NDSU still No. 1, Eastern Washington up to second in FCS Coaches' Poll
McNeese State enters rankings after win against South Florida
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- The North Dakota State Bison remain the top team in the FCS and received all 26 first-place votes after stunning defending Big 12 champion Kansas State on the road 24-21.
With 28 seconds left in the contest, Bison quarterback Brock Jensen punched in the game-winning touchdown from 1 yard out to give NDSU a victory against an FBS opponent for the fourth consecutive season.
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Eastern Washington moved up one spot in the poll to No. 2 after its 49-46 upset win against No. 25 Oregon State. The Eagles used 518 total yards from quarterback Vernon Adams to become first FCS team to knock off a ranked FBS opponent since James Madison defeated Virginia Tech 21-16 in 2010.
Montana State received 587 points to take the third-place spot in the rankings, followed by Sam Houston State (570) and Central Arkansas (508) rounding out the top five.
Towson jumped six spots to No. 6 following a 33-18 win against Connecticut. New Hampshire remained in the eighth spot, while Northern Iowa jumped to No. 9 after being ranked 16th in the preseason poll. Cal Poly comes in at No. 10, moving up one spot.
Villanova (360) and Richmond (311) are ranked 11th and 12th, respectively, followed by Stony Brook at No. 13 with 298 points. The Wofford Terriers (279) fell nine spots to No. 14 after falling on the road to Baylor 69-3. James Madison stayed at No. 15 followed by Eastern Illinois (256), which moved up seven spots from their preseason ranking.
Illinois State (255), Montana (239) and Lehigh (203) rounded out the top 20, with McNeese State entering the poll at No. 21. The Cowboys are coming off a 53-21 victory against South Florida, and are the only new team to enter the top 25.
Eastern Kentucky, Coastal Carolina, Bethune-Cookman, Northern Arizona and Youngstown State rounded out the poll. Chattanooga dropped out of the poll following its 31-21 loss to Tennessee-Martin.
• Eight FCS teams beat FBS programs in Week 1