Close calls, upsets rule the weekend
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DURHAM, N.H. -- Dontra Peters scored two touchdowns and New Hampshire's defense held No. 13 James Madison scoreless for the final three quarters in the No. 11 Wildcats' 28-10 win on Saturday.
Peters, who finished with 87 yards on 16 carries, opened the scoring with a 3-yard touchdown run that was followed by a 2-point conversion to give New Hampshire (7-2, 5-1 Colonial Athletic Association) an early 8-0 lead. Peters then capped a nine-play, 75-yard drive with a 9-yard run to give the Wildcats a 25-10 lead with 11:22 left in the second quarter.
New Hampshire's defense took over from there, forcing a James Madison (5-4, 3-3) punt or turnover on each of the Bulldogs' final 10 possessions.
Mike MacArthur kicked a 21-yard field goal to create to final margin.
The Wildcats' defense recorded five sacks, seven tackles for loss and two interceptions. They were led by Matt Evans, who finished with 17 tackles.
No. 1 North Dakota State 27, Indiana State 16 -- Box Score | Full Recap
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- D.J. McNorton ran for 100 yards and a touchdown and North Dakota State remained unbeaten with a 27-16 victory against Indiana State.
Brock Jensen threw a touchdown pass for the Bison (9-0, 6-0 Missouri Valley), who went ahead to stay on Sam Ojuri's 7-yard TD run in the second quarter that made it 17-10.
McNorton's 4-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter put it out of reach at 27-10. The Sycamores (5-4, 3-3) scored the game's final touchdown with 3 minutes to play on Ronnie Fouch's second TD pass of the game, a 2-yarder to Donald Spencer. Justin Hilton caught four passes for 103 yards for Indiana State.
Jensen was 17 of 30 for 182 yards and the TD, a 30-yarder to Warren Holloway.
No. 2 Montana State 44, Weber State 24 -- Box Score | Full Recap
OGDEN, Utah -- DeNarius McGhee threw for 310 yards and three touchdowns as Montana State continued its dominance against Weber State with a 44-24 victory at Stewart Stadium.
The Bobcats have won seven consecutive in Ogden dating back to 1996 and 13 of the last 15 in the series.
McGhee was intercepted on his first two pass attempts of the game and No. 2 Montana State (9-1, 7-0 Big Sky) turned the ball over four times in the first half, but the Bobcats scored 24 unanswered points in a second half in which Weber State (3-6, 3-3) was held scoreless.
The Bobcats have a bye next week and will be undefeated in conference play when they take on in-state rival Montana in the annual Brawl of the Wild on Nov. 19.
Josh Booker rushed for 121 yards and two touchdowns for Weber State.
Furman (6-3, 4-2 Southern Conference) opened the scoring by capping a 7-play, 85-yard drive with a 5-yard touchdown pass from Forcier to Ryan Culbreath. Forcier's second score came on a 79-yard bomb to Sederrik Cunningham to give Furman a 20-0 lead midway through the second quarter.
Forcier finished with 224 yards on 9 of 16 passing and added 64 yards on 11 carries. His two passing touchdowns moved him within three scores of breaking Furman's single-season record.
Appalachian State (6-3, 5-2) outgained Furman 399-365 and held possession for 36:15 compared to just 23:45 for Furman. But penalties and turnovers marred the Mountaineers' offense.
Appalachian State committed seven penalties, lost two fumbles, and Jamel Jackson threw interceptions on the Mountaineers' first two possessions.
Jackson finished with 312 yards on 29 of 44 passing.
No. 4 Georgia Southern 14, The Citadel 12 -- Box Score | Full Recap
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Georgia Southern blocked two extra points, which proved to be the difference as the Eagles beat The Citadel 14-12 in a Southern Conference game.
The Bulldogs' Ryan Sellers missed a 37-yard field goal wide right with 13 seconds left.
The victory, coupled with Furman's 20-10 win against Appalachian State, means the Eagles (8-1, 6-1) and Wofford will play for the conference championship next Saturday at Wofford.
Georgia Southern last won a SoCon title in 2002.
The teams combined for two touchdowns on the first three plays of the game, but spent the rest of the day battling inopportune penalties and turnovers.
After the Bulldogs (4-5, 2-5) scored on a 26-yard touchdown by Darien Robinson, the Eagles blocked the extra point.
Jaybo Shaw found Darrieon Robinson wide open for a 63-yard Georgia Southern TD. The Eagles again blocked the extra point attempt after Aaron Miller's 2-yard touchdown for The Citadel.
No. 5 Sam Houston State 38, Southeastern Louisiana 9 -- Box Score | Full Recap
HAMMOND, La. -- Brian Bell ran for two touchdowns and passed for a third as unbeaten Sam Houston State clobbered Southeastern Louisiana 38-9 to clinch at least a tie for its fourth Southland Conference title.
The Bearkats (9-0, 6-0) can win the Southland outright with a victory against Northwestern State on Nov. 12. Their previous three titles were co-championships.
Bell completed 11 of 20 passes but tossed two interceptions. That ended the sophomore's streak of 133 consecutive passes without an interception, dating back to last season. Not that it mattered. The Bearkats dominated the Lions (2-7, 0-5) from the start.
Tim Flanders, the leading rusher in the Southland Conference, gained just 45 yards in 12 carries. But he rushed for a 9-yard touchdown and caught a 20-yard scoring pass from Bell. Richard Sincere led the Sam Houston State ground attack with 137 yards and a touchdown.
No. 6 Northern Iowa 21, Youngstown State 17 -- Box Score | Full Recap
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- David Johnson scored on a 1-yard run with 1:59 to play to give Northern Iowa a 21-17 victory against Youngstown State.
Johnson carried the ball eight times on the winning drive, and caught a 32-yard pass from Jared Lanpher. A pass-interference penalty also helped Northern Iowa.
Lanpher connected twice with Terrell Sinkfield for touchdowns for the Panthers (7-2, 6-1), who kept their hopes alive for a Missouri Valley title.
Kurt Hess threw a 38-yard touchdown pass to Will Shaw early in the fourth quarter to put the Penguins (5-4, 3-3) ahead 17-14. Jamaine Cook ran for 90 yards and a touchdown for Youngstown State.
The Mountain Hawks (8-1, 4-0 Patriot League) rushed 43 times for 143 yards and held possession for 37:05 compared to 22:55 for Holy Cross. Zach Barket led the rushing attack for Lehigh with 102 yards. Chris Lum passed for 251 yards, despite throwing two interceptions and being sacked four times.
Mike Groome led the Lehigh defense with 13 tackles, a sack and an interception.
Lehigh, which has won seven games in a row, faces Georgetown at home on Nov. 12 for the Patriot League title and an automatic bid to the Football Championship Subdivision tournament.
Ryan Taggart, who passed for 160 yards, hit Kyle Toulouse for a 5-yard touchdown in the first quarter for a 7-0 lead for Holy Cross (4-5, 2-2), which has lost two consecutive.
McKnight hit from 24, 21, 51 and 30 yards as the Grizzlies took a 12-0 halftime lead. He added a 36-yarder to start the third quarter and later added a school-record sixth field goal -- a 24-yarder -- in the fourth.
Montana (8-2) also got TDs on a 1-yard run from Brett Kirschner and a 5-yard pass from Nate Montana to Antwon Moutra.
Western Oregon, a Division II school, got its only points on a 27-yard pass from Cory Bean to Lucas Gonsalves that pulled the Wolves within 15-7 in the third quarter.
Peter Nguyen rushed for 149 yards for Montana. Quarterback Jordan Johnson played the first quarter before giving way to Gerald Kemp in the second quarter and Montana in the fourth.
The Terriers (7-2, 5-1 Southern Conference) rushed for six touchdowns and 500 yards, the most in a single game for Wofford since it had 510 in 1999.
Eric Breitenstein, who ran for 112 yards and a touchdown, surpassed 100 yards for the eighth time this season. Donovan Johnson had 136 yards and two scores for the Terriers, who have won six of their past seven.
Wofford has beaten Western Carolina six consecutive times and has scored at least 35 points per game during that span.
The Terriers built a 21-0 lead on touchdown runs by Breitenstein, Johnson and Bryan Youman, who also scored on a 2-yard run in the third quarter to extend the lead to 42-10.
Zac Brindise threw for 251 yards and three touchdowns for Western Carolina (1-8, 0-7).
With the game tied 28-28 in the fourth quarter, Old Dominion (8-2, 5-2 Colonial Athletic Association) scored two touchdowns in a four-minute span to put it away. Heinicke, who had 373 yards passing, threw to Antonio Vaughan for a 1-yard touchdown with 9:30 remaining, then Colby Goodwin scored on a 9-yard run with 5:09 left for the final margin.
Goodwin had 90 of the Monarchs’ 264 yards rushing.
Reid Evans caught 12 passes for 149 yards for the Monarchs.
Aaron Corp’s third touchdown pass of the game, a 14-yarder to Stephen Barnette, tied the game 28-28 with 12:17 to play. Corp had 256 yards passing and surpassed 2,000 yards for the season for the Spiders (3-6, 0-6), who have lost six consecutive after a 3-0 start.
Grambling State 26, No. 14 Jackson State 23 -- Box Score | Full Recap
JACKSON, Miss. -- Dawrence Roberts scored on a 10-yard run with 1:24 left and Grambling State held on for a 26-23 win against Jackson State.
Roberts, who ran for two touchdowns and 201 yards on 23 carries, capped a three-play, 18-yard drive for the final margin that came after a fumble by Jackson State. Grambling State (5-4, 4-3 Southwest Athletic Conference) punted the ball away to Antonio Sutton, who fumbled, giving the ball back to Grambling State on the Jackson State 18.
Following Roberts' score, Jackson State (7-2, 5-2) drove into Grambling State territory and had first-and-10 on the Grambling State 14.
With the clock winding down, Jackson State chose to go for the win rather than a potential tying field goal, and Casey Therriault's pass went long.
Therriault finished with 400 yards and two touchdowns on 34 of 55 passes.
Jackson State ended a four-game winning streak.
Murray State 38, No. 15 Tennessee Tech 37 -- Box Score | Full Recap
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- Casey Brockman threw three touchdowns, ran for another and Murray State got an advantageous bounce on a Tennessee Tech failed extra point to seal a 38-37 win.
Brockman notched his rushing touchdown, a 1-yarder, for Murray State’s (5-4, 3-3 Ohio Valley Conference) final points and a 38-31 lead with 11:57 remaining in the game.
But Tennessee Tech (5-3, 4-2) answered with 2:05 left on Tre Lamb’s 13-yard scoring pass to Tim Benford to pull within one. Zach Sharp wasn’t on point for the kick, though, banging the extra-point attempt off the upright and sealing the win for the Racers.
When the Racers got the ball back, Brockman kneeled three times to run the clock out.
The Murray State quarterback finished 31 of 43 with 270 yards and an interception.
Lamb was 14 of 29 with 197 yards, two touchdowns and an interception to lead the Golden Eagles.
West had 183 yards on 21 carries, and Tremayne Dameron added 109 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries for the Tigers (7-2, 5-1 Colonial Athletic Association). Towson, which leads the CAA with 226.5 rushing yards per game, finished with 334 against the Black Bears.
Towson outgained Maine 418-341, and scored touchdowns on all five of its trips into the red zone.
Warren Smith scored three touchdowns for Maine (7-2, 5-1), which lost for the first time in six tries against the Tigers.
Smith, who is second in the CAA with 271.2 yards of total offense, had 283 against the Tigers. Smith was 26 of 41 for 256 yards with two interceptions, two touchdowns and added 27 more yards and another score on eight carries.
Eastern Kentucky 52, No. 18 Jacksonville State 48 -- Box Score | Full Recap
JACKSONVILLE, Ala. -- Tyrone Goard caught a 37-yard touchdown from T.J. Pryor with 1:24 left and Eastern Kentucky made a goal-line stop as time expired to beat Jacksonville State 52-48 on Saturday.
The Colonels (6-3, 5-1 Ohio Valley Conference), who have won five consecutive games, overcame a 24-point deficit in the last 7:25 of the fourth quarter after Jacksonville State's Washaun Ealey scored on an 83-yard run.
Less than a minute after Ealey's score, Pryor threw a 60-yard touchdown to Cameron Bailey for Eastern Kentucky. Anthony Brown returned a fumble 71 yards for a score, Pryor connected with Justin Williams on an 18-yard touchdown and Pryor hooked up with Goard for the go-ahead score.
Jacksonville State (5-4, 4-2) had a chance to win, driving 61 yards on 11 plays to Eastern Kentucky's 1-yard line. But Gamecocks running back Calvin Middleton was stuffed by Eastern Kentucky's defense to preserve the win for the Colonels.
With the scored tied 14-14 at halftime, Winters scored on a 1-yard run with 8:34 remaining in the third quarter to begin a string of 21 unanswered points. Winters then hit Chris Lorditch and Kyle Juszczyk on a pair of 41-yard touchdown passes for a 35-14 lead with 13:23 to play in the game.
Winters finished with 323 yards on 20 of 30 passing for the Crimson (7-1, 5--0 Ivy League), who have won six in a row and seven consecutive in the series.
Juszczyk had seven catches for 118 yards and two scores while Lorditch caught four passes for 123 yards.
Ross Morand returned an interception 87 yards for a touchdwon for Columbia (0-8, 0-5), which has lost nine consecutive and 13 of its past 14.
Rhode Island 24, No. 21 William & Mary 21
KINGSTON, R.I. -- Louis Feinstein kicked a 27-yard field goal with 1:39 left as Rhode Island came from behind to beat William & Mary 24-21.
The winning kick was set up by the Rams’ second blocked punt of the game, as Andrew Bose followed the example set by Dave Zocco.
Rhode Island (3-6, 2-4 Colonial Athletic Association) scored 17 points in the fourth quarter, starting with Chris Mancuso’s 2-yard run with 10:35 to play for a 14-13 lead.
After the Tribe (4-5, 2-4) pulled ahead on a 5-yard TD pass from Brent Caprio to Nolan Kearney with 7:45 left, Bob Bentsen threw his second scoring pass of the game, a 16-yarder to Ty Bynum to tie it with 5:26 to go.
William & Mary’s Jonathan Grimes had the third-best single-game performance in school history. He had 25 carries for a career-high 208 yards and touchdowns of 87 and 60 yards.
No. 22 Liberty 37, VMI 31 -- Box Score | Full Recap
LYNCHBURG, Va. -- Mike Brown passed for 286 yards and two touchdowns, and ran for a third as Liberty edged Virginia Military Institute 37-31 in Big South play.
The Flames (7-3, 5-0) withstood the upset bid by VMI (1-8, 1-3). The Keydets, behind Eric Kordenbrock, nearly pulled it off. He was 31 of 47 passing for 320 yards and three touchdowns. Two went to Tracy Hairston, including a 55-yarder to open the scoring. But once VMI took a 17-9 lead, Brown took control.
He hit Brandon Apon on a 3-yard scoring pass, then scored from the 1 for a 23-17 lead. T.J. Talley's touchdown run gave VMI its last lead, 24-23. On the ensuing kickoff, Kevin Fogg sped 90 yards to score. Brown then hit Chris Summers for a 22-yard score and a needed cushion. Kordenbrock hit Dexter Bridge on a 22-yard touchdown with 14 seconds left, but an onside kickoff failed.
No. 24 Illinois State 31, Western Illinois 7 -- Box Score | Full Recap
NORMAL, Ill. -- Matt Brown ran for a 50-yard touchdown and added a touchdown pass to lead Illinois State to a 31-7 victory against Western Illinois.
The Redbirds (7-3, 5-2 Missouri Valley) rolled up 273 rushing yards, averaging just under 6 yards for 46 carries. Cliffton Gordon gained 78 yards and scored on a 2-yard run, and Darrelynn Dunn ran for a 20-yard score for Illinois State, which has won five in a row. Brown's touchdown pass was a 30-yarder to Donovan Harden.
Nikko Watson scored Western Illinois' only touchdown on a 1-yard run. He led the Leathernecks (2-7, 1-5) with 60 rushing yards.
No. 25 North Dakota 15, Sioux Falls 13 -- Box Score | Full Recap
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Zeb Miller kicked a 29-yard field goal as time expired, and North Dakota escaped with a 15-13 win against Division II Sioux Falls.
Brent Goska threw for 229 yards and a touchdown to Greg Hardin for the Fighting Sioux (6-3), who pulled within 13-12 midway through the fourth quarter when the Cougars' Jordan Taylor was tackled in his own end zone for a safety. The ensuing free kick gave North Dakota the ball with 5:49 left, and the game-ending drive set up Miller's second field goal.
The safety was part of a big day for the North Dakota defense, which also blocked two field goal attempts and a PAT attempt by Sioux Falls kicker Braden Wieking.
Sioux Falls (5-4) got 202 yards passing and two touchdowns from Taylor Perkins, but saw its five-game winning streak snapped. The Cougars won the only previous meeting between the schools, in 2009.