NO. 3 EASTERN WASH. AT OREGON STATE
49 46

UPSET OF THE YEAR (SO FAR)

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Vernon Adams passed for 411 yards and ran for 107 and the go-ahead score with 18 seconds left as Eastern Washington upset No. 25 Oregon State 49-46 on Saturday to become the third FCS team to beat a ranked FBS team.

Adams overwhelmed the Beavers in a performance in sure to attract attention around the nation. He threw for four touchdowns and ran for two, completing 23 of 30 passes despite leaving the game twice - once with cramping and a second time after taking a hard hit near the sideline.

Adams returned, though, and scored on a 2-yard run to put the Eagles up 49-46. It was the first time a team from the Football Championship Subdivision has defeated a ranked team from the Football Bowl Subdivision since James Madison beat Virginia Tech in September 2010.

Ashton Clark had 155 yards receiving and Cooper Kupp had 119 yards and two touchdowns for the Eagles (1-0), who are ranked third in the FCS coaches' poll. It was the school's first win against a Pac-12 opponent. Eastern Washington went 11-3 last season and was the Big Sky Co-Champions before losing in the semifinals of the FBS playoffs.

The Eagles rolled up 625 yards of offense as Oregon State was powerless to deal with the mobile Adams. Eastern Washington scored on every possession except for one in the third quarter when Adams left briefly with cramping.

 

 

 

NO. 1 NORTH DAKOTA STATE AT K-STATE
24 21

WHAT WAS THE UPSET OF THE YEAR

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- The day began with a dedication ceremony for a massive renovation to Bill Snyder Family Stadium, and it ended with North Dakota State playing spoiler for Kansas State's longtime head coach.

Led by a senior quarterback unflappable under pressure, and coached by someone who knows Snyder quite well, the plucky Bison rallied from a two-touchdown hole to beat the defending Big 12 champion Wildcats 24-21 on Friday night before the second-largest crowd in school history.

"It was just one of those moments where we had to gut it out,'' said Brock Jensen, who backed into the end zone for the go-ahead score with 28 seconds left to cap an 18-play, 80-yard drive that ate up 8 1/2 minutes and left the Wildcats virtually no time to try for a tying field goal.

"That was the most gutty performance I've seen in my entire life in any level,'' Jensen said.

 

 

 

MCNEESE STATE AT SOUTH FLORIDA
53 21

NOT SO FAST; WE CAME TO PLAY

TAMPA, Fla. -- Cody Stroud threw for 207 yards and two touchdowns to help McNeese State upset South Florida 53-21 and ruin the Bulls' debut under coach Willie Taggart on Saturday night.

The Cowboys scored three touchdowns within a five-minute span of the second quarter to take control. It was 40-7 early in the third quarter and would have been worse if USF's Marcus Shaw hadn't broken an 80-yard run for a touchdown on the Bulls' first play from scrimmage.

Stroud threw TD passes of 22 and 78 yards to Nic Jacobs, Dylan Long scored on runs of 1 and 7 yards and Guy Morgan returned an interception 76 yards for a TD.

Taggart left Western Kentucky for South Florida last December and faces the task of turning around a once-rising program that fell on hard times in recent years in the Big East, which has been renamed the American Athletic Conference.

 

 

 

NORTHERN IOWA AT IOWA STATE
28 20

THAT'S JUST HOW WE ROLL

AMES, Iowa -- David Johnson ran for a career-high 199 yards and two touchdowns and caught passes for two more scores to lead Northern Iowa past Iowa State 28-20 on Saturday night.

Northern Iowa, seeking a return to the FCS playoffs after a rare losing record in 2012, jumped to a 21-7 lead on a steamy Midwest evening and handed Iowa State its first season-opening loss in five seasons under head coach Paul Rhoads. It was just the fifth victory for the Panthers in 28 games with the Cyclones, who are coming off two consecutive bowl appearances.

Iowa State drew to 21-20 on Cole Netten's third-quarter field goals of 23 and 38 yards, the first of his career. But Johnson caught a short pass from Kollmorgen, slipped through three defenders and went 29 yards for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter for an eight-point lead that held up.

Johnson, a 6-foot-3, 214-pound junior who showed both power and speed, piled up 125 yards on his first six carries, including scoring runs of 37 and 27 yards. He carried 23 times in all in topping his previous best of 149 yards last year.

 

 

EASTERN ILLINOIS AT SAN DIEGO STATE
40 19

HAVE FOOTBALL, WILL TRAVEL -- AND WIN

SAN DIEGO -- Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo completed 31-of-46 passes for 361 yards and three touchdowns, including two to Erik Lora as Eastern Illinois beat San Diego State 40-19 on Saturday night.

Eastern Illinois (1-0) broke a 19-19 tie when Taylor Duncan capped a 12-play 75-yard drive with a two-yard TD run with 7:36 left in the third quarter.

Duncan, who rushed for 94 yards on 20 carries, would cap the night with a 45-yard TD run with 4:40 left.

Eastern Illinois built a 19-13 lead at halftime as Garoppolo completed 15-of-24 passes for 246 yards and threw touchdown passes of 37 and four yards to Lora and a 62-yard strike to Keiondre Gober that broke a 13-13 tie with 3:22 left in the first half.

 

 

SAMFORD AT GEORGIA STATE
31 21

YES, WE JUST DID THAT

ATLANTA -- Fabian Truss scored two touchdowns to lead Samford past Georgia State 31-21 on Friday night.

The senior running back returned the opening kickoff 100 yards to shock the Panthers. He broke a tackle at the 25, bounced outside, juked the last defender and didn't look back. The return was Truss' career best return. In the fourth quarter, he put the Bulldogs ahead for good with a 1-yard touchdown run.

Georgia State quarterback Ronnie Bell teamed with receiver Kelton Hill for two scores and a 14-7 lead at halftime. But Samford's Jaquiski Tartt intercepted Bell in the third quarter and returned it 33 yards to tie the game at 14. The play sparked Samford to a run of 24 unanswered points.

 

 

 

TOWSON AT CONNECTICUT
33 18

HEY, REMEMBER US?

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. -- Towson wants to make sure it doesn't get overlooked this year.

The Tigers, who were left out of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs despite winning their final four games last season, posted perhaps the biggest win in program history on Thursday.

Running back Terrance West ran for 156 yards and two touchdowns and the Tigers upset Connecticut 33-18 in the season opener for both teams.

"I'm sure in the eyes of some, this will be considered very, very big,'' Towson head coach Rob Ambrose said. "But we've played good competition before. We've played well but couldn't get a win. In the history of this, I suppose one day people will one day look back at this as very large thing. But the family in this locker room, we have goals. And for us to reach our goals we had to win.''

It was Towson's first win against a FBS team and they dominated the Huskies, putting up 393 yards while holding UConn to just 287.

 

 

 

SOUTHERN UTAH AT SOUTH ALABAMA
22 21

WHERE IT ALL STARTED ...

MOBILE, Ala. -- Colton Cook kicked a 28-yard field goal as time expired to give Southern Utah a 22-21 victory against South Alabama on Thursday night.

Southern Utah trailed with 4:43 left when Aaron Cantu engineered a drive that started at his own 35 to set up Cook's third field goal of the game.

Raysean Martin carried four times for 20 yards on the game-winning drive and finished with 107 yards on 23 carries.

Ross Metheny fired a pair of second-half touchdown passes to put South Alabama up 21-13 to start the fourth quarter and was 12 of 17 for 112 yards for the game.

Cantu drove the Jaguars 43 yards in five plays, tossing a 2-yard pass to Anthony Norris to make it 21-19, but a 2-point conversion attempt failed. He finished 13 of 24 for 183 yards.