Professional Handicapper Kelso Sturgeon

It's a 3-0 NBA Playoff Sunday for Kelso Sturgeon! The Wizards (+4½) get the outright stunner on the road against the Bulls, 102-93 for a 50-Unit winner! Mavericks (+9½) hung tough against the Spurs and got the cover in their 90-85 loss, while the Blazers/Rockets shootout went way over 214½ (242)! Kelso also wins his two big games on the diamond: Personal Best clients walked away with a 50-Unit winner last night with the Red Sox (-170) over the Orioles, 6-5, and Chairman's Club bettors got the money with the Reds (-130) over the Cubs, 8-2!
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Around FCS: Making statements

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - When you close in on the middle part of any football season, you expect for teams to make statements, both positive and negative, about their respective abilities.

Whether you are a coach, media member or fan, after four or five games, you hope to see signs that will tell you this particular team is a contender and this other one isn't. You begin to decipher whether certain strengths and weaknesses are temporary phenomenas, or long-term trends.

There were plenty of teams proving their worth, or lack there of, last weekend in a number of showdown games around the Football Championship Subdivision.

THE CAA CHALLENGE

With so many teams from the Colonial Athletic Association residing in the higher reaches of The Sports Network Top-25 poll, it was only a matter of time for some tremendous matchups to present themselves.

The first of those games came on Saturday afternoon when No. 2 Villanova hosted No. 5 William & Mary. It took just one play from scrimmage for the Wildcats to set the contest's tone when offensive coordinator Sam Venuto dug into his bag of tricks for a special play.

Quarterback Chris Whitney lined up as a potential pass receiver on first down and Villanova started a sweep with freshman Dorian Wells to the left side of the field. Wells then pitched the ball to Whitney, who launched a pass to a wide-open Brandyn Harvey behind the Tribe defense.

Harvey caught the ball and stepped back to allow Matt Szczur to set a block on the last potential tackler before dashing into the end zone for a 57-yard touchdown that started Villanova towards a dominating 28-17 victory.

Villanova's defense put the clamps on the William & Mary offense, limiting the Tribe to 118 rushing yards, forcing a pair of turnovers and forcing them to three field goals on other trips to the red zone.

William & Mary didn't manage its first touchdown until 4:18 remained on the fourth-quarter clock and by then it was too late for the Tribe to recover from a 21-point deficit.

Jonathan Grimes rushed for a game-high 95 yards rushing on 17 carries and R.J. Archer passed for 354 yards by hitting on 35-of-55 attempts, but the Tribe couldn't score touchdowns when it needed them most.

Villanova will get another major test this weekend when the Wildcats travel to another No. 5 team, New Hampshire.

William & Mary gets a bit of a breathier Saturday on the road against winless Northeastern before hosting No. 13 James Madison in another week.

WELL PREPARED

The last time Prairie View had beaten Grambling on the football field, in 1986, Ronald Reagan was living in the White House and MTV had just begun playing music videos a few years before.

The series between the Tigers and Panthers had been one of the most lopsided in FCS, with Grambling winning all 20 times the game had been played in the past 22 years.

The average score during that streak was 49-11 in the Tigers' favor, including a 77-7 beating in 1991. The closest Prairie View had come to ending the skein was a 17-14 loss in 2007 when the Panthers posted their first winning season in 39 years.

But Prairie View, with three weeks to prepare for Grambling, pulled that albatross from its neck with a 35-32 victory over the Tigers before 42,786 fans in the State Fair Classic in Dallas, TX.

The Panthers grabbed a 14-0 lead in the first quarter on a pair of four-yard bursts by quarterback K.J. Black and running back Donald Babers and held on to the lead until Grambling erupted for 19 points in a three-minute stretch of the third quarter for a 29-28 advantage.

Prairie View teams of old may have folded at this point, but the Panthers showed their resiliency by coming right back and regaining the lead on Black's 52-yard scoring strike to All-American Anthony Weeden with 28 seconds to play in the third period, 35-29.

Grambling cut the edge to three points on Ari Johnson's 22-yard field goal with 9:43 remaining, but Prairie View held the Tigers from there. Black hit 16-of-18 passes for 161 yards and two TDs and ran 10 times for 85 yards and two more scores.

Greg Dillon (16-of-26, 293 yards, two TDs, one interception passing) got his yards, but the Panther defense controlled the Grambling rushing attack, limiting the Tigers to 71 yards and holding Frank Warren to 13 carries for 32 yards.

The win puts Prairie View in the driver's seat for the Western Division title in the Southwestern Athletic Conference. The winner of the west meets the Eastern Division champion in Birmingham's historic Legion Field for the SWAC crown in December.

Prairie View has never been to the SWAC championship game, which got its start when the league went to divisional play in 1999, and hasn't won a SWAC title since 1964.

RANKINGS, YOU WANT RANKINGS?

It was a rough week for ranked teams, with No. 5 William & Mary, No. 7 James Madison, No. 11 Weber State, No. 15 South Carolina State, No. 16 South Dakota State, No. 22 Texas State and No. 23 Eastern Illinois all losing.

Two ranked Southern Conference schools, No. 10 Appalachian State and No. 12 Elon, were pushed to the limit before winning, as No. 18 Eastern Kentucky in Ohio Valley Conference action.

PHOENIX RISING

Elon needed a two-minute drill from quarterback Scott Riddle and some clutch catches from Payton Award candidate Terrell Hudgins to pull out a 19-12 victory at Furman.

It was a weird game for three quarters, with the teams moving the ball, but floundering to score points. It was tied at 3-3 after a first-quarter, 24-yard field goal from Elon's Adam Shreiner and a 46-yard kick in the third period by Matthew Cesari.

Cesari gave the Paladins a 6-3 lead with 10:44 remaining when he drilled a 22- yard three-pointer. Then the fun began.

Hudgins, who grabbed 16 passes for 209 yards on the way to national offensive player of the week honors, made a spectacular catch for 36 yards to the one- yard line and Riddle (35-of-48, 374 yards, one TD, one interception passing) hit Hudgins with another pass in the end zone to give the Phoenix a 10-6 edge with 4:03 remaining.

But Furman came back with a drive of its own that ended with Teroo Uhaa's one- yard scoring blast to push the Paladins back in front 12-10. A two-point conversion failed, leaving Elon within a field goal of a victory.

Hudgins became a decoy on the final drive as the Phoenix moved from its own 28- yard line to the Furman 20 in six plays. Riddle completed 3-of-4 passes for 38 yards and scrambled for 14 yards on the final drive.

Shreiner then put his 37-yard kick right down the center to give Elon a 13-12 lead with two seconds left. Furman tried a multiple lateral play on the ensuing kickoff, but the desperate maneuver ended with Elon's Travis Greene falling on a fumble in the end zone for a Phoenix touchdown.

Hudgins broke former Florida A&M star Jacquay Nunnaly's NCAA Division I record for career receptions with his third catch of the day and is now just 327 yards shy of breaking Jerry Rice's Division I record for receiving yards.

A STATEMENT LOSS

It isn't often that a team loses a game and announces itself as a playoff aspirant and possible league championship contender, but that is what The Citadel did in a 30-27 overtime loss at home to Appalachian State.

The Bulldogs gave ASU all it wanted early, building a 13-7 halftime lead on a four-yard touchdown pass from Bart Blanchard to Alex Sellars and two Sam Keeler field goals.

But the Mountaineers turned to 2008 Payton Award winner Armanti Edwards 22- of-29 for 327 yards and one TD passing, 10 carries for 80 yards rushing) to climb back into the game.

Edwards ran for touchdowns of 15 yards in the second quarter and one yard in the third period and Jason Vitaris finally hit on a field goal attempt from 44 yards to give Appalachian State a 17-13 lead with a quarter to play.

Vitaris had one early 25-yard attempt subverted by a mishandled snap and missed another from 26 yards in the first half.

The fourth period was a SoCon classic. Van Dyke Jones (four carries, 81 yards rushing) broke several tackles on a 69-yard TD scamper to give the Bulldogs a 20-17 edge, but Vitaris tied it with a 30-yard field goal.

Blanchard ((11-of-20, 117 yards, two TDs passing) found Luke Caldwell for a 29- yard scoring strike to put The Citadel back in front with 5:18 left, but Edwards needed just 50 seconds to match him, getting off a pass just as he was hit by a blitzer for a 74-yard TD aerial to Brian Quick.

The Citadel had a chance to win it in regulation, but Quick blocked Keeler's 53-yard field goal attempt to send the game into overtime.

ASU won the coin toss and went on defense first in overtime and the decision paid off when Keeler sent a 37-yard field goal effort wide right.

A 10-yard rushing burst from Cedric Baker and three running attempt by Devon Moore set up Vitaris for another field goal attempt and his 30-yard boot gave the Mountaineers the win.

Edwards broke the Appalachian State career passing record of two-time Payton Award nominee Richie Williams with a 16-yard completion to Blake Elder in the fourth period as the Mountaineers beat The Citadel for the 15th time in 16 games.

But the Bulldogs showed they can play with anyone in the league, on the verge of a key game at Elon this weekend.

OVC SHOWDOWN, PART ONE

Eastern Kentucky and Eastern Illinois went into Saturday's Ohio Valley Conference contest knowing that the winner would get an early edge on a possible league title.

Neither team looked like a championship contender early on in a game that featured nine turnovers (five by EIU), two blocked punts, a blocked field goal, 10 sacks, a safety and an interception return for a touchdown at Eastern Illinois' O'Brien Field.

But there was also plenty of excitement for a contest that went down to the final minute.

EKU cornerback Jeremy Caldwell ultimately turned the game in the Colonels' favor with two interceptions in the second half and linebacker Antonio Fredrick ended EIU's final threat.

Caldwell intercepted a pass midway through the third period to set up a 31-yard scoring connection from T.J. Pryor (19-of-30, 293 yards, two TDs, one interception passing) to Orlandus Harris (five catches, 120 yards) that vaulted the Colonels to within one point of the lead at 24-23.

After C.J. Walker's one-yard TD plunge late in the third quarter finally pushed EKU in front, Caldwell struck again with another interception and returned it 10 yards for a score to make it 36-24.

Jake Christensen's 44-yard TD bomb to Kenny Whitaker gave the Panthers renewed hope with five minutes left, but Eastern Kentucky ran four minutes off the clock and then forced a fumble near midfield by Christensen (21-of-35, 294 yards, three TDs, two interceptions passing) that Fredrick recovered in the final minute.

OVC SHOWDOWN, PART TWO

Tennessee-Martin used a tight, 31-30 victory over Jacksonville State last year to help itself to second place in the OVC. But the Skyhawks didn't look like a title contender against JSU on the road.

Gamecock quarterback and Payton Award candidate Ryan Perrilloux was firing on all cylinders again, hitting 14-of-16 passes for 205 yards and four more touchdowns.

But it was cornerback T.J. Heath that got the rout started. Heath started Jacksonville State towards a 52-7 victory Saturday at home against UTM when he returned two of his three interceptions for touchdowns to give the Gamecocks a quick 14-0 lead after six minutes.

He picked off a Cade Thompson pass on the fourth play from scrimmage and raced 26 yards for the first touchdown and then added a 55-yard interception return eight plays after that to give the Gamecocks a 14-0 lead before they had even run an offensive play.

Heath set a school Division I record with the two interception returns for scores. Heath added a third interception in the fourth period and also had three tackles and a pass breakup.

JSU's Calvin Middleton rushed 13 times for 121 yards and a 43-yard touchdown, while James Wilkerson hauled in two passes for 51-yard scores. Wilkerson finished with six catches for 133 yards.

The Gamecocks have rolled up 157 points in three wins since a heartbreaking 19-9 loss to Florida State in a game JSU should have won. But APR problems will keep Jacksonville State from having a shot at the playoffs this season.

DEFENSIVE ANNOUNCEMENT

Hofstra announced that it might have some impact in the CAA when it lost 24-10 to Western Michigan a week earlier. But few would have expected the Pride to knock off defending CAA champion James Madison Saturday on Long Island.

Quarterback Cory Christopher scored with his legs on a 17-yard dash for Hofstra's first-quarter TD and scored with his arm when he hit tight end Dave Wilson (four catches, 64 yards, two TDs) for a four-yard to end the first half as the Pride built a shocking 21-10 lead.

But it was the Pride defense that had the most impact on this win, holding JMU's attack to 192 yards and forcing two turnovers. It could have been worse for the Dukes, who lost only one of five fumbles.

Defensive end Deron Mayo earned CAA defensive player of the week honors for the Pride with a career-best nine tackles, three of them for losses of 15 yards and one sack.

Christopher was used in tandem with Steve Probst and the pair were a combined 15-of-28 passing for 133 yards and two touchdowns.

Justin Thorpe, one of JMU's two quarterbacks ran for 96 yards on 18 carries, including a 37-yard TD dash in the second quarter. He also completed all three of his passes for 37 yards, but he had little help on offense.

ONE YARD SHORT

Weber State was lucky to be in a position to win after it squandered repeated scoring threats in the red zone and committed four turnovers during a Big Sky home game against Montana State.

But quarterback Cameron Higgins (28-of-45, 337 yards, two TDs, three interceptions passing) maneuvered the Wildcats into position for one last chance in the final three minutes.

Trevyn Smith (31 carries, 148 yards rushing) leaped towards a possible winning score on a third-down rush, but was stopped by Michael Rider a yard short with 28 seconds left.

On fourth down, nearly everyone in Stewart Stadium expected Smith to get the ball one more time. But instead, the Wildcats chose to come out in shotgun formation and ran an ill-fated option play, with Smith as a decoy.

Montana State made some great halftime adjustments after leaving the field trailing 15-14, allowing the Bobcats to control the clock and keep its tiring defense off the field.

Aaron Mason was a key element in this game plan, running 22 times for 138 yards and two TDs.

The loss leaves Weber State on the ropes for both the playoffs and a shot at the Big Sky championship with three losses overall and one in the Big Sky. The Wildcats must beat No. 14 Eastern Washington on the road to keep those hopes alive.

Montana State, meanwhile, is still right in the thick of things with the upset.

ANOTHER SHOCKER IN UTAH

Southern Utah may have struggled during its years in FCS, but the Thunderbirds always seem to be good for one upset, or near miss every season. Unfortunately for Texas State, the Bobcats proved to be the victim of SUU's inspired play on Saturday in a 38-16 loss.

Thunderbird quarterback Cade Cooper, who nearly pulled off an upset at Northern Arizona a couple of weeks ago, hit 27-of-42 passes for 256 yards and three touchdowns as Southern Utah scorched the Bobcats.

All-American receiver Tyson Poots appeared to be back at full strength after some early-season leg injuries with 11 catches for 120 yards and one touchdown.

Texas State was hampered by four turnovers to negate a 412-387 advantage in total offense. Bradley George completed 26-of-41 passes for 197 yards and Karrington Bush managed nine carries for 82 yards as he returned from injury, but it was far too short for the Bobcats.

BACK TO DEFENSE

There is no question that Cal Poly has been struggling on offense, with the graduation losses of quarterback Jonathan Dally and wide receiver Ramses Barden being big reasons why the Mustangs have seen their scoring output cut by more than half.

After averaging 44 points per game, Cal Poly is logging just 20 this season. But in play reminiscent of the 2004-05 Mustangs, Cal Poly turned to its defense to score points and pull out a 21-14 victory at home against South Dakota State.

South Dakota State's new starting quarterback Ryan Crawford was knocked out of the game with an injury in the first half to put the Jackrabbits at a huge disadvantage, but SDSU still built a 14-7 lead on a pair of Kyle Minett touchdown runs from one yard and nine yards.

But Cal Poly's Asa Jackson intercepted a pass and ran it back 47 yards for a touchdown to tie the score with under three minutes left in the first half to tie the score.

The game remained tied until linebacker Carlton Gillespie recovered a fumble in the end zone with 2:09 left on the fourth-quarter clock to give the Mustangs the win.

PALMETTO SHOWCASE

Games between South Carolina and South Carolina State have been few and far between over the years, but South Carolina State made about as good a showing as could have been expected against the talented Gamecocks of the SEC in a 38-14 loss.

The Bulldogs trailed just 10-7 at the half when quarterback Malcolm Long (12- of-22, 135 yards passing) scored on a five-yard blast with 17 seconds left in the second quarter.

South Carolina finally erupted for three third-period touchdowns to give it some breathing room and the Gamecocks added another TD in the fourth period.

But the Bulldogs kept fighting and Long scored again on a one-yard burst in the final quarter. South Carolina only held a 377-326 advantage in total offense.

SWAC CANCELLATION

Alcorn State and Arkansas-Pine Bluff were looking forward to showcasing their programs on ESPNU on Thursday night, but the game turned into a bust for the two SWAC squads.

First, the teams struggled to a 0-0 deadlock through the first half of play. Then lightning strikes and a severe thunderstorm delayed the start of the second half.

Officials waited for over four hours before deciding that the weather wasn't going to cooperate to allow the teams to finish play.

With no open dates available to schedule a rematch, the game was declared no contest and was cancelled.

OTHER GAMES OF NOTE

Lafayette won for the first time in eight encounters with Yale, crushing the Bulldogs 31-14 at the Yale Bowl.

Rob Curley, who suffered a concussion a week earlier in an overtime win against Penn, was brilliant, completing 20-of-28 passes for 241 yards and two TDs, while Maurice White rushed 21 times for 131 yards and a score.

No. 23 Holy Cross dissected Northeastern 42-21 at Parsons Field to stay undefeated at 4-0 and claim a win over a CAA opponent. Dominic Randolph was 16- of-24 for 305 yards and five TDs passing.

Northeastern, still looking for its first win after five starts, received strong performances from receiver Jordan Batts (school-record 13 catches, 104 yards, two TDs) and quarterback Matt Carroll (32-of-44 for 244 yards and three TDs passing), but it was far from enough.

Brown won the Governor's Cup, beating Rhode Island 28-20 in the 94th renewal of this state rivalry.

Buddy Farnham turned in a huge performance on a rain-soaked field. Farnham had 274 all-purpose yards, including four punt returns for 97 yards. One of the returns for 67 yards set up a Bear touchdown.

Farnham also returned three kickoffs for 77 yards and grabbed five catches for 100 yards and a touchdown. His 32-yard TD catch from quarterback Kyle Newhall (14-of-26, 170 yards, three TDs passing) answered an early first-quarter touchdown from Rhode Island to get Brown back into the game.

TOP-NOTCH PERFORMANCES

Josh Skelton of Fordham completed 28-of-42 passes for 402 yards and two TDs as the Rams held off Old Dominion 34-29. Xavier Martin added 187 yards on the ground in 25 carries, with one TD, to help balance the Fordham attack at home.

Taiwan Jones had just 14 carries, but piled up 168 yards and three touchdowns as Eastern Washington clubbed Idaho State on the road, 38-3. The Eagles have played a light-weight schedule thus far, but Jones is averaging over nine yards per carry for the season, with 577 yards and nine TDs.

Payton Award candidate David McCarty had his biggest game of the year with 170 yards on 25 rushing attempts and two TDs as Albany dumped St. Francis 27-6.

Eyad Salem brought in 14 receptions for 172 yards and a touchdown to help Illinois State down North Dakota State 27-24.

Lavonte Kirven had 13 catches for 188 yards, but it didn't help Portland State avoid a 31-14 loss at home against Sacramento State. Aaron Woods added 239 all- purpose yards for PSU. Christian Clark had three sacks to lead the Sacramento State defense in the win.

Deji Karim had 282 all-purpose yards as No. 8 Southern Illinois downed Western Illinois 30-10 on the road. Karim rushed 18 times for 158 yards and two TDs, caught a pair of passes for 41 yards and returned two kicks for 84 yards.

Nikko Carson of Valparaiso had four sacks for 21 yards of losses and eight total tackles in the Crusaders' 34-14 loss to Drake.

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