COACH BEEZ WINS THE RACE TO 256 WINS – Congratulations to Hank Biesiot, the Head Coach of the DICKINSON STATE UNIVERSITY BLUE HAWKS (helmet at left) for notching a new career wins record in NAIA college football! Coach Beez was tied at 255 victories with the retired Frosty Westering and the still- active Kevin Donley of the ST FRANCIS (IN) COUGARS.

Coach Biesiot has a definite sense of the dramatic and logged the 256th triumph in a 21-20 nailbiter against the visiting MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY- NORTHERN LIGHTS.

NUMBER ONE TAKES A FALL – The unranked BUFFALO STATE BENGALS accomplished the monumental task of handing a home defeat to the top-ranked defending champions of NCAA Division 3 football – the WHITEWATER WARHAWKS.

Fans stunned by the half-time score of a meager 3-0 in favor of UWW had that shock compounded by the 7-6 final score! The Bengals scored the winning touchdown with just 3.2 seconds left in the game. The loss snaps the 46 game winning streak the Warhawks had compiled. This result has seismic implications for the D3 picture going forward this season.

THE JIMMIES, THE EAGLES, THE FALCONS AND THE TIGERS RULE THE WORLD – Four NAIA teams kept alive their weekly tradition of upsetting NCAA Division TWO teams. – The JAMESTOWN COLLEGE JIMMIES (helmet at left) edged the SOUTH DAKOTA M&T HARDROCKERS in a 17-14 Instant Classic. A Ryan Benke field goal in OT won the game.   ###   The ROBERT MORRIS (IL) EAGLES vanquished the ST JOSEPH’S COLLEGE PUMAS  40-35.   ###   The FRIENDS FALCONS got in on the fun and beat the SOUTHERN NAZARENE CRIMSON STORM  17-7.   ###   Meanwhile, the EDWARD WATERS TIGERS proved the NAIA can upset D2 on the road as well as at home. The Tigers survived a very tough 42-36 contest against the LIVINGSTONE BLUE BEARS.  ###   ( Hey, D3! How come YOUR teams don’t beat D2 teams every week like the NAIA does? Had to be asked given the intense rivalry between the NAIA and NCAA Division 3)

TOP 25 UPSETS – NAIA – After last week’s monumental toppling of the number 2 team in the rankings this week was very mild, featuring just one minor upset in the rankings. That upset was provided by the Great Plains Athletic Conference.

The 17th ranked NORTHWESTERN COLLEGE RED RAIDERS brought down the number 16 DOANE TIGERS, doubling up on them 28-14. 

TOP 25 UPSETS – D2 – The UNIVERSITY OF FINDLAY OILERS went on the road and played Red Adair by dousing the 9th ranked SAGINAW VALLEY STATE CARDINALS in a 29-27 nailbiter.   ###   The unlucky number 13 TEXAS A&M- KINGSVILLE JAVELINAS fell on the road to the 19th ranked WEST TEXAS A&M BUFFALOES. This battle of ranked teams was a rout, with the Buffaloes winning by a score of 40-10.

TOP 25 UPSETS – D3 – The (4) MARY HARDIN BAYLOR UNIVERSITY CRUSADERS (helmet at left) vindicated Balladeer’s Blog’s rankings vs the official D3 rankings, since I had them higher than the WESLEY WOLVERINES, who were ranked 3rd in the D3 poll. The Crusaders took it on the road and defeated the Wolverines 32-25.    ###   The SUL ROSS STATE LOBOS devoured the number 11 TRINITY (TX) TIGERS  62-35.   ###   The WASHINGTON & LEE GENERALS toppled the (23) CENTRE COLONELS by an impressive 34-16 score.   ###   … And the PACIFIC LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY LUTES played road warriors and brought down the 25th ranked REDLANDS BULLDOGS  28-14.

MARATHON GAME OF THE WEEK – We have two games for this category from yesterday’s action, both of them games from the NAIA. The 17th ranked SAINT FRANCIS (IL) FIGHTING SAINTS won in Double Overtime on the road against the OLIVET NAZARENE UNIVERSITY TIGERS in a very odd 19-16 game. 

The other game also went to Double Overtime and featured the number 20 MONTANA TECH OREDIGGERS, fresh off their upset of 2nd ranked CC last Saturday. The Orediggers (love that name) defeated Frontier Conference rivals the MONTANA WESTERN BULLDOGS  30-24.    

WORKING OVERTIME – Among yesterday’s single overtime games the THIEL TOMCATS (helmet at left) came out on top against the GENEVA COLLEGE GOLDEN TORNADOES  21-14.   ###   The CUMBERLAND UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS bounced back from last week’s thrashing with a 36-30 victory over the BELHAVEN BLAZERS in overtime.   ###   The ITHACA BOMBERS kept the UNION DUTCHMEN winless in 2012 with their 27-24 OT victory at home . FOR VIDEO OF THE THIEL TOMCATS VICTORY CLICK HERE: (

OUR DIVISION CAN BEAT UP YOUR DIVISION – Balladeer’s Blog continues its coverage of the gridiron rivalry between the NAIA and NCAA Division 3. The edge once again goes to the NAIA because of the frequency of its victories over the higher Division 2 teams. The MENLO OAKS (helmet at left) made D3’s OCCIDENTAL TIGERS their prison brides, trouncing them 56-6. And the NAIA’s WAYLAND BAPTIST UNIVERSITY PIONEERS are in the very first year of their revived football program and notched their inaugural win against the D3 HOWARD PAYNE YELLOW JACKETS by a score of 27-23. 

D3’s victories over NAIA teams this week came in the form of the AUSTIN ‘ROOS (as in kangaroos) taking down the SOUTHWESTERN ASSEMBLIES OF GOD UNIVERSITY LIONS  25-17 and with the 18th ranked BIRMINGHAM SOUTHERN PANTHERS mauling the AVE MARIA UNIVERSITY GYRENES by a score of 61-14.

S.A.M: SERVICE ACADEMY MANIA – Yesterday the COAST GUARD ACADEMY BEARS went on the road and spanked the slide- rules out of the MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY ENGINEERS by a score of 35-21.

Meanwhile, the MERCHANT MARINE ACADEMY MARINERS notched a very tight home win in a 19-14 game for the ages against the MARITIME COLLEGE PRIVATEERS.

UNDER THE RADAR CLASSICS – NAIA – The LINDENWOOD UNIVERSITY AT BELLEVILLE LYNX (helmet at left) are in just their FIRST year of intercollegiate football and already notched their 2nd win of this debut season. The Lynx downed the IOWA WESLEYAN COLLEGE TIGERS in their own house 35-28.   ###   The OTTAWA (KS) BRAVES outlasted the UNIVERSITY OF ST MARY SPIRES in a  50-42 home stand.   ###   … And the HASTINGS BRONCOS took down the CONCORDIA (NE) BULLDOGS 34-26 for Homecoming.  

UNDER THE RADAR CLASSICS – D2 – The WAYNE STATE WARRIORS bounced back after being knocked out of the rankings last weekend, surviving a nail- biting 35-31 home stand against the LAKE ERIE COLLEGE STORM.   ###   The CONCORD UNIVERSITY MOUNTAIN LIONS fell at home to the CHARLESTON GOLDEN EAGLES by a score of 17-14.   ###   … And the CENTRAL STATE MARAUDERS edged the visiting URBANA BLUE KNIGHTS  28-22.    

UNDER THE RADAR CLASSICS – D3 – The DICKINSON RED DEVILS hosted the SUSQUEHANNA CRUSADERS and handed them a 17-14 loss.   ###   The SAINT NORBERT COLLEGE GREEN KNIGHTS notched a 35-31 road win over the RIPON REDHAWKS.   ###   … And the RHODES LYNX held on to defeat the visiting CLAREMONT- MUDD- SCRIPPS STAGS by a score of 21-17.

UNDER THE RADAR CLASSICS – NJCAA – The NEW MEXICO MILITARY INSTITUTE BRONCOS (helmet at left) survived a tight 40-34 brouhaha with the visiting MESA COLLEGE THUNDERBIRDS.   ###   The ARKANSAS BAPTIST COLLEGE BUFFALOES fell on the road to the ELLSWORTH PANTHERS  29-22.   ###   … And the COFFEYVILLE RED RAVENS won a 34-28 epic against the homestanding FORT SCOTT GREYHOUNDS.

UNDER THE RADAR CLASSICS – CCCAA – The GOLDEN WEST COLLEGE RUSTLERS, the favorite team of the famous Jo “Buckshot” Bryant, improved to 2-1 for the season with a 35-32 victory over the visiting ALLAN HANCOCK COLLEGE BULLDOGS.   ###   The PALOMAR COMETS defeated the SOUTHWESTERN (CA) COUGARS  47-43.   ###   The EAST LOS ANGELES HUSKIES won a road game for the ages, beating the WEST LOS ANGELES WILDCATS  57-55.   ###   … And the SANTA ROSA BEAR CUBS fell at home 37-32 to the SACRAMENTO PANTHERS.

SHUTOUTS – The (6) BENEDICTINE RAVENS blanked the GRACELAND YELLOW JACKETS  48-0.   ###   The BETHANY COLLEGE SWEDES kept the BETHEL (KS) THRESHERS scoreless in their 16-0 road win over them.   ###   The 22nd ranked IUP CRIMSON HAWKS crushed the LOCK HAVEN BALD EAGLES  35-0.   ###  The VERMILION COLLEGE IRONMEN put up a goose egg in their 47-0 loss to the MESABI TECH NORSE   ###   … and in the Centennial Conference the MCDANIEL GREEN TERROR fell 33-0 to the visiting  MUHLENBERG MULES.  


ENMU emerged with a 34-24 victory while Assumption let down the Greyhound name for the evening, losing 21-14. 

GETTING A JUMP ON THE WEEKEND – Other games from Friday night saw the CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY TARTANS defeat the visiting CATHOLIC CARDINALS by a score of 35-17 and the resurgent ROWAN PROFS dismember the WILLIAM PATERSON PIONEERS  51-0.   ###   Out west the WILLAMETTE BEARCATS took down the EAST TEXAS BAPTIST UNIVERSITY TIGERS in a 38-24 home stand.   ###   … And the JONES COLLEGE BOBCATS upset the PEARL RIVER WILDCATS in their own house 39-34.

Helmets courtesy of the Helmet Project.


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  1. Really cool site! It’s nice to catch up on what is going on in these divisions in one convenient place.

  2. Who knew these teams even existed! I wouldn’t mind my son playing for one of these teams!

  3. Ohhhhhh…close game but the guys brought it home…yea

  4. The Northwestern College Red Raiders seem like a badass bunch!

  5. Congrats to Coach Beez but Coach Donley will leave him in the dust by the end of the season.

  6. NAIA college football beats NCAA football all the way!

  7. Waldo

    You suck and these teams suck.

  8. Len

    Dickinson State! Class of 2011!

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