 — Biggest margin of victory by a Top 25 team. No. 16 Central Washington upended Simon Fraser 62-0.
64 — Most points scored by a ranked team in Week 5. For the second week in a row, No. 21 Bowie State drops the most points in a 64-31 victory over Fayetteville State.
2 — Shutouts posted on Saturday by Top 25 teams, down three from last week. Along with CWU, No. 20 Ashland shutout Davenport 38-0.
3 — Number of ranked teams that rushed for at least six touchdowns on Saturday. It was a team effort for No. 15 Ferris State and No. 6 Minnesota State, but Indiana (Pa)'s Samir Bullock rushed six in all by himself for the No. 4 Crimson Hawks.
How about touchdowns? pic.twitter.com/0HmFdUMqbA— IUP Football (@IUPfootball) September 30, 2017
There were plenty of players on Top 25 rosters that shined bright on Saturday, but here are a few who stood out just a bit more.
|Robert Webber||Humboldt State||338 yards, 4 TD, 1 Int.|
|Amir Hall||Bowie State||350 total yards, 5 total TD|
|Connor Jessop||Shepherd||327 yards, 3 TD|
|Reilly Hennessey||Central Washington||188 yards, 5 TD|
|Samir Bullock||IUP||263 yards, 6 TD|
|Kenneth Iheme||Fort Hays State||232 total yards, 1 TD|
|Max Mickey||Sioux Falls||212 yards, 2 TD|
|Christian Cummings||Central Washington||183 yards|
|Nate Gunn||Minnesota State||173 yards, 2 TD|
|Robert Chesson||Bowie State||172 yards, 2 TD|
|Marché Dennard||Colorado State-Pueblo||152 yards, 2 TD|
|Jabre Lolley||Shepherd||130 yards, 2 TD|
|Garrett Willis||Indianapolis||190 yards, 2 TD|
|Monterio Burchfield||Fort Hays State||173 yards, 3 TD|
|Shawn Bane||Northwest Missouri State||139 yards|
|Ryan Feiss||Shepherd||132 yards, 1 TD|
|Tom Greene||California (Pa)||132 yards|
|Sam Blake||Assumption||102 yards, 2 TD|
Some defenders really stood out on Saturday as well. No. 25 Winona State's senior defensive back Andrew Spencer had 10 tackles and two pick-sixes in the 37-7 win over Upper Iowa. Northwest Missouri State's Jacob Gassman had an interception for a touchdown on a day that saw the Bearcats sack the quarterback six times. DII football's all-time sack leader — Slippery Rock's Marcus Martin -- added two more to his total, with a 10 tackle, two sack performance.