UPSETS IN THE TOP TWENTY-FIVE – The unranked DAKOTA STATE TROJANS paid a visit to the number 16 team in the nation – the DAKOTA WESLEYAN TIGERS. At the end of a game that saw 9 lead changes the Trojans defeated the Tigers for the 1st time in 12 years. The final count was DSU 34 DWU 30. ### And the MISSOURI VALLEY COLLEGE VIKINGS toppled the homestanding (23) WILLIAM PENN UNIVERSITY STATESMEN by a baseball score of EIGHT to SEVEN!
WHEN RANKED TEAMS CLASH – The 5th ranked BAKER UNIVERSITY WILDCATS hosted the number 6 GRAND VIEW UNIVERSITY VIKINGS and seized a quick 23-0 lead that became 36-13 by game’s end. ### Meanwhile the (25) MONTANA-WESTERN BULLDOGS upset the (21) DICKINSON STATE BLUE HAWKS 29-13 in their own house ### And the top-ranked Defending Champions – the MARIAN UNIVERSITY KNIGHTS – crushed the (10) ST XAVIER UNIVERSITY COUGARS 56-20.
WELCOME TO THE GRIDIRON – The TAYLOR UNIVERSITY TROJANS traveled to face the DAVENPORT UNIVERSITY PANTHERS, who were playing their VERY FIRST intercollegiate football game. The Panthers showed impressive oomph for a new team but when the dust settled the Trojans had defeated them by a final score of 41-28. Congratulations to Taylor U and welcome to Davenport U!
NOBODY SAID IT WOULD BE EASY – The veteran UNION (KY) BULLDOGS, meanwhile, delivered an all-out beat-down to another BRAND NEW football program – the CINCINNATI CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY EAGLES. The Bulldogs folded, spindled and mutilated the Eagles before CCU’s home crowd by a count of FORTY-TWO to NOTHING! As above, congrats to Union and welcome to Cincinnati Christian!
AND SPEAKING OF SHUTOUTS – Another example of defensive perfection was achieved in this game between two very experienced teams. The UNIVERSITY OF SAINT MARY SPIRES took it on the road against the TRINITY BIBLE COLLEGE (ND) LIONS. It was all Spires all the time as the team from Kansas eviscerated TBC to the tune of THIRTY-FOUR to NOTHING!
SAFETY FIRST – The number 11 team in the nation – the REINHARDT UNIVERSITY EAGLES (should be the Rottweilers) – managed a technical shutout as their opponents – the visiting POINT UNIVERSITY SKYHAWKS – registered nothing but a Safety on the scoreboard. The final score in this thoroughly lopsided affair was FIFTY-FIVE to TWO!
UNDER THE RADAR CLASSICS – The GRACELAND UNIVERSITY YELLOW JACKETS were guests of the AVILA UNIVERSITY EAGLES (formerly the Avalanche) and wound up edging their hosts by a tight score of 16-9. ### And in an even closer game the homestanding BRIAR CLIFF UNIVERSITY CHARGERS snuck past the WALDORF UNIVERSITY WARRIORS in a 23-19 Instant Classic.
ONE TEAM WAS PLAYING BASKETBALL – An incredibly lopsided score was in the offing in this gridiron battle between the BETHEL (TN) COLLEGE WILDCATS and their guests the MISSOURI BAPTIST UNIVERSITY SPARTANS. When all was said and done the Wildcats had managed to pile up 64 points to the 37 scored by the Spartans.
ROAD WARRIORS – The 15th ranked BENEDICTINE COLLEGE RAVENS traveled to play the EVANGEL UNIVERSITY CRUSADERS and delivered a bruising 35-3 thrashing to them. ### And the MID-AMERICA NAZARENE UNIVERSITY PIONEERS defeated their hosts the CULVER-STOCKTON COLLEGE WILDCATS by a score of 52-41.
CROSSOVER DREAMS -In a Mid-States Football Association crossover game the UNIVERSITY OF SAINT FRANCIS (IN) COUGARS took on the homestanding TRINITY INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY TROJANS. This round went to the Mideast League as the Cougars logged a 34-20 victory over their Midwest League opponents the Trojans.
OUTSTANDING DEFEAT OF A TEAM CALLED EAGLES – Balladeer’s Blog often points out how overused the names Eagles, Tigers, Bulldogs and Wildcats are for college sports teams. Here’s a nod to the PERU STATE BOBCATS, who went on the road and smacked around the CENTRAL METHODIST UNIVERSITY EAGLES to the tune of 39-14.
TWENTY-ONE LOSES – The ROCKY MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BATTLIN’ BEARS clashed with the homestanding MONTANA STATE-NORTHERN LIGHTS and wound up winning the game 31-21. ### And the MIDLAND UNIVERSITY WARRIORS welcomed the OLIVET NAZARENE UNIVERSITY TIGERS and sent them home reeling from a 49-21 beatdown.
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SIXTEEN OVER EIGHTEEN – The number 16 HUTCHINSON COLLEGE BLUE DRAGONS were guests of the 18th ranked COFFEYVILLE COLLEGE RED RAVENS in a Jayhawk Conference clash. This was a true game for ages between these two familiar teams and in the end the Blue Dragons emerged with a close win by a final score of 34-29.
HIGH CHAPARRALS – The COLLEGE OF DUPAGE CHAPARRALS welcomed the IOWA CENTRAL COLLEGE TRITONS yesterday. A 3-0 1st Quarter edge for the Chaparrals over the Tritons became a 10-6 advantage by Halftime. This game was a thriller right down to the Final Score – a 20-13 win for the College of DuPage.
THEY CAN SCORE FIFTY-FIVE – The traveling BLINN COLLEGE BUCCANEERS seized a quick 21-0 1st Quarter lead over the TEXAS A&T SPARTANS and never looked back enroute to a 55-0 blowout win. ### And the SNOW COLLEGE BADGERS annihilated the visiting UTAH SHOCK in a 55-13 outcome that was very … surprising. (Faked ya out didn’t I?)
I SING WHENEVER I SING … – I haven’t used that reference to the Golden Turkey called The Giant Gila Monster in a long time. The EASTERN ARIZONA COLLEGE GILA MONSTERS did battle with the visiting TUCSON TECH PHOENIX. Believe it or not the score here stood at NOTHING to NOTHING at Halftime but after the break the Gila Monsters proceeded to smack down the Phoenix to the tune of 35-0.
HOME TEAM HEROICS – The NEW MEXICO MILITARY INSTITUTE BRONCOS (should be the Cavalry) converted a 48-17 midpoint lead over the AIR FORCE PREP CADETS into a SIXTY-TWO to TWENTY-SEVEN victory when the game was through. ### And the storied TRINITY VALLEY COLLEGE CARDINALS obliterated their guests the CISCO COLLEGE WRANGLERS by a score of FIFTY-ONE to SIX!
JOY IN GLENDALE – The GLENDALE (AZ) COLLEGE GAUCHOS played host to the PHOENIX COLLEGE BEARS on Saturday. The Gauchos held a 14-7 lead in the 1st Quarter and a 24-13 advantage at the break. Glendale College kept the Bears at arm’s length the rest of the way for a 44-34 win. Dalon Perkins had 145 receiving yds and 2 TD’s for the Gauchos.
COMEBACK KIDS – The BUTLER (KS) GRIZZLIES were on the road against the FORT SCOTT COLLEGE GREYHOUNDS and fell behind by a score of 21-7 in the opening Quarter. The Grizzlies trimmed that to a 21-14 deficit by Halftime and ultimately came from behind for a 41-35 triumph. Butler’s Kevon Abrams rushed for 162 yds and a Touchdown.
MUCH MORE TO COME IN A MOMENT …
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