PITTSBURG — No. 1 ranked Pitt State jumped out to a 35-3 first quarter lead, padded the cusion to 56-3 late in the second quarter and cruised to a 59-17 victory against winless Lincoln Saturday at Brandenburg Field/Carnie Smith Stadium.
For the second time, the Gorillas (4-0) played before a sellout crowd.
Pitt State struck first four plays into the game. After forcing the Blue Tigers (0-4) into a three-and-out, Marquise Cushon blocked a punt that Israel Maselera recovered in the LU end zone for a touchdown.
Briceton Wilson added a pair of touchdowns, scoring on runs of 1 and 8 yards later in the quarter, and Trezz Tillman added an eight-yard TD scamper.
The Gorillas capped their 35-point first quarter with Tony Abenoja tossing a 37-yard touchdown pass to Luke Rampy on the final play of the period.
John Brown returned a punt 68 yards for a touchdown and a 42-3 Pitt State margin with 12:23 to play in the second period, while Solomon Wakins and Wilson added touchdown runs later in the quarter.
Pitt State finished the game with 418 yards of total offense, including 216 rushing yards. The Blue Tigers had 311 total yards in the contest.
No. 2 Minnesota-Duluth 42, Augustana 34
DULUTH, Minn. — The No. 2 Bulldogs raced to a 35-6 halftime lead and then held on to beat the Vikings 42-34 before a James S. Malosky Stadium crowd of 4,254. UMD, which had outscored its first three 2012 opponents by a combined 79-13 in the final two quarters, moved to 4-0 on the year and increased its NSIC home winning streak to 36 games.
Junior running back Austin Sikorski and junior wide receiver Joe Reichert each had a pair of touchdowns while senior quarterback Chase Vogler completed 17 of 29 passes for 227 yards and two scores in helping propel the Bulldogs past Augustana College (2-2 overall) for the sixth consecutive time. UMD sophomore Aaron Roth also returned a kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown and sophomore inside linebacker Colby Ring parlayed a second-quarter interception into a 23-yard pick six.
“It was a fun night,” Ring said, who paced the Bulldogs with 11 total tackles, including 1.5 quarterback sacks. “We did a nice job in the first half, but then we kind of let the game get out of our hands after the break. That definitely shouldn’t have been a dogfight at the end.”
UMD never trailed the entire night as it took the opening kick and capped off an 11-play, 78-yard drive with Sikorski’s two-yard run. The Bulldogs were up 21-6 with just over four minutes to go in the second quarter before Reichert and Vogler hooked up on scoring strikes of 39 and 10 yards. Reichert finished with team-leading six receptions for a career-high 96 yards.
No. 3 CSU Pueblo 30, Adams State 0
PUEBLO, Colo. — The ThunderWolves took care of business Saturday night, extending their regular season win streak to 19 games with a satisfying win against in-state rival Adams State, 30-0.
Defensively for the ThunderWolves, it was by far the most complete performance of the season. The Pack forced seven turnovers, which included four interceptions off Adams quarterbacks, who split time after both seemed to struggle against the ThunderWolves. The seven total turnovers were tied for the most by the team since the program returned to the field in 2008.
“I think it was just the emphasis we put on getting off the field on third down and getting turnovers in practice this week,” senior defensive end Corey Orth said.
No. 4 Grand Valley State 46, Ohio Dominican 41
ALLENDALE, Mich. — The fourth-ranked Grand Valley State football team held off a resilient Ohio Dominican squad on Saturday night, as a touchdown pass to sophomore wide receiver Darryl Pitts with just over a minute to play gave the Lakers the win.
After falling behind 6-0 early in the second quarter after two Panther field goals, the Lakers were able to get a big 74 yard kick return from freshman Kirk Spencer to set up a 21-yard touchdown run from sophomore Michael Ratay, his first of three scores on the evening.
An interception by junior corner Reggie Williams on the ensuing ODU drive gave the Lakers great field position and again they were able to capitalize as Ratay went in for a 20-yard score to make it a 14-6 contest.
The Panthers responded with a score on their first play from scrimmage following the kickoff as Brandon Schoen went 75 yards for a touchdown to draw ODU within one at 14-13.
GVSU seemed to take control following the big play, getting a 10-yard touchdown catch from senior Israel Woolfork with 9:22 to play in the half and then another touchdown run from Ratay with 1:24 left to play that gave the Lakers a 26-13 advantage.
No. 5 Winston-Salem State 35, Virginia Union 6
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The rain and the lightning couldn’t stop the Rams, as No. 5 Winston-Salem State rolled past Virginia Union 35-6 on Saturday night.
The game was halted for 30 minutes with 11:53 remaining for lightning. Both teams, headed to the locker room, while the fans in the stands headed for any cover they could find.
When the two teams return to the field about 40 minutes later, Virginia Union took the ball and 18 plays later found the goal line when Abe Coleman would find Matias Parker from 15 yards out for a score.
Offensively, the WSSU Rams were led in rushing by Kameron Smith, who picked up 69 yards and one touchdown on eight carries. Kameron Smith was also 16 of 27 for 254 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Jameze Massey had his second 100-plus yard game in a row, as he snagged five passes for 103 yards and one touchdown, while Jahuann Butler also hauled in five passes for 99 yards and one touchdown.
|CALIFORNIA (PA.) VS. IUP|
No. 6 California (Pa.) 26, IUP 24
CALIFORNIA, Pa – Junior wide receiver Nadir Brown scored an 80-yard touchdown with 52.3 seconds left and sophomore kicker Cody Nuzzo made the game-winning 30-yard field goal with 3.5 seconds left on Saturday as the No. 6 Vulcans claimed a 26-24 victory against No. 14 IUP in the fourth-annual Coal Bowl at Adamson Stadium.
With the win, California improves to 4-0 this season with a 2-0 mark in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) West play. The Vulcans have won all four of the Coal Bowl meetings and seven of the last eight games against the Crimson Hawks. Meanwhile, IUP falls to 3-1 overall with a 1-1 record in divisional action.
Senior quarterback Peter Lalich passed for the second-highest total in single-game school history, finishing with 438 yards. He completed 27-of-40 attempts with three touchdowns and one interception in the victory. Lalich became just the fourth quarterback in program history to throw for over 400 yards in a game.
No. 7 Minn. State 24, MSU Moorehead 0
Mankato, Minn. — Minnesota State started the season with three night victories. On Saturday, they proved they are just as good in the daytime. The 22nd-ranked Mavericks ran roughshod over the Minnesota State-Moorhead defense amassing 339 yards on the ground in the 24-0 shutout win against the Dragons in front of 3,837 fans packed inside Blakeslee Stadium.
MSU was led at quarterback by freshman Mitch Brozovich who was making his first collegiate start. On the Mavericks’ second drive of the game, Brozovich found freshman wideout Kyle Riggott for a 10-yard touchdown toss
“I need to play better next week than I did this week for sure,” said Brozovich. “I thought the offensive line did a great job protecting me all game.”
That offensive line did not give up a sack on the afternoon.
Brozovich finished 8-for-20 through the air for 88 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. He also rushed 16 times for 79 yards.
The scoring drive was highlighted by a 29-yard run by sophomore running back Andy Pfeiffer. On MSU’s first series, Pfeiffer was heading for a 55-yard touchdown run, but was stripped of the ball from behind at the one-yard line. MSU-Moorhead recovered the fumble in the end zone for a touchback.
No. 8 New Haven 45, St. Anselm 0
WEST HAVEN, Conn. — Led by over 360 rushing yards, No. 8 New Haven defeated Saint Anselm College 45-0 Saturday afternoon at Ralph F. DellaCamera Stadium. The Chargers improved to 4-0 overall and 3-0 in the Northeast-10 Conference with the win.
The Chargers offense amassed over 600 yards on 67 plays (9.2 yards per play), while the defense held Saint Anselm to 22 rushing yards and 189 total yards. It was also New Haven’s first shutout in the last two years, dating back to Oct. 16, 2010 at American International.
Ronnie Nelson anchored the offense with 250 passing yards and four touchdowns on 14-of-21 passing. He also ran for 34 yards on seven carries in the win. Victor Jones added 128 rushing yards on six carries, including an 87-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Kameel Lashley caught two passes for 94 yards and two touchdowns and Jason Thompson added five catches for 47 yards and one touchdown.
Central Oklahoma 35, No. 9 Washburn 20
EDMOND, Okla. – A cross-country touchdown pass and short interception return sparked Central Oklahoma to a victory Saturday afternoon at Wantland Stadium.
Adrian Nelson heaved a 92-yard touchdown pass to Marquis Walters and defensive end Colton Byford rumbled 25 yards with an interception six minutes later to ignite a 29-point second-half outburst that carried the Bronchos to a big 35-20 upset of No. 9-ranked Washburn.
It was UCO’s first win of the season and also the first for rookie head coach Nick Bobeck as UCO claimed its initial Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association victory after opening with three losses.
“What a great, great win for this program and our players,” Bobeck said. “Our kids have been staying after it and they deserved to have some good things happen to them today. We made some big plays on both sides of the ball and came away with a big win over a really good football team.”
No 10. Humboldt State 49, Dixie State 13
SAINT GEORGE, Utah — The Great Northwest Athletic Conference’s top-ranked offense easily trumped the league’s defensive leaders, resulting in a 49-13 Humboldt State victory against over Dixie State on Saturday.
Following its first road game of the season after three at home, Humboldt State remains unbeaten at 4-0 and unscathed in the GNAC with a 3-0 conference record. Dixie State dropped to 2-2 overall and 2-1 in league.
“Going on the road, where the opponent has the fan support that we’re accustomed to in Redwood Bowl, you never know what might happen,” HSU head coach Rob Smith said. “It was a great win for the Jacks, with a lot of big plays from a lot of different players tonight.”
After allowing an average of only 288 yards per contest, including a mere 125 rushing heading into the game, the Red Storm was overwhelmed by HSU’s dominance in the air and on the ground. Running back Nick Ricciardulli provided ample evidence, carrying the ball 18 times for 157 yards and three touchdowns before heading to the bench for a well-deserved rest early in the second half.
HSU quarterback Alex Rump finished with 16 completions in 23 passing attempts for 200 yards and a touchdown. Tommy Darcey and Victor Spencer led the receiving corps with four receptions each.
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