Unbeaten N. Dakota St. runs by S. Illinois 31-10
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- John Crockett ran for three third-quarter touchdowns as undefeated North Dakota State roared back from a 10-0 first-half deficit to stampede Southern Illinois in a Missouri Valley Football Conference game, 31-10 on Saturday.
Kory Faulkner threw 13-yards to LaSteven McKinney in the first quarter and Thomas Kinney booted a 47-yard field goal to stake the Salukis to the 10-0 lead, but only crossed into North Dakota State territory once more the rest of the game. Southern Illinois (4-4, 2-2 MVC) was held to just 227 total yards.
Brock Jensen got the top-ranked Bison on the board with a 55-yard touchdown pass to Zach Vraa just before halftime and North Dakota State (7-0, 4-0) turned to Crockett in the second half. After rushing four times for 19 yards in the first half, Crockett carried 19 times in the second, rushing for 152 yards and touchdowns on runs of 10, 26 and 30 yards.
McNeese State beats Sam Houston State 31-23
LAKE CHARLES, La. -- Cody Stroud threw three touchdowns to lead McNeese State to a 31-23 victory against Sam Houston State in Southland Conference play on Saturday night.
Stroud was 15 of 25 for 267 yards and his 15-yard TD pass to Diontae Spencer put the game out of reach at 28-16 with 10:11 left in the fourth quarter. Running back Marcus Wiltz added 122 yards on 21 carries.
The Cowboys (6-1, 2-0) led 14-6 at halftime and Marcus Wiltz's 4-yard TD in the third quarter extended their lead to 21-9.
The Bearkats (5-2, 1-1) scored an 18-yard touchdown pass to close the gap to eight points with one minute remaining in the game.
The contest broke a tie at the top of the conference standings between the two teams, which had matching records coming in to the game.
E. Illinois eases past SE Missouri State 55-33
CHARLESTON, Ill. -- Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 376 yards and three touchdowns to lead No. 3 Eastern Illinois to a 55-33 win against Southeast Missouri State on Saturday.
Adam Drake, 138 yards with one touchdown, and Erik Lora, 131 yards and one TD, were Garoppolo's main targets.
Garoppolo found Lora on a 60-yard scoring strike the first time the Panthers had the ball. On the first play on their next possession Garoppolo found Drake for an 82-yard score to put Eastern Illinois out front 14-0.
The Panthers then went to their ground game as Shephard Little scored three times to give them a 41-20 lead at the half. Little and Taylor Duncan accounted for four touchdowns and 238 rushing yards as Eastern Illinois (6-1, 2-0 Ohio Valley Conference) amassed 665 total yards.
The Redhawks (1-6, 1-3) scored on a Scott Lathrop to Spencer Davis pass from the 15 to make it 14-6 in the first quarter.
Coastal Carolina defeats Liberty 55-52 in 2OT
LYNCHBURG, Va. -- Alex Catron kicked a 35-yard field goal in the second overtime to give undefeated Coastal Carolina a come-from-behind 55-52 victory over Liberty on Saturday.
The teams traded rushing touchdowns in the first overtime before Catron's winning kick. Fourth-ranked Coastal Carolina (7-0, 2-0 Big South) blocked a 40-yard field goal attempt to seal the win. The Chanticleers, who were one of five remaining unbeaten FCS teams going into the week, have won 13 of the previous 14 games dating to last season.
Lorenzo Taliaferro and Alex Ross accounted for seven touchdowns to lead the Chanticleers.
Liberty (3-4, 0-1) led by as much as 19 points early in the third quarter before the Chanticleers roared back to tie the game at 45 with 46 seconds remaining. Ross passed to Thomas Pauciello for a 15-yard touchdown, and then connected with Bruce Mapp for a 2-point conversion to send the game into overtime.
McGhee, Montana St. roll past Weber St. 34-16
OGDEN, Utah -- DeNarius McGhee fired three touchdown passes to lift No. 5 Montana State to a Big Sky Conference road victory Saturday, stopping Weber State 34-16.
McGhee opened the scoring with a 35-yard strike to Jon Ellis and added another 35-yard score, this time to Brian Flotkoetter, to give Montana State a 19-10 halftime lead.
Austin Chipoletti scored from a yard out to make it 19-16, but Weber State's point after attempt was blocked and Steven Bethley returned the ball for a 2-point defensive conversion that bumped Montana State's lead to 21-16.
Shawn Johnson ran 9 yards for a touchdown and McGhee added a 26-yard touchdown pass to Ellis to complete the scoring.
McGhee was 20 of 29 for 313 yards to go with his three touchdowns for the Bobcats (5-2, 3-0 Big Sky).
Chipoletti was 26 of 38 for 309 yards for the Wildcats (1-7, 0-4 Big Sky).
Eastern Washington upends Southern Utah 34-10
CHENEY, Wash. -- Vernon Adams threw for 298 yards and three touchdowns as Eastern Washington pulled away to defeat Southern Utah 34-10 in a Big Sky Conference matchup Saturday night.
The Eagles (5-2, 3-0 Big Sky) led early following a Samson Ebukam 21-yard interception return for a touchdown. Adams hit Ashton Clark for a 12-yard score to lead 14-3 at half.
Adams tossed two more touchdowns in the third quarter, including a 31-yarder to Kendrick Bourne and a 52-yard strike to Cooper Kupp.
Mario Brown had an 11-yard touchdown in the fourth to fuel the rout.
Adams was 25-for-35 with an interception. He added 58 yards on the ground.
Kupp finished with 11 receptions for 168 yards.
The Redbirds (5-3, 2-2) got their lone touchdown of the game late in the fourth quarter when Mike Sharp found C.J. Morgan for a 29-yard score.
Aaron Kantu was 20-of-31 with 179 yards and three interceptions.
West, Towson cruise past Albany 44-17
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Terrance West rushed for 183 yards and two touchdowns as No. 7 Towson defeated Albany 44-17 on Saturday in a Colonial Athletic Association matchup.
Towson (7-1, 3-1), coming off its first loss last week to Villanova, bounced back by dominating Albany (1-7, 0-4), rolling up 573 yards of total offense.
The Great Danes took an early lead on Jake Meek's 10-yard rushing touchdown in the first quarter. Towson then ran off 24 unanswered points, including Donnell Lewis' 38-yard interception return for a score and West's 59-yard touchdown burst.
West punched in his second touchdown of the day early in the third quarter, a 7-yard run that capped a 10-play, 84-yard drive, for his 19th touchdown of the season.
Peter Athens finished 22 of 32 for 294 yards and a 38-yard TD pass to Spencer Wilkins.
Darius Victor and Trea Jones also added rushing touchdowns for the Tigers in the second half.
Fordham stays undefeated with 52-31 win against Yale
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Sam Ajala set a school record with 282 yards receiving, guiding a high-powered Fordham offense to a 52-31 win against Yale on Saturday.
The eighth-ranked Rams improved to 8-0 for the first time in school history.
The Fordham offense ignited early as Michael Nebrich found Ajala with a 68-yard touchdown pass on the second play of the opening drive. A 17-yard touchdown run from Henry Furman tied the game at 7 but the Rams responded with 17 unanswered points, highlighted by two more touchdown passes from Nebrich to Ajala.
Ajala tied another school record, catching four touchdown passes. Nebrich broke a career-high mark set last week against Georgetown with 421 yards passing.
Yale was hurt by four turnovers, and 35 second-half points from Fordham kept the Bulldogs from closing the deficit.
Candler Rich rushed for career-high 159 yards and a touchdown to lead Yale (3-2).
After late TD, Montana beats Cal Poly 21-14 in OT
MISSOULA, Mont. -- Jordan Johnson connected with Ellis Henderson on a 23-yard scoring pass in overtime and Brock Coyle followed with a goal-line interception to give No. 9 Montana a 21-14 win against Cal Poly on Saturday.
The Grizzlies (6-1, 3-1 Big Sky Conference) marched 88 yards in 15 plays and tied the game on a 2-yard scoring pass from Johnson to Clay Pierson with 12 seconds left in the fourth quarter.
Coyle sealed the victory for Montana with a leaping interception of a Dano Graves pass.
Montana's last-gasp scoring drive was set up when Jordan Tripp blocked a 26-yard field goal attempt by Mustangs kicker Bobby Zalud with 2:17 left in the game.
Akaninyene Umoh rushed for first-half touchdowns of 6 and 4 yards to give Cal Poly (3-4, 2-1) a 14-7 lead.
Jordan Canada scored for Montana on a 5-yard run in the first quarter.
The Cal Poly defense kept Montana out of the end zone for most of the game. Before their final scoring drive, the Grizzlies moved the ball deep into Cal Poly territory three times in the second half only to turn the ball over -- twice on downs and once on a Johnson fumble at the Mustang 1-yard line that went for a touchback.
Cal Poly running back Kristaan Ivory led all rushers in the game with 121 yards on 22 carries.