Rocky slips to No. 11 in NAIA poll after loss to Carroll

2013-11-11T16:33:00Z 2013-11-12T00:01:06Z Rocky slips to No. 11 in NAIA poll after loss to CarrollGazette Staff The Billings Gazette
November 11, 2013 4:33 pm  • 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Rocky Mountain College fell four spots to No. 11 in this week’s NAIA Top 25 football poll after suffering a last-second loss at Carroll College over the weekend.

The Battlin’ Bears, 7-3, had their five-game winning streak ended by the Saints, who got a 38-yard field goal by Conor Smith as time expired for a wild 37-35 victory.

With the win, Carroll, 9-1, climbed two rungs to No. 3 in this week’s national poll.

Last week’s No. 1 team, Morningside, Iowa, suffered its first loss of the season -- a 38-28 setback at Northwestern, Iowa -- and fell to No. 5. The Mustangs had spent nine consecutive weeks at No. 1.

Cumberlands, Ky., 9-0, moved up one spot to No. 1, while Grand View, Iowa, 10-0, climbed one rung to No. 2.

Rocky will conclude its regular season with a noon game on Saturday at Montana State Northern. Carroll, which has already secured its 13th Frontier Conference title in 14 years, will play at Dickinson State, N.D.

While the Saints have clinched a spot in the NAIA playoffs, the Bears can stay in the running with a win at Northern.

The first-round pairings for the 16-team playoff field will be announced on Sunday afternoon.

The national Top 25 poll is voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and independents. Forty-four different teams have been ranked in the poll so far this season.

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