DURHAM, N.H. — Justin Mello caught a 60-yard touchdown pass from Kevin Decker with 1:10 remaining to give New Hampshire a 39-32 victory against Holy Cross on Saturday.
It was the fourth touchdown pass of the day, with three going for more than 25 yards, for Decker who finished with 352 yards on 23 of 31 passing.
Mello had just two catches, but totaled 107 yards. Mickey Mangieri had 102 yards and a touchdown on six catches for New Hampshire.
Holy Cross (2-2), which trailed 25-13 at halftime, rallied behind Ryan Taggart to tie it at 32 on a 13-yard touchdown run by Taggart.
Taggart finished with 412 yards and two touchdowns on 40 of 57 passing and 55 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries to lead the Crusaders. However, he also threw his first interception since Oct. 16, 2010, after coming in with a streak of 201 consecutive passes without one.
No. 1 Georgia Southern 41, Elon 14 — Box Score
ELON, N.C. — Georgia Southern outscored Elon by 24 points over the final three quarters and cruised to a 41-14 Southern Conference road win Saturday. The unbeaten Eagles (4-0, 3-0) dominated Elon (3-2, 1-1) in every way.
Georgia Southern, running its trademark option offense, rushed for 300 yards to just 54 for Elon. Robert Brown ran for 116 yards himself, more than doubling Elon’s rushing total. Elon opened the scoring after quarterback Thomas Wilson had driven the Phoenix 66 yards on the game’s opening possession. It culminated in a 10-yard scoring pass to Taylor Berry.
But in the second quarter, Georgia Southern’s Jaybo Shaw thew two of his three touchdown passes to open up a 24-7 halftime lead.
When Wilson’s second scoring pass pulled Elon within 24-14, Shaw hit Nico Hickey for a 25-yard score and a 17-point cushion.
No. 2 Northern Iowa 42, Missouri State 7 — Box Score
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — David Johnson ran for 114 yards and two touchdowns, and Northern Iowa cruised to a 42-7 win Saturday against winless Missouri State.
Johnson scored on short runs in the second and third quarters for the Panthers (3-1, 2-0 Missouri Valley Conference). Tirrell Rennie added 209 passing yards, including a 26-yard touchdown to Jarred Herring.
The Bears (0-5, 0-2 MVC) got their only score on quarterback Trevor Wooden’s 5-yard run early in the second quarter. That tied the game 7-7, but it was all Northern Iowa after that.
Chad Owens had a 7-yard touchdown run for the Panthers’ first score, and backup quarterback Jared Lanpher found Kevin Vereen from 11 yards out to cap the scoring late in the fourth quarter.
No. T6 Wofford 28, No. 3 Appalachian State 14 — Box Score
SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Bernard Williams ran for 173 yards and Wofford’s offense proved more efficient than Appalachian State’s in a 28-14 Terriers’ win on Saturday.
Williams and Blake Wylie, who added 75 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries, paced Wofford (3-1, 2-0 Southern Conference) which ran for 388 yards and finished with 407 yards of total offense. The ground game enabled Wofford to control possession for 38:30, compared to just 21:30 by the Mountaineers.
Appalachian State managed just 247 yards of total offense, and couldn’t find any when it mattered most. The Mountaineers, who were tied for fourth nationally with an 85.7 percent red zone touchdown rate, scored just twice in four trips inside the 20 on Saturday.
Appalachian State was also just 3 of 12 on third downs, compared to 11 of 18 by Wofford, who scored twice on drives after missed Mountaineers’ field goals.
No. 4 Montana State 31, No. T25 Sacramento State 21 — Box Score
BOZEMAN, Mont. — DeNarius McGhee threw two long touchdown passes to Elvis Akpla, including a school-record 95-yarder, to lead Montana State to 31-21 win against Sacramento State on Saturday.
The win was the fourth consecutive for the Bobcats (4-1, 2-0 Big Sky) after a season-opening loss at Utah.
Trailing 7-3 in the second quarter, McGhee scrambled from his end zone and hit Akpla in stride at midfield. Akpla, who finished with six catches for 174 yards, ran untouched the rest of the way to set a Bobcat record for longest pass play.
John Hendershott took the ensuing kickoff 91 yards to put the Hornets (2-3, 1-2) back on top, but five plays later McGhee found Akpla from 41 yards out to put MSU ahead to stay, 17-14.
The Bobcats also got two touchdowns and 134 yards rushing from Cody Kirk.
Sacramento State’s other scores came on a 15-yard run by Bryan Hilliard and a 16-yard pass from Jeff Fleming to Brandyn Reed.
Maine 31, No. 5 Delaware 17 — Box Score
ORONO, Maine — Pushaun Brown rushed for a career-high 193 yards and three touchdowns, including two in a 17-point fourth quarter, as Maine rallied to defeat Delaware 31-17 Saturday.
The Black Bears (3-1, 1-0 Colonial Athletic Association) trailed 17-14 with 3:40 to go in the third quarter after a 13-yard run by Andrew Pierce, who had 120 yards on 24 carries for the Blue Hens (3-2, 1-1).
Brown, who posted the only points of the first quarter on a 26-yard scoring run, added touchdowns of 18 yards just 6 seconds into the fourth quarter and 5 yards with 8:01 to go. Two plays earlier, Brown had run for 70 yards to set up the score. He finished with 110 yards on 14 carries in the fourth quarter.
Brown rushed for more than 100 yards in his sixth straight game against an FCS school.
Maine’s Warren Smith was 18 of 27 for 264 yards.
No. T6 North Dakota State 20, Illinois State 10 – Box Score
FARGO, N.D. — D.J. McNorton ran for one touchdown and caught a pass for another as North Dakota State beat Illinois State 20-10 on Saturday.
The Bison (4-0), playing their Missouri Valley Conference opener after coming off a 37-24 victory against Division I Minnesota last week, scored first when Brock Jensen connected with McNorton for a 36-yard touchdown. McNorton’s 15-yard run gave North Dakota State a 14-3 lead early in the third quarter, and Bobby Ollman returned an interception 82 yards for the Bison’s other TD.
Matt Brown, who was 31 for 48 for 270 yards for Illinois State (2-3, 1-2), found Milton Colbert for a 43-yard touchdown with 3:07 to play. Brown was intercepted twice.
Jensen finished with 207 yards passing and 28 yards rushing for North Dakota State, while McNorton ran for 56 yards. The Redbirds outgained the Bison 397 yards to 331.
No. 8 James Madison 31, No. T10 Richmond 7 — Box Score
HARRISONBURG, Va. — After losing its season opener at North Carolina, James Madison won its fourth consecutive game Saturday 31-7 against Richmond in Colonial Athletic Association action. The Dukes (4-1, 2-0) controlled the game behind the rushing of Jordan Anderson, who carried 13 times for 162 yards and two touchdowns, and a dominant defense.
Richmond, which started out 3-0, lost for the second consecutive week in CAA play. It’s the first time since 2006 the Spiders have lost back-to-back games.
Behind Anderson and freshman Juaun Latney (19 carries, 98 yards and a touchdown), the Spiders ran for 297 yards in 54 attempts. Redshirt freshman quarterback Jace Edwards, in his first start, put the Dukes ahead for good when he scrambled 10 yards for a 14-7 lead. Richmond’s touchdown came after James Madison’s first punt was blocked inside the 5. Spiders quarterback Aaron Corp was sacked seven times and Richmond finished with minus-12 yards rushing.
No. T10 William & Mary 20, Villanova 16 — Box Score
VILLANOVA, Pa. — Jonathan Grimes scored two touchdowns and Drake Kuhn kicked two late field goals as No. T10 William & Mary edged Villanova 20-16 on Saturday.
Grimes, who finished with 137 yards on 31 carries, scored his first touchdown on a 1-yard run to give the Tribe (3-2, 1-1) an early 7-3 lead. His second came on a 22-yard scamper that helped William & Mary take a 14-10 advantage late in the second quarter.
When two Mark Hamilton field goals gave Villanova (1-4, 0-2) a 16-14 lead, William & Mary relied on its own kicker to seal victory.
After a nine-play, 53-yard William & Mary drive stalled at the Villanova 17-yard line, Kuhn booted a 34-yard field goal to give the Tribe a 17-16 lead in the third quarter. Kuhn connected from 23 yards in the fourth quarter for the final margin
The win was William & Mary’s first at Villanova since 2000.
Western Illinois 27, No. 12 Southern Illinois 21 — Box Score
MACOMB, Ill. — Terriun Crump caught a 77-yard touchdown pass from Josh Hudson with 26 seconds remaining as Western Illinois ended a nine-game losing streak against Southern Illinois with a 27-21 victory on Saturday afternoon.
The Leathernecks (2-3, 1-1 Missouri Valley) got the ball at their own 15-yard line with 1:05 remaining after forcing Southern Illinois (2-2, 1-1) to punt. Caulton Ray rushed for 8 yards on first down before Crump scored the game-winner — his second TD of the game and the fourth scoring pass for Hudson. The extra point attempt was blocked.
Hudson was 20 for 30 for 307 yards, including a 24-yard scoring toss to Crump in the third quarter. He had touchdown passes of 36 yards to Justin Morgan and 11 to Myles Daughtry as Western Illinois took a 14-0 first-quarter lead. Crump finished with five catches for 163 yards.
Jewel Hampton had 146 yards rushing and two TDs for Southern Illinois.
No. 13 Jacksonville State 38, Murray State 30 — Box Score
MURRAY, Ky. (AP) Washaun Ealey led a punishing ground game that helped Jacksonville State withstand the passing of Murray State for a 38-30 victory Saturday night.
Ealey, a transfer from Georgia, carried 28 times for 143 yards and two touchdowns for the Gamecocks (4-1, 3-0 Ohio Valley Conference), who amassed 329 rushing yards on 57 carries.
The Racers (2-3, 1-2) rode the arm of Casey Brockman, who came in averaging 306.5 yards per game. Against Jacksonville State he threw for 421 yards, completing 30 of 53, including two third-quarter touchdowns.
Brockman also ran for a 2-yard touchdown with 53 seconds left, a score set up by Dontrell Johnson’s 54-yard punt return.
Murray State recovered the onside kick, but after picking up one first down the Racers were unable to advance beyond the Gamecocks 45.
Coty Blanchard passed for two touchdowns and 157 yards and ran for 79 on 10 carries for Jacksonville State.
No. 14 Lehigh 37, Yale 7 — Box Score
BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Lehigh overcame four turnovers, with Chris Lum passing for three touchdowns in a 37-7 victory against Yale on Saturday afternoon.
The Mountain Hawks (4-1) led 10-7 before Lum heated up with three consecutive touchdown passes over a 20-minute span as the lead grew to 30-7. Lum was 34 of 46 for 378 yards passing with two interceptions. He has thrown for at least 300 yards in six consecutive games, dating back to last season.
Jake Drwal caught all three touchdown passes and finished with 10 receptions for 112 yards. Ryan Spadola reeled in 11 passes for 148 yards.
Lehigh’s defense created havoc for Yale all day. The Bulldogs (2-1) turned the ball over five times and were held to only 83 yards on 30 carries. Lehigh registered a season-high four sacks and had eight tackles for loss.
Deon Randall scored Yale’s only touchdown on an 8-yard pass from Patrick Witt.
No. 15 McNeese State 20, Northwestern State 18 — Box Score
NATCHITOCHES, La. — McNeese State stopped a two-point conversion pass in the fourth quarter to preserve a 20-18 win against Northwestern State on Saturday night.
An 18-yard interception return by Joe Narcisse gave the Cowboys (3-1, 2-0 Southland Conference) a 20-12 lead with 14:07 to play in the game. Sidney Riley capped Northwestern State’s next possession with a 5-yard touchdown run to trim the deficit to 20-18. But Brad Henderson’s two-point conversion pass fell incomplete and McNeese State held onto win its seventh consecutive game against the Demons. The Cowboys lead the series 40-20-1.
The Demons (2-3, 1-1) failed to mount drives on any of their final three possessions.
Northwestern State outgained the Cowboys 315 yards to 295, but was victimized by four turnovers, including three interceptions.
An 8-yard touchdown pass from Cody Stroud to Darius Carey with 16 seconds to play in the first half gave McNeese the lead for good at 13-12.
No. 16 Montana 55, Northern Colorado 28 — Box Score
MISSOULA, Mont. — Gerald Kemp threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more to lead Montana to a 55-28 win against Northern Colorado Saturday afternoon.
Kemp did most of his damage in the third quarter, scoring on two short runs and adding a 19-yard scoring pass to Peter Nguyen. Kemp also tossed a 32-yard scoring strike to Antwan Moutra in the second quarter.
The win improved the Grizzlies record to 3-2 overall and 2-1 in Big Sky Conference play. Northern Colorado fell to 0-5, including 0-3 in the Big Sky.
After staking itself to a 27-14 halftime lead, Montana proceeded to score 28 unanswered points in the second half to seal the game.
The Citadel 28, No. 17 Chattanooga 27 — Box Score
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The Citadel scored four unanswered touchdowns in the second half, capped by a touchdown run by Darien Robinson, and defeated Chattanooga 28-27 on Saturday night.
Robinson’s 3-yard run with 2:24 to play tied the game 27-27, and Ryan Sellers’ extra point provided the winning margin for The Citadel (2-2, 1-2 Southern Conference).
The Bulldogs’ Davis Boyle intercepted a B.J. Coleman pass at the Chattanooga 43 with 2:12 remaining to seal the win.
The Citadel was plagued by three first-half fumbles as Chattanooga built a 24-0 halftime lead. But the Bulldogs’ running game took over in the second half. Ben Dupree, who ran for 83 yards and two touchdowns, led a ground attack that amassed 265 yards on 58 carries.
Coleman passed for 253 yards, including a 60-yard score to Ron Moore in the second quarter for the Mocs (2-3, 0-2). Coleman also scored on a 2-yard run.
No. 18 Sam Houston State 22, Texas-San Antonio 7 — Box Score
HUNTSVILLE, Texas — Torrance Williams ran for 96 yards and a touchdown to lead Sam Houston State past Texas-San Antonio 22-7 on Saturday night.
Williams’ score came on a 59-yard run midway through the third quarter that put the Bearkats (4-0) ahead 15-0.
The Roadrunners (2-3) got their only touchdown in the fourth quarter when quarterback Eric Soza ran in from a yard out. Soza led the game in passing, completing 26 of 52 for 217 yards.
The Bearkats went up 2-0 with a team safety in the first quarter. They scored in the second quarter when Keyshawn Hill caught a 2-yard pass from Richard Sincere, but the extra point kick was blocked by UTSA’s Marion Smith.
The Bearkats’ Tim Flanders ran 10 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter for the final score. He finished with 27 carries for 93 yards.
No. 24 North Dakota 26, No. 19 Southern Utah 20 — Box Score
CEDAR CITY, Utah — Jake Miller ran for 161 yards and two touchdowns to lead North Dakota to a 26-20 victory at Southern Utah on Saturday.
North Dakota (2-2) jumped to a 16-0 lead in the first quarter in the Great West Conference opener for both teams. A fumbled snap on a Southern Utah punt turned into a safety for the Fighting Sioux, then Miller ran 34 yards for a score and Joey Bradley found Greg Hardin for a 26-yard touchdown with 8 seconds left in the quarter.
Miller’s 3-yard TD run put North Dakota up 26-13 with 12:23 left.
Brad Sorensen threw for 353 yards and three touchdowns for the Thunderbirds (3-2), who won 41-16 at UNLV last week. Sorensen was 38 of 54 against North Dakota, but his final pass was intercepted by Daryl Brown in the end zone with 11 seconds to play.
Old Dominion 48, No. 20 Massachusetts 33 — Box Score
RICHMOND, Va. — Old Dominion scored 25 unanswered points in the second half to beat Massachusetts 48-33 on Saturday night.
Tyler Heinicke, playing the second half for injured starter Thomas DeMarco, completed 8 of 11 passed for 119 yards and two touchdowns during the comeback. The rally began when Jakwail Bailey blocked a UMass punt that bounced out of the end zone for a safety, giving the Monarchs a 27-26 lead with 2:39 to play in the third quarter. It was the fifth blocked kick of the season for the Monarchs (4-1, 1-1 Colonial Athletic Association).
Heinicke’s two touchdown passes followed as the lead grew to 41-26 with 6:33 remaining.
DeMarco passed for 219 yards and three touchdowns before being sidelined with an injury before halftime.
Old Dominion has scored at least 40 points in all of its wins this season.
Kellen Pagel passed for 245 yards and three scores for UMass (2-2, 1-1).
No. 21 South Dakota 30, Lindenwood 0 — Box Score
VERMILLION, S.D. — Marcus Sims ran for 68 yards and a touchdown and South Dakota breezed to a 30-0 victory against Lindenwood on Saturday.
The Coyotes (3-2), who lost 59-10 at No. 7 Wisconsin last week, had no trouble at all with the Division II Lions. Dante Warren also ran for a touchdown and Josh Vander Maten threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Dustin Nowotny.
South Dakota ran for 151 yards while holding Lindenwood to minus-10 rushing yards and sacked Lindenwood quarterback John Uribe seven times. Jeremy Blount caught four passes for 104 yards for the Coyotes and Kevin Robb kicked three field goals.
Norfolk State 17, No. 22 South Carolina State 14 — Box Score
NORFOLK, Va. — A fumble returned for a touchdown just before halftime by Onyemechi Anyaugo was the catalyst for Norfolk State’s 17-14 win against South Carolina State on Saturday.
Anyaugo’s 84-yard fumble return for a touchdown with 11 seconds remaining in first half put the Spartans ahead for good at 10-7. Norfolk State added a touchdown in the third quarter on a 2-yard run by Chris Walley with 1:40 to play to stretch the lead to 17-7.
It was only the third win in the series for the Spartans (4-1, 2-0 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) in 17 meetings. Norfolk State has allowed only 26 points during its three-game winning streak this season.
The Bulldogs (2-3, 2-1), which cut the deficit to 17-14 on a 3-yard run by Derrick Wiley with 9:39 to play, had a chance to tie but failed. Blake Erickson was wide left on a 20-yard field goal attempt with 3:36 to play.
No. 23 Indiana State 38, South Dakota 28 — Box Score
BROOKINGS, S.D. — Shakir Bell had another big game, rushing for 199 yards and two touchdowns, and Indiana State broke open a close game in the third quarter for a 38-28 win Saturday against South Dakota State.
Bell scored on runs of 30 yards in the third quarter and 4 yards in the fourth, helping extend a 10-9 halftime lead. He ran for a school-record 256 yards in the Sycamores’ previous game, a victory against Youngstown State.
Ronnie Fouch threw for 168 yards and a touchdown to Brock Lough, who also ran for a score, as Indiana State (4-1) moved to 2-0 in Missouri Valley Conference play for the first time since 1996.
Austin Sumner had 305 yards passing and a touchdown to Vince Benedetto for the Jackrabbits (1-4, 0-2), but was intercepted for a touchdown by Johnny Towalid late in the third quarter. Sumner and Tyrel Kool each added short scoring runs.
Central Arkansas 38, No. T25 Stephen F. Austin 28 — Box Score
CONWAY, Ark. — Nathan Dick threw for 247 yards and two touchdowns, including a 58-yard pass to Jesse Grandy in the third quarter, to lift Central Arkansas to a 38-28 victory against Stephen F. Austin on Saturday night.
Defense also played a big role in scoring for the Bears (2-3, 1-1 Southland). Linebacker Seth Allison pulled down an interception in the second quarter and carried it 34 yards to give Central Arkansas a 21-6 lead. Then in the third, cornerback Marcus Peters picked up a fumble by SFA’s Cordell Roberson and ran it back 55 yards for a touchdown and the Bears’ largest lead 35-6.
Isaiah Jackson added to the Bears’ total with a 91-yard kickoff return in the second quarter.
The Lumberjacks (1-4, 0-1) rallied in the fourth quarter as Brady Attaway threw for three touchdowns while the Bears added only a field goal, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the 29-point deficit.
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