HELMETLangston_OKTHE LANGSTON LIONS RULE THE WORLD – Regular readers of Balladeer’s Blog are very familiar with the way in which each weekend of every college football season brings at least one NAIA football team upsetting a team from NCAA Divisions ONE or TWO. Yesterday the LANGSTON LIONS got in on the act, winning an Instant Classic on the road against Division Two’s PANHANDLE STATE AGGIES. The final score was Lions 20  Aggies 19. Congratulations Langston!

Bethany SwedesTOP 25 UPSETS – NAIA – The unranked BETHANY COLLEGE SWEDES salvaged a little from their disappointing 2013 season by shocking the nation with their 24-17 road upset of the 7th ranked TABOR COLLEGE BLUE JAYS   ###   Meanwhile the number 12 team in the country, the MISSOURI VALLEY COLLEGE VIKINGS, likewise pulled off a road upset. In the case of the Vikings they toppled the 9th-ranked PERU STATE BOBCATS in a 21-14 comeback for the ages!  

Eastern New Mexico UTOP 25 UPSETS – NCAA DIVISION 2 – The EASTERN NEW MEXICO UNIVERSITY GREYHOUNDS traveled to face the number 8 WEST TEXAS A&M BUFFALOES and in the shock of the day in D2 brought them down in a 39-38 nailbiter   ###   The UNIVERSITY OF NORTH ALABAMA LIONS upset the visiting 11th-ranked WEST ALABAMA TIGERS 30-27 in Overtime   ###   And the number 19 EMPORIA STATE HORNETS took it on the road and stunned the 13th ranked MISSOURI WESTERN GRIFFONS by a score of 35-30.      

Lenoir Rhyne BearsTOP 25 UPSETS – NCAA DIVISION 2: THE SEQUEL – There were so many upsets in the D2 rankings yesterday they merit a 2nd section to cover them all! The number 21 LENOIR-RHYNE UNIVERSITY BEARS crushed the visiting 18th ranked CARSON NEWMAN EAGLES by a score of 37-3   ###   And the DELTA STATE UNIVERSITY STATESMEN upset the number 22 defending champions of D2 football, the VALDOSTA STATE BLAZERS, in a 63-55 shootout. 

Gustavus Adolphus Gusties helmetTOP 25 UPSETS – NCAA DIVISION 3 – The unranked GUSTAVUS ADOLPHUS GUSTIES took the 22nd-ranked SAINT JOHN’S UNIVERSITY JOHNNIES into DOUBLE OVERTIME before clinching this home upset by a final score of 23-20   ###   And the ALFRED UNIVERSITY SAXONS brought down the visiting number 23 SALISBURY UNIVERSITY SEAGULLS in a 31-21 triumph that left the home crowd very pleased. 

Morningside MustangsWHEN RANKED TEAMS CLASH – The NAIA’s top-ranked MORNINGSIDE COLLEGE MUSTANGS were on the road against the (25) CONCORDIA (NE) BULLDOGS and won by an authoritative 48-31   ###   Meanwhile the (5) CARROLL COLLEGE FIGHTING SAINTS sent the (20) SOUTHERN OREGON RAIDERS home nursing a 48-30 loss   ###   And the (13) ST AMBROSE UNIVERSITY FIGHTING BEES stung the visiting (14) ST XAVIER UNIVERSITY COUGARS to the tune of 65-30.

Northwestern College Red RaidersRANKED TEAMS SURVIVING CLOSE CALLS – The (21) NORTHWESTERN (IA) COLLEGE RED RAIDERS withstood an invasion by the HASTINGS BRONCOS. The final score was Red Raiders 31  Broncos 28   ###   And the (24) BACONE COLLEGE WARRIORS were playing host to the WAYLAND BAPTIST UNIVERSITY PIONEERS, who are in just their 2nd season of intercollegiate football. The Warriors stayed in the rankings by squeezing out a 41-38 victory.

Scottsdale_CC_AZ“PLAYOFFS? YOU’RE TALKING PLAYOFFS? ARE YOU SERIOUS?” – And my annual quoting of Jim Mora can only mean that some regions of NJCAA college football have begun their postseason! In the Western States League the SCOTTSDALE FIGHTING ARTICHOKES hosted the EASTERN ARIZONA COLLEGE GILA MONSTERS and clobbered them 56-21   ###   Also in the WSL the MESA COLLEGE THUNDERBIRDS sent the NEW MEXICO MILITARY INSTITUTE BRONCOS home chafing from a 48-31 beating.  

Navarro CollegePLAYOFFS CONTINUED – In the Southwest Football Conference playoffs the NAVARRO COLLEGE BULLDOGS won on the road against the TYLER APACHES by a score of 33-24   ###   Also in the SFC the TRINITY VALLEY CARDINALS crushed the visiting BLINN BUCCANEERS 38-7   ###   In the Mississippi Athletic Conference the JONES COLLEGE BOBCATS mangled the ITAWAMBA INDIANS 49-21   ###   And the EAST MISSISSIPPI LIONS routed the MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST BULLDOGS 45-28.  

Hutchinson Blue Dragons*** SUNDAY PLAYOFF GAMES – And here is an update of the results from Sunday afternoon’s playoff games in the Jayhawk Conference. The HUTCHINSON COLLEGE BLUE DRAGONS traveled to take on 2013’s feel-good team the DODGE CITY CONQUISTADORS. The Blue Dragons showed their superior postseason experience by scorching Dodge City 21-6   ###   And the BUTLER (KS) GRIZZLIES dismantled the visiting HIGHLAND COLLEGE SCOTTIES 38-7, setting up yet ANOTHER Hutch vs Butler clash for the Region 6 crown.   

southwest minnesota helmetA DOUBLE SHOT OF THAT OT LOVE – The SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA MUSTANGS and the visiting WINONA STATE WARRIORS needed TWO Overtimes before the Mustangs won by a score of 51-44   ###   The MARIAN UNIVERSITY KNIGHTS, the defending champions of NAIA college football, welcomed the TAYLOR TROJANS in another game that ran into Double Overtime. The Knights at last emerged with a 26-19 win.      

Cumberlands_KYTHEY LOVE THE 70’s – The (2) UNIVERSITY OF THE CUMBERLANDS PATRIOTS improved to 9-0 with their 70-17 road laugher over the CAMPBELLSVILLE TIGERS   ###   The (18) LINDSEY WILSON COLLEGE BLUE RAIDERS likewise won easily on the road, impaling the UNION (KY) BULLDOGS 72-9   ###   The (7) PITTSBURG (KS) STATE GORILLAS mangled the visiting NORTHWESTERN OKLAHOMA RANGERS 70-0   ###   And the BOWIE STATE BULLDOGS tore apart the LINCOLN (PA) LIONS 76-19.

Dakota Wesleyan helmetTHE SWEET SOUNDLESS SUCCESS – Okay, I know it’s supposed to be “sound OF success” but these two teams are having very quiet success and deserve more love. The DAKOTA WESLEYAN TIGERS are 6-3 after yesterday’s 31-17 hammering of the visiting NEBRASKA WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY PRAIRIE WOLVES   ###   And the AVE MARIA UNIVERSITY GYRENES (love that name) are a program-best 5-2 following their 45-14 clubbing of the EDWARD WATERS TIGERS.

Pacific Boxers helmetONE TEAM WAS PLAYING BASKETBALL – The PACIFIC UNIVERSITY BOXERS continued rolling along with their 68-28 victory over the visiting LEWIS & CLARK PIONEERS   ###   Meanwhile the WISCONSIN LUTHERAN WARRIORS devastated the MARANATHA BAPTIST CRUSADERS in a 56-6 laugher   ###   And the COLLEGE OF ST SCHOLASTICA SAINTS handed a 55-7 drubbing to their guests, the MINNESOTA-MORRIS COUGARS.

ASA CollegeTHE AVENGERS AND OTHER SUPERTEAMS – The ASA COLLEGE AVENGERS folded, spindled and mutilated the visiting LOUISBURG COLLEGE HURRICANES by a score of 43-5   ###   The IOWA WESTERN COLLEGE REIVERS, the defending champions of NJCAA football, shut out the COLLEGE OF DUPAGE CHAPARRALS 17-0 in their own house   ###   And the CENTRAL LAKES-BRAINERD RAIDERS notched a 33-6 road beatdown of the NORTHLAND TECH PIONEERS. 

Methodist MonarchsBOTH TEAMS WERE PLAYING BASKETBALL – The METHODIST UNIVERSITY MONARCHS traveled to face the GREENSBORO PRIDE and went home with a 51-50 victory   ###   The SIMPSON COLLEGE STORM sent the DUBUQUE SPARTANS away with a 50-46 loss   ###   And the BUFFALO STATE BENGALS defeated the HARTWICK HAWKS by a score of 59-41 in their own house.    

Charleston Golden Eagles helmetsHALLOWEEN NIGHT RESULTS – Getting a jump on the weekend the CHARLESTON GOLDEN EAGLES spanked the homestanding WEST LIBERTY HILLTOPPERS 26-6   ###   The SHIPPENSBURG UNIVERSITY RED RAIDERS managed a road upset of the 6th ranked BLOOMSBURG HUSKIES by a score of 34-18   ###  The WEST VIRGINIA WESLEYAN BOBCATS won a 40-37 OT clash at the FAIRMONT STATE FALCONS   ###   And the WEST GEORGIA WOLVES doubled up on the FLORIDA TECH PANTHERS 28-14.   

Montana Tech OrediggersOREDIGGERS: A VERY LUCKY NAME – Yesterday the NAIA’s MONTANA TECH OREDIGGERS continued their bid to salvage the 2nd half of their season by notching a 32-31 road win over the MONTANA STATE-NORTHERN LIGHTS   ###   Meanwhile over in NCAA Division 2 the COLORADO MINES OREDIGGERS likewise won a one-point nailbiter. In their case they won at home 14-13 over the WESTERN STATE MOUNTAINEERS.  

LIU-Post Pioneers helmetFRIDAY NIGHT’S ACTION – This past Friday evening the LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY-POST PIONEERS were on the road against the SAINT ANSELM COLLEGE HAWKS and snuck past them in a heartpounding 41-40 affair   ###   Meanwhile the LANEY COLLEGE EAGLES transformed a tight 14-13 lead at the end of the 1st Quarter into a 64-35 final score in their home game against the MERCED COLLEGE BLUE DEVILS.  

Saint Francis Fighting SaintsOH WHEN THOSE SAINTS GO MARCHING IN – Yesterday the (23) SAINT FRANCIS (IL) FIGHTING SAINTS marched into the home field of the SIENA HEIGHTS UNIVERSITY SAINTS and won a 17-13 game for the ages   ###   On the other hand yesterday also saw the JAMESTOWN COLLEGE JIMMIES send the PRESENTATION COLLEGE SAINTS marching home nursing a 49-41 shootout loss.

Dixie State helmetROAD WARRIORS – The DIXIE STATE COLLEGE OF UTAH RED STORM traveled to take on Canada’s SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY CLAN (as in Scottish Clan) and handed them a 42-35 loss   ###   The ANGELO STATE RAMS won at the TEXAS A&M COMMERCE LIONS by a score of 25-20   ###   And the NOTRE DAME COLLEGE FALCONS pummeled the WEST VIRGINIA STATE YELLOW JACKETS in a 42-16 laugher.  

Culver Stockton WIldcats helmetUNDER THE RADAR CLASSICS – NAIA – The CULVER-STOCKTON COLLEGE WILDCATS at last got off the schneid for 2013 by defeating the visiting AVILA EAGLES (formerly the Avalanche) by a score of 42-35   ###   The WILLIAM PENN UNIVERSITY STATESMEN held serve against the OLIVET NAZARENE TIGERS 17-13   ###   And the SOUTHWESTERN COLLEGE MOUNDBUILDERS defeated the ST MARY SPIRES by a score of 32-29. 

southwestern assemblies of god helmetUNDER THE RADAR CLASSICS -NAIA VOLUME 2 – There were so many of these classics this week I need 2 sections to cover them all! The SOUTHWESTERN ASSEMBLIES OF GOD UNIVERSITY LIONS took it on the road and brought down the WAYLAND BAPTIST UNIVERSITY PIONEERS in a 26-21 game for the ages   ###   And the MAYVILLE STATE COMETS won a 20-14 home stand against the DAKOTA STATE TROJANS.

Black Hills StateUNDER THE RADAR CLASSICS – NCAA D2 – The BLACK HILLS STATE UNIVERSITY YELLOW JACKETS were at the NEW MEXICO HIGHLANDS COWBOYS and emerged with a 48-45 win in this nailbiter   ###   The CENTRAL OKLAHOMA BRONCHOS (their spelling) held serve in a 49-42 shootout with the LINCOLN (MO) BLUE TIGERS   ###   And the NORTH GREENVILLE CRUSADERS snuck past the homestanding WINGATE BULLDOGS 38-34.  

Kalamazoo HornetsUNDER THE RADAR CLASSICS – NCAA D3 – The KALAMAZOO UNIVERSITY HORNETS survived a 14-10 home stand against the ADRIAN BULLDOGS   ###   The OTTERBEIN UNIVERSITY CARDINALS defeated the visiting CAPITAL CRUSADERS 19-14   ###   The FRANKLIN & MARSHALL DIPLOMATS won a 41-36 game against the SUSQUEHANNA HORNETS   ###   And the PLYMOUTH STATE PANTHERS edged the WORCESTER STATE LANCERS 34-31.

Iowa Central TritonsUNDER THE RADAR CLASSICS – NJCAA – The IOWA CENTRAL COLLEGE TRITONS eked out a 21-20 win over the visiting ELLSWORTH PANTHERS   ###   The LACKAWANNA COLLEGE FALCONS snuck past the DEAN BULLDOGS 23-20   ###   The SNOW COLLEGE BADGERS won their rematch with the ARIZONA WESTERN COLLEGE MATADORS 36-28   ###   And the NORTH DAKOTA STATE COLLEGE OF SCIENCE WILDCATS took it on the road and beat the DAKOTA COLLEGE AT BOTTINEAU LUMBERJACKS by a score of 30-21.  

Pierce CollegeUNDER THE RADAR CLASSICS – CCCAA – The PIERCE COLLEGE BRAHMA BULLS took it on the road and won a 22-13 nailbiter against the ANTELOPE VALLEY COLLEGE MARAUDERS   ###   The VENTURA PIRATES survived a 28-20 invasion from the ALLAN HANCOCK COLLEGE BULLDOGS   ###   The MT SAN ANTONIO COLLEGE MOUNTIES won at the LONG BEACH VIKINGS 43-35   ###   And the MODESTO COLLEGE PIRATES defeated the AMERICAN RIVER BEAVERS 43-42.  

Elmhurst Blue JaysDOUBLING UP – The ELMHURST COLLEGE BLUEJAYS notched a 28-14 road win over the NORTH PARK VIKINGS   ###   The HANOVER COLLEGE PANTHERS likewise won on the road, outscoring their opponents 2-1. The Panthers defeated the EARLHAM QUAKERS 28-14   ###   And the WAYNESBURG UNIVERSITY YELLOWJACKETS won a 38-19 victory of their own over the homestanding WESTMINSTER TITANS.  

IUP Crimson HawksTRIPLING UP – The INDIANA UNIVERSITY PENNSYLVANIA CRIMSON HAWKS tripled up on the homestanding CLARION EAGLES by a score of 42-14   ###   The SOUTHWESTERN OKLAHOMA BULLDOGS held serve against the SOUTHERN NAZARENE UNIVERSITY CRIMSON STORM by the same 42-14 score   ###   And the (25) UNC-PEMBROKE BRAVES dismembered the TUSCULUM COLLEGE PIONEERS to the tune of 60-20.

Washington (MO) helmetWE WENT TO A FOOTBALL GAME BUT A BASEBALL GAME BROKE OUT – The WASHINGTON (MO) UNIVERSITY BEARS were at the CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY TARTANS in a game in which points were at a premium. The Bears trailed 7-6 at Halftime but went on to win 9-7   ###   While in the Empire State the MONROE COLLEGE MUSTANGS logged a 9-8 road win over the ERIE COLLEGE KATS.   

Lake erie storm helmetsGREAT LAKES – The LAKE ERIE COLLEGE STORM kicked around the visiting WALSH UNIVERSITY CAVALIERS by a score of 63-41   ###   The MERCYHURST LAKERS sent the EDINBORO FIGHTING SCOTS home reeling from a 19-6 beating   ###   And the GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY LAKERS continue to show occassional flashes of their old dominance. Yesterday they defeated the HILLSDALE CHARGERS 31-21.

Wooster Scots helmetIF IT ISN’T SCOTTISH IT’S CRAAAAP! – The COLLEGE OF WOOSTER SCOTS took it on the road against the DEPAUW TIGERS and came away with a nailbiting 27-24 victory   ###   The MACALESTER COLLEGE SCOTS eviscerated the visiting TRINITY BIBLE COLLEGE LIONS to the tune of 44-13   ###   But the MACMURRAY HIGHLANDERS lost at home to the NORTHWESTERN (MN) EAGLES 26-13.       

Mckendree Bearcats helmetMANHANDLINGS – The MCKENDREE UNIVERSITY BEARCATS were very ungracious hosts, mangling the QUINCY HAWKS by a score of 51-16   ###   The SHORTER UNIVERSITY HAWKS took it on the road and pecked out the eyes of the CLARK ATLANTA PANTHERS in a 58-14 laugher   ###   And the NORTHEASTERN STATE UNIVERSITY RIVERHAWKS decimated the visiting SOUTHWEST BAPTIST BEARCATS 31-3.

Contra Costa CometsROAD TEAMS KICKING BUTT – The CONTRA COSTA COLLEGE COMETS sliced and diced the MENDOCINO EAGLES to the tune of 48-19   ###   The SHASTA COLLEGE KNIGHTS ran through the YUBA 49ers 58-23   ###   The SOUTHWESTERN COLLEGE (CA) JAGUARS devoured the MT SAN JACINTO EAGLES 42-6   ###   And the SANTA MONICA COLLEGE CORSAIRS stampeded the SANTA BARBARA COLLEGE VAQUEROS by a score of 38-17. 

Newberry helmet goodPACK OF WOLVES – Yesterday the NEWBERRY COLLEGE WOLVES withstood a 28-21 invasion by the BREVARD COLLEGE TORNADOES   ###   Unfortunately other teams called Wolves let the name down: The AZUSA PACIFIC COUGARS topped the visiting WESTERN OREGON UNIVERSITY WOLVES by a score of 38-28   ###   And the (15) WEST CHESTER GOLDEN RAMS eviscerated the CHEYNEY WOLVES 66-14 in their own house!

Golden West College RustlersHOME TEAMS KICKING BUTT – The GOLDEN WEST COLLEGE RUSTLERS annihilated the ORANGE COAST PIRATES 52-7   ###   Meanwhile the FULLERTON COLLEGE HORNETS stung the GROSSMONT COLLEGE GRIFFINS to death by a score of 79-44   ###   And the SAN BERNARDINO COLLEGE WOLVERINES mauled the SAN DIEGO MESA COLLEGE OLYMPIANS to the tune of 46-13.  

Austin CollegeALL-NAME WINNERS – The AUSTIN COLLEGE KANGAROOS traveled to face the SOUTHWESTERN PIRATES then went back home with a 25-6 victory   ###   The NORTH CAROLINA WESLEYAN BATTLING BISHOPS took down the FERRUM PANTHERS by a score of 33-16   ###   And the GENEVA COLLEGE GOLDEN TORNADOES blew away the GROVE CITY WOLVERINES (see what I did there) to the tune of 39-7.  

Lane Dragons helmetDRAGONFIRE – The LANE COLLEGE DRAGONS defeated the visiting KENTUCKY STATE THOROBREDS by a score of 38-28   ###   Meanwhile the MINNESOTA STATE-MOORHEAD DRAGONS took it on the road and won a 31-30 gridiron armageddon against the MINOT STATE BEAVERS   ###   And the TIFFIN DRAGONS let the side down, falling to the visiting (14) OHIO DOMINICAN UNIVERSITY PANTHERS 18-0. 

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