Top 25 wrap: Linfield rolls, PLU survives

UW-Eau Claire missed a point-after attempt in the third quarter and it came back to cost them in the fourth.
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No. 2 Linfield jumped out to a 24-0 halftime lead and rolled to a 45-0 win at Case Western Reserve, while conference rival and No. 10 Pacific Lutheran had to hold on in the final minute, stuffing a two-point conversion attempt to win at UW-Eau Claire 21-19.

Eau Claire's Joel Sweeney accounted for 37 yards on a second-quarter TD drive and 73 yards on an 88-yard touchdown drive in the final minutes of the game, scoring from 1 yard out to cut the lead to two points. But Sweeney was stopped by Conor Gabart on the two-point conversion attempt and PLU survived.

Josh Yoder was 21-for-32 passing for the No. 2 Wildcats for 235 yards and two TDs in the win, holding the Spartans to 89 yards of total offense in the process. It was a 2,500-mile trip for Linfield, which kicked off at noon ET, 9 a.m. Pacific.

Wesley didn't look any the worse for wear after the loss to UMHB last week, rolling out to a 37-0 lead at the end of the first quarter and cruising to a 46-12 win at Birmingham-Southern. The No. 11 Wolverines took advantage of a bad-snap safety and returned two fumbles and an interception for touchdowns in the first quarter alone.

Concordia-Moorhead limited Connor Bruns to 23-for-48 passing and picked him off twice as the Cobbers knocked off No. 21 St. John's 24-10 on the road. It was the first loss for the Johnnies after three narrow victories to open the season.

Lycoming led No. 24 Widener 13-0 at the half before seeing the Pride score two third-quarter touchdowns to take a 14-13 lead. But the Warriors responded with a 13-play drive capped by a Zack Czap field goal, his third of the game, to take the lead for good with 2:24 left as Lycoming held on for a 16-14 win on the road.

No. 18 St. John Fisher orchestrated three consecutive touchdown drives in the fourth quarter to erase a 17-14 deficit against Cortland en route to a 33-25 win.

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