Bulldogs football captures SCIAC Championship, secures NCAA playoff bid

The UR team’s victories over Whittier College and Pomona-Pitzer Colleges, secures its 30th Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and a bid to play in the NCAA Division III Championships.

The University of Redlands football team captured the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) title Nov. 5 with a 70-16 win against the Whittier College Poets.

The win marks the Bulldog’s 30th SCIAC championship and its 12th conference title under the leadership of coach Mike Maynard. The team also secured a bid to play in the NCAA Division III Championships following its tiebreaker victory over Pomona-Pitzer Colleges.

During the Nov. 5 game against Whittier, the team executed breathtaking offensive and defensive plays, including a 70-yard return by sophomore defensive back PJ Wilson that capped off the first half. The Bulldogs continued strong in the final two quarters, finishing the game with a total of 561 yards, with junior quarterback Mitch Kidd completing 19 of 24 passes to gain 326 yards and four touchdowns with 10 different receivers.

Now 7-1 for the season and 6-0 in the SCIAC, the Bulldogs will host Cal Lutheran University on Saturday, Nov. 12, for the final regular season game at Ted Runner Stadium.  Kickoff is at 1 p.m. 

The NCAA football playoff brackets will be announced Nov. 13 and opening games begin Nov. 19, 2016. 

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