BOONE, N.C. — No. 3 Appalachian State relied on its defense in a 14-12 win against No. 14 Chattanooga on Saturday in the Southern Conference opener for both teams.
Rodger Walker of Appalachian State erased a 6-0 deficit by returning a fumble 74 yards for a touchdown on the final play of the third quarter. Then Jeremy Kimbrough intercepted a pass and returned it 46 yards for a score with 13:38 to play, giving the Mountaineers a 14-6 lead.
The Mocs (2-2) pulled to within 14-12 on a 20-yard touchdown pass from B.J. Coleman to Sloan Allison with 9:51 to play, but Coleman’s pass on the two-point conversion attempt fell incomplete. Doug Middleton sealed the win for the Mountaineers by intercepting Coleman at the Mocs’ 40-yard-line with 11 seconds remaining.
Appalachian State (3-1) has won seven in a row, 24 of the past 27 and 14 in a row at home in the series.
No. 1 Georgia Southern 52, Western Carolina 20 — Box Score
STATESBORO, Ga. — No. 1 Georgia Southern used its triple-option offense to dominate Western Carolina, rushing for 634 yards in a 52-20 win on Saturday night.
The Eagles (3-0, 2-0 Southern Conference) had three players that each gained more than 100 yards rushing. J.J. Wilcox led the rushing attack with 155 yards, Jerick McKinnon had 114 yards and freshman quarterback Ezayi Youyoute added 119 yards on four carries in the fourth quarter, one of which was an 83-yard touchdown run.
The 634 yards rushing is the most the Catamounts (1-2, 0-1) have ever allowed. The previous record was 591 by Georgia Southern in 1999.
It’s the second time Western Carolina has been unsuccessful against the triple option this season. In their season-opening loss to Georgia Tech, the Catamounts allowed 662 total yards — 297 yards on the ground.
Brandon Pechloff threw for 233 yards for Western Carolina but was intercepted twice.
No. 2 Northern Iowa 38, Western Illinois 10 — Box Score
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — Quarterback Tirrell Rennie accounted for five touchdowns and rushed for more than 100 yards for the third consecutive game as No. 2 Northern Iowa beat Western Illinois 38-10 Saturday in the Missouri Valley Conference opener for both teams.
Rennie had touchdown runs of 2, 12 and 35 yards while rushing for 106 yards on 12 carries. He also completed 10 of 14 passes for 142 yards, including TD throws of 30 yards to David Johnson and 4 to Darion Howard.
Johnson added 132 yards rushing on 21 carries for the Panthers (2-1).
Western Illinois (1-3) got its only touchdown on a 1-yard run by Caulton Ray with 2:49 left in the game. Ray had 79 yards rushing. Josh Hudson was 7 for 12 passing for 97 yards before leaving with an injury that Leathernecks coach Mark Hendrickson said afterward was not serious. Wil Lunt finished up, completing 11 of 20 passes for 110 yards.
No. 6 Delaware 27, Old Dominion 17 — Box Score
NEWARK, Del. — Tim Donnelly threw for two touchdowns as No. 6 Delaware held off Old Dominion 27-17 on Saturday.
Trailing 17-16 early in the fourth quarter, Donnelly connected with receiver Rob Jones on a 32-yard strike that gave Delaware a 24-17 lead. The Blue Hens forced Old Dominion to punt on its next drive, then kicked a field goal five plays later to take a 27-17 lead and put the game out of reach for the Monarchs.
Donnelly finished with 304 yards on 26-of-39 passing, including an early 7-yard scoring pass to receiver Nihja White.
White continued his impressive start, grabbing seven receptions for 117 yards and one touchdown. It was his second consecutive 100-yard receiving game and his 26th straight game with a reception.
Thomas DeMarco led the way for Old Dominion with 207 yards on 23-of-46 passing, but the Monarchs were plagued by penalties all game.
No. 11 New Hampshire 45, No. 7 Richmond 43 — Box Score
RICHMOND, Va. — Trailing 10-0 after one quarter, No. 11 New Hampshire (2-1) stunned unbeaten No. 7 Richmond with 28 second-quarter points — including two interceptions returned for touchdowns — and upset the Spiders 45-43 Saturday in the Colonial Athletic Association opener for both teams.
Kevin Decker, the New Hampshire quarterback who accounted for five touchdowns in last week’s 48-41 overtime win against Lehigh, ran for two touchdowns against Richmond (3-1) and threw for two more — both to R.J. Harris. The last of Harris’ 12 catches was a 47-yard, fourth-quarter scoring reception that put the Wildcats ahead 45-36 and proved to be the game-winner. But this game turned in a frenetic second quarter.
That’s when Aaron Corp, Richmond’s senior quarterback whose 35 completions (16 to Tre Gay) in 50 attempts produced two touchdowns, was victimized twice. Randi Vines went 60 yards with an interception to score. Matt Evans’ 31-yard pick put New Hampshire up 28-13.
No. 8 Wofford 38, Samford 23 — Box Score
SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Three players rushed for more than 100 yards as Wofford pulled away from Samford in the second half to win 38-23 on Saturday night.
The Terriers (2-1, 1-0 Southern Conference) rolled up 443 yards rushing for the game and outscored the Bulldogs 21-7 in the second half. Eric Breitenstein ran for 126 yards and three touchdowns while Donovan Johnson (173 yards) and Mitch Allen (120 yards) each scored one touchdown. Two of Breitenstein’s scores came in the second half as the Terriers built a 31-16 lead with 8:42 remaining in the game.
Wofford has won 11 home openers in a row.
Samford (1-2, 0-2) led 13-7 after a 3-yard touchdown run by Kelsey Pope with 9:51 to play in the second quarter. Mitch Allen’s 21-yard touchdown with 51 seconds left in the half gave Wofford the lead for good 17-13.
Samford’s Dustin Taliaferro had 231 yards passing and a TD.
No. 12 North Dakota State 37, Minnesota 24 — Box Score
MINNEAPOLIS — Marcus Williams had two defensive touchdowns for North Dakota State on Saturday to help the Bison pull off another FCS team upset of Minnesota 37-24.
Williams, a sophomore cornerback who played at Hopkins High School in the Twin Cities — one of the dozens of Minnesotans on NDSU’s roster — returned an interception of Max Shortell’s late heave 40 yards for a touchdown to seal the game.
On the final play of the first half, teammate Colten Heagle picked off MarQueis Gray’s risky pass and tossed the ball back to Williams as he was taken down. Williams raced 52 more yards to put the Bison (3-0) ahead 28-14 at the break.
Donnell Kirkwood rushed 10 times for 70 yards and two touchdowns for the Gophers (1-3), but once again, it was difficult to determine which team was from a BCS conference — and who was playing at home.
NDSU scored touchdowns on drives of 65, 83 and 71 yards in the first half before the highlight-reel play by Heagle and Williams as time expired.
No. 13 Southern Illinois 20, Missouri State 18 — Box Score
CARBONDALE, Ill. — Jackson MacLachlan hit a 27-yard field goal with 50 seconds remaining Saturday to give Southern Illinois a 20-18 victory against Missouri State in the Missouri Valley Conference opener for both teams.
The Salukis (2-1) got the ball on their own 28 with 4:51 left and drove 62 yards in 11 plays to set up MacLachlan’s game-winner.
Missouri State (0-4) had taken an 18-17 lead on a 1-yard run by Chris Douglas with 6 seconds left in the third quarter, before failing on the two-point conversion.
Jerome Hampton had 119 yards rushing for the Salukis, while Paul McIntosh was 13 of 24 passing for 206 yards and added 60 yards rushing and a pair of TDs. Cam Fuller had six catches for 120 yards.
Trevor Wooden was 9 for 19 for 167 yards, two TDs and three interceptions for Missouri State, while Jermaine Saffold caught five passes for 122 yards and a score.
No. 15 Jacksonville State 28, Eastern Illinois 21 — Box Score
JACKSONVILLE, Ala. — Washaun Ealey rushed for 155 yards and Calvin Middleton ran for two 1-yard touchdowns Saturday night as Jacksonville State held off Eastern Illinois 28-21 in an Ohio Valley Conference game.
Ealey, a transfer from the University of Georgia, carried 24 times and accounted for more than half of Jacksonville State’s 294 yards rushing. The Gamecocks (3-1, 2-0) also got 96 yards on the ground from Middleton. After each team scored a touchdown in each of the first three quarters, Middleton’s 1-yard burst in the fourth period gave Jacksonville State the victory.
Eastern Illinois (1-3, 0-2) got a fine passing performance from Jimmy Garoppolo. He completed 20 of 32 attempts for 214 yards and two touchdowns. But Garoppolo was also intercepted twice. His counterpart, Gamecocks quarterback Coty Blanchard, hit on 13 of 19 passes for 121 yards and two short touchdowns, one each to Justin Howard and Trey Smith.
No. 16 Lehigh 27, No. 23 Liberty 24 — Box Score
BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Chris Lum threw for 300 yards and two touchdowns as No. 16 Lehigh defeated No. 23 Liberty 27-24 on Saturday and recorded its first 3-1 start since 2007.
Trailing 17-13 with 2:17 left in the second quarter, Lum threw a 73-yard pass to Keith Sherman to give Lehigh a 20-17 lead. On the Mountain Hawks’ first possession of the second half, Michael Colvin capped off a 12-play, 70-yard drive with a touchdown from 4 yards out to extend the lead to 27-17 halfway through the third quarter.
Liberty (2-2) fought back with a touchdown late in the third quarter but the Lehigh defense stiffened and held the Flames scoreless in the fourth.
Lum, who had his fourth consecutive 300-yard passing game this season, benefited from the sure hands of receiver Ryan Spadola. Spadola finished with 121 yards on seven catches including a 55-yard bomb from Lum to give Lehigh an early 10-3 lead.
Texas State 35, No. 17 Stephen F. Austin — Box Score
NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Shaun Rutherford threw four touchdown passes and ran for another score, and Texas State survived a late scare Saturday to beat No. 17 Stephen F. Austin 35-26.
Rutherford, who once backed up future Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton at Blinn College, completed only 10 passes, but for 241 yards. He also had 82 yards rushing for the Bobcats (2-2), scoring on a 22-yard scamper with 2:30 left to seal the win. Marcus Curry added 128 yards on the ground.
Stephen F. Austin (1-3), which got a 100-yard kickoff return score from Graly Crawford, had pulled within 28-26 on a 49-yard interception return by Josh Aubrey, Rutherford’s only miscue of the night. But Brady Attaway misfired on the two-point conversion attempt that would have tied the game.
Attaway attempted an astonishing 64 passes, completing 32 of them for 353 yards and an interception. Fred Ford ran for a touchdown for the Lumberjacks.
Boston College 45, No. 19 Massachusetts 17 — Box Score
BOSTON — Chase Rettig threw for three touchdowns and Boston College’s linebackers returned two fumbles for scores to lead the Eagles to their first win of the season, routing Massachusetts 45-17 on Saturday.
The Eagles (1-3) were off to their worst start since opening 1991 with four losses under then-coach Tom Coughlin.
Kevin Pierre-Louis returned a fumble 96 yards for a TD and Nick Clancy had one of 16.
Jesse Julmiste had a 100-yard kickoff return for a score for the Minutemen, and Jonathan Hernandez carried 22 times for 80 yards and a TD.
No. 19 Massachusetts (2-1) is making the first of a two-year jump into the Football Bowl Subdivision. The Minutemen will be part of the Mid-American conference in 2013.
It was the 24th meeting between the schools, dating back to the first in 1899. BC leads 19-5, winning its seventh consecutive.
Wisconsin 59, No. 20 South Dakota 10 — Box Score
MADISON, Wis. — When it was all over, South Dakota coach Ed Meierkort could take some solace in the fact that his team won’t be the only one blown out by No. 6 Wisconsin this year.
Not that such wisdom — or the financial implications of a game against a superior opponent — did much to help the mood in his locker room after being routed 59-10 by the Badgers on Saturday.
Quarterback Dante Warren struggled for South Dakota (2-2). He eventually was replaced by Josh Vander Maten, who led the Coyotes to a late score.
Nick Toon had a career-high 155 yards receiving and two touchdowns as Wisconsin (4-0) recovered from a slow start to take control of the game with a 21-point outburst in the final six minutes of the second quarter.
James White had a 49-yard touchdown run, Toon scored on a 59-yard catch-and-run from quarterback Russell Wilson and Toon added another score with 12 seconds left to send Wisconsin into halftime with a 31-3 lead.
No. 21 North Dakota 53, Black Hills State 19 — Box Score
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — North Dakota cruised to a 53-19 victory against Black Hills State Saturday in the annual Potato Bowl USA after scoring 23 unanswered points in the first quarter
North Dakota (2-2) compiled 337 rushing yards along with six ground scores to mount a scoring barrage that proved to be insurmountable for Black Hills State. Jake Miller posted a career high in rushing yards, with 181, for the second consecutive week to go along with two touchdowns. North Dakota passed only 15 times in the game, compared to 53 rushes.
Black Hills State (1-4) finally scored with 35 seconds left in the first half on a 26-yard TD pass from Ward Anderson to Ryan Fagerstrom. Anderson finished with 171 passing yards and a lone touchdown on the day.
Indiana State 37, No. 24 Youngstown State 35 — Box Score
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Shakir Bell ran for four touchdowns and a school record 256 yards to help Indiana State hold on to a 37-35 victory against No. 24 Youngstown State on Saturday.
All of Bell’s touchdowns, including runs of 62 and 61 yards, came in the first half, giving the Sycamores (3-1, 1-0 Missouri Valley) a 34-21 edge. His final rushing total broke the previous school record of 253 yards, set by Derrick Franklin in 1990.
Kurt Hess led the game in passing with 224 yards and two touchdowns for the Penguins (2-2, 1-1) while Jamaine Cook ran for two touchdowns and 177 yards and Jordan Thompson added 43 yards and a TD.
Cory Little’s field goal midway through the fourth quarter gave Indiana State the final advantage.
Hess threw a touchdown Jelani Berassa with 1:21 to go, but the Penguins got no closer.
Indiana State’s Ronnie Fouch threw for 189 yards and a touchdown.
No. 25 South Carolina State 69, Delaware State 0 — Box Score
ORANGEBURG, S.C. — Derrick Riley threw four touchdown passes as No. 25 South Carolina State had a breakout game offensively in a 69-0 win against Delaware State on Saturday.
The Bulldogs (2-2, 2-0 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) had scored a total of only 53 points in its first three games this season.
Wiley had a hand in South Carolina State’s first five touchdowns, throwing for three and rushing for two. He was 12 of 20 passing for 238 yards and rushed for 40 yards. Caleb Davis led the receiving corps with six catches for 147 yards and a score. Julius Pendergrass had two touchdown catches for the Bulldogs.
Delaware State (2-2, 0-1) was held to 84 yards total offense.
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