No. 1 Mount Union 48, Otterbein 0
ALLIANCE, Ohio -- No. 1 ranked Mount Union held Otterbein to 37 yards on 37 plays in a 48-0 Ohio Athletic Conference victory on Saturday at Mount Union Stadium.
The Purple Raiders (7-0, 6-0 OAC) extend the nation's longest winning streak to 22 games, won their 80th consecutive regular season game and 71st consecutive home game.
Otterbein (3-4, 3-3 OAC) had one first down and crossed midfield only once and that was on its first possesion.
Mount Union entered the day with the nation's top-ranked defense and held the Cardinals to five passing yards for the game. Sophomore linebacker Jonathan Gonell had a team-high six tackles as the unit had three sacks along with an interception from senior Mike Maier.
The Raiders also blocked two punts -- the first was blocked and recovered in the endzone by sophomore Alex Kocheff. Kocheff also recovered the second block which was blocked by junior Cody Pogorelc.
Mount Union rushed for 290 yards as junior quarterback Kevin Burke had 71 yards rushing on 13 carries. Freshman Bradley Mitchell had 69 yards and a touchdown in his first college start while Logan Nemeth and Mason Minnich each had rushing touchdowns.
Burke completed just five passes but three of them went for touchdowns. He hit junior wide receiver Luc Meacham on a 67-yard touchdown pass on the second play of the game -- the longest play of the year for the Raiders. Meacham would catch one more as he had 73 yards receiving and Brian Gainer got the other touchdown catch.
No. 2 Mary Hardin-Baylor 63, Hardin-Simmons 7
ABILENE, Texas -- Mary Hardin-Baylor scored in every facet of the game as the Cru rolled to a 63-7 victory against Hardin-Simmons on Saturday afternoon in Abilene. UMHB improves to 7-0 overall and 3-0 in American Southwest Conference play with the win. The loss drops the Cowboys to 3-4 overall and 2-2 in ASC play.
The Cru took a 7-0 lead on Zach Anderson's 42-yard touchdown run with 9:00 left in the first quarter and stretched it to a 14-0 on a nine-yard run from Anderson with 14:21 left in the second. Hardin-Simmons would score its only points on Josh Christian's 39-yard scoring pass to Bryce Johnson 4:11 later to cut it to 14-7, but UMHB answered with an 11-play, 67-yard drive capped by Elijah Hudson's nine-yard run with 1:12 remaining to take a 21-7 halftime lead.
Baylor Mullins intercepted a Christian pass and returned it 23 yards for a score to make it 28-7 UMHB, Jake Sims added a five-yard TD toss to Kamray Runnels and Caleb Moore scored on a seven-yard run as the Cru opened up a 42-7 lead at the end of the third quarter. Chris Wimby returned a punt 71 yards for a score, Moore chipped in a one-yard scoring run and Tim Bower blocked a punt, scooped it up and returned it 12-yards for the final score to make it 63-7.
Elijah Hudson finished with 122 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries as UMHB rushed for 294 yards in the game. Chris Wimby finished with 142 yards on six punt returns and Hunter Schmidt had two receptions for 33 yards for the Cru. Baylor Mullins led the UMHB defense with nine tackles and the interception return for a score. Teidrick Smith added two sacks and an interception.
Josh Christian finished 15-for-37 through the air for 147 yards and he was picked off three times. Tevin Mitchell entered the game as the leading rusher in the ASC but was held to just 38 yards on 23 carries. Jessie Ramos caught five passes for 32 yards for the Cowboys.
UMHB rolled up 294 rushing yards and 348 yards of total offense while dominating the field position battle. The Cowboys managed just 180 yards of total offense, with 20 of those coming on the ground. Both teams turned the ball over three times in the game.
The Cru has won 41 consecutive regular season games and 29 consecutive ASC contests. The team has also won 12 in a row against Hardin-Simmons.
No. 3 Linfield 84, Lewis & Clark 7
MCMINNVILLE, Ore. -- On a record-setting autumn afternoon at Maxwell Field, third-ranked Linfield piled up yards and points against the Lewis & Clark Pioneers, rolling to an 84-7 Northwest Conference victory.
Setting team records for points in a single game (84), a half (56), and a quarter (42), the Wildcats also equaled club marks for touchdowns (12) and longest interception return (99 yards by Skylor Elgarico) on their way to securing the program's record 29th consecutive conference victory.
Linfield quarterback Josh Yoder passed for 176 yards and two touchdowns in the first half, Josh Hill punched in two short TDs, and Brian Balsiger caught four passes for 80 yards and two scores for the high-powered Wildcats (6-0, 3-0 NWC). Linfield scored on 10 consecutive possessions.
The win marked the widest margin of victory in the long-standing Northwest rivalry that dates to 1901, surpassing the previous margin of 66 points set in 2007.
Five quarterbacks saw action for the ‘Cats and together they rushed for 158 of Linfield's 351 yards on the ground.
Linebacker Louie Colasurdo was credited with seven solo tackles and Curtis Terry had five stops off the bench to power the Linfield defense, which contained Lewis & Clark to 186 total yards and just 42 yards on the ground.
No. 4 North Central (Ill.) 72, Carthage 20
NAPERVILLE, Ill. -- North Central lit up the Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium scoreboard on Saturday with a frantic first-half scoring barrage and pulling away for a 72-20 victory against Carthage.
The fourth-ranked Cardinals (7-0, 4-0 College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin) wasted no time putting their stamp on the contest, owning a 55-0 lead by halftime on the way to the sixth-highest single-game point total in program history and the most points scored by either team in 58 previous meetings.
North Central finished with a 528-151 advantage in total yards, limiting the Red Men to the sixth-lowest single-game output by a Cardinal opponent since 2000. The Cardinals gained 312 yards on the ground, led by the 128 garnered by Denzel Thompson on just four carries and the 97 gained by Kent on five attempts. Spencer Stanek completed 12 of 17 passes for 218 yards, throwing five times to Peter Sorenson for 57 yards. With 11 career touchdown catches, Sorenson is now tied with Hank Johnston for the eighth-most all-time at North Central.
The Cardinals' defense totaled 12 tackles for loss and five quarterback sacks while forcing two turnovers and 11 Carthage punts. Alex Tripp and Nick Boesso led North Central with five tackles each, and Tripp also turned in 2.5 tackles for loss. Trey Hartema intercepted his first pass of the season and Adam Szudarski forced a fumble which was recovered by John Focosi.
No. 5 Wisconsin-Whitewater 17, No. 9 Wisconsin-Oshkosh 14
OSHKOSH, Wis. -- Wisconsin-Whitewater, ranked fifth in the country, remained unbeaten as a fourth quarter score put it up 17-14 to defeat ninth ranked Wisconsin-Oshkosh. The Warhawks improve to 7-0 (4-0 WIAC) while the Titans (6-1, 3-1 WIAC) suffered their first loss of the year. This is UW-W's tenth win in the past 11 meetings between the pair.
Booker Ross scored the game winning touchdown on an 18-yard run in the fourth quarter, set up by a Jordan Ratliffe 56 yard rush, the longest rush by a Warhawk this season.
UW-W's defense was stout, holding the Titans to season lows in rushing (125), passing (219) and points (17), tying the largest amount of points allowed by Whitewater this year.
Matt Behrendt was 22-40 for 236 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions on the day while Ratliffe ran for 126 yards, his second 100-yard game of the season. On the receiving end, Jake Kumerow had nine catches for a 135 yards and Joe Worth caught six passes for 47 yards and the lone receiving touchdown for the Warhawks.
No. 6 Hobart 35, Rensselaer 13
GENEVA, N.Y. -- Sixth-ranked Hobart scored 35 unanswered points on its way to a 35-13 Liberty League win against Rensselaer at Boswell Field on Saturdayu. The Statesmen used a balanced offense attack to produce 215 yards on the ground and 194 through the air, outgaining the Engineers by nearly 200 yards (409-216).
Hobart (6-0, 4-0) had a season-high 23 first downs while RPI managed just eight. The Statesmen also dominated time of possession, holding on to the ball for a season-high 40:25, more than 10 minutes longer than their previous high. Hobart also played well on third down, converting eight of 17, and limiting the Engineers to four of 12.
Junior quarterback Patrick Conlan completed a season-high 16 passes on a season-high 27 attempts for 191 yards and a season-high three touchdowns for the Statesmen. He spread the ball around, completing passes to eight different receivers. Junior Troy Robinson had three catches for a team-high 45 yards. Senior Yosh Karbowniczak and junior John Fasano each registered three receptions for 35 yards. Junior tight end Mike Berkowitz finished with a pair of TD receptions and 24 yards.
On the ground, Hobart got a game-high 129 yards and two touchdowns from senior running back Steven Webb. It is his 13th career 100-yard game and came on a season-high 23 carries.
The Statesmen defense was once again strong without any one player putting up huge numbers. Junior defensive end Tyre Coleman led the team with six tackles, including one for loss and forced a fumble. Junior tackle Troy Johnson was second with four stops. Senior Jolyon Davis and first-year Gabriel Smith each recorded an interception.
Coupled with Springfield's 21-20 win against St. Lawrence, the Statesmen are alone in first place in the Liberty League.
No. 7 Wisconsin-Platteville 59, Wisconsin-Stout 35
PLATTEVILLE, Wis. -- Wisconsin-Platteville and Wisconsin-Stout combined for 1,006 total yards of offense, but the Pioneer defense forced four turnovers to help outlast the Blue Devils 59-35 on Saturday at Ralph E. Davis Pioneer Stadium.
The Pioneers (7-0, 4-0 WIAC) totaled 561 total yards of offense, while the Blue Devils (2-5, 0-4 WIAC) tallied 445.
Junior Trevor Whitehead tied a Pioneer single-game record with three touchdown catches as he ended the day with six receptions for 47 yards.
John Kelly threw for 330 yards with five touchdowns and used his legs, adding 79 rushing yards. Ryley Bailey recorded his third 100-plus receiving yard game of the season with eight catches for 108 yards. Paul Reit and Russell Martin each tallied 73 receiving yards. Junior Andy Puccini was the Pioneers leading rusher with 81 yards and a touchdown. Lee Vlasak ended up with 72 yards rushing and three touchdowns (two rushing and one receiving). Defensively, Yoel Wonsey recorded a team-best 10 tackles and recovered a fumble. Rob Austin finished his day with five tackles, two interceptions and three pass breakups.
UW-Stout's Adolfo Pacheco rushed for 194 yards on 28 carries and three touchdowns. Hank Kujak totaled 262 yards passing, but threw three inceptions to go with his two touchdown passes.
No. 8 Bethel (Minn.) 41, Gustavus Adolphus 17
ARDEN HILLS, Minn. -- Coming into Saturday's tilt against Gustavus Adolphus, Bethel was outscoring opponents 134-42 in the first half, but BU took a different approach in this week's MIAC affair. Leading just 13-10 at the midway mark; the Royals (7-0, 5-0 MIAC) used a 28-7 margin in the second half to defeat the Golden Gusties (4-3, 2-3 MIAC) on their home soil, 41-17.
Bethel quarterback Erik Peterson continued his efficient aerial attack—completing 17 of 25 passes for 188 yards and two touchdowns, which included a 35-yard touchdown to Hallstrom on the opening possession of the game.
Brandon Marquardt finished the game with 77 yards on 15 carries via the ground, which led the Bethel rushing attack that ended with 164 yards on 33 carries.
The Royals' defense held Gustavus running back, Jeffrey Dubose, to 83 yards on 23 carries, which was nearly 60 yards shy of his season average. Coming into Saturday, Dubose was averaging 140.8 yards per game and 5.5 yards per carry. Additionally, Bethel intercepted Mitch Hendricks three times, opposed to just one BU turnover. The Royals are now plus-13 on the season in takeaway margin.