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W&J-St. John Fisher Game Notes

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Washington & Jefferson College (1-0) at #19 St. John Fisher College (1-0)

Pittsford, N.Y – Growney Stadium (2,500)

Saturday, September 14 – 1:00 pm
 

Video: http://www.empire8.tv/play/index.cfm?fuseaction=embstay&id=3D1DAF03DB

Audio: 1450-AM WJPA; http://www.msasports.net/broadcasts/washington-and-jefferson-mens-football-at-st-john-fisher-mens-football

Live Stats: http://www.sidearmstats.com/sjfc/football/

Series:  1-0 SJF

Only Meeting: SJF 28, W&J 24 -- 9/8/12

THE SERIES:  Washington & Jefferson and St. John Fisher meet Saturday for the second time in history.  Last year, the Cardinals overcame a 17-7 halftime deficit, using two fourth-quarter touchdown passes to earn a 28-24 victory at Cameron Stadium.  The Presidents outgained the Cardinals 445-258 and had 28 of the game's 40 first downs, but SJF scored two TDs on 90-plus yard plays. 

THE HEAD COACHES: Mike Sirianni (Mount Union '94) owns a 94-21 (.817) record at W&J during his 11th season as head coach.  The three-time PAC Coach of the Year and 2004 South Region Coach of the Year is second among all active NCAA head coaches in winning percentage (minimum 10 years of experience).  Sirianni was the W&J offensive coordinator for four years before taking over as head coach.  Paul Vosburgh (William Penn '75) is in his 23rd year as head coach at St. John Fisher with a 133-118-1 overall record (.530).  Vosburgh has led the Cardinals to 10-straight postseason berths, including three appearances in the NCAA Division III quarterfinals.  In 2006, SJF made the national semifinals.

W&J vs. EMPIRE 8: W&J owns a 15-10 (.600) all-time record against current members of the Empire 8 Conference.  Prior to last year's W&J-Fisher meeting, the last time W&J faced an active E8 member was a 23-19 win over Ithaca in the 1994 NCAA playoffs. 

Alfred (2-0)    

Buffalo State (4-5)     

Frostburg State (6-0)

Hartwick (0-0)

Ithaca (3-2)    

St. John Fisher (0-1)   

Salisbury (0-2)

Utica (0-0) 

SCOUTING ST. JOHN FISHER:  The 19th-ranked Cardinals started the season with an impressive 28-0 road shutout of Otterbein, a member of the perennially strong Ohio Athletic Conference.  St. John Fisher, which has hosted the last 14 Buffalo Bills training camps on its campus, limited Otterbein to only nine first downs, 14 yards rushing on 30 attempts (four sacks) and 145 total yards.  Senior defensive end Mason Judd and junior inside linebacker Dalton Donk paced the defense with 10 tackles and a sack.  Offensively, the Cardinals scored twice in the second quarter (two minutes apart) before tacking on touchdowns in the third and fourth quarters.  Senior running back Cody Miller rushed 17 times for 83 yards and a late 3-yard touchdown, while senior quarterback Tyler Fenti rushed for 27 yards and passed for 233 yards and two scores.  Fenti completed 19-of-24 pass attempts.  Senior running back Ryan Kramer, who played quarterback versus W&J last year, led all receivers with seven catches for 70 yards.  Junior punter Ryan Sweet also had a big day, averaging 41.2 yards on four punts. 

ELDER STATESMEN: Saturday's game will be dominated by players in the final collegiate seasons.  W&J has 13 senior starters (8 offense), while the Cardinals start 11 seniors (6 offense).  Both teams also rely on senior placekickers. 

ON THE ROAD AGAIN: W&J plays its second-straight road game this week, marking the first time the Presidents opened a season with back-to-back away contests since 1988.  W&J tied Juniata (13-13) and defeated John Carroll (20-13) to start that season en route to claiming the PAC title. 

PICK SIX: W&J sophomore cornerback Marlon Brown returned an interception 75 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter at Wooster during his first career start.  Brown's INT return was the longest by a President since Ryan Graft picked off a pass and raced 82 yards for a score against Bethany on Oct. 18, 2003.  During that 2003 season, Mike Sirianni's debut year as head coach, W&J had four interception returns, including three that covered 70 or more yards. 

THIRTY SOMETHING:  W&J hopes to increase its streak of consecutive winning seasons to 30 this fall.  The Presidents' 29-year streak currently ranks fifth among NCAA schools (all divisions) behind Linfield (57), Florida State (36), Mount Union (34) and Florida (33).  W&J's current streak ties for the 21st-longest stretch in NCAA football history.

1) OHIO STATE, 2) W&J: Head Coach Mike Sirianni ranks among the top coaches in NCAA history.  Sirianni owns a 94-21 record for an .816 winning percentage, the best among all current NCAA Division III coaches with at least 10 years of experience.  Wittenberg's Joe Fincham (154-35, .817), Mary Hardin-Baylor's Pete Fredenburg (147-34, .812), Wartburg's Rick Willis (120-31, .795) and North Central's John Thorne (97-27, .782) are the top four active coaches behind Sirianni.  Among active coaches in all divisions, only Ohio State's Urban Meyer (118-23, .837) has won more consistently than W&J's Sirianni (minimum 10 years of experience).  In the history of college football, Sirianni ranks 21st among NCAA coaches who spent at least 10 years on the sidelines.

HISTORY LESSON:  Washington & Jefferson has won 690 games in its 122-year history (690-380-40), third behind Wittenberg (717) and Mount Union (715) among NCAA Division III schools.  Widener (662) and Wabash (633) round out the top five.  Including all NCAA divisions, Michigan leads with 904 victories and W&J is 25th. 

IN THE BRIGHT LIGHTS:  W&J is proud to be the alma mater of 1981 graduate Roger Goodell, the commissioner of the National Football League.  The Presidents' football program gained a new team to root for last year when 1984 graduate Joe Philbin was named the head coach of the Miami Dolphins.  Philbin played tight end for the Presidents during his freshman year before becoming a student assistant coach.  One of Philbin's early hires was 2001 W&J graduate Chris Mosley as the assistant offensive line coach.  Mosley transferred to W&J from SE Missouri St.

VETERAN QB:  Senior Matt Bliss had the most accurate passing day of his career at Wooster, completing 27-of-33 tosses.  His 312 yards marked the fourth 300-plus yard game of his career and tied for the second-most yards that he's thrown for as a President.  Bliss can move into fifth place on the W&J passing yardage list ahead of Bob Strope '93 with 492 yards.  He will also pass Gino Rometo '11 and Pat Aigner '89 for fifth place in career touchdown passes with 11 more.

GETTING WIEGAND WITH IT:  Senior running back Dion Wiegand (pronounced WIGG-uhnd) started the season quickly with a 51-yard touchdown run on the fourth play from scrimmage.  He added two more touchdown jaunts in the first quarter and recorded the first 100-yard game (128) of his career. 

WEEKLY HARDWARE:  Wiegand was honored by the PAC as the offensive player of the week after his big rushing night Saturday at Wooster.  In addition, senior wide receiver/kick returner Alex Baroffio was named the PAC and ECAC Southwest Region Special Teams Player of the Week.  Baroffio's 257 all-purpose yards (96 receiv., 92 KR, 69 PR) were the eighth-highest total in the nation during week one and five of his returns (3 punts, 2 kickoff) directly led to W&J touchdowns.  Finally, sophomore Jon Turner produced nine tackles and two sacks during his first collegiate start and was selected to the D3football.com National Team of the Week, presented by Scoutware.  Turner was one of two defensive tackles selected to the national team. 

MIKE'S MARK:  Including Mosley, who also spent time as an assistant coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, five former assistant coaches under Sirianni have gone on to work at the Division I level or the NFL.  Matt Caponi and Mike DiAngelo are on Rich Rodriguez's staff at the University of Arizona, while former Ohio State cornerback Richard McNutt is the NC State cornerbacks coach following stints with the Cleveland Browns and Northern Illinois.  2000 W&J graduate Eugene Crosby worked as an assistant offensive line coach during Sirianni's first season in 2003 and has moved on to stints on the staffs at Oregon State and Youngstown State. 

ALEX THE GREAT: Preseason All-America wideout Alex Baroffio could become the all-time leading receiver in school history on Saturday.  After a nine-reception performance during the opener, Baroffio currently ranks second at W&J with 187 catches, six behind school record holder David Ravida (192).  Baroffio's 78 receptions last fall ranked fifth on the single-season list.  If Baroffio matches his season total from a year ago, he would finish tied for 25th in NCAA Division III history for career receptions.  In addition, Baroffio has racked up 2,249 receiving yards, leaving him 906 yards shy of W&J Hall of Famer Ryan Silvis' school record.   

ACCURATE ERIC:  Senior placekicker/punter Eric Eberle arguably had the greatest season by a specialist in W&J history last season.  He became the first kicker in school history to earn All-America honors (2nd Team Beyond Sports Network) and received preseason accolades from the same organization in August.  Eberle made 11-of-14 field goals (tied for 21st nationally) and 31-of-32 extra points to lead the team with 64 points.  His 44-yarder versus Thiel was the longest by a President since 1995.  For his career, Eberle has made 16-of-21 field goal attempts and averaged 35.9 yards on 105 punts.  

DYNAMITE DEBUT:  Junior linebacker Jared Pratt led the Presidents in tackles (12) during his first appearance in a W&J uniform.  A Colgate transfer, Pratt tied for fifth nationally with 11 solo tackles during week one.  Pratt was a high school teammate of Baroffio and Bliss at Bethel Park.  

AMONG THE BEST:  Alex Baroffio ranks fourth among active Division III players and 11th among all NCAA divisions with his 187 receptions.  He is also 19th in NCAA football (all divisions) in receiving yards (2,249) just ahead of Wisconsin's Jared Abbrederis (2,243), Texas' Mike Davis (2,203) and Pittsburgh's Devin Street (2,188). 

TURNOVER FREE: Since Mike Sirianni took over as head coach in 2003, the Presidents have played turnover-free football 20 times and hold an 18-2 record in those contests.  Both losses occurred in the NCAA playoffs (2010 Mount Union; 2007 NC Wesleyan). 

SCORING PARADE: The 58 points scored by the Presidents were the most in a season opener since a 63-20 rout of Ursinus in the first game of 2002.  W&J's 28-point first quarter was the highest total during any quarter since piling up 35 in the third quarter of the 2007 meeting with Bethany. 

BRIGHT LIGHTS:  The Presidents started playing regular home night games in 2003 and own a 15-0 record in games starting at 6:00 pm or later on their home turf.  W&J has also played six road night games during that time frame and has all six making Sirianni's teams a perfect 21-0 at night. 

 

W&J PROBABLE STARTERS:

QB       6    Matt Bliss................................. Sr.

RB     32    Dion Wiegand........................ Sr.

WR    10    Max Creighan........................ Sr.

WR    15    Alex Baroffio.......................... Sr.

WR    18    Steven Licht............................ Sr.

WR      4    Dan Lucas.............................. Sr.

LT      58    Zach Crossey........................ So.

LG     72    Ty Wildey................................. Jr.

C       57    John Wanner ......................... Jr.

RG     52    Andrew Pingitore................... Sr.

RT     70    Zach Wildey............................ Sr.

PK     43    Eric Eberle.............................. Sr.

KR     32    Dion Wiegand........................ Sr.

 

DE     33    Evan Fuentes.......................... Sr.

DT     54    Chris Heim.............................. Sr.

DT     94    Jon Turner.............................. So.

DE     20    Jon Lowery.............................. Sr.

LB        7    Shane Smith........................... So

LB     35    Jared Pratt................................ Jr.

CB       2    Alec Schram............................ Jr.

SS     44    Anthony Tutino........................ So.

FS     25    B.J. Monacelli.......................... Sr.

WS    22    Dan Graziano......................... So.

CB       9    Sam Comly............................. Sr.

P        43    Eric Eberle............................... Sr.

PR     15    Alex Baroffio.......................... Sr.

Oct. 13: All times Eastern
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Bridgewater State 24, at Mass-Dartmouth 22
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at UW-Whitewater 21, UW-La Crosse 14
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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 Thomas More 59, Waynesburg 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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at Knox 56, Grinnell 14
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at Widener 31, Lycoming 17
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Trinity (Conn.) 23, at Tufts 16
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at Mount St. Joseph 66, Earlham 7
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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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at Hanover 31, Bluffton 28
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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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at Eureka 30, Greenville 19
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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 Carthage 31, Elmhurst 8
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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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at Hope 22, Adrian 3
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Linfield 49, at Lewis and Clark 14
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La Verne at Occidental
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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 George Fox 58, Willamette 12
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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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at St. John Fisher 39, Utica 36
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at Heidelberg 48, Otterbein 45
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at Shenandoah 38, Bridgewater 20
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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 Louisiana College 52, McMurry 34
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at Simpson 38, Luther 17
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at Chapman 45, Redlands 26
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13 North Central (Ill.)
7 Wheaton (Ill.)
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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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13 North Central (Ill.)
7 Wheaton (Ill.)
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