-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).
Charleston Southern is coming off the high of one of the biggest wins the Buccaneers have ever had to a different kind of emotion of playing a team full of friends.
The Buccaneers take on North Greenville on Saturday, the Division II team coach Jamey Chadwell was with just two years ago.
The anonymity Ryan Delaire once enjoyed may soon be over.
That’s what happens when you rank second in the Football Championship Subdivision in sacks, with 6 1/2. That’s what happens when you get three sacks in a single quarter. And that’s what happens when you cause a fumble a teammate then returns 43 yards for a touchdown in the final quarter of a come-from-behind victory.
On any given Saturday, Derek Knott can be seen on the sideline for the Lehigh University football team. The sophomore wide receiver, though, isn’t just standing around waiting for his number to be called.
“I’m clapping and jumping up and down and screaming for my teammates,” Knott said. “I focus on what play is called and what down it is. I’m running around on the sideline to keep my legs a little fresh.”
Knott, like many of his teammates, is trying to take full advantage of any action they can get.
No one has ever seen anything like Stephen F. Austin’s 56-48 loss to Prairie View A&M last Saturday night. And that’s not a case of hyperbole.
The Lumberjacks set a Football Championship Subdivision record for the most yards gained by a losing team in a game, failing to beat the Panthers despite 827 yards. The previous mark of 756 was set by Steve McNair and Alcorn State in a 62-56 loss to Grambling State in 1994.
“I’ve never seen that before,” said SFA coach J.C. Harper. “As we grow older, those things happen, I guess.”
Quarterback Brady Attaway contributed for 662 of those yards through the air. Only Old Dominion’s Taylor Heinecke has thrown for more in FCS history, with a 730-yard effort against New Hampshire highlighting his Payton Award-winning season last year.
Attaway broke the previous Southland record of 619 yards set by Louisiana-Monroe’s Doug Pederson against SFA in 1989.
“I don’t know how you could ask for more out of Brady Attaway,” Harper said. “He’s playing at a very high level right now, the best he’s been since he’s been here. He’s on fire right now.”
Obviously Harper could ask for more out of his defense.
The Lumberjacks allowed 582 yards to the Panthers, who were led by quarterback Jerry Lovelocke’s five touchdowns.
Ball security was also a major issue for SFA, which lost four fumbles.
• GOING STREAKING: With its victory over No. 2 Eastern Washington, Sam Houston State became the Division I leader in consecutive home wins with 18. The Bearkats haven’t lost in Bowers Stadium since falling to McNeese on Nov. 13, 2010.
Michigan has the next longest streak at 17.
• FLANDERS 5K: With his 280-yard performance against EWU, Bearkats running back Timothy Flanders became the first Southland running back to reach 5,000 career rushing yards. He is the 22nd FCS player to ever reach that mark.
Adrian Peterson — the one who played for the Chicago Bears — is the all-time leader with 6,559 yards at Georgia Southern from 1998-2001.
• BRONZE MEDALIST: Any other week Nicholls State quarterback Tuskani Figaro probably would have been named the SLC Offensive Player Of The Week. Instead, he was stuck behind Attaway and Flanders’ performances, which earned recognition not just at the conference level but as the national co-players of the week.
Figaro set a Nicholls single-game record with 281 rushing yards and threw for three touchdowns to go along with a pair on the ground in the Colonels’ 44-34 win over Division II Arkansas Tech.
• LIGHT SCHEDULE: The only conference game this week, other than McNeese at Central Arkansas, is Southeastern Louisiana’s meeting with future league member Incarnate Word (3-2). Both of Incarnate Word’s losses were at the hands of SLC schools — Central Arkansas (58-7) and Sam Houston State (52-21).
By Alex Hickey, American Press
Northern Iowa quarterback Sawyer Kollmorgen is throwing from experience this season, Panthers coach Mark Farley said during Tuesday’s Missouri Valley Football Conference coaches teleconference.
Kollmorgen, last year’s MVFC Newcomer and Freshman of the Year, hasn’t been picked off in 96 attempts this year. With 875 yards and eight touchdowns in his first four games of the season, the 6-foot-2, 215-pound sophomore is one of the most efficient quarterbacks in the country. His 173.85 rating this season is fourth nationally. His career efficiency rating of 149.39 is just behind San Diego’s Mason Mills in the Football Championship Subdivision.
Besides being the most efficient passer in the Big Sky Conference, Jordan Johnson is also a bit of a historian.
At least he is when it comes to his Montana football team. The Grizzlies’ surprising setback at Northern Arizona Saturday had a familiar feel for the junior signal caller.
“It really reminded me of two years ago at Sacramento State,” he said of a night in which far too little went right. “The same type of feeling.
Not proud to admit this but I really haven’t paid much attention to the Gridiron Power Index in the past.
One flimsy excuse would be that the GPI – noted as a leading indicator for Football Championship Subdivision at-large playoff selections – has seldom if at all been brought up during the Ohio Valley Conference’s weekly football coaches teleconferences in past years.
The reason was the index usually has not been all that favorable to the Ohio Valley.
Big South Conference football forever and as recently as last season was thought of as the Southern Conference’s little brother.
Often pesky and annoying. Always beatable.
Well, little brother has grown up quickly. This year, the Big South has the Southern in a headlock and is giving it a noogie.
The Charlotte 49ers discovered that fine line between having fun and being productive in last week’s college football victory against Presbyterian.
Getting back to that place Saturday, when the 49ers (3-2) host 25th-ranked Gardner-Webb (4-1) at Richardson Stadium, will be a whole other matter.
North Dakota State enters the 2013 campaign on top of the Gridiron Power Index (GPI), the index ranking for the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision and a top indicator of at-large playoff selection. The Bison rule the range again after leading the entire 2012 regular season and winning its second straight title. Conference mate Northern Iowa is solid in second.
With two consecutive national championships and another win against a big-time bowl team, fans may wonder how long Craig Bohl, the football coach with the most wins in North Dakota State University history, will be at the Bison’s reins.
That was also one of the top concerns for NDSU officials working behind the scenes late last year on Bohl’s eight-year contract extension, based on emails obtained by Forum News Service through an open records request.
“It was bliss.” That is what former Delaware quarterback Andy Hall said he felt as the final seconds ticked away on Dec. 19, 2003, in Chattanooga, Tenn. On that night, Delaware defeated Colgate University 40-0 in the National Championship Game to win the Hens’ sixth title in football.
Hall was among the 60 members of the 2003 team—some of whom were in town for the first time in years—to reconvene in Newark over the weekend, as the university celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the championship season.
Stetson plays its first Pioneer Football League game Saturday, and guess which team the Hatters play?
Two-time defending champion University of San Diego, which also ranked first in the league’s preseason coaches poll this season.
A thank-you note to the PFL from Stetson coach Roger Hughes surely is in the mail. This matchup is a baptism by fire for Stetson.
The great state a Texas’ best chance of winning the national title died when Texas A&M lost against Alabama. Right now, only the mighty Aggies are ranked in the top 10. The other Texas teams that are ranked are Baylor (19) and Texas Tech (24).
For shame, doc’.