Top 10 Roundup
Thorne gets 100th win as North Central (Ill.) cruises
No. 1 Mount Union 84, Marietta 14
ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Kevin Burke matched his career-high with five touchdown passes as No. 1-ranked Mount Union set school and conference records beating Marietta, 84-14 Saturday night in an Ohio Athletic Conference at Mount Union Stadium.
The 84 points set a Mount Union record and matched the conference record of 84 points in an OAC that Ohio Northern did against then OAC-member Hiram in 1993. The 12 touchdowns also matched a conference record.
Mount Union (3-0, 2-0 OAC) extends the nation's longest winning streak to 18 games while winning its 76th consecutive regular-season game and 69th consecutive home game.
Burke completed 22-of-30 passes for 336 yards with Brian Gainer and Jack Nicholls each catching two touchdowns and Luc Meacham with another. Gainer had his first 100-yard receving performance with 112 yards on seven catches while Nicholls had his second 100-yard day of the season with eight catches for 105 yards.
Germany Woods rushed for 76 yards on 16 carries with two touchdowns in the first half while backup quarterback Taurice Scott ran for 99 yards with two touchdowns in the second half.
Marietta (0-3, 0-2 OAC) took the opening kickoff and went 75 yards to take a 7-0 lead when Tim Conner ran it in from one yard out.
The Mount Union defense then took control and surrendered 93 yards the remainder of the first half. The Purple Raider offense put up 49 points in the first half to lead 49-7. For the game, Mount Union rolled up 690 yards of offense.
Alex Kocheff and Joshua Scott each had a team-high five tackles while Tom Lally had 1.5 sacks to pace the Raider defense.
No. 2 Mary Hardin-Baylor 40, Sul Ross State 18
BELTON, Texas — Mary Hardin-Baylor struggled through a sluggish first half before pulling away in the second half of a 40-18 victory against Sul Ross State on Saturday night in Belton. The Cru improves to 4-0 overall and 1-0 in American Southwest Conference play with the victory. The loss drops the Lobos to 0-4 overall and 0-1 in the ASC on the season.
UMHB rolled up 443 yards of total offense with 242 of those coming on the ground. The Cru defense gave up a season-high 353 yards of total offense but forced seven turnovers in the game and scored its first defensive touchdown of the year.
Michael Carpenter ran for a career-high 140 yards on 28 carries as UMHB played without leading rusher Elijah Hudson. Zach Anderson ran for 121 yards on 15 carries and went 11-of-16 for 160 yards and another score. Deshon Kinsey led the Cru defense with 13 tackles and Brodrick Crain added nine to go with an interception and his fumble return for a touchdown.
Bernard was 19-of-48 for 222 yards and two scores, but he was picked off four times. He also ran for 89 yards on 25 carries. Jefferson caught five passes for 137 yards. Dillon Wolfe led the Lobo defense with 12 tackles and three other players also reached double figures.
UMHB has now won 38 consecutive regular-season games and 27 consecutive ASC contests.
No. 3 Linfield 45, Case Western Reserve 0
CLEVELAND –- The Linfield Wildcats fashioned a 45-0 shutout of Case Western Reserve in a sloppy contest on Saturday at Case Field.
Tavon Willis rushed for a game-high 80 yards and Brian Balsiger caught eight passes for 99 yards to pace Linfield, which improved to 3-0 for the season. Josh Yoder passed for 235 yards and two touchdowns, but the Wildcats’ senior signal caller was intercepted twice and sacked three times.
Case Western produced just 89 yards against the unbeaten and third-ranked Wildcats, all of it coming in the second half when the game was already out of reach.
Michael MacClanathan recorded a team-high six tackles while Tyler Steele, Dominique Forrest and Tim Edmonds all had five stops for the stingy Linfield defense.
Once all the stats were counted, Linfield had outgained Case Western 429-89, holding the Spartans to five yards rushing and 0.2 yards per carry.
No. 4 North Central (Ill.) 27, Wisconsin-Stevens Point 7
NAPERVILLE, Ill. -- After the offense turned heads in its first two wins of the 2013 season, North Central (Ill.) turned to its defense to seal the deal on Saturday, as the Cardinals recorded a historic 27-7 victory against the Wisconsin-Stevens Point at Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium.
The win was the 100th for head coach John Thorne, who became the second-fastest coach in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin to hit triple digits in the victory column.
The Cardinals' defensive unit was tested early and often, but continually found ways to keep Stevens Point (2-1) out of the end zone. The Pointers advanced into North Central territory six times and were turned away on the first five. The Cardinals had built up a 20-point lead before the visitors secured their lone score midway through the fourth period.
Despite a disadvantage in time of possession by more than five minutes, the Cardinals outgained UWSP, 405-329. Spencer Stanek established a career high with 364 passing yards, completing 27-of-37 attempts, and found Peter Sorenson nine times for 98 yards. Zack Pattat was the team's leading rusher with 31 yards on eight carries.
Shane Dierking put up eight tackles and Michael Monterrubio totaled seven, while cornerback Jordan Dean stepped up in support of the team's run defense with three tackles for loss.
No. 5 Hobart 24, Merchant Marine 8
KINGS POINT, N.Y. -- Hobart, ranked fifth in the latest coaches poll, spoiled the homecoming game for Merchant Marine, topping the previously unbeaten Mariners 24-8 at Brooks Stadium in Kings Point, N.Y. The Statesmen offense put points on the board in each quarter while the defense shut out the Academy for more than 56 minutes.
Hobart (3-0, 1-0 in Liberty League) ran for 207 yards, nearly double what Merchant Marine was allowing coming into the game (108.7). Senior Steven Webb led the way with 93 yards. Junior quarterback Patrick Conlan added a 49-yard scoring run and sophomore Conner Hartigan reached the end zone on a 5-yard scamper.
Through the air, Conlan was 9-of-20 for 129 yards. Sophomore Elvin Souffrant made a team-high three catches for 35 yards. Senior Yosh Karbowniczak scored on a 37-yard pass play.
Karbowniczak was also a key contributor on special teams. He was only called on to punt three times, but pinned the Mariners inside their own 20 twice, averaging 44.7 yards per punt.
The Statesmen defense bottled up the Mariner running game, which was averaging 324.7 yards on the ground in its first three games of the year. Saturday, the Academy ran for just 154 yards and was forced to punt seven times on its first 10 possessions. The other three drives ended with a missed field goal, a turnover on downs and a fumble. Sophomore quarterback Matthew McDaniels—189.3 yards rushing per game before Saturday—gained just 65 yards on 22 carries, scoring on a 1-yard plunge with just 3:33 remaining in the contest.
Senior linebacker Devin Worthington recorded 11 tackles, including 3.5 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks. He raised his career totals to 56.5 tackles for loss (the Hobart record is 59 by Rob Gould) and 29.5 sacks (33.0 by Dave Russell). Sophomore linebacker Trayvon Toney shared game-high honors with 12 tackles.
No. 7 Wisconsin-Whitewater 65, Waldorf 0
WHITEWATER, Wis. -- Wisconsin-Whitewater, ranked seventh in the AFCA Division III poll, capitalized on six turnovers and a pair of Howard (Justin and Zach) punt returns in a 65-0 win against Waldorf on Saturday in Perkins Stadium.
The 65 point difference is the second largest winning margin in UW-W history. The largest came in a 70-0 win against Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 1958.
Whitewater's defense limited Waldorf to 189 yards, just 78 for a 2.1 average on the ground. The Warriors completed 12-of-29 passes for 111 yards, with UW-W forcing three interceptions and recovering three fumbles. UW-W did not turn the ball over. The Warhawks rushed for 228 yards, 5.2 per carry. The passing game, 16-28, contributed 193 yards.
Jordan Ratliffe led six UW-W rushers with 73 yards on 10 carries. Quarterback Matt Behrendt completed 12-of-22 attempts for 131 yards, with Jake Kumerow catching four for 62 yards.
Thirty Warhawks defenders recorded a tackle in the game, led by senior linebacker Cole Klotz with nine, plus two tackles for a loss. Strong safety Kenny Brown had nine for Waldorf and one tackle for a loss.
No. 8 Bethel (Minn.) 58, Carleton 14
NORTHFIELD, Minn. — A wet and windy day didn't stop Bethel's offense from finishing with nearly 60 points and 550 total yards. The No. 5 Royals (3-0, 1-0 MIAC) used 348 rushing yards, exceptional defense, and sound special teams to top the hosting Knights (2-1, 1-1 MIAC) of Carleton College, 58-14.
Brandon Marquardt had a career day—rushing for 181 yards on 14 carries with three touchdowns and an average of 12.9 yards per carry. Marshall Klitzke wasn't far behind—finishing with 70 yards on nine carries—with two touchdowns and a 7.8 yards per carry average.
Erik Peterson finished the day 19-of-27 for 190 yards and one touchdown. Peterson continues his streak of zero interceptions through three games, as he found seven different receivers again Saturday. Mitch Hallstrom caught seven passes for 76 yards, while Jay Hilbrands completed his stat line with four catches, 40 yards, and one touchdown.
David Morgan led the Royals defense with 13 tackles, including seven solo, while Seth Mathis finished with 10 and six solo. Kevin Flaherty wrapped up nine tackles, including two for a loss of 10 yards. He and Luke Buttenhoff each recorded a half sack in the contest.
The Royals finished with 26 first downs and 541 yards of total offense, while holding the Knights to 14 first downs and 282 yards of offense.
No. 9 Wisconsin-Oshkosh 56, Alma 3
OSHKOSH, Wis. -- Wisconsin-Oshkosh posted a 555-75 edge in total yards during its 56-3 victory against Alma on Saturday at J. J. Keller Field at Titan Stadium.
The Titans (3-0) held the Scots to just seven yards in the second half. UW-Oshkosh scored on one of its first five possessions, but the Titans then tallied three touchdowns in each of the second and third quarters to pull away.
Caleb Voss led the offensive attack with five catches for 106 yards and two touchdowns. Nick Olla completed 17-of-26 passes for 265 yards and three scores, while Cole Myhra added 69 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.
Alma reached UW-Oshkosh's side of the field three times, but never got within 27 yards of the end zone. The Scots were led by Jarrett Leister's 48 passing yards and 11 rushing yards, to go with 38 receiving yards by Ricky Roth. Tailback Grant Wilson carried 11 times for two yards.
The Titans booked 10 tackles for loss, including sacks by Kurt Beining and Ryan Stefaniak. Reese Dziedzic and Cody Huemmer topped the squad with five tackles each. UW-Oshkosh allowed just eight rushing yards on 33 attempts, while holding the Scots to 2-of-16 success on third down.
Alma received eight stops, two sacks and a forced fumble from Terry Calagon.
No. 10 Heidelberg 66, Wilmington (Del.) 12
TIFFIN, Ohio -- Tenth-ranked Heidelberg scored 42 unanswered points on its way to a 66-12 win against Wilmington (Del.).
Quarterback Michael Mees completed 11 of 14 passes for 231 yards and four touchdowns. Jon Sandwisch also was 5-of-9 for 134 yards and two passing scores.
Cartel Brooks led The Student Prince with 84 rushing yards and a score. Sandwisch also had a scored on the ground. Donteea Dye led Heidelberg's receivers with 131 yards and two touchdowns.