Elsewhere in College Football
By John Kreinbihl
It was another exciting football weekend and as I scanned my Sunday newspaper and surfed Al Gore’s online interwebs, there were several games that grabbed my attention. Let’s take a look at some of the highs and lows of week #11.
Most Points by A Winning Team
Big numbers were everywhere again this week. Southern Cal rang up 69 against Cal; McNeese St. beat Stephen F. Austin 69-38; Butler hung 72 on Valpo; and Chowan scored 77 points in a blowout of Lincoln (PA) but few teams score like Linfield does. The Wildcats are the top-scoring team in D-III averaging just over 55 points per game. They are the #3 D-III team in the nation and Saturday they throttled Puget Sound 79-3. It’s safe to say they went through Puget Sound like frat boys on jet skies. This marked the third time Linfield scored 70+ points in a game this year. On the season, the Wildcats have outscored their opponents 467-77.
Fewest Points by a Winning Team
I couldn’t find any forfeits this week but I’m still interested in the lowest winning score. Edinboro defeated Clarion 9-7 and Rowan stopped Kean 7-6 but this week the nod goes to St. Joseph (IN) for their 6-3 victory over Truman State. St. Joseph, the Pumas, trailed Truman State for most of the game but two field goals in the 4th quarter gave them the win. Rather than a great defensive struggle, this was simply a poorly played game. The two teams had a combined 10 turnovers. The Bulldogs of Truman State had seven of them. The game also featured 22 penalties. The more I look at the numbers from this game it’s surprising the score was as high as it was.
Most Points Scored in a Losing Effort (Regulation Game)
Morrisville State scored 49 points but lost to SUNY Cortland 62-49. This game featured 166 plays; the teams combined for 1,263 total yards and in what is believed to be a first for Cortland, Justin Autera had 100 yards rushing and 100 yards receiving. Apparently the Cortland record book only goes back to last Wednesday. Morrisville QB Lemar Johnson threw for 396 yards and five TD’s to keep the Mustangs close but the Cortland Red Dragons had more firepower and gained the victory. Cortland had both an 82 yard TD run and an 82 yard TD pass in the game.
Name Games of the Week
Johns Hopkins picked up its’ 500th all-time win defeating Franklin & Marshal 45-30.
Washington & Lee 22
MIT, WPI, IUP, UCF, VMI, TCU, & USTA all won.
RPI, LSU, UAB, FIU, BYU, UTEP & UNLV all lost.
Quad OT Thriller
Thiel College has been playing football for 109 years but Saturday they did something they’d never done before, they played at night game at home. The Tomcats hosted their rival Westminster Saturday night in Greenville. Bright lights and big city this isn’t. These two schools are about 25 miles apart in Western Pennsylvania and it was back and forth through four quarters and four overtime periods before the Tomcats downed the Titans. From the first play of the game, a 51-yard TD run by Thiel QB Ryan Radke to the 4th down incompletion in the 4th OT, these teams basked in the spotlight in front of 1,278 fans. Westminster led 21-14 late in the fourth quarter and had forced Thiel into a 4th and 10 at their own 23 with 1:08 left but the Tomcats hit a 77 yard TD pass to tie the game. The Titans got the ball first in overtime and scored to take a 28-21 lead but Thiel responded to tie it. They traded field goals in the second OT and then in the third OT both teams scored and missed two-point tries—as required in after the second OT—and it was still tied at 37. Thiel got the ball first in the fourth OT and scored on a 7 yard TD passed and made the two-point conversion to take a 45-37 lead. Facing their own “do or die” 4th and 11 situation Westminster’s Dak Britt tried to hit Colin Wallace but the pass was incomplete and the Tomcats had the victory. Both teams are 3-6 on the season.
Directional Game of the Week
Western Oregon 32
Central Washington 26
A somewhat geographically challenged D-II battle but what I liked about this game was that CWU did its’ best Brain Rolle impersonation with a 98 yard PAT return for two points.
Bo Knows Passing
Bo Cordell, a 5th year Senior QB for the Tusculum College Pioneers, continued to add to his NCAA D-III record passing numbers. Cordell has thrown for 15,696 yards, the most in the history of D-III football. He has 107 touchdown passes and 56 interceptions and Saturday in a 52-33 loss to Brevard he threw for 332 yards. The Pioneers are 3-7 on the season and Saturday will likely be Cordell’s last start but he only needs 304 yards to reach 16,000 for his career.
A tip of the ol’ EiCF cap to Allegheny College. The Gators were 0-9 and heading into Saturday’s game and were the lowest scoring team in all of college football. Through eight games, Allegheny was averaging 5.5 points per game, one-tenth of a point less than FCS’s Austin Peay. Allegheny had been shutout three times and had scored a total of 44 points as they took on Denison on Senior Day. The Gators comeback effort came up a bit short as Denison won 24-21. The 21 points the Gators scored in the game now represent 32% of all the points they’ve scored this season. They are now averaging 7.2 points per game and that should move Austin Peay to the bottom of offensive ineptitude in college football. The Governors have two more games and Allegheny only has one so it’s probable the Gators will reclaim the bottom spot. We’re happy to not note Allegheny’s achievement for the week but in the long run, it’s “Let’s Go Peay”.