NAIA Game of the Week
No. 6 Carroll (Mont.) (6-2, 6-1 Frontier) at No. 19 Southern Oregon (5-2, 5-2 Frontier)
Saturday, Oct. 27 | 1 p.m. PDT | Raider Stadium | Ashland, Ore.
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• Two sides vying for a position in the NAIA Football Championship Series and a potential Frontier Conference title meet on Saturday in the NAIA Football Game of the Week as perennial powerhouse No. 6 Carroll (Mont.) travels to No. 19 Southern Oregon. Southern Oregon is in its first season as a member of the Frontier Conference.
• The Fighting Saints own a 2-0 all-time record in the series with both victories coming in the quarterfinal round of the NAIA football playoffs. Carroll's average margin of victory in the two previous meetings is 3.5 points.
• In the two sides last meeting on Nov. 30, 2002, backup quarterback Robb Latrielle led the Fighting Saints to 21 unanswered fourth-quarter points en route to the 35-31 win over the Raiders. Latrielle, who was named Offensive Player of the Game for his performance, clinched the victory on an 11-yard pass to two-time NAIA All-American wide receiver Mark Gallik. It was Latrielle's third touchdown pass of the game and second to Gallik. The Fighting Saints went on to capture their first of four-straight NAIA football championships.
• Carroll enters the Game of the Week tied with Montana Tech atop the Frontier Conference standings with a 6-1 record in the league. Southern Oregon rests one game behind the leaders at 5-2.
• Historically, the Fighting Saints have been one of the flagship football programs in the NAIA, boasting a 478-251-17 (.652) record since its first year of football in 1914. Additionally, Carroll has won 14 Montana Collegiate Conference championships, 26 Frontier Conference titles and six NAIA national championships in 17 playoff appearances. Individually, Carroll has had 52 NAIA All-America award winners, trailing only former-NAIA member Westminster's (Pa.) 57 for most all-time.
• Carroll is currently riding a five-game win streak since dropping back-to-back games against NCAA Division I FCS Portland State (Ore.), 38-20, on Sept. 1 and Montana Tech, 37-20, on Sept. 8. It marked the first time that the Fighting Saints had lost back-to-back games since 2004.
• Last Saturday, the Fighting Saints cruised to a 35-14 win over Montana State-Northern. Running back Dustin Rinker continues to dominate the Lights, tying a career-high with 241 rushing yards, including touchdown runs of 79, two and 66 yards. In his last three games against Montana State-Northern, Rinker has ran for 546 yards (182 yards per game) - including two 241-yard performances - and four touchdowns.
• Carroll showcases a run-first style offense that features three individuals with at least 500 yards rushing this season and ranks eighth in the NAIA in total rushing (2,014). Chance Demarais, the reigning Rawlings-NAIA National Football Player of the Year, leads the trio with 720 yards and six touchdowns on 149 attempts. His 102.9 rushing yards per game average ranks 14th nationally. For his career, Demarais has ran for 4,053 yards, including 1,805 in 2011, and 43 touchdowns. Quarterback Dakota Stonehouse is second with 615 rushing yards and Rinker ranks third at 555 yards.
• When not running, Stonehouse is completing 66.5 percent (103-of-155) of his passes for 1,330 yards and 13 scores. He has connected with 11 different receivers this season, but none more often than wide receiver Anthony Clarke. Clarke currently paces the squad in receptions (22) and yards (419), while tied for the team lead in receiving touchdowns (4).
• The Fighting Saints' defense ranks second in the NAIA in sacks (27) and fifth in total defense per game (253.3), while also resting amongst the top 10 in opponent first downs (102), rush defense per game (94.1) and opponent third down conversion percentage (27.5 percent). During Carroll's current five-game win streak, the Fighting Saints are holding opponents to only 9.4 points per game - 11.9 points below their season average of 21.3.
• Linebacker Sean Blomquist paces the team with 61 tackles (50 solo), including 11.0 tackles-for-loss. He set a career-high with 13 stops against Rocky Mountain (Mont.) on Sept. 15 and has tallied at least one tackle-for-loss in 6-of-8 games this season.
• Defensive end Sean Condon leads the team and ranks ninth nationally with 6.5 sacks. He is second on the team with 9.5 tackles-for-loss.
• Southern Oregon boasts a 325-344-15 (.493) all-time record since the program began in 1927 - excluding a seven year window (1939-1945) where no football was played. The Raiders own 11 conference championships, have made three NAIA playoff appearances (1987, 2001, 2002), and have 31 NAIA Football All-America award winners.
• Southern Oregon comes into Saturday riding a three-game win streak, including back-to-back record setting wins against Montana State-Northern on Oct. 13 and Montana Western on Oct. 20.
• In their 76-29 win against Montana Western last Saturday, the high-flying Raiders snapped a 50-year-old program record for points, while setting the single-game program standard for the third-straight week with 731 total yards. Quarterback Aaron Dodge threw for 400-plus yards for the third-straight games, recording 432 yards on 31-of-47 passing and three touchdowns.
• Southern Oregon has outscored opponents 338-213 and has only been held under 45 points once this season.
• Dodge, who is averaging 457 passing yards per game during Southern Oregon's current three-game win streak, orchestrates a Raider offense that leads the NAIA in pass offense (3,065), pass offense per game (437.9), first downs per game (31.1), total offense per game (644.6) and scoring offense per game (54.7). Dodge has thrown for at least 300 yards in every game this season en route to becoming the current NAIA leader in passing yards per game (394.7), total offense (2,844), total offense per game (406.3) and total passing (2,763). Almost as impressive as Dodge's passing totals is his ability to limit turnovers, tossing only one interception in his last 129 attempts.
• Six different receivers own at least 15 catches this season for Southern Oregon, led by Patrick Donahue's 61, which ranks fourth nationally. Donahue boasts 795 receiving yards this season, which is second only to teammate Cole McKenzie's 862. McKenzie leads the receiving corps with 10 touchdowns.
• Manny Barragan is Southern Oregon's leading rusher with 638 yards and seven touchdowns on 123 carries. Barragan has eclipsed the 100-yard mark in three games this season, including a season-best 180-yard effort against Dickinson State (N.D.) on Sept. 22. He also ranks fourth on the team with 20 receptions.
• Linebacker Kalii Robinson leads the team with 57 tackles (35 solo), while defensive tackle Juwuan Brown owns a team-best 7.5 tackles-for-loss and five sacks.
• The Raider defense ranks amongst the top 25 nationally in the following categories: opponent third down conversion percentage (24.5 percent), rushing defense per game (113.4), opponent fourth down conversion percentage (36.4 percent) and sacks (17.0).
Note: Portions of this information was provided by the Carroll and Southern Oregon Sports Information Departments
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NAIA National Championship Note
The date and time of the 2012 Russell Athletic-NAIA Football National Championship has been changed to Thursday, Dec. 13 with a kick-off at 6:30 p.m. EST. The change was made in order to ensure national television exposure for the participating schools and the NAIA on the CBS Sports Network.
This Week Around the Top 25
• This week (Oct. 22 - 28) features 22 Top 25 squads in action, in addition to the two teams featured in the NAIA Game of the Week. Those contests include:
Menlo (Calif.) (4-3) at (1) Marian (Ind.) (7-0)
Peru State (Neb.) (4-4) at (3) Missouri Valley (7-0)
Dordt (Iowa) (1-5) at (4) Morningside (Iowa) (7-0)
Concordia (Mich.) (0-7) at (5) Saint Xavier (Ill.) (6-1)
Siena Heights (3-5) at (7) Saint Francis (Ind.) (5-2)
Montana State-Northern (2-5) at (8) Montana Tech (6-1)
(9) Grand View (Iowa) (6-2) at (17) St. Francis (Ill.) (5-3)
Campbellsville (Ky.) (2-6) at (10) Cumberlands (Ky.) (7-1)
(11) William Penn (Iowa) (7-1) at Trinity International (Ill.) (3-5)
(12) St. Ambrose (Iowa) (6-1) at Waldorf (Iowa) (4-4)
Graceland (Iowa) (4-4) at (13) MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) (5-2)
(14) Baker (Kan.) (5-2) at Culver-Stockton (Mo.) (1-7)
(15) Evangel (Mo.) (6-2) at Central Methodist (Mo.) (2-6)
(16) Northwestern (Iowa) (6-2) at (25) Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) (5-2)
(18) Hastings (Neb.) (6-1) at (RV) Doane (Neb.) (4-3)
(20) Cumberland (Tenn.) (6-2) at (RV) Bethel (Tenn.) (5-3)
(21) Benedictine (Kan.) (5-3) at Avila (Mo.) (2-6)
Haskell (Kan.) (0-7) at (22) Robert Morris (Ill.) (7-1)
Bethel (Kan.) (0-7) at (22) Tabor (Kan.) (5-2)
Bethany (Kan.) (2-6) at (24) Ottawa (Kan.) (5-2) 1-3)
• Last week's (Oct. 15 - 21) Top 25 Results:
(1) Marian (Ind.) (7-0) (H) def. Concordia (Mich.) (0-7) (V), 59-7
(2) Georgetown (Ky.) (8-0) (V) def. Pikeville (Ky.) (3-5) (H), 35-10
(3) Missouri Valley (7-0) (V) def. Graceland (Iowa) (4-4) (H), 39-7
(4) Morningside (Iowa) (7-0) (V) def. (14) Hastings (Neb.) (6-1) (H), 53-23
(9) Saint Francis (Ind.) (5-2) (V) def. (5) William Penn (Iowa) (7-1) (H), 28-19
(6) Saint Xavier (Ill.) (6-1) (V) def. Taylor (Ind.) (3-5) (H), 55-31
(7) Carroll (Mont.) (6-2) (H) def. Montana State-Northern (2-5) (V), 35-14
(8) Montana Tech (6-1) (V) def. Eastern Oregon (3-4) (H), 28-20
(10) Grand View (Iowa) (6-2) (H) def. Siena Heights (Mich.) (3-5) (V), 37-25
(11) Cumberlands (Ky.) (7-1) (H) def. UVa-Wise (Va.) (2-7) (V), 75-13
(11) St. Ambrose (Iowa) (6-1) (H) def. Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) (1-7) (V), 63-10
(13) MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) (5-2) (V) def. (16) Benedictine (Kan.) (5-3) (H), 28-17
(17) Evangel (Mo.) (6-2) (H) def. Avila (Mo.) (2-6) (V), 54-21
(18) Northwestern (Iowa) (6-2) (H) def. Briar Cliff (Iowa) (1-7) (V), 57-7
(RV) Dakota Wesleyan (S.D) (5-2) (H) def. (20) Doane (Neb.) (4-3) (V), 28-24
Bethel (Tenn.) (5-3) (H) def. (21) Faulkner (Ala.) (5-3) (V), 33-21
(23) Southern Oregon (5-2) (V) def. Montana Western (2-5) (H), 76-29
(24) Robert Morris (Ill.) (7-1) (V) def. Ave Maria (Fla.) (1-4) (H), 21-0
(25) Cumberland (Tenn.) (6-2) (H) def. Campbellsville (Ky.) (2-6) (V), 28-23
• No. 13 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) allowed just three second half points en route to a 28-17 victory at then-No. 16 Benedictine (Kan.) last Saturday in the NAIA Football Game of the Week. In addition to holding the Ravens to a season-low 17 points, the Pioneer defense forced four Benedictine turnovers, including three interceptions of quarterback Bill Noonan. Quarterback Sean Ransburg ran for 123 yards and one touchdown, while throwing for 104 yards and a score to lead the MidAmerica Nazarene offense.
• Three higher ranked teams fell last week: then-No. 9 Saint Francis (Ind.) def. then-No. 5 William Penn (Iowa), 28-19; Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) def. then-No. 20 Doane (Neb.), 28-24; and Bethel (Tenn.) def. then-No. 21 Faulkner (Ala.), 33-21.
• The top-four teams won by an average margin of 34.8 points last week to hold their positions in the seventh edition of the NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 Poll For top-ranked Marian (Ind.) it's the fourth-straight week at No. 1. No. 24 Ottawa (Kan.) and No. 25 Dakota Wesleyan, who were both previously rated this season, rejoined the poll this week.
• For this week's NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 Poll, click here.
• For a complete look at the 2012 NAIA football schedule, click here.
|Top 25 Consecutive Poll Leaders (Poll No. 7)|
|1. Saint Francis (Ind.)||163|
|2. Carroll (Mont.)||148|
|3. MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)||76|
|4. Morningside (Iowa)||69|
|5. Saint Xavier (Ill.)||58|
|6. Missouri Valley||36|
|T7. Marian (Ind.)||33|
|T7. William Penn (Iowa)||33|
|9. Georgetown (Ky.)||27|
|T10. Benedictine (Kan.)||22|
|T10. St. Francis (Ill.)||22|
|No. 1 Poll Leaders (Since 2000)|
|1. Carroll (Mont.)||56|
|2. Sioux Falls (S.D.)||55|
|3. Georgetown (Ky.)||23|
|4. Saint Xavier (Ill.)||14|
|5. Northwestern Oklahoma State||11|
For the Record
• Edward Waters' (Fla.) 66-34 victory over Point (Ga.) marked the third-consecutive season that two NAIA schools have combined for 110 points in a game. (information provided by Tex Noel, Intercollegiate Football Researchers Association)
• No. 2 Georgetown (Ky.) currently leads the NAIA with an eight game win streak. The Tigers, who are 8-0 on the season, host Union (Ky.) on Saturday.
• Four teams remain undefeated this season: Georgetown (8-0), Missouri Valley (7-0), Morningside (Iowa) (7-0) and Marian (Ind.) 7-0).
• Five programs are searching for their first win of the season.
• Saint Francis (Ind.) head coach Kevin Donley regained his two victory lead over Dickinson State (N.D.) head coach Hank Biesiot on the all-time wins list when the Cougars downed William Penn (Iowa), 28-19, last week. Donley currently owns a 259-118-1 career record, while Biesiot is 257-107-1. Both coaches are in action on Saturday.
o Current Race for the Record Standings:
- Kevin Donley: 259-118-1
- Hank Biesiot: 257-107-1
- Frosty Westering: 256-81-7
• Benedictine (Kan.) head coach Larry Wilcox became only the fifth NAIA football coach to eclipse the 230 career win plateau with a 59-6 thumping of Sterling (Kan.) on Sept. 1. Wilcox is currently third amongst active coaches with a 234-129 all-time record.
• Bill Cronin of Georgetown (Ky.) claimed his 150th career win when his then-No. 4 Tigers knocked off Bethel (Tenn.), 63-21, on Sept. 29. Cronin owns a 153-35 record in 15 seasons at Georgetown, which ranks fifth amongst active NAIA coaches.
• There are four programs making their NAIA varsity debut in 2012: Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.), made famous by the bright-red turf of its new field, Point (Ga.), Bluefield (Va.) and Wayland Baptist (Texas). Lindenwood-Belleville (4-4) won its season opener, 43-37, against Avila (Mo.) on Sept. 1, while Wayland Baptist (2-5) claimed its first victory, 27-23, against NCAA Division III Howard Payne (Texas) on Sept. 15. Point (0-7) and Bluefield (0-8) remain in search of that elusive first victory.
• A pair of long-time Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference rivals played for the 100th time when then-No. 24 Kansas Wesleyan traveled to Bethany (Kan.) on Sept. 22. The Coyotes won a thriller, 33-31, over the Swedes to improve to 8-4 against Bethany since 2000. Bethany leads the all-time series with a 55-40-5 record.
National Statistics (Through Oct. 24)
• Southern Oregon quarterback Austin Dodge leads the NAIA in total offense through week eight with 2,844 yards - 383 yards more than second place E.J. White of Saint Francis (Ill.). Dodge boasts an NAIA-best 2,763 passing yards.
• Derek Lear of Montana State-Northern set a 2012 NAIA single-game high with 606 yards of total offense in the Lights' 46-39 victory against Montana Western on Sept. 22. Lear, who accounted for more than 80 percent of the Montana State-Northern offense, finished the game 32-for-45 (71 percent) for 532 yards and seven touchdowns.
• Bryce Baker of Rocky Mountain (Mont.) set the NAIA game-high in passing yards with 544 in the Battlin' Bears' 52-30 victory against Southern Oregon on Sept. 8.
• Robert Morris' (Ill.) Lamont Wims leads the NAIA with 1,181 rushing yards in eight games and a 147.6 yards per game average. Wims was the first NAIA player to run for more than 1,000 yards this season.
• Colin Amsler of Southern Oregon is currently the NAIA's highest scoring kicker with 63 points. He enters the week 11-for-16 in field goals and 42-for-45 in PATs.
• Evangel's (Mo.) Jesse Vaughn leads all NAIA receivers with 1,086 yards on 44 receptions, while Daniel Beals of Trinity International (Ill.) is first with 68 catches.
• Eastern Oregon linebacker Howard McDonald owns an NAIA-best 17.3 tackles per game average, while Dexter Davis of Friends (Kan.) and Jon Higgins of Grand View (Iowa) lead the way with 11.0 sacks each. Davis set a career-best and NAIA game-high with five sacks on Sept. 15 against NCAA Division II Southern Nazarene (Okla.).
• Adrian Hightower of Cumberlands (Ky.) leads the NAIA with seven interceptions, including two multi-interception performances against Cumberland (Tenn.) on Sept. 8 and Pikeville (Ky.) on Sept. 22.
• Team Offensive Leaders
o Scoring Offense per Game: Southern Oregon - 54.7 points per game
o Total Offense per Game: Southern Oregon - 644.6 yards per game
o Rushing Offense: Cumberlands (Ky.) - 2,697 yards (337.1 yards per game)
o Passing Offense: Southern Oregon - 3,065 yards (437.9 yards per game)
o Turnover Margin per game: Tabor (Kan.) - 3.4 turnover margin per game
o First Downs per Game: Southern Oregon - 31.1 first downs per game
o Third Down Conversion: Faulkner (Ala.) - 56.5 percent
o Fourth Down Conversion: Southern Oregon - 80.0 percent
• Team Defensive Leaders
o Scoring Defense per Game: Morningside (Iowa) - 8.1 points per game
o Total Defense per Game: Bacone (Okla.) - 232.6 yards per game
o Rushing Defense per Game: Morningside (Iowa) - 49.3 yards per game
o Passing Defense per Game: Bacone (Okla.) - 127.0 yards per game
o Sacks: Northwestern (Iowa) - 36.0 total sacks
o Opponent Third Down Conversion: Morningside (Iowa) - 19.5 percent
o Opponent Fourth Down Conversion: Sterling (Kan.) - 16.7 percent
• For a complete look at the NAIA statistical leaders, click here.
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Looking Ahead to the National Championship
The 57th annual NAIA Football National Championship will take place at Barron Stadium in Rome, Ga., for the fifth-straight season. The 2012 championship will be contested on Dec. 13 at 6:30 p.m. EST. The NAIA Football Championship Series is scheduled for Nov. 17, 24 and Dec. 1 at campus sites.
NAIA Football National Championship Information - Click HERENational Championship Superlatives
|Most Postseason Appearances|
|1. Carroll (Mont.)||20||39-14||2011|
|T2. Georgetown (Ky.)||17||24-14||2011|
|T2. Westminster (Pa.)*||17||31-11||1997|
|4. Sioux Falls (S.D.)*||16||36-12||2010|
|T5. Dickinson State (N.D.)||15||6-15||2010|
|T5. Northwestern (Iowa)||15||20-13||2006|
|T5. Pacific Lutheran (Wash.)*||15||24-12||1996|
|T5. Lindfield (Ore.)*||15||16-12||1994|
|T9. Findlay (Ohio)*||13||21-9-1||1997|
|T9. Central Arkansas*||13||12-10-2||1992|
|Most Wins in Football Championship Series|
|1. Carroll (Mont.)||39-14|
|2. Sioux Falls (S.D.)*||36-12|
|3. Westminster (Pa.)*||31-11|
|T4. Pacific Lutheran (Wash)*||24-12|
|T4. Georgetown (Ky.)||24-14|
|6. Findlay (Ohio)*||21-9-1|
|T7. Northwestern (Iowa)||20-13|
|T7. Carson-Newman (Tenn.)*||20-6-1|
|9. Saint Francis (Ind.)||19-12|
|T10. Linfield (Ore.)*||16-12|
|T10. Texas A&I*||16-1|
|Programs with Most National Championship Titles|
|1. Texas A&I*||1959, 69-70, 74-76, 79||7|
|T2. Carroll (Mont.)||2002-05, 07, 10||6|
|T2. Westminster (Pa.)*||1970, 76-77, 88-89, 94||6|
|4. Carson-Newman (Tenn.)*||1983-84, 86, 88-89||5|
|T5. Findlay (Ohio)*||1979, 92, 95, 97||4|
|T5. Sioux Falls (S.D.)*||1996, 2006, 2008-09||4|
For the complete NAIA Football National Championship Record Book – Click HERE