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WEST CHESTER, Pa. – Sr., RB Rondell White broke the school's all-time rushing record and Jr., QB Sean McCartney threw for 423 yards and four touchdowns as No. 15/16 West Chester defeated American International College, 38-7, in the first round of the NCAA Division II Football Tournament Saturday afternoon at John A. Farrell Stadium.

West Chester (11-1), which equaled the school's single-season record for wins in the victory, advances to the second round to play PSAC East rival Bloomsburg next Saturday at 12 p.m. at Redman Stadium. The Huskies handed the Golden Rams their lone defeat on the season, 31-28, back on Nov. 9 at Farrell Stadium. AIC (9-3) ends its season after making its first playoff appearance since 2008.

"I thought the difference in the game was (WCU defensive coordinator) Mike Furlong's defensive game plan," AIC head coach Art Wilkins commented afterwards. "He had great rhythm to his calls, and as the game went on, he kept us off balance."

With the Golden Rams clinging vicariously to a 14-7 lead late in the first half, Erick Brundidge caught a 31-yard TD strike from McCartney with 19 seconds left to send the Golden Rams into the locker room with a 21-7 advantage. That capped just a 2-play drive that covered 55 yards in 12 seconds as the fifth-year junior engineered the two-minute drill to perfection.

Then, West Chester opened the second half with a three-and-out from its defense, and AIC punter, Daniel Backx, boomed a 62-yard kick that was downed at the Rams' 6-yard line. McCartney floated a deep ball down the sideline on the Rams' first play from scrimmage to a wide open Tim Keyser, who took it to the house for a 94-yard score and a 28-7 lead, which took the wind out of AIC's sails. It was Keyser's lone catch of the day.

"I think that was kind of a dagger in the heart," WCU head coach Bill Zwaan said. "Once (McCartney) got comfortable and got going, he had a great day."

"Don't get caught from behind," was Keyser's response to his thoughts on the long pitch and catch.

Sr., NG Anthony McCloskey and Jr., LB Mike Labor each registered tackles for a loss on AIC's next two offensive plays that eventually forced the Yellow Jackets to punt, and the momentum had officially swung West Chester's way for good.

"Defensively, we really just kept it simple," junior LB Mike Labor said. "They ran a similar offense to Clarion's last week. So a lot of our calls overlapped, and we got after (AIC QB Kevin Arduino) and shut him down."

Sr., PK Shawn Leo booted a 20-yard field goal with 1:33 remaining in the third quarter to put West Chester up, 31-7, then So., TE Shawn Driggins snared a 2-yard TD pass from McCartney with 5:26 to play in the game to close out the Yellow Jackets' season. Leo's extra point on Driggins' touchdown tied former WCU place-kicker Alex Walsh's school record of 179 career extra points made.

Both Labor and Jr., MLB Ronell Williams led West Chester with nine tackles. Each also had a tackle for a loss while Williams was credited with a QB hurry on a bone-crushing hit of AIC QB Kevin Arduino just as he was letting go of the ball on an errant pass attempt in the first quarter. Shawn Krautzel posted seven tackles, including one sack, and Brandon Pepper intercepted a pass.

Eddie Elliott caught a 42-yard touchdown from McCartney in the second quarter that put West Chester on top, 14-7.

Sparked by a 54-yard kickoff return by Brandon Monk to open the game, West Chester drove 44 yards on four plays with White plunging over the goal line from two yards out to put the Golden Rams on top, 7-0.

AIC answered with a 68-yard kickoff return by Evan Graham that gave the Yellow Jackets possession at West Chester's 11-yard line. Graham was eventually dragged out of bounds by Leo. But, Arduino bulled his way into the end zone from one yard out for his 21st rushing touchdown on the year for AIC's only score in the game.

Arduino was 17-for-28 for 167 yards for AIC while Stephan Davis caught five passes for 54 yards for the visitors. Maurice Easterling ran for 36 yards to lead the ground attack, which was limited to 51 yards rushing on the day.

"I thought all of (WCU's) wide receivers – and it is hard to differentiate – are at a very high level," Wilkins added. "You can only hold the water to the dike for so long."

"(WCU's) linebackers are big," Arduino commented afterwards. "Number 43 (Mike Labor) is a big kid, and 52 (Ronell Williams), obviously. They are also fast. They play a ton of man-to-man, but they are great at it. We don't see much of that in the Northeast-10. "

In other NCAA First Round action across the country, No. 9 Winston-Salem State defeated No. 20 Slippery Rock, 27-20, in a Super Region 1 matchup. The Rams advance to play top-seeded Shepherd University next Saturday in Shepherdstown, W.Va. That winner will get the winner of West Chester vs. Bloomsburg on Dec. 7 in the Super Region 1 final.

Carson-Newman defeated Newberry, 37-27; St. Cloud State defeated Henderson State, 40-35; West Texas A&M defeated Indianapolis, 27-14; North Alabama defeated Tuskegee, 30-27; Grand Valley State defeated Saginaw Valley State, 40-7; Minnesota-Duluth defeated Emporia State, 55-13.

NOTES: West Chester defeated American International College, 38-7, in the first round of the NCAA Division II Tournament, moving the Golden Rams' record to 6-9 overall in postseason play … the win was West Chester's 11th victory of the season, equaling the school record for wins in a single season set in 2004 … WCU is now 11-2 all-time against AIC … this was the first meeting between the two schools since 1991 and the first time they have met in the NCAA II Playoffs … Sr., RB Rondell White broke the school's all-time rushing record, which had stood for 23 years … White now has 4,062 yards rushing in his career … Derrick Price (1987-90) held the old record with 4,008 … White also tied the school's single-season record for touchdowns with 22 while also equaling the school's single-season record for points (132) … White becomes the first player in PSAC history to rush for over 4,000 yards, catch for more than 2,000 yards and return kickoffs for more than 1,000 yards in a career … his 7,243 career all-purpose yards is second in PSAC history behind Bloomsburg's Franklyn Quiteh … White now has 1,715 rushing yards on the season … White's 338 rushing attempts this season is the third-most in a year in PSAC history (Michael Mann (IUP) – 373 [1993]; Gerald Thompson (EU – 343 [1998]) … White is also tied for ninth in PSAC history with 53 touchdowns … Sr. WR Tim Keyser's 94-yard TD catch was the longest scoring play in a playoff game in school history … Jr., QB Sean McCartney threw for over 400 yards for the second time in his career … McCartney's 423 yards passing is the sixth-best single-game total in school history and the most in a playoff game … McCartney now has 5,188 career passing yards, which ranks seventh on WCU's all-time list … he becomes just the seventh player in school history to throw for more than 5,000 yards in a career … his 44 career TD passes ranks eighth all-time … McCartney has 2,906 passing yards this season, which is seventh on WCU's single-season list … next up on the list is his QB coach, Bill Zwaan, Jr., (2,973) … his 28 TD passes this season ranks tied for fifth on West Chester's single-season chart … Sr., PK Shawn Leo converted all five of his extra points, tying the school record with 179 career extra-points made … Bloomsburg's current PK, Dan Fisher, holds the all-time PSAC mark with 185 career extra-points made … Leo now has 326 career points, ranking him ninth all-time in PSAC history … Leo ranks third in WCU history in points scored … Jr., MLB Ronell Williams now has 287 career tackles, ranking eighth all-time at WCU … his 174 career assisted tackles ranks second all-time.


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Slippery Rock Loses to WSSU in Div II Playoffs

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The final curtain fell on Slippery Rock University's 2013 football season Saturday afternoon with a 27-20 loss at Winston-Salem State University in first-round action of the NCAA Division II playoffs.

The loss was The Rock's second in as many weeks, both of which came against nationally-ranked rivals, and gave the fifth-seeded, 20th-ranked Rock a 9-3 final record.

Winston-Salem State, the No. 4 seed and No. 9-ranked team in the nation, moved into the second round of postseason play with a 10-1 record. The Rams, winners of 10 consecutive games, will face top-seeded, sixth-ranked Shepherd University in West Virginia.

The Rock offense, which entered the game as one of the nation's best with a 566.6 yards per game total offense average, never got untracked and finished the game with only 210 yards in total offense.

Winston-Salem State collected 477 yards in total offense behind a 315-yard, three-touchdown passing effort by quarterback Rudy Johnson, who also rushed for 86 yards on 18 carries.

Junior running back Teddy Blakeman gave The Rock a 6-0 lead with a two-yard run with 10:51 left to play in the first quarter.

Winston-Salem State scored 20 unanswered points before SRU got its second TD on an 18-yard interception return for a touchdown by senior linebacker Quindell Dean with 2:41 left in the first half.

The final Rock touchdown came on a one-yard quarterback sneak by senior Nigel Barksdale with 2:17 left in the third quarter after Winston-Salem State held a 27-13 lead.

Barksdale, The Rock's regular starting quarterback, served a brief suspension and did not open Saturday's game. He finished the game with a team-high 36 rushing yards on 15 carries and complete 9 of 22 passes for 67 yards with three attempts being picked off.

Redshirt freshman Zack Newsock, who was SRU's starting quarterback Saturday, completed 5 of 12 passes for 86 yards.

Senior wide receiver John Schademan caught four passes for 73 yards to lead The Rock receiving effort.

Senior linebacker Bob Westerlund recorded a team-high 11 tackles, fellow senior backer Gary Allen had nine tackles including 3.5 tackles for loss and senior cornerback Anthony Saunders intercepted two passes to lead The Rock defense.

The game featured six interceptions, three fumbles and 29 penalties for 271 yards. Winston-Salem State was penalized 17 times for 155 yards, The Rock was whistled 12 times for 116 yards.

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November 23, 2013

LIONS ADVANCE IN PLAYOFFS WITH 30-27 WIN OVER TUSKEGEE

FLORENCE, Ala. – North Alabama took a 24-17 halftime lead and held off Tuskegee in the fourth quarter as the Lions picked up a 30-27 win over the Golden Tigers to advance to the second round of the NCAA Division II Playoffs.

North Alabama will travel to UNC Pembroke for the second round matchup on November 30. Pembroke had a first-round bye.

Trailing 24-17, Tuskegee took the second half kickoff and drove 75 yards for a game-tying touchdown. UNA answered with a quick score of its own but missed the extra point, leaving the Lions ahead 30-24. Tuskegee added a third quarter field goal but could get no closer. UNA got a defensive stop with 3:56 left in the game and was able to run out the clock with two key first downs.

With the win, North Alabama improves to 9-2 while Tuskegee ends its season at 8-3. The post-season win was the 30th all-time for UNA as the Lions improved to 30-14 in the Division II playoffs. The Lions also improved to 3-0 all-time against Tuskegee.

UNA gained 332 total yards with 160 passing and 172 rushing. Tuskegee had 343 total yards, rushing for 125 and passing for 218.
North Alabama’s defense forced three turnovers, including two in the second half.

Tuskegee took the opening kickoff of the second half and quickly covered 75 yards in six plays to tie the game. Rasha Burkette hit Kalee Williams with a 29-yard pass and Trevor Wylie added the PAT to make it 24-24 with 11:55 left in the third quarter.

North Alabama answered with a two-play, 61-yard TD drive. Lamonte Thompson covered 25 yards on the first play and Luke Wingo hit Korey Jones with 36-yard TD pass with 11:27 left in the third. Will Craig missed the PAT but UNA led 30-24.

Tuskegee put together a 17-play, 68-yard drive that ate 9:21 off the clock. Trevor Wylie kicked a 38-yard field goal to make it 30-27 with 2:06 left in the third.

UNA stopped three Tuskegee possessions in the fourth quarter and was able to hold on for the win.

UNA received the opening kickoff and drove 69 yards in nine plays for the game’s first score. Chris Coffey found the end zone from nine yards out and Will Craig added the extra point to make it 7-0 with 10:37 remaining in the opening quarter.

Tuskegee answered on its first possession with an 11-play, 42-yard scoring drive. Trevor Wylie booted a 45-yard field goal and the Golden Tigers had cut UNA’s lead to 7-3 at 5:29 of the first quarter.

Tuskegee took its first lead of the game moments later when Rasha Burkette found Larry Cobb on a 57-yard touchdown pass. Wylie’s PAT made it 10-7 at 4:04 of the first quarter.

North Alabama regained the lead early in the second quarter after a Tuskegee punting miscue gave UNA the ball at the Golden Tigers’ three-yard line. Luke Wingo circled left end for the score and Craig’s PAT gave UNA a 14-10 lead at 14:14 of the second quarter.
Will Craig booted a 20-yard field goal with 9:36 left in the half to extend UNA’s lead to 17-10.

An interception by Nick Williams set the Lions up at the Tuskegee 45 and UNA covered the distance in 10 plays with Coffey scoring from one yard out. Craig’s PAT made it 24-10 with just 1:32 left in the half.

Tuskegee got a pair of long pass completions to get in scoring position before the half and Hoderick Lowe took a pitch and found the end zone around right end. Wylie’s PAT made it 24-17 with 40 seconds remaining in the half.


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Eagles advance, C-N tops Newberry 37-27

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Newberry (9-3) 0 14 0 13 27
Carson-Newman (10-2) 14 10 6 7 37
Jefferson City, TN | Burke-Tarr
NEWBERRY CARSON-NEWMAN

JEFFERSON CITY- No. 18 Carson-Newman (10-2) opened the first round of the NCAA Division II playoffs against a familiar foe Saturday afternoon at Burke-Tarr Stadium. The Eagles jumped out to a 21-0 lead before stiff-arming No. 25 Newberry (9-3) for a 37-27 first round win.

The matchup was second time the two teams had tangled in three weeks. In the first meeting, everything that could go wrong for the Wolves did and Carson-Newman took advantage, racing out to a 35-0 lead before going on to a 52-31 victory. The Wolves came into the game determined to fare better the second time around and they did just that.

Corey Washington (N. Charleston, S.C) had 267 all-purpose yards, including two long kick returns for touchdowns but the Eagles offense rolled up 544 total yards to down the Wolves 37-27. With the win, the fourth-seeded Eagles improve to 10-2, their first 10-win season since 2009, and advance to the second round next week where they will face fellow-SAC member and top-seeded Lenoir-Rhyne. Fifth-seeded Newberry's season comes to an end at 9-3.

"I'm very excited that these guys showed character and maturity and didn't let the circumstances dictate how we responded," Carson-Newman head coach Ken Sparks said. "There were several instances where we could have responded in a negative way if we had lesser character. We look forward to playing another week."

The high-powered Eagles' offense was led by quarterback De'Andre Thomas (Milledgeville, Ga.), who threw for 205 yards on nine of 19 passing with a touchdown.

He also rushed for three scores on 24 carries and 85 yards. With 19 touchdowns this season, Thomas is within three of the single season record. He's tied for the fifth most rushing scores in a single year with Tyrone Westmoreland (1997).

Brandon Baker (Miami, Fla.) ran the ball 17 times for 127 times and a score to pace the C-N ground game.


The C-N defense was impressive as they recorded six quarterback sacks in the game. Jaycob Coleman (Norton, Va.) had 11 tackles for Carson-Newman and Jonathan Sites (Hendersonville, Tenn.) added eight tackles, two sacks, three tackles for loss and three quarterback hurries.

"We've struggled at times this year to be a shutdown defense," Sparks said. "But they were relentless in getting pressure on the quarterback. We made some really big plays on that side of the football."

Newberry was paced by Raleigh Yeldell's (Johnston, S.C.) 89 rushing yards and a touchdown and 130 passing yards with a score. The Wolves' other quarterback, WT Murden (West Columbia, S.C.) had 130 yards through the air. Washington had 89 receiving yards but did his damage on kick returns where he had 177 yards and two long scores. Arnez Gray (Greenwood, S.C.) and Jalen Hunter (Seneca, S.C.) led the Wolves defense with 13 tackles each. Dominique Walker (Rock Hill, S.C.) added 10 tackles for Newberry.



It appeared the Eagles might once again build a huge early lead and run away from the Wolves as they scored three touchdowns to go up 21-0. Thomas capped a 92-yard drive with a one yard touchdown run for the first points of the contest. Thomas found TraShaun Ward (Miami, Fla) for a 35-yard scoring play and Thomas scored again, this time from two yards out early in the second frame to put the Eagles up 21-0.

But then Washington went to work for the Wolves as he took a kickoff 82 yards to the house for a touchdown.

"Those were special teams breakdowns," Sparks said. "We didn't kick the ball in the right place, and it looked like we were wearing Velcro out there when we we're getting blocking. But it was beautiful how the kids responded from all that."

Washington was on the receiving end of a 60-yard pass from Murden to cut the lead to 21-14.

Curt Duncan (Morristown, Tenn.) produced the halftime score when he was true on a 29-yard field goal with 41 seconds remaining. The three-pointer gives Duncan the single season record for made field goals with 15 at C-N.

The Eagles special teams struggled in the contest against Newberry as they had a field goal blocked and a high snap on an extra point in addition to Washington's long runs. After Thomas had punched one in from one yard out, the snap on the extra point was high and Duncan was forced to fall on it as the Eagles led 30-14.

Yeldell scored on a 20-yard run but the Wolves were haunted by their own special teams miscue as Yeldell tried to run the two point conversion in but was stopped on a high snap. Baker had a 13-yard scoring play to give the Eagles some breathing room, but on the ensuing kickoff, it was Washington to the rescue once again as he blitzed through the Eagles defenders for a 95-yard touchdown, his second of the day, to make it 37-27. Carson-Newman has never allowed two kickoff returns for scores in a single game under Sparks. The TD returns are the first C-N has allowed since 2009.

Washington had a chance at another long return as the Eagles were forced to punt but he muffed Duncan's punt and Alex Taylor (Bristol, Tenn.) pounced on the loose ball for Carson-Newman. The Eagles were able to pick up the necessary first downs to run out the clock and pick up their 10th win of the season.

Kickoff from Lenoir-Rhyne in the second round of the NCAA playoffs is set for noon Saturday, Nov. 30. Coverage on the Eagle Sports Network begins at 11 a.m. with the Tailgate Show on Joy 620 (WRJZ-AM, Knoxville) and online at cneagles.com/live.

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ALLENDALE, Mich. - For the second straight week, the Grand Valley State football team was on the winning end against its rival, Saginaw Valley State, although this time it was in the NCAA Division II Playoffs. The Lakers put the rout on, downing the Cardinals 40-7 in Lubbers Stadium on Saturday (Nov. 23) afternoon.

The victory sends GVSU to the second round of the playoffs, where the team will face Colorado State-Pueblo on Saturday (Nov. 30) at a time to be determined in Pueblo, Colo.

More information will be available here on gvsulakers.com later in the day.


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No. 19 Buffs Upend No. 10 Indianapolis in NCAA First Round, 27-14

11/23/2013 5:20:00 PM
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The No. 19 West Texas A&M opened the 2013 NCAA Division II playoffs with a thrilling 27-14 victory Saturday afternoon at No. 10 Indianapolis in the 3/6 matchup in Super Region Four. With the win, the Buffs improved to 10-2 on the year and Indianapolis finished its season with a 10-2 record.

"I thought our guys played pretty focused today," interim head coach Mike Nesbitt said. "We showed up in the right frame of mind and it's what we've been talking about the last three weeks. It's a one-game season each week since the Eastern New Mexico game and I thought we have settled down since then and have played pretty well the last three weeks."

On a cold and windy November day, the Buffs came out and continued their strong play on both sides of the ball picking up where they left off last week. WT handed Indianapolis, a member of the Great Lakes Valley Conference, its first Division II loss of the season. The Buffs now travel to No. 2-seed Ohio Dominican next Saturday at 12 p.m. ET in Columbus, Ohio.

WT set a couple of Lone Star Conference records in the game Saturday as senior quarterback Dustin Vaughan became the LSC's all-time leading touchdown passer as he went 37 of 47 for 320 yards and three scores surpassing the previous record of 114 set by Abilene Christian's Billy Malone (2005-2009). Vaughan now has 115 touchdowns for his career and 45 for the season, tying last season's mark.

Senior kicker Sergio Castillo, Jr., also set a LSC record as he connected on two of three field goals in the game breaking the LSC record for career field goals with 60. Tarleton State's J.W. Boren (1999-2002) owned the previous mark of 59 on 83 attempts. Castillo now is 60 of 75.

WT senior wide receiver Torrence Allen had a career-high 15 catches and tallied 146 yards and a score, while senior Jace Jackson hauled in eight receptions for 65 yards and a score. Junior Anthony Johnson had two catches for 42 yards and a score.

On the ground, senior Aaron Harris had 59 yards on 13 receptions as the Buffs tallied 115 rushing yards on 31 carries. Senior return specialist Nathan Slaughter had three kick returns for 106 yards as he entered the game leading the nation in kick return yardage and kick return touchdowns.

Defensively, the Buffs had their third consecutive solid outing as they held prolific UIndy running back Klay Fiechter, who entered the game as the GLVC's leading rusher, to just 67 yards on 16 carries. WT also flustered quarterback Connor Barthel who entered leading the nation in completion percentage at 75 percent and fourth in passing efficiency to 19 of 37 for 190 yards and two scores along with an interception.

WT senior linebacker Kyle Voss had a team-high eight total tackles with six solo stops and one sack. Sophomore Ethan Morriss had six tackles with four solo stops and an interception to seal the victory in the fourth quarter.

The Greyhounds opened the game and marched down the field as Barthel connected with Joe Bell on a 17-yard, great one-handed touchdown on a 4th and 1 from the WT 17 for a 7-0 lead with 9:50 remaining in the first quarter.

The Buffs responded in kind as Vaughan came out on fire as he connected on all six passes on the drive and ran for a first down on 4th and 3 from the UIndy 37. Vaughan's sixth pass on the drive came from 20 yards out as he hooked up with Johnson for a 7-7 score with 5:57 left in the first quarter.

After a punt by the Greyhounds which was downed at the WT 7, the Buffs marched down the field and Vaughan tied the LSC record at that point with a 20-yard touchdown pass to Allen for a 14-7 lead. Following a three-and-out by the Greyhounds, the Buffs moved to the Indy 14 as Castillo kicked the record-tying field goal for a 17-7 lead.

The Buffs had chance for more, but Castillo's field goal from 35-yards out was wide left as the second quarter came to a close.

UIndy chose the ball in the first half after winning the toss, giving the Buffs the ball to open the third quarter. WT marched down 75 yards in 17 plays for the longest drive time of the season at 8:25 for a 19-yard field goal from Castillo for the record-breaker and a 20-7 lead.

"I thought coming out of halftime we had a great drive and really helped in time of possession as we were going into the wind and help us out with field position," Nesbitt said.

The Greyhounds came back with some nice passing from Barthel as he connected on a 35-yard touchdown on a 3rd and 11 from the WT 35 for a 20-14 score as the momentum was beginning to shift back to the home team.

Slaughter took the ensuing kickoff 63 yards to the UIndy 25 to silence the crowd and set the Buffs up with great field position. Vaughan and Co., made quick work as he tossed a 12-yard touchdown pass to Jackson on a 3rd and 8 from the UIndy 12 for a 27-14 score and the record-breaking touchdown.

The Greyhounds had a nice drive going early in the fourth, but the WT defense stood strong in the fourth quarter as Fiechter was stopped by senior defensive lineman Ethan Westbrooks short of a first down and a 4th and 2 from the WT 24 giving the Buffs the ball back.

After a WT punt, the Greyhounds had another chance to cut the deficit, but Morriss had other plans as he picked of the Barthel offering on a 3rd and 10 from the UIndy 15 to seal the win.

The Buffs now return to Ohio for the second consecutive season in the second round as WT defeated No. 2-seed Ashland (Ohio) 33-28 last season in the second round en route to the National Semifinals. Ticket information for Saturday's game will be on www.gobuffsgo.com when it becomes available.


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MSd Downs Emporia State


The University of Minnesota Duluth's ground-and-pound show put on perhaps its most impressive performance of the 2013 season Saturday afternoon -- and its defensive effort wasn't too shabby, either.

The Bulldogs rolled up nearly 500 rushing yards and held Emporia State University to its lowest total offense output of the season while cruising to a 55-13 home victory in the opening round of the NCAA II playoffs. With the win, UMD improves to 11-1 one on the year and will now pay a visit to the Maryville, Mo., next Saturday to take on the Super Region Three's top-ranked club, Northwest Missouri State University.

No. 5 UMD and the No. 14 Hornets entered the second quarter tied at 13-13 before the Bulldogs reeled off 42 unanswered points en route posting its most lopsided victory in 17 lifetime NCAA II playoff games. Red shirt freshman quarterback Drew Bauer made his postseason debut a memorable one by rushing 14 times for a career-high 173 yards and four touchdowns. He bolted 55 yards into the end zone on the second play of the game for the first of those scores and added three more touchdowns in the second quarter to help give the Bulldogs a comfortable 41-13 lead at the break. Junior running back Austin Sikorski added 122 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries for his fifth 100-yard run game of the year (and third in a row). Steve Ierulli, one of 20 UMD seniors who were making what could be their final home appearance, scored on third-quarter runs of 60 and 5 yards to cap off the triumph.

Defensively, the Bulldogs made it a long afternoon for Hornets -- especially their quarterback, Corben Jones, who was thrust in his first collegiate starting assignment due to an injury to record-setting regular Brent Wilson last week. UMD wound up sacking Jones seven times, which was one sack shy of the school single-game record, and also picked him off five times. Senior strong safety Travis Nordhus and sophomore cornerback Darion Fletcher, each had two interceptions. UMD held Emporia State (9-2) just 172 yards (341 yards below its per game average this fall) including minus-2 via the rush.

"I thought it was a good team victory for us -- both offensively and defensively," said first-year UMD head coach Curt Wiese. "To hold a talented offense like that to minus yards on the ground is really phenomenal. Drew Bauer and Austin Sikorski obviously played well and the guys on the perimeter, like the tight ends, did an outstanding job holding them out of the box."

The Bulldogs, who are in the NCAA playoffs for the sixth year in a row (and have a 12-5 record to show for it), will carry a nine-game winning streak into the Thanksgiving weekend clash with Northwest Missouri State (11-0). The two clubs have met three times previously in the postseason-- 2002, 2008 and 2010.

"We've had some great battles with them over the past 10 or so years," said Wiese, "And, we're going to go down there and give them a battle again Saturday afternoon. Our guys are excited."

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Huskies upset Henderson State, 40-35; advance to NCAA quarterfinals
11/23/2013 5:24:00 PM

Arkadelphia, Ark. – The #12 St. Cloud State University football team has advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division II Football Playoffs thanks to a 40-35 upset win over #4 Henderson State University Saturday afternoon at Carpenter-Haygood Stadium in Arkadelphia, Ark.

The win gives the Huskies (11-1) the first 11 win season in school history. Henderson State finishes the 2013 season with an 11-1 record.

St. Cloud State, the #6 seed in Super Region 3 will face the #2 seed and #1 team in the country, Minnesota State University, Mankato (11-0) next Saturday at 12 noon in Mankato. All three Northern Sun Intercollegiate (NSIC) teams remain in the hunt as Minnesota Duluth also advanced with a win over Emporia State, 55-13.

St. Cloud State senior runningback Michael Walker (Walworth, Wis.) rushed for two touchdowns and threw for a third to lead the Huskies. Walker rushed 14 times for 76 yards and scored on runs of one and 40 yards. He completed a 47-yard pass attempt to senior receiver Dan Brown (Robbinsdale) to give the Huskies a 40-28 lead with 7:16 left in the game.

Senior quarterback and Harlon Hill candidate Phillip Klaphake (Princeton) completed 21 of 36 passes for 263 yards and one touchdown, and was intercepted once. He also rushed for 39 yards and one touchdown.

"Our seniors have made a great commitment to our program and together you become a team that makes it to playoffs and win a playoff game," said head coach Scott Underwood following the 51st win of his Husky career.

Senior receiver Chad Peterson (Winona) caught a personal career high eight passes for a season high 81-yards . Brown finished the game with three catches for 92 yards and one touchdown. Redshirt first-year receiver Matt Hentges (Eagan) caught a 14-yard touchdown pass and finished the day with two catches for 40 yards.

The Husky defense forced four fumbles, recovered two and intercepted two passes. Senior linebacker Todd Bestgen (Rochester) had a career-high 11 tackles in the game including one sack and two quarterback hurries. Seniors Eric Poggenburg (Cedarburg, Wis.) and Marvin Matthews (Roseville) each had an interception in the game. Poggenburg and fellow seniors Miky Woods (Brooklyn Park) and Tate Christopherson (Maple Grove) each had nine tackles.

"We started off 5-0 this year," said Matthews. "We had one slip up this year but other than that we've been playing overly well. So now our goal is to go 5-0 in the postseason and I know we can do it."

Henderson State junior quarterback and Harlon Hill candidate Kevin Rodgers led the high octane Reddies offense. Rodgers, the Great American Conference Offensive Player of the Year for the second year in a row completed 41 of 54 passes for 567 yards and four touchdowns. Rodgers averages 378.0 yards passing per game and completed the season with 40 touchdown passes. He has thrown for over 4,200 yads this season.His main targets included Darius Davis who caught ten passes for 213 yards and two touchdowns. Dustin Holland had nine catches and Israel Valentin had seven catches for 138 yards.

Keaton Stigger, the conference defensive player of the year and the leading tackler in the GAC, led all players with 16 tackles including 12 solo stops.

The Reddies rolled up 619 yards of total offense while the Huskies tallied 477 yards. The Huskies led 27-14 at halftime. After the Huskies fumbled on their opening drive of the second half, Henderson State scored on a seven-yard pass play to to close within a touchdown, 27-21 at the 12:43 mark of the third quarter. The Huskies added Reddies exchanged touchdowns and Henderson State scored with 3:59 left in the fourth quarter on a five yard pass play to draw to 40-35 on a nine play, 75 yard drive. The Huskies took over and were able to gain three first downs to use up the clock but were stopped on a third and ten by Stigger and forced to punt. Henderson State attempted two passes in the final :12 seconds and both fell incomplete.

St. Cloud State advances to the second round of the NCAA playoffs for the third time in school history. This will be the first NCAA postseason game between the Huskies and Minnesota State. The two teams have played against each other in 77 games since the 1923 season. The last match-up was in 2012 and resulted in a 25-21 MSU win at Husky Stadium.


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So now you have seen all the game reports form the first week. Next week's action sees Winston-Salem at Shepherd, West Chester at Bloomsburg, Carson-Newman at Lenoir Rhyne, North Alabama at UNC-Pembroke, Minnesota-Duluth at Northwest Missouri State, St. Cloud at Minnesota State-Mankato, Grand Valley State at Colorado State Pueblo, and West Texas A & M at Ohio Dominican. My picks are as follows: Shepherd dispatches Winston-Salem, Bloomsburg edges West Chester, UNC-Pembroke downs North Alabama, Minnesota Duluth--a fine team with a bad draw-loses to NWMSU, Minnesota State-Mankato does away with St. Cloud, CSU Pueblo dismisses Grand Valley State, Lenoir Rhyne downs Carson-Newman just like before, and West Texas A & M does away with Ohio Dominican. Husky is now 4-4 with his playoff picks, but will be much better at the end of weekend two. Husky will be at the Bloomsburg-West Chester game up at a cold and frosty Bloomsburg. Incidentally, the Bloomsburg wrestlers defeated Arizona State last night by a score of 18-15. Not bad for a so-called small college wrestling at Div I. Wrestling is actually my #1 interest.


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Early Playoff Div II Results

West Chester 40
Bloomsburg 38

Shepherd 7
Winston-Salem 0

Lenoir-Rhyne 27
Carson-Newman 20

North Alabama 37
INC Pembroke 13


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Further Div II Scores

St. Cloud 54
Minnesota State-Mankato 48

West Texas A & M 34
Ohio Dominican 27

Northwest Missouri State 45
Minnesota- Duluth 21

Grand Valley State 34
Colorado State Pueblo 30

Next week's national quarterfinals will see West Chester playing Shepherd, North Alabama against Lenoir-Rhyne, St. Cloud goes against Northwest Missouri State, and West Texas A & M takes on Grand Valley State. I would like to know how the #1 ranked team in the nation gives up 54 points to #12 St. Cloud? Hard to believe. as for next week, I think Shepherd shuts down West Chester's passing game and wins. I see North Alabama ending Lenoir-Rhyne's magical season. Grand Valley State is at home on a roll against West Texas A & M who is also on a roll, and I think the Lakers come out on top. As for St. Cloud, they will end being a long way from scoring 54 points against the Bearcats of NWMSU,as the latter moves on the the semi-finals. Husky went 4-4 once again to run his playoff record to 8-8. He picked the Lenoir-Rhyne-Carson Newman game, the Shepherd-WSSU game, the Northwest Missouri State-Minnesota Duluth game, and the West Texas A & M-Ohio Dominican game correctly. He missed on the other four. Husky is baffled, as he did lots of research but still came up mediocre. Husky thinks he will rebound and get all four quarterfinal games right. At least, he hopes so. It's Tuesday, and still far to many days until the next round. Hope the Shepherd-West Chester game is televised this weekend.


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West Chester Edges Bloomsburg


BLOOMSBURG, Pa. – So., TE Tim Brown caught five passes for 112 yards and two touchdowns while Sr., RB Rondell White rushed for over 100 yards to lead visiting West Chester to a 40-38 victory over host Bloomsburg in the second round of the NCAA Division II Tournament Saturday afternoon at Danny Hale Field at Redman Stadium.

West Chester (12-1) advances to play top-seeded Shepherd (11-0) in the quarterfinals next Saturday in Shepherdstown, W.Va., at 12 p.m.

The Huskies (10-2) scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter, during a valiant comeback bid. However, a pair of field goals by the Golden Rams was enough to keep the second-seeded hosts at bay. West Chester, the third seed in the Super Region 1 bracket, opened up a 17-point lead in the third quarter with two TDs of its own.

Jr., QB Sean McCartney, who finished 24-for-39 for 348 yards and three touchdowns, scored on a 1-yard QB sneak with 10 minutes left in the third and then threw a 16-yard strike to Brown in the back corner of the end zone with four minutes left that staked West Chester to a 34-17 lead after 45 minutes of play. McCartney, who was responsible for all four of the Golden Rams' touchdowns Saturday, has now thrown for a combined 769 yards and seven TDs in West Chester's two NCAA Tournament games.

"I have to give credit to the offensive line, the running backs, the full backs and all my wide receivers," McCartney explained afterwards. Head coach Bill Zwaan interjected with some thoughts of his own about his humble QB.

"You made some pretty good throws," Zwaan declared. "But, you are probably going to give credit to the defense, as well, for getting the ball back for you," he added in a light-hearted way.

In the end, Bloomsburg could not overcome its five turnovers, including a pair of fumbles from Harlon Hill finalist Franklyn Quiteh. The Huskies' star running back finished with a game-high 208 yards rushing and two touchdowns. But, it could not make up for the miscues that put Bloomsburg in a hole early.

West Chester jumped out to a 17-3 lead by the end of the first quarter. The Golden Rams punted on their first possession, but Bloomsburg muffed the return, and West Chester recovered the ball. McCartney drove the team 40 yards on 17 plays, hitting classmate LaRonn Lee for a 17-yard TD that put the visitors on top, 7-0.

Bloomsburg answered with a 27-yard field goal. However, McCartney hooked up with Brown on a 25-yard touchdown pitch and catch with 2:55 to play in the opening quarter. After the Rams' defense held, Sr., PK Shawn Leo kicked the first of his four field goals on the day at the end of the quarter to make it a 17-3 game.

"(Bloomsburg) can eat clock," Zwaan said. "You can't let them get ahead of you. So, you have to stay ahead of them."

The host Huskies began their first comeback bid in the second quarter on a pair of Quiteh rushing touchdowns. Bloomsburg drew even, 17-17, late in the first half. However, West Chester kicked a 21-yard field goal 14 seconds before halftime to send the Rams into the locker room with a 20-17 edge.

Quiteh posted 165 rushing yards in the first half to go over 2,000 for the season. But, the Golden Rams' stop unit buckled down in the second half, limiting the All-American to just 43 rushing yards after the break.

"Everybody, EVERYBODY, in the entire conference has been trying to stop him for four years, and he still had 8,000 yards rushing," Zwaan described. "It's not that easy to do. But, we put a little more pressure on (Bloomsburg) and got our safeties more involved."

So., FS Brandon Pepper recorded two takeaways on the day, stripping Quiteh of the ball late in the second quarter that eventually led to Leo's field goal in the final minute. He then intercepted Bloomsburg's Tim Kelly on the goal line with 3:21 to play and the Rams clinging to a 40-31 advantage.

"They only had two options on that play," Pepper explained. "(Bloomsburg's WR) was either going to go inside, in-between the linebackers, or cut it outside. (Kelly) kind of stared down the receiver, so I jumped it."

"Good anticipation," was how Zwaan saw the play. "For a sophomore playing in a big game, he made a big play."

"We turned the ball over too many times and that was the difference in the game," Bloomsburg first-year interim head coach Paul Darragh said. "When it comes to a team like West Chester, you need to make more plays than they do, and today we did not do that. To their credit they made one more play than we did."

West Chester advances to the NCAA Quarterfinals for just the second time in school history and first since 2004. The 12th win of the season also set a new single season record for the Golden Rams.

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SHEPHERD FOOTBALL BATTLES TO 7-0 WIN OVER WINSTON-SALEM STATE (11-30-2013)

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. – Sophomore running back Allen Cross (Elkridge, Md./Long Reach) scored on a 29-yard run with 4:06 left in the third quarter to lead Shepherd University to a 7-0 win over Winston-Salem State in second round action of the NCAA II Football Championships at Ram Stadium on Saturday.

Shepherd had seven-play, 69-yard scoring drive with a 21-yard completion from redshirt-freshman quarterback Jeff Ziemba (Newark, Del./St. Marks) to redshirt-freshman wide receiver Kevin Cook (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) on a 3rd-and-7 at the 50-yard line keying the drive.

Both teams combined for just over 116 yards of total offense in the first half. Shepherd had a scoring opportunity in the first quarter, but was unable to connect on a field goal.

Redshirt-freshman running back Jabre Lolley (Wilmington, Del./St. Marks) rushed 22 times for a game-high 89 yards to lead the Rams. Cross added 60 yards on 14 attempts. Maurice Lewis rushed for 13 times for 42 yards to lead Winston Salem State.
Redshirt-freshman quarterback Jeff Ziemba (Newark, Del./St. Marks) completed 12-of-21 passes for 112 yards for Shepherd. DeShean Townsend, who replaced injured starter Rudy Johnson in the first quarter, hit on 12-of-39 passes for 139 yards for Winston-Salem State.

Junior wide receiver Justin Ford (Lusby, Md./Patuxent) paced the Rams with four receptions for 62 yards. Lewis had four catches for 60 yards and Eric Williams added four grabs for 51 yards to lead Winston-Salem.

Shepherd gained 247 yards of total offense, while Winston Salem had 159. Shepherd limited the Rams to just 10 rushing yards.

Junior outside linebacker De’Ontre Johnson (Upper Marlboro, Md./Dr. Henry A. Wise) led the Shepherd defense with nine tackles (five solo) with three tackles-for-loss and a sack. Senior inside linebacker Dominique Dixon (Westover, WV/University) added eight tackles, senior free safety Corey Washington (Alexandria, Va./Edison) added seven, while freshman linebacker Octavius Thomas (Myrtle Beach, S.C./Myrtle Beach) contributed six stops, two tackles-for-loss, a sack and an interception. Carlos Fields had a game-high 14 tackles (nine solo) and an interception to lead Winston-Salem State.

Shepherd improves to 11-0, while Winston-Salem State falls to 10-2. Shepherd will host West Chester, a 40-38 winner over Bloomsburg, next Saturday at noon in quarterfinal action.

Notes: Allen Cross (1,038) went over 1,000 rushing yards on the season. He is the first Ram to rush for 1,000 yards or more since Tommy Addison rushed for 1,670 yards in 2010. Shepherd recorded its third shutout of the season. The shutout is a postseason first
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Lenoir-Rhyne Football Roars Into The National Quarterfinals After Downing Carson-Newman, 27-20
November 30, 2013
L-R will host North Alabama in the national quarterfinals next Saturday at home


Hickory, N.C. - The Lenoir-Rhyne Football Team (11-1) moved into the national quarterfinals after coming from behind to defeat Carson-Newman (10-3), 27-20, Saturday afternoon in the NCAA Division II Second Round of the playoffs at Moretz Stadium.
L-R senior quarterback Josh Justice (Belmont, N.C.) came off the bench in the second half to rush and pass for a touchdown as the Bears rallied from a 20-7 deficit to beat the Eagles for the second time this year.
Lenoir-Rhyne, ranked No. 13 in NCAA Division II and winners of 11 straight games, will host North Alabama (10-2) in the national quarterfinals next Saturday beginning at Noon.
No. 16 North Alabama defeated eighth-ranked UNC Pembroke (9-2) in the second round today by a 37-13 score in Pembroke, N.C.
Carson-Newman's quarterback, De'Andre Thomas (Milledgeville, Ga.), also rushed and passed for a score as the Eagles built a 20-7 lead on a 20-yard touchdown pass from Thomas to James Phillips (Dallas, Texas) with 5:29 left before intermission.
Lenoir-Rhyne began its rally on a 46-yard field goal by senior placekicker Zach Neumann (Mechanicsville, Md.) on the last play of the first half and the Bears trailed by a 20-10 score.
L-R tied the score at 20 with another 46-yard field goal by Neumman and a four-yard touchdown run by Justice in the third quarter before winning it in the final stanza.
In the fourth quarter, Justice found sophomore wide receiver Greyson Wells (West Jefferson, N.C.) in the back of the end zone from 10 yards out with 4:49 left which proved to be the game-winning score. The touchdown ended an 11-play, 92-yard drive.
Lenoir-Rhyne, the top-ranked team in NCAA Division II in rushing at 376.9 yards per game, finished with 316 on the ground including 194 after halftime. L-R sophomore quarterback Teverrius Jones (Washington, Ga.) led the way with 102 yards rushing including a 68-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.
Thomas finished with 225 total yards - 81 on the ground and 144 through the air - but Carson-Newman was held to just 105 yards in the second half after running up 297 yards before intermission.
On defense, senior free safety Michael Green (Kingsland, Ga.) totaled 10 tackles for the Bears while Jaycob Coleman (Norton, Va.) and Jarod Henderson (Knoxville, Tenn.) added 10 takedowns each despite the loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne's 11-1 record matched its best mark since an 11-1 season in 1962 when the Bears advanced to the NAIA National Championship game. Carson-Newman and L-R were also meeting in the second round of the playoffs for the second straight year.

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November 30, 2013

LIONS ADVANCE TO NCAA QUARTERFINALS WITH 37-13 ROAD WIN

PEMBROKE, N.C. – The University of North Alabama picked off Harlon Hill Trophy finalist Luke Charles five times and returned two of them for touchdowns as the Lions downed UNC Pembroke 37-13 to advance to the quarterfinals of the 2013 NCAA Division II playoffs.

The Lions, 10-2, will travel to Hickory, N.C., next Saturday (Dec. 7) to take on Lenoir-Rhyne (11-1), a 27-20 winner over Carson-Newman.

UNA led 10-6 at the half before Pembroke regained the lead early in the third quarter at 13-10. It was all Lions after that as UNA scored 27 unanswered points to take control of the game.

UNC Pembroke entered the game ranked No. 8 in Division II and ended its season at 9-2. The win was UNA’s ninth straight win overall, third straight win over a nationally ranked team this season and fifth straight road win. It also gave the Lions the 13th 10-win season in school history.

UNA gained 376 yards of total offense with 275 rushing and 101 passing. Luke Wingo led the way, completing 11-of-15 passes for 93 yards and one touchdown and rushing for 67 yards. Lamonte Thompson rushed for 98 yards on 14 carries. UNCP entered the game averaging 455 total yards and 342 passing yards per game but was held to 304 total yards and just 214 passing. Charles finished the game 24-of-39 for 206 yards, two touchdowns and five interceptions.

The Lions are now 31-14 all-time in the Division II playoffs and will be playing in the quarterfinals for the 14th time. UNA is 9-4 in its previous quarterfinal matchups.

North Alabama had the first scoring opportunity of the game as the Lions drove 51 yards on 11 plays to the Braves’ 28-yard line on UNA’s opening drive of the game. When the drive stalled, Will Craig was just-wide right on a 45-yard field goal attempt. UNCP responded with a 72-yard, 15-play drive for a touchdown. Luke Charles passed 13 yards to Te’vell Williams for the score but Connor Haskins extra-point attempt was blocked by UNA’s Dominique Duster, leaving the Braves ahead 6-0 with 1:40 remaining in the first quarter.

UNA got on the scoreboard after an exchange of punts. Jacob Tucker led the Lions from their own 41-yard line to the UNCP four but the Lions couldn’t get the ball into the end zone. Craig booted a 21-yard field goal to cut the UNCP lead to 6-3 at 8:43 of the second quarter.

After UNA’s defense forced a three-and-out, the UNA offense marched 85 yards in seven plays for the Lions first touchdown. Lamonte Thompson had 31 yards on just two carries on the drive, including a 17-yard run for the touchdown. Craig’s PAT made it 10-6 with 4:34 left in the second quarter.

The Braves appeared headed for a score just before halftime but UNA’s Lamar Smith stepped in front of a Charles pass for the Lions’ 25th interception of the season.

North Alabama received the opening kickoff of the second half but the UNCP defense forced a three-and-out and the Braves then quickly drove to regain the lead.

L.J. Stronman returned a Michael Schuster punt 49 yards to set the Braves up at the UNA 23. The Lions had allowed just four total yards on punt returns all season prior to the kick. Charles passed to Michael Isbell for the final 12 yards and the touchdown and Haskins PAT made it 13-10 at 12:21 of the third quarter.

North Alabama wasted little time regaining the lead as the Lions covered 75 yards on nine plays for a touchdown. A 41-yard run by Luke Wingo set the Lions up at the UNCP eight and Wingo hit Jason Smith with a five-yard TD pass two plays later for the score. Craig’s PAT made it 17-13 at 7:56 of the third quarter.

A Philbert Martial interception on the Braves’ next possession stopped a UNCP drive at the UNA 29 and the Lions responded with their second straight score. Tucker led the Lions on a 10-play, 71-yard drive for the touchdown. Tucker carried five times for 25 yards on the drive and Thompson went the final 16 for the touchdown. Craig missed the extra-point attempt, leaving the score at 23-13 with 1:27 left in the third quarter. It marked the fourth consecutive game that the Lions have missed an extra-point attempt.

After a Michael Schuster punt pinned the Braves back at their six-yard line, Tavarius Wilson picked off Charles and returned it 29 yards for a touchdown.

Moments later Gabe Poe picked off Charles and took it back 52 yards for the touchdown. Craig’s PAT made it 37-13 with 7:38 left in the game. It was UNA’s 29th interception of the season and the sixth that the Lions returned for a touchdown.

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Pueblo, Colo. - #22 Grand Valley State overcame a 16-0 first quarter deficit to claim a 34-30 NCAA DII Second-Round playoff game road victory over Colorado State-Pueblo Saturday afternoon. GVSU (11-2) will now host West Texas A&M next Saturday (Dec. 7) at a time to be determined. #3 CSU finishes the 2013 campaign 11-1.

Colorado State-Pueblo scored on three of its first four possession and GVSU had -26 yards after their first three drives. However, GVSU would get on the board late in the first quarter as junior QB Heath Parling directed a 4-play, 68-yard drive for a TD. Parling hit sophomore tight end Jamie Potts with a 40 yard touchdown, but the PAT was missed and the Thunderwolves led 16-6. The Lakers scored 21 second quarter point, the first coming on a Parling to Kirk Spencer swing pass out of the backfield that covered 15 yards and freshman place kicker Joel Schipper added the PAT to pull the Lakers within three (16-13). Colorado State answered with a 10-play, 75-yard drive to up its lead to 23-13, but the Lakers would dominate the rest of the half. GVSU moved 75 yards in eight plays as Parling hit WR Darryl Pitts with an 18 yard TD pass and with just 22 seconds left in the first half Parling hit Pitts again, this one covering five yards and the Lakers had a 27-23 lead at the half.

Colorado State-Pueblo took a 30-27 lead midway through the third quarter, but the Laker offense would answer again, covering 67 yards in four plays. Parling hit senior WR Brandan Green with a 47 yards completion, then on third and 12 Parling connected with junior TE Joe Wirth with a 22 yard touchdown.

The Laker defense held in the fourth quarter as sophomore safety Brad Horling picked off a Chris Bonner pass and then with under three minutes left in the game and CSP on the GVSU 16 yard line the GVSU defense got a fourth down stop. Kirk Spencer sealed the win with an 18 yard run on first down and with the Lakers facing a third and three Spencer busted through the line for a 57 yard run to the CSP two.

GVSU outgained Thunderwolves 446-408, despite running 12 few plays. Parling completed 16-of-28 passes for 316 yards and five TDs. Spencer toted the ball 15 times for 137 yards, while Chris Robinson added 38 yards on 14 carries. Potts hauled in six catches for 123 yards and one TD, Pitts four for 44 yards and two TDs and Green two for 68.

Deonte Hurst led the defensve with eight tackles, a QB sack (-5) and 1.5 TFL (-7). Isiah Dunning added six tackles and a QB sack, while Eric Thompson and Charles Hill each tallied six stops. Reggie Williams recorded four pass deflections.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – There must be something about the Buckeye State that the West Texas A&M football team likes. For the second consecutive season, the Buffaloes pulled the upset in the State of Ohio. This time, WT down No. 2-seed Ohio Dominican 34-27 in the second round Saturday to advance to the NCAA quarterfinals for the second consecutive season.

With the win, WT improved to 11-2 on the season and advanced to the quarterfinals for just the second time in school history. The Buffs will travel to Grand Valley State next Saturday as GVSU upset top-seeded Colorado State-Pueblo, 34-30 in Pueblo, Colo.

WT moved to 8-6 all-time in the NCAA tournament and the fifth road win in the past six NCAA playoff games for WT. The Buffs downed No. 2-seed Ashland University last season 33-28. It was the fifth time in school history WT has won 11 or more games in school history.

With the win, the Buffs snapped the nation's longest winning streak which Ohio Dominican held at 15 games dating back to last season. ODU was 10-0 this season playing in their first NCAA playoff game since transitioning from NAIA to Division II. WT ended Ashland's perfect season last year in the second round.

In a very physical game, the Buffs racked up 530 yards of offense against ODU on Saturday, with 416 passing yards and 114 rushing yards as they held the high-powered ODU offense to 392 yards, but just 143 on the ground, which was well below their average coming in, and 249 through the air.

Senior quarterback Dustin Vaughan really enhanced his Harlon Hill chances as he threw for 416 yards and four touchdowns on 39 of 53 with one interception.
Sophomore running back Geremy Alridge and senior running back Aaron Harris each had strong games with 76 and 65 yards rushing, respectively, which allowed Vaughan time to throw the ball. Senior receiver Torrence Allen continued to have strong outings in the playoffs with 11 catches for 145 yards and a score, while junior receiver Anthony Johnson had 10 catches for 168 yards and two scores.

Defensively, the Buffs came up big once again against a strong running team as the 1,000-yard tandem of Brandon Schoen and Mark Nichols had a combined 110 yards and no touchdowns as each entered the game averaging over 100 yards a piece. Senior linebacker Taylor McCuller had a team-high 13 total tackles, while senior linebacker Kyle Voss added 10 tackles and two tackles for loss.

The biggest play(s) defensively came from the secondary as sophomore Chris Ceazer picked off a pass in the end zone and senior Curtis Slater forced his seventh fumble of the season with the Buffs recovering.

After a punt by the Buffs on the opening possession, the Panthers moved right down the field with an eight play, 65-yard drive using 2:59 on the clock as quarterback Mark Miller tossed a three-yard touchdown pass to Jerad Butler for a 7-0 lead.

The teams traded punts the next eight possessions combined as the defenses stood tall.

With 6:45 left in the second quarter, the Buffs took possession at their own 14. Vaughan began getting into rhythm as he had nine passes on the drive and threw a three-yard pass to Alridge for a 7-7 score late in the half.

ODU came out and methodically moved down the field like it did on its first drive as Miller threw an 8-yard strike to Nick McKnight on a 3rd and goal for a 13-7 lead. Redshirt freshman LaPear Willrich blocked the extra point attempt.

Two big rushes by Harris for 30 yards set the Buffs up at the ODU 35 on the ensuing possession. Senior kicker Sergio Castillo nailed a 44-yarder for a 13-10 deficit with 10:06 left in the third.

The Panthers drove on the ensuing drive down to the WT six. Miller threw a pass in the end zone to Abe Johnson who bobbled it and Ceazer was there for the pick which completely turned the momentum back in favor of WT.

From there, the Buffs marched down the field from their own three as they converted a huge 3rd and 16 with a great catch and run by Johnson for 46 yards to the ODU 35. WT got down to the eight, but settled for a tying field goal from Castillo at 13-13.

ODU once again got into Buff territory late in the third as Miller passed to Nate Weeks for 14 yards and first down, but Slater stripped the ball and the Buffs recovered with less than a minute remaining in the quarter.

On a third and 10, Johnson came up with another big catch as he went 20 yards from Vaughan to the ODU 33 keeping the drive alive. A defensive holding penalty on the Panthers on a 3rd and 10 also kept the drive alive as Johnson scored from five yards out for a 20-13 lead.

After a punt by the Panthers, the Buffs were looking like they were going to punt as they had a 3rd and 10 from their own 31. Vaughan threw a short screen to Allen who took it to the house for a 69-yard score and 27-13 WT lead with 9:18 left.

The Panthers punted on their next possession, but Vaughan was intercepted by Justin Bell at the ODU 35 and he returned it 32 yards to the WT 33 with 6:33 left keeping the Panthers in the game.

A key personal foul on WT set the Panthers up at the WT 18. Miller tossed a 14-yarder to Johnson for a 27-20 score with 6:01 left.

The Buffs pounded the run game on the next possession to eat the clock as Alridge gained 34 yards on the ground and Vaughan tallied his fourth score of the day and second to Johnson for 31-yards and score on a 2nd and nine for the ODU 31 to go back up 14 at 34-20.

ODU wouldn't go quietly as the Panthers marched down the field with 2:07 left and were helped out by a pair of unsportsmanlike conduct penalties took the ball from the WT 32 to the WT six. Ronnel Spates scored on the ground from six yards out for a 34-27 score.

The Panthers kicked the onside kick and recovered, but it didn't go the required 10 yards as WT took over at the ODU 44 with 1:26 left. A big first down pickup by Alridge on 3rd and 1 from the ODU 35 sealed the win.

WT now travels to Grand Valley State next Saturday at a time to be announced in the NCAA Quarterfinals. WT and GVSU have met twice with GVSU winning both in the season openers in 2009 (Canyon) and 2010 (Allendale).

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Two more reports and comments to follow later today. Three of the top super-regional seeds are still alive and will be hosting quarterfinal games next Saturday. Colorado State Pueblo is the only #1 seed to have lost so far. Ciao!


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St. Cloud Upsets Minnesota State Mankato

Mankato, Minn. – St. Cloud State quarterback Phillip Klaphake (Princeton) threw for four touchdowns and ran for two scores to lead the Huskies to a 54-48 win at #1 Minnesota State.

The Huskies, ranked #12 in the national polls improved to 12-1 on the season and will travel to Northwest Missouri State University, a 45-21 winner over the University of Minnesota Duluth. The #1 ranked Mavericks finish the season 11-1.

"That was a great game between two very good football programs," said St. Cloud State head coach Scott Underwood. "Both teams were classy in the way they handled themselves today. It was another great NSIC match-up."

The game ended in a flurry as Minnesota State gained possession with :54 seconds on the clock and started their drive on their own 30-yard line. A Wolf rush and three pass completions put the Mavericks on the Huskies 16-yard line with :03 seconds left. Wolf's pass, intended for Keyvan Rudd fell incomplete.

Klaphake finished the game with 144 yards rushing and completed 17 of 26 passes for 329 yards and four touchdowns. Junior wide receiver Taylor Berger (Ramsey) had a game high six catches for 149 yards and one touchdown. Senior receiver Dan Brown (Robbinsdale) made three catches for 114 yards and two touchdowns.

"It's always a great game every time we play MSU," said Klaphake.

Defensively, the Huskies were led by sophomore Jordan Sefon (Richfield) with a team high nine tackles and an interception. Junior end Bo Putrah (Faribault) had five tackles, two quarterback sacks and three tackles for loss. The Husky defense notched five quarterback sacks.

Minnesota State quarterback Jon Wolf rushed for 103 yards and two touchdowns and completed 15 of 26 passes for 335 yards and two touchdowns. Dennis Carter made five catches for 140 yards and one touchdown. Austin Rieder had five catches for 131 yards and a touchdown. Andy Pfeiffer gained 91 yards on the ground and scored a touchdown.

The Huskies scored first on an 11-yard Michael Walker (Walworth, Wis.) run. MSU's Jon Wolf tied the game on an 11-yard run of his own with 5:24 left in the first quarter. The Huskies rattled off 20 unanswered points and took a 34-14 lead into halftime.

The third quarter was a score-fest as both teams combined for 41 points and the Husky lead was 48-41 heading into the final quarter. Walker scored on a seven-yard pass from Klaphake to put the Huskies up 54-41. A Wolf completion to Austin Rieder with 3:33 was the final score in the 54-48 win.
The two teams combined for 1,153 yards of total offense. MSU came away with 246 rushing yards and 391 passing yards for 637 yards. The Huskies ran for 187 yards and Klaphake passed for 329 yards for a total offense of 516 yards.

St. Cloud State advances to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA playoffs for the second time in school history. The Huskies first advanced in the 1989 season under a different NCAA format with fewer playoff teams.

The Huskies have played at Northwest Missouri one time in the program's history. St. Cloud State opened the 1988 season with a 41-0 victory in Maryville.

Courtesy of St. Cloud University Sports


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Northwest advances with 45-21 victory over UMD

By David Boyce

MARYVILLE, Mo. - All through the season, Northwest Missouri State offensive players talked about the importance of the first drive in the second half.

The most important drive of the third quarter for the Bearcats so far this season occurred on a sunny Saturday afternoon in front of 4,514 fans at Bearcat Stadium in the second round of the NCAA Division II playoffs against Minnesota Duluth.

Northwest held a 10-point lead when it received the kickoff. The Bearcats went 70 yards in six plays and scored on an 18-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Trevor Adams to junior wide receiver Reuben Thomas. Thomas finished with 154 yards on eight receptions.

“That was big,” Adams said. “It solidified our lead. But you have to give it to our defense. They played well all game long. It was a good team win for us.”

The Bearcats wound up scoring three touchdowns in the third quarter on the way to a 45-21 victory.

Northwest, 12-0, advances to the quarterfinals and will play at home next Saturday against St. Cloud. The Bearcats also avenged a 2010 loss to Minnesota Duluth in the semifinals.

“We remember,” said Northwest senior linebacker Eric Reimer. “That conference has taken it to us the last few years. Last year Mankato beat us. We wanted to come out here and play a good game.”

When Northwest took a 17-0 lead, Minnesota Duluth needed to do something it was only able to accomplish once in the first half and that was to put together a drive.

The Bearcats stuffed the Bulldogs again and forced a punt.

Adams, who started slowly, was hitting his receivers between the numbers in the third quarter. He did it in impressive fashion in the next drive that once again started at the 30.

On this occasion, the Bearcats needed just three plays to go 70 yards. The 38-second drive was capped on a beautiful 50-yard spiral to junior wide receiver Jason Jozaites. It gave Northwest a 24-0 lead with 9:29 left in the third quarter.

“It was fun,” said Adams, who tossed four touchdowns and completed 16-of-24 passes for 277 yards.

“Our offensive line played great. I praise God for the way we were able to come out and play.”

A little later, Adams concluded his third quarter, touchdown hat trick with a 3-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Clint Utter for a 31-0 lead.

“We finally felt comfortable,” said Utter, who caught two touchdown passes. “We had weird little things that kept happening in the first half. We were shooting ourselves in the foot. Once we calmed down and found that rhythm, we had during the season, from then on it was normal.”

The Bulldogs scored 14 points in the first 3 minutes of the fourth quarter, but they were too far behind to erase a 31-point deficit. But they made the game a bit too interesting when they scored a touchdown with 6:32 left, making it 31-21.

“Our defense was huge,” Utter said. “They kept us in the game. Duluth’s defense was doing it, too.

“Our defense played out of their minds. They came out physical and once we started scoring, it helped them out.”

The brick-wall defense by Northwest gave the offense most of the first half to get on track. And when the Bearcats started rolling with the ball, they scored quick.

Northwest scored 10 points in the final 2:11 left in the second quarter and went into halftime with a 10-0 lead.

On defense, Northwest did an amazing job keeping the Bulldogs off the scoreboard.

Late in the first quarter, after Hunter Malberg picked off his second pass, Minnesota Duluth had the ball at the Northwest’s 14. Three plays later, the Bulldogs were still on the 14 and had to settle for a 32-yard field goal attempt.

“That was huge. It kept us in the game,” Reimer said. “They score there and that is a big turning point in the game.”

The Bulldogs missed and that planted a seed for a decision late in the second quarter. Defense by both teams dominated the first quarter. Each team mustered just one first down in the opening quarter.

Midway through the second quarter, the Bulldogs grabbed the momentum when they completed a 24-yard pass on a fake punt from their 20.

Minnesota Duluth took advantage of a somewhat dazed Northwest team and marched to Northwest 3 and had first and goal. They managed just one yard in the next three plays.

Instead of settling for a field goal that was the length of an extra point, the Bulldogs went for it and got a yard, leaving them two yards short of the end zone.

“That was awesome,” Reimer said. “It kept the momentum on our side. It helped our offense, giving them more possessions. We were playing as a unit. It was a lot of fun.”

Northwest started at its 2. Back-up quarterback Brady Bolles made his first appearance and on the first play, he ran for 26 yards. Bolles’ run loosened up the passing game. The Bearcats drove to the 5 and on fourth and 5, they decided to kick a 25-yard field goal, which Simon Mathiesen made with 2:11 left in the second quarter.

“Our defense was playing great all game,” Bolles said. “We were putting them on a short porch and they kept getting stops. We knew the defense was going to keep rolling. We needed to get our game going. We got a field goal and kept going.”

The Bearcats went back to what they do best and stopped Minnesota Duluth in three plays and forced a punt.

A good return plus a personal foul penalty put the ball on the Bulldogs’ 35. Adams returned to quarterback and it took him three plays to put the ball in the end zone. The lone touchdown in the first half was an 11-yard strike to Utter with 42 seconds left until halftime.

“The way Brady came in and helped change momentum was huge,” Adams said. “Our defense played great the whole game. Brady came in and ran and switched things up.

“It got me going, too. I’m so glad he came in and did that. From there we were able to do some good things.”

Courtesy of NWMSU Sports Information


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