Cumberland BulldogsCUMBERLAND UNIVERSITY RULES THE WORLD – Every week of the college football season brings at least one NAIA team defeating a team from supposedly higher divisions. Yesterday the NAIA’s CUMBERLAND UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS continued this year-in year-out tradition by demolishing NCAA Division TWO’s ALDERSON-BROADDUS COLLEGE BATTLERS in their own house. The final score in this butt-kicking was Bulldogs 41  Battlers 17.

Angelo State Rams helmetANGELO STATE ALSO RULES THE WORLD – Division 2’s ANGELO STATE UNIVERSITY RAMS also brought down a team from a higher division. The Rams took it on the road against NCAA Division ONE team the INCARNATE WORD CARDINALS and emerged triumphant in a defensive epic. The Rams defeated the Cardinals 7-0. 

HELMETSHEIDELBERGA RUSHING CARTEL, NOT A DRUG CARTEL – Running Back Cartel Brooks from NCAA Division Three’s HEIDELBERG UNIVERSITY STUDENT PRINCES set the new single-game rushing record for ALL DIVISIONS OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL yesterday. Brooks ran for an unbelievable 465 yards in the Student Prince’s 42-14 rout of the homestanding BALDWIN-WALLACE YELLOW JACKETS.   

Tabor_KSTOP 25 UPSETS- NAIA – The 12th-ranked TABOR COLLEGE BLUE JAYS were on the road against the number 8 team in the nation, the OTTAWA UNIVERSITY BRAVES and toppled them in a 23-20 game for the ages   ###   And the unranked TAYLOR UNIVERSITY TROJANS notched a 30-20 road win over the 17th-ranked ST FRANCIS (IL) FIGHTING SAINTS.   

Missouri Southern StateTOP 25 UPSETS – NCAA DIVISION 2 – The MISSOURI SOUTHERN LIONS stunned the number 6 PITTSBURG (KS) STATE GORILLAS 35-21 in their own stadium, The Jungle   ###   The storied GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY LAKERS  brought down the 11th-ranked SAGINAW VALLEY STATE CARDINALS 49-34   ###   And the number 13 BLOOMSBURG HUSKIES edged the visiting 12th-ranked SLIPPERY ROCK ROCKETS 42-38.  

Platteville Pioneers helmetTOP 25 UPSETS – NCAA DIVISION 3 – The 10th-ranked UW-PLATTEVILLE PIONEERS took it on the road and beat the number 8 UW-OSHKOSH TITANS in a 17-16 nailbiter that aged the spectators by about 5 years   ###   The RHODES COLLEGE LYNX sent the 19th-ranked MILLSAPS COLLEGE MAJORS home nursing a 49-30 beatdown loss.

Cortland State Red DragonsTOP 25 UPSETS – NCAA DIVISION 3 – PART 2 – The unranked CORTLAND STATE RED DRAGONS were on the road against the (20) ITHACA COLLEGE BOMBERS in their yearly battle for the Cortaca Jug. The Red Dragons took that trophy with a 28-24 win   ###   The ALBRIGHT LIONS beat the (22) LEBANON VALLEY FLYING DUTCHMEN 40-25   ###   And the HUNTINGDON HAWKS held serve against the (24) MARYVILLE SCOTS 45-38.  

Menlo Oaks helmet

SENIOR MOMENT – The MENLO COLLEGE OAKS celebrated their team’s 2013 Senior Day by hosting the VALLEY CITY STATE UNIVERSITY VIKINGS. Happily for the Menlo faithful their Seniors got to have a happy day since the Oaks prevailed in this final home game of their college football careers. The final score was Oaks 38  Vikings 28.  

Henderson State Reddies helmetOLDEST AND LONGEST – The oldest rivalry in NCAA Division Two football also turned out to be the longest-lasting game of the day yesterday. The (5) HENDERSON STATE UNIVERSITY REDDIES were on the road against their ancient archrivals the OUACHITA BAPTIST TIGERS. The two battled through regulation and THREE OVERTIMES before the Reddies emerged with a 60-52 win.  

Thomas_More_KYBRIDGE BOWL XVIII – The 18th edition of the Bridge Bowl was played yesterday between the THOMAS MORE COLLEGE SAINTS and the homestanding MOUNT SAINT JOSEPH LIONS. By the end of the 1st Quarter Thomas More College led by a score of 14-3 and never looked back. When all was said and done the Saints had won the Bridge Bowl 59-13.

Northeastern State helmetENDING ON A HIGH NOTE – The NORTHEASTERN STATE RIVER HAWKS up-ended the CENTRAL OKLAHOMA BRONCHOS (their spelling) by a score of 45-38   ###   The UNIVERSITY OF SIOUX FALLS COUGARS went on the road and routed the WAYNE STATE (NE) WILDCATS 35-10   ###   And the UNIVERSITY OF MARY MARAUDERS dismembered the visiting MINNESOTA-CROOKSTON GOLDEN EAGLES 31-15. 

Case Western Reserve helmetIT’S ACADEMIC! – The Academic Bowl is the name for the annual rivalry game played between the CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY SPARTANS and the CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY TARTANS. The visiting Spartans led 28-17 at Halftime but had to endure a furious comeback attempt by the Tartans in the 2nd Half. Case Western Reserve held on for a 35-32 victory.

Southern Arkansas Muleriders helmetCOOL NAME BOWLS – Here are some games where everyone was a winner because of how cool the teams’ names were: The SOUTHERN ARKANSAS UNIVERSITY MULERIDERS exterminated the ARKANSAS-MONTICELLO BOLL WEEVILS to the tune of 44-20   ###   And the CALIFORNIA (PA) VULCANS won a 42-21 road trip to face the SHIPPENSBURG RED RAIDERS.    

Monmouth_ILBRONZE TURKEY GAME – The 125th edition of the Bronze Turkey Game once again pitted the MONMOUTH COLLEGE FIGHTING SCOTS against the KNOX COLLEGE PRAIRIE FIRE. The game was all Monmouth as the road team led 21-0 at Halftime and 31-0 after 3 Quarters of play. The Prairie Fire didn’t even get on the scoreboard until the 4th Quarter, losing 37-10 to the Fighting Scots.

Golden West College RustlersRUSTLING UP A ROUT – The GOLDEN WEST COLLEGE RUSTLERS were on the road taking on the SADDLEBACK COLLEGE GAUCHOS. The Rustlers never trailed in this game and led 6-0 after one Quarter and 13-3 by Halftime. The 2nd Half saw more of the same as Golden West College continued dominating on both sides of the ball for a 30-6 victory. 

Maritime College PrivateersWE WENT TO A FOOTBALL GAME BUT A BASEBALL GAME BROKE OUT – The MARITIME COLLEGE PRIVATEERS won a 7-6 defensive epic against the visiting GALLAUDET BISON   ###   The MT IDA MUSTANGS logged a 6-0 road win over the HUSSON EAGLES   ###   And the MACALESTER SCOTS defeated the HAMLINE UNIVERSITY PIPERS by a score of 7-0.

Lincoln (MO) Blue Tigers helmetTIGER TALES – The LINCOLN (MO) BLUE TIGERS smacked around the visiting SOUTHWEST BAPTIST BEARCATS 51-28   ###   Meanwhile the UNIVERSITY OF WEST ALABAMA TIGERS completely eviscerated their opponents, the CENTRAL STATE MARAUDERS, by an unbelievable score of NINETY-ONE to TWENTY-EIGHT   ###   And the FORT HAYS TIGERS mauled the NEBRASKA-KEARNEY LOPERS by a score of 56-17.  

Bridgewater State BearsCRANBERRY BOWL – The BRIDGEWATER STATE UNIVERSITY BEARS and the MASSACHUSETTS MARITIME BUCCANEERS squared off in Cranberry Bowl 35. This game was a tale of two halves. After 2 Quarters the score was all tied up at 14-14 but the final 30 minutes of play were all Bridgewater State. The final score wound up being Bears 45  Buccaneers 20. 

Bethel (KS) ThreshersA TALE OF TWO BETHEL TEAMS – The BETHEL (KS) THRESHERS welcomed the BETHANY COLLEGE SWEDES yesterday and knocked them off to the tune of 26-14   ###   On the other hand the BETHEL (TN) WILDCATS were taken down at home by the visiting BELHAVEN COLLEGE BLAZERS by a score of 55-45.

Rensselaer helmetTHE DUTCHMAN’S SHOES – The Dutchman’s Shoes are the trophy that the RENSSELAER POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE ENGINEERS and the UNION DUTCHMEN play for each year in their rivalry game. The score in this tight contest was 24-21 at the end of the 3rd Quarter with the Engineers going on to win by a final score of 31-28. Congratulations Engineers! 

Warner Memorial U Royals helmetENDING YEAR ONE WITH A BANG – Two teams in their very first year of intercollegiate football closed out their premier seasons with wins. The WARNER UNIVERSITY ROYALS got their first win in program history with a 13-7 road win over the CONCORDIA (AL) HORNETS   ###   And the REINHARDT UNIVERSITY EAGLES closed out an unbelievable 6-4 debut year by beating the CAMPBELLSVILLE TIGERS 66-48 in their own house.

Claremont Mudd Scripps CollegeALL-NAME GAMES – The CLAREMONT-MUDD-SCRIPPS STAGS hosted the POMONA-PITZER SAGEHENS and won a 29-23 nailbiter   ###   The CONCORDIA-MOORHEAD COBBERS meanwhile took down the GUSTAVUS ADOLPHUS GUSTIES 38-31   ###   And the LAKE FOREST FORESTERS beheaded the ST NORBERT COLLEGE GREEN KNIGHTS by a score of 31-3.

Modesto College Pirates helmetSWASHBUCKLERS – The MODESTO COLLEGE PIRATES keelhauled and hornswaggled the SAN JOAQUIN DELTA MUSTANGS to the tune of 72-26   ###   The SANTA MONICA COLLEGE CORSAIRS meanwhile ran through the ANTELOPE VALLEY COLLEGE MARAUDERS 57-30   ###   And the MOORPARK RAIDERS won a 28-19 battle with the CERRITOS FALCONS.    

southwestern assemblies of god helmetUNDER THE RADAR CLASSICS – NAIA – The SOUTHWESTERN ASSEMBLIES OF GOD UNIVERSITY LIONS won a 38-34 game for the ages against the visiting BACONE COLLEGE WARRIORS   ###   The WILLIAM PENN UNIVERSITY STATESMEN won 33-28 at the TRINITY INTERNATIONAL TROJANS   ###   And the CULVER-STOCKTON COLLEGE WILDCATS defeated the GRACELAND YELLOW JACKETS by a score of 20-10.

Black Hills StateUNDER THE RADAR CLASSICS – NCAA D2 – The BLACK HILLS STATE UNIVERSITY YELLOW JACKETS took it on the road against the FORT LEWIS SKYHAWKS and went home basking in a thrilling 17-14 victory   ###   Meanwhile the ALBANY STATE GOLDEN RAMS won by the exact same score at the MILES GOLDEN BEARS   ###   And the EAST CENTRAL TIGERS won a 23-16 road clash with the SOUTHEASTERN OKLAHOMA STATE SAVAGE STORM.

Grove City Wolverines helmetUNDER THE RADAR CLASSICS – NCAA D3 – The GROVE CITY COLLEGE WOLVERINES won a 50-44 shootout at the THIEL TOMCATS   ###   The WESTMINSTER (PA) TITANS defeated the visiting GENEVA GOLDEN TORNADOES by a score of 30-27   ###   And the ALBION BRITONS secured a postseason berth for themselves with their 34-31 road win over the HOPE FLYING DUTCHMEN.

Los angeles valley monarchsUNDER THE RADAR CLASSICS – CCCAA – The LOS ANGELES VALLEY COLLEGE MONARCHS trailed through the first 3 Quarters against the LOS ANGELES SOUTHWEST COUGARS before mounting a late comeback to win 17-14   ###   The RIVERSIDE TIGERS edged the MT SAN ANTONIO COLLEGE MOUNTIES by a score of 33-30   ###   The ALLAN HANCOCK COLLEGE BULLDOGS took down the COLLEGE OF THE CANYONS COUGARS 34-29.  

Gavilan Rams helmetUNDER THE RADAR CLASSICS – CCCAA – VOLUME 2 – The GAVILAN COLLEGE RAMS won a 59-58 road squeaker against the CABRILLO SEAHAWKS   ###   The LOS MEDANOS MUSTANGS went on the road and managed a 33-26 win over the CONTRA COSTA COMETS   ###   And the VICTOR VALLEY RAMS beat the MT SAN JACINTO EAGLES 21-14.

Lakeland College Muskies helmetNO, NOT SENATOR MUSKIE – The LAKELAND COLLEGE MUSKIES traveled to take on the BENEDICTINE (IL) EAGLES and went back home with a 15-12 triumph   ###   And the MUSKINGUM UNIVERSITY MUSKIES did their part for the Muskie name by defeating the visiting MARIETTA COLLEGE PIONEERS 24-14.    


st lawrence saints helmetSHUTOUTS – The ST LAWRENCE UNIVERSITY SAINTS blanked the MERCHANT MARINE ACADEMY MARINERS in a 31-0 shutout   ###   Another instance of defensive perfection came by the exact same score with the URSINUS COLLEGE BEARS’ blanking of the DICKINSON RED DEVILS in their own house   ###   And the SOUTHERN VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY KNIGHTS kept the SOUTHWESTERN PIRATES scoreless in a 40-0 triumph.  

Nebraska Wesleyan Prairie WolvesBEATDOWNS – The NEBRASKA WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY PRAIRIE WOLVES improved to 6-4 by clobbering the visiting HASTINGS BRONCOS by a score of 43-14   ###   The UNIVERSITY OF PIKEVILLE BEARS defeated the UNION (KY) BULLDOGS 56-38 to end the year at 7-4   ###   And the MCPHERSON COLLEGE BULLDOGS and SOUTHWESTERN COLLEGE MOUNDBUILDERS both ended 2013 with 5-6 records as the Bulldogs hammered the homestanding Moundbuilders 37-7.

Urbana Blue KnightsNAILBITERS – The URBANA UNIVERSITY BLUE KNIGHTS prevailed at home over the CHARLESTON (WV) GOLDEN EAGLES by a score of 24-21   ###   The TUSCULUM COLLEGE PIONEERS meanwhile won a thrilling 49-42 shootout with the MARS HILL LIONS   ###   And the ADAMS STATE GRIZZLIES topped the homestanding COLORADO MESA MAVERICKS 19-17.   

Eau Claire Blugolds helmetTHE COOLER NAME WINS – Regular readers of Balladeer’s Blog are familiar with how bored I am by how many college teams are called Eagles, Tigers, Bulldogs and Wildcats. Here’s a look at teams with much cooler nicknames prevailing over teams with those dull and overdone names: The UW-EAU CLAIRE BLUGOLDS traveled to beat the LACROSSE EAGLES in a 24-21 Instant Classic   ###   And the AUSTIN COLLEGE KANGAROOS crushed the TRINITY (TX) TIGERS by a score of 35-7.    

Wooster Scots helmetBEATING THE BATTLING BISHOPS – The COLLEGE OF WOOSTER SCOTS eked out a 28-27 victory over the visiting OHIO WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY BATTLING BISHOPS   ###   And in keeping with the fad of defeating teams with that nickname yesterday the METHODIST UNIVERSITY MONARCHS won a 69-62 shootout with the NORTH CAROLINA WESLEYAN BATTLING BISHOPS.  

San Bernardino ValleyVARYING DEGREES OF DOUBLE DIGITS – The SAN BERNARDINO VALLEY COLLEGE WOLVERINES notched a 40-7 road beatdown against the COMPTON COLLEGE TARTARS   ###   The CHABOT COLLEGE GLADIATORS impaled the REEDLEY TIGERS 47-6   ###   And the PALOMAR COLLEGE COMETS fell to the GROSSMONT GRIFFINS by a score of 48-14.   

Millikin Big Blue HelmetCOLORFUL TEAMS – The MILLIKIN UNIVERSITY BIG BLUE were on the road against the CARTHAGE RED MEN and defeated them by a score of 28-21   ###   Meanwhile the DENISON UNIVERSITY BIG RED hammered the KENYON LORDS 42-7   ###   And the ILLINOIS COLLEGE BLUE BOYS fell on the road to the CARROLL PIONEERS in a 23-21 epic.  

Framingham_St_MADEFENSIVE PERFECTION – The FRAMINGHAM STATE RAMS notched a 36-0 road win over the WORCESTER STATE LANCERS   ###   The WESTERN CONNECTICUT COLONIALS did the Rams one point better by crushing the WESTFIELD STATE OWLS 37-0   ###   And the ENDICOTT COLLEGE GULLS won a 24-0 rout over the SALVE REGINA SEAHAWKS.

HELMETCARLETONCLOSE SHAVES – The CARLETON COLLEGE KNIGHTS snuck past the visiting AUGSBURG AUGGIES in a 49-45 nailbiter   ###   The STEVENS POINT POINTERS meanwhile won a tight 19-14 dogfight at the STOUT BLUE DEVILS   ###   And the EAST TEXAS BAPTIST UNIVERSITY TIGERS won a road clash with the SUL ROSS STATE LOBOS by a score of 34-32.

Bethany Bison helmet newFIFTIES NOSTALGIA – The BETHANY (WV) COLLEGE BISON were none the worse for their trip to battle the ST VINCENT BEARCATS, thrashing them to the tune of 56-35   ###   And another team putting up more than half a hundred points on the scoreboard was the CHRISTOPHER NEWPORT UNIVERSITY CAPTAINS, who annihilated the homestanding FERRUM PANTHERS 58-12.     

Becker Hawks helmetGETTING A JUMP ON THE WEEKEND – Friday night saw a few teams kick off the college football games for the weekend. The BECKER COLLEGE HAWKS won the closest game of the evening, edging the homestanding ANNA MARIA AMCATS 24-19   ###   The ROWAN UNIVERSITY PROFS clubbed down the TEACHER’S COLLEGE OF NEW JERSEY LIONS 45-21   ###   And the SALISBURY UNIVERSITY SEAGULLS dismembered the FROSTBURG STATE BOBCATS 70-14 for the Regent’s Cup.    

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  1. The Rustlers are awesome!

  2. The Hawks are on their way!

  3. American football has so many divisions!

  4. These teams deserve more love!

  5. Carmine

    Dude, nobody has heard of these colleges!

  6. Garth K


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