By the numbers: Streaks roll on, five more ranked teams fall on DII football Saturday
Another wild weekend in Division II football comes to a close. It was a wild one, with five more ranked teams falling. That's 19 Top 25 teams losing over the past four weekends of DII football. For those keeping track at home, that's a lot.
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It was a weekend full of big rushing performances. It was a weekend that saw two record-setting streaks continue to roll on to new heights. It was a weekend that once again provided a little bit of a surprise to those in the Top 25.
Let's go beyond the box score and break down the Top 25 by the numbers.
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How the Top 25 fared:
2 -- Number of ranked teams that fell on Saturday, two of which were at the hands of fellow Top 25 foes. No. 9 Slippery Rock saw its undefeated start come to an end against No. 3 Indiana (Pennsylvania), and No. 22 West Georgia fell to No. 23 West Alabama in an exciting Gulf South Conference showdown that saw the Tigers rise victorious 34-31 in the final minutes of the game.
3 -- Number of upsets on Saturday. No. 12 Colorado State-Pueblo dropped its second loss of the season in a 35-24 loss to Fort Lewis. No. 14 Bowie State lost an exciting offensive display to Virginia State 47-35. No. 19 Southeastern Oklahoma State saw its undefeated run through the Great American Conference come to an end at the hands of Henderson State, 21-20.
24.95 -- Average amount of points the 20 Top 25 teams won by.
4 -- Number of Top 25 teams that eked out a victory by three points.
3 -- Shutouts posted by ranked teams.
55 -- Largest margin of victory on Saturday. Indianapolis handed Quincy a 55-0 loss. No. 11 Texas A&M-Commerce was second, winning by 49 points while No. 16 Ashland won by 48.
37 -- No. 1 Northwest Missouri State's winning streak. The Bearcats defeated Northeastern State 42-14.
30 -- Henderson State's DII-record road win streak. The Reddies overcame a 17-point deficit in its upset.
4 -- Number of Top 25 teams that had a duo of 100-yard rushers. No. 8 Fort Hays State had Charles Tigner (171) and the red-hot Kenneth Iheme (103) break the century mark. No. 20 Colorado Mesa had running back David Tann (206) and quarterback Eystin Salum (181) do a lot of damage on the ground. Jordan Taormina (118) and Nate Gunn (111) ran amok for No. 4 Minnesota State. Freshman Al McKeller (143) and Tyre Lee (101) both eclipsed 100 yards for No. 5 UIndy.
Which players on Top 25 teams shined just a little bit brighter than the rest? Let's take a look position by position.
|Reilly Hennessey||Central Washington||364 yards, 5 TD|
|Luis Perez||Texas A&M-Commerce||345 yards, 5 TD|
|Marc Monks||Assumption||319 yards, 4 TD|
|Harry Satterwhite||West Alabama||308 yards, 3 TD|
|Amir Hall||Bowie State||281 yards, 5 TD|
|Travis Tarnowski||Ashland||233 yards, 5 TD|
|Ja'Quan Gardner||Humboldt State||293 yards, 5 TD|
|Devontae Jackson||West Georgia||228 total yards, 1 TD|
|David Tann||Colorado Mesa||206 yards, 5 TD|
|Samir Bullock||IUP||194 (168 rush) total yards|
|Javian Roebuck||Winona State||194 total yards, 2 TDs|
|Charles Tigner||Fort Hays State||171 rush, 1 TD|
|Lawrence Pittman||Wingate||155 yards, 1 TD|
|Al McKeller||UIndy||143 yards, 3 TD|
|Jordan Thompson||Northwest Missouri State||118 yards, 2 TD|
|Justin Taormina||Minnesota State||118 yards, 2 TD|
|Vincent Johnson||Midwestern State||64 yards, 4 TD|
|Malik Taylor||Ferris State||165 yards, 2 TD|
|Ashton Grant||Assumption||161 yards, 2 TD|
|Christian Gasca||Central Washington||149 yards, 2 TD|
|Brandon Britton||Bowie State||131 yards, 2 TD|
|Brandon Bean||Grand Valley State||111 yards|
|Kamaron Green||Ashland||97 yards, 3 TD|
Best of the rest:
They may have played for unranked teams, but these players certainly showed up to play in their Top 25 matchups. Quarterback Cordelral Cook had a huge game in Virginia State's upset of Bowie State. He threw for 234 yards and two touchdowns, rushing for 100 more yards and three touchdowns on the ground. He had plenty of help moving the chains. Running back Trenton Cannon added 234 yards rushing and another touchdown. Azusa Pacific put up video game-like numbers in its loss to Humboldt State. Quarterback Andrew Elffers threw for 475 yards, rushed for 84 more and totaled three touchdowns. He had a pair of 170-yard receivers -- Darrell Adams, Jr. and Weston Carr -- and also saw running back Kurt Scoby run for 126 yards and three touchdowns in the Cougars 684-yard outburst.