Padron has successful start for EWU
Top 25: Ga. Southern wins 58-0 without completing pass
MOSCOW, Idaho -- Kyle Padron passed for 260 yards and a touchdown to lead Eastern Washington to a 20-3 victory against Idaho in the season opener for both teams on Thursday night.
Padron, who completed 13 of 33 passes with an interception, got off to a successful start in his quest to become the second consecutive SMU transfer to star at QB for the Eagles. Bo Levi Mitchell led them to the FCS national championship in 2010 and won the Walter Payton Award as the division's top player last year.
Padron, who started 21 games for SMU from 2009-11, hit Jake Whitnell with a 3-yard TD pass in the second quarter to give Eastern Washington a 10-3 lead. Quincy Forte ran for 66 yards and a score.
It was the Eagles' first victory against an FBS school since an 8-5 win at Idaho in 2003.
Najee Lovett had eight receptions for 105 yards for the Vandals, who went 2-10 last season.
Although transfer Dominique Blackman won Idaho's starting QB job, he did not play Thursday. Logan Bushnell started and was 10 of 24 for 123 yards and an interception.
No. 1 North Dakota State 52, Robert Morris 0 -- Box Score
FARGO, N.D. -- Brock Jensen threw three touchdown passes, and North Dakota State kicked off the defense of its Football Championship Subdivision title Saturday with a 52-0 domination of Robert Morris in the season opener for both teams.
Jensen was 16 of 23 for 217 yards, hitting Ryan Smith, Taylor Nelson and Trevor Gebhart for scores. Sam Ojuri, John Crockett, Derrick Lang and backup quarterback Carson Wentz added rushing touchdowns and Adam Keller kicked a 24-yard field goal for the Bison, playing their first game since beating Sam Houston State 17-6 in the FCS championship game Jan. 7.
The North Dakota State defense held Robert Morris to 88 yards of total offense. The Bison tallied three fumbles and an interception of the Colonials' Matt Layman, who was 10 of 21 for 66 yards.
North Dakota State won its only previous meeting with Robert Morris, 43-17 in the opening round of the 2010 FCS playoffs.
|Ga. Southern vs. Jacksonville|
No. 3 Georgia Southern 58, Jacksonville 0 -- Box Score
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Georgia Southern sophomores Ezayi Youyoute and Dominique Swope each ran for three touchdowns and more than 100 yards as the Eagles piled up 557 rushing yards and crushed Jacksonville 58-0 in the teams' opener Saturday night.
Youyoute, who split time at quarterback with junior Jerick McKinnon, finished with 164 yards on 11 carries. His 79-yarder for the Eagles' first score was the second longest of his career.
Swope had 104 yards on 13 carries and McKinnon carried 11 times for 71 yards and a touchdown as Georgia Southern amassed its seventh-highest rushing total ever. The Eagles did not complete any of their eight passes.
Georgia Southern, which reached the Football Championship Subdivision semifinals last season, led 27-0 after one quarter, their most first-quarter points since a 38-35 win against Appalachian State in 2007.
The Dolphins were held to 178 total yards and 11 first downs.
No. 4 Montana State 33, Chadron State 6 -- Box Score
BOZEMAN, Mont. -- DeNarius McGhee tossed four touchdown passes to lead Montana State to a 33-6 win against Chadron State Thursday night in the season opener for both teams.
The first night home football game in Montana State history drew 20,767.
McGhee connected twice with Jon Ellis for touchdowns and added TD passes to Tray Robinson and Tiai Salanoa. Orenzo Davis, who missed last season due to academic issues, scored on a 4-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Division II Chadron State scored on two field goals by Alex Ferdinand. Glen Clinton highlighted the Eagles' offense with 61 yards rushing.
McGhee, a junior, was 29 of 40 for 176 yards and has thrown a scoring pass in 26 consecutive games. MSU outgained the Eagles 401-135 as Cody Kirk led the Bobcats with 91 yards on the ground, and Davis added 63 more.
East Carolina 35, No. 5 Appalachian State 13 -- Box Score
GREENVILLE, N.C.-- East Carolina recorded 390 total yards and forced three turnovers as the Pirates defeated Appalachian State 35-13 at home Saturday in the season opener for both teams.
Rio Johnson threw for 242 yards and Michael Dobson added 78 yards rushing for the Pirates, who have won 32 of their last 37 games when scoring 30 or more points.
Appalachian State cut the deficit to one, 14-13, with 2:35 left in the third quarter. However, East Carolina's Lance Ray returned the ensuing kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown and Johnson scored twice in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.
The Pirates defense, led by Jeremy Grove, held the Mountaineers to just 4 of 15 on third down conversions. Grove finished with nine total tackles and forced two fumbles.
Jamal Jackson led Appalachian State with 300 yards passing but his lone interception ended the Mountaineers' rally attempt.
No. 6 Old Dominion 57, Duquesne 23 -- Box Score
NORFOLK, Va. -- Taylor Heinicke passed for four touchdowns and broke two school passing records as Old Dominion rallied to defeat Duquesne 57-23 Saturday in both teams' season opener.
The Monarchs racked up 723 total yards and Heinicke accounted for 530 of them.
He passed for 492 yards on 63 attempts, both school records. Heinecke's 41 completions fell just six short of Old Dominion's record.
Duquesne entered halftime leading 20-10 but Old Dominion outscored the Dukes 47-3 in the second half.
Nick Mayers, Antonio Vaughan, and Larry Pinkard each recorded six catches for the Monarchs with Blair Roberts' eight catches and 104 yards leading the way.
Old Dominion has won six of its last seven games dating back to last season, including four consecutive at home.
The Monarchs, in their fourth season in the Colonial Athletic Association, will move to the Football Bowl Series level next season when they join Conference USA.
Wisconsin 26, No. 7 Northern Iowa 21 -- Box Score
MADISON, Wis. -- Montee Ball rushed for 120 yards and a touchdown, and No. 12 Wisconsin needed a big defensive play to survive a fourth-quarter scare from Northern Iowa in a 26-21 victory Saturday.
Wisconsin's defense didn't allow Northern Iowa on its side of the 50-yard line until the 4:27 mark in the third quarter -- but then the Badgers nearly melted down.
Leading 26-7 in the fourth quarter, Wisconsin allowed Northern Iowa quarterback Sawyer Kollmorgen to throw a pair of long touchdowns to David Johnson, cutting the lead to five. With the Panthers facing fourth-and-1 at the Wisconsin 41-yard line, defensive lineman Ethan Hemer tipped the ball at the line of scrimmage to stop the drive.
Kollmorgen threw for 265 yards and three touchdowns for the Panthers, ranked seventh in the FCS.
No. 8 James Madison 55, St. Francis (Pa.) 7 -- Box Score
HARRISONBURG, Va. -- Justin Thorpe rushed for two touchdowns and passed for another score in the first half as James Madison trounced St. Francis (Pa.) 55-7 Saturday in both teams' season opener.
The Dukes rolled up 602 yards offensively, 377 on the ground.
After Dae'Quan Scott opened the scoring on a 1-yard run with 9:18 elapsed, Thorpe rushed 15 yards for a TD late in the first quarter.
The senior quarterback scored two more times in the next 8 minutes, first on a 9-yard run with 12:16 left in the half, then with a 41-yard scoring strike to Scott.
Thorpe was 15 of 27 for 177 passing yards and had 76 yards rushing.
James Madison led 34-0 at halftime in the first meeting between the two programs.
Trailing 41-0, St. Francis got on the scoreboard when John Kelly threw a 2-yard scoring pass to Kevin Parker to cap a 13-play, 75-yard drive.
Kent State 41, No. 9 Towson 21 -- Box Score
KENT, Ohio -- Dri Archer ran a kickoff back 98 yards for a touchdown and rushed for two scores as Kent State overwhelmed Towson 41-21 Thursday night in the teams' season opener.
Six turnovers hurt Towson, including a first-quarter fumble that set up a 15-yard scoring run by Archer. The Golden Flashes led 17-0 after the first quarter.
Archer, whose long return made it 24-7 in the second quarter, scored on an 18-yard run in the third quarter, and backup quarterback David Fisher found Josh Boyle for a 63-yard touchdown pass on the first play of the fourth to make it 41-7.
Towson's Grant Enders completed 26 of 36 for 246 yards and a touchdown but was intercepted twice and sacked four times. Terrance West, who rushed for 29 touchdowns and 1,294 yards last season, scored twice for the Tigers but was held to 31 yards on 14 carries.
No. 10 Montana 35, South Dakota 24 -- Box Score
MISSOULA, Mont. -- Trent McKinney passed for two touchdowns to lead Montana to a 35-24 win Saturday against South Dakota in the season opener for both teams.
Montana set a school record with 34 first downs. The Montana win spoiled the homecoming of South Dakota head coach Joe Glenn, who won the Football Conference Subdivision national championship while coaching at Montana in 2001.
Montana running back Dan Moore ran for 148 yards and a touchdown, and Peter Nguyen added 102 yards and a touchdown.
McKinney, playing in his first collegiate game, connected on scoring tosses of 4 yards to Sam Gratton and 18 yards to Cam Warren. Montana tight end Greg Hardy also hit Bryce Carver with a 39-yard touchdown pass.
South Dakota's Josh Vander Maten had scoring passes of 8 and 80 yards to Terrance Terry, and Charlie Goro returned an interception 50 yards for a touchdown for the Coyotes.
No. 11 Lehigh 27, Monmouth 17 -- Box Score
BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- Michael Colvin passed for 221 yards and two touchdowns in his debut as Lehigh's starting quarterback and the Mountain Hawks defeated Monmouth on Saturday in the teams' season opener.
Lehigh, which made it to the FCS quarterfinals last season, took a 14-0 lead and led 21-7 at halftime before Monmouth battled back with 10 third-quarter points.
Monmouth drove to the Lehigh 10 in the fourth quarter, but the Mountain Hawks stopped Julian Hayes for no gain at their 7 and forced a fumble on fourth-and-1 with 7:12 remaining.
Lehigh, which has won its last 10 regular-season games, added a final touchdown on the last play when it recovered a Monmouth fumble after a completion and a couple of laterals.
Colvin, a senior, completed 17 of 32 for Lehigh with two interceptions. Ryan Spadola had nine catches for 111 yards after catching 96 passes a year ago.
|New Hampshire vs. Holy Cross|
No. 12 New Hampshire 38, Holy Cross 17 -- Box Score
WORCESTER, Mass. -- Sean Goldrich threw for two touchdowns in his first college game to lead New Hampshire against Holy Cross 38-17 Thursday night in the teams' season opener.
The redshirt freshman led back-to-back touchdown drives of 98 and 95 yards in the second half, finishing the second with a 5-yard pass to Joey Orlando on the second play of the fourth quarter for a 32-10 Wildcats lead.
Orlando also scored on a 38-yard pass from backup QB Andy Vailas to put New Hampshire ahead 13-7 with 10:04 until halftime.
Goldrich, who led Wildcats rushers with 71 yards on 10 carries, made it 19-7 with an 8-yard pass to R.J. Harris.
New Hampshire rolled up 531 yards to 346 for the Crusaders and maintained possession for 35:16.
Holy Cross' Kevin Watson, a senior making his first start, completed 33 of 47 for 271 yards but was intercepted twice and sacked three times.
No. 13 Wofford 34, Gardner-Webb 7 -- Box Score
BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. -- Eric Breitenstein ran for 219 yards and two touchdowns to help lead Wofford to a 34-7 non-conference victory against Gardner-Webb Saturday.
In the opening game for each team, the Terriers had an enormous 402-12 advantage in rushing yardage. Brian Kass also threw a 37-yard scoring pass to Donovan Johnson and C.J. Turner returned a fumble 12 yards for a touchdown to give Wofford a 14-0 first-quarter lead.
After a scoreless second quarter, Wofford's Christian Reed kicked the first of his two field goals in the third period to make it a 17-0. Then Breitenstein burst 64 yards to score.
Gardner-Webb quarterback Lucas Beatty hit Kenny Cook on a 24-yard touchdown pass later in the quarter, but Breitenstein concluded the scoring with a 19-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Wofford has won the last six meetings with Gardner-Webb. The Runnin' Bulldogs last beat Wofford in 1987.
No. 14 Delaware 41, West Chester 21 -- Box Score
NEWARK, Del. -- Backed by 310 passing yards and three scores from debuting sophomore quarterback Trent Hurley, Delaware topped West Chester 41-21 in the rivalry's 54th and final meeting. The game was the first this year for each team.
Hurley, a transfer from Bowling Green making his first start, was 24-of-35 passing, including a pair of first-half touchdowns. Junior Andrew Pierce ran 22 times for 90 yards, and became the fourth Blue Hen to surpass 3,000 yards rushing for a career. He's the first to do so as a junior.
Defensively, Delaware got a forced fumble and an interception from safety Tim Breaker, and another pick from Jake Giusti.
West Chester running back Rondell White ran for 220 yards on 28 carries in the loss.
The schools will discontinue the rivalry, which began in 1941, to face more opponents in their respective divisions. Delaware finishes with a 47-6-2 advantage.
No. 17 Stony Brook 49, Central Connecticut State 17 -- Box Score
STONY BROOK, N.Y. -- Miguel Maysonet ran for 171 yards, two touchdowns and caught a scoring pass to lead Stony Brook to a 49-17 victory over Central Connecticut State in the season opener for both teams Saturday.
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The Seawolves got the lead early with big plays. Central Connecticut turned over the ball at its 4-yard line on its first series, and Stony Brook's Marcus Coker scored on the next play for a 7-0 lead. Kyle Essington passed to Kevin Norrell for an 89-yard touchdown, and Maysonet ran 84 yards for a score, all in the first quarter.
It was Maysonet's sixth game with three or more touchdowns, and his 84-yard run was the longest in Stony Brook history. He averaged 10.7 yards per carry.
Stony Brook's Kyle Essington threw for 188 yards and three touchdowns.
Arnold Clement rushed for 132 yards and two touchdowns for Central Connecticut.
No. 18 Youngstown State 31, Pittsburgh 17 -- Box Score
PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- Kurt Hess passed for 154 yards and two touchdowns as Youngstown State spoiled Paul Chryst's debut as Pittsburgh's coach in a 31-17 upset on Saturday in the season opener for both schools.
Andre Stubbs ran for 71 yards and a score, added 61 yards receiving and another touchdown as the Penguins beat a Football Bowl Subdivision team for the first time in 12 years. It was the team's first win over Bowl Championship Series opponent in history.
This wasn't a last-second stunner. The Penguins never trailed, controlling the ball and the tempo with a spread offense that kept the Panthers off balance.
Tino Sunseri threw for 239 yards and a score for Pittsburgh, but the Panthers had no answer for the Penguins while losing to a FCS program for the first time.
Mississippi 49, No. 19 Central Arkansas 27 -- Box Score
OXFORD, Miss. -- Bo Wallace threw for 264 yards and two touchdowns in his Football Bowl Subdivision debut as Mississippi rallied to beat Central Arkansas 49-27 on Saturday.
The 6-foot-5, 210-pound junior college transfer was nearly flawless in first-year coach Hugh Freeze's offense, completing 20 of 24 passes, though he did have one interception. Wallace also rushed for 82 yards and a touchdown.
Despite the comfortable final margin, the game wasn't easy for the Rebels, who came into the season on a seven-game losing streak. Central Arkansas led 20-14 at halftime before Ole Miss scored 35 unanswered points in the second half.
Donte Moncrief led Ole Miss with eight receptions for 104 yards, including a 53-yard touchdown catch from Wallace in the third quarter that pushed the Rebels' lead to 28-20.
Central Arkansas quarterback Wynrick Smothers completed 25 of 32 passes for 247 yards and two touchdowns. Jackie Hinton led the Bears with 52 yards on 13 carries.
No. 20 Illinois State 56, Dayton 14 -- Box Score
NORMAL, Ill. -- Darrelynn Dunn had 127 yards rushing and three touchdowns, Matt Brown threw for three more scores and Illinois State dominated Dayton 56-14 on Saturday in the season opener for both teams.
Cameron Hunt added 120 yards rushing, including an 82-yard score in the fourth quarter, for the Redbirds in the first meeting between the schools.
Dunn, a senior, surpassed his touchdown total from 2011, when he ran for 247 yards and three scores after transferring from Iowa Central Community College. Brown completed 22 of his 34 passes for 192 yards, finding Lechein Neblett for two scores and Phil Dudley for one.
Will Bardo was 7 of 21 for 96 yards passing and the Flyers' only offensive score, a 17-yarder to Branden Johnson. Gary Hunter returned a punt 77 yards for the other Dayton touchdown, and Pat Meehan returned a blocked punt 10 yards to cap the scoring for Illinois State.
Purdue 48, No. 21 Eastern Kentucky 6 -- Box Score
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Robert Marve passed for a career-high 295 yards and matched a career best with three touchdowns to help Purdue defeat Eastern Kentucky 48-6 on Saturday in both teams' season opener.
The Boilermakers held Football Championship Subdivision foe Eastern Kentucky to 190 yards and 10 first downs and forced four turnovers. Defensive tackle Kawann Short blocked a field goal and an extra point for the fifth and sixth blocked kicks of his career.
Brooklyn Fox led Eastern Kentucky with two interceptions and a fumble recovery. Eastern Kentucky had 9 yards of offense and no first downs in the opening quarter.
Matt Denham broke for a 30-yard touchdown early in the second quarter, but Short blocked the extra point and Purdue led 20-6.
No. 23 Norfolk State 24, Virginia State 0 -- Box Score
NORFOLK, Va. -- Norfolk State's defense dominated play shutting out Virginia State 24-0 Saturday in the season opener for both teams.
The Spartans held the Trojans to 107 yards of total offense, forced four turnovers and had seven sacks to notch their first shutout since 2001.
Linebacker Jamal Giddens got things started for Norfolk State's defense. He knocked the ball loose from Virginia State's quarterback Jarred Battle and the fumble was recovered by defensive lineman Shawn Fauntleroy in the end zone to give Norfolk State a 10-0 lead.
The Spartans opened the second half with a 70-yard kick return by Marcus Cooperwood, setting up a 2-yard touchdown run by freshman Brendon Riddick.
Riddick led the Spartans with 87 yards rushing on nine carries.
Norfolk's defense held Virginia State to just 10 yards rushing.
No. 24 Stephen F. Austin 49, Southwestern Oklahoma State 14 -- Box Score
NACOGDOCHES, Texas -- Brady Attaway threw for 354 yards and three touchdowns and Stephen F. Austin beat Southwestern Oklahoma State 49-14 on Friday night in a game postponed a day because of Hurricane Isaac.
Attaway was 21 of 37 with no interceptions, and Gus Johnson led the Lumberjacks in rushing with 10 carries for 107 yards and two touchdowns in the season opener for both teams.
Corde Robinson caught eight passes for 100 yards and a score.
Dustin Stenta completed 19 of 32 passes for 201 yards and a touchdown for the Bulldogs.
Indiana 24, No. 25 Indiana State 17 -- Box Score
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Tre Roberson threw for a career-high 280 yards and one touchdown, ran for another and led Indiana past in-state rival Indiana State 24-17 Saturday in the season opener for both teams.
The win ended the Hoosiers' nine-game losing streak.
Indiana State dropped to 0-4 all-time against the Hoosiers and 0-10 against Big Ten schools.
The Sycamores were led by Shakir Bell, who ran 24 times for 192 yards including a 54-yard touchdown run for the game's first score.
Indiana answered three plays later when Roberson and Shane Wynn hooked up on a 71-yard TD pass. The Hoosiers took the lead on Stephen Houston's 15-yard TD run in the second quarter.
Roberson opened the second half by plunging in from 1 yard out to make it 24-10, and Indiana's defense stopped four drives in the fourth quarter to preserve the win.