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2011 playoffs: Delaware Valley bracket

Aggies Delaware Valley Aggies
Seed:No. 1, Delaware Valley bracket
Last Top 25 ranking: No. 11, Week 11 2011
Location: Doylestown, PA
Enrollment (FT undergrads): 1634
Stadium: James Work Stadium (4500)
Playing surface: Grass
Conference: MAC
Preseason ranking from Kickoff:
Head coach: Jim Clements (Widener '96)
Career record: 50-16 (.758)
Base offense: Multiple
Base defense: 3-4
Record in NCAA playoffs: 6-4 (2004-05, 2009-10)
NCAA D-III championships: None

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How they got here: Pool A, MAC champ
You'll know they're playing well if: The opponent is one-dimensional on offense because Del Val has shut down the run. The Aggies’ rush defense finished the regular season highly ranked and forced teams to take their chances through the air. Preseason All American Mike Jaskowski is the prototype for Del Val’s front seven – not real big, but very quick.
You'll know they're playing poorly if: Freshman quarterback Aaron Wilmer doesn’t have time to throw the ball. The Aggie offensive line jelled during conference play and gave their young quarterback room to run the offense down the stretch. The line is also the key to the Aggies having a balanced attack since tailback Kyle Schuberth is a quick, strong runner who gets yards in chunks when he has space to get out of the backfield.
This season's turning point: When the Aggies drove 65 yards in less than 50 seconds to beat Lycoming on the road late in the fourth quarter. Wilmer finished the game winning drive with a rushing touchdown after big receptions by Lewis Vincent and Rodney Blango set up the goal to go opportunity.
Rushing/receiving yards per game: 187.7/224.1
Rushing/receiving yards allowed: 89.3/136.8
How far can they go? If you believe their top seeding, they could go all the way to the national semifinals. But Del Val has lost games at home in the playoffs before and this particular Aggies team is very young on offense. Give them two wins in the first two rounds and we’ll see what they can do against a completely unfamiliar opponent in the national quarterfinal.
Tommies St. Thomas Tommies
Seed:Likely No. 2, Delaware Valley bracket
Last Top 25 ranking: No. 3, Week 11 2011
Location: St. Paul, MN
Enrollment (FT undergrads): 5780
Stadium: O'Shaughnessy Stadium (6000)
Playing surface: Turf
Conference: MIAC
Preseason ranking from Kickoff:
Head coach: Glenn Caruso (Ithaca '96)
Career record: 40-6 (.870), 46-18 overall
Base offense: Multiple one-back
Base defense: 3-4
Record in NCAA playoffs: 5-3 (1990, 2009-10)
NCAA D-III championships: None

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How they got here: Pool A, MIAC champ
You'll know they're playing well if: A receiver other than Fritz Waldvogel makes plays and special teams keeps the opposing return game in check.
You'll know they're playing poorly if: Dakota Tracy is the only one with any success running the ball and the Tommies are forced to throw more than they'd like.
This season's turning point: None. They've had a couple slow starts in games but have never really been in danger.
Rushing/passing yards per game: 214.8/216.3
Rushing/passing yards allowed: 54.4/169.8
How far can they go? Anything less than the semifinals is a disappointment, even with a big road trip potentially in the offing.
Titans Illinois Wesleyan Titans
Seed:Likely No. 3, Delaware Valley bracket
Last Top 25 ranking: No. 16, Week 11 2011
Location: Bloomington, IL
Enrollment (FT undergrads): 2113
Stadium: Wilder Field at Tucci Stadium (3500)
Playing surface: Turf
Conference: CCIW
Preseason ranking from Kickoff:
Head coach: Norm Eash (Illinois Wesleyan '75)
Career record: 158-83-1 (.655)
Base offense: Multiple I
Base defense: 4-3
Record in NCAA playoffs: 3-3 (1992, 1996, 2009)
NCAA D-III championships: None

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How they got here: Pool C
You'll know they're playing well if: The defense sets the offense up with short fields, the offense holds onto the ball and special teams keeps the other time from breaking open a big return.
You'll know they're playing poorly if: They can't get the run game going and the passing game can't compensate.
This season's turning point: A short Carthage punt and a long return set Illinois Wesleyan up at the Carthage 38 with 6:24 left, trailing 9-6. The Titans were in the end zone seven plays later, forced a fumble on Carthage's next play from scrimmage and ran out the clock.
Rushing/passing yards per game: 112.4/231.8
Rushing/passing yards allowed: 123.4/161.1
How far can they go? If the defense comes up big, it can stay in the bracket for a few weeks. Otherwise, they could go one-and-out.
Blue Jays Johns Hopkins Blue Jays
Seed:Likely No. 4, Delaware Valley bracket
Last Top 25 ranking: No. 13, Week 11 2011
Location: Baltimore, MD
Enrollment (FT undergrads): 5385
Stadium: Homewood Field (8500)
Playing surface: Turf
Conference: CC
Preseason ranking from Kickoff:
Head coach: Jim Margraff (Johns Hopkins '82)
Career record: 147-78-3 (.651)
Base offense: Pro set
Base defense: 4-4
Record in NCAA playoffs: 2-2 (2005, 2009)
NCAA D-III championships: None

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How they got here: Pool A, Centennial champ
You'll know they're playing well if: Hewitt Tomlin passes for more than 300 yards. While the ground game led by Jonathan Rigaud is impressive as well, Tomlin is widely seen as the face of the franchise – and he proves that week in and week out. His experience and leadership are his intangibles; stats such as his 23:5 touchdown-to-interception ratio are his tangibles.
You'll know they're playing poorly if: The defense stutters. Johns Hopkins is statistically fourth nationally in defense, keeping opponents in check on both sides of the ball. An offense that can chip away at JHU will cause havoc on the scoreboard.
This season's turning point: The last two weeks of the regular season. Both times, the Blue Jays had to come from behind to earn their narrow victories, and those games have likely taught the players and coaches more about themselves than did the 40-plus drubbings they handed out earlier in the season.
Rushing/passing yards per game: 181.0/319.3
Rushing/passing yards allowed: 97.2/131.9
How far can they go? Regional finals aren't out of the question.
Cardinals St. John Fisher Cardinals
Seed:Likely No. 5, Delaware Valley bracket
Last Top 25 ranking: No. 23, Week 8 2010
Location: Pittsford, NY
Enrollment (FT undergrads): 2660
Stadium: Growney Stadium (2100)
Playing surface: Turf
Conference: E8
Preseason ranking from Kickoff:
Head coach: Paul Vosburgh (William Penn '75)
Career record: 21st season, 186-117-1 overall
Base offense: Multiple pro
Base defense: 3-3
Record in NCAA playoffs: 6-3, 2004, 2006, 2007
NCAA D-III championships: None

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How they got here: Pool C
You'll know they're playing well if: The run defense is putting the clamps on. Look at how the Cardinals did against two triple-option teams. Springfield ran for just 146 yards and the Cardinals won 33-6. Salisbury ran for 361 yards and the Cardinals lost 41-21.
You'll know they're playing poorly if: Ryan Kramer is relying on his legs to make plays instead of his arm. This is a little counterintuitive since Kramer is the team’s leading rusher with 12 touchdowns. But the games in which the Cardinals have struggled are those in which the passing game was ineffective. Kramer is a threat to run, but if he’s forced to do that exclusively, it means something else is amiss.
This season's turning point: This weekend when St. John Fisher turned into the Comeback Cardinals. First St. John Fisher turned a 17-point first half deficit at Hartwick into a 55-28 victory. Then the selection committee gave the Cards second life by picking them for an at-large bid over one-loss Endicott and Case Western Reserve.
Rushing/passing yards per game: 213.3/156.1
Rushing/passing yards allowed: 146.0/173.1
How far can they go? The Cardinals' two lopsided losses to playoff participants Salisbury and Hobart don’t inspire a lot of confidence for a deep playoff run. But there’s a benefit to playing in a tough, deep conference. It gets teams ready for the NCAA playoffs, if they’re fortunate enough to reach it. It’s possible that the Cardinals could channel that experience into two playoff wins in this bracket.
Scots Monmouth Scots
Seed:Likely No. 6, Delaware Valley bracket
Last Top 25 ranking: No. 17, preseason 2010
Location: Monmouth, IL
Enrollment (FT undergrads): 1314
Stadium: April Zorn Memorial Stadium (2600)
Playing surface: Turf
Conference: MWC
Preseason ranking from Kickoff:
Head coach: Steve Bell (Bemidji State '91)
Career record: 12th season, 93-31
Base offense: Multiple no-huddle
Base defense: Multiple three-man front
Record in NCAA playoffs: 1-3, 2005, 2008-09
NCAA D-III championships: None

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How they got here: Pool A, MWC champ
You'll know they're playing well if: You hear Trey Yocum's name twice as often as Mike Blodgett's on offense and they can get enough defensive stops to let the offense do the rest.
You'll know they're playing poorly if: Defensive breakdowns lead to big plays and no amount of offense is enough to keep up.
This season's turning point: The return of linebacker Adam Hoste from injury. While he was out, Monmouth gave up 41 points to Beloit in a 63-41 win.
Rushing/passing yards per game: 214.5/342.2
Rushing/passing yards allowed: 141.8/225.1
How far can they go? They have enough offense to win their first-round game.
Saints St. Scholastica Saints
Seed:Likely No. 7, Delaware Valley bracket
Last Top 25 ranking: Never ranked
Location: Duluth, MN
Enrollment (FT undergrads): 2492
Stadium: Public School Stadium/MN-Duluth (5000)
Playing surface: Turf
Conference: UMAC
Preseason ranking from Kickoff:
Head coach: Greg Carlson (UW-Oshkosh)
Career record: 22-18 (.550), 139-97-2 overall
Base offense: Spread
Base defense: 4-3
Record in NCAA playoffs: First appearance
NCAA D-III championships: None

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How they got here: Pool A, UMAC champ
You'll know they're playing well if: Alex Thiry has time to throw, because he can hit his targets when he's not rushed. They elevate the pace of their game to match what one sees in a mid-to-high level conference or a playoff game.
You'll know they're playing poorly if: Opponents start drives with excellent field position and have more than one weapon on offense.
This season's turning point: The offseason, in which the rallying point was winning the conference's first-ever automatic bid in football.
Rushing/passing yards per game: 207.2/264.1
Rushing/passing yards allowed: 110.3/171.3
How far can they go? One and out, but it's interesting to ponder what the ceiling for the program might be. The Saints will have to break out of the UMAC norm in order to be a playoff threat.
Cadets Norwich Cadets
Seed:Likely No. 8, Delaware Valley bracket
Last Top 25 ranking: Never ranked
Location: Northfield, VT
Enrollment (FT undergrads): 1911
Stadium: Sabine Field (5000)
Playing surface: Grass
Conference: ECFC
Preseason ranking from Kickoff:
Head coach: Mark Murnyack (Juniata '96)
Career record: 7-3 (.700)
Base offense: Spread
Base defense: Multiple
Record in NCAA playoffs: First appearance
NCAA D-III championships: None

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How they got here: Pool A, ECFC champ
You'll know they're playing well if: Kris Sabourin has more run attempts than passing attempts and the clock keeps moving.
You'll know they're playing poorly if: Opponents throw at will, while Norwich has to throw to keep up or play catch-up.
This season's turning point: When their non-conference schedule ended and they no longer had to play teams from better leagues.
Rushing/passing yards per game: 316.0/54.5
Rushing/passing yards allowed: 144.8/199.6
How far can they go? One and out.
Sep. 23: All times Eastern
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at Framingham State 50, Massachusetts Maritime 7
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Muhlenberg 56, at Juniata 40
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at Dean 25, Becker 10
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Salisbury 27, at TCNJ 7
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MIT 38, at Catholic 21
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Merchant Marine 56, at Maine Maritime 31
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at Hobart 34, Endicott 17
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at Morrisville State 44, Nichols 22
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at Delaware Valley 27, Stevenson 7
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at Albright 9, Widener 7
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Christopher Newport 16, at Montclair State 8
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at Westminster (Pa.) 41, Bethany 14
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Middlebury 41, at Bowdoin 14
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Williams 24, at Colby 7
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Amherst 36, at Hamilton 6
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Ursinus 35, at Moravian 17
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Trinity (Conn.) 51, at Bates 0
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at LaGrange 38, Brevard 28
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Geneva 33, at Thiel 24
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at Plymouth State 37, Mass-Dartmouth 7
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Kean 28, at Southern Virginia 14
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Frostburg State 24, at Rowan 10
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Union 17, at Curry 14
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at Carnegie Mellon 37, Thomas More 17
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Lycoming 44, at King's 41
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at Western New England 21, Husson 14
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Johns Hopkins 41, at Dickinson 10
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at DePauw 51, Wooster 24
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at Ohio Wesleyan 37, Allegheny 21
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at Misericordia 43, Wilkes 14
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at Alfred 45, Rochester 7
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Wesley 66, at William Paterson 0
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at N.C. Wesleyan 35, Maryville (Tenn.) 25
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Huntingdon 31, at Ferrum 28
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at McDaniel 27, Gettysburg 20
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at Buffalo State 33, RPI 21
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Franklin and Marshall 27, at Susquehanna 24
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at Denison 45, Oberlin 17
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at Northwestern (Minn.) 10, Westminster (Mo.) 7
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at Eureka 44, Crown 20
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at Lebanon Valley 24, FDU-Florham 14
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at Heidelberg 47, John Carroll 21
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at Ohio Northern 35, Otterbein 7
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at Mount Union 55, Baldwin Wallace 7
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at Rose-Hulman 37, Defiance 14
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at Marietta 49, Muskingum 25
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Franklin 59, at Bluffton 30
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at Hanover 64, Anderson 21
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Mount St. Joseph 31, at Manchester 14
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Worcester State 34, at Westfield State 10
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Coast Guard 13, at Norwich 9
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at Fitchburg State 31, Bridgewater State 29
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Wittenberg 48, at Kenyon 11
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at Wabash 25, Hiram 21
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North Central (Ill.) 51, at Millikin 21
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at Millsaps 17, Sewanee 13
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at Rhodes 35, Birmingham-Southern 9
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at Hendrix 36, Austin 24
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at Martin Luther 34, Greenville 20
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at Trinity (Texas) 41, Chapman 35
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at Loras 73, Buena Vista 34
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at Wartburg 30, Washington U. 20
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at Gustavus Adolphus 51, Hamline 7
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Augsburg 48, at Carleton 28
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at Bethel 64, St. Olaf 7
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at Luther 21, Dubuque 17
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at Central 52, Nebraska Wesleyan 27
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Simpson 38, at Coe 33
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Wheaton (Ill.) 40, at Elmhurst 15
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St. Norbert 66, at Grinnell 13
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at Knox 13, Ripon 6
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at MacMurray 32, Iowa Wesleyan 14
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Hardin-Simmons 63, at Howard Payne 3
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Southwestern 37, at Louisiana College 34
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Monmouth 26, at Macalester 0
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at St. Thomas 20, St. John's 17
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at Springfield 42, WPI 10
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at Cornell 55, Beloit 36
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at Brockport 28, Utica 14
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at Hartwick 24, St. John Fisher 21
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at UW-La Crosse 41, Carroll 6
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at St. Scholastica 37, Minnesota-Morris 3
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at George Fox 44, UW-Eau Claire 0
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at Western Connecticut 37, Salve Regina 23
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at UW-Stevens Point 41, Adrian 28
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at Wesleyan 24, Tufts 17
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at Averett 35, Methodist 6
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at Berry 28, Centre 14
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at Case Western Reserve 56, Waynesburg 21
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at Grove City 24, St. Vincent 14
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at Illinois Wesleyan 18, North Park 0
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at Mary Hardin-Baylor 50, Texas Lutheran 7
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at UW-Platteville 56, Lakeland 22
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Carthage 55, at Augustana 14
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Chicago 28, at Illinois College 7
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at Sul Ross State 35, McMurry 7
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at Wilmington 37, Capital 30
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Lake Forest 42, at Lawrence 26
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at East Texas Baptist 79, Belhaven 40
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Arizona Christian 56, at Whittier 38
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Shenandoah at Randolph-Macon
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at Delaware Valley 27, Stevenson 7
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Wesley 66, at William Paterson 0
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at Alfred 45, Rochester 7
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Johns Hopkins 41, at Dickinson 10
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Frostburg State 24, at Rowan 10
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at Heidelberg 47, John Carroll 21
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at Mount Union 55, Baldwin Wallace 7
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Wittenberg 48, at Kenyon 11
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at Wabash 25, Hiram 21
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Hardin-Simmons 63, at Howard Payne 3
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North Central (Ill.) 51, at Millikin 21
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Wheaton (Ill.) 40, at Elmhurst 15
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at St. Thomas 20, St. John's 17
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at Brockport 28, Utica 14
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at Case Western Reserve 56, Waynesburg 21
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at Illinois Wesleyan 18, North Park 0
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at UW-Platteville 56, Lakeland 22
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at Mary Hardin-Baylor 50, Texas Lutheran 7
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