No. 5 William & Mary extends streak
Roundup: Moore records 200th victory at Appalachian State
LEXINGTON, Va. -- No. 5 William and Mary extended its winning streak against VMI to 25 games with a 24-7 victory on Saturday afternoon at Foster Stadium.
W&M (1-1) nearly recorded its second consecutive shutout versus the Keydets (0-2) after earning a 45-0 win last season in Williamsburg, but a late touchdown pass in the waning minutes of the fourth quarter helped VMI avoid its first home shutout since Sept. 8, 2001.
The Tribe outgained the Keydets, 377-225, and piled up 216 yards on the ground.
Senior All-American running back Jonathan Grimes scored a pair of touchdowns, one on the ground and one through the air, and finished the afternoon with a game-high 87 rushing yards on 21 carries. In doing so, he increased his career all-purpose yards total to 5,664 and moved past former Delaware standout Omar Cuff into eighth place on the Colonial Athletic Association's all-time list.
South Dakota 30, No. 1 Eastern Washington 17 -- Full Recap --
VERMILLION, S.D. -- South Dakota recorded one of the biggest wins in program history with a 30-17 victory against top-ranked and defending FCS national champion Eastern Washington on Saturday at the DakotaDome. It was the Coyotes’ first-ever win versus a No. 1 team since moving to Division I FCS status.
The Coyotes (1-1) used all phases of the game to upend the higher-powered Eagles. Their offense was efficient -- rushing for 198 yards and finishing with 324 total yards. The defense held Eastern Washington (0-2) to only 11 rushing yards and forced two key turnovers, while the special teams converted three field goals to help the Coyotes pull the upset.
“This is a big win for us. This is the level we’re supposed to be at,” South Dakota head coach Ed Meierkort said. “We are an FCS team now to be reckoned with. We can play with anybody and we provided it today.”
Senior running back Chris Ganious had 85 yards rushing on 15 carries. Senior quarterback Dante Warren was 8-of-15 passing for 126 yards and a touchdown and also rushed for 59 yards. Junior receiver Will Powell had five catches for 49 yards.
No. 3 Appalachian State 58, North Carolina A&T 6
BOONE, N.C. -- Senior quarterback DeAndre Presley completed 19-of-23 passes for 197 yards and two touchdowns, and ran for two more as Appalachian State downed North Carolina A&T 58-6 in the home opener on Saturday. The victory was head coach Jerry Moore's 200th at Appalachian.
Brian Quick found himself on the receiving end of 11 passes for 113 yards and a pair of touchdowns, including the first score of the game.
The Mountaineers (1-1) jumped out to a 14-0 lead after scoring on their first two possessions. In the second quarter, Cedric Baker Boney added seven more points on a three-yard touchdown run to boost the advantage to 21-0 heading into the intermission. Baker Boney carried the ball 12 times for 111 yards, including a 48-yarder, for Appalachian State. The Aggies (0-1) cut into the lead with a touchdown early in the third quarter on a 40-yard pass from Lewis Kindle to Wallace Miles. The Mountaineers then responded with three more touchdowns in the quarter, including a second TD reception by Quick, a three-yard Presley scamper and a one-yard run by backup quarterback Jamal Jackson.
Sam Martin tacked on a 51-yard field goal to open the fourth quarter, and ASU added two more scores to finish off the game. Doug Middleton ran back a 97-yard interception for a score and Jackson rushed in a second time, from three yards out.
No. 4 Northern Iowa 34, No. 12 Stephen F. Austin 23
NACOGDOCHES, Texas -- No. 3 Northern Iowa used three second-half touchdowns to defeat No. 12 Stephen F. Austin at Homer Bryce Stadium on Saturday night, 34-23.
Redshirt freshman running back David Johnson and senior quarterback Tirrell Rennie each rushed for two touchdowns in the contest. Johnson carried a career-high 31 times for 87 yards, while Rennie notched his eighth career 100-yard game by rushing for 126 yards on 19 carries.
The Panthers posted 211 yards rushing and limited Stephen F. Austin's vaunted passing attack to 281 yards en route to the victory.
UNI was outgained 407-362 in total yards but used a plus-four turnover margin to come out on top. Each of UNI's three starting linebackers created a turnover, with Jordan Smith and James Conley snaring interceptions and L.J. Fort forcing and recovering a fumble.
No. 6 Montana State 38, UC Davis 14
BOZEMAN, Mont. -- When UC Davis marched 77 yards for a touchdown after receiving the opening kickoff, Montana State quarterback DeNarius McGhee knew the challenge had been issued.
"If the other team scores points (first), you have to counter that," MSU's talented sophomore quarterback said after leading Montana State to a 38-14 victory against UC Davis in the opening game at the expanded Bobcat Stadium on Saturday. McGhee threw 257 yards and two touchowns, rushing for 39 yards and a touchdown, in accounting for 296 yards of total offense.
After the Aggies' opening score the teams traded punts, with the Bobcat offense scuffling. Facing a third-and-19 situation from the Bobcat 19, McGhee found John Ellis in a seam over the middle for 25 yards and a first down. Using that play as a spark, the Bobcat offense rode Cody Kirk's legs much the rest of the way, as the sophomore tailback rambled 23 yards to the five then scored a play later.
Junior linebacker Jody Owens led MSU's stingy defense, registering nine tackles, including one for a loss, with a quarterback hurry. Darius Jones had four tackles and a pass breakup. For the second consecutive game the Bobcats held an opponent under 300 total yards, as the Aggies rushed for just 81 yards and were limited to 296 on the day.
No. 7 Delaware 28, West Chester 17
NEWARK, Del. -- Delaware jumped to an early 21-0 lead against West Chester in its home opener on Saturday night under the lights of Delaware Stadium.
After gaining the early three-touchdown lead, which was started with a 34-yard interception return by Jessel Curry in the middle of the first quarter, the Blue Hens (1-1) held on to get their first victory of the year 28-17 against the Golden Rams (0-2).
The Blue Hen offense got a boost from sophomore All-American Andrew Pierce, who picked up 123 yards on the ground, finding the endzone twice. Junior Tim Donnelly threw for 173 yards, including a 28-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Mark Schenauer.
Junior running back David Hayes, who rushed 10 times for 51 yards, eclipsed the 1,000 career yard mark in the first half of play.
No. 8 North Dakota State 56, St. Francis (Pa.) 3
FARGO, N.D.-- Running back Sam Ojuri rushed 12 times for a career-high 165 yards including a school-record 95 yard touchdown dash, and the special teams and defense each came up with a score as No. 8 North Dakota State defeated Saint Francis (Pa.) 56-3 on Saturday night before 18,341 in the Trees Bowl at the Fargodome.
Linebacker Don Carter led the Bison defense with eight tackles. NDSU's defense came up with 12 tackles for loss, seven QB hurries and six sacks.
Saint Francis held a 37:31 to 22:29 edge in time of possession, but NDSU had a 394-182 advantage in total offense. Saint Francis quarterback John Kelly completed 8 of 17 passes for 62 yards and two interceptions while Kyle Harbridge was held to 41 yards on 14 carries. Ryan LaDuke made five receptions for 42 yards for the Red Flash. Anthony Bowman led the SFU defense with 11 tackles including three tackles for loss and a sack.
Clemson 35, No. 9 Wofford 27
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Tajh Boyd tossed three touchdowns and Andre Ellington ran for 165 yards as Clemson held on for a 35-27 victory against Wofford on Saturday.
The Tigers (2-0) hadn’t faced the Terriers since 2001 -- and might wait that long again after this one. Clemson’s defense struggled to stop the Wofford’s triple-option attack and it wasn’t until Clemson’s Rennie Moore stopped Donovan Johnson on fourth-and-2 with 3:30 left that the Tigers could rest easy against Wofford (1-1), the defending Southern Conference co-champions.
Boyd had touchdown throws of 42 yards to Martavis Bryant, 38 yards to Sammy Watkins and 17 yards to DeAndre Hopkins. Ellilngton added a 74-yard TD run, the longest of his career. Ellington’s total yards were one short of his career high, set last season against Georgia Tech.
No. 25 Chattanooga 38, No. 10 Jacksonville State 17
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. --- Chattanooga scored 21 unanswered points in running past Jacksonville State 38-17 on a perfect night at Finley Stadium. The 25rd-ranked Mocs defense limited the Gamecocks, ranked No. 10 in the country, to just 17 second-half yards to lead the romp.
Chattanooga's offense was more than up to the task of matching its defense. It accumulated 508 total yards with a very balanced attack. The running game churned out 212 yards on 44 carries, while the Mocs compiled 296 yards in the air.
Senior wide receiver Joel Bradford tied his career high with 15 catches for 162 yards and one touchdown. He helped fuel a strong night from B.J. Coleman who had 336 yards of total offense. Coleman completed 23 of 33 passes for 296 yards and two scores. He also picked up a career-high 40 yards on the ground on seven carries
Chris Awuah was a catalyst as well on offense as he had 77 yards on 17 carries and two scores, while adding 57 yards on three catches.
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.