A year ago, Dubuque and Bethel opened the season by combining for 123 points and 1,468 yards in total offense in Dubuque’s 17-point victory.
On Saturday, the teams played two overtimes before Dubuque pulled out a 32-26 nonconference victory over Bethel in Arden Hills.
After the teams each kicked field goals in their first overtime possession, the Spartans took the lead on Dwayne Allen’s 4-yard TD run. After the TD, Dubuque’s defense stopped the Royals on downs to secure the victory.
Bethel led 23-15 going into the fourth quarter before Kody Reimer caught a 38-yard TD pass from Conor Feckley. Feckley’s two-point conversion rush tied the score 23-23 with 11 minutes remaining.
Feckley passed for 337 yards and three TDs. In last year’s game in Dubuque, Iowa, Feckley passed for 634 yards and eight touchdowns.
Jake Marsh passed for 298 yards and two TDs for the Royals. The Royals’ Bryce Marquardt, who had six receptions for 144 yards, caught both TD passes — 22 and 65 yards.
Macalester 31, Carleton 20: Alec Beatty caught 64-yard and 68-yard touchdown passes in a six-minute span in the third quarter to help the Scots rally for a nonconference victory in Northfield, Minn.
With the victory, the Scots retained the Book of Knowledge Trophy.
Carleton led 13-10 at halftime before Beatty caught the TD passes from Christian Adams to give the Scots a 24-13 lead going into the fourth quarter. Adams completed 20 of 34 passes for 341 yards.
Emanuel Williams caught two TD passes for the Knights, but the Scots defense came up with five interceptions.
Concordia (Moorhead) 34, Neb. Wesleyan 14: Chad Johnson rushed for 134 yards and two TDs and Michael Herzog threw two TD passes to lead the Cobbers to a nonconference victory in Lincoln, Neb.
Gustavus 38, Westminster 0: Michael Veldman passed for 290 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Gusties to a nonconference victory in St. Peter, Minn.
Hamline 51, Crown 0: Justice Spriggs threw four TD passes and ran for a TD to lead the Pipers past the host Storm. Spriggs threw three TD passes in the game’s first 10 minutes as the Pipers opened a 28-0 lead. The Pipers led 42-0 at halftime.
MSU Moorhead 38, Augustana 7: Damon Gibson, who led Division II in receiving yards last season, caught 12 passes for 91 yards and two TDs to lead the Dragons to an NSIC victory in Sioux Falls, S.D.
St. Olaf 56, Grinnell 13: Ricardo Johnson III threw three TD passes and Kosey Mitchell rushed for 99 yards and three TDs to fuel the Oles’ nonconference victory in Northfield.
St. Thomas 47, Wisconsin-Eau Claire 13: Jacques Perra passed for 202 yards and a TD and rushed for two TDs to lead the host Tommies, ranked No. 5 in the D3football.com preseason poll, to the nonconference victory.
The Blugolds led 6-0 late in the first quarter before Perra’s 19-yard TD pass to Matt Christenson with 28 seconds left in the first quarter started a 42-0 run for the Tommies.
Jordan Roberts rushed for 72 yards and two TDs for the Tommies, who won their 100th game under coach Glenn Caruso.