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NCAA DIVISION I FCS WEEKLY ROUNDUP (Oct. 5)
-There are 14 FCS wins against FBS schools this year. Six of those 14 include wins vs. teams from BCS conferences. The 14-such wins is an all-time record, surpassing the previous record of 13 (set in 2000).
-The first installment of the Gridiron Power Index (GPI), the computer/poll index of the FCS is out, presented by College Sporting News.
-Eastern Washington QB Vernon Adams, RB Isaiah Crowell of Alabama State and RB Kyle Harbridge of Saint Francis (Pa.) have been added to the Payton Award watch lists. Montana State DE Brad Daly and Coastal Carolina LB Quinn Backus have been added to Buck Buchanan Award watch lists, presented by The Sports Network.
EVERY DOWN. EVERY DAY.
GAMES OF NOTE THIS WEEK (OCT. 5):
There are a total of 12 unbeaten teams in the FCS (and a total of 32, counting 20 in the FBS).
#4 Northern Iowa (4-0) at #1 North Dakota State (4-0) - (FCS Pacific, Fox Sports North Plus), 2:30 ct
#10 Lehigh (4-0) at #13 Fordham (5-0) - (CBS Sports Network), 12 et
Other Top-25 vs. Top-25 matchups: #18 New Hampshire at #2 Towson | #25 Delaware at #23 Maine #14 McNeese State at #11 Central Arkansas | #17 Northern Arizona at #7 Montana State
TOP PERFORMERS IN THE FCS LAST WEEK
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ALL-STARS - OFFENSE
RB Timothy Flanders, Sam Houston State (see at left)
RB Cody Kirk, Montana State 5 TDs in 63-20 win over North Dakota 12 carries, 104 net yards, one catch for 16 yards
ALL-STARS - DEFENSE
S Donald D’Alesio, Youngstown State Career-high 15 tackles in 28-27 comeback at Southern Illinois. Forced and recovered a fumble at the YSU 41 yard line that ended the SIU comeback bid.
LB Grant Olson, North Dakota State Team-high 8 tackles and two sacks in the 20-0 win over South Dakota State. NDSU held SDSU to minus-32 yards rushing
DT Jordan Johnson, Tennessee Tech Blocked two kicks to help Tennessee Tech come-from-behind and beat Indiana State 38-37.
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CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
RB Timothy Flanders, Sam Houston State 280 yards, 2 TDs in win over Eastern Washington Became the first Southland Conference player and 22nd in FCS history to eclipse 5,000 rushing yards in a collegiate career.
QB Brady Attaway, Stephen F. Austin 662 passing yards, 655 all-purpose yards 44-of-66 passes, 4 TDs vs. Prairie View A&M
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
DL Darnell Sankey, Sacramento State Career-high 10 tackles, 4.5 TFL, 3 sacks, forced fumble, fum rec.
CO-SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
P Ben LeCompte, North Dakota State 7 punts, 44.3 average, three punts downed inside 20-yard line Long punt of 75 yards, plus a 74-yard punt
P Christian Faber-Kinney, Hampton 6 punts, 41.5 average, two punts downed inside 20-yard line Long punt of 70 yards. Also rushed once for 37 yards and completed one pass for 32 yards on two fake punts.
WEEKLY NCAA DIVISION I FOOTBALL FCS ROUND-UP
BIG SKY – Montana State All-American QB made an early return to the Montana State lineup on Saturday. McGhee sustained a shoulder injury on the final play of a 31-30 loss to SMU on Sept. 7, and not initially expected to return until October. Southern Utah beat Northern Colorado 27-21 on Saturday to improve to 4-1. The Thunderbirds are 4-1 for the first time since 1997. Southern Utah has started just 5-1 twice since moving to four-year status in 1963. The Thunderbirds started 5-1 in 1978 and in 1986, both under coach Jack Bishop. Northern Arizona’s defense scored two more TDs in a 34-16 win over Montana, giving the unit 5 for the year.
BIG SOUTH – The Big South is 14-5 through 19 games against FCS opponents – the most victories against non-Conference FCS foes in the League’s 12-year football history. The previous best was 13 wins in 2006. The Big South has won eight of its 14 FCS games on the road this season – also a League record. Coastal Carolina is ranked No. 6 this week in the FCS Coaches poll – the highest for the Big South at this point in the season in League history. Coastal Carolina is now the second team in Big South history to be ranked in BOTH polls each of the first six weeks of the regular-season (including preseason).
CAA FOOTBALL – After head coach Andy Talley won the 200th game of his Villanova tenure last week, the Wildcats’ matchup against William & Mary head coach Jimmy Laycock and his Tribe on Saturday will mark the 35th meeting in Division I Football history between coaches with 200 or more wins. Delaware entered the Top 25 in both national polls this week and has now been ranked at some point in every season since 1991. Rhode Island will play its 1,000th game this week when it meets Brown in the annual Governor’s Cup. CAA Football Going Deep video series – Delaware’s Ryan Cobb: Called to Serve
IVY LEAGUE – The Ivy League is ranked first in sacks per game (38.0), second in passing yards per game (257.19), receiving yards per game (257.19) and total offense per game (417.06) and third in scoring (30.38 per team per game). Cornell senior QB and Walter Payton Award candidate Jeff Mathews became the school’s all-time leader in touchdown passes with his 300+-yard, three-touchdown effort at Yale. Mathews now has 56 career touchdown passes, which ranks tied for fourth in League history. Mathews’ 14 career 300-yard passing games is tied for the most in Ivy League history.
MEAC – North Carolina A&T (3-0) remains undefeated in 2013 with a victory over conference rival Howard last week. The game will be aired on ESPNU. Bethune-Cookman (3-1) ranks 20th in The Sports Network Top 25. B-CU boasts a 13-game conference win streak dating back to the 2011 season.
MISSOURI VALLEY – North Dakota State held No. 6 South Dakota State to minus-32 rushing yards in a win on Sept. 28. The Bison have not allowed any scoring in nine quarters, recording back-to-back shutouts for the first time since 1987. RB Shakir Bell of Indiana State eclipsed 4,000 career yards last week at Tennessee Tech and has 4,108 for his career, which ranks third all-time at ISU, and No. 8 in Missouri Valley history.
NEC – Fans can watch the national leader in rushing average on ESPN3 this Saturday at 1:00 pm EST when Kyle Harbridge (188.3 rush ypg) and Saint Francis open their NEC schedule at Central Connecticut. The home team has a dynamic ball carrier of its own as CCSU junior Rob Hollomon averages 204.8 all-purpose yards per game (fourth in FCS). Undefeated Sacred Heart (5-0) improved its road record to 3-0 by blanking Bucknell last week for the program’s first shutout since 2002. This Saturday, Sacred Heart returns home to open its conference schedule against defending league champion Wagner. The game, which will air live on NECFrontRow.com, will feature the nation’s top run defense (SHU – 66.2 ypg allowed) against the NEC’s active career rushing leader (Dom Williams – 3,838 yds).
OHIO VALLEY – UT Martin is currently one of three teams in the Sports Network Top 25 to not trail in a game against an FCS foe this season (the other are North Dakota State and UNI). The Skyhawks have also not allowed a single-point in a game this season against a FCS team. Eastern Illinois QB Jimmy Garoppolo set both the OVC career passing TDs and passing yards mark in his team’s 42-7 win over Eastern Kentucky. He has earned four-straight OVC Offensive Player of the Week honors (the first OVC player since 2009 to accomplish that feat). Murray State snapped a nine-game losing streak against Jacksonville State with a 35-34 overtime win. The Racers successfully converted a twopoint conversion in the extra period to win. It was the third-straight overtime game for JSU, tying the all-time FCS record (Penn, 2006).
PATRIOT – Fordham and Lehigh are among the 12 undefeated teams in the FCS. With Fordham ineligible for the Patriot League title, the game will not count towards the League standings for either team. More on Lehigh-Fordham: It is the first matchup of ranked Patriot League teams since 2009, when three such games were played. All six top25 Patriot League matchups since 2003 have been won by the home team. Fordham has started 5-0 for the first time since 1988, when it was still a Division III member and opened 6-0.
PIONEER – Mercer, playing its first season of intercollegiate football in over 60 years, wrapped up its season-opening four-game homestand with a PFL victory against Drake. The Bears improved to 4-0, their four-game win streak stands as the fourth-longest streak in the FCS. Butler running back Trae Heeter became the first PFL runner to rush for more than 200 yards this year, compiling 222 yards on 34 rushes in Butler’s come-from-behind win at Jacksonville.
SOUTHERN – Appalachian State’s Jamal Londry-Jackson needs just 697 yards to move into tenth place on the SoCon’s career passing list. Samford’s Fabain Truss recorded a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Western Carolina. The senior running back has two return TDs this season after scoring at Georgia State in the season opener. Chattanooga is one of just five FCS teams that has not lost a fumble this season.
SOUTHLAND – McNeese State visits Central Arkansas in the Red Beans and Rice Bowl. This year’s contest will be a battle of top-15 teams. The Cowboys will be trying to snap a three-game win streak by UCA (27-26 last year). McNeese has never won in three trips to Conway. Sam Houston State RB Timothy Flanders became the first Southland Conference player and the 22nd FCS player to rush for 5,000 yards. He’s sitting right on 5,000 career rushing yards after his 280-yard performance vs. Eastern Washington. His 61 career rushing TDs, nine this season, is 12th all-time in the FCS. Stephen F. Austin racked up 827 yards (an FCS record by a team in a loss) against Prairie View A&M. Lumberjack QB Brady Attaway passed for a league-record 662 yards, which ranks second all-time in FCS history. Attaway’s record for passing yards in a game topped the previous conference record set by former Louisiana-Monroe quarterback Doug Pederson, who threw for 619 yards against SFA in 1989.
SWAC – Prairie View A&M’s 56-48 win over Stephen F. Austin (9/28) was the league’s first victory over a non HBCU Division I FCS team since 2009. The last team from the SWAC to accomplish the feat was Grambling State with a 38-17 win over Northwestern State The SWAC joins the UAPB community in mourning the loss of hall of famer L.C. Greenwood. Greenwood, passed at the age of 67 due to natural causes. He was an All-Pro defensive end who won four Super Bowl rings as a member of Pittsburgh Steelers famed “Steel Curtain” defense.
WEEKLY COACHES TOP-25 RANKINGS
Team (First Place) Rec Pts.
1. North Dakota State (26) 4-0 650
2. Towson 5-0 623
3. Sam Houston State 4-1 599
4. Northern Iowa 4-0 567
5. Eastern Illinois 4-1 485
6. Coastal Carolina 5-0 477
7. Montana State 3-2 465
8. Eastern Washington 2-2 450
9. South Dakota State 3-2 432
10. Lehigh 4-0 345
11. Central Arkansas 2-2 336
12. Montana 3-1 330
13. Fordham 5-0 328
14. McNeese State 4-1 320
15. Wofford 2-2 298
16. Bethune-Cookman 3-1 256
17. Northern Arizona 3-1 242
18. New Hampshire 1-2 222
19. Cal Poly 2-2 198
20. Villanova 2-2 168
21. James Madison 3-1 122
22. Youngstown State 4-1 117
23. Maine 4-1 103
24. Gardner-Webb 4-1 49
25. Delaware 3-1 47
WEEKLY MEDIA TOP-25 RANKINGS
Team (First Place) Rec Pts.
1. North Dakota State Bison (157) 4-0 3949
2. Sam Houston State Bearkats (1) 4-1 3673
3. Towson Tigers 5-0 3645
4. Northern Iowa Panthers 4-0 3492
5. Eastern Illinois Panthers 4-1 3156
6. Eastern Washington Eagles 2-2 3050
7. South Dakota State Jackrabbits 3-2 2581
8. Montana State Bobcats 3-2 2561
9. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers 5-0 2478
10. Montana Grizzlies 3-1 1964
11. McNeese State Cowboys 4-1 1836
12. Fordham Rams 5-0 1832
13. Lehigh Mountain Hawks 4-0 1764
14. Central Arkansas Bears 2-2 1763
15. Northern Arizona Lumberjacks 3-1 1711
16. Georgia Southern Eagles 3-1 1635
17. Wofford Terriers 2-2 1203
18. Cal Poly Mustangs 2-2 1195
19. New Hampshire Wildcats 1-2 1162
20. Villanova Wildcats 2-2 1002
21. Bethune-Cookman Wildcats 3-1 947
22. Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks 3-1 724
23. Maine Black Bears 4-1 702
24. Delaware Blue Hens 4-1 671
25. Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs 4-1 570
WEEKLY GRIDIRON POWER INDEX
Team Leaders (Rating):
1. North Dakota State (1.00)
2. Northern Iowa (2.57)
3. Towson (3.29)
4. Eastern Illinois (4.00)
5. Sam Houston State (5.57)
6. Coastal Carolina (9.71)
7. Eastern Washington (10.71)
8. Maine (12.57)
9T. Bethune-Cookman (13.86)
9T. Fordham (13.86)
9T. McNeese State (13.86)
Conference Leaders (Rating):
1. Missouri Valley Football Conference (29.16)
2. Southland Conference (31.52)
3. CAA Football (34.30)
4. Ohio Valley Conference (36.19)
5. Big Sky Conference (39.60)
6. Southern Conference (45.63)
7. Big South Conference (47.86)
By Media Relations Contacts at FCS-member Conference Offices