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The Associated Press | September 22, 2013

Roundup: NDSU shines in national spotlight

North Dakota State dominates Delaware State 51-0

FARGO, N.D. -- Brock Jensen threw three touchdowns on 138 yards passing as top-ranked North Dakota State rolled past Delaware State 51-0 on Saturday.

The Bison (3-0) did not disappoint with the ESPN College GameDay crew in town, as the two-time defending FCS champions improved to 31-2 since the start of the 2011 season with the win against the Hornets (0-3). The victory made head coach Craig Bohl the all-time leader in wins at North Dakota State, improving to 92-32 during his tenure.

All of Jensen's work came in the first half, as he was replaced after the Bison built a 41-0 second-quarter lead.

North Dakota State racked up 548 yards of total offense compared with 189 for Delaware State. The Bison rushed for 305 yards as a team, led by 85 yards rushing from John Crockett.

North Dakota State held Delaware State to 34 yards rushing.

Stephen F. Austin beats Montana State 52-38

NACOGDOCHES, Texas -- Brady Attaway passed for 392 yards and two touchdowns to lead Stephen F. Austin to a 52-38 victory against No. 2 Montana State on Saturday night.

Attaway was 34 of 56 passing, hitting Mike Brooks and DJ Ward for a pair of Lumberjack touchdowns. Gus Johnson added to the team's potent offense, rushing 26 times for 157 yards and three touchdowns.

The Lumberjacks' (2-2) defense intercepted Montana State's Jake Belskin four times. Bleskin threw for 308 yards and two touchdowns.

The Bobcats (2-2) took the lead once during the game early in the fourth quarter on a 2-yard touchdown run by Cody Cook. Cook then caught a Bleskin pass for the 2-point conversion, giving Montana State a 38-31 lead. Three Lumberjack touchdowns followed, including a 25-yard interception return of a Bleskin pass by linebacker Ortavious Hypolite in the final seconds.

Balanced Towson scores 35-17 win vs. N.C. Central

DURHAM, N.C. -- Terrance West rushed for 139 yards and two touchdowns in No. 3 Towson's 35-17 win against North Carolina Central on Saturday.

West, who had 31 carries, got help from Darius Victor, who punched in two more rushing touchdowns on just six carries in what was expected to be a defensive duel. Instead, Towson (4-0) moved the ball in a balanced rushing and passing attack, while shutting down the N.C. Central (2-2) ground game, holding the Eagles to just 2 yards rushing.

The Tigers also scored on a 9-yard pass from Peter Athens to James Oboh.

Unable to move the ball on the ground, N.C. Central took to the air. Jordan Reid, who had 292 yards passing, connected with Marvin Poole for a 21-yard touchdown in the first quarter and Thomas Dixon for a 40-yard touchdown in the fourth.

Towson's defense hasn't allowed a rushing touchdown this season.

Sam Houston State throttles Incarnate Word 52-21

HUNTSVILLE, Texas -- Brian Bell threw four touchdowns and added another on the ground as No. 5 Sam Houston State dominated Incarnate Word 52-21 on Saturday night.

Bell completed 19 of 25 passes for 285 yards as the Bearkats (3-1) piled up 566 yards of total offense. He added 35 yards rushing on 7 carries.

Incarnate Word (2-2) took a 14-10 lead with 13:59 remaining in the first half when Johnny Sessions scored on a 1-yard touchdown run, but Sam Houston rattled off 35 unanswered points, including touchdown runs of 7 and 41-yards by Timothy Flanders, to pull away for good.

Flanders, who finished with 157 yards rushing on just 15 carries, became the all-time leading rusher in Southland Conference history. He has now rushed for 4,720 career yards, surpassing Claude Mathis of Southwest Texas, who ran for 4,694 yards from 1994-97.

The Bearkats are averaging 52.3 points per game, tops in the FCS.

Nebraska routs South Dakota State 59-20

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Tommy Armstrong Jr. and Ron Kellogg III combined to pass for 305 yards, Ameer Abdullah ran for a career-high 139 yards and Nebraska shook off No. 6 South Dakota State in the second quarter in a 59-20 victory Saturday.

Nebraska (3-1), which finished with 645 yards, scored 38 consecutive points after falling behind 17-14 in the first quarter against the Jackrabbits (3-1).

SDSU's Zach Zenner ran for 202 yards, tied for 10th-most by a Nebraska opponent, and the Jackrabbits finished with 465 total yards and 25 first downs.

South Dakota State, which hosts two-time defending FCS champion North Dakota State at home next week, dropped to 0-6 against FBS opponents since elevating its program from Division II in 2004.

Northern Iowa rolls past Northern Colorado 32-7

GREELEY, Colo. -- Sawyer Kollmorgen led No. 7 Northern Iowa to a runaway 32-7 win against Northern Colorado on Saturday, throwing for 242 yards and a touchdown.

Kollmorgen connected with Chad Owens for a 7-yard touchdown late in the first quarter to give Northern Iowa (3-0) a lead it would hold against Northern Colorado (1-3) for the rest of the game.

Darius Graham cut Northern Colorado's deficit to 13-7 in the third quarter with a 4-yard touchdown run. But Northern Iowa responded on the following possession with an 86-yard scoring drive, culminating in an 18-yard touchdown run by David Johnson. Johnson finished with 121 yards rushing, while Tyler Sievertson kicked four field goals and Diondre Hall returned a fourth-quarter interception 40 yards for a touchdown.

Northern Colorado's offense struggled. Tim Tancik, who threw for 209 yards, was picked off twice by the Panthers. Tromaine Dennis rushed for 71 yards on 15 carries.

Gardner-Webb defeats Wofford 3-0 in rainstorm

SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Jordan Day kicked a 35-yard field goal midway through the fourth quarter to lead Gardner-Webb against No. 8 Wofford 3-0 in a driving rainstorm Saturday night.

Gardner-Webb (3-1) benefited by a muffed punt and intentional grounding call on Wofford punter Kasey Redfern to set up Gardner-Webb at the Wofford one-yard line. A touchdown pass two plays later from Lucas Beatty was called back for a chop block, setting up the field goal attempt.

The kick made a hero of Day, who handles both placekicking and punting duties for the Runnin' Bulldogs. The weather affected play all evening, and Day was just one for three in field goal attempts.

Juanne Blount led Gardner-Webb in rushing with 139 yards. Beatty completed 13 of 24 passes for 111 yards.

Donovan Johnson led Wofford (2-2) with 116 yards on 28 carries. Evan Jacks completed just 1 of 6 for five yards and an interception.

Northern Illinois outlasts Eastern Illinois 43-39

DEKALB, Ill. -- Jordan Lynch accounted for 424 yards of offense in the air and on the ground as Northern Illinois overcame six touchdown passes by Jimmy Garoppolo to pull out a 43-39 victory on Saturday night.

Garoppolo, with 450 yards on 34-of-49 passing, tied Tony Romo's school career record of 85 TD throws.

Garoppolo's pass to Erik Lora, who had 198 yards receiving, put the 10th-ranked Panthers ahead 39-36 with 9:53 remaining.

NIU's Keith Harris Jr., who scored twice, rushed 8 yards for a 43-39 lead with 8:25 left. The NIU defense then stiffened and the Huskies ran out the final 5:01.

The Panthers (3-1) had a 20-0 first-quarter lead on three Garoppolo TD passes. The Huskies rallied, taking the lead at 23-20 just before halftime.

Cameron Stingily rushed for a career-high 134 yards and two touchdowns for NIU (3-0), which won its 22nd consecutive home game, best in the nation.

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