Published October 14, 2012
| Sports Network
Normal, IL – The wildest day in FCS regular-season history?
On a stunning Saturday, four of the nation's five highest-ranked teams all lost for the first time this season, including each of the top three at home.
Unranked Indiana State shocked top-ranked North Dakota State, 17-14, in the Missouri Valley Football Conference.
No. 6 Eastern Washington defeated No. 2 Montana State, 27-24, in the Big Sky.
Unranked Villanova rolled past No. 3 Old Dominion, 38-14, in CAA Football.
No. 5 Wofford also fell from the ranks of the unbeaten, 17-9 at No. 7 Georgia Southern in the Southern Conference.
The highest-ranked team to post a win was No. 4 James Madison, and it needed double overtime to slip past CAA rival William & Mary, 27-26.
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Indiana State (5-2, 3-1 Missouri Valley) 17, No. 1 North Dakota State (5-1, 2-1) 14
Indiana State's Johnny Towalid returned two interceptions of NDSU quarterback Brock Jensen for touchdowns - a 27-yarder in the second quarter and a 31- yarder in the fourth quarter.
Jensen scored on a 1-yard run and a 2-point conversion with 9:56 left to pull NDSU within 17-14, but Indiana State's Larry King later added a third interception against him.
Indiana State's Shakir Bell rushed for 96 yards on 26 carries.
With the upset, the Sycamores ended the defending FCS champion's 10-game winning streak.
No. 6 Eastern Washington (5-1, 4-0 Big Sky) 27, No. 2 Montana State (6-1, 3-1) 24
Eastern Washington's Evan Day recovered a blocked punt for a touchdown and Jordan Tonani returned an interception 21 yards for a touchdown just 59 seconds apart early in the fourth quarter, turning a 17-13 deficit into a 27-17 lead.
McGhee completed 28-of-36 pass attempts for 294 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.
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Villanova (5-2, 3-1 CAA) 38, No. 3 Old Dominion (5-1, 2-1) 14
Villanova overcame a 14-0 first-quarter deficit with the game's final 38 points to stun unbeaten Old Dominion.
'Nova redshirt freshman John Robertson rushed for 189 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries and threw for 151 yards and a touchdown.
The Wildcats stymied the FCS' top-ranked offense. ODU quarterback Taylor Heinicke, who entered the game averaging 457 passing yards per game, completed 16-of-32 passes for 239 yards and two touchdowns against one interception.
No. 4 James Madison (5-2, 3-0 CAA) 27, William & Mary (2-5, 1-3) 26, 2 OT
James Madison snuffed out William & Mary's attempt for a two-point conversion in the second overtime to take sole possession of first place in the CAA.
Both teams kicked field goals in the first overtime.
In the second OT, Dae'Quan Scott's 3-yard touchdown and Cameron Starke's extra point put the Dukes ahead, 27-20. William and Mary scored on a 7-yard pass from quarterback Raphael Ortiz to wide receiver Tre McBride, but Ortiz's pass into the end zone on the two-point try was knocked to the turf.
No. 7 Georgia Southern (5-1, 4-1 SoCon) 17, No. 5 Wofford (5-1, 3-1) 9
Dominique Swope rushed for 137 yards and two touchdowns to power Georgia Southern, which set the FCS record by not attempting a pass in the battle of triple option offenses.
The Eagles, the new Southern Conference leader, have won four straight games.
Wofford's Eric Breitenstein carried the ball 13 times for 102 yards.
No. 14 Illinois State (6-1, 3-1 Missouri Valley) 35, No. 8 Youngstown State (4-2, 1-2) 28
Senior quarterback Matt Brown had a hand in four touchdowns and Illinois State overcame a 28-7 deficit. He rushed for a 1-yard touchdown with 2:44 remaining to snap a 28-28 tie.
With the first of his three touchdown passes, Brown set a new school record for career touchdown passes. He ended the game with 65.
Youngstown State's Jamaine Cook rushed for 177 yards and three touchdowns on 30 carries.
No. 9 Sam Houston State (4-2, 2-1 Southland) 41, Nicholls (1-4, 0-2) 0
Timothy Flanders' three touchdown runs helped Sam Houston State to a 261-yard rushing effort. Richard Sincere rushed for 74 yards and Flanders 67.
Quarterback Brian Bell was 15-of-19 for 190 yards and two touchdowns.
No. 10 Lehigh (7-0, 1-0 Patriot) 17, Georgetown (3-4, 0-1) 14
Lehigh continued to do just enough for a win, snapping a 14-14 tie on Jake Peery's 29-yard field goal with 10:58 to play.
Zach Barket rushed for 123 yards and a touchdown in the win. The Mountain Hawks won despite committing seven turnovers, including quarterback Mike Colvin's four interceptions.
Georgetown's Jeremy Moore had three interceptions and returned one 80 yards for a touchdown.
No. 11 Stony Brook (6-1, 2-0 Big South) 27, Coastal Carolina (2-4, 0-1) 21
Senior tailback Miguel Maysonet rushed for a career-high 233 yards and scored on a 4-yard run with 9:37 left for his second touchdown of the game, breaking a 21-21 tie.
Kyle Essington threw for two touchdowns and Kevin Norrell caught seven passes for 127 yards and a touchdown in the win.
No. 12 New Hampshire (5-2, 3-1 CAA) 44, Richmond (4-3, 2-2) 40
Quarterback Andy Vailas threw for three touchdowns and rushed for one, lifting UNH in a high-scoring game.
The Wildcats went ahead 41-40 on Chris Setian's 5-yard run and Mike MacArthur's subsequent extra point with 2:57 left.
Richmond quarterback John Laub had 372 total yards and fullback Kendall Gaskins rushed for 97 yards and three touchdowns.
No. 13 Appalachian State (5-2, 3-1 SoCon) 28, No. 25 Samford (5-2, 3-2) 25
ASU won a pivotal Southern Conference game on Jamal Jackson's 22-yard touchdown pass to Sean Price with 22 seconds left.
Steven Miller rushed for 88 yards on 17 carries and caught six passes for 98 yards in the win.
Samford's Fabian Truss rushed for 46 yards and a touchdown and had eight receptions for 113 yards.
No. 15 Cal Poly (6-0, 4-0 Big Sky) 56, Northern Colorado (1-5, 0-3) 28
Cal Poly scored 14 points in each quarter to power past Northern Colorado. Deonte Williams rushed for 117 yards and three touchdowns, while Sullivan Grosz had three sacks and forced a fumble.
The Mustangs are one of four unbeaten teams in the FCS along with Lehigh (7-0), Tennessee State (7-0) and Harvard (5-0).
No. 16 Northern Arizona (5-1, 3-0 Big Sky) 45, North Dakota (3-4, 1-3) 38
Northern Arizona totaled 568 yards from scrimmage, with Cary Grossart throwing for a career-high 363 yards and four touchdowns and Zach Bauman rushing for 176 yards and one touchdown.
Bauman's 1-yard score with 6:53 left snapped a 31-31 tie and put NAU ahead for good.
Jameer Jackson and Greg Hardin both caught two touchdowns for North Dakota.
No. 17 Towson (3-3, 2-1 CAA) 24, Maine (2-4, 1-2) 19
Quarterback Grant Enders had 358 yards of total offense, rushing for one touchdown and throwing for another, as Towson ended a two-game losing streak.
Terrance West rushed for 98 yards and one touchdown.
Maine's Troy Eastman had a 92-yard interception return for a touchdown.
No. 18 Tennessee State (7-0, 3-0 OVC) 40, Southeast Missouri State (2-4, 1-2) 28
Trabis Ward carried the ball 43 times for 267 yards and four touchdowns as Tennessee State became the second team to go to 7-0, joining No. 10 Lehigh.
The 43 carries were a high in the FCS this season.
The Tigers kept lead the Ohio Valley Conference standings by one-half game over Eastern Illinois, Eastern Kentucky and UT Martin. They are off to their best start since 2001.
No. 20 South Dakota State (5-1, 3-0 Missouri Valley) 31, Western Illinois (3-3, 1-2) 10
Zach Zenner, the FCS rushing leader, totaled 171 yards and two touchdowns on the ground to lead South Dakota State's fifth straight win.
The Jackrabbits are in first place in the Missouri Valley Conference.
No. 21 Central Arkansas (5-2, 3-1 Southland) 27, No. 19 McNeese State (4-1, 1-2) 26
Central Arkansas scored 10 points in the final 1:10 to rally past McNeese State in a key Southland Conference game.
Wynrick Smothers completed one of his three touchdown passes to Dezmin Lewis - a 19-yarder - with 1:10 left to pull UCA within 26-24. Then after the Bears recovered an onside kick, Eddie Camara converted a 47-yard field goal with 23 seconds left for the winning margin.
Marcus Wiltz rushed for 104 yards and two touchdowns in the loss.
No. 22 Harvard (5-0) 35, Bucknell (1-5) 7
Harvard quarterback Colton Chapple threw for 189 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 120 yards and two touchdowns.
The Crimson have won 14 straight games, the longest active streak in the FCS.
No. 23 Eastern Kentucky (5-2, 3-1 OVC) 45, Austin Peay (0-7, 0-5) 14
EKU scored the game's first 21 points while rebounding from a heartbreaking loss in OVC play last weekend.
Matt Denham rushed for 114 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries and Cameron Bailey totaled 125 receiving yards on three catches, including an 84-yarder from quarterback T.J. Pryor just 2:04 into the game.
No. 24 Delaware (4-2, 1-2), Idle
The Blue Hens been outscored 60-10 over their last six quarters. They are healing their wounds before hosting Rhode Island on Oct. 20.