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Eureka/Martin Luther Pregame Notes Package

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SETTING THE STAGE

The Eureka College football team will make its first of three trips to the state of Minnesota in 2011 when the Red Devils travel to New Ulm, Minn. for a 1 p.m. Upper Midwest Athletic Conference matchup with the Martin Luther Knights this Saturday.

ABOUT EUREKA

The Red Devils enters Saturday's game at Martin Luther riding their best start and first three-game winning streak since 1995 after a 22-18 league victory over Westminster last weekend at McKinzie Field.  The win, Eureka's first on Homecoming since 2002, improved the Red Devils to 3-1 overall and 3-0 against UMAC competition

Eureka forced six Westminster turnovers on Saturday and scored the game-winning touchdown with 5:27 remaining when quarterback Sam Durley's pass found Wes Schmidgall for a 38-yard touchdown.

The Red Devils currently lead the 10-team UMAC in passing offense (302.5), pass defense efficiency (100.3), net punting average (35.0), first downs allowed (16.2) and third down conversions allowed (25.9%).

ABOUT MARTIN LUTHER

A school of more than 1,000 students that opened its doors in 1995 in New Ulm, Minn., Martin Luther owns a 1-4 overall record and 1-3 UMAC mark in 2011.

The Knights dropped a 28-6 decision to Presentation last Saturday in New Ulm in what proved to be Presentation's first victory in program history.  MLC yielded 465 yards to the Saints, punted on six of its final eight possessions and didn't find the end zone on offense until its final possession of game.

Using a run-first offensive scheme, MLC ranks third among UMAC squads with 210.4 rushing yards per game.  Three different players have carried at least 40 times through the Knights' first five contests, and senior quarterback Joseph Lindloff ranks sixth in the league with 77.6 rushing yards per game.  The Knights prefer runs plays over pass plays at nearly a 3:1 ratio.

While its rushing offense has proved to be potent, Martin Luther has been plagued by turnovers this season.  MLC has given the ball away 25 times for a UMAC-worst minus-19 turnover margin and has lost 15 of its 22 fumbles in 2011.

THE HEAD COACHES

Eureka College athletics Hall of Famer Kurt Barth is currently in his third season as the head coach of the Red Devils in 2011.

Since being hired as the 12th head coach in program history in December 2008, Barth has rejuvenated the EC football program and installed one of the most prolific passing offenses in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference and all of NCAA Division III.

Barth is 1-1 all-time against Martin Luther and can reach the .500 career mark against UMAC opponents for the first time with a win this Saturday.

Doug Lange is in his seventh season directing the Knights.  A 1977 graduate of Northwestern (Minn.), Lange is 34-28 at Martin Luther and has guided the Knights to a winning season in five of his first six seasons in New Ulm.

THE ALL-TIME SERIES

The Red Devils and Knights will meet for the third time on Saturday, as the squads have split their first two meetings.

In the first matchup on Sept. 19, 2009, Eureka scored 20 points in the final seven minutes of the game for an improbable 41-34 comeback victory at McKinzie Field.  Wes Schmidgall, then a sophomore, hauled in two touchdown passes from Nick Lindsey in the final two minutes of the game to help the Red Devils erase a 13-point deficit in the fourth quarter.

Martin Luther returned the favor last season at the UMAC's 11th annual Dome Day at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, exploding for 38 unanswered points and 283 rushing yards in a 52-13 victory.

FIRST TRIP TO NEW ULM

With the 2011 campaign marking Eureka's third season as an associate member of the UMAC, Saturday's road trip to New Ulm marks the Red Devils' first game played at the MLC Bowl, Martin Luther's home field.

Eureka has made visits to six of its nine UMAC opponents so far and will take its first trip to Minnesota-Morris next weekend.  Northwestern (Minn.) is the only other team yet to host the Red Devils, as the 2010 game was played at McKinzie Field and this year's contest will be played in the Metrodome on Oct. 29.

MAINTAINING THE MOMENTUM

Last weekend's 22-18 victory over Westminster improved Eureka to 3-1 overall and 3-0 in conference play, both marks being Eureka's best since the 1995 season.

The Red Devils went 9-1 in 1995 and did not lose a conference game, sweeping the Illini-Badger Football Conference slate with a perfect 6-0 record to win the league title.

The win over the Blue Jays also extended Eureka's win streak to three games, the Red Devils' longest stretch without a loss since EC won eight in a row in 1995-96.

A win on Saturday against the Knights would also give the Red Devils consecutive conference road victories for the first time since 2008 and just the third time since 1996.

WATCH THE GAME LIVE ONLINE

The Martin Luther athletics department plans to offer a live video stream of Saturday's game on "Knight Vision".  Eureka fans can visit http://www.mlc-wels.edu/home/athletics/vision/ Saturday at 1 p.m. to watch the broadcast live on their computers.

Additionally, EC fans are encouraged to follow the Red Devils on Twitter and "Like" the Red Devils on Facebook for instant updates sent directly to their computer or mobile device.  Visit the official Eureka College athletics website for more information and use the hashtag #ecreddevils to join the conversation.

WEEKLY HONORS FOR ABBED

Following his seven-tackle, two-interception performance in Eureka's homecoming win over Westminster, junior strong safety Murad Abbed was chosen as the UMAC Defensive Player of the Week.

Abbed intercepted Westminster quarterback Scott Rodgers twice in critical situations on Saturday.  His first interception came on 3rd-and-goal from Eureka's 21-yard line, ending what would have been a go-ahead scoring drive for the Blue Jays with 12:10 left in the second quarter.  The pick was the first Abbed's career.  His second interception ended another Westminster drive deep in Eureka territory and protected the Red Devils' 8-point lead, a pick in the end zone on 3rd-and-goal from the 5-yard line with 8:04 remaining in the third quarter.

Abbed, who joined the Eureka football squad midway through the 2009 season as a running back and missed all of 2010 with a major knee injury, has recorded 21 tackles, four pass breakups and two interceptions in four starts as Eureka's strong safety in 2011.

THE DEFENSE STANDS TALL

While Murad Abbed received individual recognition from the league earlier this week, the entire defensive unit put together a spectacular effort against what was then the UMAC's top-ranked passing offense.

Several Red Devils chipped in to stop Westminster's last gasp on Saturday.  With less than two minutes remaining and a four-point lead, sophomore linebacker Frankie Bray took down quarterback Scott Rogders for his first career sack, a 13-yard loss that forced the Blue Jays to burn a timeout.

One play later, junior defensive end Dan Bolsen deflected a Rodgers pass across the middle, allowing the fluttering ball to land in the hands of Jacob Carls to secure the Red Devils' victory.

Westminster, who entered last weekend's contest with a Division III-best plus-18 turnover margin, finished Saturday at a minus-6.  The Red Devils recorded our interceptions and fell on a pair of Blue Jay fumbles.  In two games at McKinzie Field in 2011, the Red Devils own a plus-8 turnover margin.

Senior cornerback Rosney Beverly and the Eureka secondary held UMAC receiving leader Carl Givens (116.8 YPG) to just one catch for seven yards.  Senior free safety Mike Minehan made 10 stops and came away with a critical interception to end a Westminster drive late in the fourth quarter.

CAREER-HIGH FOR DAWSON...AGAIN

Junior wide receiver Matt Dawson continued his early-season contributions as a wide receiver last Saturday, setting a new career-high in receptions for the fourth consecutive week.

Making his second career start on Saturday, Dawson hauled in a team-best seven catches.  His 11-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter was the third of his career.

NEW MARK FOR HESS

Senior tight end Alex Hess played a large role in Saturday's victory, making six catches for a career-high 90 receiving yards.

Hess, who also owns Eureka's only rushing touchdown of 2011, made catches to help the Red Devils convert on third down twice, including a 3rd-and-15 conversion in the fourth quarter.  Through four games this season, Hess has made 15 catches for 222 yards.

FOLLOWELL'S FIRST CATCH

After seeing limited playing time since joining the Eureka football program in 2010, sophomore receiver Cody Followell made his first career reception last Saturday -- and it was a big one.

Facing 1st-and-20 to start their first drive of the game after a penalty pushed the Red Devils back to their own 18-yard line, Followell snagged a 52-yard completion from quarterback Sam Durley.  The play, Eureka's second-longest from scrimmage all season, sparked the Red Devils' opening drive that ended with a touchdown and a 7-0 lead.

PRESEASON ALL-AMERICANS

Eureka College seniors Alex Hess, Mike Minehan and Wes Schmidgall have each been selected to the D3PRODAY.com Preseason All-America Third Team, according to an announcement from the website in late August.

D3PRODAY.com is the nation's first and only Division III Pro Day and Combine for seniors after the regular season.  D3PRODAY.com Preseason All-Americans represent the board's best seniors in Division III.  The selection board is made up of pro scouts, NFL and CFL agents and former NFL coaches and players.

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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 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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Trinity (Conn.) 23, at Tufts 16
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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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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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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 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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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 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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Southwestern 60, at Belhaven 31
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Hardin-Simmons 35, at Sul Ross State 10
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at Wheaton (Ill.) 42, North Central (Ill.) 20
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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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at Wheaton (Ill.) 42, North Central (Ill.) 20
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