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Rhodes shakes up playoff picture

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A handful of playoff teams entered Saturday with their playoff chances resting on Saturday's performance, and for the most part, they delivered.

Rhodes pulled off perhaps the shakeup of the day with an emphatic 49-30 victory over No. 19 Millsaps, which entered Week 11 9-0 and probably out in front among Pool B candidates. Freshman tight end Charles Schneider caught two touchdown passes as the Lynx built a 21-6 lead, and quarterback Blake Box ran for three TDs in the win. The Lynx earned the SAA title and finished 8-2, on the edge of the Pool B picture themselves.

Wash U. held Chicago to 228 yards of offense in a 17-7 win, and the Bears finished 8-2 with a case for a Pool B bid. Texas Lutheran turned a 14-all game into a 63-14 rout of Howard Payne, and finished with an 8-1 record.

Framingham State left no doubt, as Melikke Van Alstyne ran for 138 yards and three touchdowns, and Travis Hayes had seven catches for 121 yards and two scores in a 36-0 win over Worcester State. Likewise, Wesley gave carries to nine backs, and Jamar Baynard had 123 of the Wolverines' 324 rushing yards in a 47-0 win over Alfred State.

Among the teams in the running for at-large bids in Pool C, No. 10 UW-Platteville rallied from a 16-7 deficit and Zach Litchfield kicked a 37-yard field goal as time ran out to beat No. 8 UW-Oshkosh, 17-16. No. 9 John Carroll fell, 42-34, to Mount Union, but like Platteville heads to Selection Sunday with a 9-1 record.

Tate Musselman had two touchdown catches and linebacker Chris Simms had 12 tackles as No. 14 Illinois Wesleyan beat Elmhurst, 24-10, to wrap up the regular season 9-1. Idle Pacific Lutheran remained at 8-1, while Pacific nearly threw the NWC for a loop before losing to No. 2 Linfield, 28-22.

Jensen Gebhardt threw a touchdown pass to Goose Goborn 92 seconds in, and Thomas More cruised past Mount St. Joseph, 59-13, in The Bridge Bowl. Sean Hildebrand ran for a touchdown and caught another as Wabash beat DePauw, 38-21, in the Monon Bell Game.

John Babin caught a 41-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Hughes to push Cortland State past Ithaca, 28-24, in the Cortaca Jug game. Hampden-Sydney stopped Randolph-Macon's Will McGhee on a two-point conversion attempt in the final two minutes to preserve a 28-26 win in The Game.

Brendan McGlynn scored from 2 yards out with 2:58 left to earn RPI a 31-28 win over Union in The Dutchman Shoes rivalry. St. John Fisher scored 41 unanswered points in the second quarter in a 48-13 Courage Bowl victory over Alfred.

Michael Lahey threw for three touchdowns and ran for 119 yards as Chapman beat Cal Lutheran, 37-27, and finished 8-1.

Jack Kaiser ran for three touchdowns in St. Thomas's 45-22 win over St. Olaf. The Tommies, who made the Stagg Bowl last season, finish the regular season 8-2. Concordia-Moorhead got 305 yards passing and two TD runs from Griffin Neal in a 38-31 win over Gustavus Adolphus.

Trey Yocum had a 50-yard touchdown run among his 33 carries for 247 yards as Monmouth won the Bronze Turkey game, 37-10 at Knox. Bryce Pardoe caught a 10-yard touchdown pass to lift Carnegie Mellon over Case Western Reserve, 35-32.

Methodist wrapped up an 8-2 season by outlasting North Carolina Wesleyan, 69-62. In a game that featured 1,315 combined yards from scrimmage, Blake Scott's 14-yard touchdown catch with 23 seconds left was the decisive score.

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