Week 5 FCS Top 25 Roundup
Cheney, WA (Sports Network) - Quarterback Vernon Adams threw two touchdown passes in the final 2:19 to rally No. 7 Eastern Washington past No. 21 Montana, 32-26, in the Big Sky Conference Saturday night.
EWU improved to 3-1 overall and 2-0 in the Big Sky while dropping Montana to 2-3 and 0-2 in conference play for the first time since 1992.
Adams connected on a 20-yard touchdown pass to Ashton Clark with 53 seconds left, giving EWU a 30-26 lead. Adams then hit Greg Herd for a two-point conversion.
EWU had pulled within 26-24 on Adams' 30-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Kaufman with 2:19 left.
The Eagles then recovered an on-side kick at midfield and scored again five plays later.
On the game's final possession, the Grizzlies drove to EWU's 29-yard line with 11 seconds left, but the clock ran out after Nate Harris' 9-yard completion to Ellis Henderson.
Adam completed 25-of-41 pass attempts for 353 yards and three touchdowns with one interception. Kaufman caught eight passes for 138 yards and two touchdowns.
EWU withstood Montana's 407-yard rushing attack, led by Jordan Canada (167 yards, one touchdown), Peter Nguyen (119 yards, one touchdown) and quarterback Trent McKinney (95 yards, one touchdown).
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Thursday, Sept. 27
No. 9 Sam Houston State (2-2) 50, Texas Southern (1-4) 6
Sam Houston State ended a two-game losing streak by routing Texas Southern. Quarterback Brian Bell threw for 209 yards and three touchdowns, including two to Texas A&M transfer Chance Nelson.
The Bearkats totaled 549 yards offensively, with Keshawn Hill (six carries for 74 yards and one touchdown) leading the ground attack.
They limited Texas Southern to 149 yards. Linebacker Darius Taylor had eight tackles, including two quarterback sacks.
Saturday, Sept. 29
No. 1 North Dakota State (4-0, 1-0 MVFC) 33, No. 14 Northern Iowa (1-4, 0-2) 21
The defending FCS national champion Bison held a 11-minute, 48-second advantage in time of possession to remain unbeaten.
John Crockett rushed for 122 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries.
UNI committed three turnovers in falling to 0-2 in the Missouri Valley Football Conference. The Panthers are 1-4 for the first time since 2004.
No. 2 Montana State (5-0, 2-0 Big Sky) 24, Southern Utah (2-3, 1-1) 17
Montana State's DeNarius McGhee connected with Brian Flotkoetter for a 3-yard touchdown pass with 2:59 remaining, breaking a 17-17 tie.
The Bobcats' Steven Bethley then intercepted a Brad Sorensen pass in the end zone as time expired.
McGhee completed 18-of-28 attempts for 211 yards and two touchdowns with one interception in a terrific matchup against Sorensen, who was 25-of-47 for 250 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Orenzo Davis rushed for 123 yards and a touchdowns in the MSU win. The Bobcats overcame four turnovers.
No. 3 Youngstown State (4-0, 1-0 MVFC), Idle
The Penguins caught their breath this weekend before they visit North Dakota State next Saturday. Coach Eric Wolford's squad was the only one to beat the 2011 FCS champion Bison last season.
No. 4 Old Dominion (5-0, 2-0 CAA) 45, Richmond (3-2, 1-1) 37
ODU led 45-17 in the third quarter before withstanding a late Richmond rally. The Monarchs are 5-0 for the first time in their short history.
One week after throwing for a Division I-record 730 yards, ODU sophomore Taylor Heinicke settled for about half that total. He completed 32-of-42 passes for 360 yards and two touchdowns. He also threw two interceptions, including one picked off by Richmond defensive back Doug Howell, which he returned for a 22-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter.
No. 5 James Madison (3-1, 1-0 CAA), Idle
The Dukes will host defending CAA Football champion Towson next Saturday.
No. 6 Wofford (4-0, 2-0 SoCon) 49, Elon (2-3, 0-2) 24
The offense was rolling for Wofford as fullback Eric Breitenstein set a new Southern Conference single-game record with 321 rushing yards. He rushed for two touchdowns, including a 90-yarder.
The Terriers took sole possession of first place in the SoCon.
Elon's Aaron Mellette caught 13 passes for 177 yards and two touchdowns.
No. 7 Eastern Washington (3-1, 2-0 Big Sky) 32, No. 21 Montana (2-3, 0-2) 26
EWU coach Beau Baldwin's change at quarterback continues to pay off. Redshirt freshman Vernon Adams, who replaced season-opening starter Kyle Padron last week, threw for 353 yards and three touchdowns.
No. 20 New Hampshire (3-2, 1-1 CAA) 34, No. 8 Delaware (4-1, 1-1) 14
New Hampshire scored all of its points in the second half behind quarterback Andy Vailas, who completed 23-of-36 passes for 315 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for one touchdown.
Fellow sophomore R.J. Harris caught seven passes for 129 yards and two touchdowns.
No. 10 Georgia Southern (3-1, 2-1 SoCon) 35, Samford (4-1, 2-1) 16
The Eagles handed Samford its first loss as quarterback Jerick McKinnon rushed for 162 yards and two touchdowns, and Dominique Swoope had 133 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.
Samford's Andy Summerlin threw for 290 yards and a touchdown to Kelsey Pope.
Chattanooga (2-3, 1-1 SoCon) 28, No. 11 The Citadel (3-2, 2-1) 10
Chattanooga handed The Citadel its second straight loss.
The Bulldogs failed to handle Chattanooga's two quarterbacks, who totaled 336 yards. Terrell Robinson rushed for 97 yards and a touchdown and threw for 73 yards and a touchdown. Jacob Huesman rushed for 80 yards and passed for 86 yards and a touchdown. They were a combined 15-of-19.
The Citadel's Darien Robinson rushed for 132 yards.
LSU (5-0) 38, No. 12 Towson (2-2) 22
Towson held its own against the FBS' No. 3-ranked LSU Tigers.
Towson trailed 17-9 at halftime. Terrance West rushed for 79 yards and two touchdowns in the loss.
No. 13 Illinois State (5-0, 2-0 MVFC) 34, South Dakota (1-3, 0-1) 31
Unbeaten Illinois State held off South Dakota in the Coyotes' first-ever Missouri Valley game.
Matt Brown passed for 336 yards and one touchdown. Donovan Harden (139 yards, one touchdown) and Tyrone Walker (110) both went over 100 receiving yards.
Mike Zimmer had 13 tackles in the Redbirds' win.
No. 15 Lehigh (5-0) 34, Fordham (3-2) 31
Senior Jake Peery hit a 22-yard field goal as time expired to give Lehigh its FCS-best 14th straight regular-season win.
Mike Colvin threw for a career-high 341 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 61 yards and a touchdown.
The game did not count toward the Patriot League standings because Fordham is ineligible for the league title this season.
Stephen F. Austin (2-3, 1-0 Southland) 42, No. 16 Central Arkansas (3-2, 1-1) 37
SFA ended a three-game losing streak and tightened the Southland Conference game. Sophomore Gus Johnson rushed for a career-high 215 yards and scored four touchdowns.
On a rainy night, there were 13 fumbles, including eight lost. There also were three interceptions.
No. 17 Appalachian State (3-2) 55, Coastal Carolina (2-3) 14
Steven Miller continued his recent surge with 202 yards and two touchdowns on only 17 carries.
Jamal Jackson threw for 288 yards and three touchdowns, including two to freshman Sean Price (eight receptions for 128 yards), who had his third straight 100-yard game to tie a school record.
Jackson also rushed for a touchdown.
Appalachian State had a 28-0 lead less than three minutes into the second quarter.
No. 18 Stony Brook (4-1) 23, Army (0-4) 3
Stony Brook beat an FBS school for the first time behind senior Miguel Maysonet's career-high 220 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.
The Seawolves recovered four fumbles.
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No. 19 Eastern Kentucky (4-1, 2-0 OVC) 28, UT Martin (3-2, 1-1) 16
Tyrone Goard tied a school record with four touchdown receptions and T.J. Pryor became Eastern Kentucky's all-time passing yardage leader with 6,085 yards.
EKU trailed 16-7 in the third quarter when Jared McClain threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Goard. Pryor (211 yards) then threw two of his three touchdown passes to Goard in the fourth quarter.
Goard caught seven passes for 175 yards.
Matt Denham rushed for 94 yards on 29 carries and EKU held a 405-269 edge in total yards.
Senior quarterback Derek Carr became UT Martin's all-time leading passer with 6,300 yards. Jason McNair and Trent Garland scored on touchdown runs for the Skyhawks.
No. 22 Northern Arizona (4-1, 2-0) 24, Portland State (1-4, 0-2) 10
Cary Grossart completed 24-of-34 passes for 262 yards and two touchdowns to lead Northern Arizona to its fourth straight win.
Zach Bauman rushed for 92 yards and one touchdown 28 carries. The Lumberbacks held a 9-minute, 35-second edge in time of possession.
Portland State dropped its fourth straight game.
No. 23 Cal Poly (4-0, 2-0 Big Sky) 35, North Dakota (3-2, 1-1) 17
Cal Poly earned an impressive road win by scoring the game's final 21 points in the fourth quarter. Andre Broadus rushed for two of the three touchdowns and Deonte Williams (125 rushing yards) scored the other one.
North Dakota quarterback Marcus Hendrickson entered the game with 14 touchdown passes and only two interceptions, but didn't throw for a score and had one interception.
No. 24 McNeese State (4-1, 1-1 Southland) 30, Northwestern State (2-3, 0-1)
Cody Stroud passed for two first-half touchdown and Josh Lewis kicked three field goals in McNeese State's victory.
Northwestern State's Brad Henderson was 24-for-40 for 287 yards and three touchdowns, completing passes to 13 different receivers.
No. 25 South Dakota State (4-1, 2-0 MVFC) 17, Missouri State (0-5, 0-2)
FCS rushing leader Zach Zenner had a season-low rushing total, but it was still 182 yards, as South Dakota State earned its fourth straight win.
Zenner scored on an 88-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.
Missouri State's Ryan Heaston rushed for 148 yards.
Each team committed five turnovers.
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