Penn's out but Del-Val plays on

Posted: November 14, 2011

PLAYERS OF THE WEEKEND * 

National: Texas Christian's Casey Pachall hit Josh Boyce with a two-point conversion pass with just over a minute left to hand unbeaten Boise State its first home loss in forever.

* Local: Redshirt freshman quarterback Aaron Wilmer (George Washington High), a transfer from West Chester, threw for 331 yards and four touchdowns to help Delaware Valley (10-0) claim an outright Middle Atlantic Conference title and an automatic berth in the NCAA Division III playoffs with a 56-28 win over visiting Widener (8-2).

AROUND TOWN Harvard 37, Penn 20

The Quakers (5-4, 4-2) will not be claiming even a share of a third consecutive Ivy League championship, after taking the last two outright.

Host Harvard (8-1, 6-0) trailed 7-0 after a quarter. The Crimson scored the next 37 points in a little less than 30 minutes. Brown's (7-2, 4-2) 21-16 loss to visiting Dartmouth (4-5, 3-3) clinched the outright crown for Harvard, which closes at Yale (5-4, 4-2).

This is Harvard's first title since 2008 (when it tied with Brown), and first solo since '07.

Penn will finish with Cornell (4-5, 2-4) at home, the first meaningless game the Quakers will play since 2008. Except, of course, that it will be the seniors' last one at Franklin Field.

Harvard rushed for 204 yards, to Penn's 24. Both teams lost two fumbles. Harvard also ran an interception back for a fourth-quarter TD.

Del Val 56, Widener 28

The Aggies received a No. 2 seed in the 32-team NCAA field, and will open at home Saturday against Norwich (Vermont). At 7-3, the Eastern Collegiate champs will be making their playoff debut.

If Del Val advances to the second round for the third straight year, it would host either Johns Hopkins (9-0) or St. John Fisher (7-2).

The eighth-ranked Aggies trailed, 28-14, with just over 5 minutes to go in the second quarter; they blanked the second-highest-scoring offense in Division III the rest of the way.

The Pride scored on an interception return and a punt return.

The Aggies also had unbeaten regular seasons in 2004 and '05. Each time they made it to the third round. Last year they lost to Widener on a last-play TD and two-point conversion. The Pride was trying to win its first MAC title since 2007.

It was 28-21, Widener, by halftime; 35-28, Del Val, at the end of the third period; and 42-28 with 13 1/2 minutes remaining.

Fraud Five

And then some.

* Stanford: It's almost OK to lose by 20-some to Oregon, for a second straight time, even at home. But, well, this one was supposed to be different because it was at home.

* Texas: It might be OK to lose at Missouri, but probably not to score just five points.

* Auburn: Nothing too outrageous about losing at Georgia, but maybe by 38 is.

* UCLA: Shouldn't be losing 31-6 at Utah, week after taking control of Pac-12 South by beating Arizona State.

* Arizona State: Shouldn't be losing at Washington State, especially after UCLA got whacked. Nice division.

* Boise State: Can't kill anyone for losing at home for first time since George W's first administration, but it was favored by more than two TDs.

* Texas Tech: Has been outscored 159-33 since winning at Oklahoma.

* Syracuse: Has lost three straight (by 17, 7 and 20) since crushing West Virginia.

* Mississippi: I know nobody cares, but shouldn't be losing at home to Louisiana Tech by 20.

Gone

Remember when there were too many unbeatens? You just have to be patient.

Remove Stanford and Boise from the list.

Stanford got whipped by Oregon again. Only difference this time was the Cardinal didn't blow a big early lead. At least it can still finish 11-1, which should be enough to get them back in a BCS bowl.

Boise State, which went to the Fiesta in 2006 and '09, was trying to remain in the national-title equation. Not anymore. For the second year in a row, the Broncos did themselves in by missing late field goals.

It was the first time in his career that senior quarterback Kellen Moore has trailed at halftime. And only the third time he has been behind at the end (he's won 46).

Pinball

Faulkner of Alabama (3-7) beat Union of Kentucky (2-9), 95-89, in triple overtime. That set an NAIA record for points. In 1994, Southwestern of Kansas had beaten Sterling of the same state, 79-62.

The highest-scoring game ever? That would be Georgia Tech 222, Cumberland zip in 1916.

Did you notice? * 

Alabama has held 11 straight opponents to 14 or fewer points.

* Third-year Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen (Ursinis College) is 2-11 against the SEC West. Both wins were over Mississippi.

* Clemson finished unbeaten at home (7-0) for the first time since 1990.

* South Carolina has six SEC wins for the first time since joining the league in 1992.

* Texas failed to score a TD for the first time since 2004.

* Michigan State won at Iowa for the first time since 1989.

* Navy won at Southern Methodist, 24-17, despite not completing a pass (on two attempts). The Midshipmen rushed for 335 yards.

* Virginia Tech has won 24 of its last 26 in November.

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