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NCAA DIVISION I FCS WEEKLY ROUNDUP (Nov. 2)
Eastern Illinois QB Jimmy Garoppolo threw his 35th TD of the season against Tennessee State, breaking the record previously held by former EIU QB Tony Romo. That touchdown was also the 100th of his career, moving him into 13th place in NCAA FCS history. He broke the OVC record for career passing attempts (1,432).
EVERY DOWN. EVERY DAY. HEADLINES IN THE FCS THIS WEEK
- QB Vernon Adams of Eastern Washington threw for 6 TDs in the win against Montana and now has 30 for the season – 2nd in the FCS.
- For just the second time in Big South history, two teams have won at least eight – Charleston Southern (8-1) and Coastal Carolina (8-0)
- Towson’s Terrance West became the program’s all-time rushing leader with 3,742 yards as just a junior and tied a school record with five touchdowns against Richmond.
GAMES OF NOTE THIS WEEK
#25 Southeastern La. at #4/7 McNeese State | Delaware at #6 Towson
#24 Tennessee State at Eastern Kentucky | #10 Youngstown State at South Dakota
#9 Sam Houston State at Stephen F. Austin
Offense; Defense; Special Teams
College Sporting News: Vernon Adams, EWU/Terrance West, Towson; Will McNamara, Dartmouth / Matthew Steinbeck, Bucknell; P Hamish MacInnes, Jacksonville State
Sports Network: QB Quinn Epperly, Princeton; LB Telvion Clark, Towson; Christian Dudzik, NDSU / P Jordan Berry, EKU
College FB Performance: QB Drew Reed, Lafayette; LB Will McNamara, Dartmouth; several selected
ON NATIONAL TV THIS WEEK
Columbia at Yale (YES), 12 pm ET
Bryant at Robert Morris (ESPN3), 12 pm ET
Bethune-Cookman at NC Central (ESPN News), 12 ET
Penn at Brown (Fox College Sports), 12:30 pm ET
Stony Brook at Maine (Fox College Sports), 12:30 ET
Tennessee State at Eastern Kentucky (ESPN3), 1 pm ET
Charleston Southern at Presbyterian (ESPN3), 1 pm ET
Cornell at Princeton (ESPN3), 1 pm ET
Samford at The Citadel (ESPN3), 2 pm ET
UNI at Illinois State (Comcast SportsNet), 2 pm ET
Youngstown State at South Dakota (ESPN3), 2 pm ET
Villanova at JMU (Comcast SportsNet), 2:30 ET Sam
Montana State at N. Colorado (Root Sports), 3:30 ET
VMI at Liberty (ESPN3), 3:30 pm ET
Houston St. vs. Stephen F. Austin (ESPN3), 4 pm ET
North Dakota at Northern Arizona (Fox Sports N), 7 ET
Central Arkansas at Northwestern St. (ESPN3), 8 pm ET
BIG SKY – Northern Arizona has won seven of its last eight road games in the Big Sky. NAU moved to 3-1 on the road this season with a 17-13 victory at Cal Poly. Eastern Washington’s Beau Baldwin became the 15th coach in league history to notch 50 wins while coaching in the Big Sky as his Eagles beat Montana 42-37. Baldwin is 50-21 in his sixth season. In 20 career games, QB Vernon Adams of Eastern Washington has thrown 50 touchdown passes. The Big Sky career record is 98.
BIG SOUTH – Coastal Carolina leads the nation in scoring offense with 47.4 points per game, and has set the Big South single-season record with five 50-point games this year. Coastal’s five are part of an overall League-record nine 50-point performances by Big South members this season. For just the second time in Big South history, two teams have won at least eight regular-season games in the same season. Charleston Southern (8-1) and Coastal Carolina (8-0) join their 2006 counterparts, as both programs won nine regular-season games that season.
CAA – There are only eight active NCAA head football coaches across all divisions who have won more than 200 games at their current school, with three hailing from CAA Football – UAlbany’s Bob Ford (256), William & Mary’s Jimmye Laycock (220) and Villanova’s Andy Talley (202). Delaware junior Michael Johnson became the first wide receiver in school history to surpass 100 yards rushing with 123 yards and a score on just three carries in the win over Rhode Island.
IVY LEAGUE – 2013 has been the year of the offense for the Ivy League, currently ranked third at 29.00 points per game per team among all Division I FCS conferences behind the Southland (34.92 ppg) and Big South (29.50 ppg) conferences. The League has four teams averaging right at or above 30 points per game – Princeton (43.8 ppg, 3rd), Harvard (40.2 ppg, 9th), Brown (33.2 ppg, 29th) and Dartmouth (29.8 ppg, 42nd). Ivy teams have combined to post 40 or more points in 13 games so far this season – Princeton (4), Harvard (4), Brown (3), Cornell (1) and Dartmouth (1) – for a combined record of 12-1 in these games.
MEAC – Bethune-Cookman (4-0) moved into sole position of first place in the MEAC with a 14-3 win over South Carolina State (3-1). With the win, the Wildcats extended its conference win streak to 17 games. After starting out 0-5, Hampton has rebounded to record a three-game win streak in conference play and is currently tied at second place with S.C. State. NCCU return specialist Adrian Wilkins leads the FCS in punt returns for TDs. Last week Wilkins recorded his fourth return touchdown for the season with two punt returns for TDs and 2 kick returns for TDs.
MISSOURI VALLEY – UNI fell to South Dakota State in overtime, marking the third-straight overtime loss for the Panthers. That tied an NCAA FCS record for consecutive OT losses (Penn, 2006). ® FS Christian Dudzik of North Dakota State tied a league record with two punt returns for TDs in a win against Indiana State. The Bison returned four TDs for scores in the game, including a pick six, and a 100-yard kickoff return. Two teams are ranked in the Top 10 of the FCS Coaches poll, and the MVFC continues to be ranked No. 1 in the GPI.
NEC – Three of the top-7 rushers in Division I FCS compete for Northeast Conference programs. Walter Payton Award candidate Kyle Harbridge (1,216 yards), a fifth-year senior at Saint Francis, ranks third overall in the nation and has played two fewer games than each of the two men ranked ahead of him. Sacred Heart’s Keshaudas Spence (fourth) has 1,141 yards in nine games, while Central Connecticut’s Rob Hollomon (seventh) has logged 1,006 yards over eight appearances. Fans can watch the NEC’s all-time leading receiver face Robert Morris in Week 10 on ESPN3. One week after surpassing Michael Caputo (3,464) for first place on the league’s career receiving yards list, Bryant’s Jordan Harris (3,494) will lead the Bulldogs into move for a crucial NEC contest on November 2 at 12:00 pm.
OHIO VALLEY – Eastern Kentucky senior P Jordan Berry not only averaged 59.3 yards/punt on three attempts in a win against SEMO, he also scored his first collegiate TD. In the second quarter he was the holder on a 42-yard field goal attempt when he took the snap and raced 25 yards untouched for the touchdown. Another week and two more records for Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. The senior threw his 35th touchdown pass of the season against Tennessee State, breaking the record previously held by former EIU quarterback Tony Romo. That touchdown was also the 100th of his career, moving him into 13th place in NCAA FCS history. Garoppolo also broke the OVC record for career passing attempts (1,432).
PATRIOT – After posing a combined 1-10 record in non-League games, few people would have projected Colgate and Lafayette to share the Patriot League lead going into November. But that’s right where the Raiders and Leopards are, as both squads improved to 2-0 in League play with road victories on Saturday. Lafayette QB Drew Reed was the latest, going 21-of-22 for 283 yards and five touchdowns in his first career start against Holy Cross on Saturday to become the first freshman ever named Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week. The longest winning streak in any Patriot League matchup came to an end on Saturday, as Bucknell took out its frustrations for 15 years of losses to Lehigh by manhandling the No. 15 Mountain Hawks 48-10 in Lewisburg. The Bison beat Lehigh for the first time since 1997, as the Mountain Hawks had also won each of the previous 11 meetings by at least 16 points apiece. Bucknell also knocked off a ranked opponent for the first time since beating No. 13 Holy Cross in the 2009 season finale.
PIONEER – Butler’s defense has been one of the nation’s best at generating takeaways this season, ranking third nationally with 24 takeaways this season. The Bulldogs rank behind Sacred Heart (28) and Charlotte (25) in the category. Mercer is one of the nation’s best teams when it comes to controlling the ground. The Bears defense ranks second nationally, holding opponents to 93.8 yards per game, second only to North Dakota State. On the other side of the ball, Mercer is rolling up 279.0 yards per game, which ranks second-best (behind Cal Poly).
SOUTHERN – The Southern Conference has played 22 league games this season, and 11 of those games have been decided by one possession. Elon quarterback Mike Quinn has completed 207 straight passes without an interception to set a new Southern Conference single-season record. The league’s previous mark was 203, set by Furman’s Braniff Bonaventure in 1996. Samford wide receiver Kelsey Pope has moved into fifth place on the league’s all-time receptions list with 217 career catches.
SOUTHLAND – Southeastern Louisiana plays at McNeese State this week at Cowboy Stadium in Lake Charles and the winner will be the favorite to claim the Southland Conference title. Each team is 3-0 in league play. The Lions have wins against Stephen F. Austin, Northwestern State and Lamar while the Cowboys have beaten Central Arkansas, Sam Houston State and Nicholls. McNeese holds a 22-16 lead all-time in the series though the Lions won last year to snap a six-game win streak by the Cowboys. The Battle of the Piney Woods between Sam Houston and Stephen F. Austin returns to Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas on Saturday. It will be the 88th football duel between the two rivals. The series is the second oldest FCS rivalry in Texas. The Battle of the Piney Woods dates back to 1923, with Sam Houston State holding a 50-35-2 edge in the series. The Bearkats won last year, 51-43, in the third of what was originally scheduled to be a four-game series to be played at Reliant.
SWAC – The SWAC is the only league in the FCS that has three teams with 4 (or more) wins in a row. Clayton Moore accounted for five touchdowns to keep Jackson State (7-2, 7-0) unbeaten in the Southwestern Athletic Conference. Moore passed for 235 yards and four touchdowns including three to Zach Pendleton in the first half. He also rushed for 104 yards, a score, averaging 6.9 yards per carry. Ben Anderson accounted for four touchdwons to lift the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff to a 38-18 win over Mississippi Valley State at Rice-Totten Stadium on Saturday. Anderson threw two touchdowns passes and rushed for two more to help UAPB (1-7, 1-5) earn its first win of the season.
WEEKLY GPI TOP-25 RANKINGS
Rank, School (Rating)
1. N Dakota St (1.00)
2. E Illinois (2.00)
3. McNeese St (5.71)
4. E Washington (5.86)
5. Towson (6.00)
6. Maine (6.14)
7. Coastal Carolina (8.00)
8. Youngstown St (8.57)
9. Sam Houston St (10.57)
10. Fordham (10.86)
11. Bethune-Cookman (11.71)
12. Montana St (13.71)
13. Villanova (14.00)
14. Montana (15.43)
15. Tennessee St (16.86)
16. SE Louisiana (17.00)
17. Northern Arizona (17.43)
18T. S Illinois (18.86)
18T. Samford (18.86)
20. William & Mary (20.14)
21. Northern Iowa (20.29)
22. New Hampshire (21.71)
23. Cent Arkansas (22.29)
24. S Dakota St (22.57)
25. Old Dominion (26.71)
WEEKLY COACHES TOP-25 RANKINGS
Team (First Place) Rec Pts.
1. North Dakota State (26) 8-0 650
2. Eastern Illinois 7-1 618
3. Coastal Carolina 8-0 580
4. Eastern Washington 6-2 574
5. Montana State 6-2 533
6. Towson 8-1 518
7. McNeese State 7-1 494
8. Fordham 8-0 473
9. Sam Houston State 6-2 452
10. Youngstown State 7-1 394
11. Maine 7-1 371
12. Bethune-Cookman 7-1 362
13. Montana 6-2 337
14. Northern Arizona 6-2 283
15. Central Arkansas 5-3 246
16. Wofford 5-3 235
17. New Hampshire 4-3 188
18. Charleston Southern 8-1 175
19. Samford 6-2 138
20. South Dakota State 5-4 112
21. Lehigh 6-2 110
22. Villanova 4-4 105
23. James Madison 5-3 99
24. Tennessee State 7-2 94
25. Southeastern Louisiana 6-2 67
WEEKLY MEDIA TOP-25 RANKINGS
Team (First Place) Rec Pts.
1. North Dakota State (159) 8-0 3,975
2. Eastern Illinois 7-1 3,709
3. Eastern Washington 6-2 3,554
4. McNeese State 7-1 3,346
5. Montana State 6-2 3,191
6. Coastal Carolina 8-0 3,102
7. Towson 8-1 2,964
8. Sam Houston State 6-2 2,952
9. Fordham 8-0 2,855
10. Maine 7-1 2,537
11. Youngstown State 7-1 2,234
12. Montana 6-2 2,045
13. Bethune-Cookman 7-1 2,001
14. Northern Arizona 6-2 1,795
15. Samford 6-2 1,681
16. New Hampshire 4-3 1,292
17. Wofford 5-3 1,226
18. Central Arkansas 5-3 1,035
19. South Dakota State 5-4 800
20. Villanova 4-4 710
21. Delaware 6-2 701
22. Lehigh 6-2 648
23. Tennessee State 7-2 617
24. Charleston Southern 8-1 589
25. Southeastern Louisiana 6-2 423
By the NCAA