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Towson's West sets record for career touchdowns in win
FARGO, N.D. -- Brock Jensen threw for two touchdowns and rushed for one to lead North Dakota State to a 56-10 win against Ferris State on Saturday.
North Dakota State (2-0) scored on its first three possessions, capped by Jensen's 43-yard pass to Zach Vraa. His 4-yard pass to Andrew Grothmann made it 35-0 before the Bulldogs (0-1) got on the board.
It was the 15th-consecutive home-opening win for the two-time defending FCS champions, who opened the season by upsetting Kansas State.
Jensen was 19 of 23 for 259 yards with completions to nine different receivers. Ryan Smith's six receptions for 56 yards and Vraa's four catches for 100 yards led the Bison.
Jason Vander Laan was 7 of 14 for 56 yards, including a 19-yard touchdown pass to Dewayne Boston, for Ferris State's only touchdown. Vander Laan also rushed for 100 yards on 18 carries.
CHENEY, Wash. -- Vernon Adams threw for five touchdowns, four in the first quarter, as Eastern Washington coasted past Western Oregon 43-14 Saturday night.
Adams, who accounted for five touchdowns in an upset of Oregon State last week, completed 18 of 24 passes for 298 yards. He connected with four different receivers in a near-flawless first quarter that saw the Eagles (2-0) open a 29-0 lead against the Division II Wolves (0-1).
Adams added his fifth touchdown, the second to Shaquille Hill, early in the third quarter. Hill had 117 yards on eight catches.
Eastern Washington's defense forced four Western Oregon turnovers and held the Wolves to just 28 yards rushing on 26 attempts.
Ryan Bergman threw two touchdown passes for Western Oregon in the fourth quarter but in-between Eastern got another TD pass from backup Anthony Vitto. Bergman was also picked off twice by Allen Brown.
DALLAS -- Garrett Gilbert threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Darius Joseph with 12 seconds left to give SMU a 31-30 victory over Montana State on Saturday night, stunning the No. 3 team in FCS.
After forcing a Montana State punt, SMU (1-1) took over with 3:46 remaining on its own 19. Led by Gilbert, who finished 35 of 48 passing with 317 yards, the Mustangs took 14 plays to drive the remaining 81 yards for the win.
Joseph caught three passes on the game-winning march, finishing with 12 grabs for 113 yards.
Montana State raced out to a 22-5 lead before taking a 22-19 advantage into halftime. Cody Kirk and the Bobcats offense ate up the clock in the second half and, for the most part, kept the pass-happy SMU offense off the field.
Kirk finished with 107 yards and two touchdowns; including a 13-yard run that gave Montana State a 30-19 lead with 9:28 left in the third quarter.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Johnny Manziel threw for 426 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another score in less than three quarters to give No. 7 Texas A&M to a 65-28 win against Sam Houston State on Saturday.
Texas A&M's suspension-depleted defense was burned for several big plays by the Bearkats (1-1), the FCS runner-up the last two seasons, in the final tuneup before next week's rematch with top-ranked Alabama.
Sam Houston's Timothy Flanders had 170 yards rushing with two scores and added a TD reception.
Texas A&M's Mike Evans had a career-high 155 yards receiving, Tra Carson ran for 51 with two touchdowns and Ben Malena had 68 yards rushing and a score.
Freshman Kenny Hill added 74 yards passing to give A&M a school-record 500 yards passing and the Aggies (2-0) had 38 first downs to tie the school mark.
The Bearkats cut the lead to nine points when Flanders gashed through the line for a 68-yard touchdown run on the second play of the third quarter.
Another big play -- this one a 75-yard reception by Torrance Williams -- got Sam Houston State within 44-28.
BOULDER, Colo. -- Six days after his 10-catch, 208-yard performance against Colorado State, Paul Richardson topped that by catching 11 passes for 209 yards and two more long scores in helping Colorado outlast FCS power Central Arkansas 38-24 on Saturday.
In their first game against a Pac-12 school, the Bears (1-1) of the Southland Conference were in line for their second win against a FCS opponent to go with their victory against Western Kentucky in 2009 when things fell apart in the fourth quarter.
The Bears were leading 24-17 and driving deep into Buffs territory when Jered Bell picked off Wynrick Smothers' pass and returned it 79 yards, diving over the goal line just as Smothers was bringing him down, tying the game and snatching momentum.
The Bears lost defender Aum'Arie Wallace to a dislocated left ankle in the second half.
WORCHESTER, Mass. -- Terrence West scored twice to break the school record for career touchdowns to lead Towson to a 49-7 victory against Holy Cross on Saturday.
West, who is the fifth-leading rusher in Towson history, scored on a 1-yard run in the second quarter and again on a 3-yard plunge in the third for his 49th career TD to break Jason Corle's 1999 record. West finished with 121 yards to lead the Tigers ground attack, which tallied 286 yards.
Peter Athens completed 17 of 23 for 232 passing yards for the Tigers.
Thomas Bradley returned a pass interception 90 yards for a touchdown to cap a 28-point first half for Towson (2-0) and help the Tigers to their sixth-consecutive win, dating back to last season.
Mike Fess scored on a touchdown pass from Ryan Laughlin in the first quarter for Holy Cross (0-2) for the Crusaders' only TD.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Zach Zenner tied a school record with 295 yards rushing and had a career-high four touchdowns as South Dakota St. held on to defeat North Dakota 35-28 Saturday.
Zenner rushed for a 46-yard touchdown to give South Dakota St. (2-0) a 35-14 lead with 13:33 left to play. North Dakota (1-1) responded with two unanswered touchdowns before Jimmie Forsythe intercepted Joe Mollberg's pass at midfield with 1:31 left, preserving the Jackrabbits' win.
Zenner also caught a 23-yard touchdown pass from Austin Sumner with 49 seconds left in the first half, putting the Jackrabbits ahead 21-7. Sumner was 10 of 21 for 157 yards and had two touchdowns.
Coming off the bench in the second half, Mollberg led UND with scoring drives of 62 and 42 yards. He was 15 of 23 for 259 yards.
Zenner also rushed for 295 yards during last season's first-round FCS playoff win against Eastern Illinois.
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. -- Ron Coluzzi booted a 27-yard field goal as time expired to cap a fourth-quarter rally and give Central Michigan a 24-21 against New Hampshire on Saturday.
Central Michigan (1-1) found its offensive stride late, erasing a 14-point deficit to spoil New Hampshire's attempt at winning its season opener against an FBS foe.
The Chippewas won without two key starters, quarterback Cody Kater and running back Zurlon Tipton, who were injured in the season opener.
Cooper Rush replaced Kater and had 326 yards passing and three touchdowns. Two of Rush's touchdowns came in Central Michigan's fourth-quarter rally.
Rush connected with Titus Davis on a play-action pass for a 97-yard touchdown to tie the game at 21-21 before the Chippewas got the ball back and drove 66 yards for the winning field goal.
Justin Mello caught five passes for 117 yards and one touchdown to lead the Wildcats.
FRESNO, Calif. -- Isaiah Burse had three touchdowns, two on punt returns, to lead Fresno State over Cal Poly 41-25 Saturday night.
Burse's touchdown returns of 61 and 58 yards came in the first half and tied a Fresno State (2-0) record set in 2005 by Clifton Smith.
David Carr, coming off a record-setting performance last week against Rutgers, threw three touchdowns, including one to Burse. Carr's third TD was to Davante Adams, who now has caught a touchdown pass in 10 consecutive games, adding to his school and Mountain West records.
Chris Brown led the Mustangs (1-1) with three touchdowns. He connected with Willie Tucker for a 7-yard touchdown, and then rushed for two more in the fourth quarter.