Major upsets highlight the weekend
Losses handed to No. 8 Texas and No. 10 Minnesota volleyball
Auburn upends No. 10 South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Barrett Trotter's 9-yard touchdown pass to Phillip Lutzenkirchen with 1:38 left lifted Auburn to a 16-13 victory against No. 10 South Carolina on Saturday.
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The Tigers (4-1, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) had struggled to move the ball against South Carolina's defense. Trotter had thrown two interceptions and was sacked four times by the Gamecocks (4-1, 2-1). But down 13-9, Barrett led Auburn on a 12-play, 57-yard drive that ended with a pass to wide open Lutzenkirchen in front of the goal line.
The junior fumbled the ball into the end zone, then recovered it just before sliding out of bounds to put Auburn ahead.
South Carolina advanced to Auburn's 29 on its final possession before time expired.
Michael Dyer ran for 141 yards on a career-high 41 carries and had a 1-yard TD for Auburn, which has won its past 11 SEC games.
Shippensburg downs No. 2 W. Chester
SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. -- Shippensburg downed No. 2 West Chester 2-0 on the road Saturday afternoon behind seven saves from junior keeper Ciarra Delost and first-half goals by senior Kristina Taylor and sophomore Bre White.
Just under eight minutes into the contest, Taylor got Shippensburg (10-2, 4-0 PSAC West) on the board off of an assist by sophomore Katie Shoop. White added the second goal of the day 12 minutes later, assisted again from Shoop. Taylor and White have scored Shippensburg’s last six goals.
Delost was solid in the cage, making seven saves off of 10 shots by the Golden Rams (8-2, 3-1 PSAC East). West Chester led Shippensburg in penalty corners, 10-6, but the Raiders finished with a 13-10 advantage in shots.
Oklahoma wins first two sets, then hangs on to upset No. 8 Texas
NORMAN, Okla. – Eighth-ranked Texas battled back from a 2-0 deficit, but failed to close the deal Wednesday night as it fell to No. 25 Oklahoma 3-2 at McCasland Fieldhouse.
The 25-16, 25-20, 17-25, 24-26, 15-9 win lifted the Sooners to 15-3 overall and 2-0 in conference play and dropped the Longhorns to 8-4 on the season and 1-1 in Big 12 play.
In the fifth and decisive set, OU’s Suzy Boulavsky notched three quick kills to give the Sooners an 8-4 lead at the switch. Oklahoma used a pair of Carlee Roethlisberger/Morgan Reynolds blocks to extend the lead to 11-6 and took advantage of a block and a kill by Boulavsky down the stretch to clinch the set 15-9.
Freshman outside hitter Haley Eckerman headlined the Horns’ attack in the loss, hammering out a career-best 20 kills and hitting .368. Senior All-America middle blocker Rachael Adams joined her in double digits with 14 kills, while freshman outside hitter Khat Bell posted a kill/dig double-double with 11 kills and 12 digs.
No. 1 Rollins goes down to Florida Tech
MELBOURNE, Fla. -- Florida Tech scored in the 59th and 75th minute as the Panthers went on to upset top-ranked Rollins 2-1 on Saturday.
Both teams drew scoreless through the first 45 minutes with Rollins taking five shots and Florida Tech not recording a shot in the first half. The Panthers held the advantage on corner kicks with Florida Tech earning three to the Tars' zero.
Florida Tech carried the advantage for the first 15 minutes of the second half. The Panthers were rewarded with a goal in the 59th minute from Michael O'Farrell, who trickled the ball over the goal line. The goal was setup with two connecting passes from Hampus Rikardsson and Joe Barber.
The Panthers would strike again in the 75th minute with a soft strike from Nick Robinson, who received a 10-yard pass from Drake Hillman to setup the scoring chance.
Rollins continued to battle and turned up the pressure of the Panthers with a series of free kicks that gave Rollins new life. Ricardo King drove a hard strike to the right side of the goal in the 79th minute to draw the Tars within one goal.
The Panthers improve to 7-2 and 3-1 in conference play, while the loss drops the Tars to 7-1 overall and 3-1 in conference.
Unranked Maine shocks No. 5 Delaware
ORONO, Maine -- Pushaun Brown rushed for a career-high 193 yards and three touchdowns, including two in a 17-point fourth quarter, as Maine rallied to defeat Delaware 31-17 Saturday.
The Black Bears (3-1, 1-0 Colonial Athletic Association) trailed 17-14 with 3:40 to go in the third quarter after a 13-yard run by Andrew Pierce, who had 120 yards on 24 carries for the Blue Hens (3-2, 1-1).
Brown, who posted the only points of the first quarter on a 26-yard scoring run, added touchdowns of 18 yards just 6 seconds into the fourth quarter and 5 yards with 8:01 to go. Two plays earlier, Brown had run for 70 yards to set up the score. He finished with 110 yards on 14 carries in the fourth quarter.
Brown rushed for more than 100 yards in his sixth consecutive game against an FCS school.
Maine's Warren Smith was 18 of 27 for 264 yards.
Wagner's OT goal shocks No. 8 Rowan
ST. DAVIDS, Pa. -- Eastern stunned No. 8 Rowan Thursday 5-4 in overtime when forward Abby Wagner netted the game-winner in the 72nd minute.
Kelby Bolton, who recorded the assist, dribbled through the defense and up the right side of the field. "I saw the wing open and I went that way," Bolton said. "I saw one girl in between me and the goal, and then thankfully I saw Abby and we connected."
Wagner's game-winner was her second goal of the game and her fifth of the season. She also assisted a goal in the second half.
Coach Camrin Azzarano said that Wagner has been vital for the Eagles' offense. "She has a strength and ability to just force the ball into the goal cage," Azzarano said. "I think a lot of girls overthink shooting, but she doesn't."
Brittany Moyer and Wagner had two goals apiece. Yvonne Herbster scored the Eagles' other goal in the 57th minute to put the Eagles up 4-3. Herbster also recorded the assist on Moyer's first goal.
With the win, the Eagles improve to 4-4.
Ohio State upstages No. 10 Minnesota
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- No. 24 Ohio State (12-4 overall, 2-1 Big Ten) rolled to a 3-0 sweep of No. 10 Minnesota (8-4, 1-2) on Friday night. The Buckeyes downed the Golden Gophers by a 25-23, 25-20, 28-26 count in their Big Ten home opener.
Mari Hole led the Ohio State's offensive charge by posting a team-high 17 points with 16 kills (.467) and one ace. Emily Danks added 10.5 points with seven kills (.300), three aces and one assist block while Mariah Booth contributed 10 points with nine kills (.500) and two assist blocks. Minnesota's Ashley Wittman recorded a match-high 18.5 points with 18 kills (.295) and one assist block. Katherine Harms added 12 points with 10 kills (.231) and four assist blocks and 10 from Ariana Filho with four kills (.333), two ace serves, two solo blocks and four assist blocks.
For the match, Ohio State hit .312 to .269 for Minnesota. The Buckeyes had a 50-47 edge in kills while the Gophers had a 46-44 advantage in assists. Mia Tabberson posted a match-high 45 assists for the Gophers with OSU's Peterson recording 41. Ohio State had a 6-2 advantage in ace serves. OSU's Danks posted a match-high three aces. The Gophers gave up seven service errors to three for OSU.
No. 3 Maryland Edges No. 2 Bluejays 1-0
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- In a game featuring two of the top three teams in the nation, the Maryland Terrapins leaned on their MAC Hermann Trophy candidate and a rugged defense.
Casey Townsend's goal in the 14th minute was all the Terrapins needed to remain undefeated on the season as they upended previously unbeaten and second-ranked Creighton 1-0 Friday night before a raucous crowd at Ludwig Field.
The Maryland (10-0-1) defense was strong throughout the 90 minutes, holding the Bluejays without a shot until the 48th minute of play.
Townsend's goal, his team-leading 11th of the season and the first allowed by Creighton (8-1) all year, was set up by a long assist from sophomore Patrick Mullins. Townsend won the battle in the air, flicked the ball past the Jay backline and struck a 10-yard blast into the empty net for the game-winner.
St. Olaf outplays No. 5 Bethel 30-28
ARDEN HILLS, Minn. -- Dan Dobson's one-yard scoring run with 25 seconds left helped St. Olaf cap a 20-point rally and defeat fifth-ranked Bethel University 30-28 on Saturday afternoon.
Dobson went 18-for-30 for 335 yards and two touchdowns through the air and the TD run was his Dobson's second of the day. The game-winning drive -- which featured Dobson hitting four different receivers -- covered 65 yards in 10 plays, spanning 2:43.
Bethel, which led 14-0 early in the second quarter, opened up a 28-10 advantage with a 47-yard scoring strike from quarterback Josh Aakre to Brandon Marquardt with 13:46 left in the fourth quarter.
Dobson and the Oles responded with a seven-play, 56-yard drive that ended with a fourth down, two-yard TD catch by Stephen Asp. Asp finished the day with a team-best eight receptions for 128 yards, but the biggest catch of the day belonged to Jake Schmiesing, who on the ensuing drive caught an 82-yard scoring strike from Dobson that brought the Oles within five, at 28-23 with 5:29 remaining. Schmiesing had four catches for 110 yards.
The St. Olaf defense held Bethel to a three-and-out on the next possession to set up the game-winning drive.
The win against Bethel is the first for the Oles since 2005 (29-27 in Northfield) and the first in Arden Hills since 1992.
Game information compiled from and photos courtesy of respective athletic department websites.