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Widener, Hampden-Sydney, Macalester all clinch bids

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Bids clinched

There are 24 automatic bids to the 2014 Division III football championships. Here are the teams that clinched bids:
Adrian (MIAA)
Benedictine (NACC)
Chapman (SCIAC)
Christopher Newport (USA South)
Franklin (HCAC)
Hampden-Sydney (ODAC)
Hobart (Liberty League)
Husson (ECFC)
Ithaca (Empire 8)
Johns Hopkins (Centennial)
Linfield (NWC)
Macalester (MWC)
Mary Hardin-Baylor (ASC)
MIT (NEFC)
Mount Union (OAC)
Rowan (NJAC)
St. John's (MIAC)
St. Scholastica (Upper Midwest)
UW-Whitewater (WIAC)
Wartburg (IIAC)
Washington and Jefferson (PAC)
Wheaton (CCIW)
Widener (MAC)
Wittenberg (North Coast)

Macalester clinched its first-ever trip to the NCAA playoffs, Hampden-Sydney backed in despite losing to archrival Randolph-Macon and Widener won its automatic bid in a head-to-head matchup with an unbeaten rival as the remaining nine automatic bids were handed out in Saturday's Week 11 games.

Widener's offense awoke for a 30-point second half as the No. 12 Pride defeated No. 16 Delaware Valley 44-28 to finish a perfect regular season and capture the MAC's automatic bid. 

Anthony Davis had 121 yards on four catches in the second half. The Aggies posted 527 yards of offense but turned the ball over six times as Aaron Wilmer was just 24-for-54 passing and threw five interceptions.

Macalester, whose program was in danger of being shut down before it left the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference more than a decade ago, found itself a new home this fall and then acted like it owned the place, running the table. Michael Abramson kicked a 21-yard field goal with 52 seconds to play and Phil Wettersten intercepted a pass at the Macalester 29-yard line on Illinois College's final drive as the Scots claimed the Midwest Conference title with a 30-27 win.

The Old Dominion Athletic Conference ended its season with a four-way tie for first place, after Randolph-Macon defeated archrival Hampden-Sydney and Guilford knocked off Emory and Henry. H-SC, Guilford, E&H and Bridgewater ended up knotted atop the conference, and Hampden-Sydney won the tiebreaker. Randolph-Macon held Nash Nance to just 16-for-44 passing and picked him off twice in the win. 

Husson clinched the automatic bid from the ECFC, defeating Mount Ida 41-21. Because of Husson's distance from the rest of Division III, there are only a couple of possible first-round playoff opponents for the Eagles, who will be making their first trip to the NCAA postseason. Rowan clinched its third consecutive playoff appearance with a Friday night 14-6 win at TCNJ.

Waynesburg knocked off No. 14 Washington and Jefferson 31-28 in overtime, possibly denying the Presidents a home game in the playoffs. Trailing 28-21 with 2:01 left in regulation, W&J took over at its own 5-yard line and engineered an 11-play, 95-yard drive in 1:19 to get the Presidents into the end zone. He hit Max Creighan along the left side of the end zone from 28 yards out. W&J had a field goal blocked in overtime, while Waynesburg's Scott Lewis hit a 34-yarder for the win.

Adrian jumped out on top early and it was never really a game after that as the Bulldogs took the MIAA title and automatic bid with a 40-7 win vs. Trine. Emmanuel Stewart and Dae'Von Robinson each went for more than 100 yards on the ground in the win. Nick Martin threw two touchdown passes to Josh Bungum and Sam Sura ran for 136 yards and two scores as St. John's wrapped up the MIAC title with a 26-6 win at St. Olaf.

Wesley finally found its match on Saturday, and it was a D-I FCS team. Charlotte, who you might better know as UNC-Charlotte, defeated the No. 4 Wolverines 38-33, in front of 10,704 fans in Charlotte. Joe Callahan was picked off twice, just his third and fourth interceptions of the season. Wesley is 9-1, unbeaten vs. Division III opponents.

Jerise Washington goes airborne on his way into the end zone for Augsburg in a wild win that knocked Bethel out of the playoff hunt.
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The bubble

Augsburg knocked Bethel out of playoff consideration and snapped a 16-game losing streak to the Royals, defeating them in double overtime, 62-61. Joey Sonnenfeld caught 15 passes for 334 yards and three touchdowns for the Auggies, knocking the Royals to 7-3 and out of the playoff picture.

UW-Oshkosh also made it a very interesting night for the West Region playoff committee, as the Titans defeated No. 15 UW-Platteville 30-27 in triple overtime. UW-Oshkosh is just 6-4 overall, but 6-1 vs. Division III competition, which is one of the primary criteria the selection committee considers. Oshkosh lost its first three games of the season to Marian (Ind.) and Robert Morris-Chicago of the NAIA, a combined 16-5, and Division I FCS South Dakota State (6-4).

If Saturday was John Thorne's last game as head coach for North Central, then the Cardinals sent him out a winner. Elmhurst led until late in the third quarter and the Bluejays had a shot at the end zone before John Skokna, in his third week at cornerback after moving from wide receiver, intercepted the pass in the end zone. 

Louisiana College got out to a 42-21 lead in the fourth quarter and then held on against a furious comeback to defeat Hardin-Simmons 42-35. HSU wasn't exactly in the center of the playoff picture on its own accord, but because the Cowboys were in the South Region rankings, they had been a key win for Texas Lutheran. HSU's loss might mean Texas Lutheran is on the bubble, as the Bulldogs play in a conference that is too small to receive an automatic bid.

Oct. 19: All times Eastern
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Martin Luther 21, at Northwestern (Minn.) 6
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at Stevenson 33, Wilkes 21
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at RPI 31, Hobart 24
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at MIT 13, Coast Guard 0
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Norwich 15, at Maine Maritime 7
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at Moravian 31, Juniata 14
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at Dean 53, Gallaudet 21
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Endicott 45, at Becker 13
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Frostburg State 24, at Montclair State 17
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SUNY-Maritime 68, at Castleton 41
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at Trinity (Texas) 28, Sewanee 14
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Johns Hopkins 51, at Gettysburg 14
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N.C. Wesleyan 29, at Brevard 21
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at Misericordia 37, FDU-Florham 33
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Union 29, at St. Lawrence 7
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at Ithaca 28, Rochester 3
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at Colby 23, Hamilton 21
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at Middlebury 35, Bates 34
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Trinity (Conn.) 48, at Bowdoin 6
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Springfield 23, at Catholic 11
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Amherst 33, at Wesleyan 3
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at Plymouth State 17, Massachusetts Maritime 14
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at Husson 54, Anna Maria 14
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TCNJ 13, at Kean 8
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Carnegie Mellon 41, at Thiel 7
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Salve Regina 30, at Curry 21
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King's 37, at Albright 26
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Trine 31, at Finlandia 0
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Susquehanna 41, at Ursinus 35
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Delaware Valley 52, at Lebanon Valley 7
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at Western New England 70, University of New England 13
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Franklin and Marshall 35, at Dickinson 14
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at Wittenberg 38, DePauw 23
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at Emory and Henry 52, Shenandoah 50
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at Wabash 32, Oberlin 7
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at Westminster (Pa.) 27, Washington and Jefferson 20
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at Hampden-Sydney 38, Guilford 35
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at Randolph-Macon 44, Bridgewater 41
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Cortland 56, at Hartwick 3
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at Denison 27, Ohio Wesleyan 10
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Waynesburg 12, at St. Vincent 10
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Salisbury 33, at Southern Virginia 0
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at Methodist 42, Greensboro 6
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Christopher Newport 39, at William Paterson 10
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Albion 49, at Adrian 42
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Thomas More 35, at St. Scholastica 0
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at Westminster (Mo.) 25, Minnesota-Morris 7
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Lake Forest 24, at Grinnell 0
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at Greenville 41, Crown 14
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at Merchant Marine 25, WPI 24
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at John Carroll 27, Marietta 24
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at Tufts 28, Williams 21
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Ohio Northern 49, at Capital 46
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Baldwin Wallace 35, at Wilmington 33
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at Mount Union 54, Heidelberg 0
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at Lycoming 52, Alvernia 0
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at Rose-Hulman 44, Anderson 6
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at Franklin 64, Earlham 20
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Hanover 48, at Manchester 14
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Mount St. Joseph 20, at Defiance 0
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at Utica 30, Alfred 22
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Maryville (Tenn.) 37, at LaGrange 17
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Framingham State 27, at Westfield State 2
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Morrisville State 35, at St. John Fisher 7
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at Muskingum 21, Otterbein 14
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at Berry 28, Millsaps 21
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at Muhlenberg 42, McDaniel 18
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at Rowan 28, Wesley 27
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at Wooster 28, Hiram 21
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Allegheny 54, at Kenyon 10
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at Nebraska Wesleyan 23, Luther 15
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Wheaton (Ill.) 20, at Augustana 3
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at Eureka 50, Benedictine 20
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Mary Hardin-Baylor 49, at Belhaven 0
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at Hardin-Simmons 58, Texas Lutheran 14
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Chicago 63, at Beloit 0
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at Concordia (Wis.) 45, Concordia-Chicago 34
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Aurora 25, at Rockford 7
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at Bethel 41, Concordia-Moorhead 13
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Lakeland 38, at Wisconsin Lutheran 12
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at St. John's 57, St. Olaf 7
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at Gustavus Adolphus 42, Augsburg 0
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Dubuque 38, at Buena Vista 7
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North Central (Ill.) 26, at Carthage 14
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at Ripon 58, Macalester 34
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at Monmouth 51, Cornell 0
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at Simpson 38, Loras 33
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at Knox 20, Illinois College 6
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UW-Stout 31, at UW-Stevens Point 27
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Millikin 14, at Elmhurst 13
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at MacMurray 20, Iowa Wesleyan 13
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UW-Eau Claire 40, at UW-Platteville 16
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at St. Thomas 68, Carleton 0
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at Mass-Dartmouth 41, Worcester State 27
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at Wartburg 47, Central 20
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at UW-Oshkosh 24, UW-La Crosse 13
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at UW-Whitewater 44, UW-River Falls 7
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at Birmingham-Southern 47, Austin 35
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Centre 41, at Rhodes 14
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at Carroll 23, North Park 0
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at Kalamazoo 17, Alma 10
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at Pacific Lutheran 33, Willamette 20
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at Brockport 65, Buffalo State 7
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at Averett 45, Huntingdon 17
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Washington and Lee 38, at Ferrum 35
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at Pacific 54, Lewis and Clark 22
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Redlands 35, at La Verne 17
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Whitworth 47, at Puget Sound 13
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Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 27, at Occidental 7
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Linfield 14, at George Fox 0
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at Hope 35, Olivet 30
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at Western Connecticut 50, Bridgewater State 48
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Case Western Reserve 27, at Geneva 14
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at Sul Ross State 28, Howard Payne 27
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East Texas Baptist 48, at Louisiana College 27
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Illinois Wesleyan 27, at Washington U. 21
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St. Norbert 46, at Lawrence 0
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at Pomona-Pitzer 42, Whittier 17
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Chapman 33, at Cal Lutheran 29
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Frostburg State 24, at Montclair State 17
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at RPI 31, Hobart 24
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Trine 31, at Finlandia 0
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at Wittenberg 38, DePauw 23
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at Westminster (Pa.) 27, Washington and Jefferson 20
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Delaware Valley 52, at Lebanon Valley 7
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Johns Hopkins 51, at Gettysburg 14
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at Mount Union 54, Heidelberg 0
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at John Carroll 27, Marietta 24
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at Berry 28, Millsaps 21
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at Rowan 28, Wesley 27
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at Muhlenberg 42, McDaniel 18
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Wheaton (Ill.) 20, at Augustana 3
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Mary Hardin-Baylor 49, at Belhaven 0
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at St. John's 57, St. Olaf 7
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at Hardin-Simmons 58, Texas Lutheran 14
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North Central (Ill.) 26, at Carthage 14
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at St. Thomas 68, Carleton 0
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at UW-Oshkosh 24, UW-La Crosse 13
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at UW-Whitewater 44, UW-River Falls 7
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at Brockport 65, Buffalo State 7
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Whitworth 47, at Puget Sound 13
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Linfield 14, at George Fox 0
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Case Western Reserve 27, at Geneva 14
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Illinois Wesleyan 27, at Washington U. 21
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