Biddle reaches coaching milestone
FCS Notes: Big South sets mark; neighbors to finally meet
Colgate head coach Dick Biddle already has nearly all of the Patriot League coaching records, and he'll set another milestone for longevity when he coaches his 200th game at the school on Saturday against Albany (N.Y.).
Biddle, who was named the AFCA Coach of the Year after he led Colgate to the 2003 national title game, has a .668 winning percentage at the school with a record of 133-66. Saturday's matchup brings Biddle against Albany head coach Bob Ford, who is 264-181-1 in his 44th season at the school. Ford announced before the year that this will be his final season.
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You just thought Towson's win was big. Or North Dakota State's victory. But then came Eastern Washington with the coup de grâce. In all, eight FCS teams beat FBS programs in Week 1.
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Three's company for Big South
The Big South’s three season-opening FCS victories on Saturday were the most for the League in the conference’s history. The most FCS opponents the Big South played in a season-opening weekend was five in 2012 (out of seven games), followed by four in 2002 (out of four games), 2008 (out of seven games) and this year (out of six contests). The Big South is now 33-37 in season openers since 2002, but 17 of those 37 losses have been against FBS members.
The Big South Conference has added Kennesaw St. as an associate member in football. Kennesaw St. will begin competing in the Big South in 2015 and will be eligible for the League’s championship and automatic bid to the FCS Playoffs upon entry.
Gardner-Webb senior De Preston Pemasa is now eighth in Big South history with 13.5 quarterback sacks. He is also tied for third in the conference record books with 36.0 career tackles for loss. Pemasa needs 2.5 TFL to move into second in league history and 4.0 sacks to move into second in that category. Former Gardner-Webb All-American Brian Johnston is the Big South’s all-time leader in both categories with 53.5 TFL and 20.5 sacks.
Long time coming
Despite being separated by just 50 miles, Saturday will mark the first meeting between Austin Peay and Vanderbilt on the gridiron. This game marks the second of three in a row against Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) opponents for APSU. It marks only the second time in OVC history a team has played three FBS teams in the same year.
Record heading West?
Towson junior running back Terrance West, who is currently the fifth-leading rusher in school history with 2,496 yards, is only one score shy of tying the all-time program record of 47 touchdowns. West, who ran for 156 yards in the win against Connecticut, will go after the school record this Saturday at Holy Cross.
Have we met before?
In-state rivals Eastern Ill. and Southern Ill. will play for the 63rd time on Saturday as EIU makes the trip to Carbondale and rivals Tennessee St. and Florida A&M will square off for the 53rd time on Saturday in Tallahassee, Fla.
South Dakota St. will meet the University of North Dakota for the 85th time, when the two squads meet Saturday in Grand Forks, N.D. The two schools were longtime rivals as members of the Division II North Central Conference, but have met only once as Division I institutions, a 21-0 win for the Jackrabbits against North Dakota.
At the head of the class
Youngstown St.’s Adaris Bellamy (203 yards) and UNI’s David Johnson (199 yards) had the top two rushing performances in the nation (FCS or FBS) during the first week of the season. The yardage was career-high totals for both Bellamy and Johnson.
Picking and grinning
Western Ill. had six interceptions (and nine total takeaways) in its 42-9 win against Hampton last Thursday. The Leathernecks lead the nation (FCS/FBS) with their six picks.
Flanders becomes Southland’s rushing TD leader
Walter Payton Award candidate Timothy Flanders played only one quarter Saturday in the Bearkats’ 74-0 win against Houston Baptist, but finished with 51 yards on nine carries. His 4-yard touchdown run with 11:27 in the first quarter made Flanders the all-time leader in the Southland Conference for rushing touchdowns (53), moving him ahead of Charles McDaniel of Louisiana Tech who scored 52 during his career as a Bulldog (1971-74). He now has 4,285 career rushing yards and is within 74 yards of becoming the second all-time leading rusher in Southland history. Henry Field of McNeese gained 4,358 in 1992-95. Claude Mathis of Texas State holds the Southland career record with 4,694 yards from 1994 to '97.
Saturday’s contest at Texas A&M will mark the fifth time the Bearkats have faced a nationally ranked FBS opponent.
Bauman on verge of top 10
Northern Ariz. senior RB Zack Bauman rushed for 71 yards in a 35-0 loss to Arizona. Bauman upped his career total to 3,747 yards, 11th on the Big Sky’s all-time list. He is just one yard behind Idaho’s Sherriden May, who rushed for 3,748 yards from 1991-94. Bauman needs 48 yards to become Northern Arizona’s all-time leading rusher. Marcus King rushed for 3,794 yards from 1998-2001 for the Lumberjacks.
Charles Roberts of Sacramento State (1997-2000) is the all-time Big Sky leader with 6,553.
Kramer closing in
Idaho St. head coach Mike Kramer can move into sole possession of fourth place on the Big Sky’s all-time victories list with a win on Saturday. He is currently tied for third with 80 wins. Northern Ariz.’s Jerome Souers is third on the list with 84.