Top 10 Roundup
No. 3 Linfield shuts out No. 15 Pacific Lutheran, Mount Union wins
No. 1 Mount Union 58, Ohio Northern 7
ADA, Ohio -- Top-ranked Mount Union dominated Ohio Northern with a 58-7 victory in an Ohio Athletic Conference football game. The Purple Raiders (4-0, 3-0 OAC) extended the nation's longest winning streak to 19 games, posted their 77th consecutive regular-season win and 113th consecutive regular-season road win.
The Mount Union defense shut down the Polar Bears (2-2, 1-2 OAC) holding them to 36 yards in the first quarter, 82 yards at halftime and 160 total yards for the game.
Tre Jones had a 36-yard interception return for a touchdown, Tom Lally had a team-high eight stops and half a sack while Alex Kocheff had seven tackles and a fumble recovery to pace the unit.
That was more than enough for an offense that generated 631 total yards as quarterback Kevin Burke completed 18 of 21 passes for 304 yards with four touchdowns. Burke also ran for 62 yards as the Raiders chewed up 322 yards on the ground.
Backup quarterback Taurice Scott ended up leading Mount Union in rushing with 99 yards and a touchdown. Mason Minnich and Germany Woods each had rushing touchdowns. Luc Meacham had a career-best 110 yards receiving for Mount Union. Jack Nicholls had seven catches for 91 yards with two touchdowns while Brian Gainer and Lane Clark each caught touchdowns.
Ohio Northern avoided the shutout with a William Bodden one-yard run on fourth down with 7:28 to play. Bodden had 32 yards rushing while Patrick Angle completed 17-of-29 passes for 106 yards to pace the Polar Bears.
No. 2 Mary Hardin-Baylor 49, Trinity (Texas) 7
BELTON, Texas — Mary Hardin-Baylor scored on the opening kickoff and never looked back as the Cru rolled to a 49-7 non-conference victory against Trinity (Texas) on Saturday night. UMHB improves to 5-0 overall with the victory and the Cru has now won 39 consecutive regular-season games. The loss dropped Trinity to 3-2 on the season.
Derek Williamson took the opening kickoff and raced 98 yards for a touchdown to make it 7-0 UMHB just 13 seconds into the game. The kickoff return is the second-longest in Cru history. It would stay that way into the second quarter until Zach Anderson hit Keith Reineke with a 16-yard touchdown strike to push it to 14-0 UMHB. Trinity answered with Stephen Smith's 33-yard TD toss to Cody Sandman on the ensuing drive, but that would be the only score of the night for the Tigers. Anderson added an 11-yard touchdown pass to Kamray Runnels and a 15-yard strike to Colton Jacob to give the Cru a 28-7 halftime lead. Caleb Moore (6 yards) and Michael Carpenter (38 yards) ran for third-quarter scores and Glen Gilliam closed out the scoring with a 32-yard run for his first collegiate touchdown in the fourth quarter.
UMHB ran for 316 yards and rolled up 446 yards of total offense in the victory. The Cru defense held Trinity to negative 5 rushing yards and 204 total yards while forcing three turnovers in the game.
Moore finished with 108 rushing yards and Anderson was 11 of 18 passing for 103 yards and three scores. Cody Jones had seven tackles to lead the UMHB defense and Eric Allen intercepted two passes and added five stops.
UMHB takes over the all-time series lead with Trinity 5-4. The Cru has won five consecutive against the Tigers after dropping the first four meeting between the two teams.
No. 3 Linfield 29, No. 15 Pacific Lutheran 0
McMINNVILLE, Ore. -- Scoring 22 points in the fourth quarter to win going away, No. 3 Linfield defeated 15th-ranked Pacific Lutheran 29-0 in the Northwest Conference opener for both clubs. Kyle Wright made six tackles and intercepted a pass, captaining a defense that produced five takeaways and four sacks while limiting the rival Lutes to 216 total yards.
Tailback Josh Hill rushed for three short touchdowns and quarterback Josh Yoder ran for 67 yards and passed for 200 more to pace the Wildcats offensively. With Yoder at the controls, Linfield piled up 394 yards while Wright and the defense held PLU to 40 yards rushing in posting a second consecutive shutout for the first time since 2002.
In addition to Wright’s all-around performance, the Wildcats were bolstered by five tackles each from Colin Forman and Dominique Forrest. Jeremy Girod finished with two sacks for 15 yards in losses.
The Wildcats did not surrender a single turnover while the Lutes surrendered the ball five times. Wildcats wideout Charlie Poppen caught five passes for 70 yards and tight ends Westley Meng and Jacob Priester each had three receptions.
Linfield rushed for 194 net yards. Linebackers Jordan Patterson and Dalton Darmody each and eight tackles defensively for PLU (3-1, 0-1 NWC).
No. 4 North Central (Ill.) 31, Elmhurst 14
ELMHURST, Ill. -- A sloppy first half for North Central was washed away on Saturday, as the Cardinals used a lengthy weather delay to its advantage and came out strong in the second half to defeat Elmhurst 31-14 at Langhorst Field.
Fourth-ranked North Central (4-0, 1-0 College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin) entered the halftime break deadlocked in a 14-14 tie after committing nine penalties and two turnovers. Immediately after the second-half kickoff, the stadium was cleared due to heavy rain and lightning, and more than 90 minutes elapsed before the teams were permitted to return to the field.
The Cardinals seized control of the contest soon thereafter, scoring two touchdowns in a span of less than two minutes and limiting Elmhurst to just 44 total yards and one first down the rest of the way. The victory is North Central's 15th in a row against the Bluejays, including all 12 encounters under the tutelage of head coach John Thorne.
The Cardinals wound up totaling 412 yards of offense, while the defense established a season best by limiting Elmhurst to 205. The Bluejays' 27 passing yards are the fifth-fewest recorded by a North Central opponent.
Spencer Stanek completed 16 of 27 passes for 201 yards, throwing seven times to Sorenson for 106. Sorenson now has 34 receptions after four games, more than he had all of last season. Ryan Kent ran for a game-high 98 yards on 14 carries, while Brown gained a career-high 76 yards on 13 rushes.
Nick Slezak led North Central in tackles for the fourth consecutive game (12), also recording three tackles for loss, while Nick Samuelson made seven stops and Dierking and Brian Wilson each had six.
Williams and quarterback Logan Stelzriede shared Elmhurst's rushing lead with 72 yards each. Charlie Roberts led the Bluejay defense with 13 tackles, three tackles for loss and two quarterback sacks.
No. 5 Hobart 41, WPI 7
GENEVA, N.Y. — Fifth-ranked Hobart produced a season-high 501 yards of offense and scored 41 unanswered points on the way to a 41-7 Liberty League win against WPI on Boswell Field on Saturday afternoon. Junior quarterback Patrick Conlan threw for a season-high 208 yards, including an 89-yard touchdown pass to junior wideout Troy Robinson, the longest pass play in Statesmen history. Hobart (4-0, 2-0) improved to 10-0 all-time against WPI.
Conlan was 9 of 15 on the day and also connected on a 5-yard touchdown pass to junior wideout Elvin Souffrant. Robinson had three catches for 127 yards, including the record-breaking catch. Senior running back Steven Webb had more than 100 yards before time expired on the first quarter, logging 113 yards and two touchdowns on just two carries.
Hobart's defense limited the Engineers (2-3, 1-1) to just 270 yards of offense, 165 of which came in the fourth quarter against the Statesmen reserves. Senior linebacker Cory Davis, junior linebacker Jacob Price and sophomore defensive end Julian Jackson shared team-high honors with five tackles apiece. Junior defensive end Tyre Coleman had one of Hobart's three sacks and is now just half a sack behind the career record of 33 held by Dave Russell.
WPI got 93 rushing yards from junior running back Zach Grasis and 113 yards passing and a touchdown from senior backup quarterback John Antonopoulos. First-year linebacker Brian Murtagh, junior linebacker Robert Harasimowicz, junior defensive lineman Jack Downey and sophomore defensive back Sean Murphy each recorded a game-high six tackles for the Engineers.
No. 6 Wisconsin-Platteville 49, Wisconsin-Eau Claire 27
PLATTEVILLE, Wis. -- Senior John Kelly's record-setting seven touchdown passes led Wisconsin-Platteville past Wisconsin-Eau Claire 49-27 in the Pioneers' Homecoming game at Ralph E. Davis Pioneer Stadium on Saturday.
Kelly was 32 of 39 for 442 yards, fourth-most in school history, and the seven touchdowns, breaking Chris Charnish's 1970 single-game record of six. The Pioneers had two wide recievers with 100-yard games, senior Ryley Bailey and junior Trevor Whitehead. Bailey caught 10 passes for 145 yards and a touchdown, while Whitehead caught five for 106 yards and two touchdowns. Sophomore Quinn Buschbacher hauled in seven passes for 62 yards and two touchdowns. Senior Lee Vlasak rushed for 97 yards and caught three passes for 33 yards and a touchdown.
Defensively the Pioneers had a good day with eight sacks and 12 tackles for a loss. Junior inside linebacker Jacob Zilbar led the team with 13 tackles, followed by sophomore outside linebacker Andrew Belken, who tallied two sacks, 2 1/2 tackles for a loss for a total of nine stops. Sophomore Alex Johnson led the front seven with 3 1/2 sacks for five total tackles.
The Pioneers improved to 4-0 for the first time since 2004 and the second time since 1976. The Blugolds fell to 0-4 on the year.
No. 7 Wisconsin-Whitewater 47, Wisconsin-La Crosse 3
LA CROSSE, Wisc. -- The Warhawks rolled to a 47-3 win against Wisconsin-La Crosse on the road in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference opener on Saturday afternoon. The 44-point margin of victory is the largest for UW-Whitewater against the Eagles in series history. The Warhawks are 4-0 this season and open the WIAC 1-0. The Eagles fell to 0-4 overall and 0-1 in league play.
UW-Whitewater accumulated 560 yards of offense including 355 through the air and 205 on the ground. UW-Whitewater's defense held UW-La Crosse to 137 yards of offense and seven first downs in the game.
Matt Behrendt was 25-36 with 355 yards and two touchdowns through the air. Nick Patterson led the Warhawks on the ground with 93 yards on 16 rushes. Jake Kumerow caught five Behrendt passes for 147 yards and a score. Cole Klotz led UW-Whitewater defensively with nine tackles, four solo and five assisted, and a tackle for a loss of 1 yard.
No. 8 Bethel 31, Augsburg 28
ARDEN HILLS, Minn. — One year ago Bethel rained on Augsburg's Homecoming festivities with a 21-20 victory, but the Royals refused to let the Auggies return the favor on Saturday, as BU held on to defeat Augsburg 31-28 at Royal Stadium.
The No. 5 Royals (4-0, 2-0 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) held Augsburg quarterback Ayrton Scott, who leads the nation with an average of 390.3 yards per game, to just 276 total yards of offense. The Auggies (3-1, 2-1 MIAC) limited Brandon Marquardt, who had been averaging 14.0 points per game, but it was Marshall Klitzke that stepped up with 109 yards on 24 carries and a touchdown.
Bethel finished the game with 23 first downs and 401 yards of total offense. Erik Peterson finished the day 18 of 26 for 216 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Peterson found eight different receivers, including Jay Hilbrands, who caught three passes for 51 yards and a touchdown and Reese Walker, who caught the 23-yard touchdown in the second drive of the game.
Marshall Klitzke lead all rushers with 109 yards and a touchdown, while Brandon Marquardt carried the ball 13 times for 67 yards. Augsburg's Ayrton Scott rushed for 90 yards, while throwing for 186 yards on 19 of 27 passing.
Josh Treimer led the Royals defensively with 10 tackles and one forced fumble, while Kevin Flaherty had nine tackles, including one for loss, and recovered Treimer's forced fumble. Landon Mathis and Ben Wahlquist also had eight tackles each.
No. 9 Wisconsin-Oshkosh 28, Wisconsin-Stout 26
MENOMONIE, Wisc. -- Reese Dziedzic and Mitch Schultz intercepted passes in the final six minutes to seal Wisconsin-Oshkosh's 28-26 triumph against Wisconsin-Stout on Saturday.
The Titans (4-0, 1-0 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) had to hold on for the victory after bolting to a 21-0 first-quarter lead. UW-Stout (2-2, 0-1 WIAC) scored on six consecutive drives, but was forced to settle for four field goals by Ricky Marteney.
The win was UW-Oshkosh's 16th consecutive regular-season victory. Nick Olla played well through the air, completing 28 of 39 passes for 328 yards and three touchdowns. Cole Myhra carried 32 times for 101 yards, as the Titans converted 10 of 18 third downs.
UW-Stout compiled 445 yards overall, with Hank Kujak throwing for 243 and Adolfo Pacheco running for 94. Trevor Morning marked 98 yards on four receptions, while Cody Rosemeyer snatched five for 75 yards.
Dziedzic topped the Titans with 12 tackles and a sack. The Blue Devils used 11 stops from Luke Bukkam.
No. 10 Heidelberg 68, Marietta 17
MARIETTA, Ohio -- Tenth-ranked Heidelberg scored the first 34 points of the game en route to a 68-17 victory against Marietta at Don Drumm Stadium on Saturday night.
Heidelberg (4-0 overall, 3-0 Ohio Athletic Conference) scored touchdowns on its first eight possessions of the game and did not have to punt the ball all night. The Student Princes amassed 629 yards of total offense, including 361 on the ground and 268 passing.
Junior quarterback Michael Mees threw for five touchdowns, completing 13 of 16 passes for 180 yards. Sophomore backup Jon Sandwisch completed 3 of 6 passes for 88 yards and a touchdown. He was picked off once.
Heidelberg junior running back Cartel Brooks demonstrated why he is the top ball carrier in the OAC, rushing for 134 yards on 16 carries, an average of 8.4 yards per carry. He scored a pair of touchdowns.