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FCS Top 25 October 25-26

Friday, October 25
Dartmouth 59, Columbia 24
Derek Kyler passed for two touchdowns, Jared Gerbino ran for two scores and Dartmouth beat Columbia 59-24 to stay undefeated on the season. The Big Green (6-0, 3-0 Ivy League) scored 42 straight points after the Lions (2-4, 1-2) tied it at 10 early in the second quarter. Gerbino's first TD run gave Dartmouth the lead for good with 6:44 left in the second quarter and his second TD run made it 52-10 with 8:07 left in the third. Columbia scored back-to-back touchdowns to cut the deficit to 52-24 before the end of the third, but Noah Roper's 8-yard TD run capped the scoring with 1:14 left in the game. Hunter Hagdorn had four catches for 89 yards and a touchdown for the Big Green. Mike Roussos had seven catches for 82 yards for the Lions.

Saturday, October 26
Abilene Christian 37, Nicholls 31
Tracy James crashed in for the winning score as Abilene Christian won its second overtime game this season, slipping past Nicholls 37-31. Nicholls had possession first in the extra period but Jairan Parker stripped Kendall Bussey of the ball and Brandon Richmond pounced on it on the second play of OT. Abilene Christian (5-4, 4-3 Southland Conference) moved to the 5 in four plays and James took it in for the win. The Wildcats got past Stephen F. Austin 31-24 in double overtime last week. ACU, which recorded its first road win of the season, took the lead 17-14 when James bulled in from the 1 as time expired in the first half. The Wildcats were ahead 31-21 going into the final quarter. Chase Fourcade scored from the 1 and Gunnar Jones booted a 19-yard field goal with 1:53 remaining to tie the score and send it to overtime. Nicholls (4-4, 3-2) lost three fumbles and Fourcade was intercepted once. ACU's Luke Anthony was picked off twice. Sema'J Davis rushed for two touchdowns and 146 yards and James finished with 75 yards and two scores for the Wildcats. Anthony threw for 181 yards and one TD. Fourcade threw for 216 yards and a score and rushed for 64 yards and another score.

Weber State 36, Cal Davis 20
Trey Tuttle kicked five field goals to help Weber State beat UC Davis 36-20 and remain undefeated in the Big Sky Conference. Weber State (6-2, 4-0), ranked fourth in the STATS FCS Top 25, is tied with Sacramento State atop the conference standings. The Hornets host Weber State next Saturday. No. 22 UC Davis (4-5, 2-3) had its two-game win streak snapped and next plays at Portland State on Nov. 9. Josh Davis and Kevin Smith had touchdown runs for the Wildcats. Jake Constantine was 25-of-39 passing for 275 yards and threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Devon Cooley that stretched Weber State's lead to 36-14 with 3:44 remaining. Cooley finished with seven catches for 104 yards. Tuttle made all five of his attempts from inside the 40. Jaylin White scored on a 100-yard kickoff return in the first quarter for UC Davis. Jake Maier threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Jared Harrell to pull the Aggies to 19-14 midway through the third quarter.

Sacramento State 38, Cal Poly 14
Elijah Dotson ran 19 times for 176 yards and three touchdowns and Sacramento State beat Cal Poly 38-14. Kevin Thomson passed for 171 yards and an interception and ran 11 times for 104 yards for the Hornets (6-2, 4-0 Big Sky Conference). BJ Perkinson added 57 yards rushing with two TDs. After a scoreless first quarter, Sacramento State scored 17 points in the second quarter and a touchdown in the third to make it 24-0. Jake Jeffrey's 43-yard touchdown pass to J.J. Koski cut the deficit to 24-7 for the Mustangs (2-6, 1-4), but the Hornets scored two more touchdowns to make it 38-7 in the middle of the fourth quarter. Sacramento State, ranked eighth in the FCS Coaches Poll, hosts fifth-ranked Weber State next Saturday with first place in the Big Sky standings at stake. Duy Tran-Sampson ran 21 times for 70 yards for Cal Poly.

Central Arkansas 29, Sam Houston State 25
Breylin Smith threw for 405 yards and four touchdowns, including a 15-yarder to Tyler Hudson with 3:57 remaining, and Central Arkansas held off Sam Houston State 29-25. Hudson finished with 10 catches for 140 yards and a score. Joe Hampton added 149 yards on five catches, two going for scores, as Central Arkansas (6-2. 4-1 Southland) scored 22 of the final 25 points. Donovan Williams led Sam Houston State (5-4, 4-2) with 33 carries for 161 yards and two touchdowns. Sam Houston State closed the first half with a nine-play, 99-yard drive, capped by Brennon Tibbs' 10-yard TD reception for a 16-0 lead. Williams added a 10-yard rushing TD and Jevon Leon sacked Smith in the end zone. Central Arkansas opened the second half with a 75-yard drive, capped by Hampton's 40-yard touchdown grab to snap the SHSU defense's streak of 13 straight scoreless quarters in regulation. Smith's second touchdown pass went to Hampton for 53 yards to pull to 22-14.

Central Connecticut 28, Long Island 0
Aaron Winchester threw for two touchdowns and the Central Connecticut defense held Long Island to 9 yards rushing in a 28-0 victory. Enyce Walker added a pair of 1-yard touchdown runs for the Blue Devils (7-1, 3-0 Northeast), whose only lost came to FBS opponent Eastern Michigan. CCSU, ranked 24th in the FCS coaches poll, has won four straight. Winchester rolled left before quickly finding Arthur Gilmore Jr. alone in the middle of the end zone for a 4-yard score and a 14-0 halftime lead. He found Theo Zidor open at the 15 down the left side for a 51-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Winchester threw for 213 yards and CCSU had 108 yards rushing while holding the Sharks (0-7, 0-6) to 84 total yards. LIU had two turnovers.

Richmond 35, Delaware 25
Aaron Dykes ran back two kickoff returns for touchdowns - the first time that has happened in Richmond history - and the Spiders knocked off Delaware 35-25. Joe Mancuso rushed for two first-quarter touchdowns to put Richmond (4-4, 3-1 Colonial Athletic Association) up 14-0 and added an insurance touchdown with a 63-yard pass to Keyston Fuller for the game's final points late in the third quarter. Dykes gathered in a kick at the goal line, broke a couple tackles and raced for the score and a 21-7 lead in the first quarter. He was untouched on an 88-yard return in the second quarter for a 28-10 halftime lead. Pat Kehoe passed 14 yards to Bryce De Maille to get the Blue Hens (4-4, 2-2), ranked 19th in the FCS coaches poll, to within 28-25 with 7:45 left in the third quarter. Mancuso finished with 280 yards passing and 95 on the ground with Fuller making eight catches for 161 yards. Will Knight had 101 yards rushing for Delaware.

Montana 34, Eastern Washington 17
Sophomore running back Marcus Knight ran for 131 yards and three touchdowns to help the Montana Grizzlies rally past Eastern Washington 34-17. Knight's touchdown runs of 4, 45 and 9 yards backed a successful first start by junior quarterback Cam Humphrey, who was in for injured senior Dalton Sneed. Humphrey threw for a touchdown as the Grizzlies, ranked 10th in the STATS FCS Top 25, improved to 6-2, 3-1 in the Big Sky Conference. Eastern Washington (3-5, 2-2) led 14-3 midway through the second quarter after a 5-yard scoring run by Tamarick Pierce. Montana's ensuing drive covered 65 yards and was capped by Knight's first touchdown, cutting the gap to 14-10. After a 35-yard field goal by Seth Harrison put Eastern up 17-10 at 8:56 of the third quarter, Knight then tore off his long run, on a third-and-1 at the 7:18 mark. A Brandon Purdy field goal from 46 yards put the Grizzlies ahead for good, 20-17, before the quarter ended. After Knight's final touchdown, Eastern muffed a fair catch on the ensuing kickoff and Malik Flowers recovered for Montana at the Eagles' 23. That set up a 6-yard scoring pass from Humphrey to Samuel Akem. Montana led 34-17 with 12:02 left in the game. Humphrey was 20 of 29 passing for 176 yards. Eastern quarterback Eric Barriere was 22 of 41 for 264 yards, including a 30-yard scoring strike to Andrew Boston.

Florida A&M 24, Morgan State 12
Terry Jefferson returned a fumble for a touchdown and Florida A&M scored all its points in the first half to defeat Morgan State 24-12. With Florida A&M (7-1, 5-0 Big South Conference) leading 10-7 in the second quarter, the Rattlers' Eric Smith forced a fumble at midfield and Jefferson returned it 50 yards for a touchdown and a 17-7 lead. In the final minute of the half, Terrell Jennings caught a 21-yard touchdown pass from Rasean McKay for a 24-10 halftime lead. McKay completed 25 of 35 passes for 246 yards with a touchdown and an interception. DeAndre Harris completed a 27-yard touchdown pass to E'Munn Parker, giving Morgan State (1-7, 1-4) an early 7-0 lead. It would be the Bears' only touchdown of the game. FAMU's Davonne Kendrick tied it at 7 with a 3-yard touchdown run later in the first quarter. Morgan State's Manasseh Bailey blocked a punt for a safety early in the fourth quarter, the only points of the second half. Florida A&M is ranked No. 23 in the FCS Coaches Poll.

Furman 28, Western Carolina 7
Devin Wynn rushed for 87 yards and two touchdowns, including the go-ahead score, as Furman racked up 296 yards on the ground defeating Western Carolina 28-7 and reclaiming a share of first place in the Southern Conference. The Paladins (5-3, 4-1), ranked No. 14 in the FCS Coach's Poll, rebounded from a loss to The Citadel to match Wofford atop the SoCon standings. The two teams meet at Wofford Nov. 16. Western Carolina (1-7, 0-5) jumped to a 7-3 lead when Tyrie Adams capped a grinding, 16-play drive with a dash from the 7-yard line late in the opening quarter. Furman struck back on its next possession with Darren Grainger moving the Paladins 72 yards in seven plays. Wynn's score from 2-yards out reclaimed the lead. Grayson Atkins added a 40-yard field goal as time expired in the half and Furman took a 13-7 lead into the break. In the third quarter, Grainger connected with Thomas Gordon on a 36-yard scoring pass and Wynn added his second TD of the game, a run from the 3. Furman rolled up 392 yards of offense to 264 for the Catamounts, who were held to 77 yards on the ground.

Princeton 30, Harvard 24
Kevin Davidson threw three touchdown passes as Princeton edged Harvard 30-24. Davidson had 312 yards passing for the Tigers (6-0, 3-0 Ivy League). Collin Eaddy ran for 110 yards and a touchdown and caught a pass for another score. Davidson threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Dylan Classi, who made a diving catch in the end zone to give the Tigers a 30-21 lead with 3:16 remaining. The score came three plays after a 28-yard interception return by Matthew Winston. Princeton jumped to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter on Davidson's 13-yard touchdown throw to Classi followed by Tavish Rice's 46-yard field goal. Harvard scored twice in the second quarter to lead 14-10 at halftime. Eaddy scored twice in the third on a 31-yard pass from Davidson and a 1-yard run to give the Tigers a 23-14 advantage with 3:45 left in the quarter. Jake Smith threw for 289 yards and three touchdowns for the Crimson (4-2, 2-1) but was intercepted three times.

North Carolina A&T 64, Howard 6
Jah-Maine Martin ran for three touchdowns, Kylil Carter threw for two and North Carolina A&T beat Howard 64-6. Martin ran for 138 yards on seven carries for a 19.7-yards per carry average. Carter was 9-of-13 passing for 176 yards through the air. Zachary Leslie caught four passes for 120 yards and a touchdown and Elijah Bell caught a pair of touchdowns for the Aggies (5-2, 3-1 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference). After posting a 10-6 lead at the end of the first quarter, North Carolina A&T went on to score 24 points in the second quarter and 23 in the third. The Aggies outgained Howard 574-173 in total yards. Quinton Williams and the rest of the Howard (1-7, 1-3) offense was stymied for most of the duration. Williams was 7-of-20 passing for 58 yards with two interceptions. He managed 80 yards rushing on 17 carries and scored the Bison's lone touchdown to reduce North Carolina A&T's lead to 10-6 early.

Illinois State 24, Indiana State 7
James Robinson and Jeff Proctor rushed for touchdowns as Illinois State turned three fumbles into second-half points, defeating Indiana State 24-7. The Redbirds (6-2, 3-1 Missouri Valley Conference) went into halftime tied 7-7 as Indiana State knotted the score with a 6-yard pass from Kurtis Wilderman to Dante Hendrix with 19 seconds left in the half. Illinois State, ranked seventh in the FCS Coaches Poll, dominated the second half, forcing three Sycamores (3-5, 1-3) fumbles. The first resulted in a 38-yard Sam Feniason field goal. Robinson broke free for a 77-yard TD run after the second, and the third and final fumble recovery led to Proctor's score from the 1. Aaron Mends forced a fumble on Indiana State's fourth play after halftime with Jason Lewan recovering. John Ridgeway forced the second fumble, ending an Indiana State threat by tackling Michael Haupert at the 12, with Ty DeForest recovering. And on the ensuing kickoff, the Sycamores' Chris Childers mishandled the catch and Clayton Isbell fell on the ball for Illinois State.

Jacksonville State 14, Murray State 12
Zion Webb rushed for 79 yards and a touchdown, and one of his two throws went for another score as Jacksonville State held off Murray State 14-12. JSU had a 32-game regular-season home winning streak snapped last week against Southeast Missouri but got off to a 14-0 lead with just under 10 minutes left in the second quarter against Murray State. Zaden Webber kicked a 53-yard field goal to pull Murray State within 14-12 with 4:59 remaining in the fourth. After a JSU punt, the Racers went on a 13-play, 45-yard drive but Webber was off on a 52-yarder with five seconds to go for his third miss of the game. Michael Matthews added 89 yards rushing for Jacksonville State (6-3, 3-2 Ohio Valley Conference). Jamari Hester made two catches for 74 yards and a TD. Preston Rice completed 24 of 46 passes for 231 yards with an interception for Murray State (4-5, 2-3). He also carried it 15 times for 49 yards and a TD.

James Madison 27, Towson 10
Ben DiNucci passed for 201 yards and two touchdowns and the James Madison defense held Towson to 77 yards after the half for a 27-10 win. Percy Agyei-Obese ran 20 times for 111 yards and a TD, and Brandon Polk caught eight passes for 121 yards and a touchdown. DiNucci finished 14 of 25 with an interception for the Dukes (8-1, 5-0 Colonial Athletic Association), ranked second in the FCS Coaches Poll. James Madison scored the final 20 points of the game. DiNucci's 9-yard TD pass to Riley Stapleton gave the Dukes the lead for good at 14-10 and his 60-yard toss to Polk made it 21-10 late in the second quarter. Ethan Ratke added a chip shot field goal before the end of the half and another in the third quarter to cap the scoring. Tom Flacco was 18 of 32 for 210 yards, a touchdown and an interception for the Tigers (4-4, 1-3).

Kennesaw State 41, North Alabama 17
Kennesaw State quarterback Daniel David failed to complete a pass, but he ran for 111 yards and three touchdowns as the Owls overpowered North Alabama 41-17 in the Lions' Big South Conference opener. North Alabama (2-6, 1-2) took its opening possession and marched 65 yards in seven plays with Terence Humphrey scoring on a 4-yard run for a 7-0 lead. After punting on its first possession, Kennesaw State (7-1, 3-0) scored TDs on its next four possessions. David bulled his way into the end zone from a yard out, but a missed point-after kick left the Owls trailing by a point. David put Kennesaw State up 13-7 on a 13-yard run 2:57 into the second quarter. The Lions regained the lead 14-13 on Blake Dever's 28-yard scoring strike to Humphrey, but Kevin Ficklin sandwiched scoring runs of 17 and 30 yards around a field goal by North Alabama's Joe Gurley for a 27-17 halftime lead. David's 2-yard TD run in the third quarter and Jonathan Murphy's 1-yard TD plunge in the fourth capped the scoring. The Owls finished with 490 yards of offense - all on the ground - as David went 0-for-4 passing. Murphy rushed for 98 yards and a score on 14 carries, while Ficklin added 80 yards and two TDs on just four carries. Dever completed 23 of 32 passes for 261 yards and a TD with one interception for North Alabama. The Lions had just 57 yards rushing on 23 carries.

Northern Iowa 29, Missouri State 6
Will McElvain threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as Northern Iowa scored 29-unanswered points on its way to a 29-6 win over Missouri State. McElvain had 238 yards passing for the Panthers (5-3, 3-1 Missouri Valley Football Conference). Isaiah Weston had 157 yards and two touchdowns receiving. Matthew Cook kicked three field goals. Cook booted a pair of field goals in the second quarter, from 49 and 22 yards, to give Northern Iowa a 6-0 lead. Later, Austin Evans recovered a Missouri State (1-6, 1-3) fumble six yards shy of the Bears end zone, leading to McElvain's touchdown run two plays later. McElvain followed that with a 46-yard scoring throw to Weston for a 19-0 lead at halftime. Cook's 38-yard field goal and McElvain's 70-yard touchdown pass to Weston late in the third quarter stretched it to 29-0 before the Bears finally scored on a 17-yard touchdown throw from Peyton Huslig to Antwan Woods. Huslig had 153 yards passing for Missouri State.

North Dakota 16, Montana State 12
Alex Cloyd blocked a punt in the end zone and Jayson Coley recovered for a touchdown to spark North Dakota's 16-12 victory over Montana State. Cloyd lined up at left tackle, broke through a block and smothered the punt. Coley recovered for the Fighting Hawks (5-3) as the ball was bouncing out of the end zone toward the field of play. Both teams scored one touchdown on offense. Fighting Hawks backup quarterback Brock Boltmann threw a touchdown on his only pass attempt, 36 yards to Travis Toivonen for a 7-3 lead in the first quarter. Montana State's only touchdown came on Troy Andersen's go-ahead 1-yard run midway through the fourth quarter for a 12-10 lead. North Dakota starting quarterback Nate Ketteringham completed 27 of 36 attempts for 220 yards. He was sacked four times. Montana State (5-3), ranked No. 9 in both FCS polls, was held to 97 yards passing. The Bobcats rushed for 219 yards, their balanced attack led by DeMareus Hosey with 76 yards on 10 carries.

North Dakota State 23, South Dakota State 16
Adam Cofield sprinted 71 yards on fourth down for a touchdown with 2 1/2 minutes left and FCS top-ranked North Dakota State claimed its 28th straight victory with a 23-16 win over No. 3 South Dakota State. The Bison (8-0, 4-0 Missouri Valley Conference) were inches short of a first down when they handed the ball to Cofield, who popped through the line and raced down the right sideline to snap a tie. North Dakota State's defense did the rest, stopping Pierre Strong for a 1-yard loss and sacking Keaton Heide twice before the Jackrabbits (6-2, 3-1) came up way short on a fourth-and-23 razzle-dazzle play. Chase Vinatieri kicked the two of his three field goals in the first quarter to give the Jackrabbits the early lead, but North Dakota State scored the next 16 points on a Griffin Crosa field goal, a 59-yard run by Ty Brooks and a 6-yard TD pass from Trey Lance to Ben Ellefson. Heide's 3-yard TD run tied the game at 16 with 7:22 left in the game. Strong rushed for 120 yards for South Dakota State. North Dakota State has won at a least share of a record eight straight MVFC titles.

Southeast Missouri State 17, Tennessee Martin 10
Omardrick Douglas' 32-yard interception return for a touchdown late in the game gave his team the win as Southeast Missouri State rallied in the second half to edge UT Martin 17-10. Douglas picked off UTM's John Bachus III and ran for the winning score with 5:32 remaining in the fourth quarter. Later, Bydarrius Knighten intercepted Bachus again with two seconds left to seal the victory. Daniel Santacaterina had 127 yards passing for the Redhawks (5-3, 3-1 Ohio Valley Conference). Backup QB Joe Pyle replaced Santacaterina in the second half and ran for a score. Kendrick Tiller kicked a 29-yard field goal late in the first quarter but UTM answered with a touchdown and a field goal and the Redhawks trailed 10-3 at halftime. Pyle broke for his 61-yard touchdown run on the third play of the second half, evening the score 10-all. UTM's Ryan Courtright missed a 23-yard field goal late in the third quarter and Tiller had a 46-yard attempt blocked early in the fourth. Bachus had 284 yards and a score passing for the Skyhawks (5-3, 4-1).

Stony Brook 36, Villanova 35
Nick Courtney kicked a 22-yard field goal as time expired, lifting Stony Brook to a 36-35 upset win over Villanova in which the Seawolves scored 13 unanswered points in the fourth quarter. Villanova (6-2, 3-2 Colonial Athletic Association), ranked No. 5 in the STATS FCS Top 25, has lost two in a row and fallen out of a four-team cluster in second place behind unbeaten James Madison. Stony Brook (5-3, 2-2) snapped a two-game skid. Trailing 35-20 in the fourth quarter, the Seawolves scored touchdowns on two of their three possessions and held Villanova to a pair of three-and-outs on its last two possessions. After fielding a short punt with 28 seconds left, with 64 yards to cover and trailing by three points, Tyquell Fields quickly brought the Seawolves to the 5 with passes of 19 and 40 yards to Andrew Trent and Nick Anderson, respectively, setting up Courtney's kick for the upset . Fields finished 21-for-37 passing for 320 yards. Anderson had eight catches for 137 yards. Jaaron Hayek caught a 21-yard TD pass from Daniel Smith and threw a 68-yard TD pass to Smith, while DeeWil Barlee had 22 carries for 131 yards and a score for Villanova.


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