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Week 11 FCS Top 25 Roundup
Lynchburg, VA (Sports Network) - Liberty put the clamps on Stony Brook and the Miguel Maysonet express.
The Flames stunned No. 6 Stony Brook, 28-14, in the Big South Conference on Saturday to end the Seawolves' seven-game winning streak.
Liberty (5-5, 4-1) and Coastal Carolina (6-4, 4-1) trail Stony Brook (9-2, 5-1) by one-half game in the conference standings.
Maysonet, one of the favorites for the Walter Payton Award, was held to a season-low 70 yards on 25 carries. He scored two touchdowns.
Liberty forced five turnovers, including two that led to the Flames' final touchdowns. Nick Signmon returned a Kyle Essington interception 21 yards for a touchdown and then forced a Maysonet fumble that Jacob Hagen returned for a touchdown.
Maysonet finished the regular season with 1,721 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns.
The win was the highest-ranked team Liberty has beaten in program history.
The Sports Network FCS Top 25
No. 1 North Dakota State (9-1, 6-1 Missouri Valley) 20, No. 16 South Dakota State (7-3, 5-2) 17
Defending FCS national champion North Dakota State grabbed sole possession of first place in the Missouri Valley Football Conference with another big defensive effort.
The Bison limited South Dakota State to 209 yards in the Dakota Marker Game. They held Zach Zenner, the FCS' leading rusher, to 43 yards.
Brock Jensen threw for a touchdown, Sam Ojuri rushed for one and Adam Keller kicked two field goals for the Bison.
No. 2 Montana State (9-1, 6-1 Big Sky) 65, Portland State (3-7, 2-5) 30
Two-time defending Big Sky Conference Montana State remained alive for the conference title as DeNarius McGhee fired four touchdown passes and Cody Kirk rushed for 122 yards and scored three touchdowns.
The Bobcats are tied atop the Big Sky standings with Cal Poly, Eastern Washington and Northern Arizona. Coach Rob Ash earned his 48th win as MSU's head coach to set a new school record.
The temperature was 10 degrees at kickoff with a wind chill of minus-2.
No. 3 Sam Houston State (8-2, 6-1 Southland) 52, Northwestern State (4-6, 2-4) 17
Sam Houston State clinched a share of the Southland Conference title with Central Arkansas by earning its seventh straight win. The Bearkats likely clinched an at-large bid to the FCS playoffs.
Brian Bell threw for 239 yards and three touchdowns, and Timothy Flanders rushed for 138 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries.
No. 4 Old Dominion (9-1, 6-1) 41, William & Mary (2-8, 1-6) 31
Old Dominion quarterback Taylor Heinicke passed for 291 yards and four touchdowns to power the Monarchs, who are tied with New Hampshire for the best record in CAA Football games, but are ineligible for the conference title as they prepare to move to the FBS level next year.
William & Mary's Michael Graham threw for 353 yards and four touchdowns, including three to Tre McBride.
No. 5 Eastern Washington (8-2, 6-1 Big Sky) 31, UC Davis (3-7, 2-5) 28
Eastern Washington's Vernon Adams scored on a 9-yard touchdown run with 8:13 to play and David Gaylor Eastern blocked a late field-goal attempt.
Demetrius Bronson rushed for two touchdowns in the win.
Liberty (5-5, 4-1 Big South) 28, No. 6 Stony Brook (9-2, 5-1) 14
Liberty ended Stony Brook's seven-game winning streak to remain alive in the Big South race.
Coastal Carolina (6-4, 4-1) will earn the conference's automatic bid to the FCS playoffs if all three teams tie for the championship.
No. 7 Georgia Southern (8-2) 69, Howard (6-4) 26
Jerick McKinnon rushed for 198 yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries and completed his only two passes for scores as Georgia Southern rebounded from a loss to Appalachian State.
McKinnon scored on an 87-yard run after Dominique Swope opened the game with two touchdown runs. Swope finished with 98 yards on four carries.
Georgia Southern's triple option grounded out 529 rushing yards.
Colgate (7-3, 5-0 Patriot) 35, No. 8 Lehigh (9-1, 3-1) 24
Colgate clinched the Patriot League championship and its automatic bid to the FCS playoffs, overcoming a 14-0 deficit.
Raiders quarterback Gavin McCarney and running back Jordan McCord combined for 239 yards and five touchdowns on the ground.
Lehigh was the last unbeaten team in the FCS. Its 18-game league winning streak ended one game shy of the Patriot record, set by Holy Cross from 1988-92.
No. 21 Villanova (7-3, 5-2 CAA) 35, No. 9 James Madison (7-3, 5-2) 20
Quarterback John Robertson rushed for two touchdowns and passed for one as Villanova thumped James Madison.
Kevin Monangai rushed for 150 yards and one touchdown to lead CAA's No. 1- ranking rushing offense to a 307-yard ground assault.
JMU quarterback Justin Thorpe totaled three touchdowns (two passing, one rushing), but was intercepted twice.
Both teams are seeking FCS playoff berths. Villanova visits Delaware and James Madison hosts Old Dominion next Saturday in their final regular-season games.
No. 10 New Hampshire (8-2, 6-1 CAA), Idle
The Wildcats host Towson on Nov. 17, looking to enter the FCS playoffs as CAA champions.
Southern Utah (5-6, 4-4 Big Sky) 35, No. 11 Northern Arizona (8-2, 6-1), 3 OT
Southern Utah ended Northern Arizona's eight-game winning streak, scoring in the third overtime on Brad Sorenson's 14-yard touchdown pass to Easton Pederman.
Cody Larsen later sacked NAU quarterback Cary Grossart on 4th-and-3 from the SUU 5.
The Lumberjacks lost sole possession of first place in the Big Sky.
Grossart passed for 298 yards and four touchdowns, but was intercepted twice and sacked six times.
SUU sent the game to overtime at 15-15 on Colton Cook's 19-yard field goal with no time remaining on the clock.
No. 12 Appalachian State (8-3, 6-2 SoCon) 33, Furman (3-7, 2-5) 28
Steven Miller rushed for 170 yards and a touchdown, sparking Appalachian State to a share of the SoCon title with Georgia Southern and Wofford. It's the Mountaineers' seventh title in the last eight years and a conference record- tying 12th overall championship.
ASU quarterback Jamal Jackson passed for 332 yards and one touchdown. Andrew Peacock (11 receptions, 130 yards, one touchdown) and Sean Price (10 receptions, 115 yards) were his favorite receivers.
The tiebreaker for the conference's automatic berth in the playoffs will not be determined until the battle for fourth place in the final standings is settled next Saturday.
No. 13 Wofford (8-2, 6-2) 16, Chattanooga (5-5, 4-3) 13, OT
Wofford's Eric Breitenstein scored on a 2-yard run in overtime to lift the Terriers to a win over Chattanooga and a share of the Southern Conference title.
The Terriers, who likely clinched an FCS playoff bid, will share the title with Appalachian State and Georgia Southern.
Nick Pollard's 27-yard field goal on the first possession of overtime gave Chattanooga a 13-10 lead.
Breitenstein finished with 132 rushing yards. He set the school's career rushing record, finishing the game with 5,223 yards.
No. 14 Central Arkansas (8-2, 6-1 Southland), Idle
The playoff-bound Bears end the regular season by hosting Eastern Illinois in a non-conference game Nov. 17.
No. 15 Illinois State (8-2, 5-2 Missouri Valley)
A win over defending FCS national champion North Dakota State on Nov. 17 would put an exclamation on the Redbirds' regular season.
No. 17 Towson (6-4, 5-2 CAA) 41, Rhode Island (0-10, 0-7) 10
Towson remained alive for an at-large bid to the FCS playoffs with a third straight win.
Grant Enders was 19-of-28 for 231 yards and four touchdowns, while Dominique Booker rushed for 181 yards on only seven carries. He scored on an 83-yard run.
The Tigers travel to No. 10 New Hampshire next Saturday.
No. 18 Indiana State (7-3, 5-2 Missouri Valley), Idle
The Sycamores have to win at Youngstown State on Nov. 17 to earn a playoff bid.
No. 19 Cal Poly (8-2, 6-1 Big Sky) 70, Idaho State (1-9, 0-7) 14
Cal Poly ended a two-game losing streak with easy work of Idaho State.
Deonte Williams rushed for 125 yards and three touchdowns and quarterback Andre Broadous threw for three touchdowns.
The Mustangs totaled 650 yards of offense, including 505 on the ground.
No. 20 Richmond (7-3, 5-2) 23, Delaware (5-5, 2-5) 17
In the top-heavy CAA, Richmond remained alive for an FCS playoff berth by building a 17-0 lead in the game's first 18 minutes.
Remington Hinshaw kicked three field goals and the Spiders had four interceptions, including a pair by Darryl Hamilton.
Six CAA teams are alive for playoff berths.
No. 22 Eastern Kentucky (8-3, 6-2 OVC) 55, Murray State (4-6, 3-4)
Matt Denham rushed for 214 yards and three touchdowns to fuel Eastern Kentucky's Ohio Valley Conference win.
EKU quarterbacks T.J. Pryor and Jared McClain and running back Deshaun Sands each threw a touchdown in the win. The Colonels hope to earn an FCS playoff at-large bid.
Murray State quarterback Casey Brockman was 34-of-47 for 343 yards, three touchdowns and an interception.
Tennessee Tech (3-7, 1-6 OVC) 45, No. 23 UT Martin (7-3, 5-2) 44, OT
Tennessee Tech won for the first time in OVC play to stun UT Martin and deliver the OVC title to Eastern Illinois (7-3, 6-1), which beat Southeast Missouri State, 39-20, earlier in the day.
UT Martin pulled within 45-44 in overtime on a Jeremy Butler touchdown, but James Satterfield fumbled on a two-point conversion attempt.
Tennessee Tech's Darian Stone passed for 277 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 190 yards, while UT Martin's Derek Carr passed for 422 yards and four touchdowns in the loss.
UT Martin will face Tennessee State to end its regular season next Saturday.
No. 24 Tennessee State (8-2, 4-2 OVC), Idle
A playoff bid could be on the line for both teams when the Tigers visit UT Martin on Nov. 17.
Penn (5-4, 5-1 Ivy) 30, No. 25 Harvard (7-2, 4-2) 21
Penn clinched at least a share of the Ivy League by limiting Harvard, which entered the game ranked No. 3 in scoring offense (42 ppg) and No. 4 in total offense (508 ypg) in the FCS, to 295 yards. The Quakers picked off Crimson quarterback Colton Chapple twice.
Penn signal-caller Billy Ragone threw two touchdowns before he left with an injury. Andrew Holland also threw for a touchdown.
To earn a nine outright championship under veteran coach Al Bagnoli, Penn must defeat Cornell next Saturday or have Harvard and Princeton, who are both 4-2 in the league, lose games.
11/11 07:50:05 ET