No. 1 Mount Union 58, Capital 3
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Top-ranked Mount Union forced six turnovers and held Capital to 144 total yards in an 58-3 Ohio Athletic Conference victory on a rainy Saturday at Bernlohr Stadium in Bexley.
The Purple Raiders (6-0, 5-0 OAC) extend the nation's longest winning streak to 21 games along with winning their 79th consecutive regular season game and 113th regular-season road win in a row.
Sophomore linebackers LeShawn Luke and Jonathan Gonnell each had a team-high 10 tackles while sophomore safety Alex Kocheff forced two fumbles and recovered two fumbles to lead Mount Union.
Raider quarterback Kevin Burke had a career rushing day as the junior ran for 157 yards on 14 carries with three touchdowns. Burke also tossed two touchdown passes as he threw for 176 yards to account for 333 of Mount Union's 551 yards of total offense.
Senior Jack Nicholls had three receptions for 86 yards and a touchdown, sophomore Mason Minnich had 86 yards rushing and had a touchdown reception and a touchdown rush while backup quarterback Taurice Scott rushed for two more scores in the fourth quarter.
The rest of the Raiders scoring came from a 32-yard field goal from Edward Ruhnke.
Mount Union scored on five of its eight first half posessions to take 31-0 lead at the half.
Capital (1-5, 1-4 OAC), which did not cross midfield until its first possession of the second half, avoided the shutout with a 36-yard field goal from Travis Bosanac.
Chase Longwell had 54 yards rushing to lead the Crusaders, who were held to -5 yards passing.
No. 2 Mary Hardin-Baylor 45, Louisiana College 34
BELTON, Texas -- Mary Hardin-Baylor overcame an early deficit with 28 consecutive points and then the Cru held off a late Louisiana College comeback in a 45-34 victory against the Wildcats on Saturday afternoon in Belton. UMHB improves to 6-0 overall and 2-0 in American Southwest Conference play with the victory. The loss drops Louisiana College to 4-2 overall and 2-1 in the ASC on the year.
Quarterback Zach Anderson finished 22-for-31 passing for UMHB and he set a new school record with 359 passing yards, breaking the previous mark of 333 set by LiDarral Bailey against Sul Ross State last season. Marcus Wimby caught five passes for 109 yards and a touchdown and Elijah Hudson finished with 20 rushes for 84 yards and two scores. Brodrick Crain led the UMHB defense with 13 tackles and Deshon Kinsey added 12 more.
Easton Melancon was 28-for-62 for 419 yards and four touchdowns for the Wildcats. Ryan Montague ran for 104 yards on 23 carries and added five catches for 135 yards and two scores. Kyle Galyon caught 10 passes for 93 yards and Ladarius Gardner added five grabs for 111 yards. Shaq Lewis and Dominic Graham led the LC defense with seven tackles apiece.
The Cru rolled up 540 yards of total offense. UMHB turned the ball over four times and was penalized nine times for 99 yards. Louisiana College recorded 409 passing yards and 476 yards of total offense. The Wildcats finished with two turnovers and four penalties for 45 yards.
UMHB stretched its regular-season winning streak to 40 consecutive victories. The Cru has also won 28 consecutive ASC contests and 61 of its last 62 league games.
No. 3 Linfield 51, Whitworth 17
SPOKANE, Wash. -- Linfield scored the first 31 points on the way to a convincing 51-17 Northwest Conference victory on Saturday at the Whitworth Pine Bowl, pushing its season record to 5-0 and assuring the third-ranked Wildcats of extending their own national all-divisions record to 58 consecutive winning seasons. Whitworth (2-5, 0-3 NWC) dropped its fifth consecutive contest after a 2-0 start.
Reserve tailback John Shaffer rushed for 65 yards and one touchdown and the Linfield defense held Whitworth scoreless during the first and fourth quarters.
Senior Josh Yoder completed 12 of 28 passes for 189 yards and one touchdown. In addition to the third-period interception – Linfield's lone turnover of the game – the Wildcats allowed Yoder to be sacked three times. Yoder also managed 50 yards rushing on 16 carries. Yarbrough gained another 57 yards, 53 of it on a touchdown scamper, helping the Wildcats pile up 219 yards on the ground and 408 total yards for the day.
Colin Nelson caught three passes for 75 yards and David Sigler had three receptions for 46 yards.
Defensively, Dominique Forrest recorded eight tackles, five of which were solo, and Kyle Wright added seven more stops. Jeremy Girod, Mike Nardoni and Michael MacClanathan all contributed five tackles. Poomahaelani and MacClanathan were each credited with 1.5 sacks.
No. 4 North Central (Ill.) 42, North Park 0
CHICAGO -- Posting its first defensive shutout in nearly a year, North Central remained unbeaten in the 2013 season on Saturday with a 42-0 victory against the North Park Vikings at the Holmgren Athletic Complex.
The fourth-ranked Cardinals (6-0, 3-0 College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin) racked up 35 points in the first half and coasted to the win, owning a 542-200 advantage in total yards, forcing three turnovers and stopping four fourth-down conversion attempts. It is North Central's first shutout since a 52-0 win against Illinois Wesleyan on Oct. 27 of last season.
Spencer Stanek completed 12 of 15 passes for 203 yards and two scores while also running for 39 yards on just three carries. Oshayne Brown was the Cardinals' top rusher with 65 yards on six attempts, while Zack Pattat ran 13 times for 58 yards and Ryan Kent gained 55 yards on five rushes. Chad O'Kane caught a team-high four passes for 47 yards.
Nick Slezak was North Central's top tackler with 10 total stops, while Richard Zirngibl and Cris Chacon each had six.
North Park quarterback T.D. Conway completed 11 of 30 passes for 130 yards, while tailback Marquis Magwood ran 18 times for 66 yards and also caught three passes for 13 yards. Bennett Dettlinger led the Vikings' defense with nine tackles.
No. 6 Wisconsin-Platteville 24, Wisconsin-Stevens Point 23
STEVENS POINT, Wis. -- Two touchdown catches by junior Trevor Whitehead allowed sixth-ranked Wisconsin-Platteville to squeak by Wisconsin-Stevens Point 24-23 on Sunday at Community Stadium.
The Pioneers improve to 6-0 and 3-0 in the WIAC for the first time since 1970, while the Pointers fall to 4-2 and 2-1 in league play.
Whitehead finished with 10 catches for 161 yards and two touchdowns, followed by Ryley Bailey with nine receptions for 88 yards. senior John Kelly completed 22 of 33 passes for 239 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Bryce Corrigan completed 7 of 13 for 56 yards.
Jacob Zilbar led the defense with a game-high 13 tackles with a pass breakup and an interception. Sophomore Andrew Belken totaled eight tackles followed by Devon Vance and Kevin Yabarra with seven apiece.
No. 7 Wisconsin-Whitewater 42, Wisconsin-Eau Claire 0
WHITEWATER, Wis. -- Wisconsin-Whitewater rolled against conference opponent Wisconsin-Eau Claire by a score of 42-0 on Friday evening at Perkins Stadium.
The Warhawk offense tallied a total of 481 yards while the defense held the Blugolds to only 136 yards. Jordan Ratliffe and Booker Rosscombined for 32 carries, 256 yards and two touchdowns. Through the air, Matt Behrendt was an efficient 30-38 for 224 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. On the receiving end, Justin Howard led the way with eight catches for 59 yards and Jake Kumerow caught five passes for 39 yards with three touchdowns.
The Warhawks are now 6-0 (3-0 WIAC) on the year a keeping a clean 4-0 mark at Perkins Stadium. With the loss, the Blugolds fall to 0-6 (0-3 WIAC).
Dylan Morang picked off a pass for Whitewater, and Cole Klotz led the Warhawks with seven tackles.
No. 8 Bethel 28, No. 12 St. Thomas (Minn.) 21
ARDEN HILLS, Minn. -- Bethel conquered its fourth consecutive MIAC opponent Saturday at Royal Stadium -- topping St. Thomas (Minn.) in dramatic fashion 28-21 to remain the only undefeated team in the league. The No. 8-ranked Royals (6-0, 4-0 MIAC) overcame a 21-14 deficit against the No. 12-ranked Tommies (4-2, 2-2 MIAC) in the fourth quarter to take down the 2012 NCAA Division III runner up.
The Royals jumped out to a 14-0 lead at the half, but the Tom's scored 21 unanswered points in the third quarter to take the 21-14 lead. Bethel's squad never quit, though, as the BU defense kept UST scoreless in the final 20 minutes of the game. Meanwhile, Erik Peterson and Co. rallied for two touchdowns in the final quarter to upend the Tommies by a touchdown.
The Royals recorded 352 yards of offense against a St. Thomas defense that allowed 214 yards per game coming into Saturday. Erik Peterson completed 20-of-29 passes for 262 yards, while Bethel's backs finished with 90 yards rushing. Six different receivers caught a pass for BU, with Mitch Hallstrom receiving nine passes for 96 yards and Jay Hilbrands catching five passes for 59 yards and a touchdown.
Bethel's defense held Tommie quarterback Alex Fenske to just 155 yards on 15-of-28 passing. Altogether, the Royals allowed 352 yards—the same about they themselves finished with. Jake Kaiser carried the ball 32 times for 140 yards and a touchdown.
Senior linebacker Seth Mathis paced a stingy BU defense—finishing with 16 tackles, which included seven solo and one for a loss, three pass breakups, and one forced fumble and recovery. J.D. Mehlhorn ended Saturday's contest with 13 tackles and two pass breakups, while Ben Wahlquist and David Morgan each forced a Tommie turnover. Bethel has forced 13 turnovers in the past three competitions.
No. 9 Wisconsin-Oshkosh 41, Wisconsin-River Falls 13
RIVER FALLS, Wis. -- Cole Myhra ran for four touchdowns during Wisconsin-Oshkosh's 41-13 victory at Wisconsin-River Falls on Saturday.
The Falcons (0-6/0-3 WIAC) scored two minutes into the game and then on the final play of the contest. For the middle 57 minutes, it was all UW-Oshkosh. The Titans tallied 41 consecutive points en route to their 18th consecutive regular-season win. UW-Oshkosh has also captured 13 road games in a row during the regular season.
The Titans picked off Ryan Kusilek four times -- their most in a contest since 2007.
Myhra, who is averaging 26 touches per game, rushed 27 times for 154 yards. Nick Olla completed 17 of 28 passes for 279 yards, while Voss topped his squad with six catches for 86 yards.
The Titans and Falcons combined for 173 offensive plays, with UW-Oshkosh winning the total yardage battle, 520-461.
UW-Oshkosh received nine tackles from Reese Dziedzic and six stops (one sack) from Ryan Stefaniak. Mike Gehling and Luke Radke each recorded 11 tackles for the Falcons.
No. 10 Heidelberg 35, Otterbein 17
WESTERVILLE, Ohio -- Junior running back Cartel had a record-setting performance to lead Heidelberg (6-0, 5-0 OAC) to a 35-17 win against Otterbein. He finished with 337 yards and five touchdowns, both single-game records for the Student Princes.
His 35th carry of the game, a 38-yard touchdown rush, broke Jeff Brock’s single-game rushing record of 301 yards set in 1999. His fifth touchdown breaks a record held by himself and five others.
The 21st Rhine River Classic was a tense contest, unlike Heidelberg’s first five games which were largely decided before halftime.
Heidelberg quarterback Michael Mees only had to complete six passes in the 35-point outburst, throwing for 103 yards and no touchdowns.
Mitchell Kelly led the Student Princes defense with 12 tackles while Ben Poirier had two sacks. As a team, the Student Princes sacked Otterbein quarterbacks Ben Sizemore and Brick Davis seven times.