Week 9 of the DII football season was another week of big numbers from the top 25, especially from the running backs. Four rushers broke the 200-yard mark this week with Colorado School of Mines' Michael Zeman piling up 386 total yards.
Let's take a look at the best individual performances and team stats from the weekend.
The DII football top 25 by the numbers
2, Part I — The number of pick-6 interception returns for Tarleton State's Prince Robinson. He had a big day on defense but it was a combined effort in the Texans 66-7 win over Midwestern State.
2, Part II — Shutouts from the top 25 this week. No. 2 Ferris State struck first with a 52-0 victory over Michigan Tech, but it was No 14 Northwest Missouri State who had the big win of the day, blanking Northeastern State, 79-0.
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3 — Top 25 teams that lost this week, one coming in upset fashion. No. 8 Indianapolis saw its perfect season come to an end as Lindenwood topped the Greyhounds, 34-27. Lenoir-Rhyne handled Wingate and Kutztown defeated West Chester in two top 25 battles on Saturday.
23 — Consecutive wins by Valdosta State — the longest current winning streak in DII football. With the Blazers on bye in Week 9, they'll have to wait another week to set the Gulf South Conference record. The Blazers' home winning streak is at 12, tying them for second with Lenoir-Rhyne right behind Notre Dame (OH) and Tarleton State by one for the longest current streak in DII.
26.6— Average margin of victory for the 21 top 25 teams that won on Saturday, down from last week's 29, which was the largest number of the season. Northwest Missouri State had the largest victory at 79 points, but six top 25 teams in total won by 45 or more points. West Florida and Slippery Rock had the narrowest margin of victory amongst the top 25, winning by three points.
32 — Touchdown passes this season by Slippery Rock's Roland Rivers III. That's The Rock's single-season record and ties the career mark of 60 in less than two full seasons.
33 — Consecutive wins in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference by Minnesota State. The Mavericks scored 62 points this week, one week after setting a program record with 81 points in a victory over Minnesota Crookston, and two weeks after initially setting the program record with 74 points against U-Mary. The Mavericks — who last loss in the NSIC on Oct. 29, 2016 — are rolling.
4,079 — Career rushing yards for Notre Dame (OH)'s Jaleel McLaughlin, which set the MEC career record on Saturday. A quick reminder: the sophomore hasn't even completed his second full season yet.
DII football standout players for Week 9
Let's take a look at some of the best stats from inside the top 25.
|Brook Bolles||Central Missouri||464 pass, 5 TD|
|Travis Russell||Ferris State||323 pass, 14 rush, 3 TD|
|Collin DiGalbo||Kutztown||300 pass, 41 rush, 2 TD|
|Roland Rivers III||Slippery Rock||280 pass, 135 rush, 4 TD|
|Cole Kotopka||Grand Valley State||244 pass, 4 TD|
Other notables: Ben Holmes, Tarleton; Preston Paden, Harding; John Matocha, Colorado School of Mines
|Michael Zeman||Colorado School of Mines||321 rush, 65 rec., 4 TD|
|Jaleel McLaughlin||Notre Dame (OH)||215 rush, 3 TD|
|Justin Rankin||Northwest Missouri State||211 rush, 35 rec., 4 TD|
|Daniel McCants||Tarleton State||202 rush, 2 TD|
|Justice Evans||Indiana (Pa)||175 rush, 2 TD|
Other notables: Brockton Brown, Ouachita Baptist; Cole Chancey, Harding; Kaleb King, Angelo State; Abdul-Hassan Neblett, Kutztown, Jordan Salima, Truman, Isaiah Strayhorn, Northwest Missouri State
|Brandon Wadley||Grand Valley State||212 yards, 3 TD|
|L'Liot Curry||Henderson State||184 yards, 2 TD|
|Shae Wyatt||Central Missouri||169 yards, 2 TD|
|Jaquay Mitchell||Lenoir-Rhyne||135 yards, 2 TD|
|Xavier Wade||Ferris State||134 yards, 1 TD|
|Shane Zylstra||Minnesota State||134 yards, 1 TD|
Other notables: Keke Chism, Angelo State; Allie Freeman, Ouachita Baptist; Josh Johnston, Colorado School of Mines; Zimari Manning, Tarleton; B.J. Muckelvene, Wingate; Cameron Saunders, Central Missouri; Nick Williams, CSU-Pueblo
DII football outside the top 25
This week, we focus our attention on the players who performed well against top 25 teams, some of the 15 players we looked at earlier this week as players that should be on your radar and a few other student-athletes that caught our eye.
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The Lindenwood passing attack was on display in its upset of UIndy. Cade Brister threw for 531 yards and had four total touchdowns. He spread the wealth: Najee Jackson led the way with 124 yards but was joined by Payton Rose — 121 yards and one touchdown — and Nash Sutherlin — 115 yards receiving, 46 yards rushing, and one touchdown — as a trio of players who crossed the century mark. All-American tight end Erik Henneman finished the day with 94 yards receiving.
Shepherd had another big win, setting the program record with 76 points. Deonte Glover ran for 210 yards and three touchdowns while Harlon Hill candidate Tyson Bagent threw for 241 yards and five touchdowns.
Here's who else caught our eye. We're focusing on really big days as the season winds down.
- Emmett Enright, QB, Bemidji State: 435 yards, 3 TD
- Chance Fuller, QB, Fort Hays State: 296 pass, 5 TD
- Chandler Garrett, QB, Central Oklahoma: 215 pass, 272 rush, 4 TD
- D'vonn Gibbons, QB, Savannah State: 75 pass, 145 rush, 6 TD
- Brycen Mussina, QB, Shippensburg: 350 yards, 4 TD
- Stephen Strum, QB, Bentley: 346 yards, 3 TD
- Nelson Brown, RB, California (Pa): 144 yards, 2 TD
- Justin Felder, RB, Stonehill: 314 yards, 2 TD
- David Goodwin, RB, Nebraska-Kearney: 193 yards, 2 TD
- Dante Graham, RB, Lock Haven: 205 yards, 2 TD
- Cazz Martin, RB, Minnesota Duluth: 179 yards 3 TD
- Thuro Reisdorfer, RB, Sioux Falls: 157 yards, 2 TD
- WR Sanders, RB, Urbana: 131 yards, 2 TD
- Sam Santiago-Lloyd, RB, Winona State: 140 yards, 2 TD
- Lauago Sei-J, RB, Dixie State: 185 yards, 1 TD
- Wade Sullivan, RB, Minnesota Duluth: 180 yards, 1 TD
- Antonio Wimbush, RB, Carson-Newman: 143 yards, 3 TD
- Brendan Beaulieu, WR, Bemidji State: 177 yards, 1 TD
- Winston Eubanks, WR, Shippensburg: 129 yards, 3 TD
- David Balint, WR, Shippensburg: 168 yards, 1 TD
- Matt Cole, WR, McKendree: 136 yards, 2 TD
- Drew Mahoney, WR, Bentley: 131 yards, 2 TD
- C.J. Parham, WR, Arkansas-Monticello: 122 yards, 2 TD
- Dandre Reed, WR, Fort Hays State: 169 yards, 1 TD
- Craig Rucker, WR, Mars Hill: 199 yards, 3 TD
- Izaiah Sanders, WR, Southern Connecticut: 170 yards, 1 TD