Yeah...this is impressive.
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
The 2014 Linfield College Wildcats finished the season with a 11-2 record and a final Division III ranking of #3 in the country. The 'Cats scored 45.1 points per game (6th best in DIII) while only giving up 13.2 points per game (9th in the country). Linfield also finished 2nd in DIII in total defense (235.8 yards allowed per game), 3rd in total sacks (53), and 3rd in 129 tackles for loss (129 TFLs).
Linfield won their 6th consecutive (38th overall) Northwest Conference Championship with an average margin of victory of 52 points per game vs NWC foes, had 13 players named 1st and 2nd team All-NWC, Head Coach Joe Smith was named NWC coach of the year for the 6th season in a row, and the 'Cats Alex Hoff (DE) was named the NWC's defensive player of the year.
8 players selected by D3football.com to the All-West Region, and 5 players were named to either the AFCA or D3football All-American teams.
Linfield Head Coach Joseph Smith was named Division 3 National Coach of the Year by D3football.com and Linfield Defensive Coordinator was named Division 3 Coordinator of the Year by FootballScoop.com.
The 'Cats also extended their All-Level record of consecutive winning seasons to 59 seasons (1956-Present) and made their 26th playoff appearance (11th in Division III since joining in 1998) in advancing to the Final 4 of the DIII playoffs that saw Linfield pick up road playoff victories at #2 Mary Hardin-Baylor and Widener of Chester, PA, before falling to the eventual national champions, UW-Whitewater, 20-14 in Wisconsin.