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The ball is tipped

St. Thomas had jumped out to an early 17-point lead, but when the Bethel defense started to get going, the No. 3 Tommies had to rely on their defense to hold the No. 10 Royals back. With a 10-point lead and Bethel in the two-minute drill, Josh Aakre's pass is tipped and picked off by junior cornerback Jack Gavin, in our Play of the Week.

The Play of the Week is sponsored by the City of Salem, hosts of Stagg Bowl XXXIX.

Dave Lee on the call for WCCO-AM 830.

We solicit video of top plays from every Division III football program and this was our top clip. 

Week 8 Play of the Week finalists

  • Speaking of the tip drill, here a deflected pass to Linfield tight end Jacob Preister gets snared out of the air by teammate Buddy Saxon for the touchdown in the Wildcats' 45-7 win against Pacific Lutheran. Watch
  • UW-Eau Claire return man Clint Larsen shows excellent field vision in returning a UW-Stevens Point punt 83 yards fow a touchdown. Watch

You can see all of the nominated plays on our Week 8 highlights playlist below, and even more top plays on the D3sports.com YouTube channel.

Aug. 30: All times Eastern
TBA
Frostburg State at Stevenson
6:00 PM
Alma at Baldwin Wallace
Live stats
7:00 PM
University of New England at Coast Guard
Live stats
7:00 PM
Randolph-Macon at Johns Hopkins
7:00 PM
Hamline at Buena Vista
Video Live stats
7:00 PM
LaGrange at Birmingham-Southern
7:00 PM
Trinity (Texas) at McMurry
7:30 PM
Manchester at Trine
8:00 PM
St. Olaf at Crown
8:00 PM
Millsaps at Belhaven
8:00 PM
UW-Platteville at East Texas Baptist
Live stats
Aug. 31: All times Eastern
TBA
Utica at St. Lawrence
6:00 PM
Delaware Valley at Wesley
Live stats
7:00 PM
WPI at Anna Maria
Live stats
7:00 PM
Western New England at Springfield
Live stats
7:00 PM
Nichols at Westfield State
7:00 PM
Millikin at Hope
Preview Live stats
7:00 PM
TCNJ at FDU-Florham
7:00 PM
Becker at MIT
Video Live stats
7:00 PM
Albright at Salisbury
Live stats
Dec. 9: All times Eastern
Final
Mount Union 43, at UW-Oshkosh 40
Box Score Recap Recap Photos
Final
at Mary Hardin-Baylor 24, Brockport 0
Box Score Recap Photos
Dec. 15: All times Eastern
Final
Mount Union 12, at Mary Hardin-Baylor 0
@ Salem, Va.
Video Box Score Recap Photos

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