DII Roundup: No. 8 Bloomsburg jumps all over No. 7 West Chester 41-10
No. 8 Bloomsburg defeats No. 7 West Chester 41-10
BLOOMSBURG, Pa. -- No. 8 Bloomsburg rushed for 454 yards and forced six turnovers in a 41-10 win against No. 7 West Chester in a battle of unbeatens in the PSAC at Redman Stadium Saturday afternoon.
West Chester (7-1, 6-1 PSAC) saw its seven-game winning streak come to an end while Bloomsburg (8-0, 7-0) took over sole possession of first place with the win between the last two unbeaten schools in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.
The Golden Rams never got on track all day as the Huskies took away everything that West Chester was trying to do offensively while forcing five turnovers. Bloomsburg dominated all aspects of the game throughout the 60 minutes of play. The Huskies scored 24 points off their six turnovers.
Bloomsburg's Eddie Mateo rushed or a career-high 269 yards and four touchdowns as Bloomsburg jumped out to a 24-3 lead by halftime. Bloomsburg QB Tim Kelly threw a TD pass on the Huskies' second drive of the second half that made it a 31-3 advantage, and PK Braden Drexler kicked a 22-yard field goal with 2:39 left in the third quarter to push the lead to 34-3.
No. 1 Mavericks keep rolling with road win at Augustana (S.D.)
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- It was a close affair Saturday afternoon in Kirkeby-Over Stadium, but it was No. 1 Minnesota State-Mankato that would come away with the win as it downed the Augustana Vikings 34-28.
With the win, MSU improves to 8-0 on the season, while Augustana falls to 4-4. MSU has now won 30 consecutive NSIC games dating back to week one of the 2012 season.
No. 2 Minnesota-Duluth keeps rolling with 38-10 besting of the Beavers
DULUTH, Minn. -- One of these times, Bemidji State is going to find away to win in Duluth. But just not this time.
Drew Bauer helped see to that Saturday afternoon by figuring in on all five touchdowns in No. 2 Minnesota Duluth's 38-10 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference North Division victory against Bemidji State. The sophomore quarterback threw for three touchdowns and ran for two more as the Bulldogs extended their regular season winning streak to 16 games and posted their 21st consecutive victory at home against their long-time rivals. Bemidji State, which had won three consecutive games coming into the day, has not won a game in Duluth since Oct. 10, 1941.
Late touchdown pushes Harding past No. 4 Henderson State
SEARCY, Ark. -- Senior wide receiver Donatella Luckett scored on a 3-yard reverse with 17 seconds remaining in the contest, and the Harding defense held the vaunted Henderson State offense scoreless in the second half in a 28-24 upset victory Saturday at Carpenter-Haygood Stadium.
Harding, ranked No. 23 entering the game, improved to 6-1 overall and in the Great American Conference. It was the first road victory in eight games against a team ranked in the top five in the American Football Coaches Association Poll and only the fifth time in 26 games Harding has won on the road against Henderson State.
Henderson State fell to 7-1 overall and 6-1 in conference. The Bisons snapped the Reddies' 30-game winning streak in conference games.
No. 5 Lenoir-Rhyne rolls to victory, 45-17 against Mars Hill
HICKORY, N.C. -- No. 5 Lenoir-Rhyne (8-0, 5-0), rushed for a season-high 585 yards and scored 28 third quarter points en route to a 45-17 victory against Mars Hill (3-4, 2-2) Saturday afternoon at Moretz Stadium.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior halfback Jarrod Spears rushed for a career-high 195 yards while senior fullback Chris Robinson added 156 yards on the ground and three scores as the Bears continue their best start since the 1962 season.
Lenoir-Rhyne held a 17-10 advantage at halftime before breaking the game open with four third quarter touchdowns. Robinson scored his final two touchdowns of the game in the quarter from 46 and 28 yards out, respectively.
No. 6 Ferris State stays dominant in Michigan with win against Michigan Tech
HOUGHTON, Mich. -- An impressive defensive performance led unbeaten Ferris State to a decisive 37-3 win against Michigan Tech in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) showdown at Sherman Field on Saturday.
The No. 6 Bulldogs forced three MTU turnovers and turned a pair of fumbles into scores early in each half while improving to 8-0 overall and 7-0 in the GLIAC. The win leaves Ferris State as both the lone remaining unbeaten team in the conference along with the only squad without a loss in college football in the state of Michigan. FSU also matched a school-record by winning its 12th consecutive game dating back to last year, which currently ranks as the fourth-longest streak at any level of NCAA football.
No. 9 Pittsburg State rallies in second half for 36-21 victory
PITTSBURG, Kan. -- No. 9 Pittsburg State a 21-13 third quarter deficit to score the game's final 23 points and claim a 36-21 victory against Nebraska-Kearney on Saturday at Brandenburg Field/Carnie Smith Stadium.
Quarterback Anthony Abenoja passed for 377 yards, including a pair of second-half touchdown passes, to help lead the comeback for Pitt State (7-1, 7-1 MIAA).
UNK (2-6, 2-6 MIAA), which saw its modest two-game winning streak snapped in the contest, utilized big plays to make the Gorillas trail for 33 minutes, 31 seconds of play clock in the contest. Quarterback Bronson Marsh broke loose for a 34-yard touchdown run for a 7-0 UNK lead, then added a 75-yard touchdown connection to Cougar Williams one play after the Gorillas trimmed the margin to 7-3 on Connor Frazell's 37-yard field goal.
Second half pushes No. 10 Bearcats to win at Fort Hays State
The Northwest Missouri State football moved to 7-1 on the season with a 29-10 victory against Fort Hays State on Saturday afternoon at Lewis Field Stadium in Hays, Kansas.
Fort Hays State dropped to 4-4 on the year with the loss.
Holding just a 7-3 lead at halftime, the Bearcats scored 22 second half points to remain at the top of the MIAA standings.