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D3football.com Team of the Week

Gavin Zimbelman, airborne, throwing a pass for Aurora vs. St. Norbert.
Gavin Zimbelman, airborne, throws one of his 52 passes for Aurora vs. St. Norbert.
By David Malamut, d3photography.com
 

Presented by Scoutware

Games of Sept. 5-7, 2019

Offense

QB Gavin Zimbelman, Jr., Aurora

Zimbelman led Aurora to a 50-40 victory over No. 25 St. Norbert. Zimbelman set school records for touchdowns, yards, completions, attempts and long pass play from scrimmage in the contest. He finished the day 33-of-52 for 497 yards and seven touchdowns with no interceptions in Don Beebe's first game as head coach. He connected on a 92-yard touchdown pass among his completions to nine AU receivers.

OL Colton Bauknecht, Sharmore Clarke, Jarod Thornton, Ricky Strba, Jake Fiedler, North Central (Ill.)

The Cardinals' front line cleared the way for a season opener free of turnovers and punts. North Central gained 508 total yards and owned a 35:47-24:13 advantage in time of possession. The Cardinals reached the end zone on their first three offensive drives.

RB Da'Avian Ellington, Jr., Susquehanna

Da'Avian Ellington put up 179 yards on the ground, including a pair of 60-plus-yard runs. Both of those runs resulted in touchdowns. The 13 carries, 179 yards and touchdowns were all career-highs for Ellington.

WR Mack Journell, Sr., Carleton

Mack Journell hauled in 14 catches for a career-best 181 yards and a pair of touchdowns in Carleton's 41-0 rout of Macalester. With the Knights up 13-0 midway through the third quarter, Journell scored on back-to-back possessions to put the game out of reach by first out-jumping two defenders for a 16-yard touchdown catch and later breaking two tackles to reach the end zone for a 31-yard catch-and-run on fourth-and-9. The Carleton win avenged a tough 10-point loss to the Scots in last year's season-opener and returned the "Book of Knowledge" Trophy to Northfield for the first time since 2015.

WR James Gillespie, Sr., Widener

Gillespie hauled in 13 passes for 158 yards and three touchdowns as Widener downed Rowan for the first time since 2014. The 13 catches for Gillespie were the most for a Widener player since the 2014 playoffs. He also added 45 kick return yards for 203 all-purpose in the 38-28 win.

WR Damarquis Price, Sr., FDU-Florham

Price hauled in 10 catches for 223 yards and three touchdowns as the Devils knocked off Merchant Marine Academy 56-48. He had a long catch of 76 yards.

TE Matt Jolliffe, Sr., Kenyon

Jolliffe caught eight passes for 155 yards and a touchdown. It was the first of the game and got the scoring started for Kenyon as the Lords ended a 26-game losing streak with a 36-35 win at Catholic.

Defense

DE Michael Nobile, So., Delaware Valley

Nobile recorded a team-high eight tackles and 6.5 came behind the line of scrimmage including a safety to get the Aggies on the board. He added a half a sack in the second half as DelVal earned a convincing 37-7 victory at Kean.

DT Mike Williams, Sr., Washington & Jefferson

Williams recorded a career-high 10 tackles, a pair of sacks and forced a fumble that senior Nick Getz returned 52 yards for a defensive touchdown to help propel No. 21 W&J to a 16-8 victory over No. 18 Wittenberg.

DT Dallas McRae, Sr., Wheaton (Ill.)

McRae shined for a Wheaton defensive line that was outstanding in a 38-0 shutout at Monmouth as the Thunder defense held the Fighting Scots to 56 yards of total offense on an average of just one yard per play in the game. His nine tackles from the nose tackle position was the most of anyone on the Wheaton defense and his five solo tackles was also a team-high. He also had two tackles for loss.

DE Jordan McInerney, Sr., Lake Forest

McInerney's 3.5 sacks and 4.5 tackles for loss helped the Foresters open Week 1 with a 27-15 victory over Wisconsin Lutheran. The senior defensive end paced the team in total tackles as well, with 10 tackles, seven solo. He moves into fifth for career tackles for loss and sixth in sacks during the school's 137 years of college football.

LB Dillon Keefe, Jr., Chapman

Keefe had five solo tackles in the game, but three of them were tackles for loss, including two sacks. He also had two QB hurries and a forced fumble in a 45-14 win vs. Pacific. He also blocked a punt in the fourth quarter.

LB Kevin O'Boyle, So., Carthage

Along with his 11 total tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss, O'Boyle returned a blocked field goal 85 yards for a touchdown in Carthage's 20-19 loss at UW-Oshkosh.

LB Sean Sullivan, Sr., Mount St. Joseph

Sullivan led the Lions defense in facing off with the triple option of Geneva. He led the Lions with a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference-high 19 tackles, 10 solo, and added two tackles for loss and a forced fumble in a 41-27 victory.

CB Benjamin Cooney, So., Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

Cooney had six pass breakups, and an interception return for a touchdown. He also recorded seven tackles, all of them solo, in Claremont-Mudd-Scripps' 21-17 loss to Puget Sound.

S Aaron Pierce, Sr., Westminster (Pa.)

Pierce returned a pair of interceptions for touchdowns in Thursday's season-opening win against Capital. His 97-yard return gave the Titans a 21-0 lead early in the second quarter and his 50-yard score came just four offensive plays later. Pierce is the first PAC player since Thomas More's Marcus Lancaster (at Bethany, Oct. 23, 2010) to return two interceptions for touchdowns in a game.

S Jake Sypniewski, Sr., Kalamazoo

Sypniewski recorded three interceptions and five tackles in Kalamazoo's first shutout since 1998. His third interception was in Kalamazoo's end zone with 26 seconds left in the game preserving the win for the Hornets, a 3-0 victory vs. Oberlin.

CB Chase Rosenthal, Jr., Bridgewater 

Rosenthal intercepted two first half passes, returning one for a touchdown and the other one 36 yards in a 41-10 win vs. Gettysburg. He also recorded a pass breakup and a solo tackle.

Special teams

K Tanner Mateus, Fr., Benedictine

Mateus kicked a pair of field goals on first his two collegiate attempts. Drained a 32-yarder on an untimed down before the end of the first half to extend Benedictine's lead and connected on a 33-yarder late in the third to put the Eagles ahead 19-17 in a one-point win over Franklin.

P Cole Westberry, Sr., Averett

Westberry tied the program record for longest punt with a 69-yard boot against Hampden-Sydney and averaged 47.2 yards on seven punts. Five of his punts were pinned inside the 20.

RET Joshua Tapscott, Sr., Averett

Tapscott returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown immediately after Hampden-Sydney had taken the lead with a touchdown, giving Averett the lead again. The Cougars never trailed again in a 28-16 win.

ST Kyle Smith, Sr., Ithaca

Smith blocked two punts and returned one of those blocks for a touchdown in a 66-28 victory for Ithaca at St. Vincent. Smith returned his first blocked punt 26 yards for a touchdown to give IC a 13-0 lead in the first quarter. Just over two minutes later, he blocked the second punt and Ithaca scored four plays later. Smith was credited with 53 punt return yards in the game.

Sep. 20: All times Eastern
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at Johns Hopkins 41, Moravian 0
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at St. Lawrence 32, Morrisville State 22
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MIT 13, at Becker 6
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Alfred State 27, at Rochester 21
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Brockport 55, at Buffalo State 22
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DePauw 21, at Kenyon 7
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Massachusetts Maritime 42, at Maine Maritime 21
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Salve Regina 62, at Dean 35
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at Hobart 20, Rowan 17
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at St. John Fisher 40, TCNJ 16
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Juniata 44, at Ursinus 38
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at Framingham State 48, Westfield State 21
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Wesley 20, at Endicott 17
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Amherst 24, at Colby 10
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at Methodist 30, Catholic 14
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Middlebury 28, at Bates 0
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at Merchant Marine 45, SUNY-Maritime 0
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at Trinity (Conn.) 61, Bowdoin 7
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at Union 27, Springfield 17
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at Apprentice 49, Gallaudet 13
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Hanover 31, at Maryville (Tenn.) 10
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at Trine 21, Concordia (Wis.) 16
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at Westminster (Pa.) 42, St. Vincent 14
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Wesleyan 28, at Hamilton 10
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at Hope 34, Aurora 32
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at Carnegie Mellon 20, Washington and Jefferson 13
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at Washington and Lee 52, Guilford 14
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WPI 31, at Husson 12
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at Albion 56, Eureka 41
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Averett 35, at Ferrum 12
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at Southern Virginia 29, Hampden-Sydney 17
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at Randolph-Macon 20, Emory and Henry 17
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at Franklin and Marshall 34, McDaniel 17
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at Plymouth State 34, Worcester State 9
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at Ithaca 27, Alfred 9
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Wilkes 24, at Lycoming 17
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at Ohio Wesleyan 55, Oberlin 3
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at Muhlenberg 24, Susquehanna 17
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Wabash 48, at Allegheny 35
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at Delaware Valley 28, Stevenson 21
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at Widener 48, FDU-Florham 10
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at Lebanon Valley 31, Alvernia 12
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Dickinson 56, at Gettysburg 20
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Lakeland 28, at Kalamazoo 7
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Concordia-Chicago 23, at Finlandia 12
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Greenville 42, at Northwestern (Minn.) 14
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at UW-Oshkosh 44, Huntingdon 14
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MacMurray 38, at Minnesota-Morris 14
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at Carthage 36, Carroll 7
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Westminster (Mo.) 35, at Iowa Wesleyan 7
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at Williams 44, Tufts 8
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at Mount Union 45, Baldwin Wallace 7
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Franklin 34, at Bluffton 19
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at Mount St. Joseph 34, Anderson 7
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Bethany 41, at Waynesburg 17
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John Carroll 14, at Otterbein 7
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Nichols 37, at Anna Maria 20
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at Norwich 17, Coast Guard 14
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at Wilmington 42, Ohio Northern 38
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at Alma 51, Rockford 16
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at UW-Platteville 41, Thomas More 10
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at St. Olaf 36, Carleton 19
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at St. John's 33, Gustavus Adolphus 21
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at Concordia-Moorhead 48, Augsburg 0
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Nebraska Wesleyan 37, at Buena Vista 16
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Hardin-Simmons 63, at Howard Payne 20
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at Austin 20, Centre 13
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Wartburg 62, at Luther 10
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Millikin 41, at North Park 7
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UW-Whitewater 28, at St. Xavier 20
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at Lewis and Clark 44, Whittier 41
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St. Thomas 74, at Hamline 14
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King's 41, at Hartwick 19
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at University of New England 31, Castleton 21
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at Olivet 21, Benedictine 6
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at Adrian 32, Wisconsin Lutheran 29
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Sul Ross State 21, at McMurry 7
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at Dickinson St. 23, UW-La Crosse 17
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at Waldorf 27, UW-River Falls 24
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at Willamette 34, Occidental 31
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Western Connecticut 42, at Bridgewater State 33
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at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 24, Pacific Lutheran 17
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at Puget Sound 28, La Verne 24
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at Mass-Dartmouth 37, Fitchburg State 13
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at Wittenberg 14, Wooster 12
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at Dakota St. 38, UW-Stevens Point 21
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at RPI 35, Utica 33
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at Stetson 59, Western New England 28
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North Central (Ill.) 46, at Washington U. 13
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at Marietta 31, Muskingum 25
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at Denison 66, Hiram 7
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Bridgewater 35, at Shenandoah 17
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at Brevard 27, Christopher Newport 6
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at Heidelberg 55, Capital 6
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at Case Western Reserve 52, Grove City 14
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at Geneva 45, Thiel 10
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Coe 24, at Loras 7
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at Augustana 55, Elmhurst 13
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at St. Scholastica 35, Crown 32
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Berry 14, at Trinity (Texas) 10
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Simpson 21, at Dubuque 14
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Birmingham-Southern 49, at Sewanee 30
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Texas Lutheran 31, at East Texas Baptist 21
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at Wheaton (Ill.) 24, Illinois Wesleyan 10
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at Southwestern 50, Louisiana College 3
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at Mary Hardin-Baylor 23, Belhaven 13
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at Millsaps 14, Rhodes 0
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at George Fox 26, Pomona-Pitzer 15
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at Redlands 27, Linfield 19
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at Chapman 37, Whitworth 30
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at Cal Lutheran 45, Pacific 28
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Johns Hopkins 17, at Randolph-Macon 12
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Salisbury 63, at Albright 28
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Delaware Valley 37, at Kean 7
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North Central (Ill.) 43, at Christopher Newport 13
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Wesley 69, at Franklin Pierce 0
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at Muhlenberg 45, TCNJ 26
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Ithaca 66, at St. Vincent 28
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at Susquehanna 42, Lycoming 26
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at Washington and Jefferson 16, Wittenberg 8
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at John Carroll 21, UW-Stevens Point 7
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Centre 45, at Hanover 31
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Berry 31, at Maryville (Tenn.) 10
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at Bethel 42, Simpson 10
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Wheaton (Ill.) 38, at Monmouth 0
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St. John's 14, at UW-Stout 7
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at UW-La Crosse 21, Concordia-Moorhead 14
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Whitworth 50, at La Verne 24
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at St. Thomas 69, Trinity International 3
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at UW-Whitewater 42, Dubuque 7
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Mount Union 66, at Rose-Hulman 14
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Hardin-Simmons 64, at Sul Ross State 0
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Washington U. 43, at Chicago 7
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