November 3, 2012

Top 25 wrap: Wabash, Hopkins fall

Wabash couldn't keep Oberlin in check as the Yeomen threw for 403 yards.
Wabash athletics photo
Little Brass Bell
The Little Brass Bell is in the hands of Wheaton (Ill.) for the first time since 2007.
Wheaton (Ill.) athletics photo by Mike Hudson

Robin Witjes caught seven passes for 165 yards and two touchdowns and threw a 50-yard touchdown pass of his own as Oberlin shocked No. 10 Wabash with a 31-16 win.

It's Wabash's second home loss, both of them to teams outside of the regional rankings, seemingly eliminating the Little Giants from consideration for an at-large bid.

No. 13 Johns Hopkins lost for the first time on the season, falling 14-12 at Franklin and Marshall. The Blue Jays need to beat McDaniel next week to wrap up the automatic bid from the Centennial Conference, but may have cost themselves a chance at a home game.

No. 24 Wheaton took back the Little Brass Bell for the first time since 2007 and dealt No. 7 North Central its first defeat in CCIW play since Oct. 31, 2009 in a 35-21 victory in Naperville, Ill. But the Thunder won by six points fewer than it needed to give itself a three-way tiebreak advantage over NCC and Elmhurst, which means it needs Illinois Wesleyan (6-3) to beat the Bluejays next week to clinch the AQ. If Elmhurst, which improved to 8-1 with a 41-24 win at Carthage, wins, North Central takes the bid and Elmhurst is in good shape for an at-large bid.

Tight end Logan Marks caught a pair of identical touchdown passes in the first half and Matt O'Connell and Brenton Braddock combined for 149 yards rushing and a touchdown as No. 4 St. Thomas clinched the automatic bid from the MIAC, defeating No. 17 Concordia-Moorhead 21-7. The win, combined with St. Olaf's 24-17 upset of No. 12 Bethel, means the MIAC could go from a conference projected to get three playoff bids to a one-bid league overnight. For St. Thomas, it's the 26th consecutive MIAC win.

It wasn't their biggest upset of the season, but Buffalo State rallied from a 9-0 deficit to beat No. 25 St. John Fisher, 17-9. The Bengals forced four Cardinals turnovers and held SJFC to 227 total yards. Meanwhile in the Empire 8, No. 16 Salisbury clinched, as it rolled past Utica 63-23. The Sea Gulls threw just twice, while Dan Griffin ran 17 times for 137 yards and five touchdowns and Joe Benedetti got 153 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries. 

Who's in?

Here's the list of conferences whose automatic bid has been decided:

ASC: Mary Hardin-Baylor
E8: Salisbury
IIAC: Coe
LL: Hobart
MIAA: Adrian
MIAC: St. Thomas
NATHC: Concordia-Chicago
NJAC: Cortland State
NWC: Linfield
OAC: Mount Union
ODAC: Washington and Lee
UMAC: St. Scholastica
WIAC: UW-Oshkosh 

Yet to be decided: Centennial, CCIW, ECFC, HCAC, MAC, MWC, NCAC, NEFC, PAC, SCIAC, USAC.

No. 1 Mount Union rushed for 311 yards and wrapped up the automatic bid from the Ohio Athletic Conference with a 38-7 win at No. 23 Baldwin Wallace. The Purple Raiders held their opponents to 159 yards of total offense; 87 of those yards came in the first quarter and 72 the rest of the way. (Photo gallery)

Linebacker Javicz Jones had 13 tackles, a sack and two interceptions returned for touchdowns as No. 2 Mary Hardin-Baylor clinched the ASC AQ with a 54-20 win at East Texas Baptist. Quarterback LiDarral Bailey passed for one touchdown and ran for two more, and running back Darius Wilson rushed for 122 yards.

Mickey Inns passed for 422 yards and three touchdowns, two to Diedre Weirsma, for No. 3 Linfield, and the defense kept Adam Kniffin out of the end zone in a 47-7 win over Puget Sound. The Wildcats clinch the NWC's AQ. Cal Lutheran got within one win of the SCIAC automatic bid with a 59-34 win against La Verne.

No. 5 Wesley, with the Pool B bid all but locked up, finished its regular season by allowing just 93 yards in a 47-0 win against Newport News Apprentice. Another independent playoff hopeful beat a non-Division III opponent, as No. 19 Huntingdon won, 33-19, at Point (Ga.).

No. 6 UW-Oshkosh scored five touchdowns in nine minutes during its 56-31 triumph over UW-Stevens Point. The Titans have their first-ever nine-win season.

No. 9 Hobart clinched the Liberty League automatic bid with a 34-14 win at St. Lawrence. Nick Strang completed 15 of 18 passes for three touchdowns and ran for another for the Statesmen.

Brendan Keiran rushed for 135 of No. 14 Coe's 223 yards, and the Kohawks won their first outright IIAC title, clinching the conference's AQ as well in a 35-7 win at Luther.

Two ranked teams kept their Pool C hopes always with big wins. Bryce Corrigan threw seven touchdown passes in No. 15 UW-Platteville's 62-20 win against UW-Stout. Meantime, C.J. Powell had 10 catches for 192 yards and Cartel Brooks carried 29 times for 134 yards and two touchdowns as No. 18 Heidelberg (8-1) kept its playoff hopes alive with a 31-10 win against John Carroll.

No. 21 Franklin had 11 sacks, and won its seventh in a row, beating Bluffton, 21-9. The Grizzlies still need to beat rival Hanover, which lost to Manchester, 35-34, in the Victory Bell game on Saturday to clinch the HCAC AQ.

No. 11 Widener had its MAC contest at FDU-Florham cancelled, as did No. 20 Cortland State and its NJAC contest at William Paterson because of the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy on both North Jersey campuses. Rowan, which is just outside of the top 25 and is located in the southern part of the state, cancelled its game with Kean because the Cougars were struggling with the aftermath of the storm as well.

Sep. 1: All times Eastern
7:00 PM
Coast Guard at Anna Maria
7:00 PM
Defiance at Baldwin Wallace
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Washington and Lee at Johns Hopkins
7:30 PM
Trine at Manchester
8:00 PM
Millsaps at Belhaven
Sep. 2: All times Eastern
TBA
Muhlenberg at Wilkes
6:00 PM
Mass-Dartmouth at Mount Ida
6:00 PM
Delaware Valley at Wesley
7:00 PM
N.C. Wesleyan at Stevenson
7:00 PM
Western New England at Springfield
7:00 PM
Fitchburg State at Becker
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
Albright at Salisbury
7:00 PM
WPI at MIT
7:00 PM
Salve Regina at Worcester State
7:00 PM
Bridgewater State at Curry
7:00 PM
Morrisville State at St. Lawrence
10:00 PM
Adrian at Pacific
Sep. 3: All times Eastern
TBA
Endicott at Framingham State
TBA
Kean at Christopher Newport
TBA
King's at Moravian
Live Stats
TBA
Lebanon Valley at Franklin and Marshall
TBA
Marietta at Denison
TBA
McDaniel at Catholic
TBA
Wisconsin Lutheran at Trinity Int'l
TBA
Sewanee at Kenyon
TBA
UW-Platteville at George Fox
Live Stats
12:00 PM
Washington U. at Carnegie Mellon
Live Stats
12:00 PM
Chicago at Case Western Reserve
12:00 PM
Husson at Alfred
12:00 PM
SUNY-Maritime at Maine Maritime
Video
12:00 PM
Cortland at Heidelberg
12:00 PM
Otterbein at Buffalo State
12:00 PM
Ursinus at Bethany
1:00 PM
Plymouth State at Castleton
Live Stats
1:00 PM
RPI at Norwich
1:00 PM
Randolph-Macon at Dickinson
1:00 PM
Oberlin at Kalamazoo
1:00 PM
Emory and Henry at Ferrum
1:00 PM
Wooster at Washington and Jefferson
1:00 PM
Alfred State at William Paterson
1:00 PM
St. Vincent at Alma
1:00 PM
Concordia (Wis.) at Finlandia
1:00 PM
Olivet at St. John Fisher
1:00 PM
Rowan at Widener
1:00 PM
Hobart at Brockport
1:00 PM
Union at Ithaca
1:00 PM
Susquehanna at Lycoming
1:00 PM
Utica at Misericordia
1:00 PM
TCNJ at UW-Whitewater
1:30 PM
Wilmington at Bluffton
1:30 PM
Monmouth at Hope
1:30 PM
Bridgewater at Gettysburg
1:30 PM
Muskingum at Waynesburg
1:30 PM
Juniata at Grove City
2:00 PM
Lakeland at Carroll
Video Live Stats
2:00 PM
UW-Stevens Point at St. Norbert
2:00 PM
Austin at Hendrix
2:00 PM
Maranatha Baptist at Martin Luther
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Millikin at Greenville
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Eureka at Knox
Live Stats
2:00 PM
MacMurray at Rockford
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Gustavus Adolphus at Westminster (Mo.)
Video Live Stats
2:00 PM
UW-La Crosse at Luther
2:00 PM
Beloit at Lake Forest
2:00 PM
Concordia-Moorhead at Jamestown
2:00 PM
Crown at Hamline
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Carleton at Macalester
2:00 PM
Bethel at Dubuque
2:00 PM
St. Scholastica at St. John's
Live Stats
2:00 PM
St. Olaf at Grinnell
2:00 PM
Buena Vista at Mayville St.
2:00 PM
Simpson at UW-Stout
2:00 PM
Aurora at Carthage
2:00 PM
UW-River Falls at Coe
2:00 PM
Ripon at Concordia-Chicago
2:00 PM
Elmhurst at Loras
2:00 PM
Huntingdon at Louisiana College
2:00 PM
North Central (Ill.) at Robert Morris-Chicago
2:00 PM
Benedictine at Wheaton (Ill.)
2:00 PM
John Carroll at UW-Oshkosh
2:30 PM
Southern Virginia at Earlham
Live Stats
4:00 PM
La Verne at Puget Sound
Live Stats
4:00 PM
Central at Whitworth
5:00 PM
Hartwick at Western Connecticut
6:00 PM
Wabash at Albion
6:00 PM
Maryville (Tenn.) at Berry
6:00 PM
Augustana at Mount St. Joseph
6:00 PM
Thomas More at Franklin
Live Stats
6:00 PM
Hampden-Sydney at Averett
6:00 PM
Redlands at Trinity (Texas)
7:00 PM
Hiram at Westminster (Pa.)
7:00 PM
LaGrange at Birmingham-Southern
7:00 PM
Thiel at Allegheny
7:00 PM
Capital at Wittenberg
7:00 PM
Shenandoah at Gallaudet
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Illinois College at Rose-Hulman
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
Hanover at Centre
7:00 PM
Geneva at Frostburg State
7:00 PM
Nichols at Westfield State
7:00 PM
Greensboro at Guilford
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Hardin-Simmons at Southwestern
7:00 PM
Anderson at North Park
7:00 PM
Ohio Wesleyan at Mary Hardin-Baylor
7:00 PM
East Texas Baptist at Texas Lutheran
7:10 PM
St. Thomas at UW-Eau Claire
Video Live Stats
8:00 PM
Willamette at Rhodes
8:00 PM
Cornell at Iowa Wesleyan
Live Stats
8:00 PM
Augsburg at Northwestern (Minn.)
Live Stats
8:00 PM
Southwestern Assemblies at Howard Payne
8:00 PM
Sul Ross State at UT-Permian Basin
Dec. 18: All times Eastern
Final
Mount Union 49, at St. Thomas 35
@ Salem, Va.
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