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MULE DEFENSE TOPS IN DIVISION III
Men’s Golf Second in Fall Finale

The Muhlenberg men’s golf team finished second at the Muhlenberg Fall Invitational, its final tournament of the fall season.

Fast greens made the Lehigh Country Club course more difficult than usual, and only six golfers broke 80. One of them was Mule sophomore Brian Ruht, who tied for third with a 76, just one stroke off the lead. Ruht took the third-place plaque for the second year in a row on a match of cards.

Senior Weston Happ came in seventh with an 80.

The second-place finish was the Mules’ second straight at their own tournament and their best finish of the fall.

Ruht led Muhlenberg with a stroke average of 77.0 for the fall.

Click here for Muhlenberg box score.
Click here for complete results (as a Word document).

The Muhlenberg football team has the top defense in Division III, according to statistics released today by the NCAA.

Halfway through the season, the Mules (4-1) have allowed an average of 162.2 yards per game. Mt. Union, the top-ranked team in the polls, is second at 173.4 yards per game. Two other schools in Division III are giving up fewer than 200 yards a game: St. John’s (Minn.) at 190.7 and Concordia-Moorhead at 196.4.

The only other football team in the NCAA (Divisions I-A, I-AA and II) under 200 yards per game allowed is Wisconsin (198.3).

Muhlenberg also is fourth in Division III in rushing defense (41.4 yards per game), tied for ninth in scoring defense (10.4 points per game) and 24th in pass efficiency defense (86.2 rating points).

Individually, senior linebacker Dan Walker ranks second in sacks per game (2.0) and fourth in tackles for loss per game (2.9). He and fellow senior linebacker Ryan Peer are among the national leaders with two forced fumbles apiece.

The Mules have also excelled in categories for which the NCAA doesn’t publish rankings. They have allowed only 44 first downs in five games (Mt. Union, by way of comparison, has allowed 62 in five) and held opponents to a 19.5 success rate on third down. Opponents average only 1.2 yards per carry and 4.8 yards per passing attempt.


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Last updated October 11, 2004