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STATESBORO, Ga. — Josh Rowe hurried Terrell Robinson’s pass on a failed two-point conversion attempt with 1:44 left, allowing Georgia Southern to hold on for a 28-27 win against Chattanooga on Saturday.
Jaybo Shaw put the Eagles (5-0, 4-0 Southern Conference) ahead 28-21 on a 1-yard run with 6:49 remaining, before the Mocs (2-4, 0-3) took five minutes off the clock during their final drive.
The 73-yard, 11-play drive was finished on Robinson’s 5-yard TD run with 1:44 to play, bringing Chattanooga within an extra point of a tie. The Mocs, however, elected to go for the win and Robinson’s pass was disrupted.
Robinson had 114 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries and threw for 67 more on 5-for-9 passing.
Shaw ran for two touchdowns and threw for another. The Eagles quarterback was 4 of 10 for 57 yards and had 67 more on 18 carries.
No. 2 UNI 23, No. 19 Indiana State 9 – Box Score | Full Recap
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — Tirrell Rennie passed for 142 yards and a touchdown and ran for 93 yards as Northern Iowa defeated Indiana State on Saturday.
Rennie was 10 of 14 passing for the Panthers (4-1, 3-0 Missouri Valley). His 36-yard scoring toss to Terrell Sinkfield with 4:13 remaining was the dagger, giving Northern Iowa a 20-9 cushion.
Shakir Bell rushed for 145 yards on 14 carries for the Sycamores (4-2, 2-1).
Trailing 13-9, Indiana State drove to the Panthers’ 28-yard line midway through the fourth quarter. But George Cheeseborough fumbled, Northern Iowa recovered and drove to Rennie’s touchdown pass.
Ronnie Fouch was 12 of 14 passing for 136 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions for the Sycamores.
No. 3 Montana State 38, Portland State 36 – Box Score | Full Recap
PORTLAND, Ore. — DeNarius McGhee passed for 255 yards and four touchdowns as Montana State held on for a 38-36 victory against Portland State on Saturday.
Portland State rallied from a 38-22 deficit in the final 7 minutes, but came up short on a two-point conversion with 2:52 remaining that could have sent the game into overtime.
McGhee had a hand in all five touchdowns for Montana State (5-1, 3-0 Big Sky), throwing for TDs of 5, 24, 69 and 6 yards, while also scoring on a 1-yard run.
Portland State (3-2, 2-1) pulled within 38-30 on a 1-yard run from Cory McCaffrey with 3:46 remaining. After recovering the ensuing kickoff deep in Montana State territory, the Vikings got on the board again when Kalua Noa caught a 15-yard pass from Connor Kavanaugh with 2:52 left.
But Montana State stopped Kavanaugh short of the goal line on the two-point conversion attempt, and ran out the clock from there.
No. 4 Wofford 43, Citadel 14 – Box Score | Full Recap
CHARLESTON, S.C. — With a dominant ground game and one long punt return, Wofford remained undefeated in Southern Conference play with a 43-14 road route of The Citadel Saturday. The Terriers (4-1, 3-0) scored twice in each of the first two quarters to take a 28-0 halftime lead against the Bulldogs (2-3, 1-3).
Wofford led 43-0 in the fourth quarter before The Citadel finally scored. Those touchdowns came on short runs by Terrance Martin and Byron Addison. By then, Wofford had shredded The Citadel’s defense with a relentless, time-consuming running attack. Six Terriers ran for touchdowns.
Wofford drove 73 yards in 13 plays to open the game, culminating in Mitch Allen’s 5-yard touchdown. When Brenton Bersin returned a punt 76 yards for a score, the rout was on. The Terriers later went 99 yards in 10 plays to score, followed by an 82-yard touchdown drive before The Citadel got on the board.
No. 5 North Dakota State 9, No. 17 Southern Illinois 3 – Box Score | Full Recap
CARBONDALE, Ill. — Brock Jensen hit Matt Veldman with a 10-yard touchdown pass with 6:51 remaining to lift North Dakota State to a 9-3 victory against Southern Illinois on Saturday.
The scoring toss culminated a seven-play, 50-yard drive for the Bison (5-0, 2-0 Missouri Valley). Ryan Jastram missed the extra-point attempt.
The Salukis (2-3, 1-2) had two possessions after the TD, one ending with a punt, the other on an interception. Southern Illinois outgained North Dakota State 297-210.
Jensen was 13 of 23 for 150 yards with an interception for the Bison, who are off to their best start since winning their first 10 games in 2007.
Jewel Hampton rushed for 120 yards on 23 carries for Southern Illinois.
Maine 25, No. 6 James Madison 24 – Box Score | Full Recap
HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) Chris Treister scored on a two-point conversion in overtime to lift Maine to a 25-24 victory against James Madison on Saturday.
After Jace Edwards scored on a 1-yard run for the Dukes, Justin Perillo caught an 8-yard pass from Warren Smith and the Black Bears used a special formation to go for the win.
Treister, a backup quarterback, took the snap with an option to pitch it or throw. He ran for the goal line, leaped and was hit twice in the air before landing in the end zone.
Maine (4-1, 2-0 Colonial Athletic Association) defeated James Madison (4-2, 2-1) for the first time since 2003.
Every time the Dukes scored, the Black Bears answered. Jordan Anderson, who had a career-high 212 yards on 26 carries, struck first with an 80-yard run.
Maine’s Brian Harvey tied it at 17 with a 34-yard field goal with 44 seconds left in regulation.
No. 7 New Hampshire 47, Villanova 17 – Box Score | Full Recap
DURHAM, N.H. — Kevin Decker threw three touchdowns and ran for another, leading New Hampshire to an easy win against Villanova 47-17 on Saturday.
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Decker was 24 for 33 with 401 yards for New Hampshire (4-1, 2-0 Colonial Athletic Association), which beat Villanova for the sixth time in the last eight meetings. R.J. Harris added 190 yards and a touchdown on seven catches.
The New Hampshire quarterback opened the scoring with a 3-yard scamper and also ran in the two-point conversion, followed by a 66-yard touchdown pass to Harris for a 15-0 lead after the first quarter.
Villanova (1-5, 0-3) closed in when Chris Polony hit Dorian Wells from 9 yards out to pull within 14, 24-10, just before halftime. But New Hampshire ran off 20 consecutive points to help seal it, including a 16-yard connection from Decker to Jimmy Giansante for a 44-10 fourth quarter lead.
No. 11 Delaware 21, No. 9 William & Mary 0 – Box Score | Full Recap
NEWARK, Del. — Tim Donnelly threw two touchdown passes and Andrew Pierce ran for another score, as Delaware’s defense stifled William & Mary in a 21-0 win on Saturday night.
Donnelly finished 16 of 24 for 124 yards with an interception, and Pierce ran for 143 yards on 28 carries along with catching seven passes for 26 yards for the Blue Hens (4-2, 2-1 Colonial Athletic Association).
Delaware snapped a three-game losing skid to William & Mary (3-3, 1-2), which was shut out for the first time since 1997 — also at Delaware.
Donnelly threw a 29-yard TD to Bobby Russo in the opening quarter, Pierce had a 4-yard scoring scamper in the second quarter and the Delaware quarterback hit Nihja White from 11 yards out to complete the scoring in the fourth.
The Blue Hens outgained the Tribe 338-210, and held them to 1 for 13 on third-down conversions.
No. 10 Lehigh 30, Bucknell 6 – Box Score | Full Recap
LEWISBURG, Pa. — Chris Lum threw four touchdown passes to lead Lehigh in an easy win against Bucknell 30-6 on Saturday, extending the longest current winning streak against one opponent in the Football Championship Subdivision.
Lum, who now has 300 or more passing yards in every game this season, was 30 of 37 for 368 yards and an interception for the Mountain Hawks (5-1, 1-0 Patriot League). Lehigh has beaten the Bison (4-2, 1-1) in 14 consecutive meetings.
The Lehigh quarterback hit both Jimmy Jefferson and Jake Drwal on 9-yard touchdowns, and threw a 19-yarder to Ryan Spadola to go ahead 23-0 with 2:14 left in the first half.
Lum punctuated his performance with a 35-yard touchdown to Spadola to put the Mountain Hawks up 30-3 after three quarters.
Lehigh outgained Bucknell 416-246 on offense, and tallied a season-high 10 sacks against the Bison.
Texas State 21, No. 13 McNeese State 14 – Box Score | Full Recap
LAKE CHARLES, La. — Shaun Rutherford’s 11-yard touchdown pass to Isaiah Battle gave Texas State a fourth-quarter lead and the Bobcats barely hung on to defeat McNeese State 21-14 on Saturday night.
With time running out, the Bobcats (4-2) prepared to punt from their 33-yard line, but punter Ben Follis bobbled the snap and the Cowboys (3-2) took over at the Texas State 13 with 15.6 seconds left.
McNeese State’s last chance ended when Cody Stroud, under heavy pressure, was called for intentional grounding with the clock running out.
Rutherford, who opened the scoring with a 22-yard run, completed 8 of 11 for 110 yards, and his scoring pass to Battle capped a 14-play, 79-yard drive that consumed 7:45.
Both teams came in with three-game winning streaks. Texas State, a former Southland Conference member like McNeese State, is an independent this season and in the process of moving up to the Football Bowl Subdivision.
McKnight’s field goals came from 44, 51, 48 and 42 yards as he moved into fourth place on the all-time scoring list for the Grizzlies (4-2, 3-1 Big Sky).
Montana’s defense had seven takeaways, including four fumble recoveries, and held Idaho State (2-4, 1-3) to minus 26 yards rushing and 121 yards of total offense. Bo Tully’s interception return in the first two minutes of the game set up McKnight’s first field goal.
Montana had 499 yards of offense and got touchdown runs of 28 yards from Jabin Sambrano and 17 yards from Jordan Canada.
The Grizzly defense limited ISU’s Rodrick Rumble, top receiver in the FCS, to six catches for 73 yards. He was averaging 11 catches per game coming into the contest.
No. 15 Sam Houston State 45, Stephen F. Austin 10 – Box Score | Full Recap
HOUSTON — Richard Sincere rushed for 111 yards and two touchdowns, and Sam Houston State broke open the Battle of the Piney Woods rivalry game in the second half, beating Stephen F. Austin 45-10 on Saturday at Reliant Stadium.
Jordan Wiggs got the Lumberjacks (1-5, 0-2) on the board first with a 41-yard field goal in the second quarter, but it was all SHSU after that. Bell found Torrance Williams for a 49-yard score before halftime and Keith Blanton for a 55-yarder early in the third quarter before the Bearkats’ running game took over.
The Lumberjacks’ Brady Attaway threw a 7-yard touchdown to Corde Roberson late in the fourth quarter. Attaway threw for 251 yards but was intercepted four times, and Stephen F. Austin managed just 23 yards rushing.
Towson 31, No. 16 Richmond 28 – Box Score | Full Recap
TOWSON, Md. — D.J. Soven’s 27-yard field goal on the final play gave Towson a 31-28 victory against Richmond on Saturday night and overcame a record-setting performance by Spiders’ quarterback Aaron Corp.
Corp completed 31 of 34 passes, a 91.2 percent completion percentage, for Richmond (3-3, 0-3 Colonial Athletic Association), surpassing the Football Championship Subdivision record for quarterbacks throwing at least 30 passes in a game. Drake’s Mike Piatkowski set the previous mark of 90.9 percent (30 for 33) last week against Campbell.
Soven’s kick capped a 54-yard drive by the Tigers (4-1, 2-0), which included five carries by Terrance West, who finished with 128 yards and four touchdowns on 21 carries.
Corp passed for 353 yards and two fourth-quarter touchdowns. The second tied the game at 28 with 2:38 remaining.
While not as prolific as Corp, Towson quarterback Grant Enders also was sharp, completing 15 of 19 for 185 yards.
Marcus Sims ran for 159 yards for the Coyotes (4-2, 1-0 Great West).
Warren, who threw for 186 yards and ran for 76, scored on runs of 1 and 20 yards to lift South Dakota to a 14-0 lead. The Thunderbirds (3-3, 0-2) scored on the first of two Brad Sorensen TD passes, an 11-yarder to Brady Measom, to cut the lead in half.
A pair of field goals drew Southern Utah within a point but Warren found Michael Neilson for a 6-yard touchdown to restore South Dakota’s lead to 21-13. A field goal later in the fourth quarter helped the Coyotes hang on as Sorensen hit Abbel Aiono for an 8-yard score with 2:17 left. A 2-point conversion try failed and South Dakota ran out the clock.
No. 20 North Dakota 42, Montana Western 9 – Box Score | Full Recap
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Jake Miller scored four touchdowns to lead North Dakota to an easy 42-9 victory against Montana Western on Saturday.
The Sioux (4-2) trailed the NAIA school 3-0 after the first quarter, but took control after blocking a Bulldogs field-goal attempt. Miller, who finished with 152 yards in 20 carries, scored on runs of 3 and 2 yards, and Joey Bradley ran for a 3-yard touchdown in the second quarter to help North Dakota build a 21-6 lead at halftime.
Miller added scoring runs of 3 and 4 yards in the third quarter, and Bradley connected with R.J. McGill for a 13-yard score late in the third quarter to make it 42-6.
Zach McRae was 21 of 35 for 211 yards for Montana Western (1-5). He was intercepted twice.
No. 24 Coastal Carolina 34, VMI 10 – Box Score | Full Recap
CONWAY, S.C. — Aramis Hillary scored three touchdowns and had 359 yards of total offense to lead Coastal Carolina past Virginia Military Institute on Saturday night in the Big South Conference opener for both teams
Hillary had for 35 of his 114 rushing yards on the run that opened the scoring, for the first of three consecutive scores for the Chanticleers (4-1).
After Coastal Carolina took a 17-0 lead, Jeff Sexton got VMI (0-5) on the board with a 29-yard field goal. The Chanticleers then responded with another set of three consecutive scores, capped by Aaron Jones’ 4-yard TD early in the third quarter for a 34-3 lead.
Hillary, who threw for TDs of 39 and 23 yards, finished with 245 yards on 14 of 23 passing.
While Coastal Carolina put up 487 yards of total offense, the Keydets managed just 266 in their eighth consecutive loss dating back to last season.
Jackson State (5-1, 3-1 Southwestern Athletic Conference) entered halftime with a 14-10 lead, courtesy of two touchdown passes from Casey Therriault, who opened the scoring with a 77-yard bomb to Rico Richardson and then connected with Richardson again from 45 yards out.
Therriault finished with 263 yards on 17 of 22 passing and added a 6-yard rushing touchdown. Richardson grabbed five passes for 174 yards.
Jackson State’s efficiency in the air was due in part to its effectiveness on the ground. The Tigers rushed for 242 yards on 35 attempts and scored with four different runners. Tommy Gooden led the rushing attack with 115 yards on 12 carries.
Adrian Moore led the way for Arkansas-Pine Bluff (3-3, 2-2) with 163 all-purpose yards, but the Golden Lions struggled on third downs, converting only 5 of 17 attempts.
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