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Top-ranked North Dakota State avenged its only loss of last year's FCS national championship season by throttling third-ranked Youngstown State, 48-7, on Saturday.
A record crowd of 19,065 at the Fargodome watched the Bison (5-0, 2-0 Missouri Valley) score the game's final 41 points after Youngstown State tied the game 7-7 on a Kurt Hess touchdown pass in the first quarter.
Brock Jensen completed 15-of-23 passes for 200 yards and two touchdowns, while John Crockett rushed for 103 yards and two touchdowns.
Ryan Smith also scored twice, once off a Jensen pass and on a 76-yard punt return.
The Bison intercepted Hess twice, including All-America cornerback Marcus Williams' 98-yard return for a touchdown in the second quarter. It gave the Bison a 21-7 en route to a 35-7 halftime advantage.
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Friday, Oct. 5
No. 20 Cal Poly (5-0, 3-0 Big Sky) 45, Weber State (0-6, 0-3) 23
Cal Poly improved to 5-0 for the first time since 2004 as three of quarterback Andre Broadous' six completions went for touchdowns and slotback Kristaan Ivory scored two touchdowns.
The Mustangs took the lead for good when Ivory scored on a 5-yard run to make it 21-20 with 5:52 to play in the third quarter.
Two and a half minutes later, defensive tackle Barrett Wangara returned an interception 58 yards for a touchdown, extending Cal Poly's lead to 28-20.
Saturday, Oct. 6
No. 1 North Dakota State (5-0, 2-0 Missouri Valley) 45, No. 3 Youngstown State (4-1, 1-1) 7
NDSU held Youngstown State's powerful offense to 211 yards and forced three turnovers.
The reigning national champion is 19-1 since the start of the 2011 season. The Bison have won nine straight games against nationally ranked teams.
No. 2 Montana State (6-0, 3-0 Big Sky) 48, UC Davis (2-4, 1-2) 41
UC Davis led 41-38 in the fourth quarter before Tray Robinson's 1-yard touchdown run with 8:40 left put Montana State in front to stay. The Bobcats improved to 6-0 for the first time since 1978.
MSU's DeNarius McGhee threw for 334 yards with one touchdown and an interception, while UC Davis counterpart Randy Wright passed for 242 yards and two touchdowns with one interception.
No. 4 Old Dominion (5-0, 2-0 CAA), Idle
ODU's Oct. 13 home game against Villanova looks a little harder now than in the preseason.
No. 5 James Madison (4-1, 2-0 CAA) 13, No. 12 Towson (2-3, 1-1) 10
In a highly anticipated early season CAA matchup, JMU quarterback Justin Thorpe scrambled into the Towson end zone off a busted play for a 9-yard touchdown with 1:24 left, providing the winning margin.
The Dukes held Towson to just 170 rushing yards and forced three turnovers. Towson quarterback Grant Enders threw two costly interceptions in Towson's second straight loss.
JMU coach Mickey Matthews picked up his 100th career win.
No. 6 Wofford (5-0, 3-0 SoCon) 20, Furman (2-4, 1-2) 17
Wofford quarterback Brian Kass only threw four passes in the game, but one of the completions was a 52-yard touchdown connection to Jeff Ashley which provided the winning margin in the third quarter.
Eric Breitenstein rushed for 158 yards in the win, while Furman's Jerodis Williams ran for 121 yards and two touchdowns.
No. 7 Eastern Washington (4-1, 3-0) 55, North Dakota (3-3, 2-2) 17
Vernon Adams threw four touchdowns, two each to Greg Herd and Brandon Kaufman.
In the loss, North Dakota nearly doubled EWU in time of possession, holding the ball for 47 minutes, 21 seconds.
No. 8 Georgia Southern (4-1, 3-1 SoCon) 45, Western Carolina (1-5, 0-4) 13
Georgia Southern had three players rush for over 100 yards and two more players almost did while the triple option churned out 614 yards on the ground.
Darreion Robinson (124 yards), Dominique Swope (117) and William Banks (101) all passed the century mark with one touchdown each. James Dean also rushed for 95 yards and a touchdown and quarterback Jerick McKinnon added 89 yards. He also completed two passes, both for touchdowns.
The Eagles have won 18 straight games against Western Carolina.
Southern Illinois (3-3, 2-1 Missouri Valley) 17, No. 9-tie Illinois State (5-1, 2-1) 0
Despite totaling only 182 yards, Southern Illinois evened its record. The Salukis picked off Illinois State quarterback Matt Brown four times and blocked a punt for a touchdown to upset the Redbirds.
SIU quarterback Korey Faulkner was just 7-of-21 for 73 yards, but it didn't matter as the Salukis defense held the high-powered Illinois State offense to just 257 yards, including 42 rushing yards. On top of that, the Redbirds were 0-of-12 on third down attempts.
No. 9-tie Sam Houston State (3-2, 1-1 Southland) 51, Stephen F. Austin (2-4, 2-0) 45
Sam Houston State withstood Brady Attaway's 545 yards and six touchdown passes for Stephen F. Austin in the annual Battle of the Piney Woods.
Bearkats quarterback Brian Bell threw for three touchdowns and rushed for a pair and Timothy Flanders rushed for 125 yards. The Bearkats held a 14-minute, 50-second advantage in time of possession.
Attaway completed 39-of-76 attempts. Top receiver Cordell Roberson caught 14 passes for 199 yards and three touchdowns.
No. 11 Lehigh (6-0) 35, Columbia (1-3) 14
Lehigh improved to 6-0 overall and finished unbeaten in non-conference play.
The Mountain Hawks entered the contest with only four passing touchdowns this season, but it doubled that total in the win. Senior quarterback Mike Colvin passed for four touchdowns on 29-of-38 attempts while adding a rushing touchdown.
Sergio Fernandez-Soto had a career day with eight receptions for 120 yards and a touchdown, while All-America wide receiver Ryan Spadola scored his first touchdown of the season, catching five passes for 36 yards.
No. 13 Stony Brook (5-1, 1-0 Big South) 49, Charleston Southern (1-4, 0-1) 7
Ho-hum, another big offensive display for Stony Brook. Quarterback Kyle Essington completed 13-of-19 attempts for 263 yards and five touchdowns.
Miguel Maysonet and Marcus Coker rushed for 88 and 80 yards, respectively, and one touchdown each. The Seawolves forced four turnovers.
No. 14 New Hampshire (4-2, 2-1 CAA) 44, Georgia State (0-6) 21
Andy Vailas threw for 252 yards and four touchdowns, and Nico Steriti (two touchdowns) and Jimmy Owens rushed for 126 and 120 yards, respectively, in UNH's 624-yard offensive day.
UNH forced five turnovers in handing coach Sean McDonnell his 100th career win.
No. 15 Appalachian State (4-2, 2-1 SoCon) 35, Elon (2-4, 0-3) 23
Quarterback Jamal Jackson accounted for all five ASU touchdowns, throwing for four before scoring on a 1-yard run to extend the Mountaineers' lead to a more-comfortable 35-23 with 7:52 to play.
Jackson passed for 304 yards and rushed for a career-high 94 yards.
Elon wide receiver Aaron Mellette was dynamic, catching 13 passes for 237 yards and three touchdowns. But Phoenix quarterback Thomas Wilson also threw three interceptions.
Maine (2-3, 1-1 CAA) 26, No. 16 Delaware (4-2, 1-2) 3
Quarterback Marcus Wasilewski completed 12-of-18 passes for 176 yards and three touchdowns as Maine handed Delaware its second straight loss.
Maine limited the Blue Hens to just 47 rushing yards and 224 total yards.
Tennessee State (6-0, 2-0 OVC) 23, No. 17 Eastern Kentucky (4-2, 2-1) 20
It took some late-game dramatics for the Tigers to survive and move to 6-0. Quarterback Michael German scored with eight seconds left in regulation from 1 yard out, capping a 13-play, 68-yard drive which lasted 2:36.
Tennessee State, which became the second team in the FCS to move to 6-0 on the season, outscored the Colonels 13-3 in the fourth quarter to pull out the win.
German passed for 228 yards and one touchdown and TSU running back Trabis Ward carried the ball 24 times for 113 yards and one score on the ground.
No. 18 Northern Arizona (4-1, 2-0 Big Sky), Idle
The Lumberjacks next take a four-game winning streak to North Dakota on Oct. 13.
Samford (5-1, 3-1 SoCon) 38, No. 19 The Citadel (3-3, 2-2) 7
Quarterback Andy Summerlin passed for 320 yards and one touchdown and 10 Samford players caught at least one pass as the Bulldogs totaled 569 yards offensively.
Samford held a 249-221 rushing advantage on the triple option Citadel offense.
It was the third straight loss for The Citadel, which started the season 3-0, including wins over Georgia Southern and Appalachian State.
No. 21 McNeese State (4-1, 1-1 Southland), Idle
The Cowboys' mettle will be tested in their next three games: Oct. 13 versus Central Arkansas, Oct. 20 at Sam Houston State and Oct. 27 versus Stephen F. Austin.
No. 22 Northern Iowa (1-4, 0-2 Missouri Valley), Idle
Having left the FCS' most brutal September schedule behind, the Panthers hope to get hot in the coming weeks, starting with an Oct. 13 visit to Southern Illinois.
No. 23 South Dakota State (4-1, 2-0 Missouri Valley), Idle
Zach Zenner, the FCS' leading rusher, gets to rest his legs. The Jackrabbits next host Western Illinois on Oct. 13
No. 24 Central Arkansas (4-2, 2-1 Southland) 34, Nicholls (1-3, 0-1)
Central Arkansas sidestepped an upset by overcoming a 14-13 halftime deficit.
Wynrick Smothers completed 31-of-43 attempts for 289 yards and one touchdown. Jackie Hinton rushed for 106 yards and a touchdown.
No. 25 Harvard (4-0, 2-0 Ivy) 45, Cornell (2-2, 1-1) 13
Defending league champion Harvard jumped out to an early 21-0 lead on three Colton Chapple touchdown passes. The senior finished with four touchdown strikes through the air for 362 yards and added 53 yards and a touchdown on the ground.
Wideout Andrew Berg caught three of the touchdowns among his 10 receptions for 132 yards.