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FCS Top 25 Roundup - Week 2

(SportsNetwork.com) - The prospect of being 0-2 did not appeal to conference favorites Jacksonville State and Chattanooga, and neither played as if it wanted that distinction Saturday night.

So it wasn't surprising the two ranked FCS rivals went to overtime before quarterback Eli Jenkins' 13-yard touchdown run closed out No. 9 Jacksonville State's 26-23 victory at No. 13 Chattanooga.

JSU (1-1), the favorite in the Ohio Valley Conference, won for the sixth time in the last seven meetings of a series that dates to 1904. Southern Conference favorite Chattanooga (0-2) still leads the series, 26-12.

"Tough game," Chattanooga coach Russ Huesman said. "I give Jacksonville State credit. They played hard. They got after us, especially defensively. They were well-coached and did a fantastic job. I don't want to say they deserved to win the game, but they won it fair and square. It was a tough loss. We have to regroup and get ready for Austin Peay."

Jenkins passed for 122 yards and rushed for 82 in the win. DaMarcus James rushed for 112 yards and one touchdown on 29 carries.

The Gamecocks limited Chattanooga to 111 yards. Dee Virgin and Lucas Webb both scored on interception returns for the Mocs.

Hamish MacInnes' third field goal - from 29 yards - had given the Mocs a 23-20 lead on the first possession of overtime.

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The Sports Network FCS Top 25

Saturday, Sept. 6

No. 1 North Dakota State (2-0) 24, Weber State (0-2) 7

The Bison made it an FCS-record 26 straight wins as well as 17 consecutive on the road.

Linebacker Carlton Littlejohn (12 tackles) scored off a 3-yard fumble return after Kyle Emanuel pried the ball loose with one of his three sacks.

John Crockett rushed for 123 yards and one touchdown on 26 carries.

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Washington (2-0) 59, No. 2 Eastern Washington (2-1) 52

Junior Vernon Adams Jr.'s school-record seven touchdown passes weren't enough to lift Eastern Washington in a wild matchup.

Adams was 31-for-46 for 475 yards, a career high. He even attempted the onside kick with 3:14 left after the Eagles pulled with 59-52, but Washington recovered the ball and then ran out the remaining time.

EWU sophomore Cooper Kupp caught eight passes for 145 yards and three touchdowns.

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No. 3 Southeastern Louisiana (2-0) 41, Southern Utah (0-2) 14

Southeastern Louisiana quarterback Bryan Bennett had 294 total yards and three total touchdowns (two passing, one rushing) to lead the defending Southland Conference champion Lions.

Southern Utah quarterback Aaron Cantu was intercepted three times.

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No. 4 Montana (1-1) 48, Central Washington (0-1) 14

Montana felt right at home at Washington-Grizzly Stadium, improving to 174-26 (87 percent) all-time with its 26th straight regular-season non-conference home victory.

The Grizzlies played without injured quarterback Jordan Johnson, but Shay Smithwick-Hann was efficient in relief. Running back Travon Van scored four times, including on each of his three carries.

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No. 5 Coastal Carolina (2-0) 31, North Carolina A&T (1-1) 30

After Coastal Carolina fell behind 30-24, Devin Brown returned the ensuing kick 99 yards for the longest scoring play in school history and Alex Catron then kicked the extra point to put the Chanticleers in front for good with 6:58 left.

De'Angelo Henderson rushed for 131 yards and one touchdown as Coastal quarterback Alex Ross had a subpar outing with three interceptions. The Chanticleers also lost two fumbles.

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No. 6 New Hampshire (0-1), Idle

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Nebraska (2-0) 31, No. 7 McNeese State (0-1) 24

McNeese State, which opened the last two seasons by beating FBS opponents, nearly posted one of the potential upsets of the college football season. FBS No. 19 Nebraska escaped the scare, but only after senior running back Ameer Abdullah scored on a 58-yard catch-and-run with 20 seconds left to play.

With the teams tied 24-24, Abdullah caught a screen pass from Tommy Armstrong Jr. at the Nebraska 45. He eluded five potential tackles and found running room in the middle of the field before gaining some key blocks en route to his winning score.

The Cowboys' Aaron Sam had a 98-yard interception return for a touchdown and quarterback Tyler Bolfing and running back Derrick Milton also scored on TD runs.

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No. 8 Northern Iowa (0-1), Idle

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No. 10 Villanova (1-1) 50, No. 11 Fordham (1-1) 6

They had stewed about a loss to Fordham for a year, so waiting an extra hour or so during a severe weather delay wasn't going to deter a motivated Villanova Wildcats team. In fact, they scored four second-quarter touchdowns after play resumed with 13:49 remaining in the first half.

Junior quarterback John Robertson accounted for 277 yards and four touchdowns, including three through the air in the decisive second quarter. Poppy Livers caught eight passes for 110 yards and two touchdowns.

Austin Calitro scored on a 35-yard interception return in the second quarter, and the Wildcats defense held Fordham (1-1) to minus-7 yards on 10 carries in the first half and 18 yards on 27 carries for the entire game.

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No. 12 South Dakota State (1-1) 44, Cal Poly (0-2) 18

South Dakota State senior Zach Zenner rushed for 193 yards to become the Missouri Valley Conference's all-time leading rusher. He surpassed Herb Donaldson's mark of 4,746 yards from 2005-08 at Western Illinois, and now has 4,825 career yards.

Zenner scored once on his 30 carries, while Zach Lujan threw one touchdown each to Trevor Wesley, Jake Wieneke and Jason Schneider.

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Alabama State (1-1) 27, No. 14 Tennessee State (1-1) 21

Tennessee State couldn't come all the way back from a 24-2 third-quarter deficit. Michael German threw for 340 yards and two touchdowns, but also three interceptions in a 26-for-61 performance.

For Alabama State, quarterback Daniel Duhart accounted for two touchdowns (one passing, one rushing), while Malcolm Cyrus rushed for 170 yards.

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LSU (2-0) 56, No. 15 Sam Houston State (1-2) 0

All three of Travin Dural's receptions from LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings went for touchdowns, including a 94-yarder to open the scoring in the first quarter.

Sam Houston's Yedidiah Louis had four receptions for 102 yards.

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Southern Illinois (2-0) 38, No. 16 Eastern Illinois (0-2) 21

The visiting Salukis staked claim to the Top 25 by beating their intrastate rival, scoring 24 unanswered points in the second half.

Malcolm Agnew carried the ball 18 times for 147 yards and three touchdowns, while Marcus Iannotti was 25-for-34 for 233 yards, two touchdowns and one interception for the Salukis, who hold a 42-26-1 series lead.

EIU senior signal caller Andrew Manley had both a touchdown pass and run, but also was intercepted two times.

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Virginia (1-1) 45, No. 17 Richmond (1-1) 13

Richmond turned the ball over seven times with four fumbles and three interceptions as Virginia ended a 10-game losing streak dating to last season.

Spiders senior Michael Strauss, a former Virginia quarterback, was 24-of-36 for 266 yards and two interceptions. Stephen Barnette caught 10 passes for 124 yards and Rashad Ponder added eight receptions for 100 yards.

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No. 18 Bethune-Cookman (1-0), Idle

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No. 19 Furman (2-0) 25, Mercer (1-1) 20

Furman held off a game Mercer squad in the Southern Conference opener. Jon Croft Hollingsworth kicked four field goals, including a long of 50 yards.

Hank McCloud rushed for 74 yards and a touchdown, while Gary Wilkins' 19-yard interception return of a John Russ pass gave Furman a 25-14 lead with 12:38 left to play.

Mercer is in its second season under former Furman coach Bobby Lamb.

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No. 20 Montana State (1-1) 57, Black Hills State (0-1) 10

In playing just over two quarters, Montana State quarterback Dakota Prukop picked up 202 yards and three touchdowns through the air and 176 yards and two more scores on the ground.

The Bobcats, who led 42-10 by halftime, had 652 yards of total offense.

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No. 21 William & Mary (1-1) 42, Hampton (0-2) 14

Mikal Abdul-Saboor rushed for 107 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries to fuel William & Mary to a road victory.

William & Mary withstood Jaylian Williamson's 335 passing yards in defeat. Senior linebacker Airek Green led the Tribe defensively and posted six tackles, four tackles for a loss, two sacks, a forced fumble and a blocked punt.

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West Virginia (1-1) 54, No. 22 Towson (0-2) 0

Towson managed only 122 yards to West Virginia's 606 in getting blown out.

Tigers quarterbacks Connor Frazier and Joe Brennan were a combined 8-for-24 for 80 yards.

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No. 23 Youngstown State (1-1) 34, Duquesne (0-2) 23

Youngstown State built a 31-7 halftime lead in earning its first win. Martin Ruiz finished with 148 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries, while Dante Nania was 16-for-23 for 288 yards and two touchdowns.

In the loss, Duquesne's Dillon Buechel threw for 347 yards and two touchdowns. Chris King caught 10 passes for 161 yards with one touchdown.

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No. 24 Maine (1-0), Idle

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No. 25 Northern Arizona (1-1) 27, Abilene Christian (0-2) 21

Kyren Poe passed for 293 yards and one touchdown and rushed for another score to lift Northern Arizona, which controlled the clock for 37 minutes, 1 second.

Alex Holmes caught nine passes for 119 yards and one touchdown.