No. 1 Valdosta State 52, Florida Tech 14
VALDOSTA, Ga. -- No. 1 Valdosta State got two defensive touchdowns and another on special teams to defeat Florida Tech 52-14 in Gulf South Conference football action at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Valdosta State improved to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in GSC play while Florida Tech fell to 1-4 and 0-3 in league play.
The Blazers struggled offensively in the first half as they managed just 71 yards of total offense. However, VSU built a 17-0 lead during the frame behind scores by both its special teams and defensive units.
Willie Downs got Valdosta State on the board a little more than a minute into the game as he fielded a punt and returned it 62 yards for a score.
After a second Panther punt, Valdosta State added a 42-yard field goal by Anthony Pistelli, but managed just 29 yards on its remaining six drives of the first half. Tevin Davis scored the Blazers' final points of the frame as he scooped up a Bobby Vega fumble and returned it 56 yards for a touchdown.
Valdosta State finished the game with 416 yards of total offense, including 275 rushing. Austin Scott picked up 123 yards on six carries to go along two scores, including a 72-yard touchdown run, the longest rush of his career, while Cedric O'Neal carried the ball seven times for 97 yards, including a 63-yard TD run.
The VSU defense, which tallied two interceptions and a fumble recovery in the game, was led by Chris Pope, who had eight tackles, including two for loss. Lawrence Virgil added seven stops while Kenny Murphy added two tackles, including a sack, and had an interception. Jeremy grable had a 27-yard interception return for a score.
No. 2 Minnesota State-Mankato 27, Concordia-St. Paul 7
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota State-Mankato had another strong running game on Saturday afternoon as it tallied 222 yards on the ground en route to a 27-7 win against Concordia-St. Paul.
With the win, Mankato improves to 5-0 on the season and has extended its NSIC winning streak to 16 games dating to Week 1 of the 2012 season. Mankato's fifth win of the season also represents the programs 400th all-time win. With the loss, CU fell to 3-2 on the season.
Mankato's rushing attack accounted for 222 of Mankato's 355 yards from scrimmage. Leading the rushing attack again was senior Jon Wolf, who posted 107 yards, including a 44-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. His 107 rushing yards on the day represents his second 100-yard rushing game of the season and the sixth of his career. Junior Andy Pfeiffer added 67 yards as well.
Wolf also completed 8-of-17 passes for 128 yards. Senior Dennis Carter tallied a team-leading 50 receiving yards, while Pfeiffer followed close behind with 47 receiving yards. Carter also opened the scoring with an 84-yard punt return for a touchdown in the first quarter.
On defense, three different Mavericks posted an interception -- juniors Nathan Hancock, Eric Clark and Kris Fleigle. Sophomore Tyler Henderson posted a team-high nine tackles. As a unit, the Mankato defense allowed 256 total yards of offense, and gave up seven points as Concordia posted a late fourth-quarter touchdown.
On special teams, Sam Brockshus went 4-for-4 in field goal attempts with kicks from 35, 32, 41 and 27 yards out.
No. 3 Northwest Missouri State 40, Northeastern State 12
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. -- Northwest Missouri State improved to 5-0 on the season and 4-0 in Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association play with a 40-12 victory against Northeastern State on Saturday afternoon at Doc Wadley Stadium. NSU dropped to 0-5 overall and in conference play.
Senior quarterback Trevor Adams passed for 212 yards and two scores, completing 11 of 16 attempts. Sophomore Brady Bolles had 134 yards passing and a touchdown, going 10-for-12. Northwest’s defense held the RiverHawks to 244 total yards. Despite not forcing a turnover on the day, the Bearcats allowed just 3.7 yards per play and held NSU to just six third-down conversions on 15 tries. Eric Reimer led the defense with 10 total tackles.
The game was delayed approximately an hour due to lightning in the area.
No. 4 West Texas A&M 72, Central State 0
CANYON, Texas -- A career-high seven touchdowns by West Texas A&M senior quarterback Dustin Vaughan highlighted a 72-0 win on Homecoming against Central State for the Buffs on Saturday afternoon. With the win, WT improved to 5-0 on the year, while Central State fell to 0-5.
Vaughan, a native of Corpus Christi, Texas, broke the school career passing record of 9,799 yards which was held by Taylor Harris as he threw for 401 yards. Vaughan was 32 of 40 for the game with no interceptions. Vaughan came into the game just 115 yards behind Harris and achieved the feat late in the first quarter.
It was the Buffs' first shutout of the season and first since a game on Oct. 13, 2012. With Vaughan's seven touchdown passes, he moves to within three touchdown passes of the school all-time career record of 92 held by Keith Null (2005-08). Billy Malone of Abilene Christian holds the Lone Star Conference record of 114 touchdown passes (2005-08).
The 72-point margin of victory was the most since a 77-0 win against Montezuma in 1924 and the 72 points are the most since a 75-13 win against Azusa Pacific on Sept. 13, 2008. In addition, WT moved to 483-483-22 all time in school history and it's the first time the Buffs have been .500 or better all time since 1986.
Defensively, the Buffs forced three turnovers in the game and were led by senior linebacker Taylor McCuller, who had a team-high 11 tackles and three tackles for loss. Redshirt freshman Patric Youngman had seven tackles with one sack and three tackles for loss.
No. 5 Colorado State-Pueblo 35, Fort Lewis 3
PUEBLO, Colo. -- The Colorado State-Pueblo ThunderWolves ran away with another victory Saturday, putting up 35 points in a 35-3 win against Fort Lewis on Homecoming.
The ThunderWolves improved to 5-0 on the season after scoring 21 second-half points, bringing their regular-season win streak to 31.
While the offense was able to move the ball for more than 300 yards in the first two quarters, the real story was the ThunderWolves' defense, which held the Skyhawks to 113 total yards and 1-for-10 on third-down conversions in the first half.
Offensive threat Kieran Duncan accumulated more than 150 all-purpose yards on the day, further building his resume as a playmaker with a 43-yard run in the first quarter and a 54-yard reception in the third quarter.
Quarterback Chris Bonner also continued his strong junior campaign, throwing for a career-high 300 yards with four touchdowns, including an 18-yard strike to DeVaughn Thornton early in the fourth quarter to put the ThunderWolves up 28-3.
Stehly Reden added two touchdowns to the assault, including a 49-yard reception in the fourth quarter to put the Skyhawks away 35-3.
No. 6 Missouri Western 63, Central Oklahoma 30
EDMOND, Okla. -- Sixth-ranked Missouri Western outscored Central Oklahoma in every quarter as the Grirffons defeated the Bronchos 63-30 and won their eighth consecutive conference game on Saturday night. With the win the Griffons improved to 5-0 (4-0 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association). It was the second time this season the Griffons put up 63 points. The Griffons defeated Missouri S&T 63-3 on Sept. 14 .
In the past four weeks, the Griffons have averaged just more than 52 points compared to giving up just 18.
Travis Partridge finished 17 of 27 with 203 yards and one touchdown and one interception. He also had 39 yards on the ground to go with his four rushing touchdowns. Raphael Spencer finished with 221 yards on the ground on 24 attempts for a 9.2 yards per carry average. Spencer also led the team with four catches for 41 yards.
Dalton Krysa added nine carries for 51 yards and his two touchdowns.
No. 7 Indiana (Pa.) 62, Millersville 3
NDIANA, Pa. -- On the day Indiana (Pa.) officially renamed the field in honor of former head coach Frank Cignetti, the Crimson Hawks put on an offensive show, defeating Millersville 62-3 during the Homecoming game on Saturday afternoon.
Eight different Crimson Hawks put points on the board, led by a two-touchdown performance from Izzy Green and another 100-plus rushing day by De'Antwan Williams. Quarterback Mike Box added three passing touchdowns, hitting three different receivers.
Box went 10 of 12 on the day with 136 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Backup Steve Franco was 6 of 6 for 82 yards, adding one passing touchdown and one rushing touchdown.
Green finished the game with his first 100-yard performance, going 103 yards on 16 carries and adding two touchdowns. Williams finished just shy of the 100-yard mark, with 98 yards on 13 carries and one touchdown.
Ten different players finished the day with at least one catch, led by Terrill Barnes who had 45 yards with one touchdown. Sean McVay, Tyler Dummermuth and Khaliq Coleman rounded out the four IUP receivers to record a score.
Kevin Clarke led the way for the IUP defense, recording seven total tackles, followed by Shane Mesiner who finished with five. Jordan Batts had a solid day, recording the team's only sack for a loss of 10 yards, as well as a pass breakup.
No. 8 Henderson State 42, Northwestern Oklahoma 0
ALVA, Okla. -- Despite committing four turnovers and a subpar offensive performance, Henderson State rolled to a 42-0 victory against Northwestern Oklahoma on Saturday.
Limited to its lowest offensive output of the season, Henderson State (5-0) scored nearly every way possible, but failed to score a passing touchdown for the first time since 2011.
Playing in heavy winds with gusts upward of 25 mph, the Reddies utilized the ground game as Henderson totaled 155 yards rushing and a season-low 219 passing yards.
Kevin Rodgers struggled Saturday completing 20 of 30 passes for 181 yards while having three interceptions. Rodgers failed to throw a touchdown pass for the first time in his 23-game history as a Reddie.
Robert Jordan led the Reddie receivers with eight receptions for 94 yards. Daniel McCoy, in his first game back since suffering an injury against McKendree, led the Reddie rushing game having 70 yards on 21 carries. McDonald ended the day with 68 yards on 15 carries.
No. 9 Bloomsburg 38, Gannon 14
ERIE, Pa. -- In a matchup featuring two teams averaging 40 points per game on the season, many of the 1,748 in attendance at Gannon University Field may have expected a shootout between the host Golden Knights and the Bloomsburg Huskies.
It was the Huskies' defense that stole the show, however, forcing turnovers and never allowing Gannon to gain much traction offensively as part of a 38-14 Bloomsburg victory.
Bloomsburg keeps its record perfect at 5-0 on the year while Gannon fell to 3-2.
The Huskies limited Gannon to a season-low 276 total yards including only 72 yards on the ground. The defense kept Gannon running back Jansen Jones in check by holding Jones, who entered the day third in the nation in rushing with 657 yards through four games, to 69 yards on the ground.
Conversely, Huskies senior running back Franklyn Quiteh bettered his nation-best season average of 197 yards rushing per game by picking up a season-high 251 yards on 24 carries to go along with two touchdowns. It marked the 10th game of more than 200 yards rushing in Quiteh's career. He also moved to ninth all time in history with 6,367 career rushing yards.
No. 10 Pittsburg State 28, Abilene Christian 20
PITTSBURG, Kan. -- Jeff Seybold Jr. rushed for 115 yards and three touchdowns and the Pittsburg State defense came up with key stops to help the Gorillas hold off FCS newcomer Abilene Christian 28-20 before 10,981 homecoming fans at Brandenburg Field/Carnie Smith Stadium.
The Gorillas (5-0) scored 17 unanswered first-half points to turn an early 7-0 deficit into a 17-7 lead against the Wildcats (3-3).
Pittsburg State quarterback Tyler Abenoja completed 14 of 25 passes for 196 yards in the contest. He completed two balls for a team-leading 71 yards to Austin Daniel. Gavin Lutman also had five grabs for 35 yards.
The Gorillas sacked ACU quarterback John David Baker four times and limited the Wildcats to 10 net rushing yards on 24 carries in the contest.
Nate Dreiling led the way with 11 stops and two pass breakups for Pitt State, while Tyler Disney added 10 tackles, including three behind the line of scrimmage. DeVante Bausby added six tackles with an interception and three pass breakups.