* HEADLINES *
USCAA FOOTBALL CHAMPS – The first college football championship of the 2015 season has been decided. The WILLIAMSON COLLEGE OF THE TRADES MECHANICS were last season’s runners- up and this year are the National Champions in the USCAA (United States Collegiate Athletics Association). This year’s runners- up are the NEWPORT NEWS APPRENTICE SCHOOL BUILDERS. For that old-school feel there is no championship game in the USCAA, just standings.
UPSET IN THE TOP TEN – On a Saturday that was almost all-chalk there was only one upset of a team ranked in the Top Ten of the various four-year divisions covered here at Balladeer’s Blog. In NCAA Division Two the 11th ranked MIDWESTERN STATE MUSTANGS traveled to face the number 8 team in the nation – the TEXAS A&M AT COMMERCE LIONS. The Mustangs edged the Lions 37-33 in a nailbiting Instant Classic.
ONE OVER FOUR – And speaking of teams called Mustangs the NAIA’s top ranked MORNINGSIDE COLLEGE MUSTANGS welcomed the number 4 DOANE COLLEGE TIGERS. The Mustangs demonstrated dominance on both sides of the ball in this thoroughly one-sided affair. When all was said and done Morningside College had obliterated the Tigers by a final score of FIFTY-FIVE to SEVEN!
NUMBER FIVE TAKES A FALL – Down at the 2 year college level the CCCAA’s number 6 SADDLEBACK COLLEGE GAUCHOS played host to the 5th ranked GOLDEN WEST COLLEGE RUSTLERS and handed them their second loss in a row. The Gauchos led by a score of 15-7 in the 1st Quarter and 29-10 at Halftime. The Rustlers pulled to within 39-32 to end the 3rd Quarter but Saddleback College pulled away in the 4th for a 46-32 upset.
* UPSETS IN THE TOP TWENTY-FIVE *
NAIA – Believe it or not there was only ONE upset in the Top Twenty-Five in the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics). The unranked PERU STATE BOBCATS welcomed the number 16 BENEDICTINE COLLEGE RAVENS on Senior Day. This game was a true Instant Classic which had everyone on the edge of their seats. When the dust settled the Bobcats had toppled the Ravens by a tight score of 19-17.
NCAA DIVISION TWO – Apart from Midwestern State over Texas A&M at Commerce there was only one upset in the Top Twenty-Five in NCAA Division Two. The unranked FORT HAYS STATE TIGERS welcomed the unlucky number 13 UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL MISSOURI MULES. The Tigers doubled-up on the Mules, handily dispatching them by a final tally of 28-14.
NCAA DIVISION THREE – The CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY TARTANS took the field against the visiting 22nd ranked CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY SPARTANS. The 1st Quarter ended in a 14-14 tie but by Halftime the Tartans held a 28-20 advantage. Both teams managed 14 more points in the 3rd Quarter but Carnegie Mellon University outscored the Spartans 10-8 in the 4th to pull off a 52-42 upset. Tartans QB Andrew Hearon threw for FIVE TD’s on 298 yds.
NJCAA – The NJCAA’s regular season is over. Now it’s on to Bowl Season for them.
CCCAA – The COLLEGE OF THE SISKIYOUS EAGLES welcomed the number 11 BUTTE COLLEGE ROADRUNNERS and snuck past them in a nerve-wracking 20-19 game for the ages ### Meanwhile the 25th ranked DIABLO VALLEY COLLEGE VIKINGS toppled the number 13 SANTA ROSA COLLEGE BEAR CUBS 35-32 in Overtime ### And the number 20 SAN JOAQUIN DELTA MUSTANGS brought down the 17th ranked MODESTO COLLEGE PIRATES 42-35.
* NAIA *
NORTH STAR BOWL EVENT – The North Star Athletic Association has revived the old Dakota Athletic Conference (now defunct) tradition of a day-long, season-ending Bowl Event at the Fargo Dome. The (24) DICKINSON STATE BLUE HAWKS beat up on the DAKOTA STATE TROJANS 49-30 ### The UNIVERSITY OF JAMESTOWN JIMMIES won a 28-18 game against the MAYVILLE STATE COMETS ### And the VALLEY CITY STATE VIKINGS crushed the WALDORF COLLEGE WARRIORS 56-7.
ARMED FORCES APPRECIATION GAME – The ROCKY MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BATTLIN’ BEARS took it on the road against the MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY – NORTHERN LIGHTS in this game dedicated to the U.S. Armed Forces. The Battlin’ Bears and the Lights both fought hard in honor of the occassion but there could only be one winner. Rocky Mountain College went back home boasting a 38-2o victory.
SPOILED SENIOR DAYS – The UNIVERSITY OF LINDENWOOD AT BELLEVILLE LYNX crashed the Senior Day festivities for their hosts the CONCORDIA (MI) CARDINALS, toppling the resurgent Cardinals by a score of 34-31 ### Meanwhile the OTTAWA UNIVERSITY BRAVES defeated the FRIENDS UNIVERSITY FALCONS in a 40-17 rout ### And the ST FRANCIS (IN) COUGARS eviscerated the MISSOURI BAPTIST UNIVERSITY SPARTANS 64-6.
TRIUMPHANT SENIOR DAYS – The (11) KANSAS WESLEYAN COYOTES clubbed down the UNIVERSITY OF SAINT MARY SPIRES to the tune of 48-20 ### The BETHANY COLLEGE SWEDES held serve against the MCPHERSON COLLEGE BULLDOGS (should be the Mastiffs) in a 48-21 affair ### And the STERLING COLLEGE WARRIORS shut out the SOUTHWESTERN COLLEGE MOUNDBUILDERS by a score of FIFTY-TWO to NOTHING.
UNDER THE RADAR CLASSICS – The MIDAMERICA NAZARENE UNIVERSITY PIONEERS survived a 16-13 invasion by the MISSOURI VALLEY COLLEGE VIKINGS ### Meanwhile the AVILA UNIVERSITY EAGLES (formerly the Avalanche) won a 13-10 thriller on the road against the CENTRAL METHODIST UNIVERSITY EAGLES ### And the (6) MONTANA TECH OREDIGGERS defeated their archrivals the (10) MONTANA WESTERN BULLDOGS by a score of 24-17.
* NCAA DIVISION TWO *
WHEN RANKED TEAMS CLASH – The number 16 VALDOSTA STATE BLAZERS hosted their Gulf South Conference rivals the 24th ranked FLORIDA TECH PANTHERS yesterday. The Blazers did not want to be the latest ranked team to be upset by the surging Panthers and played some of their best football of the 2015 season. In the end Valdosta State sent Florida Tech back home wincing from a 39-21 defeat.
WORKING OVERTIME – The SOUTHERN NAZARENE UNIVERSITY CRIMSON STORM took on the visiting OKLAHOMA BAPTIST UNIVERSITY BISON in a battle royal. Regulation ended in a 26-26 tie with the Crimson Storm going on to win in the extra session by a score of 33-32. ### And the COLORADO MESA UNIVERSITY MAVERICKS won a 31-28 Overtime game against the WESTERN STATE MOUNTAINEERS.
THE COOLER NAMED TEAM WON – The SOUTH DAKOTA M&T HARDROCKERS utterly destroyed their guests the WILLIAM JEWELL COLLEGE CARDINALS in a relentless 35-14 buttkicking ### And the ARKANSAS TECH WONDERBOYS won a much closer clash with the visiting HARDING UNIVERSITY BISON. When everything was said and done in this Instant Classic the final score was Wonderboys 27 Bison 24.
ONE POINT WONDER – The TARLETON STATE TEXANS found themselves hosting the OKLAHOMA PANHANDLE STATE UNIVERSITY AGGIES yesterday. This wound up being one of the hardest- hitting and most competitive games of the day despite its low profile. The Texans and Aggies clashed for 4 bruising Quarters before Tarleton State at last emerged with a slender 48-47 shootout victory.
SHUTOUTS – The INDIANA UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA CRIMSON HAWKS folded, spindled and mutilated the visiting CHEYNEY UNIVERSITY WOLVES on Saturday afternoon in a SIXTY-TWO to NOTHING laugher ### And the NEWBERRY COLLEGE WOLVES did battle with the homestanding WINGATE UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS, ultimately defeating them by a final score of 26-0.
* NCCAA *
LIONS ROARING – The SOUTHWESTERN ASSEMBLIES OF GOD UNIVERSITY LIONS were less than gracious hosts to the visiting BACONE COLLEGE WARRIORS. The Lions completely dominated the Warriors on both sides of the ball for nearly the entire game. In the end mighty SAGU nearly doubled up on the hard-fighting Bacone College team, defeating them by a final tally of 48-26.
GETTING YOUR POINT ACROSS – The POINT UNIVERSITY SKYHAWKS took the field against the visiting CONCORDIA COLLEGE (AL) HORNETS on Saturday. This gridiron battle was pretty much all Skyhawks from start to finish. Point University thoroughly schooled the Hornets in this one-sided affair. When all the dust had settled in this clash the Skyhawks had annihilated Concordia College to the tune of FORTY-NINE to SEVEN.
NAIA OVER NCCAA – The NAIA’s WEBBER INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY WARRIORS edged the visiting WARNER UNIVERSITY ROYALS from the NCCAA in a 27-24 Instant Classic of a game. ### And the WALDORF COLLEGE WARRIORS – also from the NAIA – took it on the road against the NCCAA’s TRINITY BIBLE COLLEGE LIONS and completely obliterated them FIFTY-TWO to THREE!
GRIDIRON ARMAGEDDON IN THE OLD DOMINION – In the Commonwealth of Virginia the BLUEFIELD COLLEGE RAMBLING RAMS played host to the KENTUCKY CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY KNIGHTS in a 7pm game rescheduled from earlier in the day to accomodate state high school playoffs. Both teams were hoping to end their disappointing seasons on a high note. The Knights succeeded, eking out a 39-36 triumph.
* NCAA DIVISION THREE *
MIDWEST CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – The SAINT NORBERT COLLEGE GREEN KNIGHTS took the field to do battle with the visiting MONMOUTH COLLEGE FIGHTING SCOTS in this conference title tilt. After a scoreless 1st Quarter the Green Knights mustered a 3-0 lead by Halftime. After the break the offenses loosened up a little with Saint Norbert College winning the game by a score of 16-7.
CORTACA JUG GAME – The Cortaca Jug is the trophy played for by the CORTLAND STATE RED DRAGONS and the ITHACA COLLEGE BOMBERS. The Red Dragons led the homestanding Bombers 3-0 in the 1st Quarter and 9-0 at the Half. A Safety for Cortland State was the only score of the 3rd Quarter and ultimately the Red Dragons defeated the Bombers by the odd score of 11-8.
REGENTS CUP – The (21) SALISBURY UNIVERSITY SEA GULLS were the home team in this year’s edition of the Regents Cup. As always their opponents in this gridiron duel were the FROSTBURG STATE BOBCATS. The Sea Gulls trailed the Bobcats 20-0 at Halftime but turned the entire game around in the 2nd Half, managing a 21-20 miracle comeback.
CRANBERRY BOWL – The 37th Annual Cranberry Bowl saw the BRIDGEWATER STATE BEARS travel to take on the MASSACHUSETTS MARITIME BUCCANEERS. The Bears led the Buccaneers 10-7 in the 1st Quarter but trailed them 21-17 at the break. After that Bridgewater State seized control of the game and went on to win by a final score of 64-42.
LINCOLN TROPHY GAME – This event pits the GETTYSBURG COLLEGE BULLETS against the FRANKLIN & MARSHALL COLLEGE DIPLOMATS. The visiting Bullets grabbed a 7-0 1st Quarter advantage but the Diplomats tied it up at 7-7 by Halftime. Neither team scored in the 3rd Quarter but Gettysburg College exploded for 14 points in the 4th for a 21-7 victory.
VICTORY BELL CLASSIC – This year’s edition of the Victory Bell Classic was anything BUT a classic. The traveling FRANKLIN COLLEGE GRIZZLIES started pummeling the HANOVER COLLEGE PANTHERS from the very beginning and led 37-0 at the Half. From there the Grizzlies coasted to a 53-13 blowout win over the Panthers.
MONON BELL GAME – The (7) WABASH COLLEGE LITTLE GIANTS took it on the road against their rivals the DEPAUW UNIVERSITY TIGERS for the Monon Bell. The Little Giants parlayed a 14-7 1st Quarter lead into a 31-10 Halftime advantage and ultimately a 45-17 rout to cap their undefeated regular season.
WORKING OVERTIME – The CAPITAL UNIVERSITY CRUSADERS welcomed the MARIETTA COLLEGE PIONEERS yesterday. Regulation ended in a 21-21 tie but the Crusaders went on to win it in Overtime 28-21. ### And the ILLINOIS COLLEGE BLUE BOYS won a 30-27 Overtime game at the CARROLL UNIVERSITY PIONEERS.
* NJCAA *
The regular season is over for the NJCAA. It’s now on to Bowl Season for them.
* CCCAA *
ONE POINT WONDER – The SANTA BARBARA CITY COLLEGE VAQUEROS traveled to Sartoris Field to visit the similarly named GLENDALE COLLEGE VAQUEROS. SBCC trailed Glendale 20-14 at Halftime but cut that to a 33-28 deficit to end the 3rd Quarter. In the 4th Santa Barbara came back to win the game 40-39.
SHUTOUTS – The DE ANZA COLLEGE DONS played host to the FOOTHILL COLLEGE OWLS on Saturday and converted a 13-0 1st Quarter lead into a 28-0 shutout ### And the SANTA MONICA COLLEGE CORSAIRS utterly humiliated their guests the PIERCE COLLEGE BRAHMA BULLS 63-0.
UNDER THE RADAR CLASSICS – The COLLEGE OF THE DESERT ROADRUNNERS took it on the road against the MT SAN JACINTO EAGLES and edged them by a score of 55-51 ### And the REEDLEY COLLEGE TIGERS eked out a 34-28 win over the visiting MONTEREY PENINSULA COLLEGE LOBOS.
HOME STANDS – The ANTELOPE VALLEY COLLEGE MARAUDERS handily demolished their guests the LOS ANGELES SOUTHWEST COLLEGE COUGARS to the tune of 45-18 ### And the SOUTHWESTERN (CA) COLLEGE JAGUARS manhandled the COMPTON COLLEGE TARTARS 28-18.
MAYHEM IN MEMORIAL STADIUM – The SHASTA COLLEGE KNIGHTS welcomed the YUBA COLLEGE FORTY-NINERS to Memorial Stadium in Redding yesterday. The Knights held a 14-6 lead at the break but in the 2nd Half exploded offensively. In the end Shasta College routed the Forty-Niners by a score of 43-21.
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