D-III Manchester University (4-4, 4-2) traveled down to Cincinnati on Saturday to take on a Mount St. Joe (3-4, 2-4) team that they hadn't beaten in 10 years.
Manchester, who opened the season with four straight losses (including a two point loss to Rose-Hulman and a quadruple OT loss to Kalamazoo), came into the game on a three game HCAC conference win streak (against Bluffton, Defiance and Earlham).
The Spartans defense held Mount St. Joe to 325 yards of total offense in the victory and the offense put together two scoring drives of over 70 yards against the conference's stingiest scoring defense to come out with a 17-14 win.
Perhaps most impressively, Manchester came into the game allowing 175 yards passing (#3 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference), and held the Lions to just five completions for a grand total of 16 passing yards.
Head coach Shannon Griffith (who is in his ninth season as the head coach at Manchester) and his staff obviously put together a solid game plan on both sides of the ball, and were able to get a quality conference win under their belt as they look to finish up strong against conference opponents Hanover (5-2, 5-0), and Anderson (0-7, 0-5).