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Oshkosh breaks up a pack of purple

Kevin Burke threw for 380 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 115 yards and three more for Mount Union.
Photo by Dan Poel for d3photography.com 
Ayo Idowu and the St. Thomas defense gave Nick Strang very little time to throw.
Photo by Ryan Coleman, d3photography.com 
Darius Wilson dives into the end zone with the touchdown that put UMHB up for good against Wesley.
Photo by Andrew Zavoina, d3photography.com 

For the third week in a row, UW-Oshkosh fell behind early. This time it took all the way to overtime, but the Titans rallied to defeat Linfield 31-24. And the win kept it from being an all-purple semifinals, as Mount Union, St. Thomas and Mary Hardin-Baylor each won.

UW-Oshkosh blocked two field goal attempts in the fourth quarter, including on the final play of regulation when Nathan Smith blocked a 39-yard attempt by Josh Kay. Caleb Voss put the Titans up with a touchdown catch in their half of overtime and Linfield fumbled it away on a reverse on its possession to end the game.

St. Thomas will return to the national semifinals for the second year in a row, while Mount Union will do so for the 18th year in a row as the Tommies defeated Hobart 47-7 and Mount Union rolled past Widener 72-17. Mary Hardin-Baylor solved its Wesley problem in the playoffs as well, defeating the Wolverines 32-20.

In becoming the only road team to win in Round 2 or the quarterfinals, UW-Oshkosh (13-0) held Linfield (11-1) scoreless for the final 21 minutes of the game plus overtime. Gagliardi Trophy finalist Nate Wara's numbers were modest (23 of 30 for 237 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions), but the quarterback ran for two touchdowns, and Cole Myhra rushed for 110 yards and a score.

In Belton, Texas, LiDarral Bailey was 16 of 20 with four touchdown passes and no interceptions, the last coming in the fourth quarter after Wesley had made it a five-point game, leading UMHB (13-0) past its playoff rival and nemesis. The Wolverines (11-2) had ended the Cru's season the past two years in the quarterfinals, but this year, after a 32-25 regular-season win in Delaware, UMHB rallied from a halftime deficit to win the playoff rematch at home. 

Wesley had a field goal blocked in the fourth quarter, which was scooped up and returned all the way to the other end zone and would have put UMHB up 32-17. But the Cru special teams kicked the ball before gaining possession of it and Wesley had a second shot at the field goal, which it hit to cut the lead to 25-20. UMHB answered with a 31-yard kickoff return, then Bailey ran for 30 yards on the next play and later hit Caleb Moore for a 23-yard touchdown pass to put the game out of reach.

That sets up a semifinal clash with No. 1 Mount Union for the No. 2 Cru, who are the only team in the era of Purple Raiders dominance to have a winning record in Alliance, Ohio. UMHB won at Mount Union in 2004 on the way to a Stagg Bowl appearance that year against Linfield. This is UMHB's fourth trip to the semifinals, but first since 2008.

In St. Paul, St. Thomas converted on all four trips to the red zone in the first half and limited Hobart (12-1) to one big play in putting together a 32-7 lead. Dan Ferrazzo caught six passes for 103 yards and ran in two two-point conversions for the Tommies (13-0) and Brenton Braddock had 23 carries for 94 yards and four scores on the ground.

In Alliance, after Widener took up five and a half minutes with a scoring drive to go up 3-0, Mount Union answered with a 64-yard drive in less than 90 seconds to take the lead and never looked back. Tyler Almeida kicked a field goal early in the second quarter, then Kevin Burke ran for a pair of scores and Nick Driskill recovered a blocked punt in the end zone to make it 37-3 at the half. 

Jasper Collins caught six passes for 102 yards and two scores, while Jake Simon ran for two touchdowns on the ground. 

Chris Haupt was 29-for-64 passing for 322 yards and was Widener's leading rusher, with just 11 yards. Mount Union (13-0) held Widener (11-1) to minus-29 yards for the game. Phil Ragona caught a touchdown pass early in the third and Steve Marrero a 36-yard TD late in the third for Widener's other two scores.

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Bridgewater State 24, at Mass-Dartmouth 22
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at UW-Whitewater 21, UW-La Crosse 14
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Salve Regina 45, at Nichols 10
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Mount Ida 14, at Dean 7
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at Thomas More 59, Waynesburg 7
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at Maine Maritime 34, Coast Guard 16
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at Finlandia 27, Trinity Bible 21
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Hamilton 28, at Bowdoin 7
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at Delaware Valley 49, King's 14
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at Olivet 47, Albion 26
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at Wesleyan 41, Bates 23
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Union 27, at Rochester 0
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Amherst 40, at Colby 7
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at Western New England 41, Endicott 14
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at Brockport 48, Morrisville State 7
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at Plymouth State 16, Framingham State 13
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at RPI 27, Ithaca 14
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Hobart 49, at Hartwick 27
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at Ferrum 34, LaGrange 20
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at Carnegie Mellon 42, Geneva 27
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Ohio Wesleyan 16, at Wabash 13
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DePauw 26, at Denison 17
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at Trine 42, Kalamazoo 7
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at Washington and Lee 47, Guilford 26
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at Husson 49, Castleton 0
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Gallaudet 35, at Alfred State 19
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at Wittenberg 49, Allegheny 15
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Brevard 41, at Methodist 17
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at Lebanon Valley 31, Stevenson 24
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Buffalo State 24, at St. Lawrence 21
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at Cortland 20, Alfred 17
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at Randolph-Macon 52, Emory and Henry 29
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at Wesley 29, Kean 9
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at Hampden-Sydney 58, Apprentice 28
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Frostburg State 59, at William Paterson 7
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at N.C. Wesleyan 45, Greensboro 0
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at Westminster (Pa.) 49, Grove City 27
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Washington and Jefferson 49, at Bethany 14
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at Westminster (Mo.) 56, Crown 15
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at Northwestern (Minn.) 29, Iowa Wesleyan 7
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at Knox 56, Grinnell 14
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at Widener 31, Lycoming 17
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Trinity (Conn.) 23, at Tufts 16
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at Mount St. Joseph 66, Earlham 7
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Ohio Northern 27, at John Carroll 20
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Baldwin Wallace 23, at Muskingum 20
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at Mount Union 72, Capital 14
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Rose-Hulman 44, at Manchester 13
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at Hanover 31, Bluffton 28
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Defiance 45, at Anderson 0
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at Wartburg 42, Loras 11
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Hiram 62, at Kenyon 56
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Springfield 35, at Merchant Marine 13
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Williams 27, at Middlebury 26
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at Westfield State 33, Fitchburg State 21
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Marietta 43, at Wilmington 33
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at Berry 34, Hendrix 10
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Curry 40, at Becker 0
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TCNJ 20, at Rowan 14
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at SUNY-Maritime 51, Anna Maria 15
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Salisbury 28, at Montclair State 10
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at Huntingdon 28, Maryville (Tenn.) 16
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at Austin 33, Millsaps 19
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at Mary Hardin-Baylor 65, Howard Payne 0
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at Washington U. 55, Buena Vista 20
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Alma 27, at Aurora 19
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at Rockford 29, Concordia-Chicago 14
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Wisconsin Lutheran 22, at Concordia (Wis.) 19
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at Lakeland 57, Benedictine 21
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at St. Norbert 10, Chicago 0
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Concordia-Moorhead 45, at Hamline 0
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St. Olaf 22, at Augsburg 20
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Bethel 24, at Gustavus Adolphus 3
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St. John's 35, at Carleton 0
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at Eureka 30, Greenville 19
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Centre 27, at Trinity (Texas) 21
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Dubuque 42, at Nebraska Wesleyan 27
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Central 30, at Coe 19
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Lake Forest 56, at Cornell 28
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at Carthage 31, Elmhurst 8
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at Illinois Wesleyan 30, Carroll 0
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Millikin 28, at Augustana 27
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Ripon 52, at Beloit 28
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MacMurray 49, at Minnesota-Morris 13
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Macalester 21, at Lawrence 18
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at Monmouth 59, Illinois College 14
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at UW-Stevens Point 26, UW-Eau Claire 3
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Case Western Reserve 63, at Thiel 28
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at Wooster 38, Oberlin 28
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Texas Lutheran 41, at East Texas Baptist 34
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at UW-Stout 21, UW-River Falls 16
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UW-Oshkosh 28, at UW-Platteville 14
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Sewanee 34, at Birmingham-Southern 13
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at Hope 22, Adrian 3
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Linfield 49, at Lewis and Clark 14
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Whitworth 17, at Pacific Lutheran 14
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at Cal Lutheran 42, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 20
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at George Fox 58, Willamette 12
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at Pacific 35, Puget Sound 27
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Pomona-Pitzer 45, at Whittier 23
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at Western Connecticut 28, Massachusetts Maritime 21
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at St. Scholastica 56, Martin Luther 21
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at St. John Fisher 39, Utica 36
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at Heidelberg 48, Otterbein 45
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at Shenandoah 38, Bridgewater 20
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Southwestern 60, at Belhaven 31
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Hardin-Simmons 35, at Sul Ross State 10
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at Louisiana College 52, McMurry 34
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at Simpson 38, Luther 17
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at Chapman 45, Redlands 26
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20 North Central (Ill.)
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at Delaware Valley 49, King's 14
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at Cortland 20, Alfred 17
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at Wesley 29, Kean 9
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Frostburg State 59, at William Paterson 7
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at Wittenberg 49, Allegheny 15
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at Brockport 48, Morrisville State 7
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Washington and Jefferson 49, at Bethany 14
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Ohio Wesleyan 16, at Wabash 13
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at Mount Union 72, Capital 14
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at Wartburg 42, Loras 11
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at Berry 34, Hendrix 10
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Springfield 35, at Merchant Marine 13
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at Mary Hardin-Baylor 65, Howard Payne 0
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St. John's 35, at Carleton 0
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at Illinois Wesleyan 30, Carroll 0
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Concordia-Moorhead 45, at Hamline 0
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Case Western Reserve 63, at Thiel 28
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UW-Oshkosh 28, at UW-Platteville 14
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Linfield 49, at Lewis and Clark 14
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at George Fox 58, Willamette 12
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Hardin-Simmons 35, at Sul Ross State 10
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20 North Central (Ill.)
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