Jacksonville, Fla. – The wide-open Ohio Valley Conference race got even tighter Saturday when No. 17 Tennessee State suffered its first loss of the season, 27-24 in overtime at Jacksonville State.
Tennessee State place-kicker Jamin Godfrey missed two field goals, the first a 47-yard kick which would have won the game as time expired in regulation and the second a 42-yard field goal to end the first possession of overtime.
The Gamecocks (4-3, 3-2) then won the game on their first possession on place- kicker Griffin Thomas' 44-yard field goal.
Washaun Ealey had 190 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns in Jacksonville State's upset.
Michael German threw for 311 yards and three touchdowns for Tennessee State (7-1, 3-1), but was intercepted twice.
Eastern Kentucky and UT Martin share the OVC lead with 4-1 records, while Tennessee State and Eastern Illinois are both 3-1.
The Sports Network FCS Top 25
No. 1 Eastern Washington (6-1, 5-0 Big Sky) 31, Sacramento State (5-3, 3-2) 28
The top-ranked Eagles got all they could handle from Sacramento State, using two quarterbacks to survive on Homecoming Day.
Vernon Adams completed 17-of-21 pass attempts for 169 yards and two touchdowns and Kyle Padron was 9-of-16 for 173 yards and one touchdown. Greg Herd caught nine passes for 109 yards and two touchdowns.
EWU's Allen Brown batted down Sac State's Hail Mary pass on the game's final play.
Richmond (5-3, 3-2 CAA) 35, No. 2 James Madison (5-2, 3-1) 29
Quarterback Michael Strauss played lights out while replacing injured starter John Laub in Richmond's upset over James Madison.
Strauss completed 27-of-43 passes for 271 yards and four touchdowns in his first start of the season. Senior fullback Kendall Gaskins rushed for 106 yards and scored one touchdown for the Spiders.
James Madison, which suffered its first loss to an FCS opponent, had a Hail Mary pass fail at the end of the game. Quarterback Justin Thorpe threw two interceptions and backup signal-caller Michael Birdsong also saw action.
No. 3 Georgia Southern (6-1, 5-1 SoCon) 38, Furman (2-6, 1-4) 17
Furman led Georgia Southern 7-3 at halftime before the Eagles outscored the Paladins 35-10 in the second half for their fifth straight win.
The Eagles passed for 165 yards and one touchdown - one week after not attempting a pass against Wofford - and were limited to 275 rushing yards. Dominique Swope had 67 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.
No. 4 North Dakota State (6-1, 3-1 Missouri Valley) 54, South Dakota (1-6, 0-4) 0
The defending FCS champion Bison posted their second shutout of the season in a game played in Sioux Falls, S.D. They enjoyed a 14-minute, 16-minute edge in time of possesion.
Quarterback Brock Jensen rushed for two touchdowns and threw for two more in the first half.
No. 5 Montana State (6-1, 3-1 Big Sky), Idle
After falling to Eastern Washington last weekend, Montana State is regrouping for a home game against North Dakota next Saturday.
No. 6 Sam Houston State (5-2, 3-1 Southland) 45, McNeese State (4-3, 1-3) 10
With its fourth straight win, Sam Houston State kept pace in the Southland Conference title race and dealt McNeese State a key loss.
Richard Sincere and Timothy Flanders fueled a Bearkats offense that collected 336 rushing yards and 523 total yards. Sincere led the way with 132 yards on 12 carries and two touchdowns, while Flanders added 93 yards on 17 carries and a touchdown.
The Bearkats outscored McNeese State 24-0 in the second half.
No. 7 Old Dominion (6-1, 3-1 CAA) 31, No. 18 Towson (3-4, 2-2) 20
Old Dominion rebounded from its first loss as quarterback Taylor Heinicke completed 26-of-39 passes for 264 yards, one touchdown and one interception, and rushed for 71 yards and two touchdowns.
Towson, the defending conference champion, is likely one loss away from being knocked out of the playoff picture. Quarterback Grant Enders had 384 total yards and two total touchdowns (one passing, one rushing).
No. 8 Wofford (6-1, 4-1 SoCon) 38, No. 13 Appalachian State (5-3, 3-2) 28
Wofford picked up a huge road win at "The Rock" while the Terriers defense held Appalachian State to just 103 rushing yards.
Wofford entered the fourth quarter trailing by four, but the Terriers scored 14 unanswered points to pull away to the team's sixth win of the season.
Fullback Eric Breitenstein opened the quarter with a 1-yard touchdown run to give Wofford a 31-28 lead. Just 1:10 later, Terriers defensive end Tarek Odom scored on a controversial 40-yard fumble return.
The triple option attack rushed for 393 yards. Breitenstein and quarterbacks Michael Weimer and Brian Kass accounted for 43 carries, 271 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
No. 9 Lehigh (8-0, 2-0 Patriot) 42, Bucknell (1-6, 0-3) 19
Lehigh became the first FCS team to improve to 8-0, gaining an impressive defensive and special teams performance. The Mountain Hawks blocked three punts and an extra point
Quarterback Michael Colvin completed 20-of-32 passes for 298 yards and three touchdowns. Although he threw two interceptions, he also scored twice on the ground, allowing the Mountain Hawks to pull away in the fourth quarter.
Lehigh had its worst rushing performance this season, gaining a mere 26 yards on 29 attempts. However, the passing game thrived as two receivers - Josh Paris (five receptions, 114 yards) and Lee Kurfis (eight receptions, 129 yards, two touchdowns) - went over the 100-yard mark in Ryan Spadola's absence (mononucleosis).
No. 10 Stony Brook (7-1, 3-0 Big South) 41, Gardner-Webb (1-6, 0-2) 10
Stony Brook held onto the conference lead as Miguel Maysonet rushed for 169 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries and returned a kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown.
Quarterback Kyle Essington threw a pair of touchdowns to Kevin Norrell, who caught seven passes for 111 yards.
Missouri State (2-6, 2-3 Missouri Valley) 24, No. 11 Illinois State (6-2, 3-2) 17
Missouri State scored 15 unanswered points in the fourth quarter for an upset at Illinois State.
The Bears trailed 14-9 after three quarters before Austin Witmer kicked two field goals, Ashton Glaser scored on a 2-yard run and ISU quarterback Matt Brown fumbled the ball out of his end zone on a Nate Davis sack, resulting in a safety.
Brown threw two touchdowns to Tyrone Walker in the loss.
No. 12 New Hampshire (6-2, 4-1 CAA) 28, Maine (2-5, 1-3) 21
New Hampshire quarterback Sean Goldrich filled in nicely for the injured Andy Valais, throwing for 283 yards and four touchdowns. After a slow start, the Wildcats scored 21 unanswered points in the second quarter and utilized the run game to hold on for its sixth win of the season.
It was the 100th meeting of the series and UNH got to keep the the Brice- Cowell Musket for another year.
No. 14 Cal Poly (7-0, 5-0 Big Sky) 37, Portland State (2-5, 1-3) 25
Cal Poly remained one of two unbeaten FCS teams - along with No. 9 Lehigh - by scoring the final 17 points on its Homecoming Day.
Quarterback Andre Broadus, a Portland native, threw for two touchdowns and rushed for two more. Slotback Deonte Williams rushed for 169 yards on 27 carries.
For Portland State, Justin Monahan had four receptions for 129 yards and two touchdowns.
Southern Illinois (5-3, 4-1 Missouri Valley) 38, No. 15 Youngstown State (4-3, 1-3) 21
Southern Illinois picked up its third straight win and improved to 4-1 in the Missouri Valley Conference. The Salukis outscored Youngstown State 21-0 in the second half and forced five Penguins turnovers.
SIU blocked a punt for a touchdown, recovered a fumble for a touchdown and returned an interception 100 yards for a touchdown - courtesy of Anthony Thompson.
YSU limited the Salukis to 256 yards of offense (71 rushing, 185 passing) in its third straight loss.
No. 16 Northern Arizona (6-1, 4-0 Big Sky) 21, UC Davis (3-5, 2-3) 7
Quarterback Cary Grossart threw for 167 yards and two touchdowns and Austin Shanks scored on a 78-yard run to lead Northern Arizona to a sixth straight win.
Zach Bauman rushed for 122 yards and caught a 25-yard touchdown pass in the win.
Jacksonville State (4-3, 3-2 OVC) 31, No. 17 Tennessee State (7-1, 3-1) 28, OT
Jacksonville State upset previously undefeated conference rival Tennessee State in overtime as place-kicker Griffen Thomas nailed a 44-yard game- winning kick.
TSU outgained the Gamecocks 495-353, while running back Trabis Ware rushed for 167 yards and one touchdown on 33 carries. The Tigers fell to 7-1 after missing a field goal to win the game in regulation and another one in overtime.
No. 19 Central Arkansas (6-2, 4-1 Southland) 24, Lamar (3-5, 0-3) 14
Central Arkansas scored 17 points in the second quarter to spark its third straight conference win.
Quarterback Wynrick Smothers completed 20-of-27 for 271 yards and two touchdowns, topping the 2,000-yard mark (2,031) for the season.
There were no turnovers in the game.
Northern Iowa (2-5, 1-3 Missouri Valley) 27, No. 20 South Dakota State (5-2, 3-1) 6
UNI ended a four-game losing streak and dropped South Dakota State out of first place in the Missouri Valley Conference.
Sawyer Kollmorgen threw for 187 yards and two touchdowns and David Johnson rushed for 121 yards and a touchdown.
South Dakota State's Zach Zenner, the FCS rushing leader, had a season-low 112 yards on 20 carries.
No. 21 Indiana State (6-2, 4-1 Missouri Valley) 23, Western Illinois (3-4, 1-3) 7
Mark Sewall recovered a fumbled punt return in the WIU end zone for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter, giving Indiana State a 20-7 lead.
Sycamores junior Shakir Bell rushed for 123 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries.
Princeton (4-2, 3-0) 39, No. 22 Harvard (5-1, 2-1) 34
Princeton quarterback Quinn Epperly hit wide receiver Roman Wilson for a 36- yard touchdown with 13 seconds remaining to give the Tigers one of the biggest Ivy League upsets in recent years.
Harvard, which had been on a 14-game winning streak, started the fourth quarter with a 34-10 lead, but another Princeton signal-caller, Connor Michelsen, threw three touchdowns to help bring the Tigers back.
The Crimson totaled 634 yards, but turned the ball over three times and had 12 penalties for 99 yards. Colton Chapple threw for 448 yards and five touchdowns, including three to tight end Kyle Juszczyk (15 receptions, 192 yards).
No. 23 Eastern Kentucky (6-2, 4-1 OVC) 42, Tennessee Tech (2-5, 0-4) 28
EKU scored three unanswered touchdowns in the final 9:22 to overcome a 28-20 deficit. T.J. Pryor threw for two of his three TD passes.
Pryor was 23-of-31 for 296 yards as the Colonels overcame Tre Lamb's four touchdowns passes, including three to Da'Rick Rogers, for Tennessee Tech.
No. 24 Villanova (6-2, 4-1 CAA) 49, Georgia State (1-7, 1-4) 24
Villanova jumped out to a 34-10 lead at halftime and never looked back. In the first half, the Wildcats utilized a punt return for a touchdown by Poppy Livers and a 32-yard interception return for a touchdown by Eric Loper.
In all, 'Nova rushed for 343 yards. Running back Kevin Monangai had 130 yards and scored one touchdown on 18 carries.
No. 25 Delaware (5-2, 2-2 CAA) 47, Rhode Island (0-7, 0-4) 24
Rhode Island broke out with an early 7-0 lead in the first quarter before Delaware rolled to a much-needed victory at home - its first win since Sept. 22.
The Blue Hens totaled 268 rushing yards, compared to just 43 for URI. Running back Andrew Pierce got back on track from a hamstring injury, rushing for 141 yards and scoring three total touchdowns.
Sophomore linebacker Patrick Callaway led the Blue Hens defense with a team- high nine tackles, including two for loss, and recovered a fumble that led to a late first-half touchdown.