Buffalo St. upends three-time champs
Top 10: Mary Hardin-Baylor, Linfield each win top-10 tilts
Buffalo State 7, No. 1 Wisconsin-Whitewater 6 -- Recap
WHITEWATER, Wis. -- Casey Kacz connected with Ryan Carney for a 10-yard touchdown with just three seconds remaining to lift visiting Buffalo State to a 7-6 victory against No. 1-ranked UW-Whitewater Saturday at Perkins Stadium. The loss by the Warhawks snapped the three-time defending national champions' 46-game winning streak.
UW-Whitewater extended its lead to 6-0 with a 29-yard field goal by Eric Kindler with just 1:35 remaining, before the Bengals' drove the length of the field for the score.
After a touchback, the Bengals started on their own 25, and used 11 plays to march down the field. After picking up a quick first down, Buffalo State had a false start penalty and a sack push it into a fourth-and-19 with 48 seconds remaining. Kacz connected with Brooks Estarfaa for a 39-yard gain, although a personal foul penalty at the end of the play negated 15 yards, but kept the fresh set of downs in tact.
The Bengals then converted a third-and-2 play on a 33-yard pass from Kacz to Manny Brooks to the UW-Whitewater 10, stopping the clock with just 15 ticks remaining. After a pair of incomplete passes, Kacz hit Carney for the score, and the Nate Benoit extra point gave the Bengals the lead.
After the ensuing kickoff was downed at the Warhawks' 33, UW-Whitewater's desperation heave was intercepted by Buffalo State's Chris Hall to end the game.
No. 2 Mount Union 57, Muskingum 0
ALLIANCE, Ohio -- No. 2 ranked Mount Union generated 619 yards of offense while its defense held Muskingum to 59 total yards in a 57-0 shutout Saturday at Mount Union Stadium.
It was the home and Ohio Athletic Conference opener for the Purple Raiders who move to 2-0 overall (1-0 OAC) while posting their 65th consecutive regular-season victory.
Sophomore quarterback Kevin Burke accounted for six of the Raiders eight touchdowns as he threw four of them while going 12-of-17 passing for 258 yards then rushed for two others as he had four rushes for 17 yards.
Burke's first pass of the day was the longest of his college career to date as he hurled a ball 54 yards to senior wide receiver Jasper Collins. Collins ended up with another touchdown catch in the first quarter as he posted the seventh 100-yard recieving game of his career as he had a game-high five catches for 118 yards.
No. 4 Mary Hardin-Baylor 32, No. 3 Wesley 25 -- Recap
DOVER, Del. – A match-up of top-five teams lived up to its billing as No. 4 Mary Hardin-Baylor held on to an early lead on the way to a 32-25 victory against No. 3 Wesley on Saturday. UMHB avenged back-to-back national quarterfinal postseason losses to the Wolverines and improved to 2-0 with the victory. The loss dropped Wesley to 2-1.
Bailey finished 16 of 26 passing for 138 yards and two scores and Wilson ran for 84 yards on 24 totes. Wilson also caught six passes for 76 yards and two TDs. Javicz Jones led the Cru with eight tackles and Silvio Diaz added 3.0 sacks. UMHB held Wesley to minus-4 rushing yards and 290 yards of total offense.
Sottilare was 27 of 44 passing for 294 yards and three scores. Koudossou caught eight passes for 117 yards and Barile caught seven balls for 115. Wesley turned the ball over twice and gave up 320 yards of offense.
No. 5 Linfield 33, No. 10 Cal Lutheran 30
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – No. 5 Linfield and 10th-ranked Cal Lutheran slugged it out in steamy conditions at William Rolland Stadium Saturday before Josh Kay booted a 39-yard field goal with five seconds remaining to lift Linfield to a draining 33-30 victory.
Kay hit all four of his field-goal attempts, from 45, 35, 41 and 39 yards, and scored the game’s final six points.
Cal Lutheran (1-1), the reigning three-time champion of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, lost its fourth consecutive matchup with the Wildcats, including playoff defeats in each the last three seasons.
Tied at 10 at the intermission, the teams traded the lead five times, including four in the second half. As the heat took its toll on each defense, both teams produced big plays covering 40 yards or more.
The final stat sheet revealed just how close the two teams were. Linfield gained 438 yards to Cal Lutheran’s 436. Hill finished with 136 yards rushing. Inns passed for 298 yards but was sacked three times and intercepted twice.
No. 6 St. Thomas (Minn.) 43, St. John's (Minn.) 21
COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. -- The No. 6 St. Thomas (Minn.) defense held St. John's (Minn.) to 24 net rushing yards and made four second-half interceptions to help secure a 43-21 MIAC football road win Saturday.
A crowd of more than 14,000 fans watched No. 6-ranked St. Thomas (3-0 overall, 1-0) extend its regular-season victory streak to 27 games and its MIAC win streak to 20.
The Johnnies (2-1, 0-1) had a six-game win streak halted and had 60-year head coach John Gagliardi's 600th game at SJU end in defeat. The Tommies outscored St. John's 36-7 in the game's final 44:00 to build their first three-game win streak in the series since 1954-57.
SJU starting QB Connor Bruns threw for 316 yards but completed only 17 of 36 passes. St. John's had gone 10 quarters this season under Bruns without a turnover before he was picked four times in the game's final 24:00.
No. 7 Salisbury 69, N.C. Wesleyan 6
SALISBURY, Md. – No. 7 Salisbury forced five turnovers and limited North Carolina Wesleyan to 204 yards of offense in a 69-6 win at Sea Gull Stadium on Saturday.
Freshman slot Jerome Stanley led the Salisbury (2-1) rushing attack with 94 yards and one touchdown on eight carries while backup quarterback classmate John Dunbar rushed 12 times for 76 yards and three scores. The Sea Gulls piled up 341 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground.
The Sea Gulls' defense recovered three fumbles – with senior linebacker Matt McMurdo running one back for a touchdown – and picked off two passes, collected five sacks, 12 tackles for loss and blocked its second extra point of the season in dominating North Carolina Wesleyan (1-2).
No. 8 Wabash 35, Denison 2
GRANVILLE, Ohio -- The Wabash defense gave up a few yards but no points Saturday in a 35-2 North Coast Athletic Conference opener at Denison. The Little Giants picked off four passes and got to the Big Red quarterback seven times to stifle the hosts in their home opener. The No.8-ranked Little Giants won their second consecutive road contest.
The Big Red offense moved the ball at times but turned the ball over or succumbed to the Little Giants' smothering defense. Besides the four interceptions and seven sacks, Denison also fumbled the ball two times.
Sophomore linebacker Cody Buresh was credited with 11 tackles, a forced fumble and 3.5 quarterback sacks. Austin Hodges had his second straight two interception game while freshman Tyler McCullen had 2.5 sacks.
The Little Giants had a more effective running game Saturday with 126 yards as Porter's 50 yards topped five Wabash ball carriers. Denison accumulated 95 yards, with Sam Fioroni getting 82 of the total.
No. 9 St. John Fisher 20, Rochester 16
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Ninth-ranked St. John Fisher rallied to score two touchdowns in the fourth quarter as the Cardinals battled back to beat Rochester 20-16 at Fisher's Growney Stadium.
With the game tied at 14-14 with just under five minutes to go, kicker Alex Antonucci attempted a 32-yard field goal to give the Yellowjackets the lead.
Fisher's Mike Benderski, however, broke through the middle and blocked his second field goal of the game. Wade Kline scooped up the ball at his own 28 yard line and went down the right sideline for the 72-yard score.
The Yellowjackets blocked the ensuing extra point and Brendan Pidgeon returned the ball for the defensive two-point conversion to make it 20-16.