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Week 4 FCS Top 25 Roundup
Nacogdoches, TX (Sports Network) - Stephen F. Austin scored 21 points in the final nine minutes to upset third-ranked Montana State, 52-38, Saturday night.
Gus Johnson's 5-yard touchdown run with 5:01 remaining put SFA (2-2) ahead to stay, 45-38.
With Montana State (2-2) trying to rally for a tying touchdown, Ortavious Hypolite intercepted a Jake Bleskin pass and returned it 25 yards for a game- clinching touchdown with 26 seconds left.
Earlier, SFA tied the game at 38-38 on Joshawa West's 13-yard run with 8:45 left.
"We ran into a hot offense tonight," Montana State coach Rob Ash said. "Explosive offenses can be like good-shooting basketball teams, they get on a roll and it's really hard to stop. I thought we played very well in the third quarter, we stopped them from scoring and got the only points of the quarter. But they answered in the fourth quarter, and credit's to them."
Johnson rushed for 157 yards and three touchdowns on 26 carries. Quarterback Brady Attaway was 34-for-56 for 392 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions.
Bleskin was intercepted four times and Montana State was held to 107 rushing yards on 35 carries in the loss.
No. 1 North Dakota State (3-0) 51, Delaware State (0-3) 0
The ESPN "College Gameday" crew in Fargo may have stood a better chance of scoring on two-time defending FCS champion North Dakota State than Delaware State, which was limited to 189 yards in the shutout.
Marcus Williams returned his 20th career interception for a 33-yard touchdown, giving him six career interception returns for a score to tie the FCS record first set by Murray State's William Hampton (1993-96).
Quarterback Brock Jensen threw three touchdowns in the first half and set the NDSU career record for pass completions with 538, passing Steve Walker's 535 from 2004-07.
Bison coach Craig Bohl collected his school-record 92nd career win.
No. 4 Towson (4-0) 35, North Carolina Central (2-2) 17
The Tigers improved to 4-0 as Terrance West rushed for two more touchdowns (he has 11 this season) and 139 yards. Freshman back Darius Victor also saw action, recording 53 yards and two touchdowns on six carries.
The host Eagles gained a mere two net rushing yards in the loss.
No. 5 Sam Houston State (3-1) 52, Incarnate Word (2-2) 21
Senior tailback Timothy Flanders became the Southland Conference's all-time leading rusher while churning out 157 yards and two touchdowns in Sam Houston State's lopsided win.
Flanders upped his career total to 4,851 yards, surpassing Claude Mathis' 4,694 yards for Southwest Texas from 1994-97.
Brian Bell connected on two of his four touchdown passes to Torrance Williams, who had nine receptions for 122 yards.
Nebraska (3-1) 59, No. 6 South Dakota State (3-1) 20
South Dakota State running back Zach Zenner was his usual productive self against FBS Nebraska, gaining 202 rushing yards with two touchdowns, but it wasn't enough for the Jackrabbits against the Cornhuskers, who gained 645 yards.
South Dakota State will host the nation's top team in North Dakota State next weekend.
No. 7 Northern Iowa (3-0) 26, Northern Colorado (1-2) 7
Northern Iowa won on the road as Sawyer Kollmorgen passed for a season-high 248 yards and one touchdown, and David Johnson pushed his streak of 100-yard rushing games (121) to nine and consecutive games with a touchdown to 12.
Linebacker Jake Farley, son of UNI head coach Mark Farley, collected a season- high 13 tackles to reach double digits for the third time this season.
Northern Illinois (3-0) 43, No. 8 Eastern Illinois (3-1) 39
Six passing touchdowns from Jimmy Garoppolo wasn't enough for Eastern Illinois as FBS Northern Illinois completed a come-from-behind victory after trailing 20-0.
Garoppolo (450 yards, six touchdowns, two interceptions) and Erik Lora (14 receptions, 198 yards, three touchdowns) were once again the stars for the Panthers.
No. 9 Montana (3-0) 47, Oklahoma Panhandle State (1-3) 17
The Grizzlies didn't need huge performances from their key players to overtake Panhandle State. They scored on six of their first seven possessions and freshman halfback John Nguyen rushed for 144 yards.
Quarterback Jordan Johnson was the top passer for the Grizzlies with just 59 passing yards and a touchdown. Three players attempted at least four passes for Montana, while 11 players received at least one carry.
Gardner-Webb (3-1) 3, No. 10 Wofford (2-2) 0.
Jordan Day played the hero for Gardner-Webb for the second consecutive week, connecting on a 35-yard field goal with just under 11 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter for the game's only score.
The game was played in a rainstorm.
A week ago, Gardner-Webb tripped another nationally ranked team, Richmond.
Wofford's Donovan Johnson finished with 116 yards on 28 carries.
No. 12 McNeese State (4-0) 43, Weber State (1-2) 6
McNeese State averaged over eight yards per carry in a 363-yard ground assault.
Marcus Wiltz (140 yards, one touchdown) and Kelvin Bennett (122 yards, two touchdowns) fueled the win. The Cowboys committed 13 penalties.
No. 13 Central Arkansas (2-2) 17, Missouri State (0-4) 13
All of the scoring was in the first half as Central Arkansas evened its record at 2-2.
Quarterback Wynrick Smothers completed his first 14 passes and finished 35- of-46 for 280 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. Dezmin Lewis had eight receptions for 128 yards and one touchdown.
No. 15 Coastal Carolina (4-0) 50, Hampton (0-4) 17
The Chanticleers jumped out to a 40-0 lead at halftime largely behind running back Lorenzo Taliaferro and quarterback Alex Ross.
They both scored on a pair of runs and Ross added a touchdown pass.
No. 20 Villanova (1-2, 1-0 CAA) 35, Stony Brook (1-2, 1-1 CAA) 6
Villanova came back in a big way off a much-needed bye week for its first win of the season.
Sophomore quarterback John Robertson, the 2012 Jerry Rice Award winner, looked like his freshman self against the Seawolves, completing 9-of-12 pass attempts for 140 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 119 yards and a score.
Just hours after news broke that Stony Brook would be without star running back Marcus Coker for the remainder of the season due to an abdominal injury, Seawolves running backs managed just 87 rushing yards against Villanova (1-2).
No. 17 James Madison (3-1) 34, Charlotte (2-2) 7
James Madison's Dae'Quan Scott carried the ball 35 times for 176 yards and two touchdowns.
Freshman signal caller Matt Johnson completed just 50 percent of his passes for Charlotte, throwing for 98 yards. The 49ers struggled on third down attempts, converting on three of 16 tries.
The two teams combined for nine turnovers.
Florida State (4-0) 54, No. 19 Bethune-Cookman (3-1) 6
Florida State rolled to a 40-0 lead before Bethune-Cookman's Jackie Wilson scored on a 7-yard run in the third quarter.
Anthony Jordan had 81 yards on 15 carries in the loss.
No. 21 Fordham (4-0) 52, Columbia (0-1) 7
Fordham quarterback Michael Nebrich, who passed for 347 yards and three touchdowns, was sensational again in his team's fourth win. It was the Rams' fourth consecutive Liberty Cup win over Columbia.
Carlton Koonce ran for 158 yards and two touchdowns, while receiver Brian Wetzel topped the pass catching stats with 116 receiving yards and two touchdowns. The Rams lost four fumbles, however.
No. 22 Lehigh 29, Princeton (0-1) 28
Trailing 22-3 at halftime, Lehigh rallied to its 16th straight road win. Brandon Bialkowski threw for 430 yards and two touchdowns.
The Mountain Hawks erased a 28-23 deficit on Sean Farrell's 1-yard run with 2:45 left to play.
No. 23 Richmond (2-2) 30, Liberty (2-2) 21
Despite 10 penalties, Richmond got enough contributions from the running game to outlast the Flames.
Jacobi Green gained 181 yards rushing, while T.J. Moon scored twice. Receiver Ben Edwards eclipsed 100 yards (101) on nine receptions.
No. 25 Northern Arizona (2-1) 22, South Dakota (1-2) 16
Zach Bauman rushed for 151 yards and one touchdown to lead Northern Arizona, which took a 19-0 lead and held on for the win.
Anders Battles scored NAU's third touchdown on an interception return this season, a 49-yarder to open the scoring in the first quarter.
09/22 09:12:53 ET