November 6, 2010

Knights earn automatic playoff bid, share of league title

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PELLA – Wartburg College head coach Rick Willis was thinking a total team win after his No. 13-ranked Knights toppled Central 20-17 Nov. 6.

And, with good reason.

"The final drive (11 plays – 85 yards) showed the character of this team," Willis said. "Our staff kept telling the team that we needed to work through our opportunities at halftime. The guys hung together for a big win."

The Orange and Black received big plays from all sections during the victory. Special teams figured in, as Wartburg took advantage of a blocked punt from sophomore Garret McGrane and a blocked field goal from sophomore D.J. Looft of Armstrong. McGrane's blocked punt set up a second quarter touchdown run from sophomore running back Reese Thompson of Van Horne, while Looft's blocked field goal, of a 47-yard attempt by the Dutch's Jake Viggers, preserved the three-point win in the waning moments.

The defense came in big. Junior defensive end Matt Tschetter of Milford had a fumble return that led the Knights' first touchdown, a seven-yard run by junior quarterback Danny Stiefel of Sterling Heights, Mich., while the "D" added four sacks of Central quarterback Nate Snead. Wartburg held the Dutch offense to 275 total yards.

Wartburg's offense, despite being limited to 245 yards, still managed to find the end zone three times. Along Steifel and Thompson's rushing scores, Thompson turned in the game-winning score on a five-yard run with 2:41 left. His two scores and 86 yards led the ground attack. Stiefel upped the Knights' current string of 100-yards-or-more passing games to 41 with 127 through the air. Junior wide receiver Levi Helbling of Malvern was the top receiver with seven receptions for 82 yards.

"The final drive (11 plays – 85 yards) showed the character of this team," Willis said. "At halftime, our staff kept telling the team that we needed to work through our opportunities. The guys hung together for a big win.

"I've got to credit our entire staff (for this)," he added. "Our assistants do so many things behind the scenes, and it's showed all year."

Wartburg clinched a share of its 12th title and second in the last three years and the conference's automatic bid to the 2010 NCAA Division III playoffs. The title ties them with Simpson for the second-most in league history.

 "This is a tribute to what four hard years of work can do," senior center Morgan O'Connor of Fort Dodge said.

The Knights close the regular season with a 1 p.m. kickoff at Simpson College's Buxton Community Stadium in Indianola Saturday, Nov. 13. A win would give the Orange and Black its first unbeaten regular season since 2003.

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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.) at Methodist
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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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56 Baldwin Wallace
62 Marietta
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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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21 Widener
21 Lycoming
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Defiance 59, at Earlham 28
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19 Concordia-Chicago
34 Trine
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20 Capital
21 Otterbein
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7 Plymouth State
7 Westfield State
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41 Wittenberg
13 Wooster
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10 Anderson
44 Rose-Hulman
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28 Hampden-Sydney
45 Bridgewater
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Cortland at Hartwick
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Centre at Hendrix
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Eureka 27, at Greenville 13
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7 Northwestern (Minn.)
5 Iowa Wesleyan
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7 Concordia (Wis.)
16 Lakeland
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15 Rockford
58 Benedictine
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48 Aurora
7 Wisconsin Lutheran
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17 Nebraska Wesleyan
17 Luther
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33 Rhodes
14 Sewanee
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35 St. Norbert
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Concordia-Moorhead at Gustavus Adolphus
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31 Hamline
31 Carleton
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42 St. John's
27 Bethel
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20 UW-Whitewater
17 UW-Platteville
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Buena Vista 34, at Loras 24
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29 Sul Ross State
39 Hardin-Simmons
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UW-Stevens Point at UW-Eau Claire
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Beloit at Lawrence
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Cornell at Monmouth
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10 Wartburg
17 Coe
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17 Central
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17 Wheaton (Ill.)
24 Illinois Wesleyan
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3 McMurry
24 Mary Hardin-Baylor
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Macalester at Ripon
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7 Howard Payne
14 Louisiana College
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32 East Texas Baptist
17 Belhaven
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7 Augsburg
48 St. Thomas
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Washington and Jefferson at Thiel
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Maranatha Baptist at Morthland
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17 UW-Oshkosh
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12 Willamette
6 Puget Sound
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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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41 Wittenberg
13 Wooster
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24 Illinois Wesleyan
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20 UW-Whitewater
17 UW-Platteville
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42 St. John's
27 Bethel
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3 McMurry
24 Mary Hardin-Baylor
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29 Sul Ross State
39 Hardin-Simmons
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32 East Texas Baptist
17 Belhaven
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35 Dubuque
17 Central
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7 Augsburg
48 St. Thomas
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0 UW-Stout
17 UW-Oshkosh
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Lewis and Clark at Linfield
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Christopher Newport at Rowan
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