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2010 NCAA Playoffs: St. Thomas Bracket

Tommies St. Thomas Tommies
Seed:No. 1, St. Thomas bracket
Last Top 25 ranking: No. 4, Week 11 2010
Location: St. Paul, MN
Enrollment (FT undergrads): 5780
Stadium: O'Shaughnessy Stadium (6000)
Playing surface: New-style turf
Conference: MIAC
Preseason ranking from Kickoff:
Head coach: Glenn Caruso (Ithaca '96)
Career record: 34-17, 28-5 at St. Thomas
Base offense: Multiple one-back
Base defense: 3-4
Record in NCAA playoffs: 3-2 (1990, 2009)
NCAA D-III championships: None

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How they got here: Pool A, MIAC champs
You'll know they're playing well if: Multiple receivers get the ball on offense and the defense bottles up the run.
You'll know they're playing poorly if: Ben Wartman can't stay in the game long enough to get the carries he needs to wear down the opposition.
This season's turning point: St. John's PAT hits the upright in overtime, giving St. Thomas its first win against its archrival in more than a decade.
Rushing/receiving yards per game: 206.6/205.5
Rushing/receiving yards allowed: 111.6/138.0
How far can they go? Wide range of possibilities, from a second-round exit to a Stagg Bowl loss.
Thunder Wheaton (Ill.) Thunder
Seed:No. 2, St. Thomas bracket
Last Top 25 ranking: No. 15, Week 11 2010
Location: Wheaton, IL
Enrollment (FT undergrads): 2282
Stadium: McCully FIeld (5000)
Playing surface: Turf
Conference: CCIW
Preseason ranking from Kickoff:
Head coach: Mike Swider (Wheaton '77)
Career record: 123-36 (.774)
Base offense: Multiple
Base defense: 3-4
Record in NCAA playoffs: 9-6 (1995, 2002-04, 2006, 2008)
NCAA D-III championships: None

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How they got here: Pool C
You'll know they're playing well if: Their defense is generating turnovers and getting pressure on the quarterback, the offensive attack is balanced and they have their usual stellar special teams play. 
You'll know they're playing poorly if: If the rushing attack is significantly slowed down and they are settling for field goals instead of touchdowns in the red zone. Wheaton has 54 visits to the red zone, but 20 times they have settled for field goal attempts.  In the loss to North Central, three red zone visits, no touchdowns, two field goal.
This season's turning point: Trailing Augustana 14-9 at the end of the third quarter, the Thunder outscored Augustana 11-0 in the fourth, including a stop of Augustana on four downs within the Wheaton 5 with under a minute in the game.
Rushing/receiving yards per game: 203.7/202.6
Rushing/receiving yards allowed: 99.5/194.5
How far can they go? If Jordan Roberts is healthy, there could be an East-West final between two North Region teams. But this is likely the year in which Wheaton's streak of wins against everyone but Mount Union comes to an end.
Knights Wartburg Knights
Seed:No. 3, St. Thomas bracket
Last Top 25 ranking: No. 11, Week 11 2010
Location: Waverly, IA
Enrollment (FT undergrads): 1729
Stadium: Walston-Hoover Stadium (4800)
Playing surface: Turf
Conference: IIAC
Preseason ranking from Kickoff:
Head coach: Rick Willis (Cornell '88)
Career record: 104-25 (.806)
Base offense: Pro style
Base defense: 4-3
Record in NCAA playoffs: 5-8 (1982, 1993-94, 1999, 2002-04, 2008)
NCAA D-III championships: None

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How they got here: Pool A, IIAC champ
You'll know they're playing well if: They're balanced on offense. The Knights have been balanced down to the yard -- one more kneel-down might have done it -- under a quarterback in his first year at Wartburg. His passing lines from game to game are fairly interchangeable, around 14-for-23 for 190 yards. Not superstar numbers but enough to give his defense room to work.
You'll know they're playing poorly if: The opposing offense gets yards in big chunks and the game gets into a shootout.
This season's turning point: Back-to-back 70-yard drives gave Wartburg a two-touchdown lead at the half and the Knights went on to beat Coe 31-21.
Rushing/receiving yards per game: 190.9/190.8
Rushing/receiving yards allowed: 108.4/182.7
How far can they go? The bottom half of that bracket is anyone's game. But in a battle of defenses, it might be a fluke score that turns the game in the first round.
Kingsmen Cal Lutheran Kingsmen
Seed:No. 4, St. Thomas bracket
Last Top 25 ranking: No. 16, Week 11 2010
Location: Thousand Oaks, CA
Enrollment (FT undergrads): 2001
Stadium: Mt. Clef Stadium (2300)
Playing surface: Grass
Conference: SCIAC
Preseason ranking from Kickoff:
Head coach: Ben McEnroe (Cal Lutheran '92)
Career record: 29-9 (.763)
Base offense: Multiple pro
Base defense: 3-3-5
Record in NCAA playoffs: 0-1 (2009)
NCAA D-III championships: None

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How they got here: Pool A, SCIAC champ
You'll know they're playing well if: Deme'Treck Chambers averages more than 5 yards per carry, double-digit tackles for loss are in sight and Josh Oosterhof is helping win the battle of field position with booming punts.
You'll know they're playing poorly if: They turn the ball over more than twice (five times in the loss to Pacific Lutheran, two or fewer in every other game) and there's a crooked number leading off the opponent's score.
This season's turning point: That fateful halftime against Linfield, after which Daniel Mosier had 194 rushing yards to outscore the Wildcats 33-14.
Rushing/receiving yards per game: 175.2/196.2
Rushing/receiving yards allowed: 115.1/167.9
How far can they go? This is all set up for a one-and-out. Without Mosier's 202 rushing yards, the Kingsmen wouldn't have won the first meeting, and they won't win the Linfield rematch.
Wildcats Linfield Wildcats
Seed:No. 5, St. Thomas bracket
Last Top 25 ranking: No. 8, Week 11 2010
Location: McMinnville, OR
Enrollment (FT undergrads): 1659
Stadium: Maxwell Field (2250)
Playing surface: Turf
Conference: NWC
Preseason ranking from Kickoff:
Head coach: Joe Smith (Linfield '93)
Career record: 38-11 (.776)
Base offense: Spread
Base defense: 4-2
Record in NCAA playoffs: 12-5 (2000, 2002-05, 2009)
NCAA D-III championships: 2004

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How they got here: Pool A, NWC champ
You'll know they're playing well if: Sack machine Eric Hedin is spending more time in the opponent’s backfield than the starting halfback. Quarterback Aaron Boehme is slicing and dicing for big yards with his legs and arm.
You'll know they're playing poorly if: The offense can’t sustain drives and forcing the defense back on the field or the special teams are making silly mistakes.
This season's turning point: The Wildcats blocked a potential game-tying extra point attempt by Pacific Lutheran, then drove 75 yards for a touchdown to take an eight-point lead in a game Linfield went on to win 35-20.
Rushing/receiving yards per game: 200.7/269.1
Rushing/receiving yards allowed: 79.1/178.1
How far can they go? At least as far as last season.

 

Sack machine Eric Hedin is spending more time in the opponent’s backfield than the starting halfback. QB Aaron Boehme is slicing and dicing for big yards with his legs and arm.
Royals Bethel Royals
Seed:No. 6, St. Thomas bracket
Last Top 25 ranking: No. 16, Week 11 2010
Location: Arden Hills, MN
Enrollment (FT undergrads): 2699
Stadium: Royal Stadium (3500)
Playing surface: Grass
Conference: MIAC
Preseason ranking from Kickoff:
Head coach: Steve Johnson (Bethel '79)
Career record: 163-70-2 (.698)
Base offense: Multiple pro
Base defense: 4-3
Record in NCAA playoffs: 3-5 (2000-01, 2003, 2006-07)
NCAA D-III championships: None

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How they got here: Pool C
You'll know they're playing well if: Logan Flannery not only gets his yards, he gets in the end zone. Freshman Mitch Hallstrom catches at least five passes.
You'll know they're playing poorly if: They need a broken play, a gadget play or a defensive score to put points on the board.
This season's turning point: A week after struggling at St. Olaf, Bethel came out and put the first 17 points on the board and went on to beat St. John's 17-14.
Rushing/receiving yards per game: 254.3/132.7
Rushing/receiving yards allowed: 56.4/162.7
How far can they go? The defense will be there, but Bethel needs to score somehow.
Kohawks Coe Kohawks
Seed:No. 7, St. Thomas bracket
Last Top 25 ranking: No. 13, Week 11 2010
Location: Cedar Rapids, IA
Enrollment (FT undergrads): 1249
Stadium: Clark (1200)
Playing surface: Turf
Conference: IIAC
Preseason ranking from Kickoff:
Head coach: Steve Staker (Upper Iowa '68)
Career record: 22-9 (.710)
Base offense: Spread
Base defense: 4-3
Record in NCAA playoffs: 2-6 (1985, 1991, 1993, 2002, 2005, 2009)
NCAA D-III championships: None

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How they got here: Pool C
You'll know they're playing well if: Brad Boyle does what he does. He continues to be an efficient signal-caller and while his interception total skyrocketed this year, it was only going from one to five. The Kohawks have put together some long drives, eating clock and keeping the defense off the field.
You'll know they're playing poorly if: The opponent is able to do something with the passing game. Coe has given up 400 yards of total offense four times this season, but only six times have opponents completed half their passes or more. Because of injuries, the defense is inexperienced at most positions.
This season's turning point: Seeing their name on Selection Sunday. No at-large team had a lower seed.
Rushing/receiving yards per game: 186.7/282.7
Rushing/receiving yards allowed: 121.6/216.3
How far can they go? Don't let the NCAA's seeding fool you. This is no 2-7 game. Wheaton is the lower-ranked team in the opening round game but has the home field for what should be a great battle.
Eagles Benedictine Eagles
Seed:No. 8, St. Thomas bracket
Last Top 25 ranking: Never ranked
Location: Lisle, IL
Enrollment (FT undergrads): 2520
Stadium: The Sports Complex (3031)
Playing surface: Turf
Conference: NATHC
Preseason ranking from Kickoff:
Head coach: Jon Cooper (North Park '72)
Career record: 30-30 (.500)
Base offense: Pro style
Base defense: 4-3, Cover 2
Record in NCAA playoffs: First trip
NCAA D-III championships: None

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How they got here: Pool A, NATHC champ
You'll know they're playing well if: It's hard to tell whether the surge down the stretch is a sign of improvement or of playing Rockford and Maranatha Baptist in two of the final four games.
You'll know they're playing poorly if: They give up long scoring plays and can't get more than 3 yards a pop on the ground.
This season's turning point: Getting the last score of a 33-point fourth quarter to beat Concordia (Ill.) 47-41. The first conference win was a clean break from a non-conference schedule which featured back-to-back losses to North Park and Kalamazoo.
Rushing/receiving yards per game: 161.2/245.3
Rushing/receiving yards allowed: 129.4/151.9
How far can they go? To St. Paul and back. Stop at the Norske Nook in Osseo. Wis., to get a pie.
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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