Top 10 Roundup
Webb has career day for No. 7 Hobart; Mount Union survives
No. 1 Mount Union 30, No. 19 Franklin 27
ALLIANCE, Ohio -- No. 1 ranked Mount Union survived a second half rally and scored the go ahead touchdown with 4:17 left in the game to beat No. 19 ranked Franklin 30-27 in the season opener at Mount Union Stadium in Alliance.
It was the 26th consecutive season opening victory for the Purple Raiders but first for new head coach Vince Kehres, who took the helm after his father Larry stepped down in May after 27 seasons on the job.
Mount Union also extended win streaks with its 74th consecutive regular season win and 68th consecutive home victory.
Junior quarterback Kevin Burke led the Purple Raider offense with 266 yards passing and 72 yards rushing on nine carries. Burke tossed a touchdown pass to Jack Nicholls as the senior had a career-high 109 yards receiving on eight receptions.
No. 2 St. Thomas (Minn.) 52, Wisconsin-Eau Claire (Minn.) 7
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Wisconsin-Eau Claire had a tough time at second-ranked and 2012 runner-up St. Thomas (Minn.), falling 52-7 to the Tommies.
St. Thomas scored touchdowns on its first two drives of the game and took a 15-0 lead by the end of the first quarter. After the Tommies got up by 15, the Blugolds got back into the game with Joel Sweeney (Sr.-Tomah, Wis.) scoring on a one-yard touchdown on the first play of the second quarter.
Eau Claire is now 0-1 to start the year while St. Thomas is 1-0, pushing its regular-season win streak to 35 games and its home win streak to 18. This was the first meeting between the two teams in St. Paul while the only other meeting was the 2012 season opener, held at Carson Park in Eau Claire. St. Thomas won that game 27-24, scoring the game-winning touchdown with less than three minutes to play.
The 52 points today were the most given up by the Blugolds since a 65-44 loss to UW-River Falls in 2000 and tied for the sixth-most points allowed in school history. Seven points were also the fewest the Blugolds have scored since a 45-0 loss to UW-Whitewater in 2010 while the margin of defeat (45 points) tied for the eighth largest in school history.
No. 3 Mary Hardin-Baylor 31, Redlands 13
REDLANDS, Calif. -- Mary Hardin-Baylor controlled the first half and used a dominating performance from Elijah Hudson to post a 31-13 victory against Redlands in the season opener for both teams. UMHB has now won 35 consecutive regular-season games. The Cru also stretched its regular-season road winning streak to 18 in a row.
The Bulldogs opened the scoring with Kevin Grady's 21-yard field goal following a Cru fumble with 5:33 left in the opening quarter. UMHB answered with Malcolm Miller's 1-yard scoring plunge on the ensuing drive for a 7-3 lead with 2:26 left to play in the first. Jake Sims scored on a 4-yard run on the next UMHB possession to give the Cru a 14-3 lead early in the second quarter and Hudson's eight-yard TD run with 4:17 remaining in the first half put UMHB up 21-3. Grady hit a 25-yard field goal on the final play of the first half to make it 21-6 Cru at halftime.
UMHB used Drew Owen's 28-yard field goal to stretch the lead to 24-6 on the opening possession of the second half and Caleb Moore's 20-yard scoring run pushed the Cru lead to 31-6 with 5:06 left in the third quarter. UMHB was driving for another score, but fumbled the ball away on the Redlands' 1-yard line. Mitch Samson hit Taylor Irwin with a 99-yard scoring strike on the next play to pull the Bulldogs to within 31-13, but that's as close as it would get.
Hudson ran for 184 yards and a touchdown on 32 carries to lead the Cru. Sims threw for 209 yards on an 18-for-26 night in his first collegiate start at quarterback. Baylor Mullins intercepted two passes and Teidrick Smith had 11 tackles to lead the Cru defense. UMHB posted 395 rushing yards and rolled up 604 total yards of offense in the game. The Cru also held Redlands to 35 rushing yards and 308 yards of total offense. UMHB turned the ball over four times and was flagged for 11 penalties, but the Cru defense posted five sacks and intercepted three passes.
No. 7 Hobart 30, Dickinson 7
CARLISLE, Pa. -- Seventh-ranked Hobart, behind a career day for senior running back Steven Webb and a dominating defense, posted a 30-7 victory against Dickinson in Carlisle, Pa., to open the 2013 season. Webb ran for a career-high 203 yards and three touchdowns while the Statesmen D limited the Red Devils to just 204 yards of total offense.
Hobart accumulated 470 yards of total offense, including 343 on the ground. The Statesmen averaged 7.0 yards per carry (49-343), the highest rushing average for the team since Oct. 8, 2005, when Hobart averaged 7.5 per carry (53-397).
Webb's big day marked the most rushing yards by a Statesman since Doug Blakowski ran for 214 yards at Merchant Marine on Oct. 14, 2006. Webb was not stopped behind the line of scrimmage on any of his 18 carries. He went more than 100 yards for the game on just his fourth rush and finished the day with 11.3 yards per carry average. That's the highest average by a Hobart player since Jack Holleran 11.4 yards against Dickinson on Sept. 14, 2002.
Junior fullback Dominique Ellis and sophomore running back Conner Hartigan combined for 117 yards rushing, with Ellis scoring the team's other touchdown on a 1-yard plunge. Junior quarterback Patrick Conlan was 8-of-16 for 127 yards, earning the win in his first collegiate start. Junior wide receiver John Fasano was his top target, hauling in three passes for 41 yards.
No. 9 Wisconsin-Whitewater 17, Washington (Mo.) 7
WHITEWATER, Wis. -- The running of sophomore Dennis Moore keyed a fourth quarter surge by ninth-ranked Wisconsin-Whitewater in a 17-7 win against Washington (Mo.) Saturday afternoon in Perkins Stadium in Whitewater, Wisconsin.
After giving up the 156 yards in the first two quarters, the Warhawk defense held the Bears to 39 yards of total offense in the second half.
Eric Daginella completed 9 of 26 for 147 yards with one score and one interception. Tim Bartholomew caught three of those tosses for 86 yards. Zach Lonneman carried the ball 10 times for 32 yards.
Washington linebacker Fade Oluokun led both teams with 11 tackles, one sack and two tackles for a loss. Lineman Nelson Nwumeh added 10 tackles, a sack and two more tackles for a loss. Linebacker Kyle Wismer topped the Warhawks with seven tackles, with defensive end Marshall Rutherford contributing a QB sack, a tackle for a loss and three tackles. Brady Grayvold had the game's only interception.
Butler 49, No. 10 Wittenberg 24
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The first foray outside of NCAA Division III in seven years didn't go as planned for the Tigers, who dropped a 49-24 decision at NCAA Division I FCS team Butler.
The Tigers got off to a terrible start, falling behind 14-3 after one quarter before giving up a whopping 28 points in the second. Two of Butler's touchdowns were scored by the Bulldogs' defense as Wittenberg committed four costly first-half turnovers.
Wittenberg recovered in the final 30 minutes, outscoring Butler 21-7. It wasn't enough, however, as the Tigers lost their season opener, while the Bulldogs evened their record at 1-1 after starting with a 55-14 loss at South Dakota State a week earlier.
Senior quarterback Reed Florence had a tough day, as he was charged with two fumbles and two interceptions. But he showed leadership and resiliency in the second half, throwing a pair of touchdown passes and running for another score. For the game, Florence finished 26-of-40 for 298 yards through the air, in addition to 15 carries for 38 yards.