Obscure College Score of the Week: Bucknell 20, Cornell 5. The Big Red faithful lament -- if only we'd gotten eight more safeties! Located in Lewisburg, Pa., Bucknell is too renown to qualify as an obscure college. But the school has a little-known quality with regards to modern sports: It both plays Division I and graduates its athletes. Bucknell sent its men's basketball team to the NCAA tournament last March, where the Bison were the sole tourney college that had graduated all scholarship athletes in the most recent NCAA ranking. Bucknell won the clever athletics-and-academics bracket recently assembled by Inside Higher Education. Bucknell's Sean Conover, a rookie defensive end on the Tennessee Titans' practice squad, was busy last spring because before reporting to the Titans he put on a funny-looking gown and graduated. Bucknell often leads Division I schools in athletes' graduation rates, and is fourth all time in total Academic All-American honors dispensed by ESPN The Magazine. Attention other universities -- it is not impossible to have major sports programs that graduate their athletes, you just have to care about education. Cornell note: though this school (the most beautiful campus in academia and TMQ's favorite Ivy) costs $45,767 a year, its athletics department's Web site nonetheless has pop-up ads.
Bonus Obscure College Score: Ursinus 6, LaSalle 2. The Explorers' faithful lament -- if only we'd gotten three more safeties! Located in Philadelphia, LaSalle University has a faculty member who is an expert on Robin Hood.
Bonus Combined Obscure Scores: Saint Francis of Indiana and Saint John's of Minnesota beat Pikeville and Augsburg by a combined 123-0. Running up the score is not saintly behavior!