*** HEADLINES ***
DAVENPORT CONQUERS THE WORLD – Every week in college football season NAIA teams topple teams from higher divisions. Yesterday the DAVENPORT UNIVERSITY PANTHERS absolutely hammered NCAA Division TWO’s KENTUCKY WESLEYAN COLLEGE PANTHERS. Davenport U sent KWC back home reeling from a 41-7 head-slam. (As always a win over a higher division counts as 2 wins in the NAIA/NCAA rivalry.)
TUSKEGEE TOPPLES FAMU – Meanwhile NCAA Division Two’s TUSKEGEE UNIVERSITY GOLDEN TIGERS hosted Division ONE’s FLORIDA A&M RATTLERS. The Golden Tigers and Rattlers played 4 bone-crushing Quarters of football and when all of the dust had settled Tuskegee University was the team left standing. The final tally in this game was Golden Tigers 20 FAMU 17.
NUMBER THREE TAKES A FALL – The number 5 team in the nation – the UNIVERSITY OF MARY HARDIN-BAYLOR CRUSADERS – took on the visiting 3rd ranked LINFIELD COLLEGE WILDCATS. A very tight 1st Half ended with the Crusaders on top 24-20. From there it was a rout, however as UMHB upset the Wildcats in a 66-27 laugher.
KNOCKING OFF NUMBER EIGHT – The COLORADO MESA UNIVERSITY MAVERICKS were on the road against the 8th ranked COLORADO SCHOOL OF MINES OREDIGGERS. Four Quarters weren’t enough for these two teams … One Overtime session wasn’t enough, either. Before all was said and done it took Double Overtime before the Mavericks at last emerged with a 41-40 triumph.
NUMBER NINE TAKES A TUMBLE – The WEBBER INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY WARRIORS welcomed the number 9 SAINT XAVIER UNIVERSITY COUGARS. This turned out to be a true game for the ages and had the spectators on the edge of their seats most of the way. The Warriors pulled off the upset of the Cougars by a final score of 36-31.
TWO IN A ROW FOR TBC – The hard-fighting TRINITY BIBLE COLLEGE LIONS out of the NCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association) are going strong here in the 2016 season. The 2-2 Lions faced the visiting MARANATHA BAPTIST UNIVERSITY SABERCATS and parlayed a 12-0 Halftime lead into a 33-14 manhandling.
*** NAIA VS NCAA DIVISION THREE ***
STOUT OVER MAYVILLE – Balladeer’s Blog continues chronicling the intense gridiron rivalry between the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) and NCAA Division 3. D3’s UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN AT STOUT BLUE DEVILS took on the NAIA’s MAYVILLE STATE COMETS. The teams were tied up at 13-13 by Halftime but in the end the Blue Devils topped the Comets 23-13. NAIA – 2 D3 – 1.
WAYLAND BAPTIST OVER HOWARD PAYNE – From the NAIA the WAYLAND BAPTIST UNIVERSITY PIONEERS (should be the Flying W’s) hosted the D3 team the HOWARD PAYNE UNIVERSITY YELLOW JACKETS. Regulation ended in a 34-34 tie between the two programs. In the Overtime session the Yellow Jackets managed a Field Goal while the Pioneers notched a Touchdown for a 40-37 win. NAIA – 3 D3 – 1.
COWBOYS OVER LIONS – Division Three’s HARDIN-SIMMONS UNIVERSITY COWBOYS traveled to take on the NAIA’s SOUTHWESTERN ASSEMBLIES OF GOD UNIVERSITY LIONS. This was a tale of two Halves, with the Cowboys clinging to a slender 27-24 edge at the break but dominating the Lions from there. Hardin-Simmons University crushed SAGU 61-24. NAIA – 3 D3 – 2.
FIRESTORM OVER THE LOBOS – The ARIZONA CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY FIRESTORM (NAIA) did battle with the homestanding SUL ROSS STATE LOBOS (D3). The 1st Quarter ended in a 7-7 tie but by Halftime the Firestorm trailed the Lobos 17-10. Arizona Christian University ultimately forced Overtime with a 24-24 tie and won the game 30-27. NAIA – 4 D3 – 2.
MCMURRY OVER TEXAS COLLEGE – The MCMURRY UNIVERSITY WAR HAWKS (D3) were defending their home field against the visiting TEXAS COLLEGE STEERS (NAIA). The War Hawks proceeded to utterly annihilate the ever-hapless Steers in a hilariously lopsided game. When the nightmare was over for Texas College the result was that McMurry University had triumphed in a 63-6 blowout. NAIA – 4 D3 – 3.
LAGRANGE OVER AVE MARIA – This game pitted D3’s LAGRANGE COLLEGE PANTHERS against the homestanding AVE MARIA UNIVERSITY GYRENES out of the NAIA. The Panthers led the 0-3 Gyrenes 10-7 in the 1st Quarter and 17-7 at Halftime on their way to a 54-17 smackdown. We end the weekend at NAIA – 4 D3 – 4. Overall the NAIA has now won 2 weeks, D3 has won 1 and this week is a tie.
*** USCAA ***
BUILDING A WINNING STREAK – The NEWPORT NEWS APPRENTICE SCHOOL BUILDERS from the USCAA (United States Collegiate Athletic Association) have won two in a row, both over NCAA teams. Yesterday the Builders took on the visiting BRIDGEWATER COLLEGE EAGLES. A 7-0 1st Quarter lead for the Apprentice School became a 14-3 advantage by the Half. From there the Builders held on for a 26-23 victory.
COMEBACK KIDS – The IOWA WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY TIGERS (USCAA) took it on the road against the GREENVILLE COLLEGE PANTHERS (D3). The Tigers trailed the Panthers 23-9 at Halftime but came roaring back in the 2nd Half. The final score in this thriller was Iowa Wesleyan University 40 Greenville College 37. Tigers QB Raul Alvarez logged 4 TD’s by air and 1 more on the ground.
INSTANT CLASSIC IN LANCASTER – The THADDEUS STEVENS COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY BULLDOGS did battle with the visiting WILLIAMSON COLLEGE OF THE TRADES MECHANICS yesterday. The Mechanics led the Bulldogs 20-13 by the midpoint of the game but an action-packed 2nd Half ended in a 37-32 victory for Thaddeus Stevens College.
PIONEERS GET STUNG – The UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER YELLOWJACKETS paid a call on the USCAA’s ALFRED STATE PIONEERS. The Yellowjackets and Pioneers were tied up at 20-20 at Halftime but after the break the University of Rochester took absolute control of the game. The Yellowjackets won in a 55-27 blowout.
*** NAIA ***
UPSETS IN THE TOP TEN – In addition to Webber International toppling 9th ranked SXU (covered in the Headlines) there was another shake-up in the rankings. The STERLING COLLEGE WARRIORS welcomed the number 10 team in the nation – the KANSAS WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY COYOTES. The Warriors celebrated Warrior Fest with a FORTY-THREE to TWELVE beatdown of the Coyotes.
DOUBLING UP ON THE COMPETITION – The MONTANA STATE-NORTHERN LIGHTS clashed with the storied CARROLL COLLEGE FIGHTING SAINTS in a Frontier Conference matchup. The Lights (ya gotta love that cool name) proceeded to avenge various past losses to their guests the Fighting Saints by trashing them to the tune of 28-14.
UNDER THE RADAR CLASSICS – The SAINT AMBROSE UNIVERSITY FIGHTING BEES invaded the lair of the LINDENWOOD UNIVERSITY AT BELLEVILLE LYNX and won a 24-19 nailbiter ### Meanwhile the SOUTHERN OREGON UNIVERSITY RAIDERS survived a 24-20 visit from the MONTANA-WESTERN BULLDOGS ### And the MCPHERSON COLLEGE BULLDOGS defeated the SOUTHWESTERN COLLEGE MOUNDBUILDERS 27-20.
ROAD WARRIORS – The BETHEL (KS) THRESHERS traveled to face the BETHANY COLLEGE SWEDES and crushed them in a 26-9 affair ### The LINDSEY WILSON COLLEGE BLUE RAIDERS rained on Military Appreciation Day for the BLUEFIELD COLLEGE RAMBLING RAMS, routing them 62-23 ### And the WILLIAM PENN UNIVERSITY STATESMEN topped the CENTRAL METHODIST EAGLES 34-21.
OFF THE SCHNEID – The LYON COLLEGE SCOTS decided to show the visiting MORTHLAND COLLEGE PATRIOTS that “If it isn’t Scottish it’s CRAP!” The Scots proceeded to eviscerate the Patriots out of the NCCAA, kicking them all over the gridiron for a SIXTY-THREE to TWENTY-SIX beatdown.
OUTSTANDING DEFEAT OF A TEAM CALLED WILDCATS, EAGLES, TIGERS OR BULLDOGS – Regular readers of Balladeer’s Blog know how bored I am with the countless teams bearing those Overused Four Names. This week’s congratulations go to the EVANGEL UNIVERSITY CRUSADERS, who annihilated the CULVER-STOCKTON COLLEGE WILDCATS 59-13.
*** NCAA DIVISION TWO ***
CLOSE CALLS FOR RANKED TEAMS – Colorado Mesa over Colorado Mines was the only upset in the D2 Top 25 this week, but two other teams had close calls. The (6) UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL MISSOURI MULES survived a 38-34 road trip against the MISSOURI WESTERN GRYPHONS. ### And the (7) FERRIS STATE BULLDOGS eked out a 27-26 win at the NORTHWOODS UNIVERSITY TIMBERWOLVES.
UNDER THE RADAR CLASSICS – The URBANA UNIVERSITY BLUE KNIGHTS were on the road against the CONCORD UNIVERSITY MOUNTAIN LIONS and managed a 21-15 victory ### Meanwhile the EAST STROUDSBURG WARRIORS snuck past the MERCYHURST UNIVERSITY LAKERS 34-31 ### And the ELIZABETH CITY STATE VIKINGS topped the MOREHOUSE MAROON TIGERS 35-30.
WE WENT TO A FOOTBALL GAME BUT A BASEBALL GAME BROKE OUT – I guess you could also say “but a Hockey Game broke out” given how low this score was. At any rate the defenses were at their best as the AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE YELLOW JACKETS welcomed the PACE UNIVERSITY IRISH SETTERS. The Yellow Jackets came out on top … 3-0.
ALL-NAME GAMES – The ARKANSAS TECH WONDERBOYS welcomed the UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT MONTICELLO BOLL WEEVILS yesterday and defeated them by a score of 38-31 ### The CSU-PUEBLO THUNDER WOLVES manhandled the visiting SOUTH DAKOTA M&T HARDROCKERS 37-10 ### And the MSU-MOORHEAD DRAGONS survived a 23-21 visit from the UPPER IOWA UNIVERSITY PEACOCKS.
WORKING OVERTIME – The homestanding PITTSBURG (KS) STATE GORILLAS took the field against the NORTHEASTERN STATE RIVERHAWKS and defeated them in OT 38-37 ### And the GANNON UNIVERSITY GOLDEN KNIGHTS notched a 30-27 Overtime win over the BLOOMSBURG UNIVERSITY HUSKIES.
*** NCAA DIVISION THREE ***
WHEN RANKED TEAMS CLASH – The number 16 SAINT JOHN FISHER CARDINALS paid a visit to the 23rd ranked CORTLAND STATE RED DRAGONS. The Cardinals dominated most of the game, leading the Red Dragons 14-3 in the opening Quarter and staying in control from there. In the 4th Quarter Cortland State threatened but St John Fisher held them off for a 31-24 win.
ALOHA MEANS HELLO AND GOODBYE – A special D3 game in Hawaii featured the PACIFIC UNIVERSITY BOXERS (as in the Boxer Rebellion) doing battle with the OCCIDENTAL COLLEGE TIGERS. The Boxers dazzled the Honolulu spectators, seizing a 14-0 lead over the Tigers in the 1st Quarter. That grew to a 27-7 advantage by Halftime and ultimately a 45-22 triumph for Pacific University. Boxers QB Campbell Summerfield threw for 251 yds and 2 TD’s.
ALL-NAME GAMES – The HEIDELBERG UNIVERSITY STUDENT PRINCES hosted the OHIO NORTHERN UNIVERSITY POLAR BEARS and decimated them by a score of FORTY-FIVE to FOURTEEN ### Meanwhile the SAINT NORBERT COLLEGE GREEN KNIGHTS took it on the road and humiliated the KNOX COLLEGE PRAIRIE FIRE 50-3 ### And the UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO MAROONS won a 35-16 clash with the visiting MILLSAPS COLLEGE MAJORS.
Many helmets courtesy of the Helmet Project.