THE LANGSTON LIONS RULE THE WORLD – Regular readers of Balladeer’s Blog are familiar with the way each week in college football season brings at LEAST one NAIA team upsetting a team from NCAA Division 2. For newbies to these divisions this is like when a 1AA (FCS) team upsets a 1A (FBS) team. The NAIA’s Lions took it on the road and brought down D2’s PANHANDLE STATE AGGIES  27-20. This is Langston’s 2nd such upset this season after several in 2011, too.

Honorable mention goes to the CONCORDIA (AL) HORNETS who earlier this year toppled both a D2 team and a DIVISION ONE team. Yesterday the Hornets fell short in a 28-26 road loss to D2’s STILLMAN TIGERS.

NUMBER THREE TAKES A FALL – The 3rd ranked team in NCAA Division 2, the storied NORTHWEST MISSOURI BEARCATS, were hosting the number 9 MISSOURI WESTERN GRIFFONS (helmet at left) in a game that ensured the winner would take this year’s conference title in the MidAmerica Intercollegiate Athletics Association. The Griffons rose up against their rivals and emerged with a 21-20 victory in this undeniable Instant Classic.

TOP 25 UPSETS – NAIA – The number 12 team in the rankings, the SOUTHERN OREGON RAIDERS (helmet at left), won a homestand against the 7th ranked MONTANA TECH OREDIGGERS and ended their stellar 2012 regular season with a 46-28 loss. This win earned the Raiders a share of the Frontier Conference title.   ###   … And at number 15 the WILLIAM PENN UNIVERSITY STATESMEN tried to make up for last week’s disappointment by upsetting the visiting 9th ranked GRAND VIEW VIKINGS in a 17-12 nailbiter. Balladeer’s Blog will cover how this affects the NAIA playoff seedings later on.

TOP 25 UPSETS – NCAA DIVISION 2 – The INDIANA UNIVERSITY- PENNSYLVANIA CRIMSON HAWKS were in the unlucky number 13 spot in the rankings but toppled the visiting number 10 team, the SHIPPENSBURG RED RAIDERS, in a 41-10 drubbing.   ###   … And the unranked SAGINAW VALLEY CARDINALS held serve to bring down the 17th ranked GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY LAKERS in a 55-52 shootout for the ages. 

TOP 25 UPSETS – NCAA DIVISION 3 – The WASHINGTON & JEFFERSON PRESIDENTS (helmet at left) invaded the home of the number 18 WAYNESBURG YELLOW JACKETS and handed them a 31-14 veto.   ###   … And the ADRIAN BULLDOGS likewise played road warriors, eking out a 17-16 victory over the 17th ranked HUNTINGDON HAWKS.   ###   The (13) HEIDELBERG STUDENT PRINCES had a close call but held on at home to win a 35-34 contest with the BALDWIN WALLACE YELLOW JACKETS.

THESE GAMES WERE REALLY RANK(ED) – The NAIA witnessed 3 other clashes between ranked teams in addition to the ones mentioned above. The 10th ranked SAINT AMBROSE UNIVERSITY FIGHTING BEES defeated the visiting number 24 SAINT FRANCIS (IL) FIGHTING SAINTS by a score of 35-20.    ###   The 19th ranked EVANGEL UNIVERSITY CRUSADERS fell on the road to the number 11 MIDAMERICA NAZARENE UNIVERSITY PIONEERS in a 56-3 smackdown.   ###   … And at number 4, the SAINT XAVIER UNIVERSITY COUGARS, the defending champions of NAIA football, notched a 28-19 road win over the (T25) ROBERT MORRIS (IL) EAGLES.

WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS – There’s nothing like college football in the crisp autumn air of the New England states, is there? The New England Football Conference Championship Game was played yesterday at Bowditch Field with the SALVE REGINA SEAHAWKS taking on the FRAMINGHAM STATE RAMS (helmet at left). The Rams turned in an impressive performance on both sides of the ball and walked away with a 28-16 victory.

NJCAA CONFERENCE TITLES STILL BEING DECIDED – In the Northeast Football Conference championship the ASA COLLEGE AVENGERS (helmet at left) capped off a magnificent season with a tight 30-29 win over the visiting NASSAU LIONS.   ###   In the Southwest the NORTHEASTERN OKLAHOMA A&M GOLDEN NORSEMEN fell 62-24 to the storied NAVARRO COLLEGE BULLDOGS in the title game.   ###   The IOWA WESTERN REIVERS took the Midwest crown with their 54-7 annihilation of the ELLSWORTH PANTHERS.   ###   The Western States League title went to the SNOW COLLEGE BADGERS in their 40-26 win over the ARIZONA WESTERN COLLEGE MATADORS   ###   … And in the MAC the COPIAH- LINCOLN WOLFPACK upset the MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST BULLDOGS for the championship by a score of 41-37.

A BRIDGE BOWL TOO FAR – The 17th Annual Bridge Bowl was held yesterday. The THOMAS MORE SAINTS took on the visiting MOUNT SAINT JOSEPH LIONS, but unfortunately for drama’s sake the game was horribly disappointing. The Saints dominated this matchup in every conceivable way and made the Lions their prison brides in an unbelievable 75-6 laugher.

PENTHOUSE TO THE OUTHOUSE – Neither team that played in the D2 championship game last December will even make the playoffs this year. The PITTSBURG (KS) STATE GORILLAS were the defending champs and at least ended the season on an up note by defeating the MISSOURI SOUTHERN LIONS  26-14.   ###   The D2 runners- up, the WAYNE STATE WARRIORS, were last year’s Cinderella team but struggled this year. Yesterday brought down the curtain on this disappointing season with a 35-13 loss to the MICHIGAN TECH HUSKIES.

THEY SHOOT FOOTBALL PLAYERS DON’T THEY? – This week’s winner of the Marathon Game of the Week designation is the faceoff between the ANNA MARIA AMCATS and the visiting HUSSON EAGLES. The Amcats won 44-42 in THREE OVERTIMES when Husson missed a 2 point conversion attempt to tie the game.   ###   … And in a Double Overtime affair the BLUFFTON BEAVERS defended their house with a 27-24 victory over the DEFIANCE YELLOW JACKETS.

ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL – Some teams whose seasons weren’t what they hoped still managed to squeeze out a win to close out their 2012 campaigns. The HASKELL INDIAN NATIONS UNIVERSITY INDIANS (helmet at left) won their Senior Day clash with the TRINITY BIBLE COLLEGE LIONS in a 39-34 Instant Classic.   ###   On their own Senior Day the BETHANY COLLEGE SWEDES defeated the visiting SOUTHWESTERN COLLEGE MOUNDBUILDERS  37-26.   ###   The UNIVERSITY OF ST MARY SPIRES notched a sturdy 38-23 home victory over the KANSAS WESLEYAN COYOTES.   ###   … And the JAMESTOWN COLLEGE JIMMIES exploded all over the MAYVILLE STATE COMETS in a 53-13 thrashing.

SHUTOUTS – The BLACK HILLS STATE UNIVERSITY YELLOW JACKETS (helmet at left) blanked the visiting FORT LEWIS SKYHAWKS  23-0.   ###   The SOUTHERN NAZARENE UNIVERSITY CRIMSON STORM defeated the COLLEGE OF FAITH MIGHTY BELIEVERS in a dominant 42-0 homestand.   ###   The MOUNT SAN ANTONIO COLLEGE MOUNTIES kicked around the RIVERSIDE TIGERS by a score of 25-0.   ###   … And the SUSQUEHANNA CRUSADERS won a 21-0 clash with the JUNIATA COLLEGE EAGLES.

THEEEE GAME – Harvard and Yale can pretend all they want but hardcore college football fans know that the oldest, most storied gridiron rivalry still being played is the one between the AMHERST LORD JEFFS (helmet at left) and the WILLIAMS COLLEGE EPHS (pronounced “eephs”). The Lord Jeffs (love that name) withstood an invasion from their archrivals and emerged with a 23-20 victory in this undeniable game for the ages.

UNDER THE RADAR CLASSICS – NAIA – The NEBRASKA WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY PRAIRIE WOLVES (helmet at left) logged a thrilling 21-14 road win over the HASTINGS BRONCOS.   ###   The PERU STATE BOBCATS won an overtime epic against the homestanding AVILA EAGLES  31-24.   ###   The PIKEVILLE BEARS tried to cross the picket line of the UNION (KY) BULLDOGS and lost in a 60-59 shootout that left the ghost of Joe Hill smiling.   ###   The TAYLOR TROJANS defeated the OLIVET NAZARENE UNIVERSITY TIGERS  22-15.   ###   The KENTUCKY CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY KNIGHTS ruined homecoming for the FAULKNER EAGLES with an 18-15 victory.   ###   … And the (21) CUMBERLAND  BULLDOGS won on the road against the LINDSEY WILSON COLLEGE BLUE RAIDERS 33-32 in overtime. 

UNDER THE RADAR CLASSICS – D2 – The WEST LIBERTY HILLTOPPERS held on against the visiting UNC PEMBROKE BRAVES by a score of 23-22.   ###   The LOCK HAVEN BALD EAGLES ended this troubling season with a 15-7 triumph over the CHEYNEY WOLVES.   ###   The CONCORD UNIVERSITY MOUNTAIN LIONS took it on the road and defeated the WEST VIRGINIA WESLEYAN BOBCATS  23-16.   ###   The ST JOSEPH’S PUMAS toppled the homestanding MCKENDREE BEARCATS by a score of 24-19.   ###   … And the QUINCY HAWKS won a 21-14 road contest with the WILLIAM JEWELL CARDINALS.

UNDER THE RADAR CLASSICS – D3 – The CHRISTOPHER NEWPORT UNIVERSITY CAPTAINS fell at home to the METHODIST MONARCHS (helmet at left) in a 30-29 nailbiter.   ###   The GETTYSBURG COLLEGE BULLETS punctured the FRANKLIN & MARSHALL DIPLOMATS by a score of 38-31.   ###   The TRINITY (CT) BANTAMS won in overtime against the WESLEYAN CARDINALS  30-24.   ###   … And the GREENSBORO PRIDE held serve against the LAGRANGE PANTHERS  31-27.

UNDER THE RADAR CLASSICS – CCCAA – The PIERCE COLLEGE BRAHMA BULLS took it on the road and edged the GLENDALE (CA) VAQUEROS by a score of 26-22.   ###   The CHABOT COLLEGE GLADIATORS likewise logged a road win over the REEDLEY TIGERS  47-45.   ###   The SAN DIEGO MESA COLLEGE OLYMPIANS topped the homestanding EAST LOS ANGELES HUSKIES in a 45-42 nailbiter.   ###   The ANTELOPE VALLEY COLLEGE MARAUDERS fell to the visiting SANTA MONICA CORSAIRS 24-21.   ###   The SAN JOSE JAGUARS edged the WEST VALLEY VIKINGS by a score of 27-26.   ###   … And the MT SAN JACINTO EAGLES won a 34-31 overtime clash with the VICTOR VALLEY RAMS.

GETTING A JUMP ON THE WEEKEND – Friday night the ROWAN UNIVERSITY PROFS (helmet at left) shut out their homestanding archrivals the NEW JERSEY LIONS in a 26-0 rout.   ###   On Thursday evening the (21) WEST ALABAMA TIGERS kicked around the plummeting NORTH ALABAMA LIONS by a score of 42-27.   ###   … And the CITRUS PIRATES fell to the the visiting LOS ANGELES HARBOR SEAHAWKS  36-21.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11TH RESULTS FOR THE NJCAA – The BUTLER (KS) GRIZZLIES (helmet at left) and the HUTCHINSON COLLEGE BLUE DRAGONS, aka the Ohio State and Michigan of the Jayhawk Conference, squared off yet again for the Region 6 championship. The Grizzlies defeated their archrivals by a score of 26-16.   ###   The GEORGIA MILITARY COLLEGE BULLDOGS notched an authoritative 43-25 victory over the LACKAWANNA FALCONS.

Helmets courtesy of the Helmet Project.  


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  1. St Ambrose U seems cool! I want to go there now!

  2. Walter B

    Morningside will go all the way this year!

  3. I think its gr8 how u cover so many divisions. Everybody wins when college football gets luv at all levels.

  4. Awesome breakdown on all these divisions!

  5. Harris

    The Fighting Bees are the most badass team of them all!

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