Top four teams fall on wild Saturday
Top 25: No. 1 NDSU, No. 2 MSU, No. 3 ODU, No. 4 Wofford lose
FARGO, N.D. -- Johnny Towalid returned two interceptions for touchdowns and Indiana State beat North Dakota State 17-14, ending the Bison's 10-game winning streak.
Towalid picked off a pass by Brock Jensen and went 27 yards for a score in the second quarter to give Indiana State a 10-3 lead. He did it again early in the fourth quarter, scoring from 31 yards to make it 17-6 Sycamores.
Jensen scored on a 1-yard run with 9:56 to play and also made the 2-point conversion to get NDSU within three points. Jensen's third interception, by Larry King, ended the Bison's best shot after that.
Shakir Bell ran for 111 yards for the Sycamores (5-2, 3-1 Missouri Valley), who have won three straight conference road games for the first time in their 27 years in the MVC.
The defending FCS champion Bison (5-1, 2-1) were coming off a 48-7 win against Youngstown State last week.
Villanova 38, No. 3 Old Dominion 14 -- Box Score
NORFOLK, Va. -- Trailing 14-0 barely five minutes into the game, Villanova blanked Old Dominion from then on while scoring five touchdowns to rout the Monarchs 38-14 Saturday in Colonial Athletic Association play.
The Wildcats (5-2, 3-1), facing a prolific passing attack, surrendered two early touchdowns to Old Dominion (5-1, 2-1). It took the Monarchs four plays and 67 seconds to score on Taylor Heinicke's 17-yard pass to Nick Mayers. It was 14-0 after he hit Kirk Spellman for a 47-yard touchdown. Villanova then scored 38 unanswered points.
Villanova rushed for 376 yards, 189 by John Robertson, who scored three touchdowns and passed for 151 yards, including a 44-yard score to Norman White. Old Dominion rushed for 111 yards.
The Wildcats nearly doubled the Monarchs in time of possession (39:56 to 20:04).
Heinicke had passed for 2,281 yards and 21 touchdowns in five straight wins. He managed 239 yards passing Saturday.
No. 7 Georgia Southern 17, No. 4 Wofford 9 -- Box Score
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Dominique Swope rushed for two touchdowns and 137 yards to lead the throwback Georgia Southern offense, which netted all of its 265 yards on the ground and didn't attempt a single pass, as the Eagles beat Wofford 17-9 Saturday.
The Eagles (5-1, 4-1 Southern Conference) came in second nationally in rushing offense at 437 yards per game -- they've thrown just 33 passes all season -- but performed well under their average mark and still secured the win. Wofford totaled just 17 fewer yards than the Eagles, and also forced the game's only turnover, but were just 4-for-15 on third down.
The Terriers (5-1, 3-1) were up 6-0 in the second quarter before Swope's 4-yard TD rush gave Georgia Southern a 10-6 lead before halftime. The Eagles led the rest of the way, getting a 3-yard TD from Swope in the fourth to pad the advantage.
No. 5 James Madison 27, William & Mary 26 -- Box Score
HARRISONBURG, Va. -- Dae'Quan Scott ran for a 3-yard touchdown for James Madison in the second overtime, and William & Mary couldn't convert the two-point attempt after answering with a score, sealing the Dukes' 27-26 win Saturday.
After Scott's score put the Dukes (5-1, 3-0 Colonial Athletic Association) up 27-20, Raphael Ortiz tossed a 7-yard touchdown pass to Tre McBride on William & Mary's turn in the second overtime to pull within one. But the Tribe (2-5, 1-3) opted to go for two and Ortiz's pass attempt failed, sealing the win for James Madison.
The teams traded field goals in the first overtime after William & Mary's Drake Kuhn kicked a 39-yarder, the only score of the fourth quarter, to send the contest into OT.
Scott had two TDs on 69 rushing yards. James Madison's Justin Thorpe threw for 157 yards with a TD and an interception, while also rushing for 106 yards.
No. 6 Eastern Washington 27, No. 2 Montana State 24 -- Box Score
BOZEMAN, Mont. -- Eastern Washington's Evan Day scored on a blocked punt and Jordan Tonani scored on an interception return early in the fourth quarter to give the Eagles a 27-24 win Saturday against Montana State.
The plays occurred 59 seconds apart and gave the Eagles a 27-17 lead.
Montana State scored with 2:38 to play on a 2-yard pass from DeNarius McGhee to John Ellis and got the ball back with 1:38 to go, but turned it over on downs at its own 23 after three straight sacks by the Eastern Washington defense.
Montana State (6-1, 3-1 Big Sky) took a 10-3 lead at halftime, but McGhee's first pass attempt was intercepted by Ronnie Hamlin. Eastern Washington (5-1, 4-0) then scored 10 consecutive points on a Jimmy Pavel 39-yard field goal and a 33-yard pass from Vernon Adams to Quincy Forte to go up 13-10.
No. 8 Sam Houston State 41, Nicholls 0 -- Box Score
THIBODAUX, La. -- After a scoreless first quarter, Sam Houston State scored 41 unanswered points in a 41-0 victory against Nicholls State Saturday in Southland Conference action.
The Bearkats (4-2, 2-1) got three rushing touchdowns from Tim Flanders. He scored on runs of 1, 2 and 25 yards, to become Sam Houston State's career scoring leader with 270 points.
Bearkats' quarterback Brian Bell threw two touchdown passes, a 5-yarder to Melvis Pride and an 18-yarder to Chance Nelson. Bell, who completed 15 of 19 passes for 180 yards, is now second on the Sam Houston State career touchdown passing list with 38. He trails the leader, Dustin Long, by one.
Midway through the third quarter, Sam Houston State had 187 net yards rushing to zero for Nicholls State. The margin ended up 261-20. Ridgeway Frank completed the scoring for the Bearkats with a 5-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
No. 16 Illinois State 35, No. 9 Youngstown State 28 -- Box Score
NORMAL, Ill. -- Matt Brown threw for three touchdowns and ran for one more as Illinois State made a comeback to beat Youngstown State 35-28 on Saturday afternoon.
Brown was 20 of 31 passing for 225 yards, including a 16-yard pass to Donovan Harden. Brown scored on a 1-yard run in the fourth for the Redbirds. He also threw touchdown passes to Lechein Neblett and Tyrone Walker. Brown was 20 of 31 for 225 passing yards.
Jamaine Cook put the Penguins on the scoreboard first with a 7-yard run. He had two more touchdowns, including a 14-yard run, keeping Youngstown out in front of Illinois State (6-1, 3-1 Missouri Valley Conference). Cook had 30 carries for 177 rushing yards.
Youngstown State had a 28-7 lead in the second quarter. The Redbirds came back, scoring 28 consecutive points and keeping Youngstown State (4-2, 1-2 Missouri Valley Conference) scoreless in the second half.
No. 10 Lehigh 17, Georgetown 14 -- Box Score
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Zach Barket ran for a touchdown and Jake Peery converted his longest field goal of the season to lead Lehigh past Georgetown 17-14 Saturday in Patriot League action.
The Mountain Hawks (7-0, 1-0) have won 15 consecutive regular-season games dating back to last season, good for the longest active streak in the Football Championship Subdivision.
Barket, who finished with 123 yards rushing, tied the game 7-7 with his 1-yard touchdown run.
Georgetown (3-4, 0-1) regained the lead, 14-7, behind Jeremy Moore's 80-yard interception return for a touchdown with 3:52 left in the first half. The Hoyas' defense forced turnovers (four interceptions, one fumble) on five of Lehigh's first eight possessions.
The Mountain Hawks' offense rallied in the second half, opening the third quarter with a 9-play, 76-yard scoring drive. Keith Sherman capped the drive with a 1-yard touchdown.
Peery's field goal with 10:58 remaining sealed the win.
No. 11 Stony Brook 27, Coastal Carolina 21 -- Box Score
CONWAY, S.C. -- Miguel Maysonet ran for a career-high 233 yards and two touchdowns to propel Stony Brook past Coastal Carolina 27-21 Saturday.
After a tied first quarter, Coastal Carolina (2-4, 0-1 Big South Conference) took a 14-7 lead with Jeremy Height's 26-yard touchdown run. Height carried the ball 15 times for 89 yards and two touchdowns.
Stony Brook (6-1, 2-0) tied the game at 14 at halftime behind Kyle Essington's 18-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Norell. Essington finished 10-for-13 for 181 yards and two scores. Norell caught seven passes for 127 yards.
After Maysonet's 2-yard touchdown run gave the Seawolves their first lead, 21-14, Height responded in the fourth quarter with a 3-yard run, tying the game at 21.
With 9:37 remaining, Maysonet scored the go-ahead touchdown from 4 yards out. Stony Brook's defense forced a fumble and a turnover on downs on the Chanticleers' final two possessions to seal the victory.
No. 12 Appalachian State 28, Samford 25 -- Box Score
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Jamal Jackson threw two touchdowns and running back Steven Miller racked up 186 all-purpose yards Saturday in Appalachian State's 28-25 win against Samford in Southern Conference action.
Appalachian State (5-2, 3-1) built a 21-10 halftime lead behind Jackson's first touchdown pass of the day, a 48-yarder to Miller.
Miller finished with 88 yards rushing and set career highs for receptions (6) and receiving yards (98) for the second consecutive week.
Samford (5-2, 3-2), which was held scoreless in the second and third quarters, exploded for 15 points in the fourth quarter and took a 25-21 lead with 7:37 left to play.
Jackson, however, capped off a 7-play, 80-yard drive on the Mountaineers' final possession of the game with a 22-yard touchdown strike to Sean Price with 22 seconds showing on the clock. Jackson completed 3 of 6 passes and ran for 17 yards on the drive, including two to Price.
No. 13 New Hampshire 44, Richmond 40 -- Box Score
DURHAM, N.H. -- Andy Vailas threw three touchdowns and rushed for another as New Hampshire rallied to beat Richmond 44-40 on Saturday.
Vailas finished with 188 yards on 15 of 26 passing, threw touchdowns of 14, 16, and 9 yards, and added 83 yards on the ground for the Wildcats (5-2, 3-1 Colonial Athletic Association).
All three of Vailas' touchdown passes came in the first half and his 38-yard touchdown run gave the Wildcats a 34-17 lead midway through the third quarter.
Richmond (4-3, 2-2) rallied, however, scoring 23 unanswered points to go ahead 40-34 with 10:21 left to play.
New Hampshire then drove to the Richmond 8 and Vailas rushed for three yards on a key fourth-and-two play to set up Chris Setian's game-winning 5-yard touchdown.
Setian, who only had five carries in the win, also had a 35-yard run on the drive.
Quarterback John Laud led Richmond with 372 all-purpose yards.
No. 14 Cal Poly 56, Northern Colorado 28 -- Box Score
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Deonte Williams ran for 117 yards and three touchdowns to help Cal Poly improve to 6-0 with a 56-28 victory against Northern Colorado on Saturday.
Cal Poly (6-0, 4-0 Big Sky) kept pace with Eastern Washington atop the Big Sky Conference, racked up 519 yards of total offense. Andre Broadous was 9 of 12 for 195 yards and two touchdowns.
Tied 14-14 after the first quarter, the Mustangs outscored Northern Colorado (1-5, 0-3) 28-0 in the second and third quarters to take a 42-14 lead.
Bears quarterback Seth Lobato was 27 of 37 for 278 yards and two touchdowns, but was sacked three times by Sullivan Grosz.
No. 17 Central Arkansas 27, No. 15 McNeese State 26 -- Box Score
LAKE CHARLES, La. -- Eddie Camara kicked a 47-yard field goal with 23 seconds to play for Central Arkansas, capping a 10-point rally in the game's final 1:10 as the Bears stunned McNeese State 27-26 on Saturday.
Marcus Wiltz had a 29-yard rushing touchdown to push McNeese State's lead to 26-17 with 3:28 to play in the game. That's when things got interesting.
On the ensuing possession, the Bears (5-2, 3-1 Southland Conference) drove 72 yards in 2:18 and capped the march with a 19-yard touchdown connection between quarterback Wynrick Smothers and Dezmin Lewis to pull within 26-24.
Central Arkansas then successfully converted and onside kick, taking over for another offensive possession at the 38-yard line of McNeese State (4-2, 1-2) with just over a minute left. The Bears rushed three straight times, setting up Camara's game-winning kick.
Smothers finished with 254 passing yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions.
No. 18 Northern Arizona 45, North Dakota 38 -- Box Score
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Cary Grossart threw four touchdown passes and Northern Arizona won its fifth consecutive game, defeating North Dakota 45-38 on Saturday.
Zach Bauman ran for 176 yards and a touchdown early in the fourth quarter that broke a 31-31 tie. The Lumberjacks (5-1, 3-0 Big Sky), who won just four games last season, have their longest winning streak since 2008.
Braden Hanson threw three touchdown passes for North Dakota (3-4, 1-3) before leaving with an undisclosed injury. Marcus Hendrickson came in and threw a TD pass to Greg Hardin -- his second of the game -- to get North Dakota within 45-38 but that was it.
Jameer Jackson also caught two touchdown passes and had 105 receiving yards for UND. Ify Umodu had nine catches for 118 yards for NAU and Grossart finished with 363 yards.
It was the schools' first meeting since 1985.
No. 19 Towson 24, Maine 19 -- Box Score
TOWSON, Md. -- Grant Enders passed for one touchdown and ran for another to lead Towson to a 24-19 victory against Maine in Colonial Athletic Association action Saturday.
Enders ran 52 yards for a touchdown with just over three minutes left in the game to seal the victory.
Maine scored with 38 seconds remaining in the game to close the spread to five points, but the Black Bears failed on the two-point conversion try, and Towson recovered the onside kick.
Enders finished 17 of 26 with 260 yards passing and 98 yards rushing on eight carries for the Tigers (3-3, 2-1). He also threw an interception that was returned 92 yards for a touchdown by Maine's Troy Eastman.
Towson's Terrance West ran for 96 yards and a touchdown.
Maine (2-4, 1-2) was led by Marcus Wasilewski, who passed for 159 yards and rushed for 60 yards and a touchdown.
No. 20 Tennessee State 40, Southeast Missouri State 28 -- Box Score
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- Trabis Ward ran for four touchdowns, including three in the fourth quarter, to help Tennessee State beat SE Missouri 40-28 to remain undefeated.
Ward's first touchdown was a 7-yard run in the second quarter. He followed that up with three more in the fourth, including a 30-yard run with 1:26 remaining in the game. Ward had 43 carries for 267 yards. Michael German was 17 of 27 for 154 yards.
Levi Terrell scored two touchdowns for SE Missouri, including a 52-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Scott Lathrop had a hand in two touchdowns -- a 13-yard run in the first quarter and an 8-yard pass to Paul McRoberts in the fourth. Lathrop was 17 of 26 for 222 yards for SE Missouri (2-4, 1-2 Ohio Valley). He also had 21 carries for 145 yards.
Tennessee State (7-0, 3-0, Ohio Valley) is off to its best start since 2001.
No. 21 Harvard 35, Bucknell 7 -- Box Score
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Colton Chapple threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more as Harvard routed Bucknell 35-7 Saturday.
The victory marks Harvard's (5-0, 3-0 Ivy League) 14th straight win dating back to last season, all by double figures.
Chapple, who finished with 189 passing yards on 11 of 18 attempts, threw first-half touchdowns of 14 yards to Cameron Brate and 59 yards to Kyle Juszczyk to help the Crimson take a 28-0 halftime lead.
Chapple's 59-yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter extended Harvard's lead to 35-0. The junior quarterback, who also racked up 120 rushing yards, is now 11-1 as Harvard's starter.
The Crimson outgained Bucknell (1-5, 0-3 Patriot League) 459 yards to 212 despite running 13 fewer plays (65-52) than the Bison.
Brandon Wesley led Bucknell with 189 yards on 20-of-28 passing but threw an interception and was sacked six times.
No. 22 Delaware -- IDLE
No. 23 Eastern Kentucky 45, Austin Peay 14 -- Box Score
RICHMOND, Ky. -- Senior quarterback T.J. Pryor broke two school passing records while leading Eastern Kentucky to a 45-14 victory against Austin Peay on Saturday.
On the Colonels' first offensive play, Pryor hit Cameron Bailey for an 84-yard touchdown pass. When the Pryor connected with Tyrone Goard for a 28-yard score in the second quarter, it was his 47th touchdown pass, breaking Jim Guice's career record.
Pryor's sixth completion was the 479th of his career, breaking Josh Greco's school record of 478. Two weeks ago in a victory against Tennessee-Martin, Pryor broke the record for career passing yards.
Matt Denham rushed for 114 yards and two touchdowns, and Bailey caught three passes for 125 yards.
Eastern Kentucky (5-2, 3-1 Ohio Valley Conference) amassed 474 total yards against Austin Peay (0-7, 0-5).
The Governors' Jake Ryan passed for 192 yards and two touchdowns, but he also threw two interceptions.
No. 24 Albany 36, St. Francis (Pa.) 13 -- Box Score
ALBANY, N.Y. -- St. Francis (Pa.) started quickly, taking a 10-0 first-quarter lead, but Albany scored 29 points in the second and third quarters to beat the Red Flash 36-13 in a Northeast Conference game on Saturday.
The defending conference champion Great Danes are 6-1 overall and 4-0 in conference. Albany is 14-0 in the series against St. Francis (3-2, 2-2).
Albany outgained St. Francis 460 to 295 yards in total offense. Drew Smith scored three touchdowns rushing, bringing his season total to 15, and Jake Meek contributed two scores. Smith also caught three passes for 51 yards.
Will Fiacchi was 21-for-31 passing for 255 yards for Albany.
Keion Wade, who rushed for 106 yards for the Red Flash, scored on a 53-yard run in the first quarter.
The Great Danes outgained the Red Flash 227 yards to 68 in the second half.
Alcorn State 21, No. 25 Alabama A&M 20 -- Box Score
NORMAL, Ala. -- John Gibbs threw a go-ahead touchdown pass to Tavoris Doss in the third quarter and Alcorn State forced a turnover on downs on Alabama A&M's final possession, sealing a 21-20 win on Saturday.
The 17-yard, Gibbs-to-Doss connection put the Braves (3-4, 3-2 Southwestern Athletic Conference) up 21-17 with 5:30 left in the third quarter. Chance Wilson kicked a 39-yard field goal to pull the Bulldogs within one point with less than six minutes remaining in the fourth, and they got the ball back with 4:04 left.
Alabama A&M (6-1, 5-1) drove into Alcorn State territory, getting a first-and-10 at the Braves' 41, but had a pass completion for minus-4 yards and then sack for minus-2 on fourth-and-15 to turn it over on downs. The Braves then ran the final minute out, collecting the win.
Devon Francois had a 66-yard interception return for a touchdown for Alcorn State just before halftime.