Top 10 Roundup
No. 2 Minn. St.-Mankato rallies; No. 7 Indiana (Pa.) loses
No. 14 West Alabama 49, No. 1 Valdosta State 30
LIVINGSTON, Ala. -- Kyle Caldwell and Gary Johnston combined to throw five touchdown passes and West Alabama rang up 558 yards total offense on the way to knocking off top-ranked Valdosta State on 49-30 on Thursday at Tiger Stadium.
The victory improved 12th-ranked West Alabama to 5-1 overall and 3-0 in the Gulf South Conference. Valdosta State dropped to 4-1 and 2-1.
The Tigers gashed Valdosta for 390 yards and 35 points in the second half, while limiting the defending national champions to just 14 points.
Valdosta State's Cayden Cochran was 22 of 38 for 232 yards and two scores. Cedric O'Neal rushed for 108 yards on 15 carries for Valdosta State. Jones had seven catches for 87 yards and a score.
Ricky Willis and McNeal had eight tackles each to lead the UWA defense. Malcolm Butler and Ryan Jones recorded five stops each.
No. 2 Minnesota State-Mankato 20, Augustana 10
MANKATO, Minn. -- Minnesota State-Mankato trailed at halftime but rallied in the second half to defeat Augustana 20-10 on Saturday afternoon to stay unbeaten on the season.
With the win, Minnesota State improves to 6-0 on the year while Augustana falls to 2-4.
In total, the Mavericks had 418 yards of offense, 187 through the air while gaining 231 yards on the ground. Augustana had a total of 176 yards, 103 through the air and just 73 yards on the ground.
The Maverick offense was paced by senior Jon Wolf who threw for 187 yards and a touchdown and also ran for 91 yards and a touchdown. Sophomore Connor Thomas added 56 rushing yards while junior Andy Pfeiffer ran for 46 yards. Senior Dennis Carter led all receivers with 111 yards and a touchdown.
On the defensive side of the ball the Mavericks had two interceptions. The first was by senior Jordan Hale and the second coming from sophomore Patrick Schmidt. Seniors Isaac Kolstad and Chris Schaudt led the team with six tackles each, two from Schaudt being tackles for loss. Junior Barry Ballinger added five tackles with one sack.
The Vikings led 7-6 at the half, and added another field goal early in the second but the Mavericks were finally able to get into the end zone as Wolf ran one in from 17 yards out. On the drive MSU went 83 yards on 8 plays in a little more than five minutes.
No. 3 Northwest Missouri State 72, Central Oklahoma 10
MARYVILLE, Mo. -- Playing in front of 6,359 fans, Northwest Missouri State stayed perfect with a 72-10 victory against Central Oklahoma and ran its record to 6-0 overall and 5-0 in the MIAA. It was the third-highest point total in school history.
In addition, Northwest held Central Oklahoma to its lowest point total of the season. The Bronchos previous low was 19 to Washburn. They scored 24 against Pittsburg State and 30 against Missouri Western.
Northwest quarterback Trevor Adams completed 18 of 21 pass attempts for 246 yards and three touchdowns. In the backfield, Phil Jackson had 81 rushing yards and a toucdown and Robert Burton and Justin Fulks each ran for two more touchdowns.
On defense for the Bearcats, Travis Manning and Dylan Chadwick each picked off a pass and Brian Dixon forced and recovered a fumble.
No. 21 Tarleton State 31, No. 4 West Texas A&M 27
STEPHENVILLE, Texas -- The Tarleton State Texans outscored West Texas A&M 28-0 in the second half to come from behind and upset the Buffs 31-27 on Saturday evening at Tarleton Memorial Stadium in Stephenville.
Down 27-3 at halftime, the Texans (5-0, 4-0 LSC) piled on 28 unanswered points, which included Le'Nard Meyers' touchdown with 5:38 left to play that pulled the Texans within three points of the Buffs, as well as his game-winning touchdown with just 44 seconds to play.
The Buffs' (5-1, 2-1 LSC) last gasp at trying to drive down field in the waning moments went awry when the offense stalled at Tarleton's 47-yard line.
Tarleton quarterback Jake Fenske completed 25 passes for a season-high 388 yards and three touchdowns, while Meyers finished the game with career highs in both receiving yards (168) and touchdowns (two).
Tarleton running back Zach Henshaw rushed for 107 yards, giving him his first 100-yard rushing game of the season. Clifton Rhodes III caught seven passes for 134 yards and a touchdown, which gave Tarleton a pair of receivers with at least 100 yards for the first time since Devin Guinn (161 yards) and Jahmeel Hobson (109 yards) did it against WT on Nov. 7, 2009.
The Texans offense racked up a season-high 550 yards of total offense, while the defense limited the LSC's top-ranked offense to 360 total yards. The Buffs came into the game averaging more than 535 yards per game on the offensive side of the ball.
No. 5 Colorado State-Pueblo 51, No. 19 Chadron State 42
CHADRON, Neb. -- The playing surface at Elliott Field on Saturday was muddy and filthy. The game taking place on the field between Chadron State and Colorado State-Pueblo certainly followed suit.
In a wacky matchup that featured a total of 33 penalties for more than 300 yards between the two teams, which negated 1,208 yards of combined total offense from both teams, CSU-Pueblo largely held the lead throughout in a heated and emotional 51-42 win against the Eagles in Chadron.
With the victory, CSU-Pueblo moves to 6-0, winning its 32nd consecutive game and its 26th consecutive Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference game, one away from tying Chadron State's RMAC streak of 27 wins from 2006-09. The Pack also secured its first win against a ranked opponent this season in defeating the 19th-ranked Eagles.
Chadron's 705 total yards of offense was kept in check thanks to five turnovers. CSU-Pueblo quarterback Chris Bonner threw for five touchdowns in the win.
No. 6 Missouri Western State 54, Northeastern State 10
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- Missouri Western racked up 547 yards of offense and improved to 6-0 overall and 5-0 in MIAA play with its 54-10 victory against Northeastern State on Saturday.
The Griffons scored 31 first-quarter points and four different Griffons scored touchdowns in the game. MWSU forced four NSU turnovers and controlled the time of possession, having the ball for more than 31 minutes. That put the Griffons on their way to a 41-7 halftime lead.
Kalan Booker and Wallace Carter each got interceptions for the Griffons as Stephen Juergens led the charge with seven total tackles.
Slippery Rock 42, No. 7 Indiana (Pa.) 16
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- Slippery Rock scored 28 first-half points and rolled to a 42-16 win against archrival Indiana (Pa.) on Saturday in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Western Division action from Mihalik-Thompson Stadium.
The Crimson Hawks entered the game with an undefeated 5-0 record and the nation's top-ranked defense, allowing just 213.4 yards of offense per game and 6.0 points per game. Both teams leave the game with matching 5-1 overall records and 2-1 PSAC-West marks.
The Rock, which entered the game with the nation's fourth-ranked offense, put up 676 yards on the way to scoring 42 points. The 676 total yardage came from 227 on the ground and a 449-yard passing effort.
IUP finished with 337 yards of total offense on 278 yards in the air and 59 on the ground. The Crimson Hawks entered the game averaging 203.8 yards per game on the ground.
Nigel Barksdale was strong in the quarterback role for Slippery Rock, finishing the game 27 of 38 for 425 yards, two touchdowns and one interception that came late in the game. Barksdale also ran for 68 yards and one touchdown and caught a 24-yard pass from receiver Robert Joyce.
Shamar Greene led the rushing attack with 101 yards on 17 carries and Teddy Blakeman, who transferred to Slippery Rock from IUP, added 55 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries.
John Schademan put together another big day in the passing game, pulling down six catches for 170 yards and two touchdowns. Ken Amos added nine catches for 85 yards.
The defense finished with 12 pass breakups -- including four from Anthony Saunders -- six tackles for a loss, an interception by Brandon Burley and a fumble recovery by Gary Allen.
No. 8 Henderson State 45, Southwestern Oklahoma 17
ARKADELPHIA, Ark. -- Henderson State scored 38 unanswered points to beat Southwestern Oklahoma 45-17 on Saturday at Carpenter-Haygood Stadium.
Playing in front of a Homecoming crowd of 6,045, the Reddies totaled 457 yards of offense while the defense limited the Bulldogs to 328 yards.
Henderson quarterback Kevin Rodgers ended the game completing 29 of 40 passes for 378 yards and four touchdowns. He has now thrown for 70 career touchdowns in 24 games.
Also breaking into the record books was Robert Jordan who became Henderson's all-time leader in yards receiving as he caught six passes for 93 yards to give him 2,026 career yards. He passed Garett Manning who totaled 1,948 yards from 2005-08.
Davis ended the night with four receptions for 95 yards, while Jones had a career high with four receptions for 80 yards.
The Reddie defense received great performances from Keaton Stigger, Tim Llewellyn and Ricardo Mendez.
Stigger, playing with a heavy heart after the passing of his grandfather earlier this week, compiled 19 tackles, two tackles for lost yardage and two pass breakups.
No. 9 Bloomsburg 45, Millersville 7
BLOOMSBURG, Pa. -- Bloomsburg celebrated Homecoming Weekend with a strong performance on Saturday, putting together a 45-7 victory against Millersville inside Danny Hale Field at Robert B. Redman Stadium.
The Huskies (6-0, 3-0 PSAC East) put together a strong performance on Saturday afternoon, setting the tempo with its offense early while also scoring touchdowns on defense and special teams. Bloomsburg forced Millersville (0-6, 0-3 PSAC East) into three turnovers on the day in another dominating defensive showing, limiting the Marauders to 232 total yards of offense.
Joe Parsnik carried a career-high 18 times for 79 yards to pace the Huskies on the ground. Franklyn Quiteh finished with 63 yards and two touchdowns. Tim Kelly completed seven-of-13 pass attempts for 84 yards and two scores while Hutton led the receiving corps with three catches for 31 yards while Peregrin caught two balls for 35 yards.
Dylan Spangler made eight stops to lead the Husky defense while Justin Shirk was in on seven tackles. The Bloomsburg defense racked up five sacks -- Ezra Ranco and Roy Dennis each had a career-high 1.5 sacks apiece while Shawn Mitchell also tallied sack. Larry Webster and Joseph Wetty also combined for a sack while Webster also recovered a Millersville fumble in the first quarter. Mitchell, DJ Robinson and Brandon True all made six tackles with True setting a career-high in stops
No. 10 Pittsburg State 31, Central Missouri 21
WARRENBURG, Mo. -- Tony Abenoja passed for 290 yards and three scores and ran for another touchdown to lead 10 Pittsburg State to a 31-21 road win against Central Missouri on Saturday at Audrey J. Walton Stadium.
The Gorillas (6-0, 6-0 MIAA) overcome a 14-7 first-half deficit against the Mules (2-4, 1-4 MIAA).
Abenoja completed 20 of 30 passes in the game, including 12 targets to John Brown for a game-high 199 yards.
Brown hauled in a five-yard touchdown catch with 1:00 remaining in the second quarter to help the Gorillas draw even at 14-14 against the Mules. On the ensuing kickoff, Isaac Maselera recovered a mishandled return to give Pitt State back possession of the ball. Brown then tip-toed the sideline for a key 38-yard grab to the UCM 5 before Abenoja tossed a 1-yard touchdown pass to tight end Conner Combes with six ticks remaining in the half.
Brown added a 30-yard touchdown grab on the first possession of the second half to give Pitt State a two-score lead.
Abenoja rushed 19 times for 64 yards, including a 15-yard touchdown scamper in the first quarter.
The Pitt State defense forced four turnovers in the game.