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Spartans Open 2011 Campaign at Rival John Carroll; Game to Air on SportsTime Ohio

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Case Western Reserve Spartans at John Carroll Blue Streaks
Saturday, September 3, 2011 - 7:00 p.m.
Don Shula Stadium - University Heights, Ohio

TV: Tape Delay (Adam Mendoza, play-by-play; Brendan Gulick, color)
SportsTime Ohio, 11:30 p.m. -- Sept. 3

INTERNET AUDIO: http://tv.case.edu/athletics
(Dave Wilson, play-by-play; Ed Daugherty, color)

LIVE STATS: http://www.sidearmstats.com/jcu/football/

Download the complete Spartan Games Notes in .pdf format by clicking HERE.

THE MATCHUP

The Case Western Reserve University Spartans open the 2011 campaign at local-rival John Carroll University on Saturday, September 3 at 7:00 p.m. at Don Shula Stadium in University Heights. The Spartans finished last season at 8-2 overall and 1-2 in the University Athletic Association. During the past four seasons, CWRU has a remarkable overall record of 39-5. John Carroll finished last season at 5-5 overall and 5-4 in the Ohio Athletic Conference with four wins in its final six contests.

SERIES NOTES

The Spartans and Blue Streaks have met 18 times on the gridiron with John Carroll holding a 9-8-1 lead in the all-time series. The two squads met last season for the first time since 1988 and Case was victorious 30-13 at home. JCU won the previous meeting in 1988, 27-10, at then Finnigan Field in Cleveland. The first ever meeting was a 0-0 tie at Case in 1970 and the two squads met annually until 1985.

THE COACHES

Case Western Reserve is coached by Greg Debeljak, who is in his eighth season in 2011 with a 52-22 (.703) record. Debeljak led the Spartans to three consecutive undefeated (10-0) regular seasons from 2007-09 with back-to-back-to-back NCAA postseason appearances and UAA titles. Since the beginning of the 2007 season, Case Western Reserve has posted an outstanding overall record of 39-5, earning Debeljak and his staff the UAA Coaching Staff of the Year award for three straight seasons (2007-09). In addition, Case has been ranked in the AFCA top 25 in each of the past four seasons.

John Carroll is coached by Regis Scafe who enters his 13th season with a 77-47 record with the Blue Streaks. The 2011 season-opener will make Scafe the longest tenured coach in JCU history. He has an overall head coaching record of 93-83 in 17 seasons and led the Blue Streaks to 10 consecutive seasons with a .500 or better record prior to the 2009 season.

COACHING CONNECTION

Both Greg Debeljak and Regis Scafe have a very strong connection to their opponent this week. Debeljak graduated from John Carroll in 1988 and coached for 12 seasons on the Blue Streak staff. In addition, Debeljak was a standout football and basketball player at JCU and held the school basketball record for assists (13) in a single game. Ironically, Scafe graduated from Case Western Reserve in 1971 and was the Spartans' head coach from 1994-98 with a 16-34 overall mark. Most of Debeljak's current coaching staff served with him at JCU as a part of Scafe's staff.

LAST MEETING

The Spartans opened the 2010 season with a 30-13 victory versus the Blue Streaks on Saturday, September 4 at Case Field. Running back Billy Deitmen rushed for a career-high 164 yards and a touchdown, while quarterback Joey Baum completed 9-of-13 passes for 133 yards and 2 TDs. Current senior linebacker Jacob Adams (Cincinnati, Ohio/Princeton) recorded a team-high 12 tackles with 2.5 for loss and a sack in his first collegiate start. JCU was led on offense by QB Michael Locke with 44 yards rushing and 111 passing. John Cooley led the Blue Streak defense with a game-high 15 tackles.

SCOUTING THE SPARTANS

The Spartans return 30 lettermen and 13 starters -- eight on defense, four on offense and one on special teams. Last season, the Spartans averaged 28.3 points, 132.1 yards rushing, 250.1 yards passing and 382.2 total yards per game. Case opponents averaged 14.1 ppg., 135.0 yards rushing, 141.8 yards passing and 276.8 total yards per game. The Spartans also had a +11 turnover ratio.

SPARTAN RETURNING LEADERS

Offensively, sophomore running back Kenny Riordan (Spring Grove, Ill./Richmond-Burton) rushed for 115 yards on 20 carries with one touchdown. Riordan had a team-best 60-yard run and averaged 5.8 yards per carry. Senior wide receiver Bryan Metlesitz (North Royalton, Ohio/North Royalton) recorded 15 receptions for 128 yards and one TD. Senior tight end Bryce Coleman (Solon, Ohio/Solon) made 12 catches for 116 yards and two TDs.

Defensively, senior linebacker Jacob Adams (Cincinnati, Ohio/Princeton) led the team with 91 tackles and had 3.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, an interception, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and a blocked kick. Senior defensive tackle Dale English (Middleburg Heights, Ohio/Holy Name) had 64 tackles and team-highs with 13.0 tackles for loss and nine sacks. Junior end Adam Watson (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) has 42 tackles, eight sacks and two fumble recoveries. Senior end Richard Doolin (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park) posted 7.5 sacks and senior cornerback Matthew Davis (Chatsworth, Calif./Chaminda College Prep) made 13 tackles with one interception.

SCOUTING THE BLUE STREAKS

The Blue Streaks return 38 lettermen and 10 starters. Last season, JCU averaged 24.2 points, 204.7 yards rushing, 148.0 yards passing and 352.7 total yards per game. JCU opponents average 30.9 points, 194.2 yards rushing, 208.7 yards passing and 402.9 total yards per game. The Blue Streaks had a -12 turnover ratio.

BLUE STREAK RETURNING LEADERS

Offensively, senior QB Devin O'Brien completed 72-of-124 pass attempts for 1,036 with nine TDs and 6 INTs. O'Brien also rushed for 715 yards on 127 carries with six TDs. Junior QB Michael Locke completed 38-of-68 passes for 402 yards with five INTs. Junior RB DaQuan Grobsmith led the team in rushing with 758 yards on 111 carries (6.8 ypc) and eight TDs. Junior TE Ben Madden recorded 23 catches for 433 yards and 2 TDs.

Defensively, senior LB C.J. Seitzinger posted a team-high 136 tackles, including 3.5 for loss, with two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, one INT and a blocked kick. Junior DL Dan Valore totaled 32 tackles and led the team with five sacks. Junior DB Dominique Hopkins had 52 tackles and one INT.

AN "ENGLISH" LESSON

Three-time All-UAA senior defensive tackle Dale English (Middleburg Heights, Ohio/Holy Name) has led the team in sacks and tackles for loss in each of the past two seasons. In 2010, he totaled 64 tackles, including 13 for loss, with nine sacks. The D3Football.com All-North Region selection also posted a stretch of seven straight games with at least a half-sack.

GETTING THE BAND BACK TOGETHER

The Spartans return their entire starting defensive line from 2010 in senior tackle Dale English (Middleburg Heights, Ohio/Holy Name), senior end Richard Doolin (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park), junior end Adam Watson (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) and junior nose guard Michael Harris (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights). Each player earned All-UAA honors and the group combined for 186 tackles, 36 tackles for loss, 26.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

GETTING OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT

The Spartans have won nine consecutive season-openers, including last year's 30-13 victory versus John Carroll. The last season-opening loss came prior to the Greg Debeljak era, 42-14 at Carnegie Mellon on September 8, 2001. Debeljak is 7-0 in season-openers.

38

The number of consecutive regular season victories that Case Western Reserve posted from November 4, 2006 until October 30, 2010.

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