2012 playoffs: St. Thomas bracket

Mount Union bracket | Mary Hardin-Baylor bracket | UW-Whitewater bracket | Bethel bracket
Download the 2013 playoff bracket | Bracket challenge | More 2013 playoff coverage

St. Thomas Tommies
Seed: No. 1 seed, St. Thomas bracket
Last Top 25 ranking: No. 4, Week 11 2012
Location: St. Paul, MN
Enrollment: 5780
Stadium: O'Shaughnessy Stadium (6000)
Playing surface: Turf
Conference: MIAC
Preseason ranking from Kickoff: 8
Head coach: Glenn Caruso (Ithaca '96)
Career record: 53-7 (.883); 59-19 overall
Base offense: Multiple one-back
Base defense: 4-3
Record in NCAA playoffs: 7-4 (1990, 2009-11)
Championships: None
D3football.com team page: Schedule and results, more news
How they got here: Pool A, MIAC champ
You'll know they're playing well if: The defense gets off the field quickly, provides the offense with short fields, or both.
You'll know they're playing poorly if: They're forced to lean on their young running backs.
This season's turning point: New starting quarterback Matt O'Connell survived his trial by fire in the season opener, helping lead the Tommies to two TDs in the final four minutes of the game to beat UW-Eau Claire 27-24.
Rushing/passing yards per game: 250.1/226.9
Rushing/passing yards allowed: 72.2/197.0
How far can they go? They have the defense to get them to Salem if the offense can hold up its end of the bargain.
comments powered by Disqus

Hobart Statesmen
Seed: Likely No. 2, St. Thomas bracket
Last Top 25 ranking: No. 7, Week 11 2012
Location: Geneva, NY
Enrollment: 2050
Stadium: Boswell Field (4500)
Playing surface: Turf
Conference: LL
Preseason ranking from Kickoff: 22
Head coach: Michael Cragg (Slippery Rock '83)
Career record: 126-53 (.721)
Base offense: Spread
Base defense: Multiple
Record in NCAA playoffs: 4-8 (2000, 2002, 2004-08, 2011)
Championships: None
D3football.com team page: Schedule and results, more news
How they got here: Pool A, LL champ
You'll know they're playing well if: They are getting good play from the lines. The Statesmen are fourth in the nation in sacks, with 38 in 10 games, and third in the nation in sacks allowed, with just four.
You'll know they're playing poorly if: They are turning the ball over. Hobart has only 16 all season, but they've come in bunches (three fumbles at Utica, three interceptions by Merchant Marine), and the Statesmen don't generate turnovers to cancel them out. They are one of four playoff teams with a negative turnover margin. Also if they are giving up rushing yards; they held seven of 10 opponents to 85 yards or less.
This season's turning point: An 11-play drive to end the third quarter to hold off a furiously rallying Union in the Statesmen's closest game of the year paved the way for the 10-0 finish.
Rushing/passing yards per game: 237.5/197.7
Rushing/passing yards allowed: 84.3/145.5
How far can they go? To St. Thomas for the national quarterfinals.
comments powered by Disqus

Coe Kohawks
Seed: Likely No. 3, St. Thomas bracket
Last Top 25 ranking: No. 10, Week 11 2012
Location: Cedar Rapids, IA
Enrollment: 1249
Stadium: Clark (1200)
Playing surface: Turf
Conference: IIAC
Preseason ranking from Kickoff: 48
Head coach: Steve Staker (Upper Iowa '68)
Career record: 39-14 (.736)
Base offense: Spread
Base defense: 4-3
Record in NCAA playoffs: 2-7 (1985, 1991, 1993, 2002, 2005, 2009-10)
Championships: None
D3football.com team page: Schedule and results, more news
How they got here: Pool A, IIAC champ
You'll know they're playing well if: Brendan Leiran has more than 100 yards. After sitting out the first two games with injuries, he has rushed for 100 or more in six of eight games. 
You'll know they're playing poorly if: They are losing the turnover battle. Coe entered last week's game against Central No. 1 in the country in turnover margin. The two games where Coe has lost the turnover battle (Dubuque & Central) were Coe's closest two games.
This season's turning point: Scoring a touchdown and hitting the two-point conversion with 48 seconds left at Dubuque, then going on to win in the second overtime.
Rushing/passing yards per game: 212.0/248.3
Rushing/passing yards allowed: 84.7/213.4
How far can they go? To the second round, perhaps.
comments powered by Disqus

Heidelberg Student Princes
Seed: Likely No. 4, St. Thomas bracket
Last Top 25 ranking: No. 12, Week 11 2012
Location: Tiffin, OH
Enrollment: 1204
Stadium: Frost-Kalnow Stadium (7,500)
Playing surface: Turf
Conference: OAC
Preseason ranking from Kickoff: 36
Head coach: Mike Hallett (Mount Union '94)
Career record: 34-26 (.567)
Base offense: Multiple Pro-I
Base defense: 3-4
Record in NCAA playoffs: None
Championships: None
D3football.com team page: Schedule and results, more news
How they got here: Pool C
You'll know they're playing well if: The defensive line finds its way into the backfield. The defense prides itself on playing with a sort of "controlled rage," and if the line can break through and get pressure on the quarterback, good things can also happen for the linebackers and secondary. This year, the team is fifth in the nation in sacks and 13th in tackles for loss.
You'll know they're playing poorly if: The quarterback can't connect with his receivers on short pass plays. The Student Princes use a hurry-up offense, which relies on out-routes and curls to give the running backs a break and to move the chains.
This season's turning point: The loss at Mount Union. While beating Otterbein and Baldwin Wallace were the two key wins that propelled Heidelberg into the postseason, it was the UMU game, which was 12-7 at the half, that showed that the Student Princes are more contender than pretender on the national stage.
Rushing/passing yards per game: 238.3/236.2
Rushing/passing yards allowed: 122.5/199.0
How far can they go? With the schedule they've had this year, the regional finals are definitely within reach.
comments powered by Disqus

Elmhurst Bluejays
Seed: Likely No. 5, St. Thomas bracket
Last Top 25 ranking: No. 17, Week 11 2012
Location: Elmhurst, IL
Enrollment: 2748
Stadium: Langhorst Field (2500)
Playing surface: Turf
Conference: CCIW
Preseason ranking from Kickoff: 55
Head coach: Tim Lester (Western Michigan '00)
Career record: 32-18 (.640)
Base offense: Pistol
Base defense: 3-4
Record in NCAA playoffs: First appearance
Championships: None
D3football.com team page: Schedule and results, more news
How they got here: Pool C
You'll know they're playing well if: The defense is getting turnovers, having led the CCIW in at plus-17. The defense gives up a lot of yards but they get stops/turnovers at key times to stop momentum. On offense, if they are throwing the ball less than 20 times. That means they are getting meaningful yards on the ground on first and second down.
You'll know they're playing poorly if: They are playing from behind. They led at the half in eight of their 10 games this season and their run oriented offense is deadly late in a close game. Offensively, if they are in second- and third-and-long.
This season's turning point: Stopping Wheaton twice in the fourth quarter, including on a fourth-and-1 from inside the 5-yard line, to win 35-30.
Rushing/passing yards per game: 252.7/169.5
Rushing/passing yards allowed: 202.1/177.4
How far can they go? To the twin cities for Round 2.
comments powered by Disqus

Wittenberg Tigers
Seed: Likely No. 6, St. Thomas bracket
Last Top 25 ranking: No. 24, Week 11 2012
Location: Springfield, OH
Enrollment: 1842
Stadium: Edwards/Maurer Field (5,000)
Playing surface: Turf
Conference: NCAC
Preseason ranking from Kickoff: 33
Head coach: Joe Fincham (Ohio U. '88)
Career record: 153-34 (.818)
Base offense: Pro set
Base defense: 4-3
Record in NCAA playoffs: 19-12 (1973, 1975, 1978-79, 1988, 1995, 1998-2002, 2006, 2009-10)
Championships: 1973, 1975
D3football.com team page: Schedule and results, more news
How they got here: Pool A, NCAC champs
You'll know they're playing well if: Wittenberg is piling up the yards on offense. Four hundred-yard outings were fairly common for the Tigers this year, but their huge games saw them racking up at least 500 yards with a balance of running and passing efforts. Quarterback Reed Florence has at least three targets he feels comfortable throwing to often.
You'll know they're playing poorly if: They're trailing during the middle quarters. Against teams like Wabash or Wooster, the Tigers fell behind and struggled to find their stride, instead relying on big plays to keep them competitive. While big plays should be a part of Witt's game plan, the team will be in trouble if the scoreboard forces the team into such play-calling.
This season's turning point: The October loss to Wabash. The defeat did more than just show Wittenberg that they needed to be flawless down the stretch to get into the playoffs; that game also marked the first 100-yard rushing effort by freshman Jimmy Dehnke, who would go on to repeat the feat three more times this season. The Tigers would have been lost this season without the reliability of Dehnke.
Rushing/passing yards per game: 196.2/250.5
Rushing/passing yards allowed: 106.3/191.3
How far can they go? The right bounces will get them through Round 1.
comments powered by Disqus

Washington and Lee Generals
Seed: Likely No. 7 seed, St. Thomas bracket
Last Top 25 ranking: Never ranked
Location: Lexington, VA
Enrollment: 1,749
Stadium: Wilson Field (4,000)
Playing surface: Turf
Conference: ODAC
Preseason ranking from Kickoff: 62
Head coach: Scott Abel (Longwood '92)
Career record: 8-2
Base offense: Multiple spread option
Base defense: Multiple 3-4
Record in NCAA playoffs: 0-2 (2006, 2010)
Championships: None
D3football.com team page: Schedule and results, more news
How they got here: Poll A, ODAC champ
You'll know they're playing well if: They hit their magic number of 400. Since 2010, W&L is undefeated in games in which it has amassed at least 400 yards of rushing offense. And the team has scored an average of almost 50 points in those outings. Led by senior Luke Heinsohn, who is complemented by Brett Murray and Sasha Vandalov, the Generals' offense is a clear threat to anyone it lines up against.
You'll know they're playing poorly if: They can't control the opposing team’s passing game. The General have been scored upon in a big way by teams that can rack up 300 or 400 yards through the air.
This season's turning point: The 45-42 quintuple overtime shootout against Hampden-Sydney early this month. The game was widely seen as the most anticipated in determining the likely conference title winner, and W&L had to come out swinging in the second half to overcome an 11-point deficit. It highlighted the Generals' determination and their ability to claw their way back into the mix without the need for a fast-moving, dynamic passing game.
Rushing/passing yards per game: 381.3/69.3
Rushing/passing yards allowed: 156.3/210.1
How far can they go? Teams not used to W&L's option offense could be surprised and handed upset losses. But the Generals' opponents have seen a lot through the season. If the chips fall right, a Round 1 win is possible, but Round 2 is where the ride ends.
comments powered by Disqus

St. Norbert Green Knights
Seed: Likely No. 8, St. Thomas bracket
Last Top 25 ranking: No. 24, Week 11 2007
Location: De Pere, WI
Enrollment: 2019
Stadium: Donald J. Schneider Stadium (2500)
Playing surface: Turf
Conference: MWC
Preseason ranking from Kickoff: 61
Head coach: Jim Purtill (Miami, Ohio '78)
Career record: 122-26 (.824); 122-35-1 overall
Base offense: Pro I
Base defense: 4-3
Record in NCAA playoffs: 1-9 (1989, 1999, 2000-01, 2003-04, 2006-07, 2010)
Championships: None
D3football.com team page: Schedule and results, more news
How they got here: Pool A, MWC champ
You'll know they're playing well if: If the offense is churning out first downs and not giving the defense short fields to defend.
You'll know they're playing poorly if: If the running game is not effective in controlling the clock.
This season's turning point: Surviving a late rally by Cornell in a 20-16 road win onOct. 6, a win that started St. Norbert's five-game winning streak.
Rushing/passing yards per game: 143.3/176.8
Rushing/passing yards allowed: 105.0/191.3
How far can they go? This is another one-and-out situation for the Green Knights.
comments powered by Disqus

Mount Union bracket | Mary Hardin-Baylor bracket | UW-Whitewater bracket | Bethel bracket

Oct. 17: All times Eastern
Final
Johns Hopkins 42, at Dickinson 7
Box Score Recap
Oct. 18: All times Eastern
Final
MIT 52, at Nichols 20
Box Score Recap
Final
at Colby 47, Hamilton 14
Box Score Recap Recap
Final - OT
Western Connecticut 20, at Fitchburg State 14
Box Score
Final
at Maine Maritime 13, Coast Guard 7
Box Score
Final
at Salve Regina 49, Curry 6
Box Score Photos
Final
Westfield State 32, at Massachusetts Maritime 16
Box Score Recap
Final
at Juniata 38, Ursinus 10
Box Score
Final
Trinity (Conn.) 17, at Bowdoin 10
Box Score
Final
at Husson 12, Gallaudet 6
Box Score Recap
Final
at Middlebury 35, Bates 6
Box Score
Final
at Mount Ida 26, Castleton State 21
Box Score Recap
Final
Kean 30, at William Paterson 24
Box Score Recap
Final
at Cortland State 35, Southern Virginia 0
Box Score Recap
Final
at Franklin and Marshall 31, McDaniel 7
Box Score
Final
Ohio Wesleyan 23, at DePauw 16
Box Score
Final
Susquehanna 24, at Moravian 21
Box Score Photos
Final
Washington and Jefferson 34, at Bethany 3
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
Shenandoah 24, at Catholic 14
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
Concordia (Wis.) 49, at Trine 46
Box Score
Final
at Hampden-Sydney 49, Emory and Henry 27
Box Score
Final
at Washington and Lee 28, Randolph-Macon 25
Box Score
Final
at Carnegie Mellon 21, Grove City 10
Box Score Photos
Final
at Guilford 35, Bridgewater (Va.) 28
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
at Widener 59, Wilkes 12
Box Score
Final
Methodist 73, at LaGrange 28
Box Score
Final
Maryville (Tenn.) 39, at Greensboro 14
Box Score Photos
Final
Brockport State 45, at Alfred 42
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
Huntingdon 35, at Ferrum 16
Box Score
Final - 2OT
at Frostburg State 38, Ithaca 37
Box Score Recap
Final
Waynesburg 26, at Westminster (Pa.) 21
Final
at Muhlenberg 47, Gettysburg 6
Box Score Recap
Final
Wabash 52, at Kenyon 10
Box Score Recap
Final
at Salisbury 59, Hartwick 49
Box Score Photos
Final
at Bridgewater State 24, Plymouth State 0
Box Score Recap
Final
St. John Fisher 42, at Utica 7
Box Score Recap
Final
King's 45, at FDU-Florham 17
Final
at Rochester 34, RPI 20
Box Score Recap
Final
at Berry 46, Hendrix 24
Box Score Recap
Cancelled
Maranatha Baptist at Washington U.
Final
at Northwestern (Minn.) 35, Greenville 28
Box Score Recap
Final - OT
Amherst 33, at Wesleyan 30
Box Score
Final
at Tufts 27, Williams 20
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Case Western Reserve 33, Geneva 19
Box Score Photos
Final
Franklin 38, at Mount St. Joseph 28
Box Score
Final
at Thomas More 49, St. Vincent 7
Box Score Recap
Final
Baldwin Wallace 56, at Wilmington 17
Box Score Photos
Final
at Mount Union 58, Heidelberg 17
Box Score Recap Photos Photos
Final
Rose-Hulman 28, at Defiance 12
Box Score
Final
at John Carroll 80, Marietta 0
Box Score Recap
Final
at Anderson 37, Hanover 35
Box Score
Final
Bluffton 24, at Earlham 22
Box Score Recap
Final
Otterbein 32, at Muskingum 20
Box Score
Final
at Springfield 48, Merchant Marine 21
Box Score
Final
Ohio Northern 38, at Capital 31
Box Score
Final - OT
at Hope 42, Olivet 35
Box Score Recap Recap Photos
Final
at Kalamazoo 45, Alma 24
Box Score Recap
Final
at Rowan 31, Morrisville State 0
Box Score Recap
Final
Oberlin 37, at Allegheny 9
Box Score Recap
Final
Lakeland 34, at Rockford 7
Box Score Recap
Final
at Bethel 52, Chicago 21
Box Score Photos
Final
Wisconsin Lutheran 59, at Concordia-Chicago 15
Box Score
Final
Centre 31, at Sewanee 3
Box Score
Final
St. John's 29, at Gustavus Adolphus 19
Box Score Photos
Final
St. Olaf 17, at Carleton 13
Box Score
Final
Concordia-Moorhead 41, at Augsburg 21
Box Score
Final
Monmouth 31, at Lake Forest 7
Box Score
Final
Birmingham-Southern 16, at Millsaps 14
Box Score
Final
Coe 35, at Simpson 21
Box Score
Final
at Buena Vista 48, Luther 41
Box Score
Final
Macalester 28, at Beloit 21
Box Score
Final
at St. Norbert 13, Ripon 10
Box Score Recap
Final
at Mary Hardin-Baylor 45, Louisiana College 24
Box Score Recap
Final
Augustana 7, at Illinois Wesleyan 2
Box Score Recap
Final
at Central 41, Loras 14
Box Score Recap
Final
MacMurray 58, at Eureka 27
Box Score
Final
at UW-La Crosse 21, UW-Stout 7
Box Score Recap
Final
Illinois College 35, at Grinnell 10
Box Score
Final
at Iowa Wesleyan 37, Westminster (Mo.) 21
Box Score
Final
Benedictine 26, at Aurora 0
Box Score Recap
Final
St. Thomas 62, at Hamline 24
Box Score Recap
Final
Norwich 37, at Becker 20
Box Score Recap
Final
at Worcester State 50, Mass-Dartmouth 43
Box Score Recap
Final
at Hardin-Simmons 19, Sul Ross State 12
Box Score Photos
Final
at Wartburg 42, Dubuque 9
Box Score
Final
at UW-Oshkosh 37, UW-River Falls 7
Box Score
Final
Delaware Valley 35, at Stevenson 13
Box Score Recap
Final
SUNY-Maritime 40, at Anna Maria 12
Box Score Recap
Final
Wittenberg 42, at Wooster 7
Box Score Recap
Final
Wesley 70, at Menlo 2
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
St. Scholastica 49, at Martin Luther 14
Box Score
Final
Austin 27, at Southwestern Assemblies 20
Photos
Final
UW-Whitewater 52, at UW-Eau Claire 3
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at North Central (Ill.) 53, Carthage 23
Box Score Recap
Final
at UW-Platteville 31, UW-Stevens Point 13
Box Score Recap Photos Photos
Final
at Elmhurst 28, North Park 0
Final
at Cornell 49, Knox 29
Box Score
Final
at Montclair State 28, TCNJ 7
Box Score Recap
Final
Western New England 36, at Union 14
Box Score Recap
Final
at Carroll 76, Lawrence 7
Box Score
Final
at Pacific 31, Pacific Lutheran 28
Box Score Recap
Final
at Cal Lutheran 41, Pomona-Pitzer 17
Box Score Photos
Final
at Willamette 45, Lewis and Clark 7
Box Score Recap
Final
Puget Sound 33, at George Fox 14
Box Score
Final
at Linfield 65, Whitworth 13
Box Score Recap
Final
at Adrian 47, Albion 26
Box Score Recap Recap Photos
Final
Christopher Newport 38, at Averett 7
Box Score
Final
at Alfred State 10, Erie CC 3
Box Score Photos
Final
at Crown 30, Minnesota-Morris 27
Box Score
Final
at Trinity (Texas) 22, Southwestern 19
Box Score
Final
Howard Payne 54, at East Texas Baptist 53
Box Score
Final
Wheaton (Ill.) 28, at Millikin 3
Box Score
Final
at Whittier 36, La Verne 17
Box Score Photos Photos
Final
at Redlands 31, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 7
Box Score Recap
Final
at Chapman 59, Occidental 21
Box Score
Oct. 24: All times Eastern
7:00 PM
Gettysburg at Johns Hopkins
Oct. 18: All times Eastern
Final
Wheaton (Ill.) 28, at Millikin 3
Box Score
Final
Wesley 70, at Menlo 2
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
Wittenberg 42, at Wooster 7
Box Score Recap
Final
Delaware Valley 35, at Stevenson 13
Box Score Recap
Final
at Mount Union 58, Heidelberg 17
Box Score Recap Photos Photos
Final
at Thomas More 49, St. Vincent 7
Box Score Recap
Final
at John Carroll 80, Marietta 0
Box Score Recap
Final
at Hampden-Sydney 49, Emory and Henry 27
Box Score
Final
Wabash 52, at Kenyon 10
Box Score Recap
Final
St. John Fisher 42, at Utica 7
Box Score Recap
Final
Washington and Jefferson 34, at Bethany 3
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
at North Central (Ill.) 53, Carthage 23
Box Score Recap
Final
UW-Whitewater 52, at UW-Eau Claire 3
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at UW-Platteville 31, UW-Stevens Point 13
Box Score Recap Photos Photos
Final
at Wartburg 42, Dubuque 9
Box Score
Final
St. Thomas 62, at Hamline 24
Box Score Recap
Final
at Bethel 52, Chicago 21
Box Score Photos
Final
at Mary Hardin-Baylor 45, Louisiana College 24
Box Score Recap
Final
Concordia-Moorhead 41, at Augsburg 21
Box Score
Final
St. John's 29, at Gustavus Adolphus 19
Box Score Photos
Final
at Linfield 65, Whitworth 13
Box Score Recap
Final
at Pacific 31, Pacific Lutheran 28
Box Score Recap
Oct. 17: All times Eastern
Final
Johns Hopkins 42, at Dickinson 7
Box Score Recap

What We're Reading