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4/25/2014 7:00 PM(et)
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4/25/2014 8:00 PM(et)
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182½ 
 
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4/25/2014 10:30 PM(et)
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216 
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4/26/2014 4:30 PM(et)
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4/26/2014 7:00 PM(et)
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4/25/2014 7:05 PM(et)
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4/25/2014 7:10 PM(et)
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4/25/2014 7:35 PM(et)
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4/25/2014 8:10 PM(et)
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4/25/2014 8:15 PM(et)
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4/25/2014 7:05 PM(et)
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4/25/2014 7:05 PM(et)
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4/25/2014 7:07 PM(et)
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4/25/2014 8:10 PM(et)
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4/25/2014 8:10 PM(et)
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4/25/2014 8:10 PM(et)
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4/25/2014 10:10 PM(et)
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4/25/2014 10:15 PM(et)
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9/4/2014 8:30 PM(et)
 
 
 
 
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9/7/2014 1:00 PM(et)
 
 
 
 
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9/7/2014 1:00 PM(et)
 
 
 
 
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45½ 
 
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9/7/2014 1:00 PM(et)
 
 
 
 
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9/7/2014 1:00 PM(et)
 
 
 
 
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9/7/2014 1:00 PM(et)
 
 
 
 
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9/7/2014 1:00 PM(et)
 
 
 
 
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9/7/2014 1:00 PM(et)
 
 
 
 
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9/7/2014 1:00 PM(et)
 
 
 
 
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9/7/2014 1:00 PM(et)
 
 
 
 
+5½
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9/7/2014 1:00 PM(et)
 
 
 
 
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9/7/2014 4:25 PM(et)
 
 
 
 
-3
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 485 49ERS
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9/7/2014 4:25 PM(et)
 
 
 
 
-3
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47½ 
 
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9/7/2014 8:30 PM(et)
 
 
 
 
+6½
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55 
 
 489 GIANTS
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9/8/2014 7:10 PM(et)
 
 
 
 
+3½
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45 
 
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9/8/2014 10:20 PM(et)
 
 
 
 
+3
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Around FCS: Big Sky turned upside down

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Tradition tells us that musicians in the English army performed a popular little tune called "The World Turned Upside Down" when they surrendered to American forces at Yorktown in 1781.

Montana's band wasn't on hand Saturday afternoon at Weber State to break into a rendition of that song, but it would have been appropriate for the teams in the Big Sky Conference this weekend.

They should have been serving pineapple upside down cake at Portland State, after the Vikings dismantled Eastern Washington.

A quick look at the Big Sky standings on Saturday evening showed Weber State (4-2, 2-0 Big Sky) and Northern Arizona (4-1, 2-0) tied for first, while title favorites Montana (4-1, 0-1) and Eastern Washington (2-3, 1-1) were licking their wounds after league losses earlier in the day.

It may have been just the first game for Montana in conference play and only the second for Eastern Washington, but Montana's 45-28 loss at Weber State and Eastern Washington's 47-36 defeat to Portland State has given hope to almost every other team in the league.

Montana has won or shared in 10 consecutive league titles and Eastern Washington has finished tied for first or in second in three of the past four years. But this Saturday, those two teams will be battling for survival in the Big Sky.

Weber State hasn't won a title since tying for the championship in 1968. The Wildcats also have a co-championship from 1965, but have never won the Big Sky title outright since joining as a charter member of the league in 1963.

WSU doesn't even have an NCAA playoff berth since 1991, when quarterback Jamie Martin led the Wildcats to an 8-4 record and won the Walter Payton Award.

Northern Arizona has had more success than Weber State in recent years, finishing second and reaching the quarterfinals of the playoffs after earning a tri-championship with Montana and Montana State in 2003. But like the Wildcats, the Lumberjacks have never won a Big Sky crown outright.

Weber State's secret recipe of success was dominating play on both sides of the line, a big dose of tailback Trevyn Smith, mixed in with a little of quarterback Cameron Higgins and a special ingredient of five spicy Montana turnovers.

Smith carried the ball 22 times for 158 yards and one touchdown, while Higgins completed 21-of-30 passes for 237 yards and four TDs on a rain-soaking afternoon as the Wildcats won their first game over the Grizzlies since 1998.

Portland State offensive coordinator Mouse Davis benched quarterback Drew Hubel following a 48-9 loss to Washington State two weeks ago. The sophomore passer had gone 12-of-27 for just 123 yards with one interception against a rather toothless Cougar defense.

But Hubel was reinstated into the lineup on Saturday, even though Tygue Howland had thrown for 394 yards and three touchdowns in a 41-31 loss to Sacramento State. Hubel responded by turning in one of the greatest passing days in the rich aerial-circus history of the Big Sky.

Hubel hit 44-of-73 passes for 623 yards and five touchdowns and failed to throw an interception for the first time in four starts. The 623 yards was one yard off the Big Sky record set by Martin against Idaho State in 1991.

Hubel's 73 attempts tied a single-game record set by Montana's Payton Award- winning quarterback Dave Dickenson against Idaho in 1995 and the 44 completions tied the Portland State mark established by Neil Lomax against Northern Colorado in 1979.

Hubel also beat John Charles' school record for passing yardage of 592, set in 1991 against Cal Poly.

Mario D'Ambrosio tied the Viking record for receptions, with 16 catches for 192 yards and three touchdowns. Stu Gaussoin had previously held that mark from that 1979 game against Northern Colorado.

D'Ambrosio was one of four PSU receivers to have more than 100 yards receiving. He was joined by Aaron Woods (eight catches, 146 yards, one TD), Daniel Wolverton (five catches, 109 yards) and Raymond Fry (seven catches, 102 yards) as the Vikings improved to 2-3 and 1-1.

Eastern Washington's Matt Nichols completed 34-of-55 passes for 418 yards and two TDs on a day when two of the nation's worst defenses allowed 1,086 yards, 1,041 through the air.

Northern Arizona, quietly ranked No. 24 in the country, provided coach Jerome Souers with a significant milestone as he became the all-time winningest coach at NAU with a 42-10 pasting of Sacramento State.

In his 11th season at Northern Arizona, Souers picked up his 59th career win to pass Max Spilsbury, who registered 58 from 1956-64.

The nation's rushing defense leader, led by Anthony Llanos (game-high 10 tackles), allowed Sacramento State just 21 yards on 41 carries and kept the Hornets scoreless over the final 57 minutes of the game.

The Lumberjacks piled up eight sacks, two interceptions, a fumble recovery and four pass deflections. Safety Cyrus Igono grabbed a fumbled punt in the end zone for a touchdown that turned a tight game into a 19-7 lead and sent NAU on its way to victory.

Lance Kriesien paced the Lumberjack attack with 256 yards passing and two TDs, including a 56-yard TD strike to tight end Brian Riley.

Montana State cruised to 21 points in the first quarter and didn't look back in a 33-21 win at Idaho State. Cody Kempt was an efficient 15-of-21 passing for 187 yards and a touchdown and Jason Cunningham sealed the game with a 50- yard field goal in the fourth quarter.

The Bobcats can show their worth when they host Weber State next Saturday in a game with deep playoff implications.

While the other Big Sky teams were playing in conference, there was another heart-breaking finish for Northern Colorado to endure against UC Davis.

Northern Colorado, which has played snake-bitten football since the middle of last season, got burned again with a tough finish.

The Bears (0-4, 0-1) were celebrating with a 30-28 lead on Michael York's 26- yard field goal with 1:18 remaining. But UC Davis came back to win, 34-30, on Greg Denham's 38-yard Hail Mary pass to Bakari Grant on the final play of the game. Grant out-wrestled five defenders for the ball.

THE GREAT ESCAPE

No. 4 McNeese State lost its coach, Tommy Tate, the last time it played South Dakota State. A field goal by Parker Douglass in the final seconds of a 2005 game not only cost the Cowboys the game, but Tate was fired after the loss and replaced by Matt Viator.

Tate had been a lightning rod off the field and the Cowboys had fallen on uncharacteristic hard times on the field. Since then, Viator has gone 20-4, including 3-1 this season, and taken McNeese State to consecutive Southland Conference titles and playoff berths.

But Viator and the Cowboys almost fell victim to the Jackrabbits again on Saturday.

McNeese State faced a do-or-die fourth-down play in overtime before pulling out a 46-44 triple-overtime victory over SDSU before the fourth-largest crowd (15,521) in Coughlin-Alumni Stadium history.

No. 18 South Dakota State appeared to have sealed the victory in the second overtime period when a Derrick Fourroux pass hit the hands of Jackrabbit linebacker Jimmy Rogers near the goal line on a 4th-and-21 situation. But the ball deflected off Rogers' hands and Steven Whitehead made a catch for a first down at the one, while sprawled out on the ground.

Three plays later, Fourroux scored on a five-yard scamper and Blake Bercegeay's extra point tied the score again at 38.

Todd Pendeland (11 carries, 99 yards) gave the Cowboys one last lead with a 14-yard scoring burst to open the third overtime and Fourroux's two-point rush made it an eight-point game.

South Dakota State's Kyle Minnett (21 carries, 83 yards, five receptions for 38 yards) plowed into the end zone from the two, but JaRon Harris (eight catches, 176 yards, three TDs) was stuffed for a loss on a reverse when the Jackrabbits tried for two points.

McNeese State racked up 574 yards, with Fourroux finishing with 399 yards of total offense, rushing 22 times for 102 yards and hitting 24-of-38 passes for 297 yards, with two TDs and two interceptions.

SDSU's Ryan Berry logged his third consecutive 300-yard performance, passing for 317 yards and four touchdowns on 23-of-33 completions.

SOUTHERN CONFERENCE SHOWDOWN?

The Southern Conference designed the 2008 schedule with Elon closing out its league slate at Appalachian State on November 15. If you looked at Saturday's games in the SoCon, you might be inclined to think that contest could be for the league championship.

No. 7 Elon turned the tables on No. 15 Furman, 31-10, beating the Paladins for the first time since joining the SoCon in 2003 and for the first time overall in nine years.

The pass-oriented Phoenix pounded out 231 yards on the ground, including a career-high 161 yards from Brandon Newsome, to dominate a Furman defense that had been ranked No. 1 in the league. Scott Riddle completed 21-of-30 passes for 160 yards and three TDs.

Furman quarterback Jordan Sorrells hit 26-of-43 passes for 248 yards and a touchdown, but he was picked off twice and the Paladins never could get their running game untracked.

Three straight touchdowns in the second and third quarters turned a 3-3 deadlock into a 24-3 Elon lead.

While the Phoenix were proving themselves as contender, No. 2 Appalachian State was reestablishing itself as the team to beat in the SoCon with a 47-21 crushing of the No. 12 team in the country, The Citadel.

Quarterback Armanti Edwards, who was considered questionable during the week with the ankle injury he suffered against Presbyterian the previous Saturday, broke loose for his best performance of the season, hitting 14-of-18 passes for 225 yards and four TDs and rushing 15 times for 80 yards and two more scores as the Mountaineers built a 41-7 lead in the first half with a 34-point explosion in the second quarter.

Bulldog quarterback Bart Blanchard was harassed throughout the game and completed just 17-of-41 passes for 172 yards, with one TD and one interception. The Citadel was also limited to 73 yards on the ground in 31 attempts.

DEFINING MOMENTS

Villanova and Massachusetts have long been among the powerhouse programs in the Yankee Conference, the Atlantic 10 and now the Colonial Athletic Association. But both teams knew they needed wins on Saturday to solidify their playoff hopes and league title aspirations.

Villanova had just two wins against William & Mary in Williamsburg through the years, but the Wildcats made sure they didn't fall into their usual trap in this historic city by rushing to a 35-0 lead in the second quarter and holding on for a 38-28 victory.

Coming off an emotional win over then-No. 1-ranked Richmond a week earlier, the No. 14 Wildcats received strong play from two young stars again, quarterback Chris Whitney and running back Aaron Ball.

Whitney completed 20-of-27 passes for 186 yards and three first-half touchdowns, while Ball ran 22 times for 137 yards, including a 32-yard touchdown scamper.

Jonathan Grimes raced 97 yards for a touchdown on a kickoff return with 37 seconds left before the break to give William & Mary a jolt of momentum and the Tribe scored three more times in the second half, but it wasn't enough to dig themselves out of that first-half hole.

R.J. Archer, starting in place of injured Jake Phillips at quarterback, completed 21-of-37 passes for 307 yards and a touchdown and Grimes ran for 324 all-purpose yards for the Tribe.

No. 18 UMass struggled to a 7-7 deadlock with Delaware for most of the day before finally getting the upper hand in the fourth quarter for a 17-7 victory.

Liam Coen was 18-of-32 for 228 yards and a touchdown, but he was intercepted three times to hamper the Minutemen attack.

But UMass got into position for Armando Cuko's 38-yard field goal with just under 13 minutes left and the Minutemen sealed the game with a 53-yard interception return for a touchdown by safety Jeremy Miles.

Receiver Jeremy Horne was one of the heroes for the Minutemen, grabbing eight passes for 114 yards, including a 40-yard TD reception. Tony Nelson helped Massachusetts control the ball with 163 yards on 23 carries.

No. 16 Delaware misfired again on offense as quarterback Rob Schoenhoft completed just 5-of-15 passes for 40 yards, with one TD and one interception and the Blue Hens ground game generated only 127 yards.

Rhode Island was playing out of conference, but scored a big Governor's Cup win by upsetting No. 25 Brown 37-13 behind 298 passing yards and five TDs from Derek Cassidy (25-of-37).

Brown's Michael Dougherty was 22-of-45 for 271 yards and a score, but he was intercepted twice. Nine of his passes were caught by Bobby Sewell, who had 130 yards and a 34-yard touchdown catch.

Fifty-six was the number for two other ranked teams in the CAA. Top-ranked James Madison had little trouble in a 56-0 belting of Hofstra and No. 5 Richmond went out of conference for a 56-16 thumping of VMI.

OFF THE MAT

No. 17 North Dakota State was reeling in the first half of its game with No. 13 Southern Illinois, but bounced back for an important 35-27 victory at home in a key Missouri Valley Conference encounter.

The Bison had lost two straight games and trailed 20-7 entering the locker room at halftime, but NDSU held Southern Illinois scoreless for 29 minutes in the second half and the offense awoke for the win.

Nick Mertens rushed for one TD and threw for another to Jordan Schultenover to give the Bison a 21-20 lead and running backs Tyler Roehl (26 carries, 125 yards) and Pat Paschall (12 carries, 77 yards) banged in on two more runs to seal the win.

Northern Iowa rebounded for a convincing 34-14 victory over Nicholls State before a national television audience on Thursday night at the UNI Dome, but the No. 10 ranked Panthers lost Payton Award candidate running back Corey Lewis to a knee injury.

Pat Grace, though, sparkled at quarterback, going 9-of-15 passing for 152 yards and a touchdown and rushing 18 times for 92 yards and pair of scores.

Nicholls State, playing only its second game of the season, due to hurricane damage, looked sluggish in the loss.

Herb Donaldson rolled for 273 yards and four TDs on 41 carries to lift No. 21 Western Illinois to a 41-31 win over Missouri State in MVFC play.

Cody Kirby completed 20-of-34 passes for 246 yards and three TDs in a losing effort for the Bears.

OTHER GAMES OF NOTE

Holy Cross lost another heartbreaker, 31-28 to Yale, when Matt Partain missed a 37-yard field goal that would have forced overtime. The Crusaders (1-3) have dropped games to UMass, Harvard and Yale by a total of seven points.

Dominic Randolph passed for 372 yards, hitting 41-of-63 passes and tossing three TDs, but he was also intercepted three times, two by Bobby Abare, who returned one for a touchdown. Mike McLeod had 131 yards and a TD for the Bulldogs on the ground.

Cornell improved to 3-0 with a 25-24 victory over Lehigh. Nathan Ford (39- of-63 for 438 yards) drilled Jesse Baker with a 20-yard touchdown pass on the game's final play to pick up the win.

Harvard ended Lafayette's undefeated season with a 27-13 victory. Chris Pizzotti was 15-of-28 for 231 yards and a TD, while Chen Ho rushed 20 times for 108 yards for the Crimson.

Robert Curley threw for 220 yards and a score for Lafayette, but was picked off twice.

Hampton won a key MEAC battle with a 17-14 victory over Delaware State on the road. Herbert Bynes found Justin Brown for a 30-yard TD aerial in the fourth quarter to lead the Pirates back.

South Carolina State built a big lead and then hung on against a Florida A&M charge to beat the Rattlers 28-21 in another important MEAC encounter.

William Ford's 44-yard scoring run was the game winner with 2:14 left after the Bulldogs had blown a 21-0 halftime edge. Ford had 23 carries for 149 yards.

Liberty took a big step towards repeating as the Big South champion by holding off Coastal Carolina 43-38. Rashad Jennings had 195 yards rushing and a touchdown and caught three passes for 33 yards and two more scores. Brock Smith passed for three TDs, hitting 15-of-24 attempts for 239 yards.

Grambling handed Prairie View its first loss of the season, hammering out a 40-16 victory in SWAC play. Greg Dillon was 15-of-20 for 155 yards and four TDs for the Tigers.

Southern quarterback Bryant Lee passed for 266 yards and two TDs to lead the Jaguars past Jackson State 35-28. Jumorris Stewart caught both touchdown passes and finished with eight catches for 179 yards.

Bobby Reid completed 38-of-64 passes for 481 yards and four touchdowns and ran 18 times for 54 yards, but his Texas Southern team still lost to Texas State 63-39.

Reid set school records for completions and attempts and his 533 yards of total offense shattered another mark as the Tigers gained 633 yards. But Texas Southern gave up 599 yards in the loss.

Tennessee State outlasted Tennessee-Martin 30-27 in overtime in an important Ohio Valley Conference battle between two one-loss teams. Trailing UTM 17-7 at halftime, the Tigers rallied and tied the game at 24 on Antonio Heffner's one- yard sneak with 4:04 remaining in regulation.

After a 40-yard field goal by Tom Hansen gave UTM a 27-24 lead, Javarris Williams came back with an 11-yard touchdown burst to give TSU the victory.

Dayton crushed first-year program Campbell 42-0 as Ben Sharpe rushed for a Pioneer Football League and school-record five touchdowns. Sharpe played only three quarters, but rushed for a career-high 124 yards on just 17 carries.

Duquesne sophomore linebacker Nathan Totino piled up 23 tackles, forced a fumble and recovered an onside kick to keep the Dukes close in their Northeast Conference showdown with Albany. But despite those efforts, Duquesne lost 33-23 as Albany rallied for 13 points in the fourth quarter.

Vinny Esposito was just 10-of-18 for 38 yards passing, but three of them were for touchdowns and two came in the fourth quarter. Dave McCarty ran 37 times for 230 yards to help set up those scores and offset a 338-yard passing performance from Duquesne quarterback Connor Dixon. Dixon was 21-of-46 with two TDs and three interceptions.

Stephen F. Austin came up with a remarkable comeback against Southeastern Louisiana in a 48-45 victory. The Lumberjacks trailed 28-7 after one quarter and were still losing 45-21 midway through the third period when they erupted for 27 points.

Cornell Tarrant had two TD runs, the defense picked up a safety and Jeremy Moses threw a 31-yard scoring strike to Roderick Warren and a two-point conversion pass to Dominique Edison. Tarrant's second TD and Warren's catch tied the game with 3:45 remaining and Cory Long's 23-yard field goal with seven seconds left lifted SFA to the Southland Conference victory.

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