* NAIA *
DEFENDING CHAMPS SURVIVE – The SOUTHERN OREGON UNIVERSITY RAIDERS – the defending champions of NAIA football – traveled to face the BAKER UNIVERSITY WILDCATS in this 2nd Round game. A 7-0 1st Quarter lead for the Raiders became a 14-10 Halftime advantage. The 3rd Quarter ended with Southern Oregon up 21-13 and from there the champs held on to win the game 24-19.
A TALE OF TWO HALVES – The UNIVERSITY OF SAINT FRANCIS (IN) COUGARS hosted the MONTANA TECH OREDIGGERS in a Jekyll and Hyde affair. The 1st Quarter ended in a 7-7 tie and at the break the Cougars and Orediggers were knotted up at 14-14. In the 3rd Quarter St Francis exploded for 28 points and went on to win by a final score of 42-20.
ROAD WARRIORS – The MARIAN UNIVERSITY KNIGHTS traveled to do battle with the GRAND VIEW UNIVERSITY VIKINGS. The Knights gave up just 3 points to the Vikings and that came in the opening Quarter. Marian scored 7, 17 and 6 points in the first 3 Quarters, advancing to the semifinals in a 30-3 smackdown.
SIOUX CITY STAMPEDE – The MORNINGSIDE COLLEGE MUSTANGS led the visiting TABOR COLLEGE BLUE JAYS 6-0 to end the 1st Quarter and 23-0 at the Half. The Mustangs never looked back from there, sending the Blue Jays home to Kansas reeling from a 51-6 annihilation.
* NCAA DIVISION TWO *
A ONE SEED GOES DOWN – The 4 seeds – the COLORADO STATE AT PUEBLO THUNDERWOLVES – are the defending champions of D2 football. They were on the road against their Region’s top-seeded MIDWESTERN STATE MUSTANGS and stunned them in a 26-17 upset. The Mustangs had a Bye last week, raising the usual “rest vs rust” question.
DYNASTIC MEMORIES – The GRAND VALLEY STATE LAKERS came into this year’s playoffs as a 6 seed but are harkening back to their years as a dynasty. Last week they upset the 3rd seeded Ashland and yesterday they toppled the number 2 seeds in their Region – the FERRIS STATE BULLDOGS. The score was Lakers 38 Bulldogs 34.
ANOTHER SIX SEED OVER TWO SEED GAME – The 6th seeded TUSKEGEE UNIVERSITY GOLDEN TIGERS likewise brought down a 3 seed last week. Yesterday they visited the 2nd seeded UNIVERSITY OF NORTH ALABAMA LIONS and defeated them in a 35-31 Instant Classic.
SEVEN OVER THREE SHOCKER – The 7 seeds in their Region – the EMPORIA STATE HORNETS – found themselves on the road against the 3rd seeded HENDERSON STATE REDDIES. The Hornets played killer defense and wound up stinging the Reddies 29-3 to advance to the next round.
SLIPPERY WHEN WINNING – The 2nd seeded SLIPPERY ROCK UNIVERSITY ROCKETS played host to their Region’s 3 seeds – the ASSUMPTION COLLEGE GREYHOUNDS. In a true game for the ages the Rockets held on by their fingertips for a 41-39 triumph.
HEAD-BUTT – The Regional One Seeds – the SHEPHERD UNIVERSITY RAMS – took the field against the 5th seeded INDIANA UNIVERSITY (PA) CRIMSON HAWKS. The Rams trailed the Crimson Hawks late but rallied for a 17-13 come from behind victory.
FAMILIAR FOES – The Gulf South Conference is often called the SEC of Division Two. A pair of teams from the GSC battled in this 2nd Round playoff game on Saturday. The top seeded UNIVERSITY OF WEST GEORGIA WOLVES hosted the 4 seeds – the VALDOSTA STATE BLAZERS. The Wolves came back to tie the game then win it 27-20.
MASSACRE IN MISSOURI – The final One Seeds – the NORTHWEST MISSOURI STATE BEARCATS – squared off against the 4th seeded HUMBOLDT STATE LUMBERJACKS. This game was all Bearcats as they dominated on both sides of the ball for a FIFTY-FOUR to SEVEN win.
* NCCAA *
The season is over for the NCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association). As of last week the 2015 champions of the Victory Bowl – the NCCAA’s climactic event – were the SOUTHEASTERN ASSEMBLIES OF GOD UNIVERSITY LIONS.
* NCAA DIVISION THREE *
THE BIG TWO ADVANCE – The two teams that have traded the D3 championship back and forth for the past decade moved on to the 3rd round. The defending champs – the UW-WHITEWATER WARHAWKS – won 31-17 at the WHEATON COLLEGE THUNDER. And the MT UNION PURPLE RAIDERS decimated the ALBRIGHT COLLEGE LIONS 66-7.
WORKING OVERTIME – The WABASH COLLEGE LITTLE GIANTS welcomed the THOMAS MORE COLLEGE SAINTS for an Instant Classic. The Little Giants trailed the Saints 27-13 at Halftime but went on to shut out Thomas More in the 2nd Half while tying the game at 27-27 to force Overtime. Wabash shut out the Saints again in the extra session then scored a TD for a 33-27 win.
KINGS OF THE ROAD – The WESLEY COLLEGE WOLVERINES took it on the road against the JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY BLUE JAYS in this 2nd round game. The Wolverines once again eliminated the Blue Jays in the playoffs, leading them 21-10 at the Half and 35-17 to end the 3rd Quarter. Wesley had to withstand a frantic Johns Hopkins rally in the 4th Quarter for a 42-37 victory.
MAYHEM AT MAXWELL FIELD – The LINFIELD COLLEGE WILDCATS took the field against the visiting CORTLAND STATE RED DRAGONS yesterday. A 7-7 1st Quarter tie became a 14-10 advantage for the Wildcats at Halftime. From there Linfield outscored the Red Dragons 24-12 to win the game 38-22.
ALL SAINTS DAY – The UNIVERSITY OF SAINT THOMAS TOMMIES played host to the SAINT JOHN’S UNIVERSITY JOHNNIES. The Tommies led the Johnnies 7-0 after 1 Quarter of play and 29-7 at the break. In the end Saint Thomas doubled up on Saint John’s by a count of 38-19.
CRUSADE IN TEXAS – The UNIVERSITY OF MARY HARDIN- BAYLOR CRUSADERS met in battle with the visiting HUNTINGDON COLLEGE HAWKS. By Halftime the Crusaders had compiled a 26-16 lead over the Hawks. In the 2nd Half Mary Hardin- Baylor coasted to a comfortable 43-23 win.
OSHKOSH BY GOSH – JJ Keller Field was rocking on Saturday as the UW-OSHKOSH TITANS hosted the OHIO NORTHERN UNIVERSITY POLAR BEARS. After a 7-7 tie in the 1st Quarter it was all Titans as UW-Oshkosh went on to completely obliterate the Polar Bears to the tune of FORTY-TWO to SEVEN!
* USCAA *
The 2015 college football season is over in the USCAA (United States Collegiate Athletic Association). This year’s champions are the WILLIAMSON COLLEGE OF THE TRADES MECHANICS. The Mechanics were the runners-up in the 2014 season.
* NJCAA *
The regular season is over in the NJCAA. Bowl Season is next for them, including the National Championship Game in the Mississippi Bowl. The top ranked NORTHWEST MISSISSIPPI COLLEGE RANGERS will take on the number 2 ROCHESTER TECH YELLOW JACKETS on December 6th.
* CCCAA *
SOUTHERN DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP – The SADDLEBACK COLLEGE GAUCHOS squared off against the LONG BEACH COLLEGE VIKINGS (should be the Langobards). The Gauchos made it so the Vikings were never really in it and led 30-3 at Halftime on their way to an impressive 43-17 victory. On to the CCCAA Championship Game.
NORTHERN DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP – This playoff game pitted the CITY COLLEGE OF SAN FRANCISCO RAMS against the CHABOT COLLEGE GLADIATORS. The Rams led 26-10 at the Half and made the Gladiators chase them the rest of the way, ultimately winning by a score of 40-30. * The Rams will face the Gauchos in the CCCAA Championship Game.
LIVING BREATH FOUNDATION BOWL – This was the last of the non-playoff Bowls for the CCCAA and was for a very worthy cause. The HARTNELL COLLEGE PANTHERS took on the CONTRA COSTA COLLEGE COMETS in this game. The Panthers led 14-0 in the 1st Quarter, 27-7 in the 2nd and 34-7 in the 3rd. The Comets mounted a 4th Quarter rally but lost by a score of 41-28.
Many helmets courtesy of the Helmet Project.