COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio Dominican's offense generated a school-record 727 yards and the defense shut down Lake Erie's top-ranked offensive attack as the Panthers recorded a 62-21 win against the Storm on Saturday at Panther Field.
ODU stretched its unbeaten streak to 14 consecutive games, the longest in DII, and improved to 9-0 (8-0 GLIAC).
ODU rushed for 345 yards and threw for 382, breaking the school record of 702 yards against Campbellsville in 2007. The Panthers averaged 10.1 yards per play, also a school record, and averaged 7.8 yards per carry.
Lake Erie (3-7, 2-6 GLIAC) entered Saturday ranked No. 1 in the nation in total offense at more than 577 yards per game, but the Panthers limited the Storm to just 395 yards, including 176 in the first half. Lake Erie averaged more than 270 yards per game rushing entering play but ODU kept the Storm to just 92 yards on 42 carries, an average of 2.2 yards per carry.
Junior quarterback Mark Miller had a banner afternoon, completing 19 of 26 passes for 370 yards and four touchdowns. Two receivers surpassed 100 yards on the day, led by sophomore Dez Stewart with seven grabs for 174 yards and two touchdowns and junior Abe Johnson added eight catches for 127 yards.
On the ground, senior Mark Nichols picked up 142 yards on just 11 carries (school-record 12.9 per carry) and two scores, senior Ronnel Spates added 118 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries, and sophomore Brandon Schoen finished with 83 yards.
No. 1 Minnesota State-Mankato 52, Sioux Falls 17
SiOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Minnesota State-Mankato claimed its 10th win of the season by beating Sioux Falls 52-17 on Saturday.
With the win, the undefeated Mavericks have claimed at least a share of the overall NSIC championship and sole possession of the NSIC South Division championship.
As a team, MSU recorded 346 rushing yards on the day, while holding the Cougars to 102 rushing yards. The Mavericks also posted five rushing touchdowns, while USF managed just one touchdown on the ground.
Junior Andy Pfeiffer had a big impact on the ground attack for the Mavericks as he notched 66 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Sophomore Connor Thomas posted a team-high 135 rushing yards and a touchdown, while sophomore Chad Zastrow tallied 18 rushing yards and a touchdown as well.
While the Maverick rushing attack was clicking on all cylinders, the Maverick defense allowed just 102 yards on the ground.
No. 2 Northwest Missouri State 48, No. 10 Emporia State 21
EMPORIA, Kan. -- Northwest Missouri State defeated Emporia State Hornets on Saturday at Welch Stadium 48-21. The win moves the Bearcats to 10-0 on the season and are now the lone undefeated team in the MIAA at 9-0. Emporia State drops to 8-1 overall and 8-1 in league play.
Northwest got another strong performance from senior quarterback Trevor Adams who passed for 291 yards on 24 completions with five touchdowns. He also recorded the first score of the game on a one-yard rushing touchdown. Jason Jozaites caught three passes, two of which were touchdowns. Bryce Young also had three catches for 88 yards and two scores. Robert Burton, who rushed for a game-high 78 yards, caught the other touchdown from Adams. Senior Billy Creason rushed for 40 yards on 14 carries and had a rushing touchdown.
As a team, Northwest racked up 483 total yards including 318 through the air and 165 on the ground. The Bearcats converted 9-of-17 third downs and were 3-of-4 on fourth down conversions.
Defensively, Northwest held Emporia to 51 rushing yards and 14 first downs. DJ Gnader had a team-best seven tackles and added one sack to go along with an interception. Matt Longacre recorded 4.5 tackles for loss including 2.5 sacks. Collin Bevins added three sacks and Brandon Yost recorded half a sack. Travis Manning had three pass breakups in the secondary.
No. 3 Colorado State-Pueblo 47, New Mexico Highlands 21
LAS VEGAS, N.M. -- Colorado State-Pueblo secured at least a share of its third consecutive Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference title with a 47-21 win on the road against New Mexico Highlands.
CSU-Pueblo improved to 10-0 on the season, winning its 36th consecutive regular-season game and 31st Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference game.
The main focus of the Pack's insurgency was due to the connection between quarterback Chris Bonner and wide receiver Paul Browning. Bonner hit Browning for three receptions of 40 yards or more, including touchdown tosses of 66 yards and 50 yards as the Pack opened up a 40-7 lead by the third quarter. Browning would finish the game with six catches for 172 yards and two touchdowns, marking the most yards gained by a Pack receiver since the football program was resurrected in 2008.
Bonner went 18-for-29 for 298 yards, tossing four touchdowns and setting a school record for most touchdown passes in a season with 28, breaking the mark of 25 set just last season by Ross Dausin.
Another record-breaking performance was turned in by Darius Allen, who was in on four sacks in total, logging 3.0 sacks in the game and lifting his season total to 13.5, breaking a single-season sack record previously held by Chase Vaughn.
No. 4 Henderson State 66, Southern Arkansas 24
ARKADELPHIA, Ark. -- Henderson State put together one its best performances of the season as the Reddies rolled to a 66-24 pounding of Southern Arkansas on Saturday at Carpenter-Haygood Stadium.
The Reddies, 10-0 overall and 9-0 in the Great American Conference, claimed the GAC title outright for the second consecutive season. With the win, Henderson State is guaranteed post-season play in either the NCAA Division II playoffs or a spot in the Texarkana United Bowl.
Henderson State finished the regular season undefeated at home for the second consecutive season. The win also marks the fifth time in school history that a Reddie team has won 10 games in a season.
The Reddies compiled 734 yards of total offense, averaging 8.2 yards per play. Henderson also set a school record with 40 first downs.
Harlon Hill candidate Kevin Rodgers put together another impressive performance, completing 27-of-39 passes for 474 yards and three touchdowns. Rodgers also scored a pair of rushing touchdowns having scores of 11 and 8 yards.
Junior wide receiver Darius Davis had a career game totaling 232 yards on seven receptions including touchdown catches of 68 and 9 yards. The 232 yards in a game is the third most in HSU history.
No. 5 Minnesota-Duluth 32, Mary 14
BISMARCK, N.D. -- Minnesota-Duluth proceeded to reel off 15 unanswered points while putting a clampdown on the Mary offense during the final two quarters of play en route to a 32-14 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference North Division victory. That extends UMD's winning streak to seven games -- its longest since the 2010 season.
Austin Sikorski rushed for 113 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries to lead the Bulldog offense. Logan Lauters also added a rushing touchdown on one of his 12 carries.
Quarterback Drew Bauer didn't have to do much for the Bulldogs, completing 4 of 14 passes for 27 yards but he did have a touchdown pass that went to Jeremy Reierson.
Chris Blake picked off a pass for UMD and Colby Ring lead the team with seven tackles.
No. 6 Pittsburg State 41, Lindenwood 6
ST. CHARLES, Mo. -- Anthony Abenoja passed for two toucdowns, Jeff Seybold, Jr. rushed for two more scores and Nate Dreiling became Pittsburg State's all-time tackle leader in a 41-6 road win against Lindenwood on Saturday.
Abenoja completed 9 of 15 passes for 194 yards, including a 10-yard scoring pass to Marquise Cushon and a 24-yard scoring pass to John Brown, who finished the game with three catches for a game-high 91 yards.
Seybold carried the ball 17 times for 135 yards, scoring on runs of 35 yards and 1 yard.
Brown got the Pitt State scoring started with a five-yard run to cap the Gorillas opening drive.
Dreiling was credited with nine tackles in the contest to set the Pitt State tackles record. Dreiling now has 471 tackles in 46 career games, passing former All-American safety Chris Brown atop the list. Brown made 470 stops from 1992-95.
The Pitt State defense held Lindenwood on downs five times in the contest. The Gorillas limited the Lions to 106 rushing yards and forced three turnovers in the contest.
No. 7 Shepherd 47, West Virginia State 0
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. -- Shepherd limited West Virginia State to only 77 yards of total offense, including just 17 rushing yards, en route to a 47-0 victory in MEC action at Ram Stadium on Saturday.
Quarterback Jeff Ziemba connected on 17 of 30 passes for 183 yards for the Rams. Tyler Searls completed 11 of 20 passes for 50 yards for the Yellow Jackets.
William McKenzie led the Ram receivers with six catches for 97 yards. Shanin Bennefield had three receptions for 18 yards to pace West Virginia State.
Allen Cross rushed for 65 yards on 18 carries, while Jabre Lolley added 13 carries for 63 yard to lead the Rams. Josh Wade had nine carries for 15 yards for State.
Shepherd gained 409 yards of total offense, with 117 coming on the ground.
Senior linebacker Dominique Dixon recorded five tackles to lead the Rams. William Merritt had 10 tackles to lead the Rams.
No. 16 Bloomsburg 31, No. 8 West Chester 28
WEST CHESTER, Pa. -- For the second consecutive week, a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Eastern Division team lost its bid for a perfect season. This time around, the feeling was quite a bit better for Bloomsburg as the Huskies played the role of spoiler by handing West Chester its first loss of the year, 31-28 while punching a ticket to the PSAC championship game in the process.
The Huskies' triumph in front of 7,849 fans at John A. Farrell Stadium forced a three-way tie atop the PSAC East standings along with Shippensburg -- a tie that goes to Bloomsburg thanks to conference tiebreaker rules, allowing the Huskies to capture the Eastern Division title and a spot in next week's PSAC championship game. The Huskies will host the PSAC title contest at Redman Stadium next Saturday versuss Western Division champ Slippery Rock (9-1).
Bloomsburg advances to 9-1 overall and 6-1 in the PSAC East while eighth-ranked West Chester falls to 9-1, 6-1.
It was another record-setting day for senior running back Franklyn Quiteh as he eclipsed the PSAC record for overall touchdowns with a first-half scoring run while also becoming just the third player in NCAA Division II history to reach 7,000 yards rushing. He finished the afternoon with 154 yards rushing and a score to reach 7,084 for his career, good for second place all time. Quiteh also set a career points record for the PSAC with 518. Both the overall touchdown and points marks previously were owned by former Husky Jamar Brittingham.
Senior place-kicker Danny Fisher also broke the record for point-after attempts made, reaching 181 for his career with four on Saturday.