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Johns Hopkins-Randolph-Macon Football Notes

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The Game: Johns Hopkins kicks off the 2012 season by welcoming Randolph-Macon to Homewood Field. This week's game is the 35th all-time meeting between JHU and RMC.

On This Date: Johns Hopkins has played just one previous game on September 1 ... a 17-16 win at Hampden-Sydney to open the 2007 season. The win was secured when senior defensive linemen Patrick Kay blocked a 47-yard field goal attempt on the final play of the game. JHU had taken the one-point lead with just over 90 seconds left in the fourth quarter when current assistant coach Greg Chimera scored on a one-yard run.

The Teams: Johns Hopkins and Randolph-Macon are both coming off successful seasons and this week's game is one of the few nationally on opening weekend that feature two teams that won eight or more games in 2011. The Blue Jays posted a 10-1 record, claimed a seventh Centennial title and advanced to the NCAA Playoffs last year. The Yellow Jackets posted an 8-2 record and finished second in the ODAC. RMC was just 11 points away from an undefeated regular season of its own in 2011.

Series History: Johns Hopkins holds a slim 17-16-1 advantage in the all-time series against Randolph-Macon. The Yellow Jackets prevailed, 41-37, in the last meeting in 2010. A complete series history can be found on page 2.

For Openers: Johns Hopkins is 12-9-1 in season-openers under head coach Jim Margraff and the Blue Jays have currently won nine of their last 13 openers.

Home Openers: Johns Hopkins is 15-6-1 in home openers under head coach Jim Margraff.

A Final Opener: Johns Hopkins is opening the season at home for the first time since 2008 and just the fourth time in since 2002.

I'm Honored: Juniors Armand Jenifer and Dan Wodicka, two key pieces of a prolific Blue Jay offense a year ago, were selected as preseason All-Americans. Jenifer grabbed second team honors from Lindy's 2012 College Football Preview and d3football.com, while Wodicka was a second team pick by Lindy's.

Returning All-Centennial Jays: Johns Hopkins dominated the 2011 All-Centennial Conference Football Team as the Blue Jays claimed the coach and offensive player of the year awards (Hewitt Tomlin), had a school-record 10 first team selections and 14 players garnered first team, second team or honorable mention status. While JHU graduated one of the great senior classes in school history last year, the Blue Jays do return four of the premier players in the league.

Below is a look at JHU's returning All-Centennial performers:
Armand Jenifer - OL (T) 1st Team
Taylor Maciow - LB 2nd Team
Jonathan Rigaud - RB 2nd Team
Dan Wodicka - WR 1st Team

Centennial Favorites: For the fourth consecutive year and the seventh time in the last nine years Johns Hopkins was selected as the favorite in the league's preseason poll of coaches and SIDs. The Blue Jays received 14 of 20 first-place votes and totaled 153 points to easily out-distance Ursinus, which checked in at number two in the poll with four first-place votes and 137 points.

2012 Centennial Conference Preseason Poll
Rk. School - Points (1st-Place Votes)
1. Johns Hopkins - 153 (14)
2. Ursinus - 137 (4)
3. Muhlenberg - 126 (1)
4. Gettysburg - 96
5. Susquehanna - 92
6. Franklin & Marshall - 85
7. Dickinson - 71 (1)
8. McDaniel - 68
9. Moravian - 53
10. Juniata - 19

JHU Ties Victory Record: Johns Hopkins posted a 10-1 record in 2011 and tied the school record for victories in a season. Only twice previously - 2003 & 2009 - had Hopkins won 10 games in a season. Johns Hopkins had never won more than seven games in a season prior to 2002, but the Blue Jays have posted eight or more wins eight times in the last 10 years.

Centennial Conference Champions: Johns Hopkins claimed its seventh Centennial Conference title last season with all seven championships coming since 2002. JHU ranks third in league history with its seven titles. Only Dickinson (9) and Muhlenberg (8) have more titles than the Blue Jays, who are tied for third on the list with McDaniel.

NCAA History: Johns Hopkins made its third trip to the NCAA Playoffs with all three appearances coming since 2005 under the direction of Jim Margraff, the all-time winningest coach in school history. The Blue Jays are 2-3 all-time in the NCAAs with a run to the NCAA Quarterfinals in 2009 highlighting JHU's NCAA history. Unlike the previous four NCAA games in school history, the Blue Jays hosted the first round game last season. JHU dropped a 23-12 decision to St. John Fisher, which advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals before being eliminated.

Post-Season Regulars: In addition to this being the third appearance in the NCAAs for the Blue Jays, this was also the eighth time Johns Hopkins has advanced to the post-season as JHU has also played in five ECAC Bowl Games with each of those coming since 2002. Including the 2-3 record in NCAA action, Johns Hopkins sports a 6-4 all-time post-season record as the Blue Jays are 4-1 all-time in ECAC Bowl Games. Included is a 44-14 win over Lebanon Valley in the 2010 ECAC South Atlantic Bowl. Including ECAC games, Johns Hopkins has advanced to the post-season in each of the last four years.

Sweet September: Johns Hopkins enters the 2012 season having won six straight and nine of its last 10 games in the month of September. The only team to beat JHU in the month of September in its last 10 games? Randolph-Macon, which posted a 41-37 win over JHU on September 11, 2010.

More September: Johns Hopkins has not lost a home game in the month of September since September 22, 2007, when Moravian escaped Homewood with a 44-41 victory.

Regular Season Roll: The Blue Jays will put a 14-game regular-season winning streak on the line this week against Randolph-Macon. The streak, the longest such run in school history and the fourth-longest in Centennial Conference history, began with a 49-24 win at Susquehanna on October 23, 2010. The Blue Jays have outscored the opposition, 581-164, during the 14-game run.

How About an Encore: In addition to ranking first or second in the Centennial in every major offensive statistical category, the Blue Jays also finishd second in the nation in total offense (492.7), 12th in scoring offense (39.8) and seventh in passing offense (312.3) last season.

A Dymanic Duo: Despite the loss of Sam Wernick, who took his 228 career receptions for 3,023 yards and 30 touchdowns with him when he graduated in May, the Blue Jays return one of the top receiving tandems in the nation in junior Dan Wodicka and senior Scott Cremens, who combined for 146 receptions for 1,950 yards and 16 touchdowns a year ago. Wodicka had a school-record 87 receptions for 1,245 yards and seven scores, while Cremens had a team-high nine TD receptions among his 59 catches for 705 yards.

Rigaud, Barletta Return to Fuel Rushing Attack: The loss of all-time leading passer Hewitt Tomlin will be softened by the return of seniors Jonathan Rigaud and Scott Barletta. Rigaud rushed for 905 yards and 11 touchdowns a year ago and enters his final season at Homewood ranked 15th on JHU's career rushing list with 1,580 yards As JHU's primary fullback, Barletta rushed for 177 yards and eight touchdowns last season and specializes in finding the end zone as 13 of his 84 career carries have ended as touchdowns.

Linebacking Crew to lead Defense: Like the Blue Jay offense, the JHU defense suffered some significant losses to graduation after the 2011 season. Still, the Blue Jays regularly use a deep rotation so there is considerable returning experience.
Three key returning linebackers will lead the way for the Blue Jays on defense as seniors Taylor Maciow, Adam Schweyer and P.J. Caufield will anchor a unit that allowed just 13.1 points per game a year ago.
Despite fielding a senior-laden unit last season, it was Maciow and Schweyer who ranked first and second, respectively, in tackles as Maciow punched up a team and career-high 88, including 6.5 for losses, while Schweyer added 64, including three sacks. Caufield totaled 37 tackles and a memorable two-point defensive return in the driving snow and rain in a 37-9 win over Ursinus.

Defense Fuels Victories: While the Johns Hopkins offense grabbed attention with the points and yards it put up last season, the Blue Jay defense also enjoyed a strong season as well. Consider:
• The Blue Jays' 11 opponents had 148 combined possessions against JHU - only 14 resulted in touchdowns. Three of the 17 overall TDs JHU allowed were scored by the opposition's defense/special teams.
• JHU finished in the top 25 nationally in total defense (10th/244.3), scoring defense (12th/13/1), pass defense (17th/141.2), sacks (21st/33) and rushing defense (25th/103.1).
• The Blue Jays forced two turnovers vs. USMMA and three vs. Susquehanna, Moravian and Muhlenberg before coming back with two more vs. Juniata and Dickinson and three vs. Gettysburg. Hopkins has forced two or more turnovers in 28 of its last 36 games.

Sustained Success: Since the start of the 2002 season the Blue Jays sport an 81-29 (.736) record. Taking it back farther the Blue Jays are 87-32 (.731) since the start of the 2001 season and 92-37 (.713) since the beginning of the 2000 season. The 74 wins the Blue Jays amassed from 2000-09 are the most wins in a decade in school history. Johns Hopkins had never won more than seven games in a season prior to this decade. In the decade completed in 2009, the Blue Jays averaged more than seven wins per season (7.4).

Seven's Heaven: Since the beginning of the 2003 season the Blue Jays are 72-20 (.782) when scoring more than seven points and 0-7 when they have been held to seven points or less.

Sep. 23: All times Eastern
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at Framingham State 50, Massachusetts Maritime 7
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Muhlenberg 56, at Juniata 40
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at Dean 25, Becker 10
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Salisbury 27, at TCNJ 7
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MIT 38, at Catholic 21
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Merchant Marine 56, at Maine Maritime 31
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at Hobart 34, Endicott 17
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at Morrisville State 44, Nichols 22
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at Delaware Valley 27, Stevenson 7
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at Albright 9, Widener 7
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Christopher Newport 16, at Montclair State 8
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at Westminster (Pa.) 41, Bethany 14
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Middlebury 41, at Bowdoin 14
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Williams 24, at Colby 7
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Amherst 36, at Hamilton 6
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Ursinus 35, at Moravian 17
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Trinity (Conn.) 51, at Bates 0
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at LaGrange 38, Brevard 28
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Geneva 33, at Thiel 24
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at Plymouth State 37, Mass-Dartmouth 7
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Kean 28, at Southern Virginia 14
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Frostburg State 24, at Rowan 10
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Union 17, at Curry 14
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at Carnegie Mellon 37, Thomas More 17
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Lycoming 44, at King's 41
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at Western New England 21, Husson 14
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Johns Hopkins 41, at Dickinson 10
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at DePauw 51, Wooster 24
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at Ohio Wesleyan 37, Allegheny 21
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at Misericordia 43, Wilkes 14
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at Alfred 45, Rochester 7
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Wesley 66, at William Paterson 0
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at N.C. Wesleyan 35, Maryville (Tenn.) 25
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Huntingdon 31, at Ferrum 28
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at McDaniel 27, Gettysburg 20
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at Buffalo State 33, RPI 21
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Franklin and Marshall 27, at Susquehanna 24
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at Denison 45, Oberlin 17
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at Northwestern (Minn.) 10, Westminster (Mo.) 7
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at Eureka 44, Crown 20
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at Lebanon Valley 24, FDU-Florham 14
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at Heidelberg 47, John Carroll 21
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at Ohio Northern 35, Otterbein 7
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at Mount Union 55, Baldwin Wallace 7
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at Rose-Hulman 37, Defiance 14
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at Marietta 49, Muskingum 25
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Franklin 59, at Bluffton 30
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at Hanover 64, Anderson 21
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Mount St. Joseph 31, at Manchester 14
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Worcester State 34, at Westfield State 10
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Coast Guard 13, at Norwich 9
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at Fitchburg State 31, Bridgewater State 29
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Wittenberg 48, at Kenyon 11
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at Wabash 25, Hiram 21
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North Central (Ill.) 51, at Millikin 21
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at Millsaps 17, Sewanee 13
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at Rhodes 35, Birmingham-Southern 9
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at Hendrix 36, Austin 24
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at Martin Luther 34, Greenville 20
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at Trinity (Texas) 41, Chapman 35
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at Loras 73, Buena Vista 34
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at Wartburg 30, Washington U. 20
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at Gustavus Adolphus 51, Hamline 7
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Augsburg 48, at Carleton 28
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at Bethel 64, St. Olaf 7
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at Luther 21, Dubuque 17
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at Central 52, Nebraska Wesleyan 27
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Simpson 38, at Coe 33
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Wheaton (Ill.) 40, at Elmhurst 15
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St. Norbert 66, at Grinnell 13
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at Knox 13, Ripon 6
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at MacMurray 32, Iowa Wesleyan 14
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Hardin-Simmons 63, at Howard Payne 3
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Southwestern 37, at Louisiana College 34
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Monmouth 26, at Macalester 0
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at St. Thomas 20, St. John's 17
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at Springfield 42, WPI 10
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at Cornell 55, Beloit 36
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at Brockport 28, Utica 14
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at Hartwick 24, St. John Fisher 21
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at UW-La Crosse 41, Carroll 6
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at St. Scholastica 37, Minnesota-Morris 3
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at George Fox 44, UW-Eau Claire 0
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at Western Connecticut 37, Salve Regina 23
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at UW-Stevens Point 41, Adrian 28
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at Wesleyan 24, Tufts 17
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at Averett 35, Methodist 6
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at Berry 28, Centre 14
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at Case Western Reserve 56, Waynesburg 21
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at Grove City 24, St. Vincent 14
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at Illinois Wesleyan 18, North Park 0
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at Mary Hardin-Baylor 50, Texas Lutheran 7
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at UW-Platteville 56, Lakeland 22
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Carthage 55, at Augustana 14
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Chicago 28, at Illinois College 7
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at Sul Ross State 35, McMurry 7
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at Wilmington 37, Capital 30
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Lake Forest 42, at Lawrence 26
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at East Texas Baptist 79, Belhaven 40
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Arizona Christian 56, at Whittier 38
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Sep. 28: All times Eastern
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Shenandoah at Randolph-Macon
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Delaware Valley at FDU-Florham
Sep. 23: All times Eastern
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at Delaware Valley 27, Stevenson 7
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Wesley 66, at William Paterson 0
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at Alfred 45, Rochester 7
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Johns Hopkins 41, at Dickinson 10
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Frostburg State 24, at Rowan 10
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at Heidelberg 47, John Carroll 21
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at Mount Union 55, Baldwin Wallace 7
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Wittenberg 48, at Kenyon 11
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at Wabash 25, Hiram 21
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Hardin-Simmons 63, at Howard Payne 3
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North Central (Ill.) 51, at Millikin 21
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Wheaton (Ill.) 40, at Elmhurst 15
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at St. Thomas 20, St. John's 17
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at Brockport 28, Utica 14
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at Case Western Reserve 56, Waynesburg 21
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at Illinois Wesleyan 18, North Park 0
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at UW-Platteville 56, Lakeland 22
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at Mary Hardin-Baylor 50, Texas Lutheran 7
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Sep. 29: All times Eastern
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Delaware Valley at FDU-Florham