FARGO, N.D. — Marcus Williams returned an interception 98 yards for a touchdown Saturday to help No. 1 North Dakota State blow open a close game and crush No. 3 Youngstown State 48-7.
Williams stepped in front of a Kurt Hess pass at the NDSU 2-yard line midway through the second quarter as the Penguins were driving for a possible tying score. That made it 21-7.
The defending Football Championship Subdivision champions tacked on two more touchdowns to go ahead 35-7 at halftime.
Ryan Smith and John Crockett each scored two touchdowns for the Bison (5-0, 2-0 Missouri Valley). Smith caught a TD pass from Brock Jensen and returned a punt 76 yards for a score, while Crockett ran for 103 yards.
Youngstown State (4-1, 1-1) was saddled with three turnovers, all in the first half.
The game was played before a record crowd of 19,065 at the Fargodome.
No. 2 Montana State 48, UC Davis 41 – Box Score
DAVIS, Calif. — Defensive tackle Zach Minter returned an interception five yards to the one yard-line to set up Tray Robinson’s go-ahead touchdown run in undefeated Montana State’s 48-41 victory against UC Davis on Saturday.
Robinson’s 1-yard run on third down gave the Bobcats (6-0, 3-0 Big Sky) a 45-41 lead with 8:40 left, and Rory Perez added a 34-yard field goal with 2:23 left.
Montana State is 6-0 for the first time since winning its first eight games in 1978.
The Bobcats scored the final 24 points of the first half to take a 31-14 lead, but UC Davis (2-4, 1-2) countered with 24 unanswered points in the third quarter for a 38-31 advantage.
The Bobcats tied it at 38 on Robinson’s 1-yard run early in the fourth, and UC Davis pulled ahead again on Brady Stuart’s 28-yard field goal with 12:26 to go.
Montana State’s DeNarius McGhee was 27-for-41 for 334 yards and a touchdown and ran for a score. He also threw an interception that Jordan Glass returned seven yards for a TD in the third quarter.
UC Davis’ Randy Wright was 23 of 37 for 242 yards and two touchdowns.
Jones’ return capped a 17-point Montana State burst in a 4:51 span. McGhee had a 1-yard touchdown run with 5:55 to go and threw a 3-yard scoring pass to Tanner Bleskin with 1:25 remaining.
Bleskin finished with eight catches for 91 yards, and Orenzo Davis led the Bobcats in rushing with 71 yards on 14 carries. He opened the scoring with a 35-yard run in the first quarter.
No. 4 Old Dominion — IDLE
No. 5 Wofford 20, Furman 17 — Box Score
SPARTANBURG, S.C. — A week after breaking a Southern Conference record with 321 rushing yards, Eric Breitenstein again paced Wofford on Saturday in a 20-17, come-from-behind victory against conference foe Furman.
Breitenstein ground out 158 yards on 21 carries and has 898 rushing yards on 93 carries through five games this season.
As a team, Wofford (5-0, 3-0) ran the ball 53 times for 303 yards, including touchdown runs by Cam Flowers and Brian Kass.
Kass was also 3-of-4 passing for 61 yards, including what proved a game-winning touchdown to Jeff Ashley with 6:49 left in the third quarter.
Kass’ late score gave the Terriers their first lead of the game, as Jerodis Williams twice scored tie-breaking touchdowns for Furman (2-4, 1-2). The first — a 27-yard run — gave the Paladins a 7-0 advantage in the first quarter, and in the second, his 1-yard run pushed Furman to a 14-7 lead.
No. 6 James Madison 13, No. 12 Towson 10 – Box Score
HARRISONBURG, Va. — Justin Thorpe’s 9-yard touchdown run with 1:24 to play vaulted James Madison to a 13-10 win against Towson in Colonial Athletic Association action Saturday.
Thorpe’s game-winner capped a riveting fourth quarter, which began when Towson (2-3, 1-1) quarterback Grant Enders orchestrated a 14-play, 92-yard scoring drive. Enders was 6-of-6 passing for 61 yards on the drive, and ran in a go-ahead, 7-yard touchdown with 3:21 left.
The Dukes (4-1, 2-0) began the ensuing drive at their own 21, and drove 79 yards in eight plays before Thorpe ran in what proved the game-winner. Thorpe was 6-of-6 passing for 60 yards on the drive, and finished the game 11 of 19 for 116 yards.
Thorpe, in his fifth year in the program, was granted a sixth season of eligibility by the NCAA earlier this week after missing 2008 and 2010 with injuries.
Towson’s Terrance West ran 28 times for 112 yards.
No. 7 Eastern Washington 55, North Dakota 17 – Box Score
CHENEY, Wash. — Vernon Adams threw for four touchdowns and Demitrius Bronson rushed for 118 yards and a score as Eastern Washington defeated North Dakota 55-17 on Saturday.
Adams, in his third game as starting quarterback, was 12 of 15 for 151 yards for the Eagles (4-1, 3-0 Big Sky). Kyle Padron, the SMU transfer who started the season’s first two contests, was 3 of 4 for 17 yards and a TD.
Braden Hanson was 16 of 22 for 141 yards for North Dakota (3-3, 1-2) in relief of starting QB Marcus Hendrickson.
Shaquille Hill returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown to give Eastern Washington a 20-10 lead in the last minute of the first quarter.
After Hanson’s 1-yard scoring run got North Dakota within 27-17 in the second quarter, the Eagles broke the game open with consecutive TDs: Greg Herd’s 25-yard catch from Adams just before halftime and Ashton Clark’s 12-yard run in the third quarter.
No. 8 Georgia Southern 45, Western Carolina 13 – Box Score
CULLOWHEE, N.C. — Georgia Southern totaled 614 yards on the ground as they beat Western Carolina in a Southern Conference showdown 45-13 Saturday.
The Eagles (4-1, 3-1) scored on their first two possessions. Darreion Robinson broke free for a 48-yard touchdown run and Dominique Swope ran it in from five yards to give Georgia Southern an early 14-0 lead. Robinson finished with 124 yards on 11 carries, and Swope rushed 20 times for 117 yards.
Western Carolina (1-5, 0-4) scored its first points of the game on Troy Mitchell’s 11-yard run, cutting the lead to 14-6 at the end of the first.
Georgia Southern’s defense dominated, and its running game continued to impress as the Eagles outscored Western Carolina 31-7 the rest of the way. William Banks and James Dean added 101 and 95 yards rushing, respectively, and two scores.
Georgia Southern has won 18 consecutive games against Western Carolina.
No. 9 Sam Houston State 51, Stephen F. Austin 43 – Box Score
HOUSTON, Texas — Brian Bell threw two touchdown passes and ran for a score to highlight a productive third quarter for Sam Houston State in a 51-43 victory against Stephen F. Austin at Reliant Stadium.
Brady Attaway threw a TD pass in the third quarter to pull Stephen F. Austin (2-4, 1-1 Southland) to within two at 23-21. Bell tossed a 31-yard scoring pass to Trey Diller, scored on a 1-yard run and hit Torra Williams for a 30-yard TD as Sam Houston State (3-2, 1-1) went up 44-21.
Bell finished with three TD passes and ran for two TDs. Tim Flanders rushed for 125 yards on 27 carries for Sam Houston State.
Bookie Sneed returned an interception 92 yards for a TD in the second quarter to help Sam Houston State overcome an early 14-3 deficit.
Attaway completed 39 of 76 passes for 545 yards and six TDs.
No. 10 Lehigh 35, Columbia 14 – Box Score
BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Mike Colvin passed for four touchdowns and ran for a fifth as Lehigh beat Columbia 35-14 Saturday in a nonconference game.
Colvin completed 29 of 38 passes for 415 yards and touchdowns to three different receivers for the Mountain Hawks (6-0). Senior Jamel Haggins caught two scoring passes, while Sergio Fernandez-Soto, a junior, had a career day with eight catches for 120 yards and a touchdown. Ryan Spadola’s five catches included his first touchdown of the season.
Lehigh scored twice in the first quarter before Columbia’s Zach Olinger returned an interception 14 yards for a touchdown. Then Colvin threw two more TD passes. He also rushed for 38 yards.
Columbia’s Sean Brackett was just 16-of-36 passing for 163 yards. He threw two interceptions and was sacked four times.
For the Lions, Marcorus Garrett rushed for 81 yards and scored Columbia’s only offensive touchdown on a 1-yard run.
Southern Illinois 17, No. 11 Illinois State 0 – Box Score
NORMAL, Ill. — Anthony Thompson returned a blocked punt for a touchdown, and Southern Illinois intercepted four passes en route to a 17-0 victory against Illinois State on Saturday.
The Salukis (3-3, 2-1 Missouri Valley), who had just 182 yards of offense, recorded their first shutout since 2009.
Cameron James blocked Patrick Wright’s punt, and Thompson ran it 16 yards to the end zone with 5:38 remaining in the first quarter.
Matt Brown was 21 of 40 for 216 yards for the Redbirds (5-1, 2-1), but all four of his interceptions thwarted drives inside the Southern Illinois 35-yard line.
The Salukis salted it away with their most sustained offense of the game, driving 91 yards in 10 plays to Mika’il McCall’s 1-yard TD run midway through the fourth quarter.
Tyler Williamson had seven tackles, a sack and interception for Southern Illinois.
No. 13 Stony Brook 49, Charleston Southern 7 – Box Score
STONY BROOK, N.Y. — Kyle Essington threw for a career-high five touchdowns to lead Stony Brook past Charleston Southern 49-7 Saturday.
Stony Brook (5-1, 1-0 Big South Conference) scored on its opening possession when Essington found Kevin Norrell for 19 yards. Essington finished 13 of 19 with 263 yards. Norrell caught eight passes for a career-high 214 yards and two touchdowns.
The Seawolves added to their lead in the second quarter behind Miguel Maysonet’s 1-yard run. Maysonet finished with 88 yards on 11 carries, etching his name in the history books by becoming Stony Brook’s and the Big South’s all-time leader rusher with 3,649 yards.
Charleston Southern (1-4, 0-1) scored its lone touchdown of the game in the second quarter when Malcolm Dixon found Will Hunt for a 28-yard pass, cutting the lead to 14-7.
However, Stony Brook outscored Charleston Southern 35-0 the rest of the way.
No. 14 Appalachian State 35, Elon 23 – Box Score
BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State quarterback Jamal Jackson threw four touchdown passes, ran for one more and totaled 398 all-purpose yards to lead the Mountaineers to a 35-23 win against Elon on Saturday.
Jackson was 20-of-29 passing for 304 yards with an interception, while rushing for 94 yards on 17 carries for the Mountaineers (4-2, 2-1 Southern Conference).
Appalachian State went back and forth on the scoreboard with the Phoenix (2-4, 0-3) all game, but earned separation when it counted most thanks to Jackson. His 25-yard TD pass to Andrew Peacock put the Mountaineers up 21-17 with 3:49 left in the third quarter, and they led the rest of the way.
Jackson hit Steven Miller for the pair’s second TD connection of the game, this one a 23-yard score, to extend the Appalachian State lead to 11 points early in the fourth. The quarterback’s 1-yard rush later in the frame sealed the scoring.
Maine 26, No. 15 Delaware 3 – Box Score
NEWARK, Del. — Michael Cole had five of Maine’s nine sacks to lead the Black Bears against Delaware 26-3 Saturday.
Marcus Wasilewski threw for three touchdowns as Maine (2-3, 1-1 CAA) seized control in the second and third quarters.
Douglas Alston’s sack of Trent Hurley pinned the Blue Hens (4-2, 1-2) at their 17, and Maine got a safety and a 9-3 lead after Delaware fumbled a punt.
On the third play, after the ensuing free kick, Wasilewski hit Damarr Aultman for their second scoring connection and a 16-3 halftime lead.
Maine sacked Hurley twice on Delaware’s opening possession of the third quarter, then made it 23-3 on Wasilewski’s 16-yard pass to Maurice McDonald.
Wasilewski completed 12 of 18 passes for 176 yards and David Hood gained 103 yards on 14 carries for Maine.
Hurley, despite Maine’s heavy pressure, was 22-for-35 with 177 yards and no interceptions for Delaware.
No. 24 Tennessee State 23, No. 16 Eastern Kentucky 20 – Box Score
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Michael German ran for a 1-yard score with 8 seconds remaining in the game to keep Tennessee State unbeaten, propelling the Tigers to a 23-20 win against Eastern Kentucky on Saturday.
German, who threw for 228 yards with a score and an interception, capped a 68-yard Tigers (6-0, 2-0 Ohio Valley Conference) drive in less than three minutes with his only rushing score of the contest. On the ensuing possession, Harold Watson intercepted Eastern Kentucky’s T.J. Pryor on the game’s final play to seal the win.
The Colonels (4-2, 2-1) turned the ball over on downs inside the Tennessee State 35 to set up the game-winning drive, opting to go for it on fourth-and-9 rather than punt or attempt a field goal that would have put them ahead by a touchdown. Pryor’s pass attempt to Tyrone Goard fell incomplete, turning the ball over to the Tigers for their final march.
No. 17 New Hampshire 44, Georgia State 21 – Box Score
ATLANTA, Ga. — Andy Vailas threw four touchdown passes and Nico Steriti scored three touchdowns in New Hampshire’s 44-21 victory against Georgia State on Saturday.
It was the 100th win in coach Sean McDonnell’s career.
Georgia State’s Ronnie Bell threw a 54-yard touchdown pass to Albert Wilson to tie the game 7-7 in the first quarter, but New Hampshire (4-2, 2-1 CAA) scored the next 31 points to seal the victory. The Wildcats rushed for 332 yards and finished with 624 in total offense.
Vailas threw for 252 yards, and Steriti rushed for 126 yards and two touchdowns. Harold Spears caught six passes for 94 yards and a score.
Ben McLain threw two scoring passes in the fourth quarter for Georgia State (0-6). McLain and Ronnie Bell, however, combined to throw three interceptions, and the Panthers lost two fumbles.
No. 18 McNeese State — IDLE
No. 19 Cal Poly 45, Weber State 23 – Box Score
OGDEN, Utah — Andre Broadous threw a career-high three touchdown passes, defensive tackle Barrett Wangara returned an interception 58 yards for a score late in the third quarter and undefeated Cal Poly pulled away to beat winless Weber State 45-23 on Friday night.
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Broadous completed 6 of 11 passes for 99 yards for the Mustangs (5-0, 3-0 Big Sky). Kristaan Ivory had 10 carries for 89 yards and a touchdown and caught one pass for 30 yards and another score, and Brandon Howe ran nine times for 78 yards and a touchdown and had three receptions for 23 yards and another touchdown.
C.J. Tuckett led Weber State (0-6, 0-3) in rushing with 98 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. Mike Hoke was 22 of 39 for 291 yards.
Cal Poly scored 17 points in a 3:58 span late in the third quarter and early in the fourth. Wangara started the spree with his interception return, Bobby Zalud made a 44-yard field goal, and Broadous made it 38-20 with a 34-yard scoring pass to Willie Tucker. After Weber State’s Shaun McClain made a 25-yard field goal, Howe scored on a 37-yard run to complete the scoring.
Tuckett scored on a 6-yard run to give Weber State a 20-14 lead early in the third quarter, and Cal Poly regained the lead on Ivory’s 5-yard run.
Cal Poly led 14-13 at the half.
Broadous threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Ivory to give Cal Poly a 7-6 early lead in the second quarter, Weber State pulled ahead on Hoke’s 9-yard pass to Erik Walker, and Broadous countered with an 8-yard scoring pass to Howe. McClain made 22- and 46-yard field goals in the first quarter.
No. 20 Central Arkansas 34, Nicholls State 14 – Box Score
CONWAY, Ark. — Jackie Hinton had 18 carries for 106 yards and a touchdown to lead Central Arkansas to a 34-14 victory Saturday against Nicholls State.
The win for Central Arkansas (4-2, 2-1 Southland Conference) extends its winning streak against Nicholls State (1-3, 0-1) to four dating back to the 2009 season.
Wynri Smothers completed 31 of 43 pass attempts for 289 yards and a touchdown with Jesse Grande catching 13 of those passes for 111 yards. Dominique Croom caught the only touchdown pass of the night from Smothers on a 13-yard strike with 6:15 to go in the third quarter, part of the 21 unanswered points for the Bears in the second half.
Jacoby Walker sealed the deal for Central Arkansas on a 2-yard touchdown run with nine seconds to go in the game.
Colonels Landry Klann was 12 of 18 for 269 yards, with a touchdown and an interception in the loss.
No. 21 Northern Arizona — IDLE
Samford 38, No. 22 Citadel 7 – Box Score
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Andy Summerlin was 23-for-32 passing for 320 yards, including an 82-yard touchdown throw to Riley Hawkins, to lead Samford to a 38-7 victory against The Citadel on Saturday.
Samford opened the scoring on Jaquiski Tartt’s 65-yard interception return off Ben Dupree.
Fabian Truss rushed for 114 yards for Samford (5-1, 3-1 Southern Conference), which scored in every quarter and outgained The Citadel (3-3, 2-2) 569-304. Hawkins finished with 94 yards receiving, and 10 players caught passes.
Samford outgained the run-oriented Citadel 249-221 in rushing, but its passing was the key, with Samford holding a 320-83 edge in yardage.
The Citadel’s lone touchdown came in the third quarter on a 55-yard run by Rickey Anderson to close to 14-7, but Samford scored the next 24 points. It was The Citadel’s third loss in a row.
No. 23 Harvard 45, Cornell 13 – Box Score
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Colton Chapple threw four touchdown passes and ran for another score as undefeated Harvard took an early lead, then needed 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to pull away from Cornell 45-13 Saturday.
Chapple connected with Andrew Berg on scoring strikes of 17, 9 and 15 yards, tying a Crimson receiving record, as Harvard (4-0, 2-0 Ivy League) led 21-0 with 14:31 left in the first half.
Jeff Matthews hit Luke Tasker with a 3-yard touchdown to start a 13-3 run for the Big Red (2-2, 1-1), making it 24-13 with 7:43 remaining in the third quarter.
Chapple, who was 24-of-36 passing for 362 yards, found Ricky Zorn for a 24-yard TD early in the fourth. After Treavor Scales’ 6-yard TD, Chapple scampered for a 4-yard score.
Harvard has won 13 consecutive games, all by double figures. Cornell’s Matthews was 21 of 44 for 307 yards, with two interceptions.
No. 25 Northern Iowa — IDLE
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