DIII Roundup: UW-Stevens Point upsets No. 5 North Central with clutch defense
STEVENS POINT, Wis. -- The UW-Stevens Point defense had four interceptions and three big fourth-down stops as the Pointers upset No. 5 North Central 34-27 in the team's Homecoming/Pink Game on Saturday at Community Stadium at Goerke Park.
North Central was faced with a fourth-and-one at its own 47-yard line with 1:30 remaining but the UW-Stevens Point defense stuffed a quarterback keeper by Tyler Dicken to stop the Cardinals. The Pointers then ran out the clock for their first win against a top-10 team since Oct. 25, 2008, when UWSP knocked off second-ranked UW-Whitewater.
Kyle Larson eclipsed the 300-yard mark for the first time in his UW-Stevens Point career, finishing 25-of-38 passing for 302 yards and two touchdowns and no interceptions. Like Taylor, Matt Sosinsky surpassed the 100-yard plateau by catching nine passes for 145 yards and a score. Sosinsky now has at least 100 yards and a touchdown in all three games this season.
No. 2 Mary Hardin-Baylor 73, Kean 7
Belton, Texas -- Mary Hardin-Baylor exploded in the second quarter and put together its best all-around performance of the season as the second-ranked Cru rolled past Kean 73-7 on Saturday night in Belton. UMHB improves to 4-0 on the season. The loss drops the Cougars to 0-3 on the year.
UMHB rolled up 615 yards of total offense, including 352 on the ground. Kean managed just 131 yards of total offense in the contest and turned the ball over three times. Thompson led the Cru with 59 rushing yards as 12 different players carried the ball for UMHB. Anderson threw for 190 yards and two scores and Walker caught four passes for 73 yards and Runnels had two grabs for 70 yards and a pair of scores. Brian Sides and Baylor Mullins had seven tackles apiece for UMHB in the victory.
UMHB has now won 48 regular-season games in a row. The Cru stretched its regular-season home winning streak to 38 consecutive contests.
No. 3 Mount Union 63, Marietta 7
ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Kevin Burke matched his career high with five touchdown passes to lead No. 3 Mount Union to a 63-7 win against Marietta in its home opener and re-dedication of Mount Union Stadium on Saturday night.
The Purple Raiders moved to 3-0 while extending their regular-season win streak to 86 games. Earlier in the day, a historical marker was unveiled just outside the southwest corner of the stadium to re-dedicate Ohio's oldest college football stadium.
Fans hanged a sign in the south end zone that says "Welcome to the Machine" and the home crowd was treated to mechanical-like precision as Mount Union generated a season-high 584 yards of total offense -- 419 of those yards in the first half.
Burke was 14-of-19 passing for 247 yards with five touchdowns in the first half. His five touchdowns matched a career high that he had in 2012 against John Carroll.
No. 4 Wesley 47, Southern Virginia 7
DOVER, Del. -- Joe Callahan threw for five touchdowns and 339 yards, all in the first half, to lead fourth-ranked Wesley to a 47-7 victory against Southern Virginia at Scott D. Miller Stadium. The Wolverines improve to 4-0 on the year while Southern Virginia falls to 0-3.
Callahan needed just 14 completions to generate his totals for the day, attempting just 18 passes. Junior tight end Kyle George caught half of Callahan's passes, one short of a career high, which went for 141 yards and two touchdowns. Steve Koudossou also surpassed the century mark with three grabs for 115 yards while Robert Wiggs and Andrew Monaghan also had touchdown grabs.
With five passing touchdowns, Callahan now has 43 in his career, which ties Jimmy Connolley for fifth on Wesley's all-time list.
Wesley totaled 515 total yards of offense (160 rushing) and allowed just 253 yards (41 rushing yards) on the day.
No. 7 St. John Fisher 48, Frostburg State 7
FROSTBURG, Md. -- No. 7 St. John Fisher scored 21 points in the first quarter, cruising to a 48-7 against host Frostburg State. It was the final meeting between the squads in Empire 8 play as Frostburg State will play in the New Jersey Athletic Conference in 2015.
With the win, Fisher improves to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in Empire 8 play, while Frostburg falls to 2-2, 0-2 respectively.
Chris Smith was extremely efficient on the day, scoring three rushing touchdowns on just nine carries. Quarterback Tyler Fenti was equally impressive going 15-for-23 passing, throwing for 204 yards and three scores. He connected with Nathan Nigolian for a touchdown in each half as he ended the day with six catches for 78 yards.
No. 8 John Carroll 45, Baldwin Wallace 7
UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio -- Big plays energize a team. No. 8 John Carroll made a plethora of big plays on Saturday night in its annual Homecoming game.
Playing against crosstown rival Baldwin Wallace, John Carroll coasted to a 45-7 win to retain control of the Cuyahoga Gold Bowl Trophy and even the all-time Gold Bowl series at 13 wins each. The win marked the largest margin of victory by John Carroll against its archrival.
Defensively, Jimmy King, Nick Lakso, Frank Pines and David Porter all finished with five tackles. Choe Samba finished the night with a game-high two sacks. Offensively, Marshall Howell finished with five catches for 112 yards and two scores, his second 100-yard game against the Yellow Jackets.
St. John's (Minn.) 24, No. 10 St. Thomas (Minn.) 14
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Saint John's (Minn.) forced four fourth-quarter turnovers and junior running back Sam Sura ran for a series-record 210 yards as the Johnnies earned their second consecutive win against a nationally ranked St. Thomas (Minn.) team, 24-14 on Saturday.
SJU is now 51-31-1 all-time against the Tommies, including wins in 18 of the past 22 meetings.
Sura became the first Johnnie to rush for more than 200 yards in two separate games, and his 36 carries on the afternoon are the fourth most by an SJU running back. St. Thomas entered the game allowing 8.5 points and 81 rushing yards per game.