An upset victory over a top-10 team in the NAIA game of the week and another record-breaking offensive performance has helped Southern Oregon climb into the NAIA top 15, ranking No. 14 in the latest coaches Top 25 poll.
Southern Oregon improved to 6-2 overall this season with its fourth consecutive win when the Raiders held off a late Carroll rally to earn the 52-49 win.
The Raiders surpassed 700 yards of total offense for the fourth straight game, and Austin Dodge, the sophomore quarterback from Vancouver, Wash., set a program record with 526 passing yards.
The upset of perennial national power and Frontier Conference cohort Carroll earned SOU enough recognition throughout the NAIA to climb five spots from last week's No. 19 ranking. Southern Oregon picked up 152 points to move two spots ahead of Carroll, which fell to No. 16.
Montana Tech, also in the Frontier Conference, moved up one spot to rank seventh. The Diggers visit SOU for a Nov. 10 showdown with possible conference-championship implications.
Southern Oregon's No. 14 ranking is its first top-15 rating since the Raiders were 13th in the Sept. 23, 2003, poll.
The Raiders return to action this weekend with a 1 p.m. game at Eastern Oregon.
ROBINSON HONORED — Southern Oregon linebacker Kalii Robinson earned his second consecutive Frontier Conference defensive player of the week honor following the Raiders' 52-49 upset of No. 6 Carroll Saturday.
Robinson led SOU with seven solo and six assisted tackles, including a pair of tackles for a losses.
He leads the Raiders with 56 total tackles, including five for losses this season.
YOMTOB TOP LIBERO — Southern Oregon's Renee Yomtob has been named Cascade Collegiate Conference libero of the week for the third time this season, the conference announced Monday.
Yomtob totaled 55 digs in a pair of wins for the Raiders over the weekend, averaging 7.86 digs per set in a sweep of Evergreen and a four-set victory over Northwest.
She ranks third in the conference with an average of 5.98 digs per set in conference play.
The Raiders are tied for first in the conference standings and conclude the regular season this weekend with road matches against College of Idaho and Northwest.