Aug. 30, 2010

Amy Farnum

BULLDOGS BITE: Minnesota-Duluth sophomore quarterback Chase Vogler garnered Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Offensive Player of the Week after racking up a career-best 252 yards of total offense in the Bulldogs’ 35-10 victory at then-No. 5 Central Washington. 

The native of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., passed for 183 yards, highlighted by an 89-yard touchdown to D.J. Winfield, as the Bulldogs stretched their road win streak to a school-record 16 games and avenged last year’s season-opening loss to Central Washington.  The 89-yard play from Vogler to Winfield was the program’s longest in 11 years.  Vogler also rushed for 55 yards and a score in the outing.

  Washburn receiver Joe Hastings became the first Icahbod player since 2006 to reach the 200-yard receiving mark as he tied a single-game record with 13 receptions for 201 yards and a touchdown in a 34-29 come-from-behind win at Colorado Mines on Aug. 28.

Hastings’ performance contributed to 611 yards of total offense for Washburn, including 300 yards passing by quarterback Dane Simoneau and a 218-yard rushing performance by Vershon Moore, which sparked the Ichabods to their sixth straight victory over the Orediggers. 

The victory sets up a Top 10 match-up between the No. 9 Ichabods and No. 6 Abilene Christian on Sept. 4.

A STELLAR START:  Winona State cracked the AFCA Division II Top 25 at No. 24 following a season-opening 24-21 victory over then-No. 9 Carson-Newman last week.  It is the second straight year the Warriors have started the season with a win over the Eagles.

Junior running back and kick returner Curtis Dewberry helped the Warriors change the momentum after falling behind 14-3 in the second quarter with a 63-yard kickoff return that set up a WSU touchdown before the half.  The native of Clermont, Fla., also rushed for 59 yards and the game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter.  Dewberry was named Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Special Teams Player of the Week. 

WILDCAT WAYS:  Wayne State (Neb.) is the only other new team in the AFCA Division II Top 25, debuting at No. 25 after tripping up then-No. 13 Nebraska-Kearney in overtime last weekend.  The Wildcats also knocked the Lopers out of the national rankings.

Junior defensive end Richard Daniel starred for the Wildcats, collected six tackles, two sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss against the Lopers.  He also contributed a forced fumble, fumble recovery and a quarterback hurry, earning NSIC Defensive Player of the Week honors for the first time in career. 

NO SOPHOMORE SLUMP:  Tusculum College quarterback Bo Cordell, the 2009 South Atlantic Conference Offensive Freshman of the Year, continued his stellar play to open his sophomore season by connecting on 31-of-43 passes for 318 yards and three touchdowns in a 24-12 victory over the University of Charleston. 

Cordell, a Preseason All-SAC pick, was selected SAC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance.  He has passed for over 300 yards in four of his last five contests.

ODDS AND ENDS:  Elizabeth City State University senior Malcom Jenkins claimed Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Defensive Lineman of the Week honors after recording seven tackles, a sack, 2.5 tackles for loss, a forced fumble, two pass break-ups and eight quarterback hurries in a 45-27 win over Johnson C. Smith … Shepherd claimed its sixth straight win over Shippensburg with a 35-27 victory as senior fullback Bobby Humphries registered 20 and 66-yard touchdown runs in the fourth quarter to lift the Rams to a road victory at the defending Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference champion.  Humphries was named West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week for his contributions.