Elsewhere in College Football
By John Kreinbihl
Week 10 featured a lot of the top teams in the country in full “kick back” mode as eight ranked teams had byes this week. All the major talking heads had plenty to say about the big games Saturday and how different outcomes might impact various bowl games and national championship match-ups but all across this great land of ours, there was a lot of other football action that caught my eye.
Let’s take a look at who did what where this weekend.
Blow Out of the Week
While there may have been a shortage of top teams in action, there was no shortage of scoring as a ton of teams put up big numbers. Four teams hit the 70-point+ mark led by Bowie State’s 76-19 victory over Lincoln (PA). Lindsey Wilson slipped by Union (KY) 72-9; Cumberlands drubbed Campbellsville 70-17 and Pittsburg State overwhelmed NW Oklahoma State 70-0 but 70 point margins of victory aren’t enough to capture this weeks prize. Our friends at Mary Hardin-Baylor had it going on as they busted out a big ol’ can of whuppazz on Howard Payne 80-0. The Crusaders, the #2 ranked team in D-III led 59-0 at half and did not score in the third quarter but the home crowd of 4,581 encouraged them to run up the score so they responded with three TD’s in the final 15 minutes to really rub it in. Howard Payne (Pain?) was down to its’ third string QB—yes, I know you’re asking how does Howard Payne have three QB’s—Corbyn Koiner, a 5’9” 170 lb. Freshman, for the most of the second quarter and beyond. The Yellow Jackets fell to 3-5 on the season and Mary Hardin-Baylor improved to 8-0. In their last two games the Crusaders have outscored their opponents 143-7.
Oh So Close Game of the Week
This game needs an asterisk because I can’t confirm it, but according to my local newspaper, Cole beat Haskell Indian Nations 2-0. I’m assuming this was a forfeit or something but I can’t confirm it because Cole’s website is a Facebook page and Haskell Indian Nations website makes a reference to a forfeit but no details. Perhaps I’ll look to the west for smoke signals to get a game summary. With this game in question, the low scoring game of the week goes to Washington(MO) for their 9-7 win over Carnegie Mellon. The Bears kicked a 45-yard field goal with eight seconds left in the game to defeat the Tartans.
Most Points in Losing Effort
Valdosta State scored 55 points and lost to Delta State 63-55. These teams combined for 1,177 yards in total offense they scored a total of 55 points in the 4th quarter. Valdosta scored five TD’s in the fourth, but it wasn’t enough in a game that will go down as an instant classic.
I’ll Be There for You
Friends University defeated Bethel 47-10 on Saturday. The victory moved the Falcons to 7-2 with just two game left on their schedule. They’ll play Cheers this week and the Big Bang Theory on November 16th.
More Miles in a Week than the SEC Will Make in a Year
The University of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors played at Utah State Saturday afternoon after having their charter flight delayed 12 hours as a result of the shooting at LAX on Friday. They arrived in at their hotel at 2 AM Mountain Time and the game started as scheduled 12 hours later. Utah State won the game 47-10. The Rainbows will stay on the mainland and prepare for their game against Navy in Annapolis this Saturday. Here’s the math—two games, seven days, 10,000 miles. Book ‘em Danno.
Name Game of the Week
In addition to Mary Hardin-Baylor beating Howard Payne, Sam Houston State downed Stephen F. Austin 56-49 in a good old-fashioned wild-west shoot out. Stephen F. Austin scored three times in the final eight minutes but it wasn’t enough as the Bearkats won the annual battle of Piney Woods at Reliant Stadium in Houston.
Directional Games of the Week
SW Oklahoma State 42 Southern Nazarene 14. I guess that means there’s a Regular Nazaren somewhere too.
Eastern New Mexico 39 West Texas A&M 38. You may remember West Texas A&M went for 90 last week against McMurry but in the battle for the Wagon Wheel—yep the winning team gets to keep a wagon wheel--Eastern New Mexico scored at TD and a two point conversion in the final minute to rally from 21 points down to upset the 15th ranked Buffs.
CCSU, RPI, IUP, FAU, NC A&T, USTA and UCLA all won.
TCU, UTEP, UNLV, WPI, FIU, VMI, and UAB all lost.
Rally in the Valley
Lebanon Valley defeated Delaware Valley 34-31 in overtime. This game had a little of everything. The Dutchman of Lebanon Valley rallied from 17 points down in the second to take the lead 31-24 with under five minutes to go in the game. Delaware Valley scored on a 13-yard pass from Aaron Wilmer to Bobby Marterella with no time left on the clock to tie the game and send it into overtime. Del Val had the ball first in overtime but Brandon Snyder’s 42-yard field goal hit the upright and Sean Fakete drilled a 26 yarder to seal the win for the Dutchman.
A Partner You Can Rely On or “It Takes Two”
Franklin & Marshall won. So did Washington & Lee as well as William and Mary.
A Game the Swedish Chef from the Muppets Would Love
Doane 56 Dordt 13. Don’t ask me why but I saw this score and all I could hear was Doane and Dordt, Done and Dordt, Doane and Dordt as Swedish gibberish on an episode of the Muppets. Then I looked the game up and sure enough, it would have been a joy to hear ther Swedish Chef call that game on the radio especially since the Dordt Defender defense was led by Seth Vande Voort with 13 tackles. That’s Vande Voort for with the stop for Dordt. Ah mork mork mork.
As much as I would have loved to hear the Swedish Chef call the Dordt game, nothing made me laugh more this weekend than these two stats…Michigan facing 4th and 48 and rushing 29 times for minus 48 yards. I understand that the Harmon family called Devin Gardner and asked if he’d spend the rest of the year honoring John Navarre.