Bearcats Return to D3Football.com Top 25 at #21

By Robert McKinney, Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6110

SALEM, ORE. -- The Willamette University football team, ranked #8 in the D3Football.com Preseason Top 25, has returned to the national poll following back-to-back victories over California Lutheran University on Sept. 12 and Southern Oregon University on Sept. 19. Willamette, 2-1 on the season, will host the University of La Verne at McCulloch Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m. (PDT).

The Bearcats fell out of the Top 25 after losing to Concordia College-Moorhead, 24-17, in the season opener in Moorhead, Minn., on Sept. 5. Willamette responded with a 20-13 home victory over California Lutheran before winning downing Southern Oregon, 22-15, on the road.

Still holding the nation's #1 ranking is defending national champion Mount Union College (Ohio), which received 23 of 25 first place votes and 623 points in the poll. Mount Union is 2-0 overall.

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, 2-0, which finished second in the NCAA Division III Playoffs last season, is ranked #2 with two first place votes and 601 points. The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (Texas), 2-0, is #3 with 576 points. Wheaton College (Illinois), 2-0, is ranked #4 with 532 points. Wesley College (Mass) holds the #5 ranking at 3-0 and 518 points.

Northwest Conference opponent Linfield College moved up one spot to #13 after defeating Occidental College (Calif.), 31-27, on Saturday. Occidental fell from #21 to #24. Concordia-Moorhead lost to #6 St. John's (Minn.), 31-17, and fell out of the Top 25. The Cobbers were #23 last week.

D3Football.com Top 25
Released on Sept. 20, 2009
Scott Schoettgen is Willamette's top pass receiver with 13 catches for 300 yards and two touchdowns.

Scott Schoettgen is Willamette's top pass receiver with 13 catches for 300 yards and two touchdowns.