Oct. 5, 2010

By Amy Farnum

After sitting out St. Thomas last two games with an injury, senior running back Ben Wartman returned to the field with one task at hand - ending a 12-game losing streak to archrival Saint Johns.

Wartmans presence on the field Tommies was invaluable as he compiled 154 yards and three touchdowns on 28 carries in their 27-26 overtime win against the Johnnies in front of 16,421 fans -- the largest crowd in Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference history.

The All-American racked up 91 yards on 12 carries in the fourth quarter and overtime, scoring both the game-tying and game-winning TDs in the contest. Wartman was named MIAC Offensive Player of the Week for his spectacular performance. It was USTs first win in Collegeville since 1986.

Wartman reached the 100-yard rushing mark for the 21st time in his three seasons as a running back, and needs just 489 yards to surpass the schools all-time rushing mark.

The No. 5 Tommies improved to 5-0 and will put their flawless record on the line when they host Augsburg on Oct. 9.

Wheaton (Ill.) Colleges Jordan Langs sparked the Thunders 29-19 victory over Illinois Wesleyan in a meeting between nationally-ranked foes from the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin, and was named the leagues Defensive Player of the Week for his performance.

Langs had a hand in three of the five turnovers forced by the Thunder, intercepting two passes with returns of 16 and 25 yards, and recovering a fumble against IWU. The juniors second pick came with 2:35 left in regulation, helping the Thunder seal the victory in their conference opener. Langs also recorded three tackles, including two for a loss.

Wheaton jumped five spots to No. 12 in the AFCA Division III Top 25 after the win over then-No. 13 Illinois Wesleyan. The Thunder takes a 4-0 record to Elmhurst College for a CCIW match-up on Oct. 9.

Randolph-Macon broke into the latest AFCA Division III Top 25 after toppling Emory & Henry College, 34-22, last weekend to improve to 5-0 for the first time since 1986.

Running back Drake Sanders racked up 112 yards and scored two touchdowns, keying the Yellow Jackets to score 20 unanswered points to start the second half of the contest. R-MC ranks sixth in the nation with a 43.8 scoring average with an offense led by quarterback Austin Faulkner, who is the nations fourth-ranked player in passing efficiency (181.93).

The Yellow Jackets look to build on their stellar start against Catholic in an Old Dominion Athletic Conference match-up on Oct. 9.

QUICK HITS: Despite an idle week, Wartburg College cracked the AFCA Division III Top 25 at No. 24. The Knights are 4-0 on the year after holding Loras College to 130 yards in a 34-0 victory on Sept. 25. Wartburg is back in action at Buena Vista for an Iowa Conference contest on Oct. 9 … Thiel College climbed to No. 9 in the nation for the programs highest ranking in program history after opening the year with a 4-0 mark … Brockport junior running back Alex Hendrickson grounded out the most running yards by a Division III player this season with 310 rushing yards along with two touchdowns in a 48-41 loss at Morrisville. The native of Unadilla, N.Y., garnered New Jersey Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors for posting the second-highest rushing total in school history … Wesley College senior wide receiver Ellis Krout set the programs all-time touchdown record with three scores in a 61-28 win over Huntingdon last weekend. He now has 29 career TDs, and was named Atlantic Central Football Conference Offensive Player of the Week for his accomplishment … Heidelberg senior quarterback Andrew Miller connected on 30-of-52 passes for an Ohio Athletic Conference single-game record 569 yards, along with a league-record seven touchdowns in a 60-50 loss to Capital on Oct. 2. Miller, who currently ranks third nationally in total offense, was the OAC Offensive Player of the Week for his achievements.