2012 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. 2, Week 11 2012
Location: Belton, TX
Enrollment: 2202
Stadium: Belton HS (8000)
Playing surface: Turf
Conference: ASC
Preseason ranking from Kickoff: 4
Head coach: Pete Fredenburg (Southwest Texas State)
Career record: 133-33 (.801)
Base offense: Multiple option
Base defense: 4-3
Record in NCAA playoffs: 18-10 (2001-02, 2004-11)
Championships: None
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How they got here: Pool A, ASC champ
You'll know they're playing well if: They hold teams on third and fourth down. In their closest games, UMHB allowed teams to convert at a higher rate than in games where they seemingly were in control. Trinity, Sul Ross, TLU, and HSU all converted above 37 percent on third down.
You'll know they're playing poorly if: They are running the old style option too much and are not finding success through the air. Most of their struggles against Hardin-Simmons were on the option. Also, if LiDarral Bailey is missing his targets or if guys are dropping passes, forcing long third downs.
This season's turning point: Stephen Salinas and Bradlee Waddell run down the clock to keep Wesley from getting the ball back in any position to score in the closing minutes of the teams' game Week 3 in Dover, Del.
Rushing/passing yards per game: 315.5/221.4
Rushing/passing yards allowed: 56.2/258.5
How far can they go? The last time Mary Hardin-Baylor's path went through Alliance, they carried it through all the way to Salem. It's possible here, too.
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Wesley Wolverines
Seed: Likely No. 2, Mary Hardin-Baylor bracket
Last Top 25 ranking: No. 6, Week 11 2012
Location: Dover, DE
Enrollment: 1812
Stadium: Scott D. Miller Stadium (2500)
Playing surface: Turf
Conference: IND
Preseason ranking from Kickoff: 3
Head coach: Mike Drass (Mansfield '82)
Career record: 175-47-1 (.787)
Base offense: Multiple pro
Base defense: 4-3
Record in NCAA playoffs: 18-8 (2000, 2005-11)
Championships: None
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How they got here: Pool B
You'll know they're playing well if: They are protecting the football on offense, converting on third down, and getting production from punt returner Sean Hopkins (leads nation with 22-yard punt return average) and kicker Dan Tryon (8 for 10 on field goals).
You'll know they're playing poorly if: If they are not converting in the red zone. The Wolverines have had five trips inside the 5-yard line that have not produced points.
This season's turning point: A week after losing by a touchdown at home to Mary Hardin-Baylor, rallying from a 22-14 deficit in the fourth quarter at Louisiana College to win on a Tryon field goal as time ran out. The Wolverines haven't lost since.
Rushing/passing yards per game: 88.9/262.8
Rushing/passing yards allowed: 124.0/161.8
How far can they go? Probably only to the quarterfinals in Texas, despite being one of the few programs with a real chance at Salem.
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Cortland State Red Dragons
Seed: Likely No. 3, Mary Hardin-Baylor bracket
Last Top 25 ranking: No. 18, Week 11 2012
Location: Cortland, NY
Enrollment: 5963
Stadium: Stadium Complex (6500)
Playing surface: Turf
Conference: NJAC
Preseason ranking from Kickoff: 30
Head coach: Dan MacNeill (Cortland State '79)
Career record: 107-55 (.660)
Base offense: Spread coast
Base defense: 3-4
Record in NCAA playoffs: 4-7 (1988-90, 1997, 2005, 2008, 2010)
Championships: None
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How they got here: Pool A, NJAC
You'll know they're playing well if: They score on defense, which they've done five times this season, and if they convert for touchdowns in the red zone. As the season has worn on, the Red Dragons have settled for field goals on seven of their last 13 red zone opportunities and come up empty on three others.
You'll know they're playing poorly if: The defense misses tackles and gets burned for big gains. Cortland allowed 14 plays of 20 or more yards from scrimmage in its season-opening loss at Buffalo State. In eight games since, the Red Dragons have allowed 27 plays of 20 or more yards.
This season's turning point: Chris Rose hit D.J. Spencer for a 33-yard touchdown with 1:26 left to lift the Red Dragons past Rowan, 24-21.
Rushing/passing yards per game: 194.8/233.6
Rushing/passing yards allowed: 126.3/259.1
How far can they go? To the second round.
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Adrian Bulldogs
Seed: Likely No. 4, Mary Hardin-Baylor bracket
Last Top 25 ranking: Never ranked
Location: Adrian, MI
Enrollment: 1420
Stadium: Multi-Sport Performance Stadium (3000)
Playing surface: Turf
Conference: MIAA
Preseason ranking from Kickoff: 67
Head coach: Jim Deere (Adrian '89)
Career record: 22-8 (.733)
Base offense: Multiple
Base defense: 4-4
Record in NCAA playoffs: 0-2 (1983, 1988)
Championships: None
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How they got here: Pool A, MIAA champ
You'll know they're playing well if: The ground game controls the clock and keeps the opposing offense on the sidelines. Adrian is ninth among Division III football programs in time of possession.
You'll know they're playing poorly if: They turn the ball over or are forced to pass, limiting their effectiveness in play action.
This season's turning point: Two key late-game events in the past two weeks got them here: stopping Albion's two-point conversion that would have decided the MIAA title and a 17-point fourth-quarter comeback at Huntingdon.
Rushing/passing yards per game: 150.7/178.5
Rushing/passing yards allowed: 89.9/135.1
How far can they go? Capped at one victory.
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Louisiana College Wildcats
Seed: Likely No. 5, Mary Hardin-Baylor bracket
Last Top 25 ranking: No. 23, Week 11 2012
Location: Pineville, LA
Enrollment: 813
Stadium: Wildcat Field (7,000)
Playing surface: Turf
Conference: ASC
Preseason ranking from Kickoff: 31
Head coach: Dennis Dunn
Career record: 45-34 (.570)
Base offense: Spread
Base defense: 3-4
Record in NCAA playoffs: First appearance
Championships: None
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How they got here: Pool C
You'll know they're playing well if: The running game, led by Ryan Montague and a huge offensive line, is able to pound the ball early. If they can, that sets up Jamie Bunting in the play-action passing game, which has been lethal in the past four outings. He has thrown for 16 touchdowns in that time. If Bunting can get the ball to his two biggest downfield receiving threats (D'Mario Parker and Cortland Bell), the Wildcats can pileup points in a hurry.
You'll know they're playing poorly if: The defense can't get a pass rush and teams are able to run the ball against the Wildcats stout front seven. On the other side of the ball, if opposing defenses can get Bunting to force throws deep and Montague to have to bounce runs to the outside, LC's offense can be grounded.
This season's turning point: Each of the weeks that followed the losses to Wesley and Mary Hardin-Baylor. Any team could have gotten down on themselves after those losses, especially after Wesley's fourth-quarter surge won the Wolverines the game. But LC bounced back in spectacular fashion to keep their focus on the postseason.
Rushing/passing yards per game: 144.8/308.8
Rushing/passing yards allowed: 117.6/221.4
How far can they go? It ends with the Round 1 rematch from the regular season.
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Franklin Grizzlies
Seed: Likely No. 6, Mary Hardin-Baylor bracket
Last Top 25 ranking: No. 16, Week 11 2012
Location: Franklin, IN
Enrollment: 1018
Stadium: Faught Stadium (2500)
Playing surface: Turf
Conference: HCAC
Preseason ranking from Kickoff: 13
Head coach: Mike Leonard (Hanover '84)
Career record: 75-32 (.701)
Base offense: Run and shoot
Base defense: 3-4
Record in NCAA playoffs: 3-4 (2007-08, 2010-11)
Championships: None
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How they got here: Pool A, HCAC champ
You'll know they're playing well if: They are able to get defensive pressure from a wide range of individuals and Joey Pasquale and Luke Hamm each average at least 4 yards per carry.
You'll know they're playing poorly if: They can't protect Jonny West long enough for downfield routes to develop and they have to settle for short routes and checkdowns. They face a quarterback who likes to run and can't contain him.
This season's turning point: Simply surviving the first two games (Mount Union, Butler) intact. Since then it's been a fair amount of steamrolling a slate of overmatched conference opponents.
Rushing/passing yards per game: 177.3/281.0
Rushing/passing yards allowed: 80.4/214.3
How far can they go? One win is possible.
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Framingham State Rams
Seed: Likely No. 7, Mary Hardin-Baylor bracket
Last Top 25 ranking: Never ranked
Location: Framingham, MA
Enrollment: 3038
Stadium: Maple Street (1500)
Playing surface: Turf
Conference: NEFC Bogan
Preseason ranking from Kickoff: 151
Head coach: Tom Kelley (Framingham State '76)
Career record: 44-44-1 (.500)
Base offense: Spread
Base defense: 4-3
Record in NCAA playoffs: First appearance
Championships: None
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How they got here: Pool A, NEFC champ
You'll know they're playing well if: Figure on Melikke Van Alstyne getting his yards. What they'll also need is an ability to stretch the field in the passing game and anbility to get off the field on third down.
You'll know they're playing poorly if: They're giving up big plays on special teams, don't take care of the ball in the red zone and are undisciplined on defense.
This season's turning point: Getting Matthew Silva back at quarterback. Although the Rams rolled over overmatched opponents in his absence, his return allowed Matt Mangano to move back into his normal role.
Rushing/passing yards per game: 225.5/185.2
Rushing/passing yards allowed: 57.3/155.3
How far can they go? Framingham has played one non-NEFC team in 11 seasons, and that was against Norwich of the ECFC. It could be a shock to see how the rest of Division III plays football.
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Mount Ida Mustangs
Seed: Likely No. 8, Mary Hardin-Baylor bracket
Last Top 25 ranking: Never ranked
Location: Newton, MA
Enrollment: 1371
Stadium: Mount Ida Stadium (1000)
Playing surface: Turf
Conference: ECFC
Preseason ranking from Kickoff: 158
Head coach: Mike Landers (Bridgewater State '01)
Career record: 28-25 (.528)
Base offense: Spread
Base defense: Multiple 3-4
Record in NCAA playoffs: First appearance
Championships: None
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How they got here: Pool A, ECFC champ
You'll know they're playing well if: The line gives Chris McNally some room to run the ball. He's rushed for 1,208 yards this season, including 243 yards on 33 carries in the regular-season finale.
You'll know they're playing poorly if: The other team is committed to running the ball itself. Mount Ida's two losses this season have been to teams running option offenses.
This season's turning point: Not having to face Shane Brozowski, the star quarterback for Castleton State who broke his leg in Week 10. The Mustangs picked off his replacement three times in Week 11.
Rushing/passing yards per game: 188.4/238.8
Rushing/passing yards allowed: 165.0/203.6
How far can they go? One and out. Consider it payback for Mount Ida cancelling its game with Wesley in 2000.
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Sep. 18: All times Eastern
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Christopher Newport 31, at N.C. Wesleyan 28
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Framingham State 29, at Fitchburg State 26
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RPI 41, at Castleton State 13
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at Massachusetts Maritime 26, Maine Maritime 20
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at Rochester 30, Gallaudet 2
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at Husson 34, Alfred State 28
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at Randolph-Macon 34, Sewanee 20
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at Johns Hopkins 33, Moravian 14
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at Utica 20, Frostburg State 12
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Alfred 29, at Buffalo State 21
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at Catholic 31, Newport News Apprentice 24
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at Nichols 10, Becker 3
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Wesleyan 22, at Middlebury 14
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Bridgewater State 51, at Worcester State 27
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at Tufts 24, Hamilton 17
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at Amherst 14, Bates 6
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at Trinity (Conn.) 32, Colby 7
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at William Paterson 36, Salve Regina 32
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at Stevenson 20, Lebanon Valley 14
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Allegheny 24, at Hiram 21
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at Merchant Marine 34, SUNY-Maritime 17
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at St. Vincent 23, Case Western Reserve 20
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Thomas More 66, at Thiel 27
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Ursinus 31, at Franklin and Marshall 24
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Endicott 41, at Kean 28
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at Hampden-Sydney 56, Coast Guard 0
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Maryville (Tenn.) 40, at Averett 17
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at Widener 41, Albright 23
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Hobart 43, at Curry 13
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at Greensboro 37, LaGrange 35
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at Dickinson 29, Susquehanna 28
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at Wesley 37, Rowan 7
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at St. Lawrence 31, Morrisville State 14
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at Misericordia 35, FDU-Florham 0
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at Gettysburg 31, Juniata 17
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at Montclair State 27, Lincoln (Pa.) 14
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Wabash 31, at Denison 12
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Bethany 21, at Westminster (Pa.) 14
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at Springfield 47, Mount Ida 16
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at Ithaca 42, Hartwick 7
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at Norwich 10, WPI 7
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Iowa Wesleyan 13, at Minnesota-Morris 7
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at Methodist 41, Huntingdon 34
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Ohio Northern 37, at Baldwin Wallace 35
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at Capital 34, Wilmington 21
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Franklin 62, at Anderson 14
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at Washington and Jefferson 48, Carnegie Mellon 30
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at John Carroll 43, Heidelberg 16
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at Lycoming 28, King's 13
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at Waynesburg 44, Geneva 38
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Mount Union 62, at Muskingum 6
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Mount St. Joseph 24, at Defiance 21
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at Manchester 55, Earlham 7
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at Williams 36, Bowdoin 0
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Muhlenberg 59, at McDaniel 10
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UW-Whitewater 48, at TCNJ 0
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at Otterbein 20, Marietta 0
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Hope 25, at Lakeland 22
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Olivet 49, at Aurora 20
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Albion 57, at Concordia (Wis.) 20
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at Washington U. 24, North Park 19
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at Wisconsin Lutheran 32, Kalamazoo 20
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at Wheaton (Ill.) 17, UW-Eau Claire 0
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Concordia-Moorhead 23, at St. John's 14
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at Bethel 40, St. Olaf 0
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Augsburg 42, at Carleton 14
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at Gustavus Adolphus 48, Hamline 19
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Stetson 37, at Birmingham-Southern 19
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Trinity (Texas) 14, at Sul Ross State 6
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at Austin 21, Occidental 12
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at Howard Payne 38, Southwestern Assemblies 25
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at Central 65, Maranatha Baptist 12
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at Luther 49, Grinnell 21
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UW-Stevens Point 37, at Coe 21
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at Greenville 30, Eureka 27
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Westminster (Mo.) 27, at MacMurray 21
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Texas Lutheran 38, at Louisiana College 32
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at Simpson 13, Illinois Wesleyan 3
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Trine 27, at Rockford 7
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Rose-Hulman 48, at Hanover 42
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at Western Connecticut 45, Plymouth State 7
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Hardin-Simmons 37, at Wayland Baptist 23
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at Whittier 23, Lewis and Clark 10
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Willamette 42, at Cal Lutheran 24
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Alma 24, at Concordia-Chicago 21
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Carroll 28, at Lake Forest 7
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Whitworth 50, at La Verne 48
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Westfield State 14, at Mass-Dartmouth 13
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at St. Scholastica 48, Crown 14
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at Wittenberg 34, DePauw 17
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St. John Fisher 36, at Brockport State 20
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Guilford 35, at Southern Virginia 27
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Wooster 63, at Oberlin 10
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at Shenandoah 45, Ferrum 20
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Centre 28, at Washington and Lee 23
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at Ohio Wesleyan 35, Kenyon 25
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at Delaware Valley 54, Wilkes 35
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UW-River Falls 43, at South Dakota Mines 28
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at Augustana 34, Loras 17
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at Dubuque 16, Pacific 10
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at North Central (Ill.) 28, UW-Platteville 7
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Chicago 29, at Elmhurst 17
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Mary Hardin-Baylor 41, at UW-La Crosse 22
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at South Dakota State 41, UW-Oshkosh 3
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Adrian 23, at Benedictine 6
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at Wartburg 45, UW-Stout 14
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at Northwestern (Minn.) 41, Martin Luther 27
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at East Texas Baptist 58, Southwestern 34
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Rhodes 42, at Pomona-Pitzer 21
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Linfield 36, at Redlands 3
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St. John Fisher 36, at Brockport State 20
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at Wittenberg 34, DePauw 17
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at Wartburg 45, UW-Stout 14
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at South Dakota State 41, UW-Oshkosh 3
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at North Central (Ill.) 28, UW-Platteville 7
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Mary Hardin-Baylor 41, at UW-La Crosse 22
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Linfield 36, at Redlands 3
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UW-Whitewater 48, at TCNJ 0
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Mount Union 62, at Muskingum 6
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at John Carroll 43, Heidelberg 16
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at Lycoming 28, King's 13
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at Wesley 37, Rowan 7
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at Hampden-Sydney 56, Coast Guard 0
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Wabash 31, at Denison 12
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Thomas More 66, at Thiel 27
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at Ithaca 42, Hartwick 7
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Hobart 43, at Curry 13
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at Johns Hopkins 33, Moravian 14
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at Bethel 40, St. Olaf 0
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at Wheaton (Ill.) 17, UW-Eau Claire 0
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at Simpson 13, Illinois Wesleyan 3
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