MISSOULA, Mont. — Jordan Johnson rushed for 102 yards and added a touchdown pass as No. 11 Montana defeated 10th-ranked Eastern Washington 17-14 on Saturday afternoon.
Montana (2-1, 1-0 Big Sky), which never trailed in the game, snuffed out a last gasp by the Eagles (0-3, 0-1) when John Kanongata’a intercepted a pass with under 40 seconds to play.
The Grizzlies ran for 316 yards, but passed for only 34. Dan Moore had a 1-yard touchdown run and Brody McKnight added a 35-yard field goal as Montana took a 10-0 lead. After Eastern Washington pulled within 10-6 on a pair of field goals by Mike Garrett, Johnson threw a 1-yard TD pass to Gerald Kemp in the third quarter for what proved to be the game-winner.
The defending FCS national champion Eagles outgained Montana 376 to 350. Bo Levi Mitchell was 26 for 49 passing for 237 yards, two interceptions and a 4-yard TD pass to Nick Edwards in the fourth quarter.
No. 3 Appalachian State 41, Savannah State 6
BOONE, N.C. — DeAndre Presley threw for a touchdown and ran for another as third-ranked Appalachian State crushed Savannah State.
Up 10-0 after the first quarter, Presley followed up a 48-yard touchdown pass to Brian Quick with a 2-yard rushing score to help the Mountaineers (2-1) take a 27-0 halftime lead against the Tigers. Appalachian State held a 34-0 advantage with 5:53 left to play in the third quarter after Steven Miller’s 3-yard scoring run.
Presley finished 11 of 17 passing with 186 yards and added 21 yards on seven carries for the Mountaineers. Quick had 81 yards on five receptions with one TD, bringing his career total to 24 — one shy of the all-time school record for receiving touchdowns.
Antonio Bostick completed 15 of 33 passes for 136 yards with an interception, and ran for 37 more with a TD for Savannah State (0-3).
No. 4 Montana State 43, Minot State 7
BOZEMAN, Mont. — DeNarius McGhee passed for 227 yards and two touchdowns, and Cody Kirk ran for 75 yards and two scores as Montana State scored 38 first-half points and coasted to a rout of Minot State on Saturday.
The Bobcats (2-1) compiled 370 total yards en route to a 38-0 halftime lead before benching their starters for most of the second half. McGhee, who was 13 for 20 passing, threw a 60-yard touchdown to Elvis Akpla in the first quarter and a 7-yarder to Everett Gilbert just before halftime. Kirk scored on runs of 1 yard and 14 yards in the second quarter.
Minot State (0-4), an NAIA program, avoided its second shutout of the season when Bryce Jorgenson scored on a 1-yard quarterback sneak with 41 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
Jason Cunningham kicked field goals of 49 yards and 41 yards for Montana State, which outgained the Beavers 491-176.
No. 5 William & Mary 13, New Haven 10
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — William Kuhn’s 28-yard field goal with 2:49 to play gave William & Mary a win against New Haven.
The Tribe (2-1) outgained the Division II Chargers just 266-246, but came away with three interceptions.
The first interception, by B.W. Webb, put the Tribe on the New Haven 35. William & Mary then used eight plays to go 31 yards, as Kuhn made a 21-yard field goal as time expired in the first half to tie the score at three.
William & Mary’s third and final interception came in its own territory as the Chargers were driving for a potential winning score. On third-and-13 from the Tribe’s 21, New Haven’s Ryan Osiecki was picked off by Jabrel Mines.
Jonathan Grimes finished with 128 yards on 32 carries, and had a touchdown and 34 yards on four catches for the Tribe.
No. 7 Delaware 45, Delaware State 0
NEWARK, Del. — Delaware scored five first-half touchdowns to help the Blue Hens of Delaware roll past Delaware State. The Blue Hens (2-1) racked up 512 yards of total offense while holding the Hornets (2-1) to four first downs and minus-3 yards rushing.
Tim Donnelly and Andrew Pierce paced the Blue Hens’ explosive offense, combining for five touchdowns and 327 total yards. Donnelly completed 13 of 14 passes for 221 yards and two touchdowns. His 11-yard pass to Nihja White in the second quarter gave the Blue Hens a 21-0 lead.
Pierce pounded the Delaware State defense, rushing for 106 yards on 15 carries and three touchdowns to help Delaware pull away from the Hornets.
Delaware State’s offense struggled, as Nick Elko only managed 115 yards passing and was sacked four times. The game was only second regular-season meeting between the teams, with Delaware now leading the series 2-0.
No. 9 Richmond 34, Virginia Military Institute 19
RICHMOND, Va. — Aaron Corp threw a pair of touchdown passes to Tre Gray in the second quarter, and Richmond held on to a hefty halftime lead in a 34-19 victory against Virginia Military Institute on Saturday night.
Corp finished 12 for 18 passing for 220 yards, including scores of 37 and 4 yards to Gray in the second quarter, for the Spiders (3-0). Richmond also got a 34-yard touchdown return from Ben Edwards off a blocked punt and a pair of Wil Kamin 31-yard field goals, staking the Spiders to a 27-0 halftime advantage.
Kendall Gaskins, who finished with 67 yards on 14 carries, added a 39-yard rushing score for a 34-0 lead midway through the third quarter. Gray finished with 96 yards on four catches for the Spiders, who beat the Keydets (0-3) for the ninth consecutive time.
Eric Kordenbrock went 15 for 35 passing for 231 yards and two touchdowns for VMI.
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