Fargo, ND (SportsNetwork.com) - Trailing for much of the game, top-ranked North Dakota State rallied past No. 4 Northern Iowa, 24-23, on Saturday in a thrilling Missouri Valley Football Conference matchup at the Fargodome.
Sam Ojuri scored on a 19-yard run to tie the game with 2:52 to play and Adam Keller kicked the extra point, giving the Bison (5-0, 2-0) their first lead of the game.
The two-time defending Missouri Valley and FCS national champions rallied from 13-0 and 23-10 deficits. Northern Iowa (4-1, 0-1) fell from the ranks of the unbeaten.
John Crockett rushed for 103 yards on 19 carries and Ojuri had 96 yards on 17 carries to highlight North Dakota State's 260 yards on the ground.
Quarterback Brock Jensen threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to tight end Zach Vraa as the Bison pulled within 23-17 at the 10:14 mark of the fourth quarter.
David Johnson had an 85-yard touchdown run and rushed for 142 yards on 12 carries for Northern Iowa. Linebacker Jake Farley had 11 tackles, including one sack, before leaving the game with a broken leg in the fourth quarter
Towson junior Terrance West rushed for more than 200 yards for the third straight year against New Hampshire, gaining 238 yards and three touchdowns on 28 carries.
Tigers quarterback Peter Athens was 22-of-33 for 343 yards and one touchdown. Spencer Wilkins caught seven passes for 153 yards and one touchdown.
UNH's Harold Spears had four receptions, including a touchdown, for 106 yards.
No. 6 Eastern Washington (3-2, 1-0 Big Sky) 41, Weber State (1-5, 0-2) 19
Eastern Washington cruised in its Big Sky Conference opener as quarterback Vernon Adams threw for four touchdowns and rushed for one.
Freshman Connor Kupp caught five passes for 87 yards and two touchdowns.
Southern Illinois (3-3, 0-2 Missouri Valley) 27,
No. 7 South Dakota State (3-3, 0-2) 24
South Dakota State suffered its third straight loss as Southern Illinois quarterback Korey Faulkner rushed for two touchdowns and passed for one.
Jackrabbits running back Zach Zenner finished with 112 yards and two touchdowns on 31 carries.
No. 8 Montana State (4-2, 2-0 Big Sky) 36,
No. 15 Northern Arizona (3-2, 1-1) 7
Shawn Johnson scored on a 100-yard kickoff return and also rushed for 92 yards and another touchdown, sparking Montana State in front of a record crowd of 21,027.
Cody Kirk also rushed for 156 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries.
The Bobcats limited Northern Arizona's Zach Bauman to 26 yards on nine carries.
No. 10 Montana (4-1, 1-1 Big Sky) 55, Portland State (3-3, 0-2) 27
Montana's Clay Pierson scored touchdowns on all three of his receptions from quarterback Jordan Johnson, who added a fourth TD pass to Cam Warren.
Travon Van (136 yards, one touchdown) and Jordan Canada (102 yards, one touchdown) helped the Grizzlies average eight yards per carry while rushing for 378 yards.
No. 11 McNeese State (5-1, 1-0 Southland) 59,
No. 14 Central Arkansas (2-3, 0-1) 28
McNeese State scored 35 points in the second quarter while handing Central Arkansas its first home loss since 2010 and its first on its purple-and-gray striped turf.
Quarterback Cody Stroud threw for three touchdowns, including two to wide receiver Diontae Spencer, who also connected on a 46-yard scoring pass to Jereon McGilvery. Marcus Wiltz rushed for 181 yards and one touchdown.
UCA's Wynrick Smothers passed for 484 yards and a touchdown and set a school record with 524 total yards. But he was intercepted three times, with one returned by McNeese State's Ryan Bronson for a 98-yard touchdown.
No. 12 Fordham (6-0) 52, No. 13 Lehigh (4-1) 38
In the first meeting of ranked Patriot League teams since 2009, Fordham turned back Lehigh as junior quarterback Michael Nebrich passed for 384 yards and four touchdowns and scored once on the ground.
Nebrich completed 26-of-36 pass attempts, including three touchdowns to Sam Ajala, who had seven receptions for 166 yards. Nebrich also rushed for 56 yards.
Brian Wetzel caught 11 passes for 133 yards as Fordham piled up 630 yards of offense. The Rams scored touchdowns off a pair of Lehigh turnovers to turn a 31-28 lead late in the third quarter to 45-28.
Carlton Koonce rushed for 127 yards and one touchdown on 21 carries in the win.
Lehigh quarterback Brandon Bialkowski was 28-of-46 for 324 yards and three touchdowns with one interception. Lee Kurfis had nine receptions for 102 yards.
Maine racked up 602 yards while storming past Delaware. Marcus Wasilewski passed for three touchdowns, and Nigel Jones and John Ebeling rushed for two each.
Delaware's Michael Johnson fumbled a kickoff midway through the first quarter and Maine's Sherrod Baltimore returned the ball 20 yards for a touchdown and a 20-0 lead.
Charlotte (4-2) 53, No. 25 Gardner-Webb (4-2) 51
Leading 45-24 after three quarters, Gardner-Webb surrendered 29 unanswered points in the final quarter and fell to Charlotte's first-year program. Matt Johnson threw three of his five touchdown passes in the last quarter to lift the 49ers.
Gardner-Webb's Lucas Beatty was 35-of-52 for 389 yards and four touchdowns with one interception. The Runnin' Bulldogs allowed 587 yards, more than double the 275 they averaged coming into the game.
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