Pop quiz: when was the last time there wasn’t a major upset causing a shake up the Top 25?
Luckily, for most Division II football fans, the answer is Week 3. That means DII football had two straight weekends of the unexpected, seeing some of the mighty Top 25 fall while others continue their very surprising rise. Simply put, there is a lot of exciting DII football being played.
Week 6 was more of the same. Let’s break it down by the numbers.
How the Top 25 fared:
6 — Ranked teams that lost on Saturday. Despite a furious 21-point fourth quarter attempt at a comeback, No. 2 Texas A&M-Commerce lost to No. 10 Midwestern State, 47-42. No. 5 Sioux Falls dropped its first game of the season, losing to No. 22 Winona State, 31-13. No. 9 Delta State saw their undefeated run come to an end, losing to Gulf South foe West Alabama 29-26. No. 16 California (Pennsylvania) suffered its second loss in as many weeks to a Top 25 team, falling to No. 4 Indiana (Pennsylvania) 26-10. No. 17 Humboldt State lost to Great Northwest Athetic Conference rival No. 13 Central Washington. No. 24 Arkansas Tech lost for the second week in a row, putting its Top 25 fate in jeopardy, losing to Arkansas-Monticello 46-45.
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17.84 — Average amount of points by which Top 25 teams won
46 — Biggest margin of victory for a Top 25 team. Colorado State-Pueblo defeated Adams Sate 63-17.
3 — Top 25 teams that cracked 50 points this week. The ThunderWolves led the way with their 63 points. No. 3 Shepherd put up 51 points in its decisive 37-point victory. Central Washington dropped 55 points, staking its claim as the best in the GNAC.
13 — Top 25 teams that remain undefeated in 2017.
36 — Consecutive wins for Northwest Missouri State. That leaves the Bearcats four shy of tying the DII football record.
0 — Top 25 teams that posted a shutout this past Saturday. There had been at least three in each of the past two weekends.
There were quite a few stellar individual performances amongst the Top 25 this past weekend. Here’s a few that stood out most.
|Amir Hall||Bowie State||346 pass, 93 rush, 4 TD|
|Tanner Garry||Slippery Rock||335 yards, 4 TD|
|Connor Jessop||Shepherd||329 yards, 4 TD|
|Reilly Hennessey||Central Washington||216 pass, 118 rush, 5 TD|
|Eystin Salum||Colorado Mesa||275 pass, 84 rush, 6 TD|
|Layton Rabb||Midwestern State||265 pass, 67 rush, 3 TD|
|Marty Carter||Grand Valley State||218 yards, 3 TD|
|Kenneth Iheme||Fort Hays State||189 rush, 2 TD|
|Devontae Jackson||West Georgia||170 yards, 3 TD|
|Nate Gunn||Minnesota State||157 yards, 2 TD|
|Marché Dennard||Colorado State-Pueblo||155 yards, 3 TD|
|Javian Roebuck||Winona State||142 yards, 2 TD|
|Vincent Johnson||Midwestern State||133 yards, 3 TD|
|Brandon Britton (WR)||Bowie State||175 yards, 2 TD|
|Shane Zylstra (WR)||Minnesota State||147 yards, 3 TD|
|Milly Raye (WR)||Slippery Rock||121 yards, 1 TD|
|DJ Cornish (TE)||Shepherd||98 yards, 2 TD|
|Kyle Self (TE)||Central Washington||75 yards, 3 TD|
Northwest Missouri State defensive tackle Caleb Mather had two of the Bearcats five sacks in another great defensive output. Free safety Taderion Myhand had a monster day in West Alabama’s upset with eight tackles (two for a loss) and a 23-yard fumble return for a touchdown. Darius Williams scored another defensive touchdown, his second in three weeks, on a 99-yard interception return for Colorado State-Pueblo. Ashland’s Austin Utter was a menace behind the line of scrimmage with seven tackles (two for a loss) and two sacks. Tyler Hasty, defensive back from Central Washington, picked two passes, one of which went to the house, in the Wildcats’ statement win.
Outside the Top 25:
Despite being on the losing end of a Top 25 battle, Black Hills State quarterback Ryan Hommel had 460 yards passing and three total touchdowns in a loss to Colorado Mesa. The Boll Weevils had a nice offensive output in their upset of Arkansas Tech. Quarterback Cole Sears led the way with 365 yards passing, 48 yards rushing and four total touchdowns. Wide receiver Jalen Tolliver was on the receiving end most of the day, posting 111 yards receiving and two touchdowns, adding a rushing touchdown as well.