*** NCCAA CHAMPIONSHIP ***
VICTORY BOWL – The Victory Bowl is the annual Championship Game in the National Christian College Athletic Association. This year’s matchup saw the NORTH GREENVILLE UNIVERSITY CRUSADERS take on the SHORTER UNIVERSITY HAWKS. A 7-7 1st Quarter tie became a 10-7 advantage for the Hawks by Halfime.
The Crusaders quickly grabbed a 14-10 lead in the 2nd Half which stood at 21-16 to end the 3rd Quarter. From there NGU shut out Shorter in the 4th while exploding offensively for a 42-16 blowout win. QB Nelson Hughes passed for 267 yds and 2 TD’s. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CRUSADERS FOR THEIR FOURTH NCCAA CHAMPIONSHIP!
*** NAIA PLAYOFFS ***
CATFIGHT – The SAINT XAVIER UNIVERSITY COUGARS welcomed the CAMPBELLSVILLE UNIVERSITY TIGERS yesterday in the Opening Round of the NAIA playoffs. The Cougars and Tigers were tied at 7-7 in the 1st Quarter but by the break SXU trailed Campbellsville 21-17. The Cougars came back to seize a 31-28 advantage in the 3rd Quarter and held on for a 38-35 victory. SXU QB John Rhode threw for 416 yards and 3 Touchdowns in the win!
DOUBLE OVERTIME BROUHAHA – The MISSOURI VALLEY COLLEGE VIKINGS were defending Gregg-Mitchell Field from the visiting NORTHWESTERN (IA) COLLEGE RED RAIDERS yesterday. The Vikings saw their 7-0 1st Quarter lead become a 10-7 Halftime deficit but tied the game at 10-10 in the 4th Quarter to force Overtime. Both teams scored 7 in the 1st OT session, then MVC shut out the Red Raiders in the 2nd while putting up a Field Goal to advance with a 20-17 win. RB Malachi Daniels had 90 rushing yards for the Vikings.
BLUE APOCALYPSE – Excuse the literary reference! Blue Raider Stadium in Columbia, KY was the site of this playoff clash between the LINDSEY WILSON COLLEGE BLUE RAIDERS and the FAULKNER UNIVERSITY EAGLES. A 7-3 Lindsey Wilson College lead after 1 Quarter of play became 13-9 by Halftime and ultimately a 20-17 victory for the boys in blue! QB Branden Cresap passed for 199 yards and 2 Touchdowns.
THE RAY-DUZZ – The SOUTHERN OREGON RAIDERS and their guests the MIDAMERICA NAZARENE UNIVERSITY PIONEERS played a game that was 3 Quarters classic and 1 Quarter blowout. By mid-game the Raiders held a slight 20-17 edge which became 27-20 by the end of the 3rd Quarter. Then came the blowout phase as SOU pressed down on the accelerator for a 44-26 victory.
DOUBLING UP – The MORNINGSIDE COLLEGE MUSTANGS were angry at falling from the top seed to a 4 seed following their surprise loss to Doane at the end of the regular season. They took that anger out on their Opening Round opponents the OTTAWA UNIVERSITY BRAVES. The Mustangs converted a 21-7 lead at the mid-point into a 42-21 smackdown win to move on to the next round. RB Brandon Wegher compiled 188 rushing yards and 1 TD while passing for another TD on a reverse play!
MARIAN EXPOSES GEORGETOWN – The MARIAN UNIVERSITY KNIGHTS, just two years removed from their National Championship, came storming back late in the season to secure a playoff berth! Yesterday they masterfully exposed the forever-overrated GEORGETOWN (KY) COLLEGE TIGERS by handing them ANOTHER First Round defeat! The Knights led 7-0 in the 1st Quarter on their way to a 34-3 rout of the visiting Tigers. Marian QB Hayden Northern threw for 179 yards and 2 Touchdowns.
DEFENDING CHAMPS ROLL – The GRAND VIEW UNIVERSITY VIKINGS took one more step toward possibly repeating as NAIA champions. The Vikings easily advanced to Round Two of the playoffs by crushing their guests the LANGSTON UNIVERSITY LIONS. Grand View led 24-3 by Halftime and won the game 38-3 when the dust had settled. Viking QB Derek Fulton passed for 140 yards and 2 Touchdowns.
HELL UP IN HELENA – The CARROLL COLLEGE FIGHTING SAINTS welcomed the VALLEY CITY STATE VIKINGS to Helena, MT and proceeded to make them rethink their lives. The Fighting Saints were their usual unstoppable selves and threw in a little defensive perfection for good measure, eviscerating the Vikings to the tune of FORTY-NINE to NOTHING!
*** NCAA DIVISION TWO PLAYOFFS ***
DEFENDING CHAMPS GO DOWN – The UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA AT DULUTH BULLDOGS played host to the Defending Champions of D2 football – the NORTHWEST MISSOURI STATE BEARCATS. This has turned into an interesting post-season rivalry in recent years, as both teams have won national titles yet UMD often knocks the Bearcats out of the playoffs. The Bulldogs trailed Northwest Missouri State 14-6 at the Half and 21-6 to start the 4th Quarter but stormed back to win the game 25-21 with 19 unanswered points.
COMEBACK KIDS – The ANGELO STATE RAMS were on the road against the MICHIGAN TECH HUSKIES in Round One of the D2 playoffs. The Rams trailed 21-14 at Halftime and 35-21 after 3 Quarters of play. Angelo State took its first lead of the game at 42-41 with just 3:31 left in the game. Ultimately a potential game-winning Field Goal attempt by the Huskies went wide right, propelling the Rams to Round Two.
GULF SOUTH CLASH – Two Gulf South Conference teams collided in this playoff game. The VALDOSTA STATE BLAZERS had traveled to face the UNIVERSITY OF NORTH ALABAMA LIONS. The Blazers, going for their 2nd championship in the last 3 years, faced a 14-10 1st Quarter deficit but led 17-14 at the Half. The Lions retook the lead 28-24 in the 3rd Quarter but VSU came back again to win the game 33-31. The Blazers set a new program-best rushing record of 395 yards.
HOWL LIKE A WOLF – For the very first time since it joined Division Two over three decades ago the UNIVERSITY OF WEST GEORGIA WOLVES football team won a playoff game! Their opponents were the homestanding TUSKEGEE UNIVERSITY GOLDEN TIGERS and, after a scoreless 1st Quarter, the Wolves grabbed a 13-0 Halftime lead. The Golden Tigers made it a 13-7 game in the 3rd Quarter and started the 4th by pulling to within 13-10. UWG led 20-10 with 9:20 left but just 20-17 with 2:37 remaining to play. The defense stepped up and preserved the 20-17 win.
CAT SCRATCH FEVER BEATS A ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH – The OHIO DOMINICAN UNIVERSITY PANTHERS took it on the road against their First Round opponents, the COLORADO MINES OREDIGGERS. The game’s storyline was the Panthers’ dominance. ODU led the Orediggers 24-10 by the break on the way to a 34-23 triumph that left the spectators in Arvada silent. RB Brandon Schoen rushed for 112 yards and 2 Touchdowns for the Panthers.
MEN OF TROY – The VIRGINIA STATE UNIVERSITY TROJANS welcomed the LONG ISLAND- POST PIONEERS to Petersburg, VA for their Opening Round battle. The Trojans watched their 7-0 lead in the 1st Quarter become a 17-14 lead for the Pioneers at Halftime. VSU shut out Post the rest of the way, winning the game 28-17. Head Coach Latrell Scott will now prepare his Trojans for Bloomsburg.
IT’S A JUNGLE IN KANSAS – The Jungle is the home stadium of the PITTSBURG (KS) STATE UNIVERSITY GORILLAS, site of their playoff game yesterday with the HARDING UNIVERSITY BISON. The Gorillas were trailing the Bison 21-0 in the 2nd Quarter before they woke up and tied the game at 21-21 by the break. Pitt State flexed even more offensive muscle in the 2nd Half to win by a score of 59-42. QB Anthony Abinoja passed for 279 yards and FOUR Touchdowns in the win.
VICTORY IS GOLDEN – The WEST CHESTER UNIVERSITY GOLDEN RAMS took the field against the visiting SLIPPERY ROCK UNIVERSITY ROCKETS. Head Coach Bill Zwaan was determined that this Opening Round clash would not be his team’s Zwaan Song for the year (sorry). Zwaan guided the Golden Rams to an authoritative 46-20 beatdown of The Rock.
*** NCAA DIVISION THREE PLAYOFFS ***
ONE SEEDS ROLLING – The Defending Champions, the UW-WHITEWATER WARHAWKS, obliterated the MACALESTER SCOTS in a 55-2 laugher ### Meanwhile the WESLEY COLLEGE WOLVERINES carved up the HAMPDEN- SYDNEY TIGERS 52-7 ### And the MT UNION PURPLE RAIDERS made the ADRIAN BULLDOGS their prison brides to the tune of 63-3. The fourth One seed – UMHB – will resume their game with TLU tomorrow following a lightning situation today.
PLAYING PRESIDENTIALLY – The WASHINGTON & JEFFERSON COLLEGE PRESIDENTS traveled to Edwards-Maurer Field to face the WITTENBERG UNIVERSITY TIGERS in a First Round playoff game. The Presidents grabbed a 14-0 1st Quarter lead and kept up the pressure, forcing the Tigers to play catch up all day. 17-3 at Halftime became 27-13 in the 3rd Quarter which became a final score of 41-25. Washington & Jefferson QB Pete Coughlin passed for 236 yds and 2 TD’s plus added a rushing TD.
CAPTAINS OF THEIR SOULS – The CHRISTOPHER NEWPORT UNIVERSITY CAPTAINS likewise played Road Warriors yesterday, battling the homestanding DELAWARE VALLEY COLLEGE AGGIES in a true Instant Classic! The Captains’ 13-7 1st Quarter deficit became 20-7 by the end of the Half and 26-13 to start the 4th Quarter. CNU shut out the Aggies in the final frame while adding 16 points themselves for a 29-26 comeback victory! Marcus Morrast, QB for the Captains, had 2 TD’s through the air and 1 on the ground with 216 and 108 yds respectively.
ENGINEERS DO IT IN OVERTIME – The MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY ENGINEERS were making their FIRST EVER appearance in the D3 playoffs and managed a road upset in Overtime! Their opponents were the HUSSON UNIVERSITY EAGLES, also newcomers to the playoffs. After a 7-7 1st Quarter tie the Engineers trailed 14-10 at Halftime but took a 17-14 edge in the 3rd. The Eagles tied the game at 20-20 to force Overtime, during which MIT scored 7 points then shut out Husson for a 27-20 victory. RB Justin Wallace rushed for 144 yds and a TD in the win.
WIDENER SURVIVES, BUT BARELY – The WIDENER UNIVERSITY PRIDE just barely survived a First Round visit from the MUHLENBERG COLLEGE MULES. The Pride trailed 14-7 after 1 Quarter of play but tied the game at 21-21 by the midpoint. After the break the teams were knotted up at 28-all to end the 3rd Quarter. In the 4th Widener had the backbone to go for a win instead of OT, keeping their perfect season intact and advancing to Round Two with a 36-35 win off a 2 point conversion. QB Seth Klein threw for 364 yards and 2 Touchdowns.
STATESMANSHIP OVER BOMBING – The HOBART & SMITH COLLEGE STATESMEN hosted the ITHACA COLLEGE BOMBERS in a gridiron duel of statecraft versus warcraft. It was all Bombers at first as Ithaca led 6-0 in the 1st Quarter and 12-0 at the break. The Statesmen regrouped in the locker room and made it a 12-7 game to end the 3rd Quarter before racing past the Bombers in the 4th, winning by a final score of 22-15. QB Patrick Conlan had a mixed day, rushing for 2 TD’s on 62 yds but throwing no TD’s with 3 Interceptions in his 201 passing yds.
SHOWDOWN IN THE BURG OF WARTS – The WARTBURG COLLEGE KNIGHTS welcomed the UNIVERSITY OF SAINT THOMAS TOMMIES to Walston-Hoover Stadium yesterday. The Knights remained undefeated in 2014, watching a 20-14 Halftime lead shrink to a 23-21 lead in the 3rd Quarter before emerging with a 37-31 win. Wartburg RB Brandon Domeyer rushed for 138 yards and 3 Touchdowns in this thriller.
JHU IN CHARGE – The JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY BLUE JAYS were playing to advance in the playoffs AND to keep their undefeated season alive. They succeeded on both counts in their win over the visiting ROWAN UNIVERSITY PROFS. The Blue Jays led the Profs 14-0 in the 1st Quarter, 14-10 at Halftime and 24-10 in the 3rd enroute to a 24-16 triumph. QB Braden Anderson had 286 yards and 3 Touchdowns through the air in the win.
BLOWOUTS – Outside the One Seeds there were even more teams that won in thoroughly non-competitive games. The LINFIELD COLLEGE WILDCATS mauled and devoured the visiting CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY PANTHERS by a score of FIFTY-FIVE to TWENTY-FOUR. ### And the JOHN CARROLL UNIVERSITY BLUE STREAKS absolutely decimated their guests, the CENTRE COLLEGE COLONELS, to the tune of SIXTY-THREE to TWENTY-EIGHT!
LITTLE GIANTS, BIG WIN – The storied WABASH COLLEGE LITTLE GIANTS played host to the FRANKLIN COLLEGE GRIZZLIES on Saturday. A 9-7 edge for the Little Giants in the 1st Quarter was unchanged by Halftime. In the 3rd Quarter Wabash expanded their lead to 19-14 on their way to a comfortable 33-14 victory over the Grizzlies. RB Tyler Holmes rushed for 107 yards and 1 Touchdown for the Little Giants.
TWENTY-SOMETHING – The SAINT JOHN’S UNIVERSITY JOHNNIES advanced to Round Two of the playoffs by a 28 point margin, defeating the visiting COLLEGE OF SAINT SCHOLASTICA SAINTS by a score of 35-7. ### And the WHEATON COLLEGE THUNDER did the Johnnies one point better with a 29 point victory, winning a 43-14 rout of their guests, the BENEDICTINE (IL) UNIVERSITY EAGLES.
*** CCCAA PLAYOFFS ***
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA BOWL – The CCCAA incorporates their playoffs into their Bowl Game structure. This Bowl served as one of the semi-finals in the Southern California Football Association. The 3rd seeded MOUNT SAN ANTONIO COLLEGE MOUNTIES took it on the road against the 2 seeds – the FULLERTON COLLEGE HORNETS. The Mounties dominated from start to finish, leading 10-0 in the 1st Quarter and 23-3 by Halftime on their way to a 44-14 blowout win. QB Justin Alo threw for 262 yards and 1 Touchdown.
NATIONAL BOWL – This Bowl served as the other semi-final in the Southern California Football Association. The top seeded RIVERSIDE COLLEGE TIGERS welcomed the 4 seeds – the VENTURA COLLEGE PIRATES. The Tigers held a 17-13 lead after 1 Quarter of play, which became a 27-23 edge at the break. In the 3rd Quarter Riverside got some separation, compiling a 37-23 advantage. Both teams went blow for blow in the 4th, resulting in a 51-37 win for the Tigers. RB Christopher Anderson notched 182 yds and 2 TD’s. It’s Mounties vs Tigers next week for the SCFA title and a trip to the CCCAA Championship Game.
GRIDIRON CLASSIC BOWL – This Bowl served as one of the semi-finals in the Northern California Football Association. The 2nd seeded AMERICAN RIVER COLLEGE BEAVERS hosted the 3 seeds – the Defending Champion BUTTE COLLEGE ROADRUNNERS. The Beavers led 13-7 in the 1st Quarter and 20-10 at Halftime. After the break the defenses pretty much ruled, with the final score being Beavers 20 Roadrunners 17. RB Deon Ransom rushed for 187 yards and 3 Touchdowns in the win.
SAN FRANCISCO COMMUNITY BOWL – This Bowl served as the other semi-final in the Northern California Football Association. The top seeded CITY COLLEGE OF SAN FRANCISCO RAMS took on the visiting 4 seeds – the CHABOT COLLEGE GLADIATORS. This game was a true smackdown. The Rams led 28-7 at the break on their way to a 47-20 rout of the Gladiators. RB Jahray Hayes ran wild with FOUR Touchdowns on 141 yards rushing. It will be the Beavers vs the Rams next week for the NCFA title and a trip to the CCCAA Championship Game.
*** USCAA CHAMPIONSHIP ***
The 2014 Championship has been decided for the United States Collegiate Athletic Association. The IOWA WESLEYAN COLLEGE TIGERS are the National Champions. The runners-up for the 2014 season were the WILLIAMSON TRADE SCHOOL MECHANICS.
*** NJCAA ***
The regular season in the NJCAA is over. Their Bowl Games begin December 6th. The Championship Game will be between the (1) EAST MISSISSIPI COLLEGE LIONS (Defending Champions) and the (2) IOWA WESTERN COLLEGE REIVERS.
*** NCAA DIVISION THREE BOWLS ***
NORTH ATLANTIC BOWL – This Bowl game pitted the FRAMINGHAM STATE RAMS against the visiting RENSSELAER POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE ENGINEERS. The 1st Quarter ended with a 6-0 edge for the Rams, which by Halftime had become a 20-14 score. The Engineers pulled to within 28-26 to end the 3rd Quarter and forced Overtime by knotting the game up at 36-36 in the 4th. In the extra session Framingham State shut out RPI then put up a Touchdown for a 42-36 OT win.
NORTH CENTRAL BOWL – The MORRISVILLE STATE MUSTANGS welcomed their opponents the UTICA COLLEGE PIONEERS to Drake Field. The Mustangs were in control from start to finish, leading 14-7 in the 1st Quarter, 31-14 at the Half and 45-28 in the 3rd. The final score was Mustangs 52 Pioneers 41. Morrisville QB Lemar Johnson was on fire, passing for 1 Touchdown and rushing for FIVE more.
NORTHWEST BOWL – The SAINT JOHN FISHER COLLEGE CARDINALS were out to make up for missing the playoffs and were hoping to make a statement against the visiting WESTERN CONNECTICUT STATE COLONIALS. The Cardinals were clinging to a 7-6 lead at Halftime but blew things open after the break, ultimately doubling up on the Colonials by a score of 28-14. RB Tony Fusco rushed for 173 yds and 1 Touchdown.
SOUTH ATLANTIC BOWL – This game was a clash between the SALISBURY UNIVERSITY SEA GULLS and their guests, the ALBRIGHT COLLEGE LIONS. The Lions were never really in serious contention as the Sea Gulls manhandled them at will. Salisbury University led the game 27-7 at the Half and 41-21 in the 3rd Quarter enroute to a 48-27 blowout. RB Jerome Johnson logged 128 yds and 3 TD’s for the Sea Gulls.
NORTHEAST BOWL – The SALVE REGINA UNIVERSITY SEAHAWKS played Road Warriors yesterday, traveling to face the NORWICH UNIVERSITY CADETS. The game was a tale of two Halves, as the 1st Quarter ended in a 7-7 tie and at the break the Cadets held a 21-20 edge. In the 2nd Half the Seahawks took control, leading 35-21 in the 3rd and ultimately winning by a final tally of 48-21. QB Steven Wilken had FIVE Touchdowns off 215 passing yards.
SOUTHWEST BOWL – And speaking of Road Warriors the BUFFALO STATE BENGALS made the most of their trip to battle the WAYNESBURG UNIVERSITY YELLOW JACKETS. The Bengals led 31-14 at Halftime and never looked back, crushing the Yellow Jackets 59-36. QB Kyle Hoppy passed for 335 yards and FIVE Touchdowns in the win.
*** CCCAA BOWLS ***
EAST BAY BOWL – The SACRAMENTO CITY COLLEGE PANTHERS collided with the DIABLO VALLEY COLLEGE VIKINGS in this Bowl. The Panthers were the ultimate Comeback Kids on Saturday, trailing DVC 14-7 in the 1st Quarter and 28-14 at Halftime. By the end of Regulation Sacramento had come roaring back to tie the game at 35-35. In the extra session the Panthers shut out the Vikings and then notched a Touchdown for a 41-35 Overtime victory.
PATRIOTIC BOWL – This game saw the PALOMAR COLLEGE COMETS square off against the GLENDALE COLLEGE GAUCHOS. The Comets eked out a 9-6 edge over the Gauchos in the 1st Quarter which remained a 3 point difference at Halftime – 16-13. The Comets expanded that to 23-16 in the 3rd Quarter and a 30-22 final score. QB Mitch Bartram passed for 222 yards and 1 Touchdown for Palomar.
WESTERN STATE BOWL – The storied BAKERSFIELD COLLEGE RENEGADES took the field against the CHAFFEY COLLEGE PANTHERS for a real donnybrook. The defenses ruled in the 1st Half as a 3-3 tie in the opening Quarter barely changed to a 6-3 Renegade advantage by the break. After the break the Panthers wouldn’t score until the 4th Quarter, with Bakersfield rolling to a 23-10 win.
AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP BOWL – The SOUTHWESTERN (CA) COLLEGE JAGUARS did battle with the SANTA MONICA COLLEGE CORSAIRS in this Bowl. The 1st Half was tight, with the Jaguars leading 14-7 in the 1st Quarter and just 21-16 at the break. The 2nd Half saw Southwestern fall behind the Corsairs 23-21 in the 3rd Quarter, but coming back to win the game 40-23 with a big 4th Quarter.
GOLDEN STATE BOWL – The CERRITOS COLLEGE FALCONS engaged the SANTA BARBARA CITY COLLEGE VAQUEROS for the 2014 Golden State Bowl title. Early on the Vaqueros were riding high, leading 7-0 in the 1st Quarter and 16-14 at Halftime. SBCC expanded that to a 19-14 edge to end the 3rd Quarter. In the final frame the Falcons came alive and raced past the Vaqueros for a 22-19 win.
BULLDOG BOWL – The eponymous Bowl hosted by the COLLEGE OF SAN MATEO BULLDOGS saw them doing battle with the visiting LANEY COLLEGE EAGLES. The Eagles put up a much better fight than expected and after a scoreless 1st Quarter led 7-0 at the midpoint. The 2nd Half was an offensive explosion with the Bulldogs eventuallu winning by a score of 30-20. RB Michael Allen rushed for 113 yds for CSM.
AMERICAN DIVISION BOWL – The competing teams in this Bowl were the WEST HILLS COLLEGE AT COALINGA FALCONS and the YUBA COLLEGE FORTY- NINERS. The Forty- Niners were playing catchup all game long after falling behind 7-0 in the 1st Quarter. The Falcons led 10-7 at Halftime and 17-7 in the 3rd Quarter on their way to a 24-14 triumph. QB Marquis Wells threw for 145 yds and a TD in the win.
STATE CENTER BOWL – The 2014 State Center Bowl pitted the FRESNO CITY COLLEGE RAMS against the SANTA ROSA COLLEGE BEAR CUBS. The two teams matched each other point for point in the 1st Half, which produced a 7-7 and 14-14 tie in the 1st 2 Quarters. The Rams led 28-21 to end the 3rd and won by a final score of 35-21. RB Jeremy Smith rushed for 168 yds and 1 TD for Fresno City.
BEACH BOWL – This collision between the LONG BEACH COLLEGE VIKINGS and the GOLDEN WEST COLLEGE RUSTLERS was a thoroughly one-sided affair. The Vikings led the Rustlers 21-7 in the 1st Quarter and never looked back, thrashing Golden West College to the tune of 75-41. QB Kenny Potter accounted for 3 Viking Touchdowns through the air and 2 more by ground.
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