The Citadel blows out No. 7 App. State
Top 25: No. 17 Ill. St. needed 2OT to outlast E. Illinois 54-51
BOONE, N.C. -- The Citadel jumped on Appalachian State early, scoring 38 points in the first half en route to a 52-28 victory on Saturday.
The Citadel moves to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the Southern Conference for the first time since its championship season of 1992.
The Mountaineers (1-2) had won 17 of the past 18 games against the Bulldogs, including eight in a row.
Appalachian State's 18-game regular-season home winning streak was snapped.
The Bulldogs rushed for 463 yards and threw for 155 on 4-of-6 passing, rolling up 618 total yards. They held the ball for 38 minutes, 11 seconds.
Three Bulldogs rushed for more than 100 yards, with Ben Dupree racking up 180 yards and two TDs, Darien Robinson 113 and one score and Rickey Anderson 102 and a TD. Matt Johnson caught three passes for 123 yards.
Steven Miller rushed for 167 yards and three TDs for Appalachian State.
No. 1 North Dakota State -- Idle
Baylor 48, No. 2 Sam Houston State 23 -- Box Score
WACO, Texas -- Nick Florence passed for three touchdowns and set up another with a 60-yard run as Baylor needed a second-half rally to beat Sam Houston State 48-23 on Saturday night.
Florence threw touchdowns to Jordan Najvar and Terrence Williams in the third quarter as Baylor (2-0) erased a 20-10 halftime deficit. His 60-yard run in the fourth set up Glasco Martin's 5-yard touchdown after Sam Houston State (1-1) had pulled within one.
Florence passed for 312 yards. Williams had six receptions for 131 yards and two touchdowns.
Brian Bell passed for 285 yards for the Bearkats but also had four turnovers. He fumbled to set up Baylor's first touchdown in the third quarter, then fell when taking the snap on fourth down at the Baylor one in the fourth, spoiling a chance to take the lead.
West Virginia 42, No. 5 James Madison 12 -- Box Score
LANDOVER, Md. -- Geno Smith completed 34 of 39 passes for 411 yards and five touchdowns Saturday, and West Virginia rolled to a 42-12 win against No. 5 James Madison.
Smith set the school's career passing yardage record, topping Marc Bulger.
Stedman Bailey and Tavon Austin both had 100 yards receiving before halftime for the Mountaineers, who improved to 2-0 and are 13-0 all time against FCS opponents.
Bailey finished with 173 yards on 13 catches and three touchdowns. Austin had 113 yards on 11 receptions and one score.
No. 3 Montana State 43, Stephen F. Austin 35 -- Box Score
BOZEMAN, Mont. -- Cody Kirk scored three touchdowns, including a 6-yard run with 2:26 remaining, to lift Montana State to a 43-35 win against Stephen F. Austin on Saturday.
The lead changed hands four times in the fourth quarter, but Kirk's TD made it 40-35, and the Bobcats' Steven Bethley intercepted a pass to set up Rory Perez's 45-yard field goal with 31 seconds left. Kirk finished with 105 yards on 30 carries.
Tanner Bleskin caught 10 passes for 180 yards for Montana State (3-0).
Brady Attaway threw for a career-high 418 yards and three touchdowns for Stephen F. Austin (1-2), with Cordell Roberson accounting for 10 receptions, 163 yards and a TD. Montana State held the Lumberjacks to 55 yards rushing.
Montana State's DeNarius McGhee threw for 275 yards and two touchdowns.
No. 4 Old Dominion 70, Campbell 14 -- Box Score
NORFOLK, Va. -- Taylor Heinicke had another big early-season game for Old Dominion, tossing seven touchdown passes and running for another as the Monarchs crushed Campbell 70-14 Saturday night.
Heinicke, who was 21 of 29 for 486 yards, now has 1,191 yards passing on the season already for Old Dominion (3-0). He also ran for 41 yards on eight carries for the Monarchs, who set a school record for points in a game.
Blair Roberts caught three of his four balls for touchdowns, setting another ODU school record for receiving TDs in a game.
It was all Heinicke from the start, as the sophomore quarterback opened the scoring with a 13-yard run less than three minutes into the game. He followed that up with three first-quarter TD passes, putting the Monarchs up 28-0 on the Camels (1-2) after one quarter and the game out of reach as Heinicke and company rolled on.
Iowa 27, No. 6 Northern Iowa 16 -- Box Score
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Walk-on fullback Mark Weisman rushed for 113 yards and three short touchdowns as Iowa held off Northern Iowa 27-16 on Saturday.
James Vandenberg added 228 yards passing for the Hawkeyes (2-1), who beat the Panthers, a Football Championship Subdivision program, for the 15th consecutive time despite losing backs Damon Bullock and Greg Garmon to injuries.
Weisman, a sophomore with 8 career yards rushing coming into the game, scored from 1, 1 and 2 yards out to help Iowa avoid its third consecutive home loss dating to 2011.
Sawyer Kollmorgen had 245 yards passing and an interception for Northern Iowa (1-2). The Panthers have lost to Wisconsin and Iowa on the road this season by a combined total of just 16 points.
No. 8 Youngstown State 31, Albany 24 -- Box Score
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Jamaine Cook scored three touchdowns Saturday to help Youngstown State hold off Albany 31-24 and record its first 3-0 start since 2005.
Albany (2-1) held a 7-0 lead before Cook capped off back-to-back drives with touchdowns from 2 yards and 7 yards out, respectively.
The Great Danes tied the game at 14 but Cook scored again from 7 yards to put the Penguins ahead 21-14.
Youngstown State outscored Albany 10-3 in the second half to seal the win.
Cook finished with 161 yards on 33 carries. Kurt Hess paced the Penguins passing attack with 183 yards on 15-of-18 passing and eclipsed the 5,000-yard career-passing milestone.
Will Fiacchi led Albany with 228 yards passing and two touchdowns.
Youngstown State controlled the clock, holding possession for 36 minutes, 11 seconds compared to 23:09 for the Great Danes and ran 16 more (74-58) offensive plays than Albany.
No. 9 Wofford 49, Western Carolina 20 -- Box Score
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Eric Breitenstein carried the ball 18 times for 160 yards, helping Wofford amass 590 rushing yards in a 49-20 victory against Western Carolina in a Southern Conference opener Saturday night.
After a 7-7 first quarter, the Terriers (2-0) dominated the rest of the half, taking a 35-7 lead after rushing touchdowns on their next four possessions, including 54 and 73-yard runs by Michael Weimer.
Weimer finished with 141 yards on six carries, and Donovan Johnson had 126 yards on 13 carries and a third-quarter score as Wofford threw just three passes.
The only first-half score for the Catamounts (1-2) came on a defensive play. John McBeth sacked Wofford quarterback Brian Kass and forced a fumble, which Eric Banford returned 10 yards for a touchdown.
Wofford has won seven consecutive matches against Western Carolina, which has lost 15 Southern Conference games in a row.
Western Carolina's Eddie Sullivan completed 28 of 37 passes for 302 yards.
No. 10 Georgia Southern -- Idle
No. 11 Eastern Washington -- Idle
No. 12 Montana 34, Liberty 14 -- Box Score
MISSOULA, Mont. -- Peter Nguyen ran a punt back 90 yards for a touchdown Saturday to pace Montana to a 34-14 win against Liberty.
After a slow opening 10 minutes, Nguyen brought the crowd to its feet with a jaunt down the left side of the field to give Montana a 7-0 lead.
The Grizzlies (2-1) tacked on another 17 points before halftime on a 32-yard run by Dan Moore, a 6-yard run by Trent McKinney and a 42-yard field goal by Chris Lider.
The Flames cut the Montana lead to 24-7 early in the third quarter on a 14-yard pass from Josh Woodrum to Pat Kelly.
Montana answered back with 12:20 to play in the fourth quarter when McKinney hooked up with Greg Hardy on a 2-yard touchdown pass to go back up 31-7.
A 31-yard pass from Woodrum to Ryan Fegurson with 10:11 to play ended the scoring for Liberty (0-3).
No. 13 Lehigh 17, Princeton 14 -- Box Score
BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- Zach Barket and Keith Sherman capped off Lehigh drives with short touchdown runs to help the Mountain Hawks hold off Princeton 17-14 on Saturday and ruin yet another Tigers' season opener.
Lehigh dominated Princeton in the first half. Barket ran for five yards to score the first points of the game and Sherman's 2-yard run with 3:34 in the second quarter gave Lehigh a commanding 17-0 halftime lead.
Princeton, which has lost three consecutive season openers to Lehigh, rallied in the fourth quarter. The Tigers cut the lead to 17-14 with 4:54 to play on Akil Sharp's second rushing touchdown.
The Mountain Hawks' defense then stiffened, forcing a three-and-out on Princeton's next possession. Lehigh sealed the win, converting on third down-and-11 when quarterback Michael Colvin connected with Dylan Colgate for 27 yards.
Michael Colvin finished 21 of 34 for 276 yards passing for Lehigh (3-0).
No. 14 Delaware 19, Bucknell 3 -- Box Score
NEWARK, Del. -- Sean Baner kicked four field goals and Trent Hurley scored the game's lone touchdown as Delaware beat Bucknell 19-3 on Saturday.
After Baner's first field goal, Bucknell (1-1) tied the game at 3-3 behind a 21-yard field goal from Sean Cobelli. But the Blue Hens went on to score 16 unanswered points over the final three quarters.
Baner connected from 41, 32, 21, and 20 yards, and his extra point kick following Hurley's touchdown gave Delaware a 16-3 third quarter lead. The first team All-Colonial Athletic Association selection is a perfect 40 for 40 all-time in extra point attempts and has converted 12 consecutive field goals dating back to last season.
Hurley finished with 56 yards on the ground. Andrew Pierce paced the Blue Hens rushing attack with 101 yards on 22 carries.
Delaware has won six-consecutive games and registered a 3-0 start for only the second time since 2007.
No. 15 Towson 20, William & Mary 17 -- Box Score
TOWSON, Md. -- Terrance West carried 27 times for 153 yards and Towson scored 17 consecutive points after falling behind to defeat William & Mary 20-17 Saturday in a Colonial Athletic Association opener.
Towson, which won its ninth consecutive home opener, scored a touchdown with 8 seconds left in the first half when quarterback Grant Enders' fumble at the William & Mary 2 was recovered by Spencer Wilkins to make it 10-10.
The Tigers (1-1), playing for the first time in 16 days, went ahead 13-10 on D.J. Soven's 36-yard third-quarter field goal. They made it 20-10 with 8:15 left in the game on Enders' 14-yard pass to Erron Banks after an 84-yard drive.
The Tribe (0-3) got within three points with 5:44 left but their final drive stalled at the Towson 33.
West failed to score for Towson, ending a streak of nine games in which he had scored at least twice.
Syracuse 28, No. 16 Stony Brook 17 -- Box Score
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Ryan Nassib hit Jarrod West for the go-ahead touchdown, Ashton Broyld scored on a 22-yard run and Syracuse beat Stony Brook 28-17 Saturday to snap a seven-game losing streak.
Stony Brook (2-1), which competes in the FBS, entered the game 0-3 against FBS opponents. All three losses came in the previous two seasons, but the Seawolves were in this one until the fourth quarter.
Syracuse (1-2) has won its last 29 games against current FCS members, a streak that dates to a 14-13 loss to Holy Cross in October 1958.
The Seawolves entered the game ranked No. 16 in the FCS coaches poll and led the division in total offense. They acquitted themselves well, outgaining Syracuse in the first half behind the powerful running of Miguel Maysonet, who finished with 158 yards rushing, before the Orange defense dug in.
No. 17 Illinois State 54, Eastern Illinois 51 (2OT) -- Box Score
NORMAL, Ill. -- Matt Brown accounted for seven touchdowns, and his fifth scoring pass of the game, a 25-yarder to Tyrone Walker in the second overtime period, capped a career-high 473-yard performance and gave Illinois State a wild 54-51 victory Saturday against Eastern Illinois.
Eastern Illinois had taken the lead on a 40-yard field goal by Cameron Berra, whose 20-yarder at the end of regulation sent the game to overtime.
Brown, who added two rushing touchdowns, also hit Donovan Harden for two scores and Lechein Neblett and Cameron Hunt for one apiece. The five touchdowns, on 42-of-57 passing, tied Brown's career high. Walker led all receivers with 11 catches for 142 yards.
The teams combined for 1,042 yards of total offense. The Redbirds (3-0) won despite being penalized 22 times for 178 yards.
Taylor Duncan rushed for three touchdowns and Jimmy Garoppolo had 387 yards passing and two scores for the Panthers (1-2).
No. 18 New Hampshire 43, Central Connecticut State 10 -- Box Score
DURHAM, N.H. -- Andy Vailas threw a touchdown pass and ran for another in the first half of New Hampshire's 43-10 home win against Central Connecticut State on Saturday.
Vailas, who finished with 122 yards passing on 14-of-20 attempts in his first collegiate start, opened scoring with a 5-yard touchdown run. Then, after Jared Allison scored from 30-yards out to help the Wildcats (2-1) jump ahead 13-3, Vailas connected with Harold Spears on a 1-yard touchdown to put the game away.
From there, the Wildcats rushing attack took over, adding three more touchdowns.
New Hampshire outgained CCSU (0-3) 459-234 yards despite running four less plays.
Nico Steriti, Jimmy Owens and Chris Setian led the Wildcats' ground game with 104, 91 and 81 yards, respectively. The trio has combined for 512 yards and seven touchdowns on 83 carries.
New Hampshire has beaten CCSU seven-consecutive times, with the closest margin of victory at 13 points.
No. 19 McNeese State 35, Weber State 21 -- Box Score
OGDEN, Utah -- Diontae Spencer scored on a 91-yard run, the longest rushing play for a touchdown in school history, as McNeese State defeated Weber State 35-21 Saturday night.
Javaris Murray also scored on a long run, rambling 76 yards for the Cowboys' final touchdown as McNeese State (3-0) rushed for 301 yards in the game. It was the Cowboys' fifth straight game with 200-plus yards rushing.
Murray finished with 122 yards rushing, and Spencer added 106. Cody Stroud completed 20 of 27 passes for 256 yards and a touchdown as McNeese State piled up 557 yards of total offense.
Weber State (0-3) got a pair of late scores after McNeese State led 35-7. The Wildcats were held to 257 yards of offense and committed nine penalties for 100 yards.
Spencer's TD run broke the record of 90 yards held by Henry Fields in 1994.
No. 20 Central Arkansas 70, Bacone 3 -- Box Score
CONWAY, Ark. -- Wynrick Smothers threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score as Central Arkansas cruised past Bacone 70-3 Saturday night.
Dezmin Lewis scored touchdowns on a pass from Smothers, on a blocked punt return and a fumble return for the Bears (2-1) in their home opener.
Willie Mathews ran for 153 yards, more than the Warriors managed in total offense, and capped the scoring with an 83-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Central Arkansas scored 21 points in each of the first three quarters. Bacone (1-3), an NAIA school from Muskogee, Okla., managed a field goal of 37 yards by Jamie Moore in the second quarter.
No. 21 Maine 51, Bryant 7 -- Box Score
SMITHFIELD, R.I. -- David Hood scored two first-half touchdowns and Rickey Stevens added 168 yards on 17 carries to help Maine dominate Bryant 51-7 on Saturday.
Maine led 14-0 early in the second quarter before Hood scored from 2-yards out. Hood then capped off a 7-play, 83-yard drive with a 1-yard run to help the Black Bears take a 28-0 lead.
Hood finished with 102 yards on 14 carries. It was the first time since 2008 that Maine had two players rush for 100 yards.
Maine's defense held Bryant to just 186 yards on 59 plays (3.2 yards per play) and forced two turnovers in the win, including Khari Al-Mateen's 77-yard interception return for a touchdown.
The two squads played each other for the first time last season, with Maine coming away with a 28-13 victory.
Jordan Brown led Bryant with 63 yards rushing.
Howard 37, No. 22 Norfolk State 36 (OT) -- Box Score
NORFOLK, Va. -- Julien David blocked Everett Goldberg's extra point try in overtime to give Howard a 37-36 victory against Norfolk State on Saturday in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opener for both teams.
After Goldberg's 38-yard field goal with five seconds left in regulation pulled the Spartans into a 30-30 tie, the Bison (2-1) got the ball first in overtime. Greg McGhee ran for a 2-yard touchdown after finding Brandon Flanagan for 22 yards, and Parker Munoz's kick was good.
Norfolk State (2-1), the defending MEAC champion, reached the Howard 10 on Nico Flores' 13-yard pass to Reggie Garrett. Flores then threw three incompletions but pass interference moved the ball to the 4. Brendon Riddick ran it in from there before the failed extra point.
Terrence Leffall carried 31 times for 122 yards for Howard.
Flores was 30-for-48 passing for 387 yards for the Spartans with four touchdown passes.
No. 24 Harvard 28, San Diego 13 -- Box Score
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- There was a block in the back that negated a kickoff return and an interception, thrown into the end zone, that cost Harvard the chance at another score.
Yet when coach Tim Murphy lamented his players' mistakes, he wasn't talking about football.
Harvard beat San Diego 28-13 on Saturday, finishing off a week in which the largest academic cheating scandal in the history of the nation's oldest university staggered the athletic department and cost the Crimson its basketball co-captains. All of the football team's starters and at least 105 players on the 119-man roster were in uniform.
Treavor Scales rushed for 177 yards and two touchdowns, including a 66-yard run when he plunged into the line to kill the clock but found a hole leading all the way to the end zone. Colton Chapple completed 16 of 29 passes for two touchdowns, one each to Kyle Juszczyk and Cameron Brate, as Harvard won its 12th consecutive home opener.
Mason Mills completed 38 of 63 passes for 354 yards for San Diego (1-2). But he was also sacked seven times as the Toreros took a 13-7 lead into the fourth quarter only to allow two long Harvard touchdown drives and one very short one.
No. 25 Eastern Kentucky 35, Coastal Carolina 17 -- Box Score
CONWAY, S.C. -- Eastern Kentucky's T.J. Pryor hit Tyrone Goard for a 77-yard touchdown pass late in the second quarter for a 21-7 lead, and the Colonials defeated Coastal Carolina 35-17 on Saturday.
Eastern Kentucky (2-1) outrushed Coastal Carolina 217 to 106 yards, with Matt Denham carrying 22 times for 121 yards and a touchdown. Denham, who surpassed the 2,000-yard mark for his career last week, now has 2,183 yards and 11 games of 100 or more yards.
Pryorand Jared McClain were a combined 13-of-18 passing for 225 yards and a touchdown. Goard caught four passes for 113 yards. The Colonels outgained Coastal Carolina 442 yards to 339.
Aramis Hillary threw for 205 yards and a touchdown for the Chanticleers as Niccolo Mastromatteo caught 10 for 96 yards and a touchdown.