Harvard upset; Chattanooga wins SoCon bid

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(STATS) - Pivotal conference matchups were found all across the FCS on Saturday as the regular season neared its conclusion.

Penn delivered one of the more impressive performances of the day, ending No. 12 Harvard's FCS-high 22-game winning streak with a 35-25 victory in the Ivy League.

In also stopping the Crimson's 16-game Ivy League win streak - dating to a loss to Princeton on Oct. 26, 2013 - Penn (6-3) created a three-way tie atop the standings with Harvard (8-1) and Dartmouth (8-1), each at 5-1.

Chattanooga also claimed a share of the Southern Conference title with No. 21 The Citadel and the conference's automatic bid to the FCS playoffs by defeating the Bulldogs 31-23.

Both teams finished 6-1 in the SoCon heading into FBS matchups next Saturday. Chattanooga (8-2) travels to Florida State and The Citadel (7-3) heads to South Carolina.




No. 1 Jacksonville State (9-1, 7-0 OVC) 56, Southeast Missouri State (4-6, 3-3) 28

The top-ranked Gamecocks clinched the Ohio Valley Conference's automatic bid to the playoffs and moved within a win over Murray State next Saturday from its second straight unbeaten run through the conference.

Running back Troymaine Pope (137) and backup quarterback Christian LeMay (124) both rushed for over 100 yards and two touchdowns, while starting quarterback Eli Jenkins threw for 194 yards and three touchdowns.


No. 2 North Dakota State (8-2, 6-1 Missouri Valley) 27, No. 20 Youngstown State (5-5, 3-4) 24.

North Dakota State outscored Youngstown State 17-0 in the fourth quarter, capped by quarterback Easton Stick's 4-yard touchdown run with 35 seconds remaining.

Youngstown State, which hasn't been to the playoffs since 2006, was likely knocked out of the at-large mix.


No. 4 Coastal Carolina (9-1, 4-1 Big South) 45, Kennesaw State (6-4, 2-3) 13

Coastal Carolina rolled to an easy win as senior Alex Ross completed 20 of 27 passes for 262 yards and a school record-tying five touchdowns, including a pair to both Chris Jones (six receptions, 131 yards) and Tyrell Blanks.

Running back De'Angelo Henderson (103 yards) scored on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter, extending his consecutive games streak with a touchdown to at 24.


No. 5 South Dakota State (8-2, 5-2 Missouri Valley) 30, South Dakota (5-5, 3-4) 23

Kyle Parris scored on a pair of 2-yard runs and Nick Farina had a 43-yard interception return for a touchdown in the first 7 1/2 minutes of the fourth quarter as South Dakota State overcame a 20-10 deficit after three periods.

Sophomore wide receiver Jake Wieneke had six receptions for 180 yards in the win.


No. 6 Illinois State (8-2, 6-1 Missouri Valley) 42, Southern Illinois (3-7, 2-5) 21

Marshaun Coprich had 254 yards and three touchdowns on 29 carries to power Illinois State, which is tied for the Missouri Valley Football Conference lead with North Dakota State.

Southern Illinois Mark Iannotti was 42 of 63 for 329 yards and three touchdowns with one interception. He also rushed for 94 yards on 24 carries.


No. 7 William & Mary (8-2, 6-1 CAA) 31, Towson (6-4, 4-3)

William & Mary earned its sixth straight win as senior Steve Cluley completed 21 of 23 passes for 262 yards and two touchdowns, both to wide receiver Kevin Hart.

The 91.3 completion percentage set a school single-game record.

When Richmond later lost at Villanova, William & Mary clinched a share of its first CAA Football title since 2010. The Tribe can win an outright title when they visit Richmond next Saturday.


No. 8 Chattanooga (8-2, 6-1 Southern Conference) 31, No. 21 The Citadel (7-3, 6-1) 23

Chattanooga quarterback Jacob Huesman accounted for 310 yards of total offense (192 passing, 118 rushing) and had two touchdown runs to lift Chattanooga to a share of its third straight Southern Conference title with The Citadel.

The Mocs scored on the first play from scrimmage - Alejandro Bennifield's 75-yard touchdown pass to Xavier Borishade - on their way to a 21-0 halftime lead.


Villanova (6-4, 5-2 CAA) 21, No. 9 Richmond (7-3, 5-2) 20

Villanova remained alive for an at-large playoff bid and handed Richmond its second straight loss on Zach Bednarczyk's 12-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Gulyas and Gerard Smith's ensuing PAT with 41 seconds remaining.

Gulyas finished with eight receptions for 122 yards and two touchdowns, which help offset Jacobi Green's 135 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.


No. 11 Charleston Southern (9-1, 6-0) 31, Liberty (5-5, 2-3) 24

Big South champion Charleston Southern completed a perfect season in conference play as Austin Brown passed for 301 yards and four touchdowns, two each to Nathan Perera (seven receptions, 128 yards) and Kenny Dinkins (six receptions, 114 yards). The winning score was a 9-yarder to Perera with 5:16 remaining.

The Buccaneers wrap up their regular season with a visit to Alabama next Saturday.


Penn (6-3, 5-1 Ivy) 35, No. 12 Harvard (8-1, 5-1) 25

Trailing 25-21 at halftime, Penn scored the only points of the second half to stop Harvard's winning streak at 22. Alex Torgersen connected on a 28-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Kelly early in the third quarter and wide receiver Justin Watson scored on a 79-yard run early in the fourth quarter.

Watson was both a 100-yard rusher (five carries, 100) and 100-yard receiver (seven receptions, 149, one touchdown) to help offset Harvard's three touchdown passes, two by quarterback Scott Hosch and one by wide receiver Justice Shelton-Mosely.


No. 16 Fordham (9-2, 5-1 Patriot) 38, Georgetown (4-6, 2-3) 31

Jarred Brevard's 10-yard run with 3:53 left in the fourth quarter broke a 31-all tie to lift Fordham in its regular-season finale. The Rams likely will make the FCS playoffs with an at-large bid after Colgate clinched the Patriot League's automatic bid with a 49-42 win over Lehigh.

The Rams' Kevin Anderson was 21 of 29 for 217 and two touchdowns, while Chase Edmonds rushed for 137 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries.


No. 17 Northern Iowa (6-4, 4-3 Missouri Valley) 41, Missouri State (1-9, 0-7) 0

UNI won its fourth straight game as quarterback Aaron Bailey rushed for 161 yards and four touchdowns on 19 carries. Running back Tyvis Smith added 143 yards and a touchdown in the Panthers' 439-yard ground assault.

The Panthers will host Southern Illinois in next Saturday, hoping a win will earn an at-large bid to the playoffs.


No. 19 North Carolina A&T (9-1, 7-0 MEAC) 27, Delaware State (0-10, 0-7)

Quarterback Kylil Carter accounted for three touchdowns (two passing, one rushing) and Tarik Cohen ran for 132 yards as North Carolina A&T clinched at least a share of back-to-back MEAC titles for the first time since 1991 and '92.

The Aggies will clinch the conference's automatic bid with a win over North Carolina Central or a Bethune-Cookman win over Florida A&M next Saturday.


No. 23 Dartmouth (8-1, 5-1 Ivy) 34, Brown (4-5, 2-4) 18

In a game that had 13 turnovers - Dartmouth with six and Brown seven - the visiting Big Green built a 34-6 lead to move into a three-way tie for first place in the Ivy League with Harvard and Penn.

Running backs Kyle Bramble (93 yards, one touchdown) and Brian Grove (90 yards, one touchdown) led the Dartmouth offense, while Vernon Harris had a pair of interceptions.


No. 24 Eastern Kentucky (6-4, 5-2 OVC) 41, Murray State (3-7, 2-5) 34, 2 OTs

Eastern Kentucky won on Kentayvus Hopkins' 1-yard run in the second overtime, ending a two-game losing streak to remain in contention for an at-large bid to the playoffs.

Colonels quarterback Bennie Coney threw for a school-record 417 yards and set career highs in completions (44) and attempts (68). He had three touchdown passes.


No. 25 Grambling State (7-2, 7-0 SWAC) at Arkansas-Pine Bluff (1-8, 0-7), 3:30 p.m.

No. 14 James Madison (7-2, 4-2 CAA) at Delaware (3-6, 2-4), 3:30 p.m.

No. 10 Eastern Washington (6-3, 5-1 Big Sky) at No. 22 Montana (5-4, 4-2), 3:30 p.m.

Northwestern State (3-6, 3-4 Southland) at No. 13 Sam Houston State (6-3, 5-2), 3:30 p.m.

No. 18 Southern Utah (7-2, 6-0 Big Sky) at No. 15 Portland State (7-2, 4-2), 5:05 p.m.



No. 3 McNeese State (9-0, 8-0 Southland)