There's not much the M.I.A.C. could do to grab the national attention like last week, when St. John's stunned St. Thomas in what has to be the best small college football rivalry in Minnesota.
It was the day of one sided games in the conference Saturday though, as all three of the games we featured this week were decided by at least 10 points.
The Johnnies weren't able to build on the momentum of that big win, as Concordia came to Collegeville on Saturday. It was Augsburg this week who showed their strength in a route of Hamline, and Bethel coasted by Carlton.
Augsburg scores early and often as they clobber Hamline
Three first quarter touchdowns set the tone as Augsburg knocked off Hamline on Saturday 55-20.
Sophomore quarterback Ayrton Scott was dynamic for Augsburg, completed 17 of 28 passes for 214 yards and four touchdowns, while rushing for another 161 yards on the afternoon.
After the Auggies rattled off three first quarter scores the game really wasn't in doubt the rest of the way. Scott connected on touchdown passes of 4, 17, 6, and 30 yards. On the day he was responsible for 375 of the more than 500 yards of offense.
Phil Putratz scored a pair of touchdowns on the afternoon and rushed for 64 yards.
The Augsburg defense didn't make it easy on the Pipers up front either, holding them to an average of 2.4 yards a carry.
Augsburg (3-0) plays a big game at Bethel next week. Hamline (1-2) hosts Gustavus next week.
The full stats from the game can be viewed by clicking here.
No encore for the Johnnies, Cobbers win in Collegeville
There was no repeat success after last week's big upset victory for St. John's. The Johnnies were beaten at home by Concordia 24-14 on Saturday afternoon.
The Cobbers controlled the line of scrimmage as they ground out 241 yards rushing in the victory. It was another big day for Concordia quarterback Griffin Neal, he led the team on the ground with 83 yards rushing and was efficient passing on a less than ideal day, connecting on 15 of 23 passes for 186 yards. Neal connected on two big play touchdown strikes hooking up with Jon Baune on a 35 yard connection then hit Brandon Zylstra on a 26 yard score.
Concordia (4-0) will play is off next Saturday. St. John's (3-1) will play at St. Olaf.
Full stats of the game are available by clicking here.
Bethel cruises over Carlton with a big victory
Junior running back Brandon Marquardt did a lot of damage on Saturday afternoon. The junior from Champlain, ran for three touchdowns and 181 yards helping to lead Bethel to a big 58-14 victory at Carlton on Saturday.
Marquardt led a Bethel rushing attack that amassed 348 yards and six rushing touchdowns on the ground, a dominating physical performance that allowed them to control the game. He obviously wasn't alone in that performance Marshall Klitzke also scored a pair of touchdowns as he rushed for 70 yards on just nine carries, and Josh Werness scored a touchdown and ran for 65 yards.
The teams played even in the first quarter as it was 7-7 after 15 minutes, but Bethel scored four touchdowns in the second quarter, and shut Carlton out in the second half to cement the victory.
Bethel (4-0) hosts Augsburg next week in what should be a terrific game. Carlton (2-2) travels to St. Thomas.
Full stats from the game can be viewed by clicking here.