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Wayne Cavadi | | October 2, 2017

DII football by the numbers: four fewer undefeated teams

  IUP's RB Samir Bullock ran for six scores in Saturday's 57-14 victory.

Last week, four of the Top 25 fell to unranked schools. Week 5 had a different flare, with several ranked opponents pitted against each other. Five ranked teams lost, but three were at the hands of fellow Top 25 foes. 

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There will certainly be a new look to the American Football Coaches Association Coaches Poll come Monday. Let's go beyond the box score and take a look at Week 5 by the numbers.

How the Top 25 fared:

3 — Ranked teams that lost to other Top 25 teams. No. 18 Slippery Rock won in overtime against Pennsylvania State Atheltic Conference rival, No. 5 Califonia (Pa.), 47-44. No. 8 Colorado Mesa lost to Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference foe No. 17 Colorado State-Pueblo 30-24. The No. 22 Assumption Greyhounds handled No. 24 LIU Post 54-20, claiming its stake as top dog in the Northeast-10.

14.33 — Average amount of points that separated the three ranked battles.

2 — Ranked teams that lost to a team oustide the Top 25. No. 11 Arkansas Tech lost a 35-31 heartbreaker to a Ouachita Baptist team that received votes last week and could make a case for the Top 25. No. 24 Catawba fell to Carson-Newman 31-18.

39.75 — Average amount points scored by the Top 25.

16 — Top 25 teams that remain undefeated in DII football.

35 — Games in a row that the Bearcats have won since 2014. It took a touchdown in the final seven seconds on Saturday to secure the win.

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62 — Biggest margin of victory by a Top 25 team. No. 16 Central Washington upended Simon Fraser 62-0.

64 — Most points scored by a ranked team in Week 5. For the second week in a row, No. 21 Bowie State drops the most points in a 64-31 victory over Fayetteville State.

2 — Shutouts posted on Saturday by Top 25 teams, down three from last week. Along with CWU, No. 20 Ashland shutout Davenport 38-0. 

3 — Number of ranked teams that rushed for at least six touchdowns on Saturday. It was a team effort for No. 15 Ferris State and No. 6 Minnesota State, but Indiana (Pa)'s Samir Bullock rushed six in all by himself for the No. 4 Crimson Hawks. 

There were plenty of players on Top 25 rosters that shined bright on Saturday, but here are a few who stood out just a bit more.


Quarterback School Stats
Robert Webber Humboldt State 338 yards, 4 TD, 1 Int.
Amir Hall Bowie State 350 total yards, 5 total TD
Connor Jessop Shepherd 327 yards, 3 TD
Reilly Hennessey Central Washington 188 yards, 5 TD


Running Back School Stats
Samir Bullock IUP 263 yards, 6 TD
Kenneth Iheme Fort Hays State 232 total yards, 1 TD
Max Mickey Sioux Falls 212 yards, 2 TD
Christian Cummings Central Washington 183 yards
Nate Gunn Minnesota State 173 yards, 2 TD
Robert Chesson Bowie State 172 yards, 2 TD
Marché Dennard Colorado State-Pueblo 152 yards, 2 TD
Jabre Lolley Shepherd 130 yards, 2 TD


Wide Receiver School Stats
Garrett Willis Indianapolis 190 yards, 2 TD
Monterio Burchfield Fort Hays State 173 yards, 3 TD
Shawn Bane Northwest Missouri State 139 yards
Ryan Feiss  Shepherd 132 yards, 1 TD
Tom Greene California (Pa) 132 yards
Sam Blake Assumption 102 yards, 2 TD

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Some defenders really stood out on Saturday as well. No. 25 Winona State's senior defensive back Andrew Spencer had 10 tackles and two pick-sixes in the 37-7 win over Upper Iowa. Northwest Missouri State's Jacob Gassman had an interception for a touchdown on a day that saw the Bearcats sack the quarterback six times. DII football's all-time sack leader — Slippery Rock's Marcus Martin -- added two more to his total, with a 10 tackle, two sack performance. 

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