DII Football Championship: The most impressive stats from the second round
The second round of the DII Football Championships is in the books. The sixteen team field was cut in half as next weekend's quarterfinals loom.
Upsets went down and history was made. Let's go beyond the box score and break down Round 2 by the numbers.
2 -- No. 1 seeds that advanced to the quarterfinals. Indiana (Pa.) defeated West Chester 44-10 in a rematch of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference championship. West Alabama ousted Delta State 27-20. Central Washington and Fort Hays State both saw undefeated seasons come to an end on Saturday.
128 -- Total points the eight winning teams won by, an average margin of victory of 16 points.
12 -- Career kick returns for Assumption's WR/KR Deonte Harris. Harris scored four touchdowns in the second half, including his 11th and 12th career returns, making him DII's all-time leader.
502 -- Total net rushing yards piled up by Minnesota State in its second round victory. Three different backs rushed into the end zone for a total of five touchdowns.
21 -- Unanswered points scored by Texas A&M-Commerce in the second half in its stunning come from behind upset of Central Washington. Luis Perez and company forced two overtimes, and eventually won 34-31.
Kristov, what’re doing after that? I’M GOING TO MANKATO! pic.twitter.com/sLiBVBTNj3— Lion Athletics (@Lion_Athletics) November 25, 2017
2 -- Gulf South Conference teams left standing, the most of any conference. Next weekend's West Florida vs. West Alabama matchup guarantees the GSC is represented in the semifinals.
7 -- The lowest seed still alive. Harding remains one of the hottest teams in DII, reeling off 10 straight wins after an 0-3 start for a spot in the national quarterfinals.
2-0 -- West Florida's record in the DII Football Championship. In just its second season as a football program, the Argonauts earned a spot in the quarterfinals with a 17-14 victory over West Georgia, tied with Texas A&M-Commerce for narrowest margin of victory of the weekend.
2 -- Undefeated teams remaining in the hunt for a perfect season. IUP improved to 12-0 and Minnesota State moved to 13-0. Thats all that's left.
There were plenty of student-athletes who contributed to their teams success in the second round. Here's a look at the top players at each position.
|Luis Perez||Texas A&M-Commerce||394 yards, 3 TD|
|Reilly Hennessey||Central Washington||265 passing, 49 rushing, 3 total TD|
|Lenny Williams, Jr.||Indiana (Pa.)||234 passing, 41 rushing, 4 total TD|
|Layton Rabb||Midwestern State||260 yards, 3 TD|
|Nate Gunn||Minnesota State||193 yards, 1 TD|
|Cole Chancey||Harding||165 yards, 4 TD|
|Kenneth Iheme||Fort Hays State||162 yards, 2 TD|
|Austin Pernell||Central Washington||158 yards, 1 TD|
|Justin Taormina||Minnesota State||134 yards|
|Justice Evans||IUP||133 yards, 1 TD|
|Chris Robinson||Delta State||105 yards, 1 TD|
Check out ALL 4 Deonte Harris 2nd Half Touchdowns, as part of his 362 All-Purpose yards for @ACGreyhoundsFB in the @NCAADII Playoffs!!— ACgreyhounds (@acgreyhounds) November 25, 2017
These receiving & kick return TD's belong on @espn's @SportsCenter! @sctop10 #SCtop10 pic.twitter.com/SGN2Ds0X6g
|Deonte Harris||Assumption||168 yards, 2 TD (2 return TD)|
|D.J. Meyers||Midwestern State||145 yards, 2 TD|
|Buck Wilson||Texas A&M-Commerce||141 yards, 2 TD|
|Marquis Wimberly||Texas A&M-Commerce||120 yards|
|Logan Bolin||Ashland||110 yards, 1 TD|
|Airion Kosak||FIndlay||120 yards, 1 TD|
|Brandon Walker||Ferris State||119 yards|
|Donta Armstrong||West Alabama||71 yards, 2 TD|