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Albion Defense Rises To The Occasion

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ALBION, Mich. – Albion College head coach Craig Rundle was not about to apologize for his team's 28-24 victory over Alma College Saturday, but he knew the result was improbable based on the number of mistakes his team made.

Albion overcame two fumbled punt returns, an onside kick, a fake punt, a bad snap on a punt, and a running into the punter penalty. Alma came up empty on two trips to the red zone in the final six minutes, and the Scots final possession started at the Albion 48. Chris Jakubik intercepted a pass in the end zone to thwart Alma's first trip inside the 20 in the fourth quarter, and the defense stopped Alma on four plays later in the quarter.

"The defensive guys showed a lot of character," Rundle said. "Their job is to get the ball back regardless of where the other team gets it.

"We're lucky special teams didn't cost us the game," Rundle added.

Rundle credited the defense for forcing Alma to pass more than it would have liked. Albion yielded just 83 rushing yards so Alma quarterback Jarrett Leister went 20 of 43 for 218 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Linebacker Brett McCarty led the defense with nine solo and four assisted tackles. Defensive back Terron Bridgeman was credited with breaking up five passes in addition to wrapping up seven tackles.

Albion did all of its scoring through the air as Dominic Bona went 24 of 39 for 240 yards. He threw a 22-yard scoring strike to Cody Crawford in the first quarter, found Zach Brewer for a 12-yard touchdown in the second quarter, got the ball to Sage Alward for a 3-yard score with six seconds left in the first half, and tacked on a 21-yard touchdown pass to Zach Brigham early in the fourth quarter.

"The drive before halftime was huge," Rundle said. "We faced a lot of long yardage situations in the second half because of penalties."

Briton running back Darrin Williams finished with 119 rushing yards on 27 carries for a 4.4-yard average.

"Alma has one of the best defensive units against the run in the league," Rundle said.

Albion, winners of three straight to improve to 5-2 overall and 3-0 against Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association rivals, will play at home for the final time this season Nov. 2 when it tackles Olivet College. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. on the Schmidt-Fraser Field inside Sprankle-Sprandel Stadium.

Oct. 20: All times Eastern
Final
at Johns Hopkins 52, Gettysburg 0
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Oct. 21: All times Eastern
Start of 4th
14 Westfield State
29 Framingham State
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4th - 11:26
10 Moravian
17 Juniata
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4th - 12:41
7 Endicott
28 Salve Regina
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4th - 12:59
7 St. Vincent
63 Thomas More
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3 Hobart
7 Union
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24 Colby
20 Hamilton
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1:00 PM
William Paterson at Christopher Newport
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10 St. John Fisher
7 Ithaca
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Kenyon at Allegheny
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7 SUNY-Maritime
7 Mount Ida
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27 Middlebury
7 Bates
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7 Catholic
48 Springfield
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Wesleyan at Amherst
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7 Bowdoin
49 Trinity (Conn.)
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14 Husson
7 Gallaudet
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7 Wabash
14 Oberlin
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6 Buffalo State
13 Utica
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0 Ohio Northern
6 Muskingum
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0 Montclair State
24 Frostburg State
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3 Rowan
20 Wesley
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2nd - 01:12
10 Albright
5 Stevenson
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38 Wittenberg
3 DePauw
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2nd - 00:18
14 Alma
14 Albion
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2nd - 01:41
13 Shenandoah
21 Guilford
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20 Plymouth State
0 Massachusetts Maritime
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37 Wooster
12 Hiram
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28 Washington and Lee
0 Hampden-Sydney
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2nd - 07:25
7 Alfred State
10 Anna Maria
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25 Bridgewater
10 Emory and Henry
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7 Wilkes
28 FDU-Florham
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10 Lebanon Valley
0 Misericordia
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7 Rochester
27 St. Lawrence
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6 RPI
7 Alfred
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10 Nichols
18 Curry
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0 Southern Virginia
28 Salisbury
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10 Ferrum
14 Brevard
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0 Ursinus
7 Susquehanna
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20 Cortland
13 Morrisville State
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14 Hope
36 Trine
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17 Trinity (Texas)
0 Sewanee
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7 Wartburg
7 Luther
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1:30 PM
Dickinson at Franklin and Marshall
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2nd - 06:35
0 Tufts
0 Williams
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2nd - 12:54
35 Mount Union
0 Wilmington
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2nd - 14:09
7 MIT
0 Coast Guard
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7 Maine Maritime
14 Norwich
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7 Heidelberg
14 Marietta
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14 Franklin
9 Rose-Hulman
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14 John Carroll
0 Capital
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7 Bluffton
14 Manchester
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Mount St. Joseph at Anderson
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UW-Whitewater at UW-River Falls
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Kean at TCNJ
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0 Greensboro
7 LaGrange
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1st - 07:06
7 Mass-Dartmouth
0 Worcester State
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1st - 10:55
6 Muhlenberg
0 McDaniel
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7 Western New England
0 Becker
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1st - 09:43
0 Methodist
7 Maryville (Tenn.)
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1st - 08:04
7 Adrian
0 Kalamazoo
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Denison at Ohio Wesleyan
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Westminster (Pa.) at Washington and Jefferson
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Berry at Millsaps
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0 Olivet
0 Benedictine
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7 Birmingham-Southern
0 Austin
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2:00 PM
Belhaven at Mary Hardin-Baylor
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0 UW-Stevens Point
3 UW-Stout
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Eureka at MacMurray
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Carthage at Illinois Wesleyan
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7 Nebraska Wesleyan
0 Buena Vista
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7 Lakeland
0 Wisconsin Lutheran
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0 Rockford
0 Aurora
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0 Concordia (Wis.)
7 Concordia-Chicago
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Carleton at St. Olaf
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0 Gustavus Adolphus
14 St. John's
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7 Augsburg
0 Concordia-Moorhead
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St. Thomas at Hamline
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6 Westminster (Mo.)
0 Greenville
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Coe at Loras
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Wheaton (Ill.) at North Park
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Northwestern (Minn.) at Martin Luther
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Ripon at Macalester
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Lawrence at St. Norbert
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St. Scholastica at Crown
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Minnesota-Morris at Iowa Wesleyan
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0 UW-Platteville
0 UW-Eau Claire
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Merchant Marine at WPI
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Rhodes at Centre
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Hanover at Earlham
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Beloit at Chicago
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UW-Oshkosh at UW-La Crosse
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Simpson at Dubuque
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Augustana at North Central (Ill.)
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East Texas Baptist at Louisiana College
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Hartwick at Brockport
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Chapman at La Verne
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Pacific at Lewis and Clark
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Pacific Lutheran at Willamette
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Puget Sound at Whitworth
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Redlands at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
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Sul Ross State at Howard Payne
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Dean at Castleton
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N.C. Wesleyan at Averett
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Baldwin Wallace at Otterbein
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Case Western Reserve at Geneva
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Carnegie Mellon at Thiel
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Knox at Illinois College
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Whittier at Cal Lutheran
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Occidental at Pomona-Pitzer
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Final
at Johns Hopkins 52, Gettysburg 0
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Oct. 21: All times Eastern
End of 2nd
3 Rowan
20 Wesley
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0 Montclair State
24 Frostburg State
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38 Wittenberg
3 DePauw
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7 Catholic
48 Springfield
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7 Wartburg
7 Luther
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35 Mount Union
0 Wilmington
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14:44, 2nd quarter
7 Heidelberg
14 Marietta
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2:00 PM
Westminster (Pa.) at Washington and Jefferson
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2:00 PM
Hardin-Simmons at Texas Lutheran
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Belhaven at Mary Hardin-Baylor
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St. Thomas at Hamline
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13:08 1st
0 Gustavus Adolphus
7 St. John's
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Carthage at Illinois Wesleyan
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1st - 08:57
7 Augsburg
0 Concordia-Moorhead
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2:00 PM
Berry at Millsaps
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1st - 13:38
0 UW-Platteville
0 UW-Eau Claire
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3:00 PM
UW-Oshkosh at UW-La Crosse
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3:00 PM
Augustana at North Central (Ill.)
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Hartwick at Brockport
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4:30 PM
George Fox at Linfield
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7:00 PM
Case Western Reserve at Geneva
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