Week 4 is in the books, and it was a wild one in Division II football. Four major upsets unfolded that will certainly lead to a shakeup in the Top 25 come Monday.
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Let’s dig a little deeper than the scoreboard and take a look at how Week 4 unfolded by the numbers.
How the Top 25 fared:
4 — ranked teams that lost Saturday, all to unranked opponents. Ashland, which received the most votes outside the Top 25, upset Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference foe and No. 2-ranked Ferris State 20-3 in a defensive battle that saw just 478 total yards of combined offense. Central Missouri defeated No. 15 Emporia State on one of the wildest final plays you’ll ever see, recovering not one, but two fumbles for the game-winning touchdown. Unranked Bentley faced off against its second Top 5 quarterback in two weeks, and shut them both down, defeating No. 9 LIU-Post 40-21. West Alabama won the Battle for ‘Bama, taking down North Alabama 38-17. Running back Lakenderic Thomas reeled off three touchdowns in the upset, leaving UNA the only team in the Top 25 with a losing record.
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550 — total amount of points by which the Top 25 outscored its opponents.
43 — average amount of points scored by the 24 ranked teams that played Saturday (No. 13 Midwestern State was on bye).
5 — ranked teams that posted a shutout. Northwest Missouri State, No. 7 Sioux Falls, No. 8 Minnesota State, No. 12 Grand Valley State and No. 16 Arkansas Tech outscored their opponents 234-0 in those games.
20 — number of teams still undefeated in the Top 25 after Saturday.
76 — highest amount of points scored by a Top 25 team. No. 23 Bowie State defeated Shaw 76-7. No. 1 Northwest Missouri State scored 63 in its shutout of Missouri Southern.
34 — games in a row the Bearcats have won since their last loss in 2014.
5 — games that went right down to the final minutes. Michael Keir avoided an upset for No. 5 California (PA) with a rushing touchdown with 18.8 ticks left on the clock. No. 22 Humboldt State eked out a 49-48 victory in overtime. Central Missouri upset No. 15 Emporia State on a double-fumble touchdown return. Marcus Johnson reeled in a 73-yard touchdown pass — his fourth of the day — with just 1:36 left to avoid a near-upset by Gannon. A 93-yard pick six with 2:55 remaining gave Indianapolis its second thrilling fourth-quarter win of its undefeated season.
While plenty of players helped their respective teams acheive those big numbers, lets go position by position and look at a few standouts from Saturday’s action.
|Amir Hall||Bowie State||420 yards passing, 6 TD|
|Tanner Garry||Slippery Rock||518 yards passing, 5 TD|
|Eystin Salum||Colorado Mesa||212 yards passing, 2 TD, 164 yards rushing, 1 TD|
|Jake Purichia||Indianapolis||342 yards passing, 4 TD, 105 yards rushing|
|Zach Martin||NWMSU||326 yards passing, 6 TD|
|Lenny Williams||Indiana (PA)||274 yards passing, 4 TD, 43 yards rushing|
|Jabre Lolley||Shepherd||239 yards rushing, 3 TD|
|Ja’Quan Gardner||Humboldt State||176 yards rushing, 2 TD, 17 receiving, 1 TD|
|Max Mickey||Sioux Falls||180 yards rushing, 1 TD|
|Christian Cummings||Central Washington||108 yards rushing, 3 TD|
|Dennard Marché||Colorado State-Pueblo||148 yards rushing, 2 TD|
|Lakenderic Thomas||West Alabama||87 yards rushing, 3 TD|
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— IUP Football (@IUPfootball) September 23, 2017
|John Todd||Humboldt State||225 yards receiving, 3 TD|
|Marcus Johnson||Slippery Rock||183 yards receiving, 4 TD|
|Malik Higgins||Indianapolis||198 yards receiving, 3 TD|
|JoJo Gause||Indiana (PA)||84 yards receiving, 3 TD|
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Several players really stood out, despite being on the losing side of the scoreboard. Emporia State’s quarterback Braxton Marstall had yet aother stellar day, throwing for 344 yards and two touchdowns, as did running back Landon Nault who ran for 133 yards and two touchdowns. Bentley’s Mack Lowrie threw for just 255 yards in the upset over LIU-Post, but he made them all count, tossing five touchdowns on the day. Paul Revis from Western Oregon caught 176 receiving yards and pulled in two touchdowns in a losing effort to Humboldt State. Christian Strong, quarterback for Seton Hill, nearly pulled off the upset throwing for 476 yards (188 of which went to Michael Elardo) and five touchdowns.
But it was Gannon’s running back Marc Jones who had a day to remember, standing out above just about everyone who played on Saturday. Jones ran for a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference record 354 yards and four touchdowns, while adding 95 receiving yards and another touchdown. That’s 449 total yards, a program record.
— Gannon Athletics (@GUKnights) September 23, 2017