GUNNISON, Colo. – CSU-Pueblo shut down Western State’s offense and Cameron McDondlenearly eclipsed 200 yards as the Pack sealed up its second consecutive RMAC title with a 21-3 win on Saturday.
The win gives the Pack its third RMAC title in school history as well as its second consecutive 11-0 regular season. It was also the ThunderWolves’ 26th consecutive regular-season win, which set a RMAC record.
Despite the final score, the ThunderWolves’ win, its first this year in which it did not score 30 or more points, did not come easily.
In the first half, Western State threw everything but the kitchen sink at the Pack, mostly matching the ThunderWolves blow for blow in the early going. After CSU-Pueblo marched down the field to score just five minutes into the game on a Ross Dausin quarterback draw, the Mountaineers nearly matched it. Western State drove 44 yards to the CSU-Pueblo 17-yard-line, but were turned away in the red zone and held to a field goal.
After forcing the Pack to punt on its next possession, the Mountaineers nearly took the lead, driving inside the Pack 5-yard-line. But not only did it miss out on punching it in for the score, kicker Steven Ballard shanked a 22-yard attempt.
In response, CSU-Pueblo drove the ball down the field for its second score, this one coming on a 9-yard screen pass from Dausin to McDondle, who accumulated 111 all-purpose yards in the first half, putting the Pack up 14-3 just before halftime.
In a back-and-forth second half, CSU-Pueblo finally put it out of reach as McDondle ran in for a score from one yard out to put the ThunderWolves up 21-3. McDondle nearly hit the 200-yard mark rushing, going for 197, and adding 34 yards through the air. His yardage total put him at 748 for the season, which breaks the one-year-old CSU-Pueblo freshman rushing record, set last season by J.B. Mathews
No. 3 New Haven 37, American International 12
WEST HAVEN, Conn. – No. 3 New Haven won the inaugural Northeast-10 Conference championship game on Saturday, taking a 37-12 decision from American International at Ralph F. DellaCamera Stadium.
New Haven, which entered the weekend ranked No. 3 in the NCAA East Region and as one of seven remaining unbeaten teams in Division II, stays perfect at 10-0 with its 17th consecutive victory against a Northeast-10 opponent. The Chargers also defeated American International 37-6 last weekend in Springfield to close out the regular season.
The Yellow Jackets fall to 7-3.
Ryan Osiecki led the Chargers’ offense with 240 yards and three touchdowns on 19-of-25 passing en route to earning Most Outstanding Player honors. Mike DeCaro also landed on the All-Championship Team with 111 yards from scrimmage (game-high 78 rushing, 33 receiving) and a touchdown reception and to a 97-yard kickoff return for a score.
Ronnie Nelson added 56 rushing yards with a touchdown, and Victor Jones scampered for 43 yards.
No. 11 Missouri Western 21, No. 4 Northwest Missouri State 20 –Box Score
MARYVILLE, Mo. — Saturday afternoon, the Griffons came back from 17 down at halftime to defeat rival Northwest Missouri State 21-20 with Travis Partridge’s 2-yard touchdown run with 1:07 left in the game to come out with the victory. Michael Hill’s 10-yard yard not only set up the go-ahead score, but also broke the season record for most rushing yards.
The victory clinches the Griffons’ first ever conference title outright, their second conference title and 10 wins for the first time in a season.
Hill finished with 19 carries for 121 yards. Partridge went 19-for-26 with 207 yards and two scores, with one interception. Partridge also had 10 carries for 25 yards and a score.
Wright finished with four catches for 41 yards. Crockom had four catches as well, with 58 yards and a touchdown.
Wallace Carter had a huge day, helping the Griffons with nine tackles, including two for a loss.
No. 5 Ashland 65, Notre Dame (Ohio) 0 — Box Score
ASHLAND, Ohio — In the final regular-season game of the season at Jack Miller Stadium/Martinelli Field, the Ashland University Eagles led from start to finish in a 65-0 win against Notre Dame.
The win gives the Eagles an 11-0 record, 10-0 in the GLIAC. It’s the fourth time in school history AU has finished the regular season unbeaten. It’s the first unblemished regular season mark since 1972. The Eagles won the first GLIAC football championship in school history. They will also receive a bye in the first round of the GLIAC playoffs. The playoff berth will be the fifth in school history, the third under head coach Lee Owens.
“I thought in the first half there was a level of intensity we hadn’t seen since early in the season against Indy and Wayne State,” said Owens. “We challenged our guys. That’s the kind of motivation you need at the end of the year going into the playoffs.”
On offense, the Eagles were scoring with ease. Ashland has 68 against Lake Erie in September. AU set a school single-game record for first downs (34) and had 422 yards rushing, which is in the neighborhood of the school record of 447 yards (vs. Otterbein, 1970). AU had 635 yards of total offense.
No. 6 Minnesota State-Mankato 70, Upper Iowa 7 — Box Score
MANKATO, Minn. — Mankato’s 70-7 pummeling of the Peacocks of Upper Iowa put a cap on the program’s first undefeated regular season in school history. The win clinches MSU’s first NSIC South Division crown and outright conference championship.
“With this being my last year and all that I’ve gone through and all that this team has gone through, it’s pretty special to be at this point in the season and have 11 wins for the first time in school history,” said senior Adam Thielen. “The outright conference championship feels pretty good [too].”
The team’s 70 points tied a school record for most points scored in a game and their 63 point margin of victory is now second most lopsided in history. Also, junior kicker Sam Brockshus booted ten extra points to become the school’s all-time leading scorer with 244 points, surpassing Ken Navitsky’s mark of 241 points.
“I feel really blessed and honored to be a part of this team,” said junior Chris Schaudt. “I’m glad we really capitalized on it today and went out on a high note.”
No. 13 IUP 41, No. 7 Shippensburg 10 — Box Score
INDIANA, Pa. – With a defensive effort that limited the nation’s No. 1 offense to just 10 points, 13th-ranked IUP defeated seventh-ranked Shippensburg 41-10 in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Football Championship on Saturday at George P. Miller Stadium.
For his performance on the defensive side of the ball, linebacker Carl Fleming was named the PSAC Championship Most Outstanding Player. Fleming had a game-high 12 tackles, battled down two passes, and returned a fourth quarter interception 40 yards for a touchdown.
The Crimson Hawks (10-1) held a Shippensburg team that entered the game averaging more than 566 yards and 53 points to just 271 yards of total offense. Harlon Hill candidate Zach Zulli, Division II’s leading passer, completed just 17-of-42 for 205 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions.
Conversely, IUP quarterback Mike Box completed 11-of-16 passes for 178 and a career-high three touchdowns, all to wide receiver Terrill Barnes. Barnes finished with seven catches for 124 yards.
This is IUP’s first PSAC title since 1987.
No. 8 Henderson State 42, Ouachita Baptist 7 –Box Score
ARKADELPHIA, Ark. – A Henderson State single-game record of 12,035 fans saw the high-octane offense that has been the 2012 Henderson State football team veer from their norm as a prolific passing attack to an offense that found a wealth of success on the ground to the tune of 305 yards on Saturday afternoon as they cruised to a 42-7 rout against rival Ouachita Baptist in the 2012 Southern Bancorp Battle of the Ravine.
The win for the Reddies (10-0, 8-0 GAC) not only gives them the coveted claim as the Southern Bancorp Battle of the Ravine champions, but it also gives them the outright Great American Conference Championship, an unbeaten and untied regular season for the first time in school history, and it puts the Reddies in a position to host a NCAA Division II playoff game; also a first time in school history.
Touchdowns on their first three drives of the game gave the Reddies an early 21-0 lead that they would only build on as the game wore on.
No. 9 Midwestern State 35, West Georgia 17 — Box Score
WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Midwestern State’s Pony Express churned out 470 yards to carry the Mustangs to a win against West Georgia in the regular-season finale Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium.
MSU, which ends the regular season at 9-1, awaits NCAA Division II playoff selection Sunday afternoon.
Sophomore running back Chauncey Harris bursted for a career-high 232 yards on 16 carries including bookend touchdown runs of 21 and 31 yards. The rushing total was the fourth most in a single game in MSU program history and the most by someone other than Daniel Polk who posted the top three rushing games with 290-, 259- and 244-yard performances.
Harlon Hill candidate Keidrick Jackson posted his seventh 100-yard rushing effort of the season with 104 yards on 17 carries before exiting the game at half time including a 1-yard TD run for his 19th rushing score of the season in the second quarter.
Senior quarterback Brandon Kelsey added to the three-headed attack running for 99 yards on 10 carries with a 46-yard scoring run to open the second quarter.
No. 10 Minnesota-Duluth 49, Northern State 31 –Box Score
DULUTH, Minn. — Rain, gusty winds and blustery conditions in Duluth made it an ideal day to run the football, and Minnesota-Duluth did just that Saturday afternoon.
The Bulldogs piled up a season-high 506 yards on the ground and ran on 66 of their 77 plays from scrimmage while turning back Northern State University 49-31 in the regular-season finale for both Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference clubs at James S. Malosky Stadium.
Three different Bulldog eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark on the day, including quarterback Chase Vogler, who rolled up 224 yards (12 shy of the school single-game record) and five touchdowns on 22 carries in what was in all likelihood his final collegiate home appearance. Rookie running back Logan Lauters finished with 149 rushing yards and had the other two touchdowns while sophomore Austin Sikorski added another 102 yards.
“We came in [Saturday] looking to go with our normal game plan — 60 to 40 run or so,” said Vogler, who now has 15 rushing touchdowns this season. “Obviously, the conditions made it more difficult for us to pass, so we had to rely more on our blocking and running up front. The guys stepped up and we got a big win.”
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