*** HEADLINES ***
MARIAN UNIVERSITY RULES THE WORLD – Every week multiple NAIA teams upset teams from higher divisions. Starting us off this week are the MARIAN UNIVERSITY KNIGHTS from the NAIA, who traveled to face the NCAA Division Two team the UNIVERSITY OF INDIANAPOLIS GREYHOUNDS. The Knights showed the Greyhounds how it’s done, spanking them 38-16.
DOANE COLLEGE PLAYED GIANT-SLAYER, TOO – The NAIA’s DOANE COLLEGE TIGERS were on the road against the NCAA Division Two team the WILLIAM JEWELL COLLEGE CARDINALS. The Tigers nearly doubled-up on their higher division opponent in a 23-12 upset. These wins over higher division foes count as 2 wins in the rivalry so this made it NAIA-4, D3-0 so far this week.
THE WASPS WANT A PIECE OF THAT ACTION – NCAA Division Three’s EMORY & HENRY COLLEGE WASPS borrowed a page from the NAIA and toppled a team from NCAA division TWO. The Wasps did battle with the BREVARD COLLEGE TORNADOES and handed them a 28-14 loss. Since this counts as 2 wins for Division Three the count for this week is now NAIA-4, D3-2.
PANHANDLE STATE OF MIND – Continuing this focus on rising up to beat higher division opponents NCAA Division Two’s OKLAHOMA PANHANDLE STATE AGGIES (should be the Okies) visited Division ONE’s UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT PINE BLUFF GOLDEN LIONS. The Aggies and Golden Lions played 4 bruising Quarters before OPSU emerged with a 20-16 triumph.
NUMBER FOUR TAKES A FALL – The unranked BEMIDJI STATE BEAVERS paid a little visit to the number 4 team in the nation – the MINNESOTA STATE MAVERICKS. The Beavers shocked the world by absolutely drubbing the Mavericks in their own house in a FORTY-FIVE to SEVENTEEN slaughter. Will Bemidji State be ranked in the next poll?
TBC GETS A W-I-N – The TRINITY BIBLE COLLEGE LIONS have been struggling in recent years but yesterday – in just their third game of the 2016 season – they managed to notch a precious victory. On the road against the GRINNELL COLLEGE PIONEERS the Lions tied the Pioneers 7-7 in the 1st Quarter but trailed 14-13 by Halftime. The 3rd Quarter ended in a 21-21 tie with TBC winning it 27-21 in the 4th.
USCAA OVER NCAA DIVISION THREE – The NEWPORT NEWS APPRENTICE SCHOOL BUILDERS from the USCAA (United States Collegiate Athletic Association) faced D3’s GREENSBORO COLLEGE PRIDE. The Builders led the homestanding Pride 14-0 in the 1st Quarter but by the midpoint Greensboro College cut the lead to just 21-14. That became a 28-14 3rd Quarter advantage for Newport News Apprentice School and ultimately a 42-22 blowout win.
SERVICE ACADEMY MANIA – The MERCHANT MARINE ACADEMY MARINERS took on the home-standing COAST GUARD ACADEMY BEARS in the latest edition of their rivalry. The Mariners trailed the Bears 21-14 going into the action-packed 4th Quarter, when they surged from behind for a 31-27 victory. RB Wiley Martin notched 101 yds and 2 TD’s for the Merchant Marine Academy.
*** NAIA VS NCAA DIVISION THREE ***
CARDINALS OVER WARRIORS – Balladeer’s Blog always covers the intense gridiron rivalry between the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) and NCAA Division Three. The NAIA won the first two weeks but D3 won this week’s clashes. This game was typical as the (9) NORTH CENTRAL CARDINALS defeated the WEBBER INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY WARRIORS to the tune of 38-21. NAIA-4, D3-3.
COYOTES OVER BEARCATS – The NAIA’s COLLEGE OF IDAHO COYOTES paid a visit to the D3 WILLAMETTE UNIVERSITY BEARCATS yesterday. The Coyotes parlayed a 17-0 1st Quarter lead into a 27-0 advantage by Halftime and ultimately a 42-12 bludgeoning of the Bearcats. College of Idaho QB Tyler Cox passed for 216 yds and 2 TD’s in the win. NAIA-5, D3-3.
PIONEERS OVER FIGHTING SAINTS – The (10) UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN AT PLATTEVILLE PIONEERS from D3 welcomed the UNIVERSITY OF SAINT FRANCIS (IL) FIGHTING SAINTS from the NAIA. The Pioneers kept the Fighting Saints off the scoreboard until the 4th Quarter while putting up points all the while. In the end UW-Platteville triumphed by a final score of 26-7. NAIA-5, D3-4.
TIGERS OVER LIONS – In this battle D3 was represented by the homestanding (20) EAST TEXAS BAPTIST UNIVERSITY TIGERS and the NAIA by the SOUTHWESTERN ASSEMBLIES OF GOD UNIVERSITY LIONS. The Tigers proved last week’s win was no fluke, seizing a 1st Quarter lead of 29-14 and never looking back. East Texas Baptist University folded, spindled and mutilated the Lions to the tune of EIGHTY-FIVE to TWENTY-THREE! NAIA-5, D3-5.
WARRIORS OVER VIKINGS – The NAIA’s MIDLAND UNIVERSITY WARRIORS took it on the road against D3’s NORTH PARK UNIVERSITY VIKINGS. The Warriors were able to dominate their opponents throughout this gridiron grudge match. When all of the dust had finally settled it turned out that Midland University had triumphed over the Vikings by a final tally of 42-24. The count then stood at NAIA-6, D3-5.
HENDRIX OVER LYON – From D3 the HENDRIX COLLEGE WARRIORS took on the homestanding LYON COLLEGE SCOTS out of the NAIA. A 7-7 tie to end the 1st Quarter transformed into a 35-7 Warriors lead by Halftime. From there Hendrix College coasted to a 49-14 rout of the Scots as their QB Seth Peters had 3 TD’s on 379 passing yds. D3-6, NAIA-6.
LOBOS OVER PIONEERS AND WILDCATS OVER STEERS – The SUL ROSS STATE LOBOS (D3) overcame their hosts the WAYLAND BAPTIST UNIVERSITY PIONEERS (should be the Flying W’s) by a score of 48-27. D3-7, NAIA-6. ### And the LOUISIANA COLLEGE WILDCATS demolished the homestanding TEXAS COLLEGE STEERS 49-18 as D3 won Week Three 8 games to 6. Weeks: NAIA-2, D3-1.
*** NAIA ***
UPSETS IN THE TOP TWENTY-FIVE – The MISSOURI VALLEY COLLEGE VIKINGS marked Parents’ Weekend by welcoming the number 15 team in the nation – the BENEDICTINE COLLEGE RAVENS. The Vikings toppled the Ravens in a 16-10 thriller. ### And the UNION (KY) COLLEGE BULLDOGS notched a road upset of the 17th ranked CAMPBELLSVILLE UNIVERSITY TIGERS. The score in this Instant Classic was UC 47 CU 40.
BLOWOUT AT THE BLUE-OUT – The SIENA HEIGHTS UNIVERSITY SAINTS traveled to square off against the MISSOURI BAPTIST UNIVERSITY SPARTANS on MBU’s Blue-Out Day. The Saints proceeded to push the Spartans all over the field on both sides of the ball as they clobbered the home team THIRTY-EIGHT to TEN! Seems the Blue-Out did not work.
HOMESTANDS – The MONTANA TECH OREDIGGERS welcomed the MONTANA STATE-NORTHERN LIGHTS to Butte and clobbered them by a final tally of 35-10. ### Meanwhile the DORDT COLLEGE DEFENDERS hammered the visiting MCPHERSON COLLEGE BULLDOGS (should be the Mastiffs) 28-13. ### And the KANSAS WESLEYAN COYOTES marked Salina Day by defeating the WALDORF UNIVERSITY WARRIORS 28-18.
FIRE SLAYS THE DRAGONS – The SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY FIRE played their 2016 home opener against the VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY OF LYNCHBURG DRAGONS. The Fire got off to a lightning-quick 13-0 lead over the Dragons barely a minute into the game and never looked back. Southeastern University went on from there to obliterate Virginia University of Lynchburg 65-21.
A VERY COLORFUL AFFAIR – The number 21 DICKINSON STATE BLUE HAWKS went up against the NORTHWESTERN (IA) COLLEGE RED RAIDERS yesterday. From start to finish it was all Blue Hawks all the time. When everything was at last said and done Dickinson State had totaled the Red Raiders by a count of 42-13.
*** NCCAA ***
BISON TRIUMPHANT – The OKLAHOMA BAPTIST UNIVERSITY BISON out of the NCCAA welcomed the ARKANSAS TECH WONDERBOYS on Saturday. This battle proved that soccer isn’t the only “beautiful game” as the Bison and Wonderboys were truly riveting to watch. Oklahoma Baptist University won out in a 19-15 nailbiter to retain their top spot in the NCCAA rankings.
SHUTOUT! – NCCAA team the UNIVERSITY OF NORTHWESTERN (MN) EAGLES took it on the road against the CROWN COLLEGE STORM. The Eagles proved they are still a very high-flying team that always does the NCCAA proud. University of Northwestern (MN) outperformed the Storm on both sides of the ball, resulting in a 21-0 shutout victory.
THE ROCKFORD FILES – The ROCKFORD UNIVERSITY REGENTS visited the NCCAA’s MARANATHA BAPTIST UNIVERSITY SABERCATS. The Sabercats didn’t get on the scoreboard until the 4th Quarter, while the Regents held a commanding 34-0 lead at Halftime. The final score was Rockford University 34 Maranatha Baptist University 6. QB Andrew Perez threw for 4 TD’s on just 127 yds passing.
SOUND AND FURY – The NCCAA’s BLUEFIELD COLLEGE RAMBLING RAMS were guests of the (19) FAULKNER UNIVERSITY EAGLES (should be the Furies). The Eagles were marking their Hall of Fame Weekend and got to celebrate in style. They took control of this game and went on to defeat the Rambling Rams in an authoritative 28-13 result.
I GUESS YOU DON’T GOTTA HAVE FAITH – NCCAA team the MORTHLAND COLLEGE PATRIOTS improved to 2-0 when their expected visiting opponents the COLLEGE OF FAITH MIGHTY BELIEVERS had to forfeit the game. This on top of last week’s pounding of RMU-Peoria keeps the Patriots perfect thus far in their very first season of intercollegiate football.
*** NCAA DIVISION TWO ***
UPSETS IN THE TOP TWENTY – The AZUSA PACIFIC UNIVERSITY COUGARS were on the road against the 10th ranked HUMBOLDT STATE LUMBERJACKS. As these two programs renewed their rivalry the Cougars grabbed a 38-27 victory. ### And the WEST TEXAS A&M BUFFALOES won a 26-10 road game against the number 20 CSU-PUEBLO THUNDER WOLVES.
WORKING OVERTIME – Four quarters wasn’t enough for these teams: The MCKENDREE UNIVERSITY BEARCATS and the visiting WEST LIBERTY STATE HILLTOPPERS ended Regulation tied at 9-9. In the extra session the Bearcats won it 16-9. ### And the MARS HILL UNIVERSITY LIONS took a 28-21 OT affair against the SHORTER UNIVERSITY HAWKS.
ALL-NAME GAMES – The SOUTHERN ARKANSAS UNIVERSITY MULERIDERS kicked around their guests the NORTHWESTERN OKLAHOMA STATE RANGERS in a 33-14 win ### Meanwhile the SOUTH DAKOTA M&T HARDROCKERS notched a 31-27 road squeaker over the DIXIE STATE TRAILBLAZERS ### And the TA&M-KINGSVILLE JAVELINAS crushed the SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY CLAN 68-7.
UNDER THE RADAR CLASSICS – The NORTHEASTERN STATE RIVERHAWKS survived a thrilling 35-31 invasion from the LINDENWOOD UNIVERSITY LIONS this week ### And the NOTRE DAME COLLEGE FALCONS (School Motto: “No, not THAT Notre Dame”) defeated their hosts the UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA AT WISE HIGHLAND CAVALIERS by a final tally of 35-29.
ONE TEAM WAS PLAYING BASKETBALL – The CALIFORNIA UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA VULCANS (as in the Roman fire & forge god) were on the road against the CHEYNEY UNIVERSITY WOLVES and made them their prison brides to the tune of SEVENTY-NINE to THREE ### And the HARDING UNIVERSITY BISON likewise eviscerated their hosts the SOUTHERN NAZARENE UNIVERSITY CRIMSON STORM in a SIXTY-THREE to SEVEN laugher.
*** NCAA DIVISION THREE ***
CLOSE CALL FOR STEVENSON – None of the ranked teams in Division Three lost yesterday and there was only one close call on top of that. The number 24 STEVENSON UNIVERSITY MUSTANGS were on the road against the ALBRIGHT COLLEGE LIONS. The Mustangs trailed the Lions 10-0 in the 1st Quarter but cut that to a 13-10 deficit by Halftime. After the break the Mustangs galloped ahead for a tight 31-26 victory.
WORKING OVERTIME – The CARTHAGE COLLEGE RED MEN visited the BETHEL (MN) ROYALS and prevailed in a 40-34 Overtime duel ### Meanwhile the PLYMOUTH STATE PANTHERS won a 30-28 Triple Overtime affair against their guests the MOUNT IDA COLLEGE MUSTANGS ### And in Double Overtime the LUTHER COLLEGE NORSE got a 46-40 road win over the SAINT OLAF COLLEGE OLES.
A MAJOR VICTORY – The MILLSAPS COLLEGE MAJORS hosted the TRINITY (TX) TIGERS on Saturday. After a scoreless 1st Quarter the Majors managed a 17-13 edge by Halftime. Following the break the two teams exchanged Touchdowns in the 2nd Half, with Millsaps College defeating the Tigers 24-20. Majors WR Beau Wells had 100 receiving yds and a Touchdown.
ONE TEAM WAS PLAYING BASKETBALL – The traveling COE COLLEGE KOHAWKS mashed and mauled the CORNELL (IA) COLLEGE RAMS to the tune of 63-6 ### Meanwhile the UW-LACROSSE EAGLES annihilated the visiting RIPON COLLEGE REDHAWKS 65-0 ### And the (23) WASHINGTON & JEFFERSON PRESIDENTS won a 65-13 laugher against the GROVE CITY COLLEGE WOLVERINES.
NEVER SEND POETS TO FIGHT PIRATES – The WHITWORTH UNIVERSITY PIRATES called upon the WHITTIER COLLEGE PIRATES in a very lopsided game. The Pirates led the Poets 22-0 in the opening Quarter and never looked back. Whitworth University devastated Whittier College in their own house by a final count of SIXTY to NOTHING!
WHEN LUTHERANS CLASH – The PACIFIC LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY LUTES welcomed the CAL LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY KINGSMEN yesterday. This was a thriller all the way as the Lutes led 7-0 in the 1st Quarter but the Kingsmen tied it up at 7-7 by the break. The 3rd Quarter ended with the teams tied at 14-14 and in the 4th Pacific Lutheran University pulled out a 17-14 victory.
*** NJCAA ***
MUCH MORE TO COME IN A MOMENT …
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