ODU's Heinicke passes for 730 yards
Top 25: North Dakota St. rolls, No. 11 Montana falls
NORFOLK, Va. -- Taylor Heinicke reset three of his own school records Sunday, as Old Dominion rallied to beat New Hampshire 64-61 in the Colonial Athletic Association opener for both teams.
Heinicke set new school records for completions (55), attempts (79), and passing yards (730).
New Hampshire (2-2) dominated the CAA's top-ranked defense throughout the first three quarters, taking a 54-38 lead into the fourth quarter. However, Heinicke threw for two touchdowns to Nick Mayers and Angus Harper scored on a 2-yard run, capping a 23-0 scoring run for the Monarchs. Mayers hauled in 12 passes for 271 yards.
The Wildcats rallied, tying the game 61-all behind a 45-yard pass from Andy Vailas, but Heinicke led the Monarchs on an 11-play, 74-yard drive that ended with Jared Brown's game-winning 25-yard field goal.
Old Dominion (3-0) has outscored opponents 132-24 in the second half this season.
Vailas led New Hampshire with five passing touchdowns.
No. 1 North Dakota State 66, Prairie View A&M 7 -- Box Score
FARGO, N.D. -- Brock Jensen threw for 192 yards Saturday as North Dakota State (3-0) easily beat Prairie View 66-7.
Jensen was 13 of 15 attempts for the Bison, connecting with Zach Vraa for two touchdowns, including a 69-yard pass, in the first quarter.
The Bison scored 28 points in the second quarter with touchdowns from Nate Moody, John Crockett, Sam Ojuri and Taylor Nelson, and kicks by Adam Keller. In the third quarter, Deveon Dinwiddie took over the scoring on the ground.
The Panthers (0-4) were scoreless until the fourth quarter when D.J. Harris caught a 7-yard pass from Jerry Lovelocke, followed by an extra point from Chris Barrick, to put Prairie View on the scoreboard.
No. 2 Montana State 41, Northern Colorado 16 -- Box Score
BOZEMAN, Mont. -- Montana State scored on six of its first eight possessions en route to a 41-16 victory against Northern Colorado in the Big Sky Conference opener for both teams Saturday.
The Bobcats (4-0) went ahead 21-0 in the first quarter behind touchdown runs of 14 and two yards by Cody Kirk. Northern Colorado (1-3) cut the lead to 21-10, but Montana State answered with a 7-yard touchdown run by quarterback DeNarius McGhee and a 45-yard field goal by Rory Perez.
McGhee connected on 34 of 44 passes for 387 yards and two touchdowns. Kirk added 89 yards rushing on 19 carries and Tanner Bleskin had 10 receptions for 116 yards.
Montana State finished with 564 yards, while holding the Bears to just 266. Northern Colorado, which has lost 14 of its last 15 games, managed just 52 yards rushing.
No. 21 Central Arkansas 24, T-No. 3 Sam Houston State 20 -- Box Score
CONWAY, Ark. -- Wynri Smothers' 26-yard touchdown pass to Dominique Croom with 57 seconds left gave Central Arkansas a 24-20 victory Saturday against powerhouse Sam Houston State in both teams' Southland Conference opener.
Smothers, who threw for 318 yards, had pulled the Bears (3-1) within 20-17 on a 17-yard run with 3:18 to play. After the Central Arkansas defense forced a punt, Smothers hit Croom on a 41-yard sideline route before finding him in the corner of the end zone for the game-winner.
Smothers had opened the Bears' scoring with a 30-yard touchdown to Terence Bobo in the second quarter.
Tim Flanders ran for 125 yards and two scores for the Bearkats (1-2), who had a chance to win as time expired. Brian Bell threw an on-target jump ball that Karl Brady intercepted in the end zone.
The Bears improved to 7-0 at home since installing purple and gray artificial turf at Estes Stadium.
T-No. 3 Youngstown State 42, No. 8 Northern Iowa 35-- Box Score
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Kurt Hess threw his fourth touchdown pass with 1:50 remaining and Youngstown State held on to beat Northern Iowa 42-35 Saturday night in the conference opener for both teams.
After Hess completed a 26-yard TD pass to Christian Bryan, the Panthers began driving from their own 35. On fourth-and-10 from the Penguins 32, Sawyer Kollmorgen threw a 14-yarder to Chad Owens. He then hit Brett LeMaster for 7 yards, but his next pass to LeMaster was deflected by Ali Cheaib and Donald D'Alesio as time expired.
The Penguins (4-0), off to their best start since going 6-0 in 2000, trailed by a touchdown midway through the third quarter and again early in the fourth.
Torrian Pace's 1-yard rush tied it at 35 with 7:07 remaining.
Hess was 20 of 28 for 290 yards. For Northern Iowa (1-3), Kollmorgen was 23-of-38 passing for 333 yards and three touchdowns.
No. 6 Wofford -- Idle
No. 7 James Madison 32, Rhode Island 7 -- Box Score
KINGSTON, R.I. -- Justin Thorpe threw a pair of touchdown passes, had 340 yards through the air and also ran for 40 yards as James Madison easily defeated Rhode Island 32-7 in the Colonial Athletic Association opener for the Dukes on Saturday.
Thorpe, who was 26 of 40 and also threw two interceptions, opened the scoring for James Madison (3-1) with a 22-yard touchdown pass to Brian Barlow less than five minutes into the opening quarter. Quintin Hunter ran it in for the two-point conversion for an 8-0 lead. Rhode Island quickly answered with a 56-yard touchdown connection between quarterback Bob Bentsen and Brandon Johnson-Farrell to pull within one point.
But DeAndre' Smith had an 8-yard scoring run to increase the James Madison lead to 15-7 going into halftime. The Dukes rolled from there, scoring 17 points without an answer from the Rams (0-3) to secure the win.
No. 9 Eastern Washington 32, Weber State 26 -- Box Score
OGDEN, Utah -- Jimmy Pavel kicked four field goals and Jordan Talley rushed for a pair of touchdowns as Eastern Washington slipped past Weber State 32-26 on Saturday night.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Vernon Adams led EWU (2-1, 1-0 Big Sky) to scores on four of its five drives in the first half. He passed for 75 yards and ran for 62, but missed most of the second half with cramping.
Mike Hoke threw a pair of scoring passes for Weber State (0-4, 0-1).
A forced fumble by Jerry Ceja and recovery by Will Katoa at midfield with 34 seconds left in the game sealed the outcome for EWU.
No. 10 Georgia Southern 26, Elon 23 -- Box Score
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Ezayi Youyoute ran for 106 yards and added 66 through the air as Georgia Southern rallied to beat Elon 26-23 on Saturday night.
There were four lead changes before Elon (2-2, 0-1 Southern Conference) jumped ahead 20-16 late in the third quarter. Dominique Swope's 2-yard touchdown put Georgia Southern back on top but the Phoenix managed to tie the game 23-all behind a 33-yard field goal from Adam Shreiner.
Georgia Southern's defense stiffened, however, holding Elon to just one first down in the fourth quarter.
The Eagles (2-1, 1-1) took the lead for good on Alex Hanks' 32-yard field goal with 3 minutes, 40 seconds left to play.
Elon had the chance to rally, but Darius Eubanks intercepted Thomas Wilson's pass to put the game away.
The Eagles' option offense, which amassed 342 rushing yards, has rushed for 300 or more yards in six of its last seven games.
Northern Arizona 41, No. 11 Montana 31 -- Box Score
MISSOULA, Mont. -- Jerome Souers waited 15 years to beat Montana. On Saturday, the wait ended as Souers' Northern Arizona team rode a sparkling second-half comeback to down the Grizzlies 41-31.
Zach Bauman rushed for 253 yards and three touchdowns and the Northern Arizona defense came up with five turnovers Saturday to lead the Lumberjacks to victory and spoil Montana's Homecoming festivities.
The Lumberjacks (3-1) overcame a 17-point first-half deficit to get the win.
No. 12 Delaware 51, William & Mary 21-- Box Score
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- Andrew Pierce ran for 112 yards and two touchdowns to lead Delaware past CAA foe William & Mary 51-21 Saturday night.
Delaware (3-0, 1-0) controlled every phase, offense, defense and special teams.
The Blue Hens scored the game's first touchdown on an interception returned 47 yards by Zach Kerr, and later padded the lead on a blocked field goal returned 90 yards for the score by Travis Hawkins. Those big plays helped Delaware build a 27-7 halftime lead.
Pierce dominated the third quarter. He scored on the Blue Hens' first possession of the third, running it in from 23 yards out, then rushed for a 4-yard touchdown two possessions later, leaving little hope to William & Mary (0-4,0-2).
The Blue Hens have not started 4-0 since 2007. The Tribe falls to 0-4 for the first time since 1981.
The game was delayed nearly 90 minutes due to rain.
No. 13 Lehigh 28, Liberty 26 -- Box Score
LYNCHBURG, Va. -- Mike Colvin led Lehigh in rushing and passing as the Mountain Hawks came from behind to beat Liberty 28-26 Saturday night.
Colvin finished with 195 yards passing and 77 yards rushing with two scores, including a 68-yard scramble to give Lehigh (3-0) a 21-20 advantage late.
The Mountain Hawks took a 14-0 lead in the second quarter, but Liberty (0-3) tied the game before the half on Sirchauncey Holloway's 22-yard touchdown run.
The Flames (0-3) took their first lead on a John Lunsford field goal late in the third quarter, and extended it to 20-14 on another with 9:06 left in the fourth.
Colvin's second score overtook the lead, and then Billy Boyko's interception return for a touchdown extended it to 28-20.
Woodrum's 3-yard touchdown run with 59 seconds remaining cut the deficit to 28-26, but his incomplete pass for the two-point conversion sealed the victory for Lehigh.
NC State 52, No. 14 The Citadel 14-- Box Score
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Playing in his first career game, North Carolina State freshman Shadrach Thornton ran for 145 yards and two touchdowns in the Wolfpack's 52-14 win against The Citadel on Saturday night.
The Wolfpack (3-1) scored touchdowns on five of its six drives in the first half to build a commanding 35-point halftime lead.
N.C. State quarterback Mike Glennon ran for two touchdowns and passed for one more. The senior completed 19 of 24 passes for 233 yards.
Rashard Smith had a 73-yard punt return for a touchdown for the Wolfpack.
Darien Robinson had a 65-yard touchdown run for The Citadel in the first quarter, providing the Bulldogs with their only highlight of the first half. It was The Citadel's fifth play this season that gained more than 40 yards.
Robinson finished with 102 yards on nine carries. The Bulldogs rushed for 199 yards after coming into the game averaging 370 yards.
N.C. State was without the three running backs who started the season at the top of the depth chart, but managed to run for a season-high 284 yards, eclipsing the previous best of 127 against South Alabama.
No. 15 Illinois State 23, Western Illinois 3 -- Box Score
MACOMB, Ill. -- Darrelynn Dunn carried the load for FCS power Illinois State in Saturday's 23-3 victory against Western Illinois, rushing 29 times for 123 yards and two touchdowns in the victory.
The 15th ranked Redbirds (4-0) stayed perfect on the road this season at 2-0 and it is the first time since 1967 Illinois State has started a season with four consecutive wins.
Dunn gave Illinois State its first score of the afternoon with a 2-yard touchdown run at the 4:02 mark in the first quarter. It was the third 100-plus yards rushing effort in a game this season by Dunn.
Illinois State totaled 373 yards of offense against Western Illinois (2-2), which managed only 137 yards and a field goal themselves. A 21-yard field goal by Pat Smith with five minutes to go in the third quarter was the only drive ending in a score for the Leathernecks.
Southeastern Louisiana 25, No. 17 McNeese State 24 -- Box Score
HAMMOND, La. -- Nathan Stanley's three yard touchdown pass to Taylor Jenkins with 2:39 remaining pulled Southeastern Louisiana within one point of McNeese State and the Lions opted to go for the two-point play, converting on a Michael Chaney run to steal a 25-24 win Saturday night.
Chaney also set up the late heroics, rushing for a two yard touchdown to pull the Lions within one touchdown with 3:26 remaining in the third quarter, in the first win of the season for Southeastern Louisiana (1-3, 1-0 Southland Conference).
Robert Alford then intercepted Cody Stroud's pass on McNeese State's first offensive play after losing the lead, and the Lions ran the clock down to secure the win.
Stanley had 247 passing yards and a score, while also rushing for 29 yards and a TD.
Stroud passed for 164 yards, two touchdowns and an interception for the Cowboys (3-1, 0-1).
No. 18 Appalachian State 34, Chattanooga 17 -- Box Score
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- Jamal Jackson threw three touchdown passes and Appalachian State scored 34 consecutive points to erase a 10-point deficit and defeat Chattanooga 34-17 Saturday night.
Turnovers put the Mountaineers (2-2, 1-1 Southern Conference) in a 10-0 first-quarter hole. Jackson was sacked by Davis Tull at his 8 and fumbled. Jacob Huesman found Marlon Anthony on a 7-yard scoring pass for the Mocs (1-3, 0-1) two plays later.
Chaz Moore intercepted Jackson on Appalachian State's next possession and returned it 42 yards to set up a field goal. It was all Mountaineers after that. Jackson hit Steven Miller for a 35-yard score 32 seconds before halftime for a 10-10 tie.
In the fourth quarter, Jackson found Sean Price for two touchdowns of 36 and 14 yards. Brandon Grier returned an interception for a 70-yard score.
The Mountaineers, who lost to The Citadel last week, haven't lost two consecutive conference games since 2002.
No. 20 Stony Brook 32, Colgate 31-- Box Score
STONY BROOK, N.Y. -- Miguel Maysonet carried 27 times for 198 yards, including the winning touchdown, as Stony Brook overcame three costly turnovers to defeat Colgate 32-31 Saturday night.
Maysonet rushed nine times for 53 yards on the winning drive by Stony Brook (3-1), which went 75 yards in 12 plays to regain the lead with 3:31 remaining.
The Seawolves, who lost 28-17 to Syracuse last week after leading at halftime, raced to a 17-0 lead against the Raiders (1-3) and led 17-7 before the turnovers bit them.
A second-quarter fumble by Maysonet led to Gavin McCarney's 51-yard touchdown pass to Ed Pavalko on Colgate's next play.
Chris Homer intercepted Kyle Essington's pass at the Stony Brook 23, and McCarney's 5-yard run gave Colgate a 21-17 halftime lead.
Essington's third-quarter fumble after getting sacked at the Seawolves' 14 was returned by linebacker Austin Dier for a score and a 28-20 Colgate lead.
No. 23 Eastern Kentucky 51, Jacksonville State 21-- Box Score
RICHMOND, Ky. -- T.J. Pryor threw four touchdowns and Matt Denham ran for two more in Eastern Kentucky's 51-21 win against Jacksonville State on Saturday night in the conference opener for both teams.
Pryor, who completed 13 of 20 passes for 231 yards, threw touchdowns to four different receivers in the win. His first, a 28-yarder to running back Denham, gave Eastern Kentucky (3-1) an early 7-0 lead. Jacksonville State (1-2) cut the deficit to 14-8 but Pryor threw touchdowns on three consecutive possessions to put Eastern Kentucky ahead 34-8 at halftime. Pryor needs 119 yards and 30 completions to become Eastern Kentucky's career leader in both categories.
Denham paced the Colonels rushing attack with 218 yards, including 132 in the first half, on 24 carries and recorded his 11th 100-yard rushing game in the last 12 games.
Marques Ivory led Jacksonville State with 181 yards passing but threw two interceptions.
No. 24 Harvard 45 , Brown 31 -- Box Score
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Treavor Scales scored four touchdowns rushing to lead Harvard to a 45-31 victory against Brown in the 112th meeting between the Ivy League teams.
Harvard outscored Brown 21-14 in the volatile fourth quarter.
Colton Chapple passed for one touchdown and ran for another for the Crimson (2-0), who opened their season with a 28-13 win against San Diego State in which Scales rushed for 173 yards and two touchdowns.
Scales rushed for 136 yards, and Chapple finished his night 30-for-40 with 351 yards passing. Seitu Smith II caught eight passes for 92 yards and a score.
Patrick Donnelly had a big day for Brown (1-1), completing 27 of 40 passes for 336 yards and three touchdowns. Donnelly spread his completions among nine receivers.
Harvard, however, held Brown to 3-for-10 on first down attempts and sacked Donnelly four times.
South Dakota State 24, No. 25 Indiana State 10-- Box Score
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Zach Zenner ran for 237 yards and a touchdown to lead South Dakota State past Indiana State 24-10 on Saturday in the Missouri Valley Conference opener for both schools.
Zenner's 57-yard run in the second quarter gave the Jackrabbits (3-1) a 10-0 lead. In four games this season, the sophomore has run for 895 yards, with his lowest output being 183 in the season opener at Kansas. With 29 carries on Saturday, he maintained his season average of 8.4 yards per rush.
Austin Sumner completed just six passes for SDSU, but one went for a TD to Seth Daughters. Shakir Bell scored the only touchdown for the Sycamores (2-2) on a 2-yard run. Mike Perish threw for 219 yards but South Dakota State held Indiana State to 23 rushing yards.