NUMBER THREE GETS TAKEN DOWN – In NCAA Division Two the 6th ranked VALDOSTA STATE BLAZERS played host to the nation’s number 3 UNIVERSITY OF WEST GEORGIA WOLVES. A 10-7 1st Quarter edge for the Blazers turned into a 34-21 lead at Halftime. After the break Valdosta State coasted to a 47-31 upset of the Wolves.
DEFEAT FOR TWO NUMBER NINES – Over in the NAIA the number 14 BAKER UNIVERSITY WILDCATS took the field against the visiting 9th ranked EVANGEL UNIVERSITY CRUSADERS and toppled them 19-7 ### And down in NCAA Division Three the (22) BETHEL (MN) ROYALS downed the (9) UNIVERSITY OF SAINT THOMAS TOMMIES 21-15.
WE WENT TO A FOOTBALL GAME BUT A BASKETBALL GAME BROKE OUT – Back in the NAIA the (24) COLLEGE OF IDAHO COYOTES visited the MONTANA STATE-NORTHERN LIGHTS on Saturday. Defense seemed to be purely hypothetical in this shootout with the final tally being Coyotes 78 Lights 58.
USCAA GAME OF THE WEEK – The DEAN COLLEGE BULLDOGS welcomed the ANNA MARIA COLLEGE AMCATS in the Game of the Week for the USCAA (United States Collegiate Athletic Association). The Amcats led 13-7 at the break but the Bulldogs shut out Anna Maria College in the 2nd Half. Ultimately Dean College won it 19-13.
OTHER UPSETS IN THE TOP TWENTY-FIVE – The MONTANA TECH OREDIGGERS took it on the road against the (11) ROCKY MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BATTLIN’ BEARS and defeated them in a 31-27 Instant Classic ### Meanwhile the TABOR COLLEGE BLUE JAYS notched a 38-21 road win over the (22) AVILA UNIVERSITY EAGLES (formerly the Avalanche) ### And the SOUTHERN OREGON RAIDERS (should be the Sea Gulls) routed the (23) MONTANA-WESTERN BULLDOGS 37-10.
UNDER THE RADAR CLASSIC – The BETHEL (KS) THRESHERS marked Senior Day and Community Day with a game against the STERLING COLLEGE WARRIORS. The Threshers trailed 27-14 at the break but came roaring back in the 2nd Half. The 3rd Quarter ended with Bethel College within 27-22 before they won it in the 4th 36-34.
RUINED SENIOR DAYS – The TEXAS COLLEGE STEERS stunned the LYON COLLEGE SCOTS by souring their Senior Day celebration, defeating them 38-37 ### And the DORDT COLLEGE DEFENDERS did the same for the MIDLAND UNIVERSITY WARRIORS in a 27-21 road victory.
A TALE OF TWO HALVES – Points flew like shrapnel in the opening Half of the game between the ARIZONA CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY FIRESTORM and their hosts the WAYLAND BAPTIST UNIVERSITY PIONEERS (should be the Flying W’s). The Firestorm led 20-12 in the 1st Quarter and 34-26 at the break. It was almost all defense in the 2nd Half, with ACU holding on to win it 37-36.
NCAA DIVISION TWO
OTHER UPSETS IN THE TOP TWENTY-FIVE – The AZUSA PACIFIC UNIVERSITY COUGARS visited the (18) CENTRAL WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY WILDCATS, edging them 42-35 ### And the UNIVERSITY OF FINDLAY OILERS wound up smacking around the home-standing (24) TIFFIN UNIVERSITY DRAGONS to the tune of 38-16.
ONE-POINT WONDER – The MISSOURI S&T MINERS defended their home field against the TRUMAN STATE BULLDOGS on Military Appreciation Day. The Miners were chasing the Bulldogs 14-10 in the 1st Quarter before knotting things up at 24-24 by Halftime. Missouri S&T outscored Truman State 10-9 in the 2nd Half for a nail-biting 34-33 win.
WORKIN’ OVERTIME – Four Quarters wasn’t enough in these games: The SOUTH DAKOTA M&T HARDROCKERS topped the FORT LEWIS COLLEGE SKYHAWKS 35-34 by a missed PAT in the extra session ### And the SOUTHEASTERN OKLAHOMA STATE SAVAGE STORM defeated their hosts the EAST CENTRAL UNIVERSITY TIGERS 20-13 in OT.
VICTORY FOR LOCK HAVEN – The struggling LOCK HAVEN UNIVERSITY BALD EAGLES found themselves on the road against the GANNON UNIVERSITY GOLDEN KNIGHTS. The Bald Eagles held a 35-20 advantage at the midpoint but then had to hold on by their fingertips to hold off the Golden Knights 50-48. LHU is 2-9.
NUMBER ONE ROLLS ALONG – The (1) CONCORDIA (MI) CARDINALS, who are also ranked 15th in the NAIA poll, traveled to face the (20) SIENA HEIGHTS UNIVERSITY SAINTS yesterday. A 7-7 Halftime tie became a 14-10 Cardinals edge to end the 3rd Quarter. Concordia shut out the Saints in the 4th while adding 7 more points for a 21-10 triumph.
SPIRIT OF THE ROAD – In this game the (3) OTTAWA (AZ) SPIRIT visited the TEXAS WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY RAMS. A 7-7 tie to end the 1st Quarter turned into a 14-7 lead for the Spirits at the midpoint. Ottawa U led 21-14 in the 3rd Quarter before emerging from a wild 4th with a 35-29 victory.
WE WENT TO A FOOTBALL GAME BUT A BASEBALL GAME BROKE OUT – The BELHAVEN UNIVERSITY BLAZERS took on the home-standing SUL ROSS STATE LOBOS. Points were at a premium in this epic defensive struggle. When all the dust had settled the Blazers went home with an 8-0 shutout.
BLOWOUT – The (6) CAMPBELLSVILLE UNIVERSITY TIGERS hosted the CINCINNATI CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY EAGLES (should be the Bridgers). By Halftime the Tigers were on top 31-0 and they never looked back. The final score was Campbellsville U 59 Cincinnati Christian 12.
NCAA DIVISION THREE
OTHER UPSETS IN THE TOP TWENTY-FIVE – The TRINITY (TX) TIGERS toppled their guests the (11) BERRY UNIVERSITY VIKINGS 21-17 ### Meanwhile the UNION COLLEGE DUTCHMEN got a 34-10 road beatdown of the (14) RPI ENGINEERS ### And the CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY TARTANS used Overtime to beat the (19) CASE WESTERN RESERVE SPARTANS 29-23 in their own house.
HENS ‘N’ STAGS – Out on the West Coast the POMONA PITZER COLLEGE SAGEHENS welcomed the CLAREMONT-MUDD-SCRIPPS STAGS. In this back and forth affair the Sagehens led 3-0 in the 1st Quarter, the Stags were on top 10-3 at the Half and the 3rd Quarter ended in a 10-10 tie. In the action-packed 4th Quarter Pomona Pitzer won the game 24-19.
BEAT THE SCOTS – The ILLINOIS COLLEGE BLUE BOYS visited the MACALESTER COLLEGE SCOTS and defeated them in a 35-28 thriller ### And the home-standing SAINT NORBERT COLLEGE GREEN KNIGHTS won a 10-7 clash with the MONMOUTH (IL) COLLEGE FIGHTING SCOTS.
DOUBLING UP ON THE COMPETITION – The PACIFIC LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY LUTES took it on the road against the LEWIS & CLARK COLLEGE PIONEERS yesterday. The Lutes dominated, leading 7-0, 21-0 and 28-7 in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Quarters respectively. The Pioneers added 7 points in the 4th as Pacific Lutheran University grabbed a 28-14 victory.
Some helmets courtesy of the Helmet Project.