Mount Union earns historic win
Top 10: No. 1 UW-Whitewater whitewashes Washington U.
FRANKLIN, Ind. — No. 2-ranked Mount Union joined college football's 700-win club with an impressive 45-7 win against No. 13 ranked Franklin at Stewart "Red" Faught Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Purple Raiders became the 21st program overall and second Division III team in college football history to post at least 700 victories.
Sophomore Kevin Burke made his first career start at quarterback and completed his first eight passes en route to a 16-of-26 passing effort with 243 yards and his first career touchdown pass came to senior Shannon Stewart, who hauled in the 32-yarder against triple coverage in the end zone. Burke also rushed for 51 yards and had a 22-yard touchdown run in the third quarter negated due to a holding penalty.
No. 1 Wisconsin-Whitewater 34, Washington U. 0
ST. LOUIS -- UW-Whitewater, ranked No. 1 in the D3football.com poll, held Washington U. without a first down and to zero yards of offense in the first half on the way to a 34-0 victory Friday night at Francis Field.
The Warhawks received the opening kickoff and UW-W drove to the Bears' 26 before stalling. Eric Kindler kicked a 43-yard field goal to make it 3-0 with 11:43 left in the first quarter and UW-W never looked back. UW-W gained 238 yards in the half, while Washington had two yards passing and minus two rushing.
The Warhawk offense produced 376 yards, while the defense limited the Bears to 55, including just 10 on the ground and 45 on 9 of 25 passing -- with four interceptions. Defensive back Ryan Wenkman led UW-W with six tackles. Desmin Ward broke the 100-yard mark, carrying the ball 14 times for 108 yards while Lee Brekke wound up 13 of 25 for 141 yards, with the one INT.
The victory adds to Whitewater's win streak, now at 46 games, the longest active streak in college football and fourth-longest alltime, and one away from tying Oklahoma for third place all-time in the NCAA record book.
No. 3 Wesley 28, ETBU 14
MARSHALL, TEXAS – Behind five touchdown passes from quarterback Justin Sottilare and four interceptions by defensive back Jared
Morris, the third-ranked Wesley College football team defeated East Texas Baptist, 34-14, on Saturday afternoon at Ornelas Stadium. Morris' four interceptions is a Wesley-record.
trailed 12-0 midway through the first quarter, but touchdown passes from Sottilare to the Barile brothers, Matt Barile and Ben Barile, gave the Wolverines a 14-12 advantage just seconds into the second quarter. After ETBU scored on a safety, Sottilare found Askia Jahad and Steven Koudossou for touchdowns to put Wesley on top 28-14 at the half.
No. 4 St. Thomas 27, UW-Eau Claire 24
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (Blugolds.com) – Despite leading by 11 points with less than four minutes to play, the UW-Eau Claire football gave up a couple of costly plays at the end of the game in a 27-24 loss to eighth-ranked University of St. Thomas (Minn.) in the season opener at Carson Park today.
A touchdown pass from Sottilare to Ryan Gerlitz in the third increased Wesley's lead to 34-14, as both teams went scoreless in the fourth.
Eau Claire, which had never faced St. Thomas previously, trailed just once before the final four minutes of the contest
No. 7 Linfield 30, Menlo 9
McMINNVILLE,Ore. – Mickey Inns threw for two touchdowns and caught a 17-yard scoring pass, and Josh Hill rushed for 113 yards to power fifth-ranked Linfield past Menlo 30-9 on Saturday in the Wildcats’ season-opener at Maxwell Field.
Though the teams slogged through a scoreless first quarter, the Wildcats never trailed in the contest, opening up leads of 14-0 and 30-3. The ’Cats kept their record against Menlo perfect (14-0) in what could well have been the final meeting between the two programs.
Safety Colin Forman totaled a game-high 10 tackles, and end Brynnan Hyland had two sacks among his five stops for the Wildcats (1-0), who held the Oaks (0-1) to 265 yards of offense, including just 118 through the air.
Wisconsin-La Crosse 21, No. 8 North Central (Ill.) 17
NAPERVILLE, Ill. -- Wisconsin-La Crosse opened the 2012 season with a 21-17 victory at North Central (Ill.) Saturday afternoon at Benedetti-Whrli Stadium. The Cardinals entered the game ranked sixth on the D3football.com Top-25 Poll.
UW-L finished with 206 yards of offense, including 139 rushing and 67 passing. Jared Stan totaled 70 yards rushing and one touchdown while Andy Sires finished 9 of 14 passing for 67 yards with Tony Bilderback catching four passes for 35 yards.
North Central totaled 392 yards, including 202 on the ground. Jordan Tassio had 30 yards rushing while Spencer Stanek was 16-of-34 passing for 171 yards and one touchdown.
UW-L forced six North Central turnovers -- three fumbles and three interceptions -- while the Eagles had one fumble.
No. 9 Salisbury 40, Christopher Newport 16
NEWPORT NEWS, Va.- The Sea Gulls of Salisbury University scored 27 second half points Saturday night, surging to a 40-16 victory over the Captains of Christopher Newport at POMOCO Stadium. The game was the season opener for both squads.
Salisbury jumped to a 13-0 lead in the opening half before the Captains got on the board with 4:32 to play in the first half. Senior quarterback Aaron Edwards connected with sophomore receiver Rudy Rudolph on a 6-yard scoring pass to make it a 13-7 score at the half.
The Captains opened the scoring in the second half when Edwards and Rudolph connected again, this time on a 70-yard pass. After the extra point was blocked, the game was tied at 13. That's when the Sea Gulls took over.
St. John Fisher 13, Thomas More College, 7
Cody Miller's two-yard rushing touchdown off an option-pitch from Ryan Kramer gave the St. John Fisher College football team a 13-7 win in overtime in its season and home-opener against Thomas More College in a matchup between two top 20 teams.
The No. 11 Cardinals outgained the No. 20 Saints, 403-130, including Kramer's 35 rushes for 127 yards from under center, but were plagued by four turnovers, including two first-half interceptions inside the Thomas More 10-yard line.