DII Roundup: No. 4 Lenoir-Rhyne wins close game to clinch fourth SAC title
No. 4 Lenoir-Rhyne holds off Carson-Newman to claim a share of SAC Championship
JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. -- No. 4 Lenoir-Rhyne (9-0, 6-0) jumped out to a 25-point lead and held off a furious rally to defeat No. 16 Carson-Newman (6-2, 4-1), 35-32, Saturday in a South Atlantic Conference showdown at Burke-Tarr Stadium.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior fullback Chris Robinson, the team’s leading rusher, finished with a team-high 178 yards on the ground and a score while redshirt freshman quarterback Evin Sims added two rushing touchdowns and the Bears clinched at least a share of their fourth consecutive league regular season championship.
In addition, Robinson became Lenoir-Rhyne’s first 1,000-yard rusher in a single season since 2004. Robinson has 1,091 yards on the ground so far this fall.
Lenoir-Rhyne, the leading rushing team in NCAA Division II entering the contest, finished with 412 yards on the ground. The Bears have also won 19 consecutive South Atlantic Conference Regular Season games.
No. 1 Minnesota State Mankato rallies in fourth-quarter to top No. 10 Sioux Falls
MANKATO, Minn. -- It proved to be a competitive game Saturday afternoon at Blakeslee Stadium but a late fourth-quarter rally by No. 1 Minnesota St. Mankato proved to be the difference as the Mavs topped No. 10 Sioux Falls 27-14.
With the win, MSU improved to 9-0 on the season, while USF fell to 8-1. The Mavericks have now won 31 consecutive NSIC games.
MSU entered the fourth quarter trailing for the first time this season as the Cougars held a 14-10 lead. Undaunted, the Mavericks rallied for 17 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to secure the 27-14 win.
Sophomore Nick Pieruccini finished his day completing 7-of-16 passes for 125 yards and a touchdown, while senior Dorian Buford caught three passes for 64 yards and a touchdown. Buford now has 12 touchdown catches on the season, just two behind Josh Nelsen's single-season record of 14 touchdown catches set during the 1994 season.
No. 2 Minn. Duluth scores early and often in rout of Crookston
CROOKSTON, Minn. -- When Beau Boefferding darted 37 yards for a touchdown on the seventh play of the afternoon Saturday, that would ultimately be all the points Minnesota Duluth would need in its Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference North Division road outing with the Minnesota-Crookston. But for the No. 2 Bulldogs, the scoring barrage had only just begun.
UMD reached the end zone on each of its seven first-half possession and went on to trounce the winless Golden Eagles 77-3, setting a program single-game record for points as well as jacking its regular season winning streak to 17 games. The Bulldogs also moved to 9-0 on the year with their 17th consecutive NSIC North Division victory.
Senior Aaron Roth caught four touchdown passes -- one shy of both the UMD and NSIC records -- all from sophomore quarterback Drew Bauer and junior Logan Lauters and freshman Nate Beaulieu each ran for a pair of scores on Senior Day at Ed Widseth Field.
No. 3 Northern Alabama falls to No. 19 Delta State 33-28
No. 19 Delta State defeated No. 3 North Alabama at Parker Field - McCool Stadium in a matchup of the top two teams in the Gulf South Conference. Delta State outrushed the visitors to hold the time of possession advantage, 36:33 - 23:27.
Quarterback Tyler Sullivan ended the day 26-for-38 passing with 241 yards and three interceptions. Casey Osborne hauled in nine receptions for 101 yards. Sullivan also led the rushing attack with 66 yards. D'Juan Bellaire rushed for 62 yards and two touchdowns while Eddie McCadney rushed for 36 yards and a pair of scores.
Defensively, the Statesmen were paced by eight tackles from Rory Island and six stops by Richard Nash. Delta State ran 92 plays for 410 yards compared to 69 plays for 344 yards. The Statesmen converted 10-of-20 third-down conversions and were 1-for-1 on fourth-down. Delta State scored of 6-of-7 trips inside the red zone.
No. 5 Ferris State wins high-scoring tilt against Lake Erie to keep perfect season intact
BIG RAPIDS, Mich. -- Undefeated No. 5 Ferris State returned home Saturday to open a two-game homestand and won a track meet against an inspired Lake Erie, as the Bulldogs recorded a high-scoring 66-56 triumph at Top Taggart Field.
The Bulldogs came up with some pivotal offensive plays fueled by standout junior quarterback and Harlon Hill Trophy candidate Jason Vander Laan. Vander Laan finished the game with 499 yards of total offense with 284 of those coming on the ground. He also had three rushing touchdowns to go along with three passing touchdowns and completed 13-of-15 throws for 215 yards overall.
Ferris State moved one step closer to a potential GLIAC Championship by improving to 9-0 overall and 8-0 in league play.
No. 6 Bloomsburg captures PSAC East crown with 34-13 win against ESU
BLOOMSBURG, Pa. -- No. 6 Bloomsburg entered Saturday's contest against visiting East Stroudsburg needing just one win in its final two conference games to clinch its third PSAC East title in the past five seasons.
Bloomsburg made sure to erase the drama quickly.
The Huskies (9-0, 8-0 PSAC East) jumped out to and early lead and stifled an ESU offense lacking star quarterback Matt Soltes on the way to a dominating 34-13 victory at cold and windy Redman Stadium to cement their spot at the top of the East once more.
Bloomsburg followed its typical blueprint for success – Eddie Mateo ran for three scores and the defense dominated, holding the Warriors (6-3, 5-3) to 140 yards of total offense while forcing four more turnovers to run their season total to 31 turnovers gained.
No. 7 Pittsburg State claims business-like 41-10 victory against Missouri Southern
JOPLIN, Mo. -- No. 7 Pittsburg State scored 41 unanswered points after an early 3-0 deficit and rolled to a 41-10 victory over Missouri Southern State.
The Gorillas (8-1, 8-1 MIAA) claimed their fifth consecutive victory, while snapping the Lions (4-5, 4-5 MIAA) modest two-game win streak. Pitt State also secured its 27th Miner's Bowl victory against Southern in 29 years.
Quarterback Anthony Abenoja passed for 267 yards and three touchdowns, including a pair of scoring strikes to wide receiver Gavin Lutman.
Backup quarterback Ramsey Hamilton also rushed for a pair of scores and place kicker Connor Frazell booted a pair of first-half field goals.
Safety Jason Peete registered a pair of interceptions against Southern's Scott Lathrop.
Defense shines as No. 8 NW Missouri St. beats rival Missouri Western State on Senior Day
MARYVILLE, Mo. -- Northwest Missouri State only had 21 yards passing in the first half and still went into halftime with a commanding 27-3 lead over Missouri Western.
Those numbers paint a picture of how dominating the Bearcats offensive line was in the final regular-season home game for the seniors on a blustery Saturday afternoon at Bearcat Stadium.
The Bearcats, in front of 7,182 fans, literally ran to an impressive 40-3 victory against Western and improved to 8-1.
It was definitely complete domination in all phases. Northwest rushed for 397 yards compared to 21 for Western. The total yards were just as lopsided, 496 to 78.
If the Bearcats get the kind of run production it had against Western, they will be tough to beat the rest of the season. The offensive line opened holes all afternoon for senior running back Robert Burton III and freshman running back Cameron Wilcox.
Burton carried the ball 27 times for 157 yards and Wilcox added 125 yards in 19 carries.
No. 9 CSU-Pueblo dominates Black Hills State in a 49-7 win
PUEBLO, Colo. -- No. 9 Colorado State-Pueblo downed Black Hills State University 49-7 in a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference game at the Neta and Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl, Saturday.
The Pack (8-1, 6-1 RMAC) dominated all facets of the game, as the ThunderWolves offense totaled 514 yards, 209 of which came on the ground. Junior running back Cameron McDondle rushed for 176 yards in his seventh 100-yard game this season – sixth consecutive.
McDondle entered the game 12th in the nation in rushing yards, 14th in rushing yards per game (127.0 ypg), and 24th in the NCAA Division II in rushing touchdowns.
Kieren Duncan led with a team-high 96 receiving yards, missing his third consecutive 100-yard receiving game. He did rush for an eight yard touchdown to go over the 100-yard all-purpose mark. Senior quarterback Chris Bonner was a cool 18-for-21 (85.7%) for 285 yards and four touchdowns.