Published September 02, 2012
| Sports Network
Coach Willie Fritz of No. 1 Sam Houston State joked this week that he was treating his team's season-ending bye as a win.
Plenty of teams in The Sports Network FCS Top 25 actually posted wins in Week 1 of the college football season - and most came away happy with their performance.
None was bigger Saturday than Youngstown State's 31-17 victory at Pittsburgh. The Penguins became the third FCS school to beat an FBS member this season.
The Sports Network FCS Top 25
No. 1 Sam Houston State (0-0), Idle
Last year's Southland Conference champion and FCS runner-up hosts Incarnate Word in its season opener Sept. 8.
No. 2 North Dakota State (1-0) 52, Robert Morris (0-1) 0
After the 2011 FCS national champs raised their title banner, quarterback Brock Jenson threw for 217 yards and three touchdowns.
No. 3 Georgia Southern (1-0) 58, Jacksonville (0-1) 0
Quarterback Ezayi Youyoute (164 rushing yards) and running back Dominique Swope (104) scored three touchdowns each and Georgia Southern dominated with 557 rushing yards, but no passing yards. The Eagles last had a shutout in 2010 (20-0 over The Citadel).
No. 4 Montana State (1-0) 33, Chadron State (0-1) 6
Junior quarterback DeNarius McGhee completed 29-of-40 passes for 176 yards and four touchdowns, including two to John Ellis. The Bobcats had a 401-135 advantage in total offense.
No. 5 James Madison (1-0) 55, St. Francis, Pa. (0-1) 7
The Dukes posted a 602-155 advantage in yards. Quarterback Justin Thorpe rused for two touchdowns and threw one to Dae'Quan Scott.
East Carolina (1-0) 35, No 6 Appalachian State (0-1) 13
On the five-year anniversary of the Mountaineers' stunning upset of Michigan, they outgained East Carolina in yards but surrendered touchdowns on a fumble return and a kickoff return, and committed 100 penalty yards. Quarterback Jamal Jackson threw for 300 yards in the loss - 102 to Tony Washington.
Kent State (1-0) 41, No. 7 Towson (0-1) 21
Towson couldn't find its run game - 2011 Jerry Rice Award winner Terrance West was held to 31 yards on 14 carries - and the Golden Flash never looked back.
No. 8 Old Dominion (1-0) 57, Duquesne (0-1) 23
ODU trailed 20-10 in the second quarter before rolling to the win. Taylor Heinicke threw for a school-record 492 yards as well as four touchdowns.
Wisconsin (1-0) 26, No. 9 Northern Iowa (0-1) 21
Sawyer Kollmorgen's two fourth-quarter touchdown passes to running back David Johnson brought UNI back from a 26-7 deficit, but the Panthers turned the ball over on downs in Wisconsin territory on their final possession. Garrett Scott and Wilmot Wellington collected 15 tackles each.
No. 10 Wofford (1-0) 34, Gardner-Webb (0-1) 7
Eric Breitenstein rushed for 219 yards and two touchdowns to fuel Wofford's 402-yard ground assault.
No. 11 Montana (1-0) 35, South Dakota (0-1) 24
Mick Delaney won his debut as head coach as Montana overcame a 24-16 deficit in the third quarter with three touchdowns in a four-minute span. Dan Moore rushed for a career-high 148 yards and a touchdown, while fellow senior Peter Nguyen added 102 yards and a touchdown on the ground.
No. 12 Eastern Washington (1-0) 20, Idaho (0-1) 3
Quarterback Kyle Padron, in his first start since transferring from SMU, was 13-of-33 for 260 yards and one touchdown, completing five passes to Brandon Kaufman for 148 yards. Quincy Forte rushed for 66 yards on 17 carries and teammate Jordan Talley added another 63 yards on 18 carries.
No. 13 Youngstown State (0-0) 31, Pittsburgh (0-1) 17
The Penguins never trailed in their first win over an FBS opponent in 12 years. Quarterback Kurt Hess threw for two touchdowns, and running back Andre Stubbs ran for 71 yards and one touchdown and caught four passes for 61 yards and a touchdown.
No. 14 New Hampshire (1-0) 38, Holy Cross (0-1) 17
Any questions the Wildcats had at the QB position were answered. Sean Goldrich and Andy Vailas combined to go 25-for-35 for 252 yards and three touchdowns.
No. 15 Delaware (1-0) 41, West Chester (0-1) 21
Too close for comfort late, but the Blue Hens gladly took the win as Bowling Green transfer Trent Hurley threw for 310 yards and three touchdowns, with three interceptions.
No. 16 Lehigh (1-0) 27, Monmouth (0-1) 17
Senior Michael Colvin was 17-of-32 for 221 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in his debut as the Mountain Hawks' starting quarterback. He also rushed for a TD.
No. 17 Stony Brook (1-0) 49, Central Connecticut State (0-1) 17
The Seawolves, last year's FCS scoring leader, rolled up 489 total yards. Miguel Maysonet rushed for 171 yards and scored three touchdowns, while Iowa transfer Marcus Coker debuted with 75 yards and a touchdown on the ground.
Purdue (1-0) 48, No. 18 Eastern Kentucky (0-1) 6
EKU failed to stop Purdue's passing game (37-for-46, 372 yards, four touchdowns). Meanwhile, Colonels quarterback Jared McClain was 8-of-23 for 85 yards and two interceptions while starting for the injured T.J. Pryor (hamstring).
No. 19 Illinois State (1-0) 56, Dayton (0-1) 14
Darrelyn Dunn rushed for 127 yards and three touchdowns and Matt Brown threw for three touchdowns. Brown became the Redbirds' all-time leader in completions with 677.
No. 20 Stephen F. Austin (1-0) 49, Southwestern Oklahoma (0-1) 14
Brady Attaway completed 21-of-37 pass attempts for 354 yards and three touchdowns in 2 1/2 quarters of action. The Lumberjacks threw for 440 yards as a team, with 13 players catching passes.
No. 21 Maine (0-0), Idle
The Black Bears, coming off an impressive 9-4 season, visit Boston College in their opener Sept. 8.
Arkansas (1-0) 49, No. 22 Jacksonville State (0-1) 24
Jacksonville State coach Jack Crowe lost in his return to Fayetteville, where he coached the Razorbacks for a little over two seasons from 1990-92. Alan Bonner totaled 107 receiving yards and a touchdown.
Indiana (1-0) 24, No. 23 Indiana State (0-1) 17
Sycamores junior Shakir Bell, the 2011 Walter Payton Award co-runner-up, rushed for 191 yards and one touchdown on 24 carries.
Ole Miss (1-0) 49, No. 24 Central Arkansas (0-1) 27
Ole Miss sidestepped the type of season-opening loss it had to Jacksonville State two years ago by totaling 565 yards. New UCA quarterback Wynrick Smothers completed 25-of-32 passes for 247 yards and two touchdowns.
No. 25 Harvard Crimson (0-0), Idle
When the Ivy League season begins Sept. 15, the defending champion Crimson will host San Diego in non-conference action.