No. 1 Mount Union 62, Wilmington (Ohio) 0
ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Top-ranked Mount Union shut out Wilmington 62-0 on Saturday night at Mount Union Stadium in Alliance.
The Purple Raiders (5-0, 4-0 OAC) extended the nation's longest winning streak to 20 games, posted their 78th consecutive regular season win and 70th consecutive home win.
Once again Mount Union had an impressive performance on both sides of the football as the Raiders outgained the Quakers 642-95.
Mount Union junior quarterback Kevin Burke led the attack on offense as accounted for 310 of those yards and six total touchdowns. Burke was 12 of 18 passing for 209 yards and four touchdowns while rushing for 111 yards with two touchdowns on the ground.
The Raiders grinded out 425 net rushing yards and aside from Burke, freshman B.J. Mitchell had his first 100-yard performance with 105 yards on five carries with a touchdown. Sophomore Mason Minnich had 99 yards with a touchdown as well.
Sophomore Brian Gainer was the top receiver with 70 yards on four catches with a touchdown while junior Luc Meacham, senior Sherman Wilkinson and junior Ryan Lazear each caught touchdown passes.
The defense posted its first shutout on the season and dominated as Wilmington (0-5, 0-4 OAC) did not cross midfield for the game with its longest single drive being just 24 yards.
No. 4 North Central (Ill.) 55, Millikin 7
NAPERVILLE, Ill. -- Carrying over its momentum from last week's win, No. 4 North Central (Ill.) left no doubt in its Saturday evening encounter with Millikin, quickly establishing a comfortable lead and cruising to a 55-7 victory against the Big Blue at Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium.
North Central found the end zone three times in the first period and owned a 41-0 lead at halftime before allowing its younger players to close out the win.
North Central quarterback Spencer Stanek broke his own single-game school record for completion percentage, connecting on 15 of 16 passing attempts (93.8 percent). He got the rout started by throwing three first-quarter touchdown passes, the first of which was a 40-yard strike down the middle to A.J. Thomas on the game's first possession.
North Central defensive back Shane Dierking snagged his fifth interception of the season on the next drive, returning the ball 44 yards to set up North Central's next score just four plays later. Stanek found Thomas for a second time, this time from five yards out, and the Cardinals owned a 20-0 advantage at the end of the opening quarter.
Dierking is now tied with Josh McLeod for second place in North Central history with 13 career interceptions. He is two picks shy of tying Norman Robinson '00 for the career record.
The Cardinals owned a 550-212 advantage in total yards, gaining 318 yards on the ground. North Central owned a 33:14-26:46 advantage in time of possession and converted 8 of 12 third-down attempts. The Cardinals' defense managed 12 tackles for loss and four quarterback sacks, with Michael Monterrubio and Alex Ibarra each recovering fumbles.
No. 5 Hobart 49, Springfield 21
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Hobart outrushed the Liberty League's top rushing offense on its way to a 49-21 conference win at Springfield on Saturday. The Statesmen rushed for 323 yards and six touchdowns while limiting the Pride to 248 yards rushing, more than 80 yards below its season average.
Senior running back Steven Webb gained 203 yards rushing and scored three touchdowns to lead Hobart, which is ranked No. 5 by the AFCA. He carried the ball 17 times, averaging 11.9 yards per carry. Webb scored on runs of 25, 21, and 61 yards. Junior fullback Dominique Ellis added 68 yards on the ground and a touchdown.
Sophomore linebacker Trayvon Toney paced the Hobart defense with a game-high 11 tackles. The race to break the Hobart career tackles for loss record got a little tighter. Junior defensive end Tyre Coleman had two takedowns behind the line of scrimmage on Saturday to raise his career total to 54.5, 2.5 behind senior linebacker Devin Worthington, who was credited with half a tackle for loss. Worthington is just two off the record of 59 set by Rob Gould '01.
The Statesmen (5-0, 3-0) held Springfield's leading rusher, Joe Morreno (117.4 yards per game), to 11 yards rushing. Louis Fenaroli produced a team-high 70 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries. Kenny Calaj and Mike Dublin shared team-high honors with seven tackles each for the Pride.
No. 6 Wisconsin-Platteville 49, Wisconsin-River Falls 7
RIVER FALLS, Wis. -- Wisconsin-Platteville used a 28-0 halftime lead to cruise past Wisconsin-River Falls 49-7 at Ramer Field on Sunday in River Falls, Wis.
The Pioneers improve to 5-0 and 2-0 in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) for first time since 1976, while the Falcons fall to 0-5 and 0-2 in conference play.
John Kelly ended the day with four passing touchdowns for a 379 yards. Senior Paul Reit caught 13 of Kelly's 41 passes for 193 yards and a touchdown. Fellow senior Ryley Bailey hauled in nine passes for 109 yards and a touchdown, while Trevor Whitehead had two of his three receptions go for touchdowns. Vlasak finished the afternoon with 80 yards rushing and Andy Puccini recorded 52 rushing yards on 10 carries.
Defensively, sophomore Andrew Belken recorded a game-high 12 tackles including two tackles for a loss, a sack, a forced fumble and a recovered fumble. Junior Jacob Zilbar totaled nine tackles while Yoel Wonsey recorded eight tackles with one for a one-yard loss.
No. 7 Wisconsin-Whitewater 55, Wisconsin-Stout 13
WHITEWATER, Wis. -- Wisconsin-Whitewater used a school record six touchdown passes by Matt Behrendt to up its record to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference with a 55-13 win against Wisconsin-Stout Saturday afternoon at Perkins Stadium in Whitewater. It is the Warhawks thirteenth consecutive win against the Blue Devils, dating back to the 2001 season.
Whitewater finished with 561 yards, Stout 338. UW-Whitewater had 208 yards rushing, averaging 5.2 yards per carry. Stout was limited to 2.4 yards per rushing attempt.
Behrendt went 21 of 30 for 333 yards, with no interceptions. His six touchdown passes breaks the mark of five, previously accomplished seven times, the most recent Jeff Donovan against Midland University in 2009. Kumerow was Behrendt's favorite target, hauling in seven passes for 226 yards and the three touchdowns. Ross led both teams with 80 yards rushing on twelve carries. Stout QB Hank Kujak went 22 of 45 for 232 yards, with no interceptions or touchdowns. Brian Alvarez caught seven balls for 89 yards for UW-Stout. Grayvold topped UW-Whitewater defenders with six tackles, plus two tackles for a loss and the forced fumble. Defensive back Tyler Naatz led the Blue Devils with six tackles.
UW-Stout is 2-3 overall, 0-2 in the WIAC.
No. 8 Bethel 45, Concordia-Moorhead 22
MOORHEAD, Minn. -- Bethel forced seven turnovers and recorded more than 500 yards of offense to emerge victorious in Saturday's showdown of the final unbeaten teams within the MIAC. The Royals (5-0, 3-0 MIAC) held the Cobbers (4-1, 2-1 MIAC) to 366 total yards and 22 points in the 45-22 triumph.
Bethel's balanced rushing attack went for 224 yards and five touchdowns. Brandon Marquardt finished with 123 yards on 16 carries, while Marshall Klitzke rushed for 103 yards on 16 carries. Both Marquardt and Klitzke tallied a rushing touchdown, while Jesse Phenow crossed the pylon twice in the red zone.
Erik Peterson finished the day 18 of 27 with two touchdowns in the air and one on the ground. Meanwhile, Peterson didn't throw one interception, but found seven different receivers. Mitch Hallstrom caught eight passes for 171 yards and a touchdown, while Jay Hilbrands recorded four catches for 60 yards.
Seth Mathis led Bethel's hard-nosed defense with 14 tackles on the day and an interception that he returned for eight yards. Ben Wahlquist recorded 11 tackles, while Landon Mathis finished with six tackles, including a sack for a three-yard loss, and a forced fumble and recovery. Luke Buttenhoff forced two Concordia fumbles and Ben Hanson one, while Seth Mathis and Mark Torppey each had an interception. In all, the Royals finished with seven forced turnovers and zero turnovers themselves.
No. 9 Wisconsin-OshKosh 30, Wisconsin-La Crosse 6
OSHKOSH, Wis. -- Wisconsin-Oshkosh's defense recorded six sacks and three takeaways during a 30-6 Homecoming victory against Wisconsin-La Crosse on Saturday at J. J. Keller Field at Titan Stadium.
The Titans (5-0/2-0 WIAC) won for the 20th time in their past 21 games. UW-Oshkosh has captured 11 consecutive WIAC contests for the third-longest streak since 1957.
Ryan Stefaniak led the defensive onslaught with 10 tackles (nine solo) and a sack. Cody Huemmer posted 2.5 sacks, while Dexter Charles knocked down two passes and sacked the quarterback twice.
Each team drove for a field goal on its opening series. UW-La Crosse's scoring drive featured a 36-yard reception by Jeff Haffemann.
Olla finished with 17 of 24 passing for 157 yards. Myhra booked 75 yards on five catches and 65 yards on 13 rushes. The Titans also had Kasuboski mark 64 receiving yards and Wipperfurth 59 rushing.
Both squads converted 2 of 14 third downs. UW-Oshkosh owned a 369-173 edge in total yards, while the Titans held UW-La Crosse to 33 rushing yards on 33 attempts.
The Eagles were led by Haffemann's four receptions for 70 yards. Andy Sires totaled 90 yards on 8 of 21 throws before Trent Cummings went 5 of 10 for 50 yards. Jude Williams topped the run game with 10 carries for 27 yards.
UW-La Crosse's defense made seven tackles for loss, including two sacks by Andrew Walsh. Jay Wussow paced the unit with nine stops.
No. 10 Heidelberg 73, Capital 17
TIFFIN, Ohio -- On Saturday, Heidelberg walloped Capital 73-17.
The No. 10 Student Princes scored on every possession, except the final drive of the game.
Cartel Brooks tied a school record with four touchdowns and freshman Nick DeLisa had 151 return yards, including a 92-yard touchdown on the game’s opening kickoff.
Mitchell Kelly led the Heidelberg defense with 11 tackles, including two for loss. The Student Princes forced four sacks against the triple-option offense of Capital.
The 73 points were the most by Heidelberg since 1950. Coach Paul Hoernemann’s squad upended Capital 75-0 that season.