Elsewhere in College Football
By John Kreinbihl
Week nine of the college football season is in the books and in O-Zoneland the big game was the Buckeyes destruction of the Nittany Lions. Across the country, games featured undefeated teams going down, lots of overtime thrillers and highlights galore, but as I scanned my paper and checked the results over the weekend, there were several games that stood out to me and most likely missed by the mainstream media.
Let’s take a look at a few as we recap the weekend…
Biggest Blowout of the Week
Several teams won big including Dartmouth drubbing Columbia 56-0; and North Central’s 72 points bested Carthage College by 50, but the Linfield (OR) College Wildcats where the biggest big winners of the weekend with a 84-7 victory over Lewis & Clark. The Pioneers—what else could they be called—will brush off the seventy-seven point loss and concentrate on their game next week with the Donnor Party. Linfield led 70-0 at half and didn’t attempt a pass in the second half. After the game the Lewis & Clark coach said,“we looked lost out there”.
Fewest Points by a Winning Team
Two teams achieved victories by scoring just seven points. Washington (MO) beat Macalester 7-0 but we’re sending this week’s props out to the Westminster Titans for their 7-6 win over Bethany. Why Westminster’s 7 over Washington’s? Because it was the “how” not the “how few” that set them apart. Bethany, facing 4th down deep in their own territory, led the game 6-0 with 44 seconds left but Westminster blocked the Bison punt, recovered it in the end zone and kicked the extra point to win 7-6. This was a road win for Westminster and sent the fans in attendance walking out of the stadium asking each other, “really?”.
Fewest Points By a Winning Team Needing Two Overtimes to Decide the Outcome
Nine. Concord University beat Charleston (WV) 9-3 in 2 OT’s. This game ended in regulation tied at 3. The teams had exchanged 18 punts and were a combined 6 of 34 on third down. Charleston missed 4 FG’s in the game. The first overtime period was, surprise, scoreless then Concord score a TD in the second OT but, surprise #2, they missed the extra point. Charleston had 1st and goal at the three in the second overtime but a fourth down pass went incomplete. By the way, in an ironic aviation twist, Concord isn’t exactly an air power. They passed for a total of 9 yards in the game.
Most Points By a Winning Team Needing Three Overtimes to Decide the Game
In an Ivy League classic, Princeton defeated Hah-vard 51-48 in 3 OT’s. Quinn Epperly’s 6-yard TD pass to Roman Wilson was the difference. The Crimson had taken a 48-45 lead with a field goal on their possession in the 3rd OT prior to the Tigers sealing the deal.
Name Games of the Week
And in a family affair, Mary Hardin-Baylor crushed Hardin-Simmons 63-7. I believe this was a divorce/second marriage game.
In Case You Missed It
Miles College beat Lane 38-26 in the first game in NCAA history that the crew of officials was predominately female. Very cool.
IUP, MIT, LSU, UCF and BYU all won.
RPI, WPI, VMI, FIU, UCLA, UTEP & UAB all lost
Florida Atlantic lost, but Pacific, Azusa Pacific and Pacific Lutheran all won.
The Last Game in America
Colorado State defeated Hawaii 35-28 Saturday night at Aloha Stadium. I used to live in Hawaii and I went to a lot of Rainbows games and they feature some of the greatest tailgate food options anywhere in college football throughout the stadium parking lots. Korean Short Ribs, Manapua, Chili Rice, Lumpia and a few cold beers? No Ka Oi, brah. The Rainbows tried to rally and tie the game late but former Buckeye Taylor Graham’s Hail Mary pass fell incomplete in the end zone and the Rams escaped with a road win. The victory evens CSU’s record at 4-4 and the ‘Bows dropped to 0-7.
Directional Game of the Week
NW Oklahoma State 25 SW Oklahoma State 21. Runner up was West Alabama, which could be called Eastern Louisiana over West Georgia, or possibly East Alabama 45-14.
Not Your Average Scores
Give it up to Seton Hill for scoring a safety in their 41-2 loss to Clarion and Fairmont State who added to field goal to their safety as they fell 41-5 to Urbana.
How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?
Norwich had the answers as they beat Anna Maria 38-6 but Webber is still searching for solutions after losing to Ave Maria 28-13.
See if you can relate to this. You’re a fan of a team that was 1-6 heading into Saturday’s game and the War Hawks, your favorite team, puts up the following statistics:
- 101 offensive plays
- 708 total yards
- 9-19, almost 50% on third down
- Your quarterback goes 28 of 46 for 344 yards and 5 TD’s
- Two running backs each rush for over 100 yards and they score 3 more touchdowns
- Scores 57 points
How do you feel? I’m guessing pretty good, until you find out you lost by 33 points.
Let’s quickly review that—over a hundred plays on offense; over 700 total yards; almost a 50% success rate on 3rd down; a QB with 5 TD passes; two running back each over 100 yards; 57 points and you lost. By 33 points.
If you’re a McMurray War Hawks fan, that’s the life you’re leading. McMurray University lost to West Texas A&M University on Saturday 90-57.
That’s correct, 90-57.
Fact: West Texas A&M is one of the top rated teams in DII. Fiction: Their quarterback is a guy named Herb Manziel.
The West Texas A&M Buffs move to 7-1 and McMurray falls to 1-7.
Could it get any worse than that?
I felt the fans of McMurray may have had the worse Saturday in all of college football so I e-mailed this information to several of my Penn State friends in an effort to soothe the pain of their loss to the Bucks.
Based on the first couple of replies I’ve received, it’s not working.