Game Day: Kicking it off online

Our coverage of football has changed just a little bit from last September to this September, and how the schools themselves cover football has made a bit of a shift as well.

If you follow D3football on Twitter ( you’ll get a good number of instant updates from us on game day, assuming we have a good connection to the Net wherever we are. You could follow every school’s Twitter feed, like we do, but we’ll make sure the most important stuff gets tweeted back out in your direction.

Today there are nearly two dozen games featuring live video streams, almost all of them free, including the Mount Union-St. John Fisher game at 4 p.m. Eastern — a perfect bridge between the early kickoffs and the night games. And in the preseason, a lot of schools put together recaps of practices and training camp, including videos.

The times are changing, no doubt.

I’ll be at the Luther-St. Olaf game this afternoon, Keith McMillan will be at Buff State-TCNJ, Gordon Mann will be at Johns Hopkins-Delaware Valley and Ryan Tipps will be at Franklin and Marshall-Washington and Lee. We’ll have photographers out and about as well, with Ryan Coleman at Maranatha Baptist-Martin Luther. That’s notable to me to find out how many players dress for Maranatha today. Last year, readers of Kickoff know, they dressed just 22 players for one of their games.

Here on the Game Day blog post we set the scene and then turn it loose. What games are you watching? What’s the big moments we should be paying attention to? Hit us in the comments.

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20 thoughts on “Game Day: Kicking it off online

  1. Gorgeous day in Doylestown where preseason MAC favorite Delaware Valley hosts preseason Centennial favorite Ursinus. The 2 pm start is later than usual to give Johns Hopkins time to drive up from Baltimore in the morning and avoid an overnight stay.

    I was listening to TCNJ and Buffalo State which is a shoot out at 21-17 early in the second quarter. Keith will undoubtedly have more from that one. I just switched over the video (link added to the scoreboard) on Case Western/Kenyon where the Spartans lead 17-0. Dan Whelan is 13 for 15 for Case.

  2. Wesley strikes first (and second) in the only meeting of Top 25 teams. The No. 9 Wolverines take the lead on a 55-yard touchdown pass from Shane McSweeny to Ellis Krout. The extra point was blocked. Aaron Jackson followed that with a 13-yard touchdown rush.

    Slow start for Preseason All-American Tonde Ogun who has three carries for one yard.

    Wesley 13
    Christopher Newport 0
    0:13 1st

  3. Okay,
    trying to do this from my phone. Technology is amazing!

    So I know the national interest in this game is minimal, but it’s always good to spread the love. Besides, there are a lot of universal things you can get from any game.

    The coaching matchup here was part of the attraction. Hamilton’s been at TCNJ 33 seasons, and Boyes returns to Buff St sidelines to recapture the glory of the 90s. ATN will deal with that some.

    They started playing D just before the half. And not just in that only 3 points went on the board in the third to make it 38-24, the hitting has picked up. Clearly adjustments have been made.

    Anyway, lots of observations from being on site, but this is a tough way to type.

  4. It’s move-in day for the frosh here at Washington and Lee as well. Stands were especially sparce about 10 minutes before the game, but they’ve filled out much better.

    It’s halftime here, and the past two seasons of shutouts between W&L and Franklin and Marshall aren’t going to be repeated. It’s 23-14, Diplomats.

    In 120 years of football, no one for F&M has scored more than three receiving touchdowns in a game. George Eager is at three right now.

  5. Luther blocked a St. Olaf punt and was in the end zone three plays later. Teams tied at 7-7 at the end of the first quarter.

    Last year’s Stagg Bowl crew officiating our game here in Northfield, Minn.

  6. Leon Clark has 18 carries for 132 yards and a 21-yard TD reception to boot as St. Olaf leads Luther 26-7 at the half. Clark has an 81-yard TD run. Busted out a 52-yarder when I saw him vs. Carleton last year. Got wheels, tough to catch in the secondary.

  7. W&L making this an interesting game, having just found the end zone on 4th and 1. Dips are still up 29-21.

    F&M moving the ball great through the air (296 passing yards) but not so well on the ground (52 yards on 30 tries).

  8. 1:17 left in Lexington, Va. Two turnovers later, W&L scores again, making it 29-27. Timeout as the Generals undoubtedly mulls its 2-point plans.

    BIG STOP by F&M. Just inches before the end zone. Score remains 29-27.

  9. UW-Whitewater takes down NAIA Dickinson State (ND) 38-3 in North Dakota. DSU kicks a FG with under 1 min remaining in the game to break the shutout. Good beginning for the Warhawks on the road back to Salem!!

  10. My team off this weekend, so I went to see MUC vs SJF. All I can say is WOW! MUC makes no mistakes. Forced SJF to make many mistakes. They are big, strong and fast. It was a blowout 52-10 against a pretty darn good SJF team.

  11. Statesmen – no doubt, it pains me to see how big of a gap remains even after MUC graduated players like Kimic and Micheli.

    I knew it was going to be a rough go when they handed them the ball inside the 20 in the first 2 minutes of the game.

    4 straight seasons, and the gulf widens each time we play – simply put they are at a different level – a level that SJF can’t seem to get close to and that is frustrating.

  12. SJF needs to put this one behind them. They have a tough schedule ahead and are still one of the favortites to wim E-8. They were able to run the ball at times against MUC. SJF will be okay.

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