CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Citadel’s Thomas Warren kicked the game-winning field goal from 37 yards with 35 seconds left to edge No. 3 Georgia Southern 23-21 on Saturday night.
The Bulldogs had lost five in a row to the Eagles. The Citadel (2-0) had lost nine consecutive Southern Conference home games since a 28-16 victory against Samford in 2009.
Georgia Southern’s Ryan Nowicki missed two field-goal attempts, and the Eagles fumbled five times, losing two. One fumble on the Eagles’ 27 led to the Bulldogs’ first score, a 19-yard run by Rickey Anderson. Ben Dupree’s first career touchdown pass, a 26-yarder to Domonic Jones, scored the Bulldogs’ second touchdown.
Warren kicked field goals of 42 and 39 yards for a six-point lead. The Eagles tied the game with 3:13 remaining on Ezayi Youyoute’s 1-yard run.
Georgia Southern is the highest-ranked team the Bulldogs have beaten.
No. 1 North Dakota State 22, Colorado State 7 – Box Score
FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Sam Ojuri scored two touchdowns and Marcus Williams had a big day on defense and special teams as reigning FCS national champion North Dakota State beat Colorado State 22-7 on Saturday night.
Brock Jensen was efficient all evening, completing 17 of 28 passes for 178 yards. He also ran for 42 yards as the Bison spoiled the home debut of CSU coach Jim McElwain.
CSU tight end Crockett Gillmore hauled in a pass over the middle and outraced the Bison secondary for a 69-yard TD just 90 seconds into the contest.
The Bison defense allowed CSU to convert just one third-down play all game and sacked QB Garrett Grayson four times.
NDSU is now 6-3 against FBS schools since 2006.
No. 2 Sam Houston State 54, Incarnate Word 7 – Box Score
HUNTSVILLE, Texas — Timothy Flanders rushed 15 times for 120 yards, including two touchdowns, to earn a spot in the Bearkats record book as Sam Houston State beat Incarnate Word 54-7 on Saturday night.
With his performance in the Bearkats season opener, Flanders became the school’s all-time leading rusher. Flanders also increased his school record for rushing touchdowns to 37.
Keshawn Hill scored twice on runs of 11 and 27 yards. Chance Nelson added an 11-yard score on a pass from Brian Bell, and Terrance Robinson returned a punt 60 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
The 2,709 yards accumulated by Flanders broke the record of 2,688 set by Charles Harris (1991-1994).
For the Cardinals (1-1), Trent Rios caught an 18-yard pass from Zach Rhodes for a touchdown. The Division II team held a brief one-point lead in the first quarter, but Sam Houston was ahead by halftime.
No. 4 Montana State 34, Drake 24 – Box Score
DES MOINES, Iowa — DeNarius McGhee threw for 206 yards and Montana State scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns in a 34-24 victory against Drake on Saturday night.
Tray Robinson’s 30-yard scoring run gave the Bobcats (2-0) a 27-24 lead with 11:34 remaining. After the Bulldogs (1-1) were stopped short on fourth and 2 from their own 39 with 4:53 left, McGhee’s 2-yard scoring pass to Tanner Bleskin sealed the win.
Mike Piatkowski completed 25 of 43 passes for 311 yards and a touchdown for Drake. Kevin Marshall had 11 receptions for 100 yards.
McGhee was 22 of 34 with a touchdown and two interceptions. He added a 5-yard TD run.
No. 5 Old Dominion 45, Hampton 7 – Box Score
HAMPTON, Va. — Backed by 213 passing yards and three touchdowns from Taylor Heinicke, Old Dominion toppled Hampton 45-7 Saturday night.
Heinicke, who a week ago set a school record with 492 passing yards against Duquesne, again paced the Monarchs’ (2-0) offense Saturday, completing 20 of 32 passes. His first passing score – a 4-yard pass to Blair Roberts – came with 1:17 left in the first quarter. Heinicke added a 40-yarder to Larry Pinkard in the second quarter as Old Dominion jumped to a 28-7 halftime lead.
Heinicke also led the Monarchs with 55 rushing yards on 11 carries, with Colby Goodwyn and Angus Harper adding rushing touchdowns.
Old Dominion’s defense held Hampton (0-2) to 245 yards total offense for the game, recovering two fumbles and intercepting two passes.
For the Pirates, Travis Champion was 18-of-31 passing for 221 yards, with Jorr Washington pulling in four catches for 84 yards.
No. 6 James Madison 42, Alcorn State 3 – Box Score
HARRISONBURG, Va. — Justin Thorpe threw two touchdown passes and ran for another as James Madison routed Alcorn State 42-3 Saturday night in the first meeting between the schools.
Dae’Quan Scott led the Dukes with 107 yards rushing and two TDs on eight carries. Thorpe tallied 101 yards on the ground with nine carries, and also passed for 140 yards with an interception.
The Dukes, who have now outscored their two 2012 opponents by a total of 97-10, got out to a 28-0 halftime lead that put the game away early thanks in part to Thorpe. The James Madison quarterback ran for a 21-yard score and then connected with his running back Scott on a 10-yard TD – both coming in the second quarter.
Darius Smith threw for 148 yards with an interception for Alcorn State.
No. 7 Northern Iowa 59, Central State 0 – Box Score
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — No. 7 UNI defeated the Central State Marauders Saturday night 59-0, giving head coach Mark Farley his 100th win and improving their record to a 1-1 mark on the season.
The Panthers finished the game with 471 total yards, including 311 through the air and 160 on the ground. Redshirt freshman Austin Ebertowski led the team in rushing with 92 yards and three touchdowns. Brett LeMaster led the team in receiving with four receptions for 125 yards and one touchdown.
The Panther defense finished with 60 tackles against the Marauders with Shawn Rush leading the way with seven. The UNI defense grabbed four interceptions, forced one fumble and a touchdown. The defense accumulated 10 tackles for loss of 37 yards and one sack for a loss of seven yards.
No. 8 Appalachian State 35, No. 9 Montana 27 – Box Score
BOONE, N.C. — Demetrius McCray’s interception with 18 seconds left stopped Montana’s final drive and preserved Appalachian State’s 35-27 victory Saturday night in the first regular-season meeting between the FCS powers.
The Grizzlies (1-1), who won their two postseason meetings with the Mountaineers (1-1), drove from their 11 to the Appalachian State 42, converting two fourth downs, before McCray’s second pickoff of Trent McKinney.
McKinney’s 87-yard pass to Dan Moore brought Montana within a point, 28-27, with 8:54 left, but Chris Lider missed the extra point. Steven Miller’s second touchdown run increased the Mountaineers’ lead to 35-27.
Jamal Jackson’s 25-yard pass to Andrew Peacock early in the fourth quarter broke a 21-21 tie. Jackson completed 24 of 34 for 260 yards, his ninth consecutive game over 200 for Appalachian State.
The Mountaineers extended their regular-season home winning streak to 18 and gave coach Jerry Moore his 235th career victory.
No. 10 Youngstown State 59, Valparaiso 0 – Box Score
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — A strong defense and a balanced scoring attack led Youngstown State to a dominant performance against Valparaiso 59-0 Saturday.\
Youngstown State’s Kurt Hess threw for 138 yards and two touchdowns. He moved into sole possession of third place on the school’s all-time career touchdown list with 42. Hess is just 131 yards shy of becoming the fifth player in school history to pass for 5,000 yards.
Torrian Pace led the Penguins (2-0) with a career-high 146 yards rushing on 14 carries and two scores. Redshirt freshman Demond Hymes added 80 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries.
On Valparaiso’s second possession, Youngstown State’s Travis Williams forced a fumble, which was recovered and returned for seven yards and a touchdown by Jeremey Edwards. That score gave the Penguins a 21-0 lead over the Crusaders (0-2) just five minutes into the game.
Youngstown State’s last shutout came against Indiana State in 2009.
Washington State 24, No. 11 Eastern Washington 20 – Box Score
PULLMAN, Wash. — Jeff Tuel threw a pair of touchdown passes to Isiah Myers as Washington State hung on to beat Eastern Washington 24-20 on Saturday in the home debut of Cougars coach Mike Leach.
Washington State (1-1), which lost at BYU in the season opener, also unveiled a $65 million upgrade of Martin Stadium in front of the first sellout crowd since 2007.
Eastern Washington (1-1), an FCS power coming off a victory against Idaho of the FBS, kept it close behind a pair of touchdown receptions by Brandon Kaufman.
This was the first meeting since 1908 between the two programs, located 60 miles apart.
Minnesota 44, No. 12 New Hampshire 7 – Box Score
MINNEAPOLIS — MarQueis Gray threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more by halftime, and Minnesota finally enjoyed an easy victory against an FCS-level opponent by beating New Hampshire 44-7 on Saturday.
Gray passed only eight times but completed six for 100 yards and scores to Isaac Fruechte and John Rabe. Gray also gained 109 yards on 17 rushing attempts, including a 75-yard untouched burst through the middle of the line for a momentum-swinging touchdown at the end of the first quarter.
Donnell Kirkwood ran for 70 yards and a third-quarter score on 17 carries for the Golden Gophers (2-0), who had lost three of their last five games against FCS teams.
Backup quarterback Andy Vailas was 18 for 34 for 158 yards and an interception for the Wildcats (1-1).
No. 13 Wofford 82, Lincoln (Pa.) 0 – Box Score
SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Seventeen different players carried the ball for Wofford as the Terriers ran for 449 yards in an 82-0 lambasting of Division II Lincoln (Pa.) Saturday.
Brian Kass was 4-of-5 passing for 86 yards and three scores before the second-teamers entered the game, while with Brody Hingst and Eric Breitenstein each scoring twice.
Wofford compiled 402 yards on the ground last week against Gardner-Webb, and dating back to last season the Terriers have run for 400-plus yards in three consecutive games.
The Terriers leaped ahead of the Lions (0-2) 35-0 in the first quarter with 192 yards of offense.
Doug Cook threw for 130 yards on 15-of-25 passing, hitting Philip Jean-Juste eight times for 57 yards.
No. 14 Lehigh 35, Central Connecticut State 14 — Box Score
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. — Michael Colvin passed for 249 yards and a touchdown and led Lehigh to a 35-14 victory against Central Connecticut State Saturday in non-conference play.
The Mountain Hawks, 2-0 overall, got four short scoring runs to down winless Central Connecticut State (0-2). Zach Barket opened the scoring with a 1-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Keith Sherman rushed for a 1-yard TD later in the period, then scored again from a yard out in the second quarter to give Lehigh a 21-0 halftime lead.
Rob Hollomon’s 2-yard touchdown run put the Blue Devils on the board in the third quarter. But Colvin scored on a 3-yard run in the fourth quarter, then hit Max Anderson on a 3-yard scoring pass. Andrew Clements’ late 6-yard scoring pass to Denzel Jones was too little too late.
Colvin, a senior, has won his first two career starts. Clements was just 10-for-17 for 87 yards.
No. 15 Delaware 38, Delaware State 14 –Box Score
NEWARK, Del. — Trent Hurley passed for two touchdowns and Tim Donnelly connected for a 49-yard score on the only pass he threw to lead Delaware to a 38-14 victory against Delaware State on Saturday afternoon.
The Blue Hens (2-0) opened the scoring when Ricky Tunstall intercepted Nick Elko’s pass and returned it 91 yards for a touchdown. Delaware boosted the lead to 21-0 on Hurley’s 14-yard touchdown pass to Michael Johnson and Hurley’s 1-yard touchdown run.
Hurley ended 12-for-21 passing for 149 yards.
Delaware freshman Jerel Harrison caught two touchdown passes.
No. 17 Stony Brook 77, Pace 7 – Box Score
STONY BROOK, N.Y. — Kyle Essington threw two touchdowns and Stony Brook racked up 521 rushing yards in their 77-7 win against Division II Pace on Saturday.
The win gives Stony Brook its first 2-0 start since 2007.
Stony Brook, which scored touchdowns on its first 10 possessions, got touchdown passes of 9 and 86 yards from Essington.
Essington finished 6-of-6 passing for 158 yards before being replaced by Lyle Negron after halftime.
Running backs Marcus Coker and Miguel Maysonet tallied two touchdowns apiece in the first half and their replacement, Jamie Williams, scored from 11 yards to give the Seawolves a 49-0 lead at intermission.
Coker and Maysonet have combined for 382 yards on 53 carries (7.2 ypc) this season. Maysonet, who led the Big South with 1,633 yards last season, recorded 172 rushing yards in Stony Brook’s season-opener.
Boston College 34, No. 18 Maine 3 – Box Score
BOSTON — Chase Rettig threw three touchdown passes, and Spiffy Evans caught one score and ran a punt back 82 yards for another as Boston College overcame a pair of early fumbles to beat Maine 34-3 on Saturday.
Nate Freese booted two field goals, helping the Eagles (1-1) rebound from a season-opening loss to Miami (Fla.) last week.
The loss was the season opener and the 1,000th game for Maine’s program. Brian Harvey had a 19-yard field goal for the Black Bears.
Rettig went 16 of 32 for 219 yards and no interceptions. Rolandan Finch carried 17 times for 90 yards.
The longtime hockey rivals were locked in a surprisingly tight battle before the Eagles scored 17 points in the final 7:09 of the second quarter. Boston College broke it open with a field goal and two TDs late in the third.
Maine’s Marcus Wasilewski was 20 of 42 for 134 yards and two interceptions.
No. 19 Illinois State 31, Eastern Michigan 14 – Box Score
YPSILANTI, Mich. — Darrelynn Dunn continued a hot start to the season with 129 yards rushing and two touchdowns, and Illinois State dominated the second half Saturday en route to a 31-14 victory against Eastern Michigan.
Dunn ran for 4-yard scores midway through the third quarter and with 1:08 left in the game as the Redbirds (2-0) outscored Eastern Michigan 21-0 after halftime. Dunn, a senior, has 256 yards rushing through two games, surpassing his 2011 total of 247.
Matt Brown added a 22-yard touchdown pass to Donovan Harden and finished with 155 yards passing, and Jonathon Miller ran for a 58-yard score.
For the second straight week, Alex Gillett was the offense for the Eagles (0-2). He threw for 145 yards and a touchdown to Garrett Hoskins and added a rushing score, but was intercepted three times. Through two games, Gillett has accounted for all six of Eastern Michigan’s touchdowns.
No. 20 Central Arkansas 42, Murray State 20 – Box Score
MURRAY, Ky. — Wynrick Smothers threw five touchdown passes to five different receivers Saturday night and led Central Arkansas to a 42-20 non-conference victory against Murray State.
Smothers, who completed 31 of 41 passes for 358 yards, was sensational. In the first half alone, he was 20-for-26 for 227 yards and four touchdowns of 18 yards, 10, 3 and his longest completion of the night: a 74-yarder to Dominique Croom, who finished with 10 receptions for 184 yards.
In the fourth quarter, Smothers completed his night with his fifth scoring pass, a 12-yard reception by Thomas Hart.
The Bears, who lost their opener to Ole Miss, evened their record at 1-1. For Murray State, now 0-2, quarterback Casey Brockman was sensational as well. He passed for 445 yards, completing 41 of 63 attempts. But Brockman only threw one scoring pass as the Racers dropped to 0-2.
SMU 52, T-No. 21 Stephen F. Austin 0 – Box Score
DALLAS — Zach Line got Southern Methodist off and running with a pair of rushing touchdowns in the second quarter and then the Mustangs’ defense and special teams took over, securing a 52-0 victory against Stephen F. Austin on Saturday.
After the teams battled to a scoreless tie at the end of the first quarter, Line scored on a 3-yard run and a 1-yard run. He finished with 60 yards on 19 carries.
Kenneth Acker excelled for SMU (1-1) on defense and special teams. He returned a blocked field-goal attempt 56 yards for a touchdown on the final play of the first half, and scored on a 77-yard interception return early in the fourth quarter.
SMU intercepted seven passes and recovered two fumbles by Stephen F. Austin (1–1), returning one for a touchdown.
T-No. 21 McNeese State 69, McMurry 7 – Box Score
LAKE CHARLES, La. — Cody Stroud threw two touchdown passes and ran for a score, and McNeese State capitalized on a sloppy game from McMurry, a Division II opponent, in a 69-7 beating on Saturday.
Stroud’s 1-yard run for a score and 10-yard touchdown pass to Damion Dixon broke the game open early, as the Cowboys (2-0) went up 21-0 after the opening quarter. McNeese State, a Football Championship Subdivision team, then pushed that lead to 45-0 at halftime and 59-0 with 3:49 left in the third quarter on Dillon Berlin’s 5-yard scoring scamper.
Brady Lambert tossed a 7-yard touchdown pass to Clinton McCoy for the first and only score for the Indians (0-2). He came on in relief of starting quarterback Jake Mullin after he threw three interceptions, two of which were returned for scores.
The Cowboys outgained the Indians 484-246 and capitalized on four McMurry turnovers in the contest.
|NORFOLK STATE VS. LIBERTY|
No. 24 Norfolk State 31, Liberty 24 – Box Score
LYNCHBURG, Va. — Running back Brendon Riddick’s three touchdowns and Norfolk State’s fourth-quarter fumble recovery helped the Spartans beat Liberty 31-24 Saturday.
The Flames led 17-7 at halftime after Sirchauncey Holloway’s 6-yard touchdown run and a field goal by John Lunsford gave.
Riddick, who had 150 yards rushing, and Norfolk State’s special teams sparked the Spartans’ second-half comeback.
The running back scored on a 10-yard touchdown run cut the deficit to 17-13. An 83-yard punt return for a touchdown by Keith Johnson gave Norfolk State its first lead.
But Liberty answered with a great special teams play of its own: Kevin Fogg ripped off a 77-yard punt return as the Flames recaptured the lead 24-19.
Then it was Riddick’s turn again. His 10-yard put Norfolk State back up 25-24. The Spartans sealed the victory with 3:30 left when Marcell Coke returned a fumble 41 yards for a touchdown.
No. 25 Eastern Kentucky 24, Morehead State 17 – Box Score
RICHMOND, Ky. — Eastern Kentucky University’s football team out-gained Morehead State University by 273 yards on the ground on its way to a 24-17 victory Saturday evening.
Senior running back Matt Denham carried the ball 34 times for 166 yards and eclipsed the 2,000-yard mark for his career. The Colonels totaled 282 yards rushing and limited the Eagles to nine yards on the ground. EKU held the ball for almost 42 of the 60 minutes.
Midway through the fourth quarter, the Colonels marched 80 yards on 12 plays to put the game away. Eleven of the plays were on the ground. Junior Zavier Foster carried nine times for 47 yards including a six-yard plunge for a touchdown.
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