Week 2 FCS Top 25 Roundup
Bethlehem, PA (Sports Network) - Having been kept out of the FCS playoffs because of one loss last season, the Lehigh University football team surely didn't want to suffer one in its 2013 season opener.
The No. 23 Mountain Hawks went to all lengths to avoid it.
They rallied from a 20-point fourth-quarter deficit and didn't lead until Sean Farrell scored on an 11-yard run in the second overtime of a 51-44 win over Central Connecticut State Saturday at Goodman Stadium.
Lehigh (1-0) stunned CCSU (0-2) by overcoming a 37-17 deficit in the final 10 minutes of the fourth quarter, including two of Brandon Bialkowski's four touchdown passes.
Farrell's 2-yard run with 3:32 left tied the game at 37-37, but Lehigh failed to convert the extra point, which forced the overtime.
CCSU went ahead 44-37 in the first overtime on Nick SanGiacomo's 4-yard pass to Tyrell Holmes, but Lehigh tied the game on Bialkowski's second touchdown pass to Lee Kurfis.
After Farrell scored on the first possession of the second overtime, the Lehigh defense stopped CCSU on downs.
Bialkowski finished 18-of-29 for 366 yards, completing seven passes to Kurfis for 222 yards. SanGiacomo threw for three touchdowns and Rob Hollomon rushed for 160 yards and three touchdowns for CCSU.
Coach Andy Coen's Mountain Hawks finished 10-1 last season, but did not receive an at-large bid to the FCS playoffs after Colgate won the Patriot League's automatic bid.
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No. 5 Towson (2-0) 49, Holy Cross (0-2) 7
Peter Athens was 17-for-23 for 232 yards and two touchdowns and scored on a 24-yard run, sparking Towson to its fifth straight win dating back to last season.
Terrance West rushed for 121 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries, while Thomas Bradley scored on a 90-yard interception return.
Central Michigan (1-1) 24, No. 11 New Hampshire (0-1) 21
The only time Central Michigan led in this game was at the final whistle on Ron Coluzzi's game-ending 27-yard field goal.
Cooper Rush, who didn't start at quarterback for Central Michigan but entered late in the first quarter, dominated the UNH passing defense by passing for 326 yards and three touchdowns, including a 97-yard strike to Titus Davis, who totaled 184 yards and two scores receiving.
Quarterback Andy Vailas led the Wildcats in their first game of the season with 156 yards passing and a touchdown.
No. 17 Stony Brook (1-0, 1-0 CAA) 24, Rhode Island (0-2, 0-1) 0
Stony Brook pitched a shutout in its first-ever CAA Football game, forcing three fumbles and limiting Rhode Island to 67 rushing yards on 31 carries. Reuben Johnson collected two of the fumbles.
Quarterback Lyle Negron was efficient offensively, completing 12-of-19 pass attempts for 186 yards and one touchdown and breaking off a 59-yard run en route to 65 yards on the ground. Marcus Coker (23 carries, 78 yards) and Jaimie Williams both scored touchdown runs.
No. 25 Bethune-Cookman (1-0) 66, Virginia Union (0-1) 14
This week's scoring explosion was a complete 180 of Bethune-Cookman's Week 1 performance - a 12-9 win at Tennessee State - as the Wildcats took advantage of a weaker Virginia Union team for the lopsided victory.
Defense ruled for B-CU, which forced three interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns. Three different quarterbacks - Quentin Williams, Jackie Wilson and Brodrick Waters - each threw a touchdown.
Drake (0-1) at No. 9 Northern Iowa (1-0), 5 p.m.
Ferris State (0-0) at No. 1 North Dakota State (1-0), 5 p.m.
No. 15 Richmond (1-0) at North Carolina State (1-0), 6 p.m.
Furman (0-1) at No. 24 Coastal Carolina (1-0), 6 p.m.
No. 8 Villanova (0-1) at Fordham (1-0), 6 p.m.
No. 16 Wofford (0-1, 0-0 SoCon) at The Citadel (0-1, 0-0 SoCon), 6 p.m.
North Carolina A&T (0-0) at No. 21 Appalachian State (0-1), 6 p.m.
No. 20 James Madison (1-0) at Akron (0-1), 6 p.m.
Saint Francis (Pa.) (0-0) at No. 10 Georgia Southern (1-0), 6 p.m.
No. 6 South Dakota State (1-0) at North Dakota (1-0), 7 p.m.
No. 4 Sam Houston State (1-0) at Texas A&M (1-0), 7 p.m.
No. 14 Eastern Illinois (1-0) at Southern Illinois (0-1), 7 p.m.
Western Oregon (0-0) at No. 2 Eastern Washington (1-0), 7:05 p.m.
No. 7 Central Arkansas (1-0) at Colorado (1-0), 8 p.m.
No. 3 Montana State (1-0) at SMU (0-1), 8 p.m.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff (0-1) at No. 18 McNeese State (1-0), 8:30 p.m.
No. 12 Cal Poly (1-0) at Fresno State (1-0), 10 p.m.
No. 13 Montana (1-0)
No. 19 Illinois State (0-1)
No. 22 Northern Arizona (0-1)
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