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No. 10 West Chester off to best start since 1967

CHEYNEY, Pa. -- Andrew Derr went 13-of-23 for 293 yards and three touchdowns, and Rondell White rushed for 103 yards and two scores as No. 10 West Chester defeated PSAC East rival Cheyney 66-14 on Saturday afternoon at O'Shields-Stevenson Stadium.

West Chester (9-0, 6-0 PSAC East) scored 42 points after halftime to improve to 9-0 for the first time since 1967 while Cheyney (0-9, 0-6) is still in search of its first win on the year.

Erick Brundidge caught a 67-yard TD pass in the second quarter, and Tim Keyser hauled in a 21-yard score a little later in the frame to help stake the visitors to a 24-7 lead by the break. Brundidge, who finished with four catches for 104 yards, snared a 25-yard touchdown pass late in the third quarter.

White scored on a six-yard run with four seconds remaining in the opening quarter, and then he scampered into the end zone from five yards out early in the third quarter that extended West Chester's lead to 31-7, before sitting down for the day.

No. 1 Minnesota State-Mankato 45, Wayne State (Neb.) 3

MANKATO, Minn. -- Minnesota State-Mankato football clicked on all cylinders Saturday afternoon as it finished its regular-season home schedule with a 45-3 win against the Wayne State (Neb.) Wildcats.

With the win, the Mavericks improved to 9-0 on the season and a perfect 5-0 in the NSIC South Division. With the loss, the Wildcats fell to 2-7 on the season, including a 1-4 record in NSIC South Division action.

MSU has now won 20 consecutive NSIC games dating back to the start of the 2012 season, including a perfect 5-0 record at home this season.

As a team the Mavericks tallied 456 yards of total offense, including 251 rushing yards, while limiting WSC to 176 total yards of offense, including 49 rushing yards.

Senior Jon Wolf led the way for the Maverick offense as he posted 111 rushing yards and two touchdowns, 159 passing yards and a touchdown and a 46-yard touchdown catch. Senior Dennis Carter, who posted 55 receiving yards on the day, also threw the 46-yard touchdown pass to Wolf.

Sophomore Justin Otto notched a team-high 10 tackles, including one tackle for a loss. Senior Chris Schaudt added 1.5 sacks for a total loss of 16 yards, while sophomore Patrick Schmidt and junior Kelend Smith each posted one interception.

The MSU defense limited the Wildcats to 49 rushing yards and 127 yards through the air. It also forced seven WSC punts.

No. 2 Northwest Missouri State 52, No. 8 Washburn 21

MARYVILLE, Mo. -- Northwest Missouri State senior quarterback Trevor Adams put up big numbers on Saturday in the Bearcats’ 52-21 victory against previously unbeaten and eighth-ranked Washburn.

Adams completed 23 of 27 passes for 306 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. Nine different receivers caught passes in the game, with Rueben Thomas leading in yardage with 62. Billy Creason led the Bearcats in rushing with 77 yards. Brady Bolles also contributed two touchdowns on the ground and Robert Burton had 76 yards.

Second-ranked 2 Northwest improved to 9-0 overall and 8-0 in the MIAA.

No. 3 Colorado State-Pueblo 34, Colorado Mesa 6

PUEBLO, Colo. -- Colorado State-Pueblo's defense outdueled one of the top defensive units in the nation in a 34-6 victory against Colorado Mesa on Saturday night.

Stephen Dickens led the way with a forced Maverick fumble on the first play from scrimmage to set up a ThunderWolves' touchdown less than two minutes into the game.

The story offensively for the ThunderWolves came from the rush attack led by Chris Ashe. Ashe finished with 170 yards and two touchdowns on the night, while emerging weapon Darius Millines contributed 99 yards and a touchdown out of the wildcat formation. Chris Bonner threw three interceptions in the game, compared to just one touchdown to tight end DaVaughn Thornton

No. 4 Henderson Space 37, Arkansas-Monticello 21

MONTICELLO, Ark. -- Henderson State used five first-half interceptions to beat Arkansas-Monticello 37-21 on Saturday.

With the win, coupled with Southern Arkansas' win against Ouachita Baptist, Henderson State clinched at least a share of the Great American Conference title. It is Henderson's third league title in the past four years.

With the Reddie offense struggling, it was the defense that stepped to forefront as UAM managed 69 yards in the first half.

The defense made its presence known on UAM's first series as Christian Love picked off a Cody Trimble pass at the UAM 45 to set up Henderson's first score.

The Reddie offense had its lowest output of the season as Henderson totaled just 346 yards including 194 yards passing.

Kevin Rodgers was limited to 21-of-34 passing for 194 yards with Darius Davis leading the Reddie receivers with 78 yards on seven receptions. Davis eclipsed the 1,000-yard receiving mark and became the third receiver in HSU history to reach that plateau.

McCoy led the Reddie ground game having 16 carries for 93 yards and two touchdowns.

No. 6 Minnesota-Duluth 57, Minnesota-Crookston 3

DULUTH, Minn. -- Minnesota-Duluth found the end zone on each of its first six possessions Saturday afternoon to take a 42-0 second-quarter lead and went on to crush Minnesota-Crookston 57-3 in the Bulldogs' regular-season home finale.

The Bulldogs got touchdowns from seven different players in the victory, their eighth consecutive against the Golden Eagles and their 34th triumph in 36 lifetime Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference North Division games.

Fittingly, four seniors -- tight ends Pat Alexander and Jeremy Reierson, wide out Austin Selvick, and starting linebacker (turned temporary fullback) Nate Zuk --  caught touchdown passes on the team's annual senior day and fifth-year Bulldog Brent Jorgensen threw his first scoring strike as a collegian. Freshman quarterback Drew Bauer completed 12 of 14 passes for 141 yards and a career-high four touchdowns in a little under two quarters of work. Sophomore running back Logan Lauters (a one-yard run) and junior wide receivers Zach Zweifel (33-yard pass from Bauer) and Aaron Roth (six-yard pass from Bauer) also scored a  touchdown while redshirt freshman Tyler McLaughlin (two) and junior Alex Brown (one), UMD's primary punter, combined for three field goals.

UMD, which improves to 8-1 on the year, held the 2-7 Golden Eagles to six first downs and 107 yards of total offense. Freshman defensive end Jake Lambrecht came off the bench to figure in on a team-leading eight total tackles while freshmen linebacker Beau Bates and Ben McDonald each were credited with four stops. Linebacker Colby Ring had four tackles to move into sixth place on UMD's career charts (261 stops).

In addition to giving up 87 yards of passing offense (including just seven yards in the second half), UMD sacked Golden Eagle quarterbacks Kyle Larson and Nathan Cole three times and racked up five quarterback hurries.

No. 7 Pittsburg State 70, Northwestern Oklahoma State 0

PITTSBURG, Kan. — Quarterback Tony Abenoja tossed touchdown passes of 40 and 76 yards to wide receiver John Brown on Pittsburg State's first two offensive plays to lead the Gorillas to a 70-0 win against Northwestern Oklahoma State on Saturday.

Abenoja completed 10 of 12 passes for 256 yards and four touchdowns in one half of action as Pitt State (8-1) built a 56-0 halftime cushion before 8,467 fans at Brandenburg Field/Carnie Smith Stadium.

Brown, who climbed into eighth place in MIAA history in career receiving yards, finished the game with four catches for 132 yards. He now has 174 receptions for 3,136 yards.

Jeff Seybold, Jr. also carried the ball 10 times for 125 yards and three touchdowns against the Rangers, scoring on runs of two and nine yards in the first quarter as well as a five-yard run in the second period.

In all, Pitt State compiled 634 yards of total offense in the contest -- 360 yards on the ground and 274 yards through the air.

Brian Poston rushed six times for 89 yards, including a 52-yard third-quarter scoring run. Backup quarterbacks Ramsey Hamilton and Darrack Harger both added touchdown runs.

Gavin Lutman and Conner Combes added scoring catches from Abenoja in Pitt State's 28-point second quarter.

No. 9 Shepherd 45, Glenville State 19

GLENVILLE, W.Va. -- Redshirt-freshman running back Jabre Lolley rushed 17 times for 87 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead Shepherd to a 45-19 win against Glenville State in MEC action at Ike and Sue Morris Stadium on Saturday.

Redshirt-freshman quarterback Jeff Ziemba connected on 15-of-24 passes for 180 yards for the Rams. Sean Steele completed 10-of-23 passes for 95 yards for the Pioneers.

Sophomore running back Allen Cross rushed for 99 yards on 22 carries to lead the Rams. Rahmann Lee had 22 carries for a game-high 148 yards for the Pioneers.

Shepherd gained 390 yards of total offense, while Glenville State had 237. Glenville State had 137 rushing yards to become the first team to rush for more than 100 yards against the Rams this season.

Dominique Dixon recorded 11 tackles to lead the Rams. Elijah Sala had nine tackles to lead the Pioneers.

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