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Saints, Saxons grab big wins

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Merklinger game-winning TD
Thomas More quarterback Rob Kues threw two touchdowns and ran for another.
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No. 8 Thomas More defeated Washington and Jefferson 35-32 to seize control of the PAC while No. 16 Alfred started a wide-open Empire 8 race with a big victory.

The PAC has basically been a two-team race between Thomas More and Washington & Jefferson for a couple seasons. So Saturday's matchup in Western Pennsylvania loomed large. Thomas More scored the first 14 points before the Presidents narrowed the lead to 21-17 at the half. The Saints continued to lead 35-32 late in the fourth quarter when Zach Autenrieb intercepted the Presidents Matt Bliss to seal the victory for Thomas More.

Springfield entered Saturday's contest at No. 16 Alfred averaging 491 rushing yards per game. The Pride ran for 205 yards in the first half but just 25 in the second. The Saxons gave Springfield a taste of its own medicine by running for 232 yards in a 30-22 win.

No. 4 Mary Hardin-Baylor beat No. 21 Hardin-Simmons for the 12th time in 13 tries, this time by a score of 35-17. LiDarral Bailey threw two touchdowns and Darius Wilson ran for two more. No. 24 Cortland State got back on track with a 31-28 win at Rowan thanks to 315 passing yards for Dan Pitcher and 183 receiving for John Babin.

Was No. 9 Ohio Northern looking ahead to next week's game against No. 2 Mount Union? Maybe not, but that game will have a different feel after the Polar Bears got upended by Muskingum 27-7. Ohio Northern ran 40 more plays than the Muskies, who improve to 3-0, 2-0 in the OAC. The Purple Raiders surrendered a point to Wilmington for the first time since 2006, but that was about the only positive the Quakers could take as Mount Union won 66-7. Jeremy Murray scored three touchdowns and went for 167 yards on just 12 carriesThird-ranked St. Thomas did not get caught looking ahead to next week's game with archrival St. John's, rolling up 509 yards of total offense in a 48-30 win at Concordia-Moorhead.

Coe, which lost its first two games of the season, is also 2-0 in conference. The Kohawks rallied from a 17-0 hafltime deficit to beat No. 10 Wartburg 27-24. Brad Doyle's touchdown pass to Jared Kuehner with 2:53 left capped the comeback.

Is it too early to talk about the chase for the only Pool B bid into the NCAA playoffs? Huntingdon bolstered its resume by knocking off No. 22 Hampden-Sydney 34-27. The Tigers were ranked much higher in the coaches poll. No. 13 Wesley blitzed Husson 72-0. Two contenders in the UAA both lost. No. 17 Wabash cruised past Chicago 49-7 and North Park surprised Washington U., 13-10. The Little Giants scored three of their seven touchdowns on special teams and defense.

Nov. 18: All times Eastern
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Husson 23, at Springfield 21
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at Berry 34, Huntingdon 20
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at Delaware Valley 35, Western New England 0
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at Brockport 66, Plymouth State 0
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Frostburg State 35, at Wittenberg 7
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at Mount Union 21, Washington and Lee 0
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at Wesley 45, RPI 27
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at Washington and Jefferson 31, Johns Hopkins 28
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at Trine 63, Monmouth 24
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at Mary Hardin-Baylor 50, Chapman 6
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Case Western Reserve 28, at Illinois Wesleyan 0
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at UW-Oshkosh 63, Lakeland 0
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at St. Thomas 47, Eureka 8
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at Wartburg 35, Franklin 34
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at North Central (Ill.) 17, St. John's 7
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at Linfield 27, Hardin-Simmons 13
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Nov. 25: All times Eastern
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Wesley at Brockport
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Case Western Reserve at Mount Union
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Frostburg State at Washington and Jefferson
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Husson at Delaware Valley
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Berry at St. Thomas
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North Central (Ill.) at UW-Oshkosh
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Linfield at Mary Hardin-Baylor
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Trine at Wartburg
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Nov. 18: All times Eastern
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Muhlenberg 32, at Carnegie Mellon 6
@ Newark, Del.
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at Franklin and Marshall 21, Widener 7
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Susquehanna 28, at Albright 9
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at Berry 34, Huntingdon 20
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at Brockport 66, Plymouth State 0
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at Mount Union 21, Washington and Lee 0
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at Trine 63, Monmouth 24
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at Wesley 45, RPI 27
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at Washington and Jefferson 31, Johns Hopkins 28
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Frostburg State 35, at Wittenberg 7
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at Delaware Valley 35, Western New England 0
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Husson 23, at Springfield 21
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at Framingham State 48, Curry 14
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Cortland 35, at Union 28
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Case Western Reserve 28, at Illinois Wesleyan 0
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at Wartburg 35, Franklin 34
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at Mary Hardin-Baylor 50, Chapman 6
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at UW-Oshkosh 63, Lakeland 0
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at North Central (Ill.) 17, St. John's 7
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at St. Thomas 47, Eureka 8
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at Linfield 27, Hardin-Simmons 13
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at Ithaca 27, Salisbury 17
@ Newark, Del.
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at WPI 17, SUNY-Maritime 3
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Nov. 19: All times Eastern
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at Alfred 29, Stevenson 16
@ University of Delaware
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