Bearcats Advance Three Spots to #22 in D3football.com Top 25

Willamette is 4-0 overall, 1-0 in the NWC, prior to game at Lewis & Clark on Oct. 19

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

SALEM, ORE. -- Willamette University has moved up three positions to #22 in this week's D3football.com Top 25, following a 50-21 victory over Whitworth University on Friday, Oct. 11. The Bearcats are now 4-0 on the season, including 1-0 in the Northwest Conference. WU held the #25 ranking in last week's Top 25.

The University of Mount Union (Ohio) remained #1 in the Top 25 with a 5-0 record to go along with 609 points and 16 first place votes in the poll. NWC rival Linfield College, 4-0, was ranked #2 with six first place votes and 597 points. The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (Texas), 5-0, was third with the three remaining first place votes and 594 points.

Listed at #4 was North Central College (Ill.), 5-0, with 537 points, while Bethel University (Minn.), 5-0, held the #5 spot with 501 points.

A total of three NWC teams were ranked in this week's Top 25. In addition to Willamette and Linfield, Pacific Lutheran University also was ranked, with the Lutes coming in a #17 on the list. Last week, PLU was ranked #15.

A total of 18 undefeated teams were included in the poll, along with six teams with one loss, and one team with two losses. Pacific University from the NWC, currently 5-0 in the season, received votes, but did not reach the Top 25.

Willamette will return to action on Saturday, Oct. 19 with a road game at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Ore. Game time in the NWC contest is scheduled for 1 p.m. (PDT).

The D3football.com Top 25 is voted on by a panel of 25 coaches, sports information directors and media members from throughout the country.

D3Football.com Top 25 Poll
Released on October 13, 2013
Josh Dean completed 22 of 28 passes for 331 yards and 5 TDs in the win over Whitworth.

Josh Dean completed 22 of 28 passes for 331 yards and 5 TDs in the win over Whitworth.