2011 playoffs: Mary Hardin-Baylor bracket

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Mary Hardin-Baylor Crusaders
Seed: No. 1, Mary Hardin-Baylor bracket
Last Top 25 ranking: No. 4, Week 11 2011
Location: Belton, TX
Enrollment (full-time undergrads): 2202
Stadium: Belton HS (8000)
Playing surface: Turf
Conference: ASC
Preseason ranking from Kickoff:
Head coach: Pete Fredenburg (Southwest Texas State)
Career record: 131-32 (.804)
Base offense: Multiple option
Base defense: 4-3
Record in NCAA playoffs: 16-9 (2001-02, 2004-10)
NCAA D-III championships: None
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How they got here: Pool A, ASC champ
You'll know they're playing well if: They're ballhawking in the secondary. UMHB has only picked off one pass in the last four games but that's more on the quality of opponent than anything else. And the run game -- this is Mary Hardin-Baylor, you know the deal.  They ran for 200 yards or more in every game.
You'll know they're playing poorly if: They're throwing too often. UMHB has had some good games throwing the ball but has thrown it away as well. After averaging 24 pass attempts in the first four contests and getting 10 passes picked off, the Cru has thrown 15 passes per game over the final six and thrown just two picks.
This season's turning point: Intercepting the two-point conversion pass of McMurry's Jake Mullin in the ASC opener, allowing the Cru to hold on against the War Hawks' furious post-lightning comeback.
Rushing/passing yards per game: 299.3/165.4
Rushing/passing yards allowed: 110.9/194.6
How far can they go? This isn't an easy bracket, but the Cru can win it.


Wesley Wolverines
Seed: Likely No. 2, Mary Hardin-Baylor bracket
Last Top 25 ranking: No. 7, Week 11 2011
Location: Dover, DE
Enrollment (full-time undergrads): 1812
Stadium: Scott D. Miller Stadium (2500)
Playing surface: Turf
Conference: IND
Preseason ranking from Kickoff:
Head coach: Mike Drass (Mansfield '82)
Career record: 164-46-1 (.780)
Base offense: Multiple pro
Base defense: 4-3
Record in NCAA playoffs: 15-7 (2000, 2005-10)
NCAA D-III championships: None
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How they got here: Pool B
You'll know they're playing well if: Quarterback Shane McSweeny, the team's second leading rusher, is scrambling and looking for contact in the opposing team's secondary and they're being appropriately aggressive on defense.
You'll know they're playing poorly if: The opposing team is able to run the ball. This season, teams have gained less than 2.3 yards per carry against Wesley, forcing passing situations in which the defense can create havoc. Also if personal fouls are an issue.
This season's turning point: Offensive coordinator Chip Knapp's son Ben, having a serious health issue on an overnight trip to Walsh Oct. 22. Since then, Wesley's players have matured and played with a sense of purpose, and the entire program seems both galvanized and inspired.
Rushing/passing yards per game: 207.8/186.6
Rushing/passing yards allowed: 74.0/163.5
How far can they go? To Round 2 or to Salem. In a loaded bracket, perhaps the wild card of the entire field.


Linfield Wildcats
Seed: Likely No. 3, Mary Hardin-Baylor bracket
Last Top 25 ranking: No. 5, Week 11 2011
Location: McMinnville, OR
Enrollment (full-time undergrads): 1659
Stadium: Maxwell Field (2250)
Playing surface: Turf
Conference: NWC
Preseason ranking from Kickoff:
Head coach: Joe Smith (Linfield '93)
Career record: 48-12 (.800)
Base offense: Spread
Base defense: 4-2
Record in NCAA playoffs: 13-6 (2000, 2002-05, 2009-10)
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: Mickey Inns is playing like a prototypical Linfield quarterback and there's enough run game, and run defense, to make it stand up.
You'll know they're playing poorly if: They put the ball on the turf, commit big-yardage penalties and otherwise can't get the defense off the field.
This season's turning point: Pick an extra point -- the three that Linfield blocked of the four Whitworth misses in Linfield's 42-38 victory in Week 10.
Rushing/receiving yards per game: 146.1/294.0
Rushing/receiving yards allowed: 92.1/193.2
How far can they go? It's not the ideal road, but there could be a semifinal trip. But each step of the way is a toss-up, including the opener.

 

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.


Trinity (Texas) Tigers
Seed: Likely No. 4, Mary Hardin-Baylor bracket
Last Top 25 ranking: No. 15, Week 11 2011
Location: San Antonio, TX
Enrollment (full-time undergrads): 2439
Stadium: E.M. Stevens Field (3500)
Playing surface: Grass
Conference: SCAC
Preseason ranking from Kickoff:
Head coach: Steve Mohr (Denison '76)
Career record: 174-65 (.728)
Base offense: Mutiple
Base defense: 3-4
Record in NCAA playoffs: 12-11 (1994, 1997-2005, 2007)
NCAA D-III championships: None
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How they got here: Pool A, SCAC champ
You'll know they're playing well if: The secondary is forcing turnovers. Led by senior defensive back Tyler Barrett, the Tigers are plus-13 in turnovers thanks to a hefty interception ratio. That same secondary also finished the season with the SCAC’s best pass defense at 133 yards per game.
You'll know they're playing poorly if: Trinity is sluggish in scoring in the first and third quarters. The Tigers are at their best at these points in the game, so far outscoring opponents 143-27 in these quarters. However, if they’re not gaining momentum at these points in the game, it has often translated into duller play in the latter part of the half and closer-than-expected games.
This season's turning point: The offseason, in which they were able to put the first losing season in nearly two decades behind them. It took effort to refocus the team and emerge through the 2011 regular season undefeated.
Rushing/passing yards per game: 167.5/154.3
Rushing/passing yards allowed: 108.9/133.2
How far can they go? Through the first round of the Texas subbracket and into the clutches of Mary Hardin-Baylor.


McMurry War Hawks
Seed: Likely No. 5, Mary Hardin-Baylor bracket
Last Top 25 ranking: No. 19, Week 11 2011
Location: Abilene, TX
Enrollment (full-time undergrads): 1205
Stadium: Wilford Moore Stadium (3500)
Playing surface: Turf
Conference: ASC
Preseason ranking from Kickoff:
Head coach: Hal Mumme (Tarleton State '74)
Career record: 126-114 (.525), 18-12 at McMurry
Base offense: Air Raid
Base defense: 3-3-5
Record in NCAA playoffs: First appearance
NCAA D-III championships: None
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How they got here: Pool C
You'll know they're playing well if: Jake Mullin has time to throw and find his multiple targets. Unfortunately, Mullin was on crutches at the end of the game in Week 11 against Mississippi College. His backup has thrown four interceptions in 60 attempts. The defense gets takeaways that McMurry can convert into points.
You'll know they're playing poorly if: They have to settle for shorter routes because the pass protection isn't there and they end up with more sacks than 20-yard gains. Opposing defenses bend, rather than break.
This season's turning point: Lightning strikes with 8:41 left in the first half and McMurry trailing 21-6 at Mary Hardin-Baylor. After nearly an hour-long break, the War Hawks rally to come within a two-point conversion attempt of taking the lead.
Rushing/passing yards per game: 101.8/369.8
Rushing/passing yards allowed: 153.3/211.1
How far can they go? They have a chance to get out of Texas, if Mullin is healthy.


Cal Lutheran Kingsmen
Seed: No. 6, Mary Hardin-Baylor bracket
Last Top 25 ranking: No. 8, Week 11 2011
Location: Thousand Oaks, CA
Enrollment (full-time undergrads): 2001
Stadium: William Roland Stadium (4000)
Playing surface: Turf
Conference: SCIAC
Preseason ranking from Kickoff:
Head coach: Ben McEnroe (Cal Lutheran '92)
Career record: 35-11 (.761)
Base offense: Multiple
Base defense: 3-3-5
Record in NCAA playoffs: 0-2 (2009-10)
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: They run the ball twice as often as they throw it, and after establishing the run, they get wide receiver Eric Rogers the ball in the open field.
You'll know they're playing poorly if: They can't hold opposing run games in check. Linfield (256), Redlands (241) and Chapman (219) ran for over 200 yards on the Kingsmen and scored the most points anyone did on Cal Lu all season.
This season's turning point: Coming out of the locker room for the second half against Redlands, scoring 28 unanswered points to defeat the Bulldogs 28-24.
Rushing/passing yards per game: 260.7/227.8
Rushing/passing yards allowed: 130.4/161.7
How far can they go? If the team that has played the last nine weeks is the one that comes to play, they have a shot at the regional final. But Linfield is the place where the SCIAC goes to die.


Hobart Statesmen
Seed: Likely No. 7, Mary Hardin-Baylor bracket
Last Top 25 ranking: No. 24, Week 9 2011
Location: Geneva, NY
Enrollment (full-time undergrads): 2050
Stadium: Boswell Field (4500)
Playing surface: Turf
Conference: LL
Preseason ranking from Kickoff:
Head coach: Michael Cragg (Slippery Rock '83)
Career record: 108-49 (.688)
Base offense: Spread
Base defense: Multiple
Record in NCAA playoffs: 4-7 (2000, 2002, 2004-08)
NCAA D-III championships: None
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How they got here: Pool A, LL champ
You'll know they're playing well if: Junior QB Nick Strang plays and is hitting his targets with consistency. Strang threw 11 touchdowns and just four interceptions in the first five games, which Hobart won by an average of 26 points. In the final three games, Strang threw four touchdowns and five interceptions and Hobart outscored opponents by an average of nine. This assumes Strang plays, as he suffered a concussion in the final game of the season at Rochester.
You'll know they're playing poorly if: The defense gives up points, especially in the secondary. Sophomore linebacker Devin Worthington and freshman defensive end Tyre Coleman have been simply stellar this year. Hobart's given up over 20 points in just two games this season -- one of which was a 29-28 loss to RPI. RPI threw for 299 yards and three touchdowns in the win, perhaps avoiding the front seven altogether.
This season's turning point: In their second game of the season, Hobart went from marginal favorite in the Liberty League race to expected champion following a 36-point win against a vaunted St. John Fisher team.
Rushing/passing yards per game: 210.6/192.4
Rushing/passing yards allowed: 109.5/149.9
How far can they go? Home for the holidays. Hobart is banged up on offense and struggling on special teams. Even if Strang can play, receivers Junior Woodard and Garth Muratori are not at 100 percent and Yosh Karbowniczak has an ankle injury. Don't book that west-coast trip yet.


Redlands Bulldogs
Seed: Likely No. 8, Mary Hardin-Baylor bracket
Last Top 25 ranking: No. 14, Week 11 2011
Location: Redlands, CA
Enrollment (full-time undergrads): 2786
Stadium: Ted Runner Stadium (6750)
Playing surface: Grass
Conference: SCIAC
Preseason ranking from Kickoff:
Head coach: Mike Maynard (Illinois Wesleyan '80)
Career record: 151-68 (.689)
Base offense: Spread
Base defense: 3-3-5
Record in NCAA playoffs: 0-5 (1990, 1992, 2002-03, 2007)
NCAA D-III championships: None
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How they got here: Pool C
You'll know they're playing well if: They throw under 30 times per game and can also control the opponent's passing game. More than half of the Bulldogs' opponents threw for more than 300 yards.
You'll know they're playing poorly if: Just take quarterback Chad Hurst as an example -- he was a respectable 8-for-17 for 97 yards in the first half as Redlands built up its halftime lead at Cal Lutheran, then 4-for-13 for 36 yards in the second half with an interception.
This season's turning point: Any of several nail-biters down the stretch, each of which Redlands survived after coughing up a 24-point halftime lead at Cal Lutheran.
Rushing/passing yards per game: 211.1/212.8
Rushing/passing yards allowed: 117.6/272.3
How far can they go? This is a one-and-out situation. Teams that struggle to put away Claremont, Occidental, La Verne and Chapman don't win on the road in the playoffs.


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Sep. 30: All times Eastern
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Randolph-Macon 24, at Shenandoah 19
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at Washington and Lee 49, Emory and Henry 23
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Massachusetts Maritime 30, at Fitchburg State 0
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Becker 42, at Gallaudet 18
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at Hobart 38, Merchant Marine 35
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RPI 51, at Rochester 13
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Endicott 21, at MIT 9
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at Johns Hopkins 52, Juniata 17
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at William Paterson 18, Montclair State 13
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at Wesleyan 34, Hamilton 6
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at Tufts 12, Bates 7
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Wabash 45, at Hiram 21
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Middlebury 35, at Colby 14
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Amherst 31, at Bowdoin 10
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Frostburg State 25, at Kean 18
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at DePauw 48, Kenyon 35
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Ferrum 30, at Greensboro 0
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Maryville (Tenn.) 52, at Methodist 13
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FDU-Florham 32, at Wilkes 28
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at Castleton 23, Anna Maria 13
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Moravian 33, at Ursinus 32
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Stevenson 48, at Misericordia 0
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at St. Lawrence 42, Springfield 14
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Thomas More 45, at Westminster (Pa.) 35
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Alma 56, at Kalamazoo 26
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Franklin and Marshall 20, at Dickinson 10
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Wesley 63, at Southern Virginia 9
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Adrian 28, at Albion 21
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Husson 33, at SUNY-Maritime 12
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Apprentice 24, at Alfred State 8
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at Salisbury 41, TCNJ 6
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at St. John Fisher 28, Buffalo State 24
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Salve Regina 47, at Curry 14
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at Gettysburg 38, McDaniel 23
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Delaware Valley 48, at Lebanon Valley 0
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at Denison 21, Ohio Wesleyan 14
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at Ithaca 23, Utica 14
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Alfred 49, at Morrisville State 24
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Western New England 56, at Nichols 27
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at Albright 27, King's 7
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at Guilford 59, Catholic 0
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Muhlenberg 33, at Susquehanna 30
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at N.C. Wesleyan 41, Huntingdon 31
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at MacMurray 31, Minnesota-Morris 10
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at Chicago 38, Birmingham-Southern 34
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Westminster (Mo.) 35, at Crown 7
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at Allegheny 26, Oberlin 21
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Mount Ida 15, at Norwich 14
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Trinity (Conn.) 38, at Williams 13
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at Marietta 62, Baldwin Wallace 56
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at Heidelberg 27, Muskingum 24
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at WPI 21, Union 14
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at Coast Guard 36, Maine Maritime 30
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John Carroll 67, at Wilmington 7
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Mount Union 38, at Ohio Northern 21
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Franklin 41, at Manchester 27
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Mount St. Joseph 42, at Hanover 6
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Widener 24, at Lycoming 21
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Defiance 59, at Earlham 28
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at Trine 62, Concordia-Chicago 19
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Capital 42, at Otterbein 41
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at Westfield State 14, Plymouth State 13
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Wittenberg 41, at Wooster 13
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at Rose-Hulman 44, Anderson 10
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at Bridgewater 45, Hampden-Sydney 35
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Waynesburg 14, at Grove City 10
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Cortland 50, at Hartwick 47
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at Hendrix 35, Centre 28
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Eureka 27, at Greenville 13
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Northwestern (Minn.) 25, at Iowa Wesleyan 18
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at Lakeland 16, Concordia (Wis.) 7
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at Benedictine 67, Rockford 15
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Aurora 48, at Wisconsin Lutheran 13
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Nebraska Wesleyan 27, at Luther 24
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Rhodes 36, at Sewanee 21
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at St. Norbert 35, Lake Forest 21
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Concordia-Moorhead 46, at Gustavus Adolphus 21
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at Carleton 34, Hamline 31
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St. John's 42, at Bethel 27
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UW-Whitewater 30, at UW-Platteville 24
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Buena Vista 34, at Loras 24
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at Hardin-Simmons 53, Sul Ross State 29
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UW-Stevens Point 28, at UW-Eau Claire 19
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at Lawrence 36, Beloit 22
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at Monmouth 57, Cornell 14
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at Coe 37, Wartburg 34
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Dubuque 35, at Central 17
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Wheaton (Ill.) 48, at Illinois Wesleyan 24
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at Mary Hardin-Baylor 66, McMurry 3
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Elmhurst 14, at Augustana 3
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Macalester 16, at Ripon 8
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at Illinois College 50, Grinnell 14
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at Louisiana College 35, Howard Payne 7
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East Texas Baptist 60, at Belhaven 47
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at St. Thomas 55, Augsburg 7
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Washington and Jefferson 62, at Thiel 14
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Maranatha Baptist at Morthland
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St. Scholastica at Martin Luther
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Carthage 38, at Carroll 14
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at UW-Oshkosh 45, UW-Stout 17
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42 Willamette
24 Puget Sound
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Whittier at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
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10 Pacific
20 Pacific Lutheran
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7 Lewis and Clark
55 Linfield
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Framingham State at Mass-Dartmouth
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10 Averett
13 LaGrange
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15 Whitworth
24 George Fox
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UW-River Falls at UW-La Crosse
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6 Olivet
0 Hope
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0 Bethany
7 Carnegie Mellon
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14 St. Vincent
7 Case Western Reserve
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0 Christopher Newport
7 Rowan
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Bridgewater State at Western Connecticut
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Berry at Washington U.
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North Park at Millikin
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Pomona-Pitzer at Chapman
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La Verne at Cal Lutheran
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Occidental at Redlands
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at Hobart 38, Merchant Marine 35
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at Johns Hopkins 52, Juniata 17
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at Salisbury 41, TCNJ 6
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Thomas More 45, at Westminster (Pa.) 35
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Wabash 45, at Hiram 21
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at St. John Fisher 28, Buffalo State 24
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Stevenson 48, at Misericordia 0
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at St. Lawrence 42, Springfield 14
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at N.C. Wesleyan 41, Huntingdon 31
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Mount Union 38, at Ohio Northern 21
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Franklin 41, at Manchester 27
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Wittenberg 41, at Wooster 13
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Wheaton (Ill.) 48, at Illinois Wesleyan 24
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UW-Whitewater 30, at UW-Platteville 24
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St. John's 42, at Bethel 27
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at Mary Hardin-Baylor 66, McMurry 3
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at Hardin-Simmons 53, Sul Ross State 29
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East Texas Baptist 60, at Belhaven 47
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Dubuque 35, at Central 17
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at St. Thomas 55, Augsburg 7
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at UW-Oshkosh 45, UW-Stout 17
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7 Lewis and Clark
55 Linfield
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0 Christopher Newport
7 Rowan
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