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Corvallis, OR (Sports Network) - He's only a sophomore, but Vernon Adams is staking himself as one of the most exciting players in the FCS.

The Eastern Washington quarterback accounted for 518 yards of total offense and six touchdowns, including a game-winning, 2-yard run with 18 seconds left, as the Eagles upset Oregon State, 49-46, in the season opener for both squads Saturday.

EWU (1-0) entered the game ranked fourth in the FCS, while Oregon State (0-1) was 25th-ranked in the FBS.

Adams' winning rollout around right end completed an 11-play, 75-yard drive which erased Oregon State's 43-39 lead.

Adams, who threw for six touchdowns in EWU's final game last season - an FCS national semifinal loss to Sam Houston State - completed 23-of-30 pass attempts for 411 yards and four touchdowns while also rushing for 107 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries.

Nine of Adams' completions went to Ashton Clark for 155 yards and one touchdown. Cooper Kupp caught five passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns.

The two teams combined on 1,155 yards without any turnovers.

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Thursday, Aug. 29

No. 11 Towson (1-0) 33, Connecticut (0-1) 18

Towson pulled the biggest surprise on the opening night of the college football season, getting two touchdowns each from junior running backs Terrance West and Sterlin Phifer in beating an FBS opponent for the first time in seven all-time games.

Phifer caught a 23-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Peter Athens in the first quarter and scored on a 5-yard run with 7:04 left in the second quarter to put the Tigers ahead for good, 13-7.

UConn closed within 13-10 by halftime, but Athens' 1-yard scoring run capped a 95-yard drive for Towson in the third quarter, making it 19-10.

In the fourth quarter, Towson put the game away on West's two touchdown runs on fourth downs. He finished with 156 yards on 36 carries and raised his career touchdown total to 46 in 22 career games.

No. 2 Montana State (1-0) 42, Monmouth (0-1) 24

The Bobcats jumped to a 39-3 halftime lead and had 561 yards of total offense while cruising to the season-opening win.

Walter Payton Award candidate DeNarius McGhee completed 19-of-27 passes for 270 yards, but failed to throw for a touchdown. Cody Kirk rushed for a pair of touchdowns.

No. 7 Central Arkansas (1-0) 58, Incarnate Word (0-1) 7

The Bears rolled to their 13th straight win on their three-year-old gray-and- purple turf at Estes Stadium.

Quarterback Wynrick Smothers was 27-of-31 for 267 yards and one touchdown. Running backs Blake Veasley and Danzel Williams and wide receiver Jatavious Wilson scored two touchdowns each.

Ball State (1-0) 51, No. 13 Illinois State (0-1) 28

Ball State overcame a 21-9 deficit in the second quarter by scoring six unanswered touchdowns.

Iowa State transfer Jared Barnett completed 20-of-29 passes for 282 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in his debut with Illinois State.

Junior college transfer Collin Keoshian scored on a pair of short runs, but only finished with 10 yards on eight carries.

UT Martin (1-0) 31, No. 24 Chattanooga (0-1) 21

D.J. McNeil (134 yards) and Trent Garland (116) both went over 100 rushing yards and scored one touchdown as UT Martin earned an impressive road win.

Chattanooga failed to make the most of UTM's three turnovers and 10 penalties. Quarterback Jacob Huesman had 316 yards of total offense (226 passing, 90 rushing) and threw for three touchdowns, including a pair to tight end Faysal Shafaat.

Friday, Aug. 30

No. 1 North Dakota State (1-0) 24, Kansas State (0-1) 21

Manhattan, KS (Sports Network) - At some point, when North Dakota State comes knocking at the door, an FBS school will be smart not to answer it.

The two-time defending FCS national champion Bison scored the game's final 17 points and stunned Kansas State for their fourth straight win over an FBS opponent, in this case the defending Big 12 co-champion.

Quarterback Brock Jensen capped an 18-play drive on a 1-yard keeper with 28 seconds left to erase a 21-17 deficit and lift the Bison (1-0) before a sellout crowd at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

Jensen, who accounted for three touchdowns (two passing, one rushing), completed 21-of-30 pass attempts for 164 yards.

The redshirt senior engineered the game-winning drive, which went 80 yards and clipped 8 minutes, 30 seconds off the game clock. On the touchdown, he spun around after taking the snap and then forced his way into the K-State end zone.

On Kansas State's final possession, Bison linebacker Grant Olson intercepted Wildcats quarterback Jake Waters to put the game away.

North Dakota State hasn't lost a road game since the 2010 FCS quarterfinals. The win was head coach Craig Bohl's 90th in 11 seasons with the Bison, leaving him one shy of Rocky Hager's school record.

Arizona (1-0) 35, No. 18 Northern Arizona (0-1) 0

Arizona controlled the game with 306 rushing yards and intercepted Northern Arizona quarterback Kyren Poe three times while forcing three sacks.

NAU running back Zach Bauman carried the ball 21 times for 71 yards. The senior needs 48 rushing yards to pass Marcus King and become the school record holder.

Saturday, Aug. 31

No. 3 Sam Houston State (1-0) 74, Houston Baptist (0-1) 0

The Bearkats, coming off two straight appearances in the national title game, built a 49-0 halftime lead in a win over start-up program Houston Baptist.

Quarterback Brian Bell threw for two touchdowns and rushed for one. Backup running back Steven Hicks had 99 rushing yards and one touchdown on the ground.

Boston College (1-0) 24, No. 5 Villanova (0-1) 14

Villanova built a 14-7 lead in the first quarter, but didn't score again, surrendering the game's final 17 points in the second quarter.

For 'Nova, Jamal Abdur-Rahman scored on a 47-yard touchdown run off a fake punt and caught a 27-yard touchdown pass from 2012 Jerry Rice Award winner John Robertson.

No. 6 South Dakota State (1-0) 55, Butler (0-1) 14

South Dakota State's Austin Sumner threw for 326 yards and three touchdowns, including two to Jason Schneider, who had 167 receiving yards.

Jackrabbits junior Zach Zenner, who led the FCS in rushing last season, had 117 yards on 16 carries, including two touchdowns.

No. 8 Georgia Southern (1-0) 77, Savannah State (0-1) 9

Eight different players combined on 10 rushing touchdowns in Georgia Southern's lopsided win. The Eagles had 576 yards on 68 carries, an average of 8.5 yards per attempt.

Quarterback Jerick McKinnon rushed for 107 yards and one touchdown and threw for another score. Dominique Swope added 100 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.

No. 14 Cal Poly (1-0) 38, San Diego (0-1) 16

Kristaan Ivory gained 185 yards and three touchdowns on only 14 carries, sparking Cal Poly.

His 2-yard TD run with only nine seconds left in the second quarter broke a 10-10 tie and put the Mustangs ahead for good.

No. 16 Richmond (1-0) 34, VMI (0-1) 0

Richmond's Michael Strauss was 23-of-36 for 265 yards and three touchdowns.

The Spiders outgained VMI, 539 yards to 174, and intercepted Keydets quarterback Eric Kordenbrock three times.

No. 19 James Madison (0-0) 38, Central Connecticut State (0-1) 14

Quarterback Michael Birdong rushed for two touchdowns and threw for one more, while Dae'Quan Scott rushed for 120 yards - nearly half of James Madison's 247 yards on the ground - and scored on a 54-yard punt return.

Central Connecticut State held the ball for 13 1/2 minutes more than JMU despite the lopsided score.

No. 25 Coastal Carolina (1-0) 27, South Carolina State (0-1) 20

Coastal Carolina's Lorenzo Taliaferro rushed for 153 yards and scored on a 1- yard run with 10:52 left to snap a 20-20 tie.

Taliaferro also scored on a 3-yard pass from Alex Ross to open the scoring in the first quarter.

Baylor (1-0) 69, No. 8 Wofford (0-1) 3

Only Kasey Redfern's 22-yard field goal in the third quarter prevented Wofford from being shut out.

Donovan Johnson had 77 yards on 18 carries in the loss.

No. 17 Northern Iowa (0-0) at Iowa State (0-0), (n)

No. 21 Eastern Illinois (0-0) at San Diego State (0-0), (n)

No. 12 Appalachian State (0-0) at No. 20 Montana (0-0), (n)

Sunday, Sept. 1

No. 23 Bethune-Cookman (0-0) at Tennessee State (0-0), 8 p.m.

Idle

No. 10 New Hampshire Wildcats (0-0)

No. 16. Stony Brook Seawolves (0-0)

No. 22. Lehigh Mountain Hawks (0-0)

08/31 23:05:50 ET



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