Wagner upends Albany for NEC lead
Top 25: No. 2 NDSU escapes; Samford upsets No. 7 Wofford
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Nick Doscher threw for a pair of touchdowns, and the Wagner defense held Albany to 188 yards of total offense as the Seahawks overcame preparation obstacles due to Hurricane Sandy to topple the Great Danes 30-0 for first place in the Northeast Conference.
The Seahawks (6-3, 6-1) won despite a disrupted work week due to Hurricane Sandy. The Wagner campus was evacuated Sunday, and players reconvened Tuesday to prepare for Albany (7-2, 5-1) on a campus that was still shut down and without electricity.
Wagner's six-game winning streak is its longest since 1988, and its longest in NEC play.
Doscher was 10-of-15 passing for 253 yards and two TDs, including an 88-yarder to Anthony Carrington early in the third quarter that stretched Wagner's lead to 20-0.
Doscher has not thrown an interception since Wagner's season opener, and the Seahawks have not committed a turnover during their six-game winning streak.
No. 14 Appalachian State 31, No. 1 Georgia Southern 28 -- Box Score
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Jamal Jackson threw for 383 yards as Appalachian State beat Georgia Southern 31-28 Saturday.
Georgia Southern held the longest active home-win streak in the Football Championship Subdivision and had won six consecutive Southern Conference games.
Georgia Southern (7-2, 6-2) took a 28-24 lead behind Ezayi Youyoute's third quarter touchdown run. But Jackson's third touchdown pass of the day, a 23-yarder to Tony Washington in the fourth quarter, gave Appalachian State (7-3, 4-2) the lead for good.
Five of the last six Appalachian State-Georgia Southern duels have been decided by seven points or less.
Jackson has 10-consecutive games with at least 200 yards passing and has never completed less than half of his passes as a starter.
Appalachian State's Sean Price, who caught seven passes for 231 yards, entered ranked second in the Southern Conference and led all NCAA Division I FCS freshman in receptions, receiving yards and touchdown receptions.
No. 2 North Dakota State 21, Missouri State 17 -- Box Score
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Sam Ojuri ran for 118 yards and a touchdown, Brock Jensen accounted for two more scores and North Dakota State held off Missouri State 21-17 on Saturday.
After the Bison (8-1, 5-1 Missouri Valley) fell behind on Caleb Schaffitzel's MSU-record 100-yard interception return, Jensen tied it with a 5-yard run in the second quarter before hitting Ryan Smith for a 6-yard score. Ojuri's 5-yard run in the third gave NDSU the lead for good.
Kierra Harris ran 16 yards for a touchdown for the Bears (3-7, 3-4), just the second rushing score allowed by NDSU all season. But Harris struggled in the passing game, completing just six passes for 22 yards, and was intercepted by Christian Dudzik to end MSU's final drive. Austin Witmer added a 44-yard field goal.
The Bison, who allowed just 149 yards of total offense, improved to 10-0 on the road over the last two seasons.
No. 3 Montana State 20, Sacramento State 17 --Box Score
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Cody Kirk ran for 129 yards and two touchdowns, including the go-ahead 2-yarder in the fourth quarter, to lead Montana State to a 20-17 victory against Sacramento State on Saturday night.
Kirk's second TD came with 8:13 remaining, and the Bobcats (8-1, 5-1 Big Sky) protected the lead by forcing turnovers on the last two possessions by the Hornets (6-4, 4-3).
The victory was the 47th for Montana State coach Rob Ash, tying the school record held by Sonny Holland.
Garrett Safron threw for 250 yards and two touchdowns for Sacramento State. Morris Norisse had five receptions for 128 yards and a TD.
Denarius McGhee was 14 of 22 passing for 105 yards for the Bobcats.
No. 4 Sam Houston State 70, Southeastern Louisiana 0 -- Box Score
HUNTSVILLE, Texas -- Tim Flanders and Keshawn Hill led the rush as Sam Houston State dominated Southeastern Louisiana 70-0 on Saturday afternoon.
Flanders rushed for 146 yards, including a 14-yard touchdown run. After a lightning delay of over an hour at the start of the third, Flanders had a 71-yard TD run. Hill rushed for 132 yards, with two touchdowns, including a 55-yarder. Richard Sincere, Ryan Wilson and Chris Grett rushed for TDs, and Kenneth Jenkins returned a blocked field goal to score. The Bearkats had 405 yards rushing.
Brian Bell was 8 of 9 for 170 yards, and two touchdowns -- a 70-yard pass to Chance Nelson and a 23-yard pass to Torrance Williams.
Nathan Stanley was 11 of 27 for 106 yards for the Lions (3-6, 3-2). Xavier Roberson had eight carries for 22 yards.
The Bearkats (7-2, 5-1) set a record, scoring its most points in a Southland Conference game.
No. 5 Old Dominion 53, Georgia State 27 -- Box Score
ATLANTA -- Taylor Heinicke threw at least three touchdown passes in his fourth game of the season and Old Dominion's rushing attack punched in four touchdowns in the Monarch's 53-27 win against Georgia State on Saturday.
Heinicke, who finished with 351 yards and three passing touchdowns, entered the game as the Football Championship Subdivision's leader in passing yards and total offense. He threw a 9-yard touchdown to Marquel Thomas to open scoring and his second 4-yard touchdown of the day gave the Monarch's a 39-7 third-quarter lead.
Old Dominion (8-1, 5-1 Colonial Athletic Association) -- the FCS's top offense -- racked up 556 total yards, including 205 rushing. Tyree Lee led the Monarch's with 126 yards on 25 carries and Angus Harper added 45 yards. Lee and Harper both scored twice.
Georgia State's (1-9, 1-6) Ben McLane threw for 226 yards but completed just 13 of 32 passes and was intercepted twice.
No. 6 Lehigh 36, Holy Cross 35 -- Box Score
WORCESTER, Mass. -- Mike Colvin completed 24 of 34 passes for a career-high 362 yards and three touchdowns and ran for two more to lead unbeaten Lehigh to a 36-35 triumph against Holy Cross Saturday.
With 13 seconds to play, a 43-yard field goal attempt by John Macomber of Holy Cross sailed wide right and Lehigh (9-0, 3-0 Patriot League) escaped with its 18th consecutive regular-season victory. The Crusaders (1-8, 1-3) had 527 yards total offense but lost.
For Holy Cross, Steven Elder and Ryan Laughlin combined to complete 29 of 44 passes for 336 yards and four touchdowns -- two each to Mike Fess and Gerald Mistretta. But Colvin wouldn't let Lehigh lose.
Two of his touchdown passes went to Ryan Spadola, who missed the previous two games with mononucleosis. Spadola caught eight passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns -- the last a 33-yarder with two minutes left to win it.
Samford 24, No. 7 Wofford 17 (2OT) -- Box Score
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Andy Summerlin threw for a touchdown and passed for the two-point conversion to tie the game at 17-all as time expired in regulation, then hit Kelsey Pope on a 12-yard scoring pass in the second overtime to lead Samford to a 24-17 victory against Wofford on Saturday.
Both teams missed field goals in the first overtime, and Wofford fumbled the ball away in the second OT.
Trett Hardman caught the touchdown pass at the end of the fourth period, and Chris Cephus was on the receiving end of the two-point conversion for the Bulldogs (6-3, 4-3 Southern Conference).
Samford came back from a 17-9 fourth-quarter deficit. Summerlin was 29-of-35 passing with two touchdowns, and Fabian Truss rushed for 120 yards.
Cameron Yaw kicked three field goals for the Bulldogs.
Eric Breitenstein rushed for 168 yards and a touchdown for the Terriers (7-2, 5-2).
No. 8 Eastern Washington 34, No. 16 Cal Poly 17 -- Box Score
CHENEY, Wash. -- Vernon Adams threw for 288 yards and three touchdowns as Eastern Washington defeated Cal Poly 34-17 Saturday.
Adams hit Brandon Kaufman on scoring passes of 43 and 10 yards, and found Greg Herd from 28 yards out while completing 19 of 29 passes for the Eagles (7-2). He also rushed for 68 yards.
Deonte Williams had 100 yards rushing on 20 carries for Cal Poly (7-2), and Kristaan Ivory added a career-high 94 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries. Andre Broadous was 10 of 18 passing for 129 yards, with one TD and one interception.
The Mustangs' 17 points were a season low.
The two teams entered the game tied for second at 5-1 in the Big Sky Conference, but the game did not count in the conference standings because it was prescheduled before Cal Poly became a member.
No. 9 Stony Brook 45, VMI 7 --Box Score
STONY BROOK, N.Y. -- Miguel Maysonet rushed for three touchdowns and Kyle Essington threw for three to lead Stony Brook to a 45-7 victory against Virginia Military Institute on Saturday night.
The Seawolves (9-1, 5-0 Big South) were in command throughout the evening. Maysonet carried the ball 20 times for 149 yards. He scored on a 16-yard first-quarter run, then added short touchdowns of 1 and 2 yards in the second. At halftime, Stony Brook led 28-0.
Effington was just as effective and efficient. He completed 12 of 17 passes for 166 yards and three touchdowns. All three went to Kevin Norrell: a 5-yarder in the first quarter, an 11-yarder in the second and a 41-yarder early in the fourth to put the Seawolves up 42-7. Effington didn't throw an interception.
With Marcus Coker running for 139 yards, Stony Brook outrushed VMI 309-148. The Keydets (2-7, 1-4) had 162 total yards to Stony Brook's 475.
No. 10 James Madison 31, Maine 7 -- Box Score
ORONO, Maine -- Justin Thorpe posted 219 all-purpose yards and accounted for three touchdowns in James Madison's 31-7 win against Maine on Saturday in a Colonial Athletic Association showdown.
Thorpe, who threw for 108 yards on 9 of 12 passes and rushed for 111 yards on 16 carries, gave James Madison a 10-0 lead on his 9-yard touchdown run and later helped the Dukes push that lead to 24-0 in the third quarter.
The Dukes (7-2, 5-1) went ahead 31-0 behind Thorpe's third TD of the day, this time an 8-yard run, with 7:30 left to play.
Maine (3-6, 2-4) returned a fumble 67 yards for a touchdown with 30 seconds left to create the final margin. The Black Bears, however, struggled on offense, managing just 104 total yards and seven first downs.
James Madison racked up 314 rushing yards, allowing the Dukes to hold possession for 37:27 compared to 22:33 for Maine.
No. 11 New Hampshire 28, William & Mary 25 -- Box Score
DURHAM, N.H. -- Nico Steriti scored the game-winning touchdown to rally New Hampshire past William & Mary 28-25 Saturday.
Steriti's 19-yard touchdown run with 4:14 left gave New Hampshire (8-2, 6-1 Colonial Athletic Association) the final lead. Steriti finished with 106 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries.
Steriti's first touchdown from 18-yards out provided the early lead for New Hampshire, 11-7.
Sean Goldrich's 2-yard touchdown run with 16 seconds remaining in the second quarter helped New Hampshire extend its lead 18-7 at halftime.
William & Mary (2-7, 1-5) stormed back in the second half, tying the game at 18 when Michael Graham found Tre McBride for the 19-yard touchdown and later took the lead 25-21 with six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter on Graham's 1-yard run.
No. 12 Northern Arizona 50, Idaho State 10 -- Box Score
POCATELLO, Idaho -- Covaughn DeBoskie-Johnson and Casey Jahn combined for 295 yards rushing and three scores to lead Northern Arizona to a 50-10 win against Idaho State on Saturday.
DeBoskie-Johnson ran for 151 yards and had touchdown runs of 34 and 62 yards, while Jahn had 144 yards, including a 66-yard score, as the Lumberjacks (8-1, 6-0 Big Sky) rolled up 616 yards of total offense.
Cary Grossart had 238 yards passing, including an 11-yard touchdown to Dezjon Walker, and a rushing score. The NAU defense recorded a safety to open the scoring, and Jarret Bilbrey returned a blocked punt for a touchdown. Andy Wilder added two field goals.
Kevin Yost threw for 272 yards, including a 57-yard touchdown to Rodrick Rumble, for the Bengals (1-8, 0-6).
The win was Northern Arizona's eighth in a row after a season-opening loss to Arizona State. The Lumberjacks last won eight in a row in 1958.
No. 15 Illinois State 17, No. 17 Indiana State 10 -- Box Score
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Darrelynn Dunn rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown and Tyrone Walker had seven catches for 120 yards and a score as Illinois State defeated Indiana State 17-10 on Saturday.
The Redbirds (8-2, 5-2 Missouri Valley) won their seventh consecutive road game.
Shakir Bell rushed for 115 yards on 22 carries, and Mike Perish was 20 of 40 passing for 182 yards and a TD for the Sycamores (7-3, 5-2).
The game was scoreless until Nick Aussieker's 36-yard field goal for Illinois State with 6:52 remaining in the third quarter. Walker had his touchdown catch, a 4-yarder, later in the quarter, and Dunn made it 17-0 on a 3-yard run with 2:52 left in the game.
Indiana State scored all of its points in the final 31 seconds. Perish hit Michael Mardis with a 6-yard TD, and after an onside kick recovery, Tann Fritschle made it a one-score game with a 33-yard field goal with six seconds remaining. The Sycamores recovered another onside kick, but it was negated by an offside penalty.
Murray State 49, No. 19 Tennessee State 28 -- Box Score
MURRAY, Ky. -- Jaamal Berry rushed for 163 yards and three touchdowns and Murray State closed the game with a 29-0 run to stun Tennessee State 49-28 Saturday in an Ohio Valley Conference upset.
The Racers (4-5, 3-3) trailed 28-20 late in the third quarter but scored on three consecutive possessions over the next 5:44. Tennessee State (8-2, 4-2) was shut out in the fourth quarter while Murray State scored three touchdowns.
Michael German, the Tigers' quarterback, threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third. His last scoring pass, a 21-yarder to Joe Bowens, made it 28-20 with 3:44 left in the third quarter. But over the game's final 18:44, Murray State scored four times, twice on short runs by Berry.
Racers' quarterback Casey Brockman (27 of 38, 271 yards) hit Walter Powell for a 27-yard touchdown and Ja-Vonta Trotter for a 5-yard score. Brockman also ran a yard for touchdown himself.
No. 22 Towson 34, No. 20 Delaware 27 (OT) -- Box Score
NEWARK, Del. -- Grant Enders passed for two touchdowns and Terrance West ran for two more, the second a 3-yarder in overtime to give Towson a dramatic 34-27 victory against Delaware Saturday in Colonial Athletic Association action.
Enders' scoring passes both went to Emmanuel Holder, the second a 2-yarder with 0:44 left in regulation giving Towson (5-4, 4-2) a 27-24 lead. But Delaware's Sean Baner kicked his second field goal, a 40-yarder with 2.8 seconds left, to force overtime.
If Towson's D.J. Soven hadn't missed the point-after following the Tigers' third touchdown, Towson might have won in regulation. On the Tigers' first possession of overtime, West - who rushed for 113 yards -- scored from the 3-yard line. Soven kicked the extra-point.
On Delaware's possession, the Blue Hens (5-4, 2-4) went nowhere. Hurley was stopped for no gain on first down, then threw two incompletions before Towson's John Love intercepted at the 1.
Steriti's touchdown made the difference, as the Wildcats' defense stopped William & Mary for their sixth consecutive victory.
No. 21 Harvard 69, Columbia 0 -- Box Score
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Colton Chapple passed for three touchdowns and ran for another as Harvard routed Columbia 69-0 Saturday in a milestone Ivy League victory.
The Crimson (7-1, 4-1) scored 35 points in the second quarter in their most lopsided win against an Ivy rival since beating Cornell 77-0 in 1890. The margin was their largest since a 69-0 drubbing of Coast Guard in 1946.
The Lions (2-6, 1-4), who clinched their 38th losing season in 41 years, suffered their biggest loss since a 69-0 defeat against Rutgers in 1978 and gave up their most points since a 77-28 loss to Holy Cross in 1983.
After Harvard led 14-0 early in the second quarter, three consecutive Columbia turnovers led to Crimson touchdowns.
The victory was the 127th at Harvard for coach Tim Murphy, tying former Dartmouth coach Bob Blackman for third in Ivy play since the league was formed in 1956.
No. 23 Eastern Kentucky 31, Southeast Missouri State 7 -- Box Score
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- Jared McClain rushed for a pair of touchdowns and Matt Denham and Deshaun Sands each scored once on the ground as Eastern Kentucky rolled to a 31-7 victory against Southeast Missouri State on Saturday.
Defense was a big factor for Eastern Kentucky (7-3, 5-2 Ohio Valley). The Colonels held Southeast Missouri State (3-6, 2-4) to 262 yards, its second-lowest total of the season. Brooklyn Fox had an interception for the second consecutive week and recovered a fumble.
The defense also put pressure on Southeast Missouri State quarterback Scott Lathrop, who completed just 6 of 12 passes for 56 yards. He was sacked three times.
Blake Jackson finally put Southeast Missouri State on the board with a 14-yard TD run with 4:08 left in the game.
No. 24 Bethune-Cookman 24, Morgan State 13 -- Box Score
BALTIMORE -- Isidore Jackson rushed for 111 yards and a late touchdown to lead Bethune-Cookman against Morgan State 24-13 Saturday in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference game play.
The Wildcats won their fifth consecutive game and stayed perfect in MEAC play at 5-0, 7-2 overall. They did so primarily behind a rushing attack that produced 259 yards while Morgan State (3-6, 2-4) managed just 76 yards on the ground.
Travis Davidson's 4-yard scoring run gave the Bears an early 7-0 lead. Sven Hurd's field goal got Bethune-Cookman on the board, and Quentin Williams' 5-yard touchdown pass to Eddie Poole put the Wildcats up 10-7. The first of two field goals by Earvin Gonzalez tied it 10-all at halftime, but Brodrick Waters' 6-yard touchdown run put Bethune-Cookman ahead to stay, 17-10.
A Gonzalez 38-yard field goal to open the fourth quarter tightened it, but Jackson scored with 1:40 left to clinch it.
No. 25 South Dakota State 16, Southern Illinois 12 -- Box Score
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Austin Sumner tossed a 5-yard touchdown pass to Trevor Tiefenthaler with seven seconds left in the game as South Dakota State rallied to defeat Southern Illinois 16-12 on Saturday.
South Dakota State (6-2, 5-1 Missouri Valley) also got field goals of 28, 41 and 33 yards from Justin Syrovatka.
Sumner was sacked six times, but still managed to complete 26 of 25 passes for 284 yards.
Kory Faulkner completed 20 of 30 passes for 122 yards for Southern Illinois (5-5, 4-3) and was sacked three times.
Bo Helm recovered a fumble for South Dakota State.