Week 9 FCS Top 25 Roundup
Cedar City, UT (Sports Network) - Southern Utah might not have shut down the high-powered Eastern Washington offense, but the Thunderbirds made plays when it counted to take down the No. 1-ranked Eagles, 30-27, Saturday.
Place-kicker Colton Cook nailed a game-winning 36-yard field goal with three seconds left in the Big Sky Conference game. The Thunderbirds scored the game's final 10 points.
SUU senior quarterback Brad Sorensen completed 33-of-43 passes for 392 yards and a 21-yard touchdown strike to Fatu Moala with 7:01 left to tie the game at 27. Moala caught 10 passes for 112 yards and one touchdown in the win.
Eastern Washington totaled 495 yards - only 91 yards came on the ground - and quarterbacks Kyle Padron and Vernon Adams combined to complete 35-of-50 passes for 404 yards and two touchdowns. Junior receiver Brandon Kaufman caught 10 passes for 192 yards - both career highs.
However, the Eagles turned the ball over three times and were just 3-of-11 on third down conversions.
Southern Utah improved to 4-5 overall and 3-3 in the Big Sky. EWU fell to 7-2 and 5-1, surrendering first place in the conference.
The Sports Network FCS Top 25
Saturday, Oct. 27
Southern Utah (4-5, 3-3 Big Sky) 30, No. 1 Eastern Washington (6-2, 5-1) 27
Southern Utah's Colton Cook kicked a 36-yard field goal with three seconds left in regulation to help the Thunderbirds upset the No. 1-ranked Eagles.
Southern Utah freshman Miles Killebrew blocked and returned a punt 41 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter, setting a tone for the Thunderbirds.
No. 2 Georgia Southern (7-1, 6-1 Southern) 39, Chattanooga (4-4, 3-2) 31, 3 OTs
Georgia Southern won at Chattanooga after Jerick McKinnon scored on a 1-yard run in the third overtime. He then rushed in the two-point conversion.
McKinnon finished the game with 141 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. Darreion Robinson added 74 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
For Chattanooga, quarterback Jacob Huesman rushed for 170 yards and two touchdowns and passed for 102 yards and a touchdown. But he was stopped on 4th-and-2 from the 5 to end the third overtime.
Derrick Lott and Wes Dothard both had 15 tackles each for the host Mocs.
No. 3 North Dakota State (7-1, 4-1 Missouri Valley) 23, Southern Illinois (5-4, 4-2) 17
North Dakota State trailed 14-10 at halftime, but its defense held strong and limited the Salukis to just three points in the second half. Southern Illinois totaled a mere 177 yards and managed just 11 rushing yards on 17 attempts.
Three different Bison players scored rushing touchdowns, while Sam Ojuri led the way with 90 yards on 20 carries. NDSU held SIU to eight first downs and the Salukis were 3-of-11 on third down conversions.
No. 4 Montana State (7-1, 4-1 Big Sky) 55, North Dakota (4-5, 2-4) 10
A healthy Cody Kirk was just what Montana State needed in a convincing rout of North Dakota. Kirk ran for 160 yards and three touchdowns, while Montana State totaled a school-record 695 yards of offense in the win.
UND gun-slinger Braden Hanson was held to just 165 passing yards, just one week off a 660-yard performance against Montana. MSU quarterback DeNarius McGhee threw for three touchdowns and has now thrown a touchdown pass in 33 straight games in his career.
No. 5 Sam Houston State (6-2, 4-1 Southland) 56, Lamar (3-6, 0-4) 7
Running back Timothy Flanders rushed 16 times for 131 yards and four touchdowns to lead Sam Houston to its fourth Southland Conference victory of the season.
The Bearkats totaled 501 yards of offense, compared to 181 for Lamar.
No. 6 Old Dominion (7-1, 4-1 CAA) 31, No. 20 Delaware (5-3, 2-3) 26
Quarterback Taylor Heinicke scored Old Dominion's first three touchdowns on rushes and the Monarchs held on to hand Delaware its third loss in four games.
Heinicke completed 36-of-45 pass attempts for 375 yards.
Tyree Lee scored ODU's other touchdown on a 9-yard touchdown, giving the host squad a 28-17 lead midway through the third quarter. He finished with a career-high 128 rushing yards.
Delaware pulled within 28-26 on Trent Hurley's 13-yard touchdown pass to Nihja White early in the fourth quarter, but was denied a two-point conversion after a holding penalty negated a successful attempt.
Jarod Brown extended ODU's lead to 31-26 on a 29-yard field goal with 1:17 left. Devon Simmons' interception then sealed the win.
No. 7 Wofford (7-1, 5-1 Southern) 24, The Citadel (4-4, 3-3) 21
Eric Breitenstein rushed for 110 yards and two touchdowns, lifting Wofford in a battle of triple option teams. The Terriers held a 24-7 halftime lead before escaping The Citadel's upset bid.
Darien Robinson rushed for 85 yards and one touchdown for the visiting Bulldogs, who have lost four of their last five games after a 3-0 start. They failed to score on their final three possessions after pulling within 24-21.
Wofford held a slight 283-271 edge in rushing yards.
No. 8 Lehigh (8-0, 2-0 Patriot), Idle
Lehigh, the only remaining unbeaten team in the FCS, returns to action next Saturday at Holy Cross.
No. 9 James Madison (6-2, 4-1 CAA) 28, Georgia State (1-8, 1-5) 21
James Madison led 28-7 entering the fourth quarter, but had to withstand a late Georgia State rally for its sixth win of the season.
In his first start of the season, quarterback Michael Birdsong completed 11- of-23 passes for one touchdown and he threw one interception. Running back Dae'Quan Scott caught the 6-yard TD pass and rushed for a game-high 130 yards and one touchdown.
No. 10 Stony Brook (8-1, 4-0 Big South) 56, Presbyterian (2-7, 0-4) 17
Stony Brook's Miguel Maysonet rushed for 214 yards and two touchdowns on only 19 carries and fellow running back Marcus Coker added 144 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries.
The Seawolves finished with 416 yards on the ground.
Kyle Essington threw three touchdown passes to Kevin Norrell (six receptions for 138 yards) in the first half.
Sacramento State (6-3, 4-2 Big Sky) 35, No. 11 Cal Poly (7-1, 5-1) 29
Garrett Safron was 31-of-38 for 303 yards and four touchdowns, including two to Morris Norrise, as Sacramento State handed Cal Poly its first defeat.
Cal Poly quarterback Andre Broadous had three total touchdowns (two rushing, one passing).
No. 12 New Hampshire (7-2, 5-1 CAA) 40, Rhode Island (0-8, 0-5) 20
UNH running back Chris Setian scored on a touchdown run and reception, and the Wildcats posted all of their points in the first three quarters, including three touchdowns off Rhode Island turnovers.
Sean Goldrich threw for 245 yards and a touchdown. Backup quarterback Andy Vailas also threw for a touchdown.
No. 13 Northern Arizona (7-1, 5-0 Big Sky) 12, Northern Colorado (2-6, 1-4) 10
Northern Arizona kept its Big Sky title hopes going thanks to an Andy Wilder 18-yard field goal with 15 seconds left to play.
The Lumberjacks turned the ball over three times, including a 59-yard interception return for a touchdown by Northern Colorado's Mike Dosen, but they still managed to escape with a win. They scored on a team safety early in the first quarter.
No. 14 Central Arkansas (7-2, 5-1 Southland) 34, Southeastern Louisiana (3-5, 3-1) 14
Central Arkansas took sole possession of first place away from Southeastern Louisiana.
Quarterback Wynrick Smothers was 21-of-33 for 261 yards and three touchdowns against one interception. Jesse Grandy caught two of the touchdowns and one other reception for 108 yards.
No. 15 Indiana State (7-2, 5-1 Missouri Valley) 45, South Dakota (1-7, 0-5) 14
Indiana State's stretched its winning streak to five games - the longest since 1995 - behind Shakir Bell's 150 rushing yards and three total touchdowns.
Quarterback Mike Perish was 9-of-17 for 113 yards and two touchdowns.
No. 16 Appalachian State (6-3, 4-2 Southern) 38, Western Carolina (1-8, 0-7) 27
Despite losing starting quarterback Jamal Jackson with an injury early in the contest, Appalachian State picked up the slack for the Southern Conference win.
Running back Steven Miller finished with 245 rushing yards and one touchdown on 34 carries. Wide receiver Sean Price, a freshman, caught 10 passes for 142 yards and one touchdown. Backup signal-caller Logan Hallock filled in well, completing the first 20 passes of his career and finishing 20-of-21 for 230 yards and two touchdowns.
No. 17 Illinois State (7-2, 4-2 Missouri Valley) 33, Northern Iowa (2-6, 1-4) 21
Illinois State jumped out to an early 19-0 lead before holding off Northern Iowa for a tough Missouri Valley Conference win in the UNI-Dome.
Quarterback Matt Brown completed 22-of-27 passes for 274 yards and two touchdowns. Wide receiver Tyrone Walker hauled in a game-high 120 yards and he scored one touchdown.
The Redbirds intercepted UNI signal-caller Sawyer Kollmorgen three times and limited him to just 20-of-48 pass attempts.
Eastern Illinois (5-3, 4-1 OVC) 24, No. 18 Eastern Kentucky (6-3, 4-2) 7
Eastern Illinois overcame four turnovers to knock Eastern Kentucky from first place in a key Ohio Valley Conference game.
Jimmy Garoppolo completed 32-of-51 pass attempts for 266 yards and a touchdown to Erik Lora, with two interceptions. Lora was held under 100 yards for the first time this season, catching 10 passes for 97 yards.
EIU's Jake Walker rushed for 119 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries, while Eastern Kentucky's Matt Denham had 95 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries.
No. 23 Towson (4-4, 3-2 CAA) 49, No. 19 Villanova (6-3, 4-2) 35
In an offensive shootout, Towson totaled a season-high 590 yards of offense and quarterback Grant Enders threw for four touchdowns. The Tigers picked up their fourth win of the year and kept their FCS playoff hopes alive at least for another week.
Running back Terrance West rushed for 144 yards and two touchdowns, and caught a 78-yard TD pass. Enders totaled 122 rushing yards and one touchdown.
Towson led 35-28 at halftime, but neither team scored in the fourth quarter. Villanova quarterback John Robertson threw for four touchdowns and rushed for one in the loss.
No. 21 Tennessee State (8-1, 4-1) 22, Tennessee Tech (2-6, 0-5) 21
Tennessee State quarterback Michael German threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to A.C. Leonard as time expired before Jamin Godfrey kicked the extra point.
Godfrey kicked five field goals for the Tigers.
Tennessee Tech has lost six straight games.
South Dakota State (6-2, 4-1 Missouri Valley) 41, No. 22 Youngstown State (4-4, 1-4) 28
South Dakota State, known for its high-octane run offense, utilized its pasing game to defeat Youngstown State. Quarterback Austin Sumner threw for 351 yards and five touchdowns - four of which came in the first half - while receiver Aaron Rollin caught three passes for 108 yards and one touchdown.
FCS rushing leader Zach Zenner was held to a season-low 87 yards and one touchdown on the ground. The Jackrabbits tallied a season-low 65 rushing yards, but jumped out to a 35-7 lead at halftime.
No. 24 Albany (7-1, 5-0 NEC) 23, Sacred Heart (2-6, 1-4) 20
Omar Osbourne's 40-yard touchdown run with 1:38 remaining in the game - only his third carry of the game - lifted Albany from a 20-17 deficit.
Will Fiacchi threw two touchdowns to Ryan Kirchner for the NEC-leading Great Danes, while running back Drew Smith, who entered the game with an FCS-high 15 touchdowns, was kept out of the end zone. He rushed for 103 yards on 27 carries.
Dave Plungas had a career-high 16 tackles in the win.
Sacred Heart quarterback Luke Wischnowski completed 24-of-43 passes for 211 yards and three touchdowns, but was intercepted three times. The host Pioneers posted a 15-minute, 40-second advantage in time of possession.
No. 25 Richmond (5-3, 3-2 CAA), Idle
A win over then-No. 2 James Madison moved the Spiders into the Top 25 for the first time this season. Up next is a home game against Rhode Island next Saturday.
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