PHILADELHIA, Pa. — Billy Ragone threw two touchdowns and rushed for another to help Pennsylvania take down Harvard 30-21 and clinch at least a share of the 2012 Ivy League title.
Ragone, who also rushed for 95 yards, completed 9 of 10 passes and paced a Quaker (5-4, 5-4) offense that rushed for 227 yards and held possession for five minutes longer (32:51-27:09) than its opponent.
Penn took a 21-14 lead into halftime and pushed that advantage to 28-14 behind backup quarterback Andrew Holland’s 18-yard touchdown pass to Mitchell King. It was the eighth consecutive game that both Ragone and Holland took snaps at quarterback for Penn.
Harvard (7-2, 4-2) cut the deficit to 28-21 behind Colton Chapple’s lone touchdown pass of the day. Harvard had the chance to tie the game but Chapple was sacked three consecutive times — with the third resulting in a safety — on the Crimson’s final possession.
No. 1 North Dakota State 20, No. 20 South Dakota State 17 – Box Score
FARGO, N.D. — Sam Ojuri rushed for a touchdown, Brock Jensen threw a scoring pass to Kevin Vaadeland and North Dakota State held South Dakota State to a season low in total offense Saturday in a 20-17 win that clinched at least a share of the Missouri Valley Football Conference title.
Adam Keller added a pair of field goals for NDSU (9-1, 6-1), including a 30-yarder in the third quarter that put the Bison ahead for good.
The Bison held SDSU (7-3, 5-2) to 209 yards of total offense, just 46 of them on the ground. A lot of those yards came on the Jackrabbits’ 74-yard scoring drive in the final minutes, but SDSU couldn’t recover the ensuing onside kick and NDSU ran out the clock.
Ojuri had 75 yards rushing and put the Bison ahead 20-10 on a 3-yard touchdown run with 2:39 left that proved to be the game-winning score.
No. 2 Montana State 65, Portland State 30 – Box Score
BOZEMAN, Mont. — DeNarius McGhee threw four touchdown passes and Cody Kirk scored three TDs as Montana State routed Portland State 65-30 on Saturday.
The Bobcats (9-1, 6-1 Big Sky) saw six players score in the first half, when they scored 59 points, and had touchdowns on offense, defense, and special teams in dominating the Vikings. Two weeks after gaining a school-record 695 yards, MSU had 389 yards by halftime before sending in its second team early in the second half. Shawn Johnson scored on a 54-yard pass play and a 72-yard punt return and Kirk, who ran for 122 yards, had scoring runs of 17 and 14 yards, along with a 54-yard touchdown reception.
DJ Adams had a 69-yard touchdown run in the first quarter to cut the Bobcats’ lead to 10-7, but Portland State (3-7, 2-5) didn’t manage another first down until its final drive of the half.
No. 3 Sam Houston State 52, Northwestern State 17 – Box Score
NATCHITOCHES, La. — Brian Bell threw for three touchdowns and Sam Houston State broke a 7-7 first-quarter tie by scoring 45 consecutive points in a 52-17 rout of Northwestern State on Saturday.
The Bearkats (8-2, 6-1 Southland Conference) won their seventh consecutive game. They’ve scored at least 41 points in each of those games.
Sam Houston State scored first on Tim Flanders’ 56-yard run, then Ed Eagan returned the ensuing kickoff 82 yards for a Demons’ touchdown.
But following a Bearkats’ field goal early in the second quarter, Bell threw three touchdown passes. The first was a 50-yarder to T.J. Jones, then a 38-yarder to Trey Diller and a 10-yarder to Chance Nelson. Bookie Sneed also returned an interception 11 yards for a score.
Flanders, who gained 138 yards, scored on a 4-yard run. Brad Henderson tossed a 4-yard touchdown pass to Louis Hollier for Northwestern State (4-6, 2-4) to end it.
No. 4 Old Dominion 41, William & Mary 31 – Box Score
NORFOLK, Va. — Taylor Heinicke threw four touchdowns and Tyree Lee tallied his third consecutive game with more than 100 yards rushing in Old Dominion’s 41-31 come-from-behind victory against William & Mary on Saturday.
Heinicke threw three touchdowns in the first half and William & Mary (2-8, 1-6 Colonial Athletic Association) quarterback Michael Graham threw four TDs to help the Tribe take a 28-27 lead into halftime.
John Carpenter kicked a field goal late in the third quarter to expand the Tribe’s lead to 31-27 but Old Dominion’s defense stepped up in the final quarter.
Following Carpenter’s field goal, Heinicke capped off a 9-play, 79-yard drive with his fourth touchdown pass to take a 34-31 lead.
Old Dominion’s (9-1, 6-1) defense intercepted Graham on William & Mary’s next possession, and then Heinicke drove the Monarchs 80 yards for the score.
Lee, who finished with 166 yards on 28 carries, capped the drive with a 16-yard run.
Colgate 35, No. 5 Lehigh 24 – Box Score
BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Gavin McCarney and Jordan McCord scored late touchdowns to help rally Colgate past Lehigh 35-24 Saturday in Patriot League play.
Lehigh (9-1, 3-1) took a 14-0 lead on a 2-yard run by Zach Barket and a 1-yard run by Keith Sherman.
McCord and McCarney would score 1-yard and 10-yard rushing touchdowns in the second quarter, respectively, to cut the deficit, but Jake Peery’s 43-yard field goal as time expired in the first half helped Lehigh take a 24-14 advantage into halftime. McCord finished with two touchdowns and 118 yards on 35 carries while McCarney finished with three touchdowns and 121 yards on 24 carries.
Colgate (7-3, 5-0) held the Mountain Hawks scoreless the entire second half.
McCarney and McCord took over in the fourth quarter. McCarney’s 2-yard TD run gave Colgate the lead 28-24 with 9:14 left, and McCord’s touchdown run of 8 yards with 1:19 remaining sealed the victory.
No. 6 Eastern Washington 31, UC Davis 28 – Box Score
CHENEY, Wash. — Vernon Adams’ 9-yard touchdown run with 8:13 to play capped a second-half rally, and Eastern Washington blocked a late field-goal attempt Saturday to beat UC Davis 31-28 and move into a first-place tie in the Big Sky Conference.
Adams’ score came after Kyle Padron hit Greg Herd for a 51-yard touchdown to pull the Eagles (8-2, 6-1) within 28-24. Later, UC Davis lined up to attempt a game-tying 52-yard field goal with 44 seconds left, but David Gaylord blocked it to seal the win.
EWU’s Demitrius Bronson finished with 63 yards rushing and two first-quarter touchdowns. That gave the Eagles a 14-3 lead before the Aggies (3-7, 2-5) scored 21 unanswered points on Randy Wright’s 72-yard touchdown pass to Corey Galindo and Dalton Turay’s two short scoring runs.
The Eagles are now tied with Northern Arizona and Montana State. All three teams finish their regular season next week.
No. 7 Georgia Southern 69, Howard 26 – Box Score
STATESBORO, Ga. — Jerick McKinnon ran for three touchdowns and threw two more and Georgia Southern posted its eighth 300-yard rushing game of the season in a 69-26, nonconference win against Howard Saturday.
McKinnion completed 2 of 4 passes, both for touchdowns, and gained 198 rushing yards on 16 carries. The quarterback entered the game needing 145 rushing yards to become the third different Eagle (8-2) in the last three years to reach the 1,000 yard mark.
Howard (5-4) struggled to stop the Football Championship Subdivision’s top rushing attack, as four different Eagles went over 60 rushing yards Saturday.
Dominique Swope, who also scored a pair of touchdowns for the second consecutive week, added 98 yards on four carries, Jonathan Bryant tallied 67 yards on two carries and William Banks chipped in with 62 yards on six carries.
Howard was led by Greg McGhee, who ran for three touchdowns and threw another.
Liberty 28, No. 8 Stony Brook 14 –Box Score
LYNCHBURG, Va. — Nick Sigmon returned an interception for a touchdown as Liberty’s defense forced five turnovers in a 28-14 win against Stony Brook Saturday.
Liberty’s opportunistic defense in the second half led to the win. Sigmon intercepted Kyle Essington’s third-quarter pass and returned it 21 yards for the score, extending the Flames’ lead to 21-7.
After Maysonet’s 13-yard touchdown run early in the fourth cut the lead to 21-14, Sigmon forced Maysonet to fumble. Jacob Hagen scooped up the loose ball and returned it 44 yards for a score.
Miguel Maysonet’s 1-yard run put Stony Brook (9-2, 5-1 Big South) ahead early in the first quarter.
Brian Hudson answered for Liberty (5-5, 4-1) in the second, connecting with Desmond Rice for a 49-yard touchdown strike, and later running it in himself on a quarterback draw to help Liberty build a 14-7 halftime lead.
No. 25 Villanova 35, No. 9 James Madison – Box Score
VILLANOVA, Pa. — Kevin Monangai ran for 150 yards while John Robertson rushed in two touchdowns and threw for another as Villanova dropped James Madison 35-20 Saturday in Colonial Athletic Association action.
The 100-plus yard effort was the fifth consecutive for Monangai, who became the fifth Villanova player to run for 1,000 yards in a season, and the first since Brian Westbrook in 2001. He finished the game with 1,044 yards this year.
In the first half, Robertson ran in his first score from 4 yards out, Mark Hamilton hit a 22-yard field goal and Robertson completed a 20-yard TD pass to Dorian Wells as Villanova (7-3, 5-2) built a 17-0 lead.
Justin Thorpe ran in a 1-yard TD for James Madison (7-3, 5-2) in the third quarter, but then the Wildcats strung together 16 straight points on 1-yard touchdown runs by Robertson and Monangai and a safety to ensure the win.
No. 10 New Hampshire – Idle
Southern Utah 35, No. 11 Northern Arizona 29 – Box Score
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Southern Utah’s Cody Larsen sacked Northern Arizona’s Cary Grossart for a 15-yard loss on a fourth-and-3 play, keeping the Lumberjacks out of the end zone in the third overtime and preserving a 35-29 victory for the Thunderbirds on Saturday.
The loss dropped Northern Arizona (8-2, 6-1 Big Sky) into a tie for the conference lead with Eastern Washington and Montana State. Southern Utah (5-6, 4-4) also gave Eastern Washington its only conference setback.
The difference for Southern Utah in the third overtime proved to be Easton Pedersen’s 22-yard touchdown pass from Brad Sorensen.
Sorensen rushed for a 4-yard TD for the first Southern Utah points in overtime, and threw a 14-yard TD pass to Fatu Moala. Northern Arizona’s TDs in overtime came on a 12-yard pass from Grossart to Dejzon Walker and a 17-yard pass from Grossart to Ify Umodu.
Grossart threw four TD passes, but was sacked six times.
No. 12 Appalachian State 33, Furman 28 – Box Score
BOONE, N.C. — Steven Miller ran for 170 yards and a touchdown as Appalachian State topped Furman 33-28 on Saturday to clinch a share of its seventh Southern Conference championship in the last eight years.
The conference title is the Mountaineers’ 12th, tying Furman’s mark for the most in league history.
Furman (3-7, 2-5) took a 28-27 lead in the third quarter when Carl Rider returned an Appalachian State fumble 27 yards for a touchdown.
Sam Martin put the Mountaineers back on top and clinched the win with consecutive field goals of 19 and 32 yards.
Andrew Peacock set career highs with 11 catches and 130 yards for Appalachian State (8-3, 6-2), and also threw a 7-yard touchdown to Drew Bailey on his first career pass attempt.
Jamal Jackson was 32-of-46 passing for 332 yards, becoming the fourth quarterback in program history to collect 300-plus yards in consecutive games.
No. 13 Central Arkansas – Idle
No. 14 Wofford 16, Chattanooga 13 (OT) – Box Score
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Eric Breitenstein ran for 132 yards and scored the game winning touchdown in overtime to propel Wofford past Chattanooga 16-13 Saturday in a Southern Conference battle.
Wofford (8-2, 6-2) took a 10-0 lead after Donovan Johnson’s 9-yard touchdown run, but Chattanooga answered with a field goal to make it 10-3 at halftime.
After both teams failed to score in the third quarter, Chattanooga (5-5, 4-3), trailing 10-3, tied the game with 2:18 to play behind Kendrix Huitt’s 1-yard run, forcing overtime.
On its first and only possession of overtime, Nick Pollard put Chattanooga ahead temporarily with a 27-yard field goal.
The lead was short lived as Wofford answered on its possession. Breitenstein capped off the 25-yard drive with the game-winning, 2-yard touchdown run.
Wofford has now won six of its last seven games against Chattanooga, improving its all-time series lead to 11-8.
No. 15 Illinois State – Idle
No. 17 Towson 41, Rhode Island 17 – Box Score
TOWSON, Md. — Grant Enders matched his career high with four touchdown passes and Dominique Booker rushed for 181 yards as Towson broke open a close game to defeat winless Rhode Island 41-10 Saturday.
Enders was 19 of 28 for 231 yards for Towson (6-4, 5-2 Colonial Athletic Association), which has won three consecutive.
Booker’s career-high yardage came on just seven carries, including an 83-yard TD run to open the third quarter that was the second-longest rushing play in program history.
The Rams (0-10, 0-7) struck first with a 14-yard TD pass from Bob Bentsen to Brandon Johnson-Farrell.
Enders then tossed a 28-yard touchdown to Cory Kirby and a 3-yarder to Gerrard Sheppard to put Towson ahead 13-7.
After Dylan Smith kicked a 19-yard field goal with 5:02 left in the first half, the Rams would not score again.
Tom Ryan had seven catches for 109 yards and a touchdown for the Tigers.
No. 18 Eastern Kentucky 55, Murray State 24 – Box Score
RICHMOND, Ky. — Matt Denham rushed for 214 yards and three touchdowns and also caught a scoring pass as Eastern Kentucky pulled away from Murray State 55-24 Saturday to conclude the Colonels’ regular season.
Trailing 24-20, Eastern Kentucky (8-3, 6-2 Ohio Valley Conference) scored 35 unanswered points. The Colonels rolled up 372 yards on the ground to finish with 666 yards total offense, both season highs.
The Racers, who had scored at least 49 points in five of their previous six games, took their last lead with 10:05 left in the first half after Casey Brockman threw his third and final TD.
Denham then scored on a 33-yard touchdown run — he also had TD runs of 16 and 2 yards and a 26-yard TD pass from T.J. Pryor in the first half — to put the Colonels ahead for good.
Cameron Bailey had a rushing and a receiving TD for Eastern Kentucky.
No. 19 Cal Poly 70, Idaho State 14 – Box Score
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Deonte Williams rushed for 125 yards and three touchdowns, Andre Broadous threw for three more scores and Cal Poly dismantled Idaho State 70-14 on Saturday.
Williams scored on runs of 9, 3 and 44 yards, his final score putting the Mustangs (8-2, 6-1 Big Sky) up 35-0 five minutes into the second quarter. Akaninyene Umoh, Rocky Meszaros and Ryan Solomon also scored on the ground.
With Cal Poly’s conference-leading rushing offense amassing 505 yards, Broadous only had to throw the ball 14 times. His eight completions included touchdowns to Cole Stanford, Willie Tucker and Brandon Michalkiewicz, all in the first half.
Kevin Yost threw for 335 yards and two touchdowns for the Bengals (1-9, 0-7) but was intercepted three times, with Alex Hubbard returning one of them for a score.
Cal Poly tied the school single-game record of 10 touchdowns and set a new one with 10 PATs made.
No. 21 Indiana State – Idle
No. 22 Bethune-Cookman 49, Savannah State 7– Box Score
SAVANNAH, Ga. — Quentin Williams threw two touchdown passes and ran for 121 of Bethune-Cookman’s 377 rushing yards as the Tigers beat Savannah State 49-7 Saturday in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference game.
Williams completed 9 of 12 passes for 103 yards and threw touchdown passes of 11 and 36 yards. His second touchdown, a strike to David Blackwell, gave Bethune-Cookman a 35-0 halftime lead.
Isidore Jackson finished with 100 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries for Bethune-Cookman (8-2, 7-0), Rodney Scott posted 51 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries and Brodrick Waters tallied 47 yards on six carries.
Savannah State (1-9, 0-7) got on the board midway through the third quarter when Cornel Weston recovered a fumble in the end zone. But Waters scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns to create the final margin.
Bethune-Cookman smothered Savannah State quarterback Antonio Bostick all game, forcing three interceptions and recording four sacks.
No. 23 Richmond 23, Delaware 17 – Box Score
RICHMOND, Va. — Richmond held off Delaware’s fourth-quarter charge to beat the Blue Hens 23-17 in a Colonial Athletic Association game on Saturday.
The Spiders held a comfortable 20-7 lead in the fourth quarter, but Delaware’s Ricky Tunstall returned an interception 77 yards for a touchdown to close the gap to six points.
Richmond (7-3, 5-2) responded with a 13-play, 77-yard drive that culminated with a 23-yard field goal from Remington Hinshaw to end the threat.
Kendall Gaskins rushed for 92 yards and scored two touchdowns to pass Josh Vaughan on the Spiders’ all-time list with 36. Michael Strauss threw for 267 yards.
Trent Hurley threw for 265 yards for Delaware (5-5, 2-5), but he was intercepted four times — three times deep in Richmond territory, including once in the end zone for a touchback — and sacked three times.
Tennessee Tech 45, No. 24 Tennessee-Martin 44 (OT) – Box Score
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee-Martin’s Jeremy Butler scored the potential tying touchdown in overtime, but James Satterfield fumbled on the two-point conversion attempt to hand Tennessee Tech a 45-44 upset victory on Saturday.
Tennessee Tech’s Doug Page had scored from the 2, and Zach Sharp kicked the PAT for a 45-38 advantage in overtime. Tennessee Tech (3-7, 1-6 Ohio Valley Conference) scored 21 points in the fourth quarter to tie the game, including Darian Stone’s 79-yard TD pass to Ryan Tilghman with a minute remaining in regulation.
Tennessee-Martin (7-2, 5-2) tied the game with 6 seconds left in regulation on Derek Carr’s 46-yard touchdown pass to Chris Thompson.
Darian Stone passed for 277 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 190 yards for Tennessee Tech, and Tilghman caught three passes for 123 yards and the long TD.
Carr passed for 422 yards and four touchdowns for UT-Martin.
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