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Elsewhere in College Football: October 31
By John Kreinbihl

It was another great week of college football and there were plays and games where you may watched and channeled your inner Jack Buck as he described Kirk Gibson’s home run in the 1998 World Series by exclaiming, “I don’t believe what I just saw”.  We felt the same way.  But there was more college football than the major networks could cover so we’re back again in an effort to get you to believe what you didn’t see, “Elsewhere in College Football”.

The Biggest Blowout of the Week—As we scanned the scores from last weekend there were plenty of mismatches and each time we thought we’d found a winner in this category, a bigger blowout would be uncovered.  If we actually etched names on a trophy we would have had to X-out several teams.  Wisconsin-Whitewater was the leader in the clubhouse for a short time for their 63-0 whitewashing of Wisconsin Eau (0?) Claire then we ran across McKendree’s 65-0 shutout of Lincoln followed by two 69-point wins from Henderson State and Grand View (IA) as they each won 76-7.  We like 69-point wins, but our experience told us we needed to continue to dig because we were sure there was a 70-pointer out there and low and behold, there was one.  This week EiCF recognizes Doane College for their 73-0 victory over Dort in a NAIA match-up.  The Doane College Tigers celebrated Senior Day in a big, big way in front of 1,000 fans at Al Papik Field in Crete, Nebraska.  Doane, the #5 ranked team in NAIA football, started slowly but scored their most points in a game since the 1968 season and the 73-point victory was the largest since an 85-point win back in 1925.  The Tigers scored on 11 of their 14 possessions.  They missed a FG on their opening drive and punted twice.  The Dort College (IA) Defenders entered the game averaging 280 yards rushing which was fifth best in the NAIA but the Tigers defense held them to just 67 yards on the ground and 119 total yards.  Loken VandeVegte, perhaps the best named we’ve heard in college football this year, led the Defenders with 44 yards rushing on 17 carries.  Doane totally dominated this game.  The Tigers outgained Dort 580-119; had 32 first downs to just 6 for the Defenders; limited Dort to 2.2 yards per play while averaging 7.9 yards per play; held them to 2-15 on third down and forced 9 punts.  Doane improves to 8-0 on the season and 7-0 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference and Dort dropped to 2-7, 1-6.

Fewest Points by a Winning Team—This week we have a game that was more reminiscent of a “Fall Classic” World Series game than a classic fall football game.  It might be easy to label it a “Fail Classic” because of the final score, but we here at EiCF found the results and details of this game to be not only interesting but also entertaining and educational.  For the winner in this category we head to rainy Tacoma, Washington for a D-III match-up between the University of Puget Sound Loggers and their cross-town rival Pacific Lutheran University Lutes.  PLU had won nine straight games against Puget Sound and 26 of the last 27 games and if they were going to make 10 in a row, they’d need help in slowing down the Loggers prolific passing offense.  They got help from Mother Nature as it rained throughout the game but it wasn’t enough as Puget Sound scored on an 18-yard pass from Hans Fortune to Brennan Schon with 4:25 remaining in the game to give the Loggers a 6-2 win.  That’s right 6-2.  The win guaranteed the Loggers their first winning season since 2006.  Puget Sound entered the game as D-III’s second-ranked passing offense averaging just less than 400 yards per contest.  The Lutes held the Loggers to just 293 total yards and 248 through the air.  Pacific Lutheran scored first on a safety early in the second quarter and it appeared that would hold up until UPS offense finally started to click.  The big play on the game-winning drive was a 16-yard hook-up from Fortune to Schon on 4th and 6 from their won 36-yard line.  Fortune then hit Peter Bell for 27 yards before connecting with Schon for the TD.  A two-point try fell incomplete.  PLU had the ball for more than 41 minutes but couldn’t score anything other than the safety.  The Lutes, were 3-17 on third down and turned the ball over twice, but drove to the Logger’s 16-yard line with 28 seconds left but the UPS defense stopped them on 4th down to secure the victory.  The Loggers are now 5-2 on the season and Pacific Lutheran fell to 1-6.

Most Points in a Losing Effort—Chances are you saw some of this game as nobody did less with more than Texas Tech.  The Red Raiders scored 53 points against #12 Oklahoma State but gave up 70 in another classic Big 12 defensive battle.  This was the fourth game this season Tech has allowed more than 50 points and surprisingly, they’ve lost all four games.  Last season we subtitled this category as “who got Horned Frogged” after TCU scored about 300 points and lost to Baylor and it seems we need to rename it again.  Henceforth, we’ll refer to this category as “did anyone play worse defense than a Big 12 team?”

Initial Successes—TCU, UCLA, USC, FAU and IUP all won over the weekend.

Initial Failures—UCF, UTEP, UNLV, SMU, UTSA, VMI and WPI all lost over the weekend.

2 for Three—The good news for Pacific Lutheran is they weren’t the only team to score just two points last Saturday.  Two other teams matched that feat.  Oberlin fell behind Wittenberg 41-0 before forcing a fumble that Wittenberg recovered in their own end zone to cut the lead to 41-2, in the third quarter but that’s where the Yeomen’s scoring efforts ended as the Tigers added three more TD’s and won the game 62-2.  The Mayville State Comets were the third team to score 2 points as they blocked a Dickinson punt for a safety in their 40-2 loss.

Name Game of the Week—Washington & Lee, the #18 team in D-III traveled to Emory, Virginia to take on Emory & Henry in an Old Dominion Athletic Conference game.  The Generals ran for more than 500 yards for the second straight week and improved to 8-0 on the season with a 42-14 victory over the E&H Wasps.  Three Washington & Lee players rushed for over 100 yards led by Walker Brand’s 122 yards on 20 carries.  Marshall Hollreith added 117 yards on 17 carries and three TD’s.  The third RB with 100+ yards was Connor Chess who ran for 113 yards on 13 carries.  EiCF loves the ODAC because it can feature a “name game” almost every week with Hampden-Sydney and Randolph-Macon as members too.  We think Dave & Busters should be the title sponsor of the Conference Championship game.  With the win, W&L goes to 5-0 in the league and E&H drops to 5-3.

Directional Game of the Week—For the first time since 2012 West Texas A&M defeated their rival Eastern New Mexico meaning the Wagon Wheel has returned to Canyon, Texas.  The Buffs ended a three-game losing streak to the Greyhounds with a 52-42 victory Saturday afternoon on Senior Day at Kimbrough Memorial Stadium.  WTA&M got a career passing day from sophomore quarterback Ethan Brinkley and career receiving day from senior Xavier Amey in the come from behind win.  Brinkley was 18-25 for 387 yards and 3 TD’s.  Two of those TD’s went to Amey who finished with 7 catches for 242 yards.  The Buffs led 35-14 midway through the second quarter but saw ENM score the next three touchdowns to tie the game at 35 in the third.  The Buffaloes got a FG to retake the lead 38-35 with 31 seconds left in the third quarter.  Greyhound QB Jeremy Buurma found Aaron Johnson for a 79-yard TD strike 8 seconds into the final quarter before the Buffs rallied to for the victory.  With the win, West Texas A&M moves to 4-4 overall and 3-3 in the Lone Star Conference.  The loss drops Eastern New Mexico to 6-3,3-3.

And Finally, Consistency, thy Name is Hanover—In a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference showdown the Hanover Panthers defeated the Earlham Quakers 35-34 in OT.  The game produced the type of box score we love as Hanover scored 7 points in each period:

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

OT

Total

Hanover College

7

7

7

7

7

35

Earlham College

0

7

13

8

6

34

Earlham rallied to tie the game at 28 at the end of regulation on Wesley Hundley’s 34-yard TD pass to Jalen Kenner with 5 seconds left.  The Quakers got the ball first in OT and scored on Sam Panton’s 12-yard run but Earlham missed the PAT.  Hanover converted a key 4th and 3 from the five- yard line on their OT possession and scored one play later on a one-yard run by Justin Connors.  Ben Wheeler’s extra point was the difference.  Hanover is now 2-6 on the year and Earlham fell to 0-9.

We’ll be back next week and attempt to uncover a few of the great games and plays you missed, “Elsewhere in College Football”.

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