Williams had TD runs of 4 yards and 1 yard to give the Paladins (4-3, 3-2 Southern Conference) a 13-7 halftime lead in South Carolina’s oldest rivalry dating back to 1889.
After Chris Forcier’s 2-yard scoring pass to Colin Anderson for Furman, kicker Ray Early missed his second extra-point attempt of the game.
Wofford’s Eric Breitenstein, who rushed for 129 yards, capped a 58-yard drive with a 5-yard touchdown run to cut the deficit to 19-14, but the Paladins answered with Tersoo Uhaa’s 3-yard TD for a 26-14 lead.
Wofford (5-2, 3-1) got within five again on Breitenstein’s 2-yard touchdown with 4:47 to play, but lost a yard on its final possession.
The Paladins, coming off a 50-20 loss to Georgia Southern, ended a two-game skid
Georgia Southern (7-0) had no trouble in handling the Blue Hose (2-5), who were clearly mismatched.
While this was a non-conference game for Georgia Southern, it took over undisputed first place in the Southern Conference race as Furman upset Wofford 26-21. It was the Terriers’ first conference loss. The Eagles’ next two games are at Appalachian State and Wofford.
Leading 7-0 after Robert Brown’s 9-yard run midway through the first quarter, the Eagles simply overwhelmed Presbyterian in the following quarter as five different players scored.
Slotback Jerick McKinnon had two touchdowns on runs of 3 and 10 yards, quarterback Jaybo Shaw scored on a 1-yard run and cornerback Nico Hickey recovered a fumble in the end zone.
Georgia Southern’s Adrian Mora tied the school record for most points by a kicker with 300.
No. 2 UNI 17, Southern Illinois 10 – Box Score | Full Recap
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — Tirrell Rennie had two touchdowns and broke the school record for consecutive passes without an interception as Northern Iowa beat Southern Illinois 17-10.
Rennie hit Terrell Sinkfield for an 18-yard touchdown pass to tie the game 7-7 in the second quarter, then scored on a 1-yard run in the third quarter to put the Panthers (6-1, 5-0 Missouri Valley) up 17-7. Rennie completed 14 of 23 passes for 167 yards and no interceptions. He has not thrown an interception in his last 146 attempts — dating back to last season — breaking the mark of 138 set by Eric Sanders in 2007.
Southern Illinois (2-5, 1-4) scored first on a 7-yard pass from Kory Faulkner to MyCole Pruitt. It also got a 30-yard field goal from Jackson MacLachan in the fourth quarter — the first points Northern Iowa has allowed in the second half in its last four games.
No. 3 Montana State 31, Northern Colorado 21 – Box Score | Full Recap
GREELEY, Colo. — DeNarius McGhee threw two second-half touchdown passes as Montana State kept Northern Colorado winless with a 31-21 win.
McGee finished 16 for 23 for 188 yards and two interceptions passing. Cody Kirk ran for a touchown and career-high 202 yards for Montana State (7-1, 6-0 Big Sky), which extended its winning streak to seven games.
Seth Lobato completed 20 of 39 passes for 258 yards and two TDs. Patrick Walker caught nine passes for 100 yards and two scores for Northern Colorado (0-8, 0-6). The last time the Bears started 0-8 was in 2006.
Leading 24-21, McGhee threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to Tanner Bleskin with 8:37 left in the game to seal the 10-point Montana State victory.
No. 5 North Dakota State 38, South Dakota 14 – Box Score | Full Recap
BROOKINGS, S.D. — North Dakota State rushed for four touchdowns and Ryan Smith returned a punt 41 yards for a score as the Bison remained undefeated with a 38-14 victory against South Dakota State.
Smith’s return was part of a 21-point fourth quarter for North Dakota State (7-0, 4-0 Missouri Valley). The Bison had four 1-yard touchdown runs in the game — two from quarterback Brock Jensen and one each from D.J. McNorton and Derrick Lang — and 149 yards rushing as a team.
Jensen was also 20 of 25 passing for 178 yards.
South Dakota State had more total yardage than the Bison, 349 to 327, but had only a 1-yard touchdown run by Zach Zenner and a 7-yard TD pass from Jordan Thomas to Jason Schneider with 4 seconds remaining to show for it.
Jackson scored the game’s first touchdown, rushing for 2 yards to give Appalachian State (5-2, 3-1 Southern Conference) a 7-3 lead. Jackson’s first passing touchdown came on a 69-yard bomb to Brian Quick while his second, a 41-yard pass to Tony Washington, gave the Mountaineers a 28-10 third-quarter lead.
Jackson finished with 290 yards on 19 of 30 passing with two touchdowns and 40 rushing yards.
Cadet scored from 5-yards out in the second quarter and then again from 12 yards out in the fourth to give Appalachian State a 35-10 lead.
Dustin Taliaferro threw for 253 yards and a touchdown for Samford (4-3, 2-3) but was intercepted twice.
The win marked Appalachian State’s 16th consecutive regular-season home win and its 31st victory in its last 33 Southern Conference games.
Kentucky 38, No. 8 Jacksonville State 38-14 – Box Score | Full Recap
LEXINGTON, Ky. — CoShik Williams ran for a career-high 148 yards and Kentucky snapped a four-game losing streak with a 38-14 win against Jacksonville State.
With injuries in the backfield, Williams took up the slack as the primary ball carrier after sophomore Raymond Sanders left in the first quarter with an ankle injury. Williams, a junior, finished with 22 carries. Freshman Josh Clemons, the Wildcats’ leading rusher on the season, had already been ruled out for the season with a knee injury.
Williams’ previous career best was 95 yards rushing — set against Charleston Southern last season.
The Wildcats were able to break out after a bye week, earning a season-best 445 yards of total offense and 340 yards of total offense despite missing their two primary tailbacks.
Kentucky (3-4) struggled to move the ball in the first quarter with its first three possessions ended with two punts and a lost fumble. The Wildcats entered this game ranked 118th out of 120 FBS teams in total offense, earning just 229 yards per game this season.
The offense began clicking in the second quarter for the Wildcats, and they finished with 253 yards of total offense at halftime. They had gained a total of 251 yards in their previous two games combined
Washaun Ealey rushed for 120 yards for the Gamecocks (5-2). He ran for 157 yards and five touchdowns against the Wildcats last year for Georgia before transferring to Jacksonville State in the spring.
No. 9 Montana 28, Northern Arizona 24
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Jordan Canada made a 46-yard run for the winning touchdown to lift Montana past Northern Arizona 28-24 on Saturday.
The Grizzlies (6-2, 5-1 Big Sky) were down 24-21 late in the game after Matt Myers gave the Lumberjacks (2-5, 1-4) the lead with a 40-yard field goal.
But a long kick return by Peter Nguyen set up Canada for the touchdown with 4:26 remaining. Northern Arizona made it to the Grizzlies’ 44-yard line before turning over on downs in the ensuing drive.
Canada ran for 98 yards and two touchdowns while Jordan Johnson threw for with 216 yards and a touchdown for the Grizzlies.
Zach Bauman ran for 148 yards and a touchdown as Cary Grossart threw for 321 yards and 2 TDs for the Lumberjacks.
No. 10 Sam Houston State 38, No. 24 McNeese State 14
LAKE CHARLES, La. — Leading 14-7 at halftime, Sam Houston State scored 21 points in the third quarter and routed McNeese State 38-14 Saturday to improve to 7-0 and take control in the Southland Conference.
Sophomore Tim Flanders ran for 162 yards and two touchdowns, his 11th 100-yard rushing game to tie the school mark. The Bearkats (7-0, 4-0) won at McNeese State (3-4, 2-2) for just the second time in 13 meetings. Sam Houston State had lost six consecutive games to the Cowboys and hadn’t won at McNeese State since 1999.
An overwhelming second half by the Bearkats broke it open. Flanders broke a 55-yard scoring run on the first play after the break. He had another 55-yard run and a 50-yard shovel pass from quarterback Brian Bell, who passed for one touchdown and scored another.
McNeese State had just 64 yards rushing and surrendered six sacks and a blocked punt.
Rhode Island 38, No. 13 Delaware 34 – Box Score | Full Recap
KINGSTON, R.I. — Robert Bentsen threw three touchdown passes as Rhode Island beat Delaware 38-34 on Saturday for the first time since 2002.
Anthony Baskerville had a career-high 147 yards receiving and a touchdown. Brandon Johnson-Farrell had 100 yards receiving and two touchdowns for Rhode Island (2-5, 1-3 Colonial Athletic Association).
Both teams held leads in the first half, which ended in an 18-18 tie. Rhode Island grabbed the lead for good at 28-21 on Johnson-Farrell’s second score of the day, a 13-yard touchdown pass from Bentsen with 14:47 to play in the game. Deontray Johnson, who rushed for 122 yards, scored on a 12-yard run to give the Rams their largest lead at 35-21 with 11:21 remaining in the game.
Tim Donnelly, who passed for 194 yards for Delaware (4-4, 2-3), threw his second touchdown pass of the game, a 36-yarder to Rob Jones, as time expired for the final margin.
No. 17 Towson 38, No. 15 William & Mary 27 – Box Score | Full Recap
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Terrance West rushed for three first-half touchdowns as Towson remained unbeaten in Colonial Athletic Association play with a 38-27 victory against William & Mary.
The Tigers (6-1, 4-0), who had lost 26 of their previous 28 conference games entering this season, are off to their best start since moving up from Division II in 1987.
The victory against the Tribe (4-4, 2-3) was their first in eight tries.
West, who carried 23 times for 141 yards, scored twice on 2-yard runs and once from 6 yards to give Towson a 28-10 second-quarter lead.
Jonathan Grimes capped a 16-play, 72-yard drive for the Tribe with a 1-yard run that made it 28-17 with 21 seconds left until halftime. Grimes finished with 133 yards on 30 carries.
Towson used a 14-play, 88-yard drive that consumed 7:44 to take a 35-17 third-quarter lead on Grant Enders’ 3-yard pass to Tyler Wharton.
Brown’s 10-yard TD pass to James O’Shaughnessy gave the Redbirds a 17-6 lead early in the third quarter. Ashton Leggett scored on a 1-yard run in the first half for Illinois State (5-3, 3-2 Missouri Valley).
Indiana State (5-3, 3-2) drew within 17-14 on Ben Obaseki’s 1-yard run and Ronnie Fouch’s two-point conversion pass to Leonard Riston with 6:59 to play. The Sycamores recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff, but couldn’t cash in when Tann Frischle missed a 41-yard field goal attempt.
Fouch found Alex Jones for a 77-yard touchdown for the Sycamores’ first score. Fouch was 10 for 25 for 175 yards and was sacked five times.
Broadous threw TD passes to Jake Romanelli and Akaninyene Umoh, and James Langford kicked three field goals as the Mustangs (4-3, 2-0 Great West) built a 23-6 lead.
Zeb Miller kicked four field goals for the Sioux (4-3, 1-1), with the last cutting the margin to four points with 7:25 remaining. North Dakota drove to the Cal Poly 39-yard line in the final minute, but backup quarterback Brent Goska’s fourth-down pass was intercepted by Kennith Jackson.
Romanelli rushed for 93 yards on 24 carries, ending a string of four consecutive games with at least 100 yards.
Goska was 13 of 24 for 206 yards. He had a 21-yard touchdown pass to Jake Miller.
No. 19 South Dakota 27, UC Davis 24
VERMILLION, S.D. — Dante Warren threw a touchdown pass and ran for another to help South Dakota beat UC Davis 27-24 on Saturday.
Warren’s 67-yard pass to Jeremy Blount was one of three big plays that lifted the Coyotes (5-3, 2-0 Great West). Adam Broders’ 66-yard interception return early in the third quarter gave South Dakota the lead for good at 24-17, and Jim Thompson’s 72-yard kickoff return set up the first of two field goals by Kevin Robb.
Broders had another interception, and was credited with 14 tackles for South Dakota. The Coyotes also recovered three UC Davis fumbles.
Randy Wright threw two touchdown passes, both to Anthony Soto, for the Aggies (2-5, 0-1).
No. 22 Old Dominion 37, Villanova 14 – Box Score | Full Recap
VILLANOVA, Pa. — Taylor Heinicke threw for two touchdowns and rushed for another in a 30-point first half as Old Dominion routed Villanova 37-14.
After the Monarchs (6-2, 3-2 Colonial Athletic Association) recovered a Wildcats fumble, on the next play Heinicke threw a 42-yard TD to Antonio Vaughan with 10:47 to go in the first quarter.
Lorenzo Smith scored his first career touchdown on a 53-yard run with 6:58 left in the first, then Villanova (1-7, 0-5) made it 13-7 with a 6-yard pass from Dustin Thomas to Joe Price.
After Old Dominion’s Devin Simmons stripped the ball from Thomas, Heinicke added a 1-yard scoring run and a 15-yard TD pass to Nick Mayers in the second quarter. Heinicke finished 23 of 32 for 204 yards and also had a 34-yard punt.
The Monarchs, coming off a 39-35 loss to Towson, outgained the Wildcats 381-244 while holding Villanova to 101 yards rushing.
Bethune-Cookman 14, No. 25 Norfolk State 6 – Box Score | Full Recap
NORFOLK, Va. — Jackie Wilson threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Keith Stroud early in the third quarter and Bethune-Cookman ended Norfolk State’s five-game winning streak in a 14-6 win Thursday night.
Anthony Jordan had a 2-yard scoring run in the first quarter and Isidore Jackson ran for 206 yards to help the Wildcats (4-3, 2-2 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) win their second consecutive.
Everett Goldberg kicked two long field goals — from 50 yards in the second quarter and 47 midway through the fourth — for Norfolk State (6-2, 4-1).
Wilson, who also ran seven times for 14 yards, finished 8 for 16 passing for 88 yards and two interceptions.
Chris Walley was 14 for 24 for 88 yards and one interception for the Spartans.
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