Top 25 by the numbers: Conference champions crowned as the Top 25 rolls through DII football
It's been awhile, but Week 10 saw zero upsets go down in the Top 25 of DII football. Instead, several teams locked up their regular season conference titles and several conference and program records were shattered.
Here's a look beyond the box score, breaking down some interesting numbers and big performances from Week 10 in DII football.
2 -- Number of ranked teams that fell on Saturday, both were members of the Top 25. No. 8 Northwest Missouri State and No. 6 Fort Hays State were in the defensive battle of the season. At the end of the day, the Tigers prevailed, 13-12. No. 19 Grand Valley State lost a heartbreaker as time expired, as No. 11 Ashland won 34-31.
26.78 -- Average margin of victory over the Top 25's opponents. They outscored their opponents by 616 total points.
11 -- Number of ranked teams that scored 45 or more points this week, up three from last week.
77 -- Most points scored by a Top 25 team this week. No. 20 Bowie State won 77-21 over Elizabeth City State. No. 22 Findlay wasn't far behind, scoring 70 points in its lopsided victory while No. 15 Colorado Mesa dropped 69 points.
8 -- Total amount of touchdowns scored by running back Robert Chesson this week, seven on the ground and one through the air.
3 -- Number of shutouts in Week 10. No. 7 Central Washington beat Simon Fraser 51-0, No. 9 Texas A&M-Commerce defeated Texas-Permian Basin 52-0 and No. 12 Ferris State won 26-0 over Davenport.
2001 -- The last time Northwest Missouri State lost consecutive games in the same season.
2 -- Number of games in the Top 25 decided by a game-winning field goal. Aidan Simenc kicked the winning field goal as time expired for Ashland, while Jaron Imbriani gave No. 4 Midwestern State its victory in overtime.
6 -- Number of ranked teams that claimed their conference title this weekend. No. 2 Shepherd won the Mountain East Conference, while Fort Hays State locked up the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association. No. 14 Wingate won the South Atlantic Conference, and No. 23 West Alabama clinched the Gulf South Conference. No. 5 Indianapolis also locked up the Great Lakes Valley Conference title, while No. 10 Assumption wrapped up the Northeast-10.
Ashland, Central Washington, Colorado Mesa, Midwestern State and No. 1 Minnesota State did clinch a shares of their respective conference titles, while No. 3 Indiana (Pa.) won the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Western Division and No. 16 Virginia State wrapped up the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Northern Division heading into both of its conference title games.
Honorable mention: 45 -- Number of games in a row North Alabama's Dre Hall has had with a reception.
Let's take a look at a position by position break down of some standout stars from Week 10. Once again, running backs stole the show.
|Layton Rabb||Midwestern State||434 yards, 3 TD|
|Robert Webber||Humboldt State||380 yards, 3 TD|
|Connor Jessop||Shepherd||317 pass, 67 rush, 5 total TD|
|Luis Perez||Texas A&M-Commerce||301 yards, 4 TD|
|Travis Russell||Ferris State||103 pass, 121 rush, 2 total TD|
|Dylan Williams||Wingate||124 yards, 4 TD|
|Robert Chesson||Bowie State||342 total yards, 8 total TD|
|Hasani Childs||Central Washington||235 total yards, 4 total TD|
|Justin Taormina||Minnesota State||203 yards 3 TD|
|Johnny Smith||Eastern New Mexico||173 rush, 2 TD|
|Michael Campbell||Findlay||169 total yards, 2 total TD|
|Andrew Vaughn||Ashland||161 yards, 3 TD|
|Blake Hayes||Wingate||154 yards, 2 TD|
|Bryce Young-Walls||Grand Valley State||145 rush, 3 TD|
|Nate Slagel||Findlay||134 yards, 1 TD|
|LaKenderic Thomas||West Alabama||129 rush, 2 TD|
|Jabre Lolley||Shepherd||119 total yards, 2 total TD|
|David Tann||Colorado Mesa||115 yards, 2 TD|
|Marché Dennard||Colorado State-Pueblo||110 total yards, 3 total TD|
|Trenton Cannon||Virginia State||107 yards, 2 TD|
|Al McKellar||UIndy||101 yards, 1 TD|
|Tyrique Edwards||Midwestern State||163 yards|
|Vincent Hobbs||Texas A&M-Commerce||144 yards, 2 TD|
|Chase Krivashei||Humboldt State||133 yards, 2 TD|
|Ashton Grant||Assumption||130 yards, 1 TD|
|Garrett Willis||UIndy||113 yards, 1 TD|
|Wayna Allen||Shepherd||104 yards, 1 TD|
|Donta Armstrong||West Alabama||118 yards, 1 TD|
Special Teams and defensive standouts:
For the second week in a row, Assumption's Cole Tracy hit four field goals in one game. Colorado Mesa's 69-7 victory was one of its most complete of the season as the Mavericks scored three defensive and special teams touchdowns to go with their high-scoring offense. Line backer Kyle Campiotti of Sioux Falls recorded four tackles, one tackle for a loss and a 67-yard interception return for a touchdown that started the scoring for the Cougars victory. UIndy's defensive lineman Jacob Schmatz had a four sack day as the Greyhounds continued to roll.
How about a shoutout to the Fort Hays State offensive line? Northwest Missouri State came into the game average just over four sacks a game, second best in DII football. The Tigers held them to just one in their victory on Saturday.
Every now and then, a student-athlete from an unranked team steps up big in the spotlight. Tarleton State's running back Xavier Turner did just that in Week 10. He rushed for 145 yards and two touchdowns, while grabbing six receptions for 92 yards and another touchdown. To top it off, he threw a three-yard touchdown as well, playing a big role in taking No. 4 MSU to overtime in a near-upset.