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Around FCS: A weekend of surprises

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - There were plenty of brilliant performances in another weekend of great Football Championship Subdivision play, but two games simply defied logic.

If someone would have placed a bet in Las Vegas that the two longest losing streaks in FCS would end within the same hour, no one would have taken the action. But on another wild Saturday, true was stranger than fiction.


Dartmouth had dropped 17 consecutive games since a 17-14 overtime win against Princeton to end the 2007 season.

But the Big Green climbed on the back of sophomore running back Nick Schwieger to roll up a streak-busting 28-6 victory over Columbia. Schwieger rumbled for a school-record 242 yards, setting up two touchdowns and scoring on a third.

Schwieger carried the ball 29 times and had runs of 25 and 35 yards during the game before breaking loose for a game-clinching 66-yard scoring scamper in the fourth quarter.

He broke a record set by Al Rosier in 1991 with 229 yards and four touchdowns in 25 carries in a 45-13 victory over Brown. Schwieger's performance was just the sixth 200-yard rushing game in Dartmouth history.

What made Dartmouth's win even more surprising was the fact the Big Green was facing a Columbia squad that had shown some promise earlier in the season.

The Dartmouth defense got into the act, forcing three Lion turnovers, including a 39-yard fumble recovery and return for a touchdown by defensive end Charles Bay to make it a 21-0 game early in the fourth quarter.

Connor Kempe, a freshman who replaced senior Alex Jenny at quarterback when Jenny dislocated an elbow Oct. 10 against Yale, only completed 8-of-22 passes for 75 yards, but two of them went for first-half touchdowns.

The Big Green will go for two wins in a row next Saturday when they travel to Harvard.


Perhaps inspired by news of Dartmouth's success, Indiana State found itself with a chance to win later on Saturday afternoon, something that hadn't happened often as the Sycamores dropped 33 consecutive games and 57 of 58.

The last Indiana State win was a 28-22 homecoming victory over Missouri State in 2006.

The Sycamores fell behind 7-0 in the first quarter to Western Illinois on a one-yard smash by the Leathernecks' Dre Gibbs (33 carries, 166 yards), but ISU out-played struggling WIU from there.

Braulio Martinez, who had a couple of missed field goals when Indiana State dropped its season opener to Quincy in overtime, started the Sycamore comeback with a 37-yard field goal early in the second quarter.

Then sophomore quarterback Ryan Roberts electrified a crowd of 6,028 fans with a 91-yard touchdown burst to give ISU the lead, 10-7 with just under four minutes left in the first half.

Western Illinois responded to go back on top 14-10 on Marva Carley's five-yard dash with 2:51 left in the third period.

But Roberts came through one more time, leading a 15-play, 80-yard drive and scoring on a four-yard blast with 4:12 remaining to give the Sycamores a 17-14 advantage. Roberts finished with 160 yards rushing on 16 carries to make up for a 4-of-14 and 34-yard performance passing.

Freshman Andrew Blackmon closed out the win when he picked off a Will Lunt pass on the final play of the game. It was one of three Indiana State interceptions on the day.

The Sycamores will have hands full this Saturday when they face No. 3 ranked Southern Illinois at home.


No. 11 South Dakota State players vowed that they would make the playoffs this season after coming up just short of that goal last season and the Jackrabbits took a major step towards that dream Saturday with a solid 24-14 victory over No. 6-ranked Northern Iowa.

SDSU's defense limited UNI to 327 yards, forced three turnovers and one touchdown in each half. Defensive end Danny Batten had three quarterback hurries on UNI quarterback Pat Grace in a battle between Buchanan and Payton Award candidates.

Linebacker Derek Domino led the Jackrabbit defense with 11 tackles.

It was a tough day for Grace (21-of-38, 215 yards passing), who fumbled four times, lost one and was intercepted twice as he suffered under constant pressure. Grace fumbled a handoff on the Panthers' first play from scrimmage and linebacker Jimmy Rogers recovered at the Northern Iowa 37.

It took only seven plays for Peter Relfenrath to convert a 23-yard field goal to give the Jackrabbits the lead. He added another field goal from 26 yards in the second quarter.

Northern Iowa grabbed the lead on Grace's three-yard scoring smash with 4:14 left in the half, but that advantage was short-lived. It was the first of two 80-yard drives for the Panthers.

Redshirt freshman Thomas O'Brien (26-of-37, 285 yards passing) fired a 63-yard strike to Glen Fox for a touchdown on South Dakota State's first possession of the third quarter added a two-point conversion pass to Colin Cochart to make it a 14-7 lead.

Grace scored again on a two-yard run less than two minutes later to tie the game, but that was about the last time the Panther offense was heard from.

Kyle Harris hit a 49-yard field goal to push the Jackrabbits back in front with five minutes left in the third period and a one-yard scoring connection from O'Brien to Cochart clinched the win with less than four minutes to play in the fourth quarter.

The final drive was a 10-play, 93-yard march, keyed by a 59-yard run from Kyle Minnet (22 carries, 105 yards).

South Dakota State, which hasn't loss since first-string quarterback Ryan Crawford injured a knee against Cal Poly, would seem to be in the driver's seat for the Missouri Valley Football Conference title.

The Jackrabbits are 5-0 in conference along with Southern Illinois, but SDSU gets SIU at home - a place where SDSU hasn't lost in two years of MVFC play. Southern Illinois will also play without quarterback Chris Dieker, who broke his left clavicle in a 27-8 victory over Youngstown State and will miss the rest of the regular season.

Paul McIntosh, a redshirt freshman who transferred from Army, was 10-of-14 for 133 yards and one TD passing and added a game-high 81 yards on the ground on 12 carries.

Cornerback Korey Lindsey came through with a game-high 12 tackles and two interceptions to lead the Saluki defense. The All-American also teamed with Dolapo Adubifa for a 17-yard sack with the Penguins threatening at the Saluki two-yard line in the fourth quarter.

The No. 3-ranked Salukis should be in good shape for making the playoffs with only games against South Dakota State and Missouri State remaining among the top teams in the MVFC.

Northern Iowa, on the other hand, is on the playoff bubble with three losses. After an off-week, the Panthers close out the season with home games against Youngstown State and Western Illinois and a road game at Illinois State.


Quarterback Dominic Randolph and No. 22 Holy Cross have grown frustrated, coming close in big games, only to come up short. But the Crusaders took a major step towards a possible Patriot League title with a 42-28 victory over previously unbeaten and No. 17-ranked Colgate.

Randolph surprised the Raider defense by rushing for a career-high 116 yards on 14 attempts, with two touchdowns. It wasn't a surprise that he hit 20-of-31 passes for 288 yards and four more touchdowns.

The first TD pass broke Steve McNair's FCS record for consecutive games with a touchdown pass. Randolph, who had tied McNair's mark last week, has now thrown a TD pass in 37 consecutive games.

Surprisingly, the Holy Cross defense limited the nation's leading rushing attack to 120 yards. Running back Nate Eachus had 69 yards on 23 carries and quarterback Greg Sullivan added 53 yards on the ground to go with 176 yards passing and two TDs, but it wasn't enough to keep up with Randolph.


It had been 35 years since Prairie View had beaten both Grambling and Southern in the same season. But after a pulling off that feat with a 16-14 victory over Southern Thursday night on national television, the Panthers are in position to make their first appearance in the SWAC championship game.

Prairie View needs two wins in three games against Alabama A&M, Alcorn State and Arkansas-Pine Bluff to advance as the West Division champion. The Panthers haven't won a SWAC title since 1964.

In a nervously-played game that echoed the significance of two teams battling for control of the divisional race, big plays ruled on a rain-soaked field.

PVAM quarterback K.J. Black (13-of-22, 165 yards passing) hit Donald Babers on a screen pass to start the Panthers' first drive and Babers turned it into a 49-yard scoring play.

Bryant Lee answered for Southern with a one-yard TD sneak in the second quarter, but Prairie View took the lead again before the end of the half on Brady Faggard's 29-yard field goal to make it 10-7 at the break.

It was All-American receiver Juamorris Stewart's turn for a big play in the third quarter when he turned a well-defended screen pass into a touchdown by cutting back across the field and out-running the Panther defense.

But Prairie View responded with a fourth-quarter scoring drive and Babers (20 carries, 11 yards rushing, four catches, 63 yards) finished it off with a three-yard scoring surge to make it a 16-14 game. Faggard's extra point hit the right upright, however, to leave the Panthers with a precarious two-point lead.

Lee (25-of-36, 285 yards passing) drove the Jaguars back down the field in the final minute and hit Stewart (12 catches, 162 yards) with a pass that pushed the ball inside the 10-yard line, but Stewart was stripped of the ball as he battled for extra yardage and PVAM's Renoldo Revuelta recovered at the Panther six with 18 seconds remaining.

The win allowed Prairie View to vault into The Sports Network FCS Top-25 for just the second time ever at the No. 25 position. The Panthers made the poll at the end of the 2008 regular season and finished 25th in the final poll.


Appalachian State was stung the last time that Georgia Southern came to Kidd Brewer Stadium when the Eagles, behind the play of 2007 Payton Award winner Jayson Foster, upset the Mountaineers 38-35 to snap ASU's 30-game home winning streak.

In a rivalry that has been as close as any in FCS over the course of 24 games, Appalachian State got even on Saturday with a stunning offensive performance, winning 52-16 and piling up 712 yards of total offense - the most ever allowed by a GSU defense.

It was just 76 yards short of ASU's school record of 788 yards, set in a 115-0 shelling of Piedmont in 1936. The previous three games in this series has been decided by a total of 11 points.

Armanti Edwards, the 2008 Payton Award winner, completed 26-of-34 passes for 320 yards and three touchdowns before leaving the game early in the third period. He added six carries for 61 yards on the ground and became just the second player in Division I history to pass 8,000 yards passing and 4,000 yards rushing in a career.

Edwards joined Missouri's Brad Smith (8,799 yards passing, 4,289 yards rushing from 2002-2005). In just six games since returning from a lacerated foot, Edwards has thrown for 1,728 yards and has 2,072 yards of total offense.

Things didn't get much better for Georgia Southern when Edwards exited. His backup, Travaris Cadet, rushed for 131 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries and added 4-of-7 passing for 64 more yards in the final quarter and a half.

Even scarier for future ASU opponents is the fact that the Mountaineers finally seem to be finding themselves on defense. ASU allowed a season-low 171 yards to Georgia Southern and limited the Eagles to 15 rushing yards, while picking up six sacks.

On offense, ASU has piled up 644, 611 and 712 yards in wins over North Carolina Central, Wofford and Georgia Southern.


It was another rough week for several top-25 teams, with four other teams joining Northern Iowa and Holy Cross in the loss column.

One of the biggest surprises was No. 25 Eastern Illinois' 28-20 victory over No. 13 ranked Jacksonville State. The Panthers took advantage of several special teams errors by JSU to build a commanding lead and then held on.

Lorence Ricks came up huge for Eastern Illinois, with an 87-yard kickoff return for a touchdown midway through the third quarter and a blocked punt to set up another Panther score in the second period.

JSU quarterback Ryan Perrilloux completed 16-of-26 passes for 236 yards and one TD and rushed for 36 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries, but he couldn't bring the Gamecocks back as EIU took charge in the Ohio Valley Conference race.

No. 21 Eastern Kentucky may have seen its hopes of a third-straight Ohio Valley Conference title end in shocking fashion as the Colonels were upset 24-20 on the road to Austin Peay.

EKU blew a 20-14 halftime lead and committed four turnovers, while giving up 263 yards on the ground. The win ended a 22-game losing streak for Austin Peay against the Colonels.

Terrence Holt led the Governors' offense with 176 yards and two touchdowns, with an 80-yard scoring run in the first period and a 12-yard fourth-quarter TD. Jake Ryan added a 45-yard scoring strike in the first quarter to give APSU an early lead, one of just three completions in seven attempts for Ryan.

Garnett Phelps had 15 catches for 119 yards for EKU, but it wasn't enough for the Colonels.

With two losses in its last three OVC games, Eastern Kentucky will need help to win another title. Eastern Illinois and Tennessee State have just one conference loss.


Massachusetts has been one of the hardest teams to figure out this season. In the past three weeks alone, the No. 14 Minutemen were smoked at Delaware 43-27, knocked off then-No. 4 New Hampshire 23-17 and were thumped at Richmond 34-12.

Turnovers killed UMass against top-ranked Richmond, with the Spiders intercepting six passes and also recovering a fumble to rout the Minutemen. Quarterback Kyle Havens (10-of-25, 78 yards passing) was picked off four times and also lost a fumble.

Safety Michael Ireland returned one interception 91 yards for the second- longest interception return in Richmond history.

Richmond quarterback Eric Ward suffered through one of the worst passing days of his college career, hitting only 8-of-20 passes for a career-low 52 yards and one interception. But Ward rushed six times for 62 yards to complement Justin Forte's 26-carry, 118-yard, two-touchdown ground performance.


No. 12 McNeese State needed two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, including a five-yard scoring pass from Derrick Fourroux to Richard Connor with 39 seconds left to beat Southeastern Louisiana 36-35 in another wild Southland Conference game.

Fourroux hit 21-of-36 passes for 268 yards and two touchdowns and added a 20- yard scoring run as the Cowboys built a 24-7 lead with less than two minutes left in the first half. But quarterback Brian Babin started SLU's comeback with a four-yard TD pass to Chris Wilson to end the first half.

Babin was 23-of-37 passing for 250 yards and added a one-yard sneak in the third quarter to make it a 24-21 game. Wes Ladner blocked one punt and recovered a fumbled punt to set up two short Lion touchdowns on a one-yard Zeke Jones run and a three-yard scoring pass from Babin to Wilson as Southeastern Louisiana took a 35-24 lead.

Javaris Murray scored on a two-yard run to close the gap for McNeese State with 12:27 left and set up Fourroux's late heroics. The Lions also missed a chance to extend their lead after a fumble recovery deep in McNeese State territory when normally dependable Jeff Turner missed a 39-yard field goal attempt wide.


Tom Manning used his strong right leg to lift No. 9 New Hampshire to a tough 18-10 victory at Hofstra on a rainy day with three field goals and an extra point.

Manning had field goals of 30, 54 and 44 yards in the win. His 54-yarder set a school record, besting a 53-yard kick by Dave Teggart in 1977 - New Hampshire coach Sean McDonnells junior season. The 54-yard field goal also tied for the third-longest in CAA history.

R.J. Toman hit 14-of-21 passes for 148 yards to lead a UNH offense that was limited to 268 yards. Hofstra quarterback Cory Christopher out-did the Wildcat attack all on his own, completing 20-of-28 passes for 217 yards and gaining 56 yards on 20 carries with one TD, but the Pride struggled to finish drives.


David Sinisi became the career rushing leader in the Northeast Conference with 84 yards on 21 carries to give him 4,479 yards. He also caught four passes for 66 yards, but Monmouth lost to Albany at home, 35-10.

In a battle of Payton Award candidates at running back, David McCarty had nine carries for 64 yards in his personal enocunter with Sinisi.

Jeremy Moses passed for 372 yards, hitting 27-of-38 passes and firing five touchdowns in No. 15 Stephen F. Austin's 42-3 victory over Sam Houston in the Battle of the Piney Woods rivalry.

Moses has eight touchdown passes and 692 yards in his past two Southland Conference wins, but more importantly has not been intercepted.

Bo Bolen rushed for 207 yards and a touchdown on 37 carries and added three catches for 43 yards as No. 16 Weber State held off Northern Colorado 28-20. Bolen played in place of Trevyn Smith, who was rested on the eve of Weber State's crucial Big Sky Conference game at Montana.

John Griffin piled up 200 yards rushing and one TD on 29 carries to help Northeastern to its first win of the season, a 27-7 victory at Towson. He also caught two passes for 13 yards.

Quarterback JB Clark and Lehigh have struggled on offense all year long, but Clark erupted for 327 yards passing as Lehigh walloped Bucknell 35-16 on the road. Clark completed 24-of-37 passes with one TD, with nine of the receptions going to receiver Jake Drwal for 124 yards as the Mountain Hawks improved to 2-0 in the Patriot League.

Lehigh was coming off its first shutout loss (7-0 to Yale) since Sept. 7, 1986, a string of 263 games.

Making his first collegiate start, freshman Miguel Starks piled up 327 yards and accounted for all five touchdowns in The Citadels 38-28 win over Furman.

Starks connected on 14-of-19 passes for 183 yards and one touchdown and added 144 yards on the ground with touchdown runs of 11, 5, 17 and 23 yards. Starks four rushing touchdowns tied a school single-game scoring record and he became the first Bulldog quarterback since Jack Douglas in 1992 to rush for four scores in a single game.

Edward Johnson had 15 receptions for 187 yards and two TDs in Alcorn State's 24-17 loss to Alabama State.

Chaz Legette picked off two passes, one which he returned 21 yards for the game-deciding touchdown as Wagner beat Sacred Heart 49-28 at home on Saturday. His interception of All-NEC quarterback Dale Fink and touchdown broke a 28-all tie in the final seconds of the third period.

Legette also added four solo tackles and one assist and a pass break-up in the red zone that prevented the Pioneers from a TD on a third-and-five play in the second quarter.

Former Southern Utah walk-on Erron Vonner returned a fourth-quarter interception 12 yards for a touchdown as the Thunderbirds beat North Dakota 35-10 in Great West Conference play. He also had seven tackles, including three solo stops, a half-tackle for loss and led team with a pair of pass break-ups.

Vonner also had a touchdown-saving tackle on UND's Ismael Bamba at the SUU five-yard line. Vonner was knocked from the game with an injury midway through the second period, but came back after the halftime break to record four of his seven tackles, break up one of the passes and record the pick and TD.

Ryan Rich intercepted two passes and recovered a blocked punt in the end zone for a touchdown in Jackson State's 25-16 win at Mississippi Valley State.

Rich picked off a pass in the first and third quarters to end Delta Devils' drives. In the fourth quarter, he recovered a blocked MVSU punt in the end zone for the game-deciding touchdown with 4:34 to play.

Linebacker Aaron McLeod came through with 18 tackles, eight of them solo stops, for Western Carolina in a 35-26 loss to Wofford. He also forced a fumble.

Buchanan Award candidate J.C. Sherritt had another big game with 18 tackles in Eastern Washington's 35-24 victory over Montana State. The hard-hitting linebacker had four solo stops, one quarterback hurry and combined with another player on a tackle for loss.

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