Week 10 FCS Top 25 Roundup
Vermillion, SD (SportsNetwork.com) - Youngstown State is on the verge of claiming its first FCS playoff berth since 2006.
The 11th-ranked Penguins pulled into a first-place tie in the Missouri Valley Football Conference Saturday by defeating South Dakota, 38-34, on freshman Martin Ruiz's 3-yard touchdown run with 14 seconds remaining.
YSU improved to 8-1 overall and 5-0 for the first time in its Missouri Valley history. The Penguins are tied for first place with two-time defending FCS national champion North Dakota State (8-0, 5-0), which was idle on Saturday.
Ruiz finished with 131 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries.
Senior quarterback Kurt Hess completed 22-of-26 pass attempts for 283 yards and two touchdowns. He also scored on a 4-yard draw in the second quarter.
South Dakota fell to 4-5 and 3-3.
Saturday, Nov. 1
No. 2 Eastern Illinois (8-1, 5-0 OVC) 56, Tennessee Tech (3-7, 0-6) 21
Eastern Illinois senior quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo completed 33-of-50 pass attempts for 399 yards and four touchdowns with one interception.
Fellow Walter Payton Award candidate Erik Lora caught 12 passes for 119 yards and three touchdowns. In addition, Keiondre Gober had five receptions for 129 yards and one touchdown.
No. 6 Coastal Carolina (9-0) 50, Charlotte (4-5) 25
The nation's top scoring offense dropped 50 points against FCS independent Charlotte. Walter Payton Award candidate Lorenzo Taliaferro rushed for three touchdowns, and quarterback Alex Ross, who sat last weekend with a sprained ankle, threw for two touchdowns.
Coastal, North Dakota State and No. 9 Fordham are the only unbeaten teams in the FCS.
No. 9 Fordham (9-0) 32, Holy Cross (3-7) 30
Holy Cross gave Fordham all it could handle, but the unbeaten Rams managed to survive a late score and hold on for the win.
Quarterback Michael Nebrich was 39-for-49 for 524 passing yards and a touchdown, and he added three rushing scores in the win. Holy Cross freshman quarterback Peter Pujals threw for three touchdowns in the loss.
No. 10 Maine (8-1, 5-0 CAA) 19, Stony Brook (3-5, 1-4) 14
The Black Bears came back from a 13-0 halftime deficit to beat Stony Brook and remain the only unbeaten CAA team.
Maine scored on a 24-yard pass from Marcus Wasilewski to John Ebeling to give the Bears the fourth-quarter lead. Junior running back James Fenner went over 100 rushing yards for the Seawolves in the second straight week.
No. 13 Bethune-Cookman (8-1, 5-0 MEAC) 38,
North Carolina Central (4-5, 2-3) 14
Bethune-Cookman scored early and often in its 18th straight Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, jumping out to a 31-0 lead before the Eagles scored all of their points in the fourth quarter.
The Wildcats held the Eagles to minus-1 yard rushing while gaining 436 themselves. Senior Isidore Jackson notched 182 rushing yards and a touchdown in the win.
The Citadel (3-6, 3-4 Southern) 28, No. 15 Samford (6-3, 4-1) 26
One week after knocking off Wofford for the top spot in the Southern Conference, Samford's perfect conference record took a hit in a loss to The Citadel.
Samford's Andy Summerlin passed for 288 yards and two touchdowns, while Fabian Truss carried the ball only 11 times for 58 yards and a touchdown.
Four Citadel players received double-digit carries in the win, including Darien Robinson, who rushed for three touchdowns. The Bulldogs' triple option finished with 338 yards on the ground.
William & Mary (6-3, 3-2) 17, No. 16 New Hampshire (4-4, 3-2) 0
New Hampshire hadn't been shut out in a game since Sept. 23, 1995 - a span of 220 games. And the last opponent to not let the Wildcats score a point in a game? William & Mary.
New Hampshire's 24th-ranked scoring offense in the FCS committed three turnovers and was rendered ineffective by the Tribe's second-ranked scoring defense. Quarterback Brent Caprio paced the Tribe offense with 241 yards and a touchdown pass.
James Madison (6-3, 3-2 CAA) 31, No. 20 Villanova (4-5, 3-3) 21
In what was considered a possible elimination game for FCS playoff consideration, James Madison beat Villanova, gaining a DeAndre Smith 86-yard interception return for a touchdown.
Red-hot Villanova quarterback John Robertson threw for 219 yards and two touchdowns, but was held to 44 yards on 17 carries. He was coming off three straight games of at least 150 rushing yards.
Eastern Kentucky (6-3, 4-1 OVC) 44, No. 23 Tennessee State (7-3, 4-2)
Eastern Kentucky forced seven fumbles, gaining four of them, in a shutout of Tennessee State, whose loss was the second-most lopsided in program history, behind a 49-0 defeat to EKU in 2005.
EKU quarterback Jared McClain completed only eight passes, but three went for touchdowns, including two to Devin Borders.
No. 24 Charleston Southern (9-1, 2-0 Big South) 27,
Presbyterian (3-5, 1-1) 16
Christian Reyes carried the ball 20 times for 114 yards and one touchdown as Charleston Southern remained on pace for a first-place showdown in the Big South Conference with Coastal Carolina.
Presbyterian committed three turnovers.
No. 5 Montana State (6-2, 4-0 Big Sky) at Northern Colorado (1-7, 0-4), 3:40 p.m.
Stephen F. Austin (3-5, 1-2 Southland) at No. 8 Sam Houston State (6-2, 2-1) at Reliant Stadium in Houston, 4 p.m.
No. 12 Montana (6-2, 3-2 Big Sky) at Sacramento State (4-4, 3-1), 4:05 p.m.
No. 3 Eastern Washington (6-2, 4-0 Big Sky) at Idaho State (3-5, 1-4), 5:05 p.m.
No. 21 Delaware (6-2, 3-1 CAA) at Towson (8-1, 4-1), 7 p.m.
North Dakota (2-6, 1-4 Big Sky) at No. 14 Northern Arizona (6-2, 4-1), 7 p.m.
No. 18 Central Arkansas (5-3, 2-1 Southland) at Northwestern State (3-5, 0-3), 8 p.m.
No. 25 Southeastern Louisiana (6-2, 3-0 Southland) at No. 4 McNeese State (7-1, 3-0), 8 p.m.
No. 1 North Dakota State (8-0)
No. 17 Wofford (5-3)
No. 19 South Dakota State (5-4)
No. 22 Lehigh (6-2)
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