Week 13 FCS Top 25 Roundup
Bethlehem, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - In the winner-take-all, 149th meeting of college football's most-played rivalry, Lafayette beat No. 17 Lehigh, 50-28, on Saturday to claim the Patriot League championship.
The victory also gave Lafayette (5-6, 4-1) the league's automatic bid to the FCS playoffs as the first-ever sub-.500 qualifier. The playoffs began in 1978.
Freshman quarterback Drew Reed completed 20-of-27 passes for 378 yards and three touchdowns, and junior running back Ross Scheuerman rushed for 106 yards and two touchdowns for coach Frank Tavani's Leopards.
Lehigh (8-3, 3-2) turned the ball over three times. Tyler Coyle caught one touchdown each from Mountain Hawks quarterbacks Matt McHale and Nick Shafnisky.
Lafayette, which opened the season by losing five of its first six games but has since won four of its last five, captured its first Patriot League title since 2006 and seventh overall.
Lafayette has a 77-67-5 series lead. The Leopards ended Lehigh's five-game winning streak in the series with the most points scored by either school since Lafayette won 54-20 in 1994.
Next year's 150th Lafayette-Lehigh game will be played at Yankee Stadium on Nov. 22, 2014.
No. 8 Southeastern Louisiana (10-2, 7-0 Southland) 52,
Nicholls (4-8, 1-6) 27
After trailing 14-13 at halftime, Southeastern Louisiana scored 32 points in the third quarter and finished with a school-record 702 total yards in the River Bell Classic.
Quarterback Bryan Bennett threw for 273 yards and two touchdowns, and rushed for 120 yards and his 14th rushing touchdown of the season, which tied the school's single-season record held by Horace Belto.
The Lions set the school record for victories in a season.
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No. 24 New Hampshire (7-4, 6-2 CAA) 24, No. 4 Maine (10-2, 7-1) 3
New Hampshire logged its most important win of the season, retaining the Brice- Cowell Musket for another year and keeping hopes alive of extending the longest active run of playoff appearances to 10.
UNH junior running back Nico Steriti rushed 18 times for 139 yards and a touchdown - a 68-yard dash that iced the win in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Andy Vailas exited the game with a leg injury, but Sean Goldrich took over and completed 5-of-8 passing for 38 yards and a touchdown.
Maine quarterback Marcus Wasilewski was 27-for-43 with 220 yards. The Black Bears had already locked up CAA Football's automatic bid to the postseason.
South Carolina (9-2) 70, No. 11 Coastal Carolina (10-2) 10
Despite the loss to FBS South Carolina, Coastal Carolina clinched the Big South Conference's automatic playoff bid after Charleston Southern's loss to Liberty earlier in the day. Coastal Carolina and Liberty share the Big South title.
Quarterback Alex Ross completed 15 passes against the Gamecocks for 168 yards and a touchdown to senior running back Lorenzo Taliaferro. The Walter Payton Award candidate Taliaferro was slowed by South Carolina's defense and held to 21 yards on 10 carries.
No. 12 Fordham (11-1) 56, Colgate (4-8) 19
Fordham starting quarterback Michael Nebrich returned from a knee injury in the team's regular season finale to complete 29-of-38 pass attempts for 395 yards and five touchdowns - three of which went to receiver Brian Wetzel.
Senior running back Carlton Koonce added 148 yards and two touchdowns on the ground in the blowout. The Rams are in line for an at-large playoff bid.
Liberty (8-4, 4-1 Big South) 56,
No. 18 Charleston Southern (10-3, 3-2)
Liberty earned a share of the Big South Conference title as Josh Woodrum completed 23-of-28 pass attempts for 239 yards and three touchdowns, and ran for one touchdown. Desmond Rice rushed for 80 yards and two touchdowns, while the defense had four interceptions, including a pair by Jacob Hagen.
Liberty shared the Big South title with Coastal Carolina, which collected the conference's automatic bid to the playoffs because of an overtime win in the head-to-head meeting.
Charleston Southern's back-to-back losses to end the regular season may have knocked the Buccaneers out of a potential at-large playoff bid.
Dartmouth (6-4, 5-2 Ivy) 28, No. 22 Princeton (8-2, 6-1)
Princeton was denied an outright Ivy League championship by Dartmouth and settled for a co-title with Harvard.
Dartmouth quarterback Dalyn Williams struggled through the air, completing 4- of-15 attempts for 92 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions, but rushed for two touchdowns.
Princeton signal caller Quinn Epperly threw for a pair of touchdowns and rushed for one. He was intercepted by Garrett Waggoner at the Dartmouth 37 with 24 seconds remaining to play.
Florida A&M (3-8, 2-5 MEAC) vs. No. 14 Bethune-Cookman (9-2, 6-1) at Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla., 2 p.m.
No. 16 South Dakota State (7-4, 4-3 Missouri Valley) at No. 15 Youngstown State (8-3, 5-2), 2 p.m.
No. 2 Eastern Illinois (10-0, 7-1 OVC) at UT Martin (7-4, 5-2), 2 p.m.
No. 23 Chattanooga (8-3) at Alabama (10-0), 2 p.m.
No. 5 Montana (9-2, 5-2 Big Sky) at No. 13 Montana State (7-4, 5-2), 2:05 p.m.
Elon (2-9, 1-6 Southern) at No. 24 Samford (7-4, 5-2), 3 p.m.
No. 10 Northern Arizona (8-2, 6-1 Big Sky) at No. 20 Southern Utah (8-3, 5-2), 3:05 p.m.
South Dakota (4-7, 3-4 Missouri Valley) at No. 1 North Dakota State (10-0, 7-0), 3:30 p.m.
James Madison (6-5, 3-4 CAA) at No. 7 Towson (9-2, 5-2), 3:30 p.m.
No. 9 Sam Houston State (8-3, 4-2 Southland) at Central Arkansas (6-5, 3-3), 4 p.m.
No. 19 William & Mary (7-4, 4-3 CAA) at Richmond (5-6, 3-4), 4 p.m.
Portland State (6-5, 3-4) at No. 3 Eastern Washington (9-2, 7-0), 5:45 p.m.
No. 6 McNeese State (9-2, 5-1 Southland) at Lamar (5-6, 2-4), 7 p.m.
Regular Season Complete
No. 25 Tennessee State (9-3)
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