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No. 3 Wesley Readies for No. 8 Delaware Valley

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No. 8 Delaware Valley at No. 3 Wesley

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The Series - Wesley has won two of three since the schools re-established the series three years ago, including last year's matchup in Doylestown, 31-13.  Ellis Krout scored two touchdowns in the game, while the defense forced five turnovers (4 fumbles.)

Scouting the Aggies - Delaware Valley enters the game at 2-0 after an impressive 27-0 win over No. 20 Washington & Jefferson last weekend.

The Coach:  Jim Clements is 33-13 with a pair of MAC Championships in four years as head coach.  He also led last year's team into the second round of the NCAAs with a 10-2 record on the year.

The Offense:  Running back Matt Cook is in his fourth year as a starter for the Aggies and has 190 yards in two games this year and two touchdowns and added a third score receiving.  Delaware Valley has a new starting quarterback this year in Mark Hatty, who has a 136.9 efficiency with 378 yards and three scores against just one pick while completing over 66 percent of his passes.  He was named MAC Offensive Player of the Week after the W&J victory. Dan Heiland leads the team with both nine receptions and 99 yards.  Joe Gionfriddo has just four catches, but two have gone for TDs. 

The Defense:  Preseason All-American outside linebacker Kyle Gesswein is second on the team with 13 tackles, including 2.5 sacks.  Ken Fowlkesleads the squad with 14 stops from one of the inside spots on the teams 3-4 alignment.  The defensive line of ends Mike Jaskowski and Garrett Wootersand nose tackle Amadeus Hall has combined for seven sacks in two games, including a team best three by Jaskowski.  Corner Troy Green has the team's only interception this season, while safety Ryan McCullough has forced a pair of fumbles.  The unit has been up to any challenge thrown at it thus far allowing just 3.5 points per game and only 135.5 yards of total offense to its opponents.

Wesley Offense:

Quarterbacks:  Senior Shane McSweeny, the reigning ECAC Southwest and ACFC Player of the Year, was lost for the year on the second play of the season with a knee injury and will receive a medical hardship…No returning quarterback had more rushing yards last year and his 36 passing TDs were the second most among returners… Junior Justin Sottilare served as the backup last year and has assumed the starting role in McSweeny's absence…He finished with 267 yards and three touchdowns against CNU and added 254 and four TDs against Frostburg State last week…He made his first career start against Lake Erie, throwing a pair of scores and leading Wesley to a win…Sophomore Chris Cummings has moved up the depth chart and is 1-for-2 passing in limited action.

Running Backs:  Sophomore Brandon Wright has emerged as the starter this season and already has 218 yards this season after rushing for just 225 last year…Wright needed just 12 carries against Frostburg St. in week two to produce his first career 100-yard game, rushing for 148 yards and a pair of touchdowns…He had three touchdowns in week one's win over Christopher Newport to earn ACFC Offensive Player of the Week honors in his first career start…So far this year, Wright averages 8.4 yards per carry and 23.3 yards per catch…The Wolverines have used a stable of backs when Wright is not in the game….Freshmen Askia JahadBrandon LeGrand, and Eugene Byrd have all seen time, as has sophomore B.J. Marshall…At fullback, Hassan Alstonis the starter, splitting time with sophomore David Gorski…Gorski played linebacker as a freshman before moving to offense this season.

Receivers:  Senior Ellis Krout is back after catching 20 touchdowns, a school and ACFC record, in his first year with the Wolverines…Krout has added three more this year for 23 career TD catches, tied for seventh all-time at Wesley…He led the Wolverines with five catches for 87 yards and two scores in week two at Frostburg State and caught a TD against Christopher Newport as well…In his first year as a starter, senior Leonard Stevenson is second on the team with seven receptions for a team-high 132 yards…Senior Gene Knight scored last week on a 36-yard pass on play action against the Bobcats in week two…His 11 catches in last year's NCAA Second Round win over Mississippi College tied an 18-year old school record.

Tight Ends:  Senior Preseason All-American Sean McAndrew has shown a nose for the end zone in his career.  Dating back to last year, he has 10 touchdowns in his last nine games and now has 14 among his 52 career receptions (27 percent)…This year, he has caught one touchdown in each game…The big tight end doubles as a forward on the Wolverine basketball team, has been a good source of big plays in his three seasons on the gridiron…He has averaged over 17 yards per catch during his career…Tambua Bradford, an excellent blocker, will be the backup after catching one pass in 2009…Fellow reserve Travis Douglas caught his first career pass against Frostburg State in week two.

Wesley Defense:

Wesley's defense has been among the nation's best so far in 2010…The unit is third in Division III with 124 yards allowed per game and fifth in scoring defense at 3.0 points per game…The aggressive unit is fifth in tackles for loss (11.00/game) and eighth in sacks (4.50/game)...The key so far has been balance as Wesley is 13th in Division III against the pass (71.50 yards/game) and 14th against the run (52.50 yards/game).

Defensive Line:  Junior Chris Mayes, the reigning D3football.com South Region Defensive Player of the Year, has 3.5 sacks already this year and 4.5 tackles for loss...He now has 19 career sacks, good for a tie for ninth in the Wesley career leaders…Last year, Mayes was second in Division III with 2.34 tackles for a loss per game and totaled 34.5 for the season, a school and conference record….The explosive Mayes sacked opposing quarterbacks 13 times…Dating back to last year, he has 20.5 tackles for loss in the last seven games and at least one stop in the backfield in every game…Senior Jeff Dorsey has 2.5 sacks already from the other end position and 4.0 TFL…He has a sack in each game this season and had 3.0 TFL in the opener against Christopher Newport… Defensive tackle Paul Gilstrop led the team in tackles in week two against Frostburg State with eight…Senior Eric Adams had six tackles in the opener against Christopher Newport from the other tackle spot.

Linebackers:  Junior captain Mike Asiedu and senior Quran Barge are tied for the team lead with 14 tackles apiece…Asiedu, the weakside linebacker, was particularly dangerous against Frostburg State, with seven tackles, three for loss and three pass breakups, earning ACFC Player of the Week honors…Barge had 10 tackles in the season opener …He transferred to Wesley from Lindenwood (NAIA) where he started at linebacker   and is a former University of Missouri player…Senior Jeff Morgan has a pair of sacks from the strong side this year, one in each contest…He tallied nine stops against Christopher Newport in the opener…Last year, he harassed offenses with 8.5 sacks and 13.5 TFL…Freshman Byron Eaton recovered a fumble against Frostburg State and also made a tackle for loss.

Defensive Backs:  Senior All-American Aaron Benson has seven tackles, half a sack, an interception and a blocked kick so far in 2010…Last year he collected seven interceptions and 61 tackles as a junior…Benson was honored on every Preseason All-American team after earning second team honors last season…His seven picks tied the school's single season record and his 208 return yards set a new benchmark at Wesley…With one pick so far in 2010, he is tied for eighth in the Wesley record book with 10 picks…Senior Marcus Wilson moved to corner this season after playing safety the last two years…SeniorDakevis Howard missed the opener due to injury after a season with three picks and 10 passes defended to go along with 46 tackles…Corner Reggie Millner has five tackles after starting every game a year ago…Safety Justin Strickland made half a tackle for loss and blocked a kick against Frostburg State…Junior Sean Scanlon, a transfer from the University of Delaware, played in the secondary for the Blue Hens in 2008 and 2009, but is best known as Joe Flacco's back up at Delaware in 2007 before he moved to safety...He is also the younger brother of former Wolverine and current Wesley assistant Steve Scanlon…He blocked a punt against Frostburg State and has five tackles so far this year.

Wesley Special Teams:

Placekickers:  Sophomore Dan Tryon wrestled the kicking job away from Collin Blugis in the national semifinals last year after handling the kick off duties all year as a freshman…Tryon hit a pair of field goals in the win over Frostburg State…Blugis is the Wolverines' all-time leading scorer among kickers with 201 points, fourth overall at Wesley…He also holds the school record with 147 extra points. 

Punters:  Sophomore John Smicklo placed three punts inside the 20-yardline in week one at Christopher Newport to earn ACFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors.

Returns:  The Wolverines' kick returners have not had much work so far, with just one return in each game so far…Sophomore Matt Barile ran the opening kick of the second half back 44 yards against Frostburg State in week two…In contrast, punt returner Sean Hopkins has been busy, returning 10 punts for an excellent average of 18.5 yards per return…In week two at Frostburg, he turned returns of 69 and 26 yards…Against Christopher Newport in week one, three of his seven returns went for over 20 yards…The Wolverines are 21st in Division III in punt return average at 17.64 per return.

Coverage:  So far in 2010, Wesley has blocked four kicks, including three in week two at Frostburg State…After a goal line stand that followed a 79-yard Bobcat kick return, Chris Mayes blocked a field goal…Justin Strickland and Sean Scanlon each chipped in later in that game with blocked punts…Aaron Benson blocked a kick in week one at Christopher Newport. 

Oct. 20: All times Eastern
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at Johns Hopkins 52, Gettysburg 0
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at Framingham State 29, Westfield State 14
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Moravian 20, at Juniata 17
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at Salve Regina 41, Endicott 14
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at Thomas More 63, St. Vincent 13
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at Union 28, Hobart 23
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at Hamilton 27, Colby 24
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at Christopher Newport 27, William Paterson 19
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at Ithaca 35, St. John Fisher 10
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at Allegheny 44, Kenyon 35
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SUNY-Maritime 21, at Mount Ida 13
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Middlebury 43, at Bates 14
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at Springfield 68, Catholic 20
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at Amherst 21, Wesleyan 17
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at Trinity (Conn.) 63, Bowdoin 14
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Husson 48, at Gallaudet 21
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Wabash 35, at Oberlin 21
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at Utica 34, Buffalo State 12
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Ohio Northern 7, at Muskingum 6
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at Frostburg State 62, Montclair State 3
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at Wesley 34, Rowan 3
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at Stevenson 26, Albright 23
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Wittenberg 52, at DePauw 6
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at Albion 31, Alma 28
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at Guilford 45, Shenandoah 20
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Plymouth State 40, at Massachusetts Maritime 14
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Wooster 58, at Hiram 25
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Washington and Lee 36, at Hampden-Sydney 6
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at Anna Maria 36, Alfred State 34
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Bridgewater 31, at Emory and Henry 23
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at FDU-Florham 49, Wilkes 31
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Lebanon Valley 17, at Misericordia 0
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at St. Lawrence 36, Rochester 14
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RPI 30, at Alfred 15
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at Curry 46, Nichols 16
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at Salisbury 42, Southern Virginia 0
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Ferrum 27, at Brevard 24
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Randolph-Macon 63, at Apprentice 14
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at Susquehanna 21, Ursinus 14
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Cortland 34, at Morrisville State 20
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at Trine 50, Hope 14
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Trinity (Texas) 27, at Sewanee 21
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Wartburg 41, at Luther 16
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at Franklin and Marshall 56, Dickinson 0
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Tufts 21, at Williams 13
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Mount Union 66, at Wilmington 7
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MIT 30, at Coast Guard 21
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at Norwich 24, Maine Maritime 22
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at Marietta 44, Heidelberg 21
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Franklin 29, at Rose-Hulman 22
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John Carroll 48, at Capital 21
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at Manchester 28, Bluffton 21
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Mount St. Joseph 71, at Anderson 27
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UW-Whitewater 20, at UW-River Falls 7
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Kean 26, at TCNJ 3
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at LaGrange 59, Greensboro 10
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at Worcester State 45, Mass-Dartmouth 40
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Muhlenberg 40, at McDaniel 13
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Western New England 45, at Becker 0
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at Maryville (Tenn.) 35, Methodist 14
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Adrian 36, at Kalamazoo 22
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Denison 31, at Ohio Wesleyan 20
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at Washington and Jefferson 34, Westminster (Pa.) 33
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Berry 37, at Millsaps 22
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at Benedictine 43, Olivet 37
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Birmingham-Southern 31, at Austin 24
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at Mary Hardin-Baylor 45, Belhaven 7
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at UW-Stout 23, UW-Stevens Point 17
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Eureka 37, at MacMurray 20
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at Illinois Wesleyan 13, Carthage 10
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Nebraska Wesleyan 14, at Buena Vista 13
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Lakeland 48, at Wisconsin Lutheran 0
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at Aurora 28, Rockford 21
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at Concordia-Chicago 37, Concordia (Wis.) 17
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at St. Olaf 29, Carleton 26
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at St. John's 41, Gustavus Adolphus 17
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at Concordia-Moorhead 42, Augsburg 20
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St. Thomas 84, at Hamline 0
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Westminster (Mo.) 24, at Greenville 14
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at Loras 44, Coe 38
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Monmouth 61, at Cornell 10
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Wheaton (Ill.) 56, at North Park 0
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Northwestern (Minn.) 30, at Martin Luther 14
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Hardin-Simmons 33, at Texas Lutheran 30
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at Lake Forest 70, Grinnell 6
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at Millikin 56, Carroll 35
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at Macalester 47, Ripon 31
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at St. Norbert 38, Lawrence 6
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St. Scholastica 49, at Crown 21
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at Iowa Wesleyan 24, Minnesota-Morris 17
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UW-Platteville 34, at UW-Eau Claire 14
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at WPI 41, Merchant Marine 7
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at Centre 42, Rhodes 35
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Hanover 49, at Earlham 14
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at Chicago 55, Beloit 12
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UW-Oshkosh 42, at UW-La Crosse 28
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at Dubuque 28, Simpson 27
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at North Central (Ill.) 54, Augustana 2
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at East Texas Baptist 68, Louisiana College 35
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at Brockport 45, Hartwick 0
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Western Connecticut 27, at Bridgewater State 20
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Chapman 38, at La Verne 21
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Pacific 17, at Lewis and Clark 7
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Pacific Lutheran 27, at Willamette 14
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at Whitworth 38, Puget Sound 23
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Redlands 42, at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 25
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at Linfield 12, George Fox 6
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Sul Ross State 52, at Howard Payne 15
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at Castleton 17, Dean 14
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N.C. Wesleyan 21, at Averett 15
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at Otterbein 37, Baldwin Wallace 29
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Case Western Reserve 45, at Geneva 7
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Carnegie Mellon 42, at Thiel 10
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at Illinois College 23, Knox 13
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at Cal Lutheran 60, Whittier 34
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Occidental at Pomona-Pitzer
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at Johns Hopkins 52, Gettysburg 0
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at Wesley 34, Rowan 3
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at Frostburg State 62, Montclair State 3
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Wittenberg 52, at DePauw 6
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at Springfield 68, Catholic 20
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Wartburg 41, at Luther 16
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Mount Union 66, at Wilmington 7
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at Marietta 44, Heidelberg 21
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at Washington and Jefferson 34, Westminster (Pa.) 33
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Hardin-Simmons 33, at Texas Lutheran 30
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at Mary Hardin-Baylor 45, Belhaven 7
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St. Thomas 84, at Hamline 0
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at St. John's 41, Gustavus Adolphus 17
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at Illinois Wesleyan 13, Carthage 10
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at Concordia-Moorhead 42, Augsburg 20
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Berry 37, at Millsaps 22
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UW-Platteville 34, at UW-Eau Claire 14
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UW-Oshkosh 42, at UW-La Crosse 28
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at North Central (Ill.) 54, Augustana 2
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at Brockport 45, Hartwick 0
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at Linfield 12, George Fox 6
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Case Western Reserve 45, at Geneva 7
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