PRINCETON, N.J. — Back-up quarterback Quinn Epperly’s 36-yard touchdown pass to Roman Wilson with 13 seconds remaining lifted Princeton to a 39-34 win Saturday against Harvard, capping a 29-point fourth quarter for the Tigers and snapping the Crimson’s nation-leading 14-game winning streak.
Epperly took over after Connor Michelsen, who had thrown three straight touchdown passes, left the game following a sack midway through the 90-yard drive.
The victory gave Princeton sole possession of first place in the Ivy League.
The Tigers (4-2, 3-0) overcame a career day by Harvard’s Colton Chapple, who threw for a school-record 448 yards and tied his own mark of five touchdowns.
Trailing 34-10 with 13:02 left, Michelson threw a 7-yard TD to Dre Nelson, a 29-yarder to Matt Costello and a 20-yarder to Seth DeValve, closing the gap to 34-32.
Princeton won its fourth straight game and ended a five-game losing streak against the Crimson (5-1, 2-1).
No. 1 Eastern Washington 31, Sacramento State 28 –Box Score
CHENEY, Wash. — Vernon Adams and Kyle Padron combined for 342 yards passing and three touchdowns, leading Eastern Washington to a 31-28 victory against Sacramento State on Saturday night.
Coach Beau Baldwin wanted to play both quarterbacks, and each delivered. Adams was 17 of 21 for 169 yards and two TDs for the Eagles (6-1, 5-0 Big Sky). Padron finished up, going 9 for 16 for 173 yards, including a 52-yard TD pass to Brandon Kaufman that put Eastern Washington up 31-21 with 11:22 left in the game.
Kaufman had six catches for 102 yards, while Greg Herd caught nine passes for 109 yards and two TDs.
Sacramento State (5-3, 3-2) was outgained 454-288 in total yards, but stayed close by going 8 for 14 on third-down conversions. The Hornets pulled within 31-28 on a 6-yard pass from Mason Magleby to T.J. Knowles with 3:05 remaining, but didn’t get the ball back until there was 21 seconds remaining.
Richmond 35, No. 2 James Madison 29 — Box Score
RICHMOND, Va. — Michael Strauss passed for four touchdowns in his first collegiate start and Kendall Gaskins ran for 106 yards and a score as Richmond handed James Madison its first Colonial Athletic Association loss with a 35-29 win Saturday.
After falling into a 10-6 deficit in the first, the Spiders (5-3, 3-2) scored 22 consecutive points on three touchdown passes by Strauss, including two to Kevin Finney.
Dae’Quan Scott jumpstarted James Madison’s comeback try, accounting for 44 yards and a touchdown on a drive that cut Richmond’s lead to 28-16. Gaskins’ touchdown run extended the advantage to 35-16 early in the fourth, but Michael Birdsong passed for one score and ran for another to cut the Dukes’ deficit to 35-29 with 35 seconds left.
James Madison (5-2, 3-1) recovered the ensuing onside kick and drove into Richmond territory, but failed on a Hail Mary try.
Strauss finished 27-of-43 passing for 271 yards.
No. 3 Georgia Southern 38, Furman 17 — Box Score
GREENVILLE, S.C. — Dominique Swope ran for a pair of touchdowns and Georgia Southern rushed for 275 yards in a win against Furman in Southern Conference action Saturday.
Swope ran for 67 yards on 14 carries as part of a balanced ground effort that also featured contributions from Johnathan Bryant (75 yards, one touchdown on six carries) and Jerick McKinnon (65 yards, one touchdown on 16 carries).
The Eagles (6-1, 5-1) trailed 10-9 late in the third quarter following a Ray Early 48-yard field goal for the Paladins (2-6, 1-4). Georgia Southern responded with three straight touchdowns, sparked by a 75-yard scoring pass from McKinnon to Zach Walker. McKinnon threw for 119 yards on 3-of-5 passing.
No. 4 North Dakota State 54, South Dakota 0 – Box Score
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Brock Jensen threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more, Sam Ojuri added two rushing scores, and North Dakota State bounced back from its first loss of the season with a 54-0 dismantling of South Dakota on Saturday night.
Jensen threw for 195 yards, including a 32-yard score to Nate Moody and a 2-yarder to Andrew Bonnet, and added touchdown runs of 10 and 2 yards for the Bison (6-1, 3-1 Missouri Valley), whose 17-14 loss last week to Missouri State snapped a 10-game winning streak dating to last season. Ojuri scored on runs of 11 and 4 yards and finished with 76 yards rushing.
Backup Carson Wentz added a 19-yard touchdown pass to Taylor Nelson. The Bison defense was just as dominant, holding the Coyotes (1-6, 0-4) to 76 yards of total offense and four first downs, and Zach Colvin capped the scoring with a 12-yard interception return.
No. 5 Montana – Idle
No. 6 Sam Houston State 45, No. 21 McNeese State 10 — Box Score
HUNTSVILLE, Texas — Richard Sincere rushed for 132 yards and two touchdowns and Timothy Flanders ran for 105 yards rushing and a score to lead Sam Houston State to a 45-10 victory against McNeese State on Saturday night.
The Bearkats (5-2, 3-1 Southland Conference) had 541 yards of offense and limited the Cowboys to 210.
McNeese State (4-2, 1-2) led 10-7 in the second quarter on Kelvin Bennett’s 32-yard touchdown reception and Josh Lewis’ 44-yard field goal, but it was all Sam Houston State afterward.
Brian Bell was 16 of 25 passing for 193 yards and a touchdown for the Bearkats. Chance Nelson had five receptions for 75 yards and a TD.
Sincere had scoring runs of 44 and 65 yards.
No. 7 Lehigh 42, Bucknell 19 — Box Score
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Lehigh opened a 21-6 lead then scored 21 unanswered pointsas the Mountain Hawks remained undefeated with a victory against Bucknell on Saturday on Homecoming at Goodman Stadium.
Senior Mike Colvin finished 20-of-32 with 298 yards and five total touchdowns (three passing, two rushing) while the defense forced 11 Bison punts.
Wide receivers Lee Kurfis and Josh Parris each had career games, each eclipsing 100 yards. Kurfis, a junior, posted eight catches for 129 yards and a career-high two touchdowns while Parris, a sophomore, had five for a career-high 114. Sophomore Tyler Coyle also had three receptions for 31 yards and his first-career touchdown.
Lehigh (8-0, 2-0 Patriot League) struggled running the football against one of the nation’s top run defenses, finishing with only 26 yards on the ground. But the Mountain Hawks outgained Bucknell (1-6, 0-3 Patriot League) through the air 298-164 to take control late in the third quarter.
No. 8 Old Dominion 31, No. 19 Towson 20 — Box Score
TOWSON, Md. — Taylor Heinicke threw a touchdown and ran for another to lead Old Dominion past Towson 31-20 on Saturday night.
Ahead 3-0, Old Dominion (6-1, 3-1 Colonial Athletic Association) extended its lead when Heinicke found Antonio Vaughan for an 11-yard touchdown pass. Heinicke completed 26 of 39 passes for 264 yards with one interception.
After Towson’s D.J. Soven kicked a 30-yard field goal, Heinicke’s 6-yard touchdown run made it 17-3. Heinicke rushed for 71 yards on 10 carries.
Towson (3-4, 2-2) cut the lead to 17-6 on Soven’s 40-yard field goal just before halftime.
Heinicke scored early in the second half with a 36-yard run, and then Blair Roberts recovered Angus Harper’s fumble in the end zone for the 31-6 advantage.
Towson attempted to rally late with two rushing touchdowns by Grant Enders but fell short.
Old Dominion has now won nine of their last 11 games dating back to last year.
No. 9 Wofford 38, No. 11 Appalachian State 28 — Box Score
BOONE, N.C. — Eric Breitenstein ran for 123 of Wofford’s 393 rushing yards as the Terriers won at Appalachian State 38-28 Saturday in a Southern Conference contest.
Breitenstein carried the ball 24 times and scored a pair of touchdowns, including the game-winning score on the first play of the fourth quarter – a 1-yarder that capped an 11-play, 75-yard drive and put Wofford (6-1, 4-1) ahead 31-28.
The Terriers outrushed the Mountaineers (5-3, 3-2) by 287 yards and averaged 6.3 yards per carry. Brian Cass and Cam Flowers also ran for touchdowns.
Wofford took a 24-21 lead on Flowers’ 5-yard TD run in the third quarter, but lost the advantage when Tony Washington returned the ensuing kickoff 99 yards for a go-ahead touchdown.
Appalachian State’s Jamal Jackson completed 29-of-46 passes for 257 yards and an interception. Jackson and Steven Miller recorded rushing touchdowns.
No. 10 Stony Brook 41, Gardner-Webb 10 – Box Score
STONY BROOK, N.Y. — Miguel Maysonet rushed for 169 yards, including a 52-yard touchdown, and returned the second-half kickoff 75 yards for another score as Stony Brook routed Gardner-Webb 41-10 Saturday in Big South action.
Maysonet surpassed the 4,000-yard mark for his career at Stony Brook (7-1, 3-0).The Seawolves amassed 243 yards rushing to 84 for Gardner-Webb (1-6, 0-2). Last year, the Runnin’ Bulldogs lost 76-28 at home to Stony Brook. Those 76 points were single-game records for Stony Brook and the Big South.
This time, Gardner-Webb trailed just 13-3 at halftime before Stony Brook scored four second-half touchdowns.
After Maysonet’s kickoff return made it 20-3, it was Kyle Essington’s turn. The Seawolves quarterback, who completed 11 of 17 passes for 142 yards, connected twice for touchdowns to Kevin Norrell – a 30-yarder in the third quarter and a 27-yarder midway through the fourth quarter to end the scoring.
No. 12 Cal Poly 37, Portland State 25 – Box Score
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Andre Broadus threw a touchdown pass and ran for a score in the fourth quarter, helping Cal Poly remain unbeaten with a 37-25 victory against Portland State on Saturday night.
Portland State (2-5, 1/3 Big Sky) had a 25-23 lead at the close of the third quarter. Broadus threw an 11-yard scoring pass to Willie Tucker with 10:35 left in the game, and Broadus scored on a 1-yard run with 5:39 left.
Bobby Zalud gave Cal Poly (7-0, 5-0) a 20-17 lead on a 41-yard field goal with 11:20 left in the third quarter, and Portland State bounced back for a 25-20 lead with 9:04 left in the third. Zalud connected on a 20-yard chip shot field goal with 4:01 showing to bring Cal Poly closer.
Broadus finished with two TD passes and two rushing TDs. Cal Poly’s Deonte Williams rushed for 169 yards on 27 carries.
Missouri State 24, No. 13 Illinois State 17 – Box Score
NORMAL, Ill. — Kierra Harris and Ashton Glaser each ran for a touchdown, and the Missouri State defense recorded two safeties Saturday to shock No. 13 Illinois State 24-17.
After Harris’ 1-yard score, Nate Davis sacked Matt Brown, whose fumble bounced out of the ISU end zone to give the Bears (2-6, 2-3 Missouri Valley) a 9-0 lead. But Brown recovered to hit Tyrone Walker for TDs of 4 and 15 yards, and the Redbirds (6-2, 3-2) took a 14-9 lead into the fourth.
Austin Witmer’s 20-yard field goal and Glaser’s 2-yard run put Missouri State up 19-14. The Bears added two more points when Howard Scarborough tackled Darrelynn Dunn in the end zone, and another Witmer field goal made it 24-14.
Nick Aussieker’s 47-yard field goal pulled ISU within seven with 10 seconds left, but the Redbirds couldn’t recover the ensuing onside kick. ISU had been trying for its first 7-1 start since 1967.
No. 14 New Hampshire 28, Maine 21 – Box Score
ORONO, ME — Sean Goldrich threw four touchdown passes, two of them to Harold Spears, to lead New Hampshire to a 28-21 victory against Maine in a Colonial Athletic Association game on Saturday.
Maine (2-5, 1-3) jumped to a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter, but the Wildcats (6-2, 4-1) responded with Goldrich’s 79-yard touchdown pass to Spears, one of his three catches for 107 yards, and scored the next 28 points. It was the first of Goldrich’s three second-quarter touchdown passes that gave New Hampshire the lead for good.
Goldrich, who was making his first start since injuring his shoulder at Minnesota on Sept. 8, finished 18 of 39 for 283 yards with one interception.
Maine’s Marcus Wasilewski was 23-of-44 passing for 254 yards and three touchdowns, two of them to Justin Perillo, but threw two interceptions.
It was the 100th game between the rivals. The Wildcats lead the series 49-43-8.
No. 15 Northern Arizona 21, UC Davis 7 — Box Score
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Zach Bauman rushed for 122 yards and caught a 25-yard touchdown pass, leading Northern Arizona to a 21-7 victory against UC Davis on Saturday.
Austin Shanks broke open for a 78-yard TD run for Northern Arizona (6-1, 4-0 Big Sky). Courtney Grossart threw the TD pass to Bauman, and put the Lumberjacks on the board first with a 17-yard scoring pass to Nick Cole with 1:16 left in the first half.
UC Davis (3-5, 2-3) did not score until 8:05 remained in the game, on a 2-yard run by Courtney Williams.
Defensive back Anders Battle led Northern Arizona with 14 tackles and a forced fumble, and the Lumberjacks came up with a pair of interceptions, by Lucky Dozier and Devin Willis.
Southern Illinois 38, No. 16 Youngstown State 21 — Box Score
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Southern Illinois took advantage of five Youngstown State turnovers to capture a comeback 38-21 victory on Saturday in a Missouri Valley Conference game.
Youngstown State (4-3, 1-3) led 21-10 late in the second quarter before the turnovers struck. Southern Illinois (5-3, 4-1) finished the game with 28 unanswered points to extend its winning streak to three games.
The Salukis’ final two touchdowns came on a fumble recovered in the end zone by Tyler Williamson and a 100-yard interception return by Anthony Thompson on an errant pass by Kurt Hess.
Courtney Richmond recovered a blocked punt for a score, the third straight game the Salukis blocked a punt for a touchdown.
Southern Illinois’ Kory Faulkner passed for two touchdowns.
The Penguins outrushed the Salukis 131 to 71 yards and accumulated 231 yards passing to Southern Illinois’ 185 yards but lost three fumbles and were intercepted twice.
No. 17 Central Arkansas 24, Lamar 14 — Box Score
CONWAY, Ark. — Jesse Grandy had four catches for 127 yards Saturday including a game-clinching touchdown grab in the fourth quarter to give Central Arkansas their third consecutive win in a 24-14 victory against Lamar.
Central Arkansas (6-2, 4-1 Southland Conference) had 337 yards of total offense including Wynri Smothers who completed 20 of 27 passes for 271 yards and two touchdowns. Up 17-7 with 10 minutes to play, Smothers found Grandy for a season-high 75-yard touchdown strike, making it 24-7 to seal the deal for the Bears.
The Cardinals fought back when DePaul Garrett scored on a 4-yard run for Lamar (3-5, 0-3) to make it 24-14 with 1:18 remaining on the clock. Garrett had 25 carries for 91 yards.
Caleb Berry had the only other score for the Cardinals on a 7-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Berry completed 11 of 19 passes for 96 yards and was sacked twice.
Jacksonville State 31, No. 18 Tennessee State 28 — Box Score
JACKSONVILLE, Ala. — Washaun Ealey posted 190 all-purpose yards as Jacksonville State upset Tennessee State 31-28 Saturday.
Jacksonville State held possession at its 39 with 6:07 left to play. Two plays later, however, Stephen Godbolt III intercepted Coty Blanchard, giving Tennessee State (7-1, 3-1 Ohio Valley Conference) the ball on its 25.
From there, Trabis Ward and Michael German led the Tigers on a 13-play, 50-yard drive to the Gamecock 25. But Jamin Godfrey missed the game-winning 47-yard field goal attempt as the fourth quarter expired.
After Godfrey missed another field goal in overtime, Jacksonville State (4-3, 3-2) handed the ball to Ealey twice and Thomas Griffin converted from 44 yards despite Blanchard getting sacked on third down.
The Gamecocks snapped Tennessee State’s seven-game winning streak and have defeated the Tigers four consecutive times.
German led Tennessee State with 311 yards on 21 of 37 passing with three touchdowns but threw two interceptions.
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T-No. 22 Delaware 47, Rhode Island 24 – Box Score
NEWARK, Del. — Andrew Pierce rushed for two touchdowns and caught another as Delaware defeated Rhode Island 47-24 Saturday, handing the Rams their seventh consecutive loss.
After Jeff Williams’ sack of Rhode Island’s Bob Bentsen in the end zone gave the Blue Hens (5-2, 2-2 Colonial Athletic Association) a 12-7 lead, Pierce ran one in from 6 yards out to push the lead to 19-7. Williams finished with four tackles for loss.
Pierce then caught a 5-yard touchdown pass from Tim Donnelly to put Delaware ahead for good 26-7.
Donnelly completed 19-of-27 passes for 191 yards while Pierce finished with 141 yards on 18 carries.
Bentsen paced Rhode Island (0-7, 0-4) with 167 passing yards but was sacked three times.
The Rams posted 271 yards of offense, compared to 471 for Delaware, and only converted 3-of-12 third-down attempts.
Delaware snapped a two-game losing streak after starting the season with four consecutive wins.
No. 24 Eastern Kentucky 42, Tennessee Tech 28 – Box Score
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. — No. 23 Eastern Kentucky blitzed host Tennessee Tech for 22 consecutive points in the fourth quarter to earn a 42-28 win Saturday night at Tucker Stadium. With the win, EKU improves to 6-2 overall and 4-1 in OVC action.
The Golden Eagles were looking for their first OVC win and now fall to 2-5 overall and 0-4 in league play.
Tennessee Tech scored 11 seconds into the fourth quarter to take a 28-20 lead, but from that point on Eastern Kentucky controlled the game.
The Colonels responded with a 14-play drive to tally the tying touchdown. Senior Tyrone Goard’s 24-yard catch and fellow senior Matt Denham’s 17-yard run helped the drive along. Junior Deshaun Sands finally found the end zone on a 4th-and-1 play. EKU proceeded to pick up the two-point conversion when Denham scooted around the right side of the line.
Eastern’s defense came away with a turnover three plays later. Facing a 3rd-and-11, senior Justin Bell blitzed off the left side and forced an errant throw from TTU quarterback Tre Lamb. Senior Cejay Ceniza was in perfect position to haul in the interception and returned the ball to the Golden Eagle 27-yard line. Junior wide receiver Ike Ariguzo then made a juggling 28-yard touchdown catch off a perfect pass from senior T.J. Pryor to give the Colonels the lead with 7:01 left, 35-28.
On Tennessee Tech’s next possession, it took just one play for the Eastern Kentucky defense to force another turnover. Junior linebacker Ichiro Vance tipped a TTU pass attempt which landed perfectly in senior Brooklyn Fox’s lap. Fox returned the pick to the home team’s 34-yard line to give the Colonels another golden opportunity for a score.
Senior wide receiver Cameron Bailey cashed in on Tennessee Tech’s mistake when Pryor found him wide open in the end zone for a 38-yard scoring strike. That play put the game away and made the score, 42-28.
No. 25 Indiana State 23, Western Illinois 7 — Box Score
MACOMB, Ill. — Each side scored recovering fumbles in the end zone, but it was Indiana State that would win the game, beating Western Illinois 23-7 on Saturday night.
In the first half, the Sycamores got touchdowns from a 14-yard run by Richie Dyer and a 46-yard run by Shakir Bell. Defensive back Mark Sewall recovered the fumble in the end zone, and Tanner Fritschle added the extra point in the fourth quarter.
Mike Perish was 12 of 18 for 99 yards for Indiana State (6-2, 4-1 Missouri Valley).
Western Illinois (3-4, 1-3 Missouri Valley) was scoreless in the first half.
The only points for the Leathernecks came after David McDaniel recovered a fumble in the end zone in the third quarter, followed with a kick by Pat Smith. Wil Lunt was 4 of 19 for 25 yards.
Indiana State had 16 first downs; Western Illinois had 5.
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