“Win One For Ransburg” – The NAIA’s 6th-ranked MNU Pioneers upset the #2 Lindenwood Lions 26-20. Winning QB Sean Ransburg wrote himself into the pages of college football lore with a well-placed remark toward the end of the game. Clinging to their 6-point lead the Pioneers needed to burn up the remaining 2:37 on the game clock. Picking up 2 first downs would do the trick and as Ransburg reported this moment with his teammates, “I looked into their eyes and told them to tell me how bad they wanted this.” I held a seance to find out how the late Howard Cosell would have described what Ransburg did next and he said “With his troops thus inspired, this latter-day Napoleon of the gridiron turned Pioneer Stadium into his own version of the battlefied of Marengo. A 26-yard completion to tight end Juan Redmon on 3rd and 8 from the Lindenwood 43 gave the battle-hardened MNU team a 1st down and with it the tactical high ground to ensure a victory.” Maybe I should have conjured up someone a little more contemporary instead.
Top 25 Upsets – In NCAA Division 3 the 9th-ranked Coe Kohawks upset the #7 Central Dutch 37-28; in Division 2 action #13, the West Liberty Hilltoppers fell at home to the unranked West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats in a 43-41 Instant Classic; just 1 week after the UNC-Pembroke Braves got stunned by an unranked team they returned the favor, toppling the 23rd-ranked Carson–Newman Eagles 30-7; the Central Missouri Mules, ranked at #24 defeated the 20th-ranked Washburn Ichabods 55-45 and the 17th-ranked Minnesota State Mavericks were surprised by the unranked Concordia-St Paul Golden Bears 28-26.
Walsh And Langston Rule The World – The NAIA’s Walsh Cavaliers and Langston Lions took down NCAA Division 2 opponents on Saturday. The Cavaliers won a very tight 34-33 contest over the Urbana Blue Knights, themselves a former NAIA member. The Lions had a more comfortable win over the Panhandle State Aggies 30-14.
Assumption And Albany State Rule The World – Division 2’s Assumption Greyhounds and Albany (GA) State Golden Rams took it to higher division teams as well yesterday. The Greyhounds defeated the 1AA Fordham Rams 30-24 (Who’s going to tell Tony Riali?) while the Golden Rams won their 14th straight against the 1AA Savannah State Tigers 28-14. Word is Savannah State is going to try ordering gadgets from Acme Corporation like Wile E Coyote does to try to win one against Albany State.
Some Pregnancies Don’t Last This Long – The Marathon Game Award for this week goes to the Whittier Poets’ win over the Puget Sound Loggers by a score of 42-39 in SIX OVERTIMES! Luckily the game ended just in time for those inclined to take in Sunday morning mass.
Victory At Last – The Northwestern Oklahoma State Rangers got their first victory of the season yesterday, but before you take that the wrong way, let me point out their losses all came against teams from higher divisions. Going from 1 extreme to the other they took on a fellow NAIA team this week, but it was the struggling Texas College Steers. The Rangers won handily 79-20.
“Our Division Can Beat Up Your Division” Department – In the ongoing rivalry between the NAIA and NCAA Division 3 the NAIA won both matchups this weekend. The Azusa Pacific Cougars won on the road against the Chapman Panthers 35-17. The Bethany Swedes meanwhile manhandled D3’s MacMurray College Highlanders 38-7.
We Take Ours With Mustard – Yesterday the 60th Annual Rajah Shriners Pretzel Bowl was played. How could you not think this is something Balladeer’s Blog would report on? The Albright Lions defeated the Catholic Cardinals 41-31 in a game that will go down as one of the most memorable Pretzel Bowls ever according to Mr Salty himself!
Maim Canada – D2’s 11th-ranked Central Washington Wildcats were the latest team to rough up the Simon Fraser Clan, by a score of 44-30. Simon Fraser is one of the Canadian institutions that plays sports in America’s lower divisions.