November 20, 2010

First round road warriors

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Ohio Northern defeated Wittenberg 37-14 to advance to the next round.
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Trine, Montclair State and Bethel scored road wins in the first round of the 2010 NCAA playoffs and, as you'd expect, it wasn't easy. 

Trine jumped out in front of DePauw 27-7 in the first quarter only to see the Tigers roar back and take a 28-27 lead with 2:46 left in the third quarter. The Thunder answered with a 59-yard touchdown pass from Eric Watt to Ja Vontae Hence to regain the lead.  DePauw pulled even again on a Michael Engle touchdown pass to Alex Koors but Trine scored 10 points on its next two drives to pull ahead for good.  The Thunder advance with the 45-35 victory and will play defending champion UW-Whitewater next. 

Montclair State also seized an early lead on the road and took a 16-0 lead into the fourth quarter at Hampden-Sydney. The Tigers drew within 16-14 with a little over five minutes left in the game. The Red Hawks went three-and-out on their next possession, but Gary Knoeppel intercepted Tigers' quarterback Travis Lane and Montclair State ran out the clock. The Red Hawks will hit the road again next Saturday and travel to Wesley. 

St. Thomas bracket
Bethel defeated Wartburg in Iowa 28-20 in a game that turned on two fourth-down plays. In the second quarter Royals' quarterback Josh Aakre turned a fourth-and-9 into six points with a 31-yard touchdown pass to Logan Flannery to tie the game at 14.  Then, protecting the lead in the fourth quarter, Bethel stopped Wartburg on a fourth-and-3 from the Royals' 8.

Wheaton (Ill.) rallied from a 12-point fourth quarter deficit to upend Coe 31-21.  The Kohawks had a 21-9 lead entering the fourth quarter when Joey Skogen ran into the end zone to pull the Thunder within three.  After a short Coe punt, Wheaton quarterback Jordan Roberts found Freddy Ellis for a 46-yard score to put the Thunder up for good.  In that same bracket, top-seeded St. Thomas advanced by handling Benedictine 57-10.

Linfield advanced to face St. Thomas after Eric Hedin set up camp in the Cal Lutheran backfield in a 42-26 win. The defensive lineman recorded three sacks and three tackles for loss in the Wildcats' win, giving him 21 sacks on the season.

North Central bracket
The top-seeded Cardinals cruised past St. Norbert 57-7, outgaining the Green Knights 619-217.  That sets up a second-round showdown with seventh-ranked and fourth-seeded Ohio Northern. The Polar Bears picked off Wittenberg seven times and jumped out to a 24-0 lead en route to a 37-17 win against the fifth-seeded and ninth-ranked Tigers. Wittenberg was held to 33 yards rushing and seven interceptions. Ohio Northern got 179 rushing yards and two touchdowns from Brett Donley.

Playing without starting quarterback Matt Blanchard, who had a thumb injury, No. 2-seeded UW-Whitewater nonetheless shook off Franklin 52-21. The Warhawks had led by just a touchdown at the half but advance to host Trine in the second round.

Mount Union bracket
The Purple Raiders rolled past St. Lawrence 49-0. Cecil Shorts had eight receptions for 139 yards and three touchdowns, getting Larry Kehres his 300th career win.  Next up, Delaware Valley. The Aggies bounced back from last Saturday's loss at home to defeat Salisbury 23-12.  Delaware Valley stopped the Sea Gulls on a fourth-and-1 from the Salisbury 40 late in the third quarter. On the ensuing possession, Mark Hatty connected with Vincent Lochetto for the touchdown to put the game out of reach.

In that same bracket, Cortland State took care of Endicott 49-35.  Red Dragons' quarterback Dan Pitcher threw for three touchdowns and ran for another. Cortland State will host Alfred next Saturday after the Saxons shut down SUNY-Maritime 60-0.

Wesley bracket
Outside of the Montclair-Hampden-Sydney result, the rest of the finals from the "South" bracket were lopsided. The Wolverines, who are the top-seeded team in the entire playoffs, took care of Muhlenberg 53-14 behind 649 yards of total offense.  Thomas More ran past Washington and Lee for 432 yards in a 42-14 victory.  Mary Hardin-Baylor rolled as well, beating Christopher Newport 59-7 and advancing to the second round.  The Crusaders host the Saints next Saturday in Texas.

Sep. 24: All times Eastern
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Christopher Newport 17, at TCNJ 0
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at Hobart 27, Union 23
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at Thomas More 20, Carnegie Mellon 16
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at Massachusetts Maritime 32, Worcester State 14
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at Endicott 37, Nichols 0
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MIT 30, at Maine Maritime 13
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at Buffalo State 40, Morrisville State 24
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at Salve Regina 48, Coast Guard 10
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St. Lawrence 20, at RPI 14
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at Framingham State 23, Western Connecticut 17
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at Montclair State 21, Rowan 14
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at Stevenson 54, FDU-Florham 15
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at Trinity (Conn.) 38, Bates 7
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at Western New England 59, Curry 28
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at Utica 24, Cortland 13
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Colby 9, at Williams 7
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at Middlebury 40, Bowdoin 3
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at Amherst 34, Hamilton 0
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Kean 24, at William Paterson 13
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at DePauw 66, Hiram 17
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Franklin and Marshall 45, at Juniata 22
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at Kenyon 31, Allegheny 7
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Salisbury 35, at Southern Virginia 0
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Albright 20, at Delaware Valley 17
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Lycoming 28, at Misericordia 24
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at Plymouth State 30, Mass-Dartmouth 14
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at Husson 35, Alfred State 0
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at Springfield 28, WPI 23
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at Moravian 24, Dickinson 10
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at Denison 45, Wooster 7
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at Wittenberg 24, Wabash 14
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at St. Vincent 57, Grove City 32
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at Susquehanna 55, Gettysburg 40
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at King's 21, Lebanon Valley 17
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at Alfred 20, Ithaca 6
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at Widener 25, Wilkes 23
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at McDaniel 30, Ursinus 27
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at Muskingum 28, Marietta 10
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at Minnesota-Morris 28, Iowa Wesleyan 27
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at John Carroll 42, Heidelberg 14
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Ohio Northern 16, at Otterbein 10
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Case Western Reserve 35, at Waynesburg 7
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at Franklin 44, Bluffton 38
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Rose-Hulman 23, at Defiance 15
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at Centre 49, Chicago 27
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at Mount St. Joseph 38, Manchester 19
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Hanover 49, at Anderson 25
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at Merchant Marine 55, Rochester 7
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Johns Hopkins 30, at Muhlenberg 24
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Concordia-Chicago 42, at Maranatha Baptist 10
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Washington U. 36, at Birmingham-Southern 21
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UW-Platteville 56, at Lakeland 0
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at Northwestern (Minn.) 38, Martin Luther 20
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at Eureka 28, MacMurray 13
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at Westminster (Mo.) 35, Greenville 14
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Dubuque 30, at Luther 17
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Monmouth 52, at Lake Forest 6
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St. Thomas 33, at St. John's 21
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at Augsburg 49, Carleton 17
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Bethel 44, at St. Olaf 7
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at Hamline 42, Gustavus Adolphus 40
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at UW-Whitewater 35, Morningside 21
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at Hardin-Simmons 48, Texas Lutheran 38
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at UW-River Falls 42, Southwestern 22
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Simpson 17, at Buena Vista 9
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at St. Scholastica 49, Crown 13
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Cornell 46, at Beloit 41
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at Carthage 27, Augustana 24
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Coe 48, at Nebraska Wesleyan 17
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at Wartburg 56, Finlandia 0
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at Wheaton (Ill.) 10, Elmhurst 6
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Hendrix 42, at Millsaps 14
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Illinois Wesleyan 45, at North Park 10
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at Macalester 34, Grinnell 0
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at Ripon 33, Knox 19
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Illinois College 40, at Lawrence 15
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UW-Oshkosh 77, at Morthland College (Ill.) 0
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Central 42, at Loras 34
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at Geneva 35, Thiel 27
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UW-Eau Claire 40, at Wisconsin Lutheran 14
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St. John Fisher 42, at Brockport 38
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UW-Stevens Point 44, at Adrian 19
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UW-La Crosse 41, at Carroll 7
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at Berry 41, Sewanee 3
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Westminster (Pa.) 38, at Bethany 9
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Ohio Wesleyan 29, at Oberlin 16
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at Tufts 17, Wesleyan 14
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Mount Union 49, at Baldwin Wallace 7
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at Capital 35, Wilmington 21
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at Southwestern Assemblies 23, Austin 17
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Langston at McMurry
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at North Central (Ill.) 42, Millikin 7
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at Chapman 19, Trinity (Texas) 17
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Sep. 29: All times Eastern
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Randolph-Macon at Shenandoah
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Sep. 30: All times Eastern
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Emory and Henry at Washington and Lee
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Sep. 24: All times Eastern
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at Thomas More 20, Carnegie Mellon 16
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at Hobart 27, Union 23
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Christopher Newport 17, at TCNJ 0
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at Wittenberg 24, Wabash 14
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Salisbury 35, at Southern Virginia 0
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Albright 20, at Delaware Valley 17
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at Utica 24, Cortland 13
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at Stevenson 54, FDU-Florham 15
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at Franklin 44, Bluffton 38
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Johns Hopkins 30, at Muhlenberg 24
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St. Thomas 33, at St. John's 21
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at UW-Whitewater 35, Morningside 21
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at Hardin-Simmons 48, Texas Lutheran 38
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at Wheaton (Ill.) 10, Elmhurst 6
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UW-Platteville 56, at Lakeland 0
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UW-Oshkosh 77, at Morthland College (Ill.) 0
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Central 42, at Loras 34
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St. John Fisher 42, at Brockport 38
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Mount Union 49, at Baldwin Wallace 7
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at North Central (Ill.) 42, Millikin 7
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