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Around FCS: Northern Exposure

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - It had been a long year of waiting for Craig Bohl and the North Dakota State football team, The Bison had been one blocked kick away from beating Minnesota last season and the 10-9 loss had stung at the team for 364 days.

Most teams to have given an FBS school such a large scare never get a second chance at their prey. But in NDSU's case, Minnesota invited them back for a sequel that didn't prove to be a blockbuster for the Golden Gophers.

Minnesota was sitting pretty after scoring a touchdown 62 seconds into the game, but the Gophers found out what they were truly in for when the Bison matched that score just a minute and a half later.

Tyler Roehl took a backwards pass from quarterback Steve Walker, broke a tackle near the line of scrimmage and then stormed 77 yards for a touchdown that sent shockwaves through a crowd of 63,088 at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minn.

It was just the start for Roehl, who would pile up 263 yards rushing on only 22 carries during the day.

Like they did last year, the Bison dominated play with a bruising ground game, plowing for 394 yards on the ground and finishing with 595 yards of total offense.

Walker (20-of-25 for 191 yards and two TDs) gave the Bison the lead for good when he hit Thor Brown for a seven-yard scoring strike with 12:56 remaining. Bibeau tacked on a 21-yard field goal - his second successful attempt of the day - to gain some redemption.

It had been Bibeau who had missed two crucial kicks, including a 42-yarder that was blocked on the final play, in the one-point loss in 2006. He missed two more on Saturday, but this time he made the one that gave the Bison a six- point lead with less than eight minutes to play.

North Dakota State's defense did the rest, keeping Minnesota out of the end zone to seal a 27-21 victory. Led by nine tackles from linebacker and Buck Buchanan Award candidate Joe Mays, the Bison limited the Gophers to 307 yards, just 125 on the ground.

It looked that Minnesota would get one last shot at the game when Mike Dragosavich was forced into punt formation with 1:48 left. But one of Minnesota's pass rushers, Dominique Barber, hit Dragosavich on the play and was called for roughing the punter to give the Bison an automatic first down.

With Minnesota out of timeouts, some 30,000 NDSU fans in the stands began to realize their team had won it retribution. They roared in delight as the final seconds ticked off the clock.

It also was a special moment for the 33 players on the North Dakota State roster who hail from Minnesota - many of whom felt slighted that the Gophers had overlooked them for scholarships.

"They're a Big Ten school with big-time athletes," said Roehl, who was added to the Walter Payton Award watch list earlier in the week. "We don't have the playoffs. We kind of took it our 'Big Game' of the year."

With the win over Minnesota and an earlier victory against Central Michigan, the Bison became the first FCS team to win two games over FBS opponents since The Citadel beat Arkansas and Army in 1992.

North Dakota State also extended the nation's longest Division I winning streak to 11 games.

NORTH DAKOTA STATE POSTSCRIPT

Bison coach Craig Bohl has been somewhat provocative in recent weeks with his comments about the FCS playoffs.

Following Saturday win over Minnesota, Bohl had this to say:

"We are claiming national attention. The NCAA is not allowing us to play in the playoffs and we are going to do everything we can to keep on showing people around the country that in our division, we are the best in the country and we are going to take them one at a time."

While many around the country can understand North Dakota State's frustrations and plight as far as postseason play is concerned, Bohl needs to understand that in FCS that championships are settled on the field, not in the polls and not in the arena of debate.

Bohl and everyone around the Bison program knew what the process was when North Dakota State decided to move its program from Division II to Division I. They knew the rules and what was expected of them in terms of compliance to bring NDSU fully into Division I.

The NCAA isn't the bad guy in this case. The folks in Indianapolis are simply asking NDSU to comply with the same rules that every other school does when it moves to Division I.

There are different eligibility rules for athletes who compete at the Division II level than those in Division I and there are many other issues that come into play as schools make this transition.

Last year, Central Arkansas asked the Southland Conference to sponsor legislation that would allow new teams to compete in the postseason before their five-year transition period was complete. The legislation didn't have much support from other Division I institutions and quietly died.

All you have to do is look at the fiasco from Florida A&M's aborted move to take its football program to FBS and you see why it is wise to keep a five- year transition period.

North Dakota State is to be commended for all of what it has accomplished in its transition within Division I. But until the Bison have been tested under the crucible of four weeks of playoff football, they can't claim to be the best team in FCS.

SIMPLY DOMINATING

Northern Iowa has been a team on a mission after following up 2005's national championship appearance with 2006's disappointing 7-4 campaign. The Panthers took another step towards a possible Gateway Conference title and a No. 1 seed in the playoffs with a dominating 45-3 victory Saturday night at Western Illinois.

The game between the No. 1 and No. 17 teams was close for about a quarter before the Panthers began to get the best of Western Illinois' defense and started closing down Herb Donaldson and the Leatherneck offense.

UNI finally took a 7-0 lead with 2:55 left in the first period on a 15-yard scamper from Corey Lewis (29 carries, 166 yards two TDs).

WIU drove deep into Panther territory on the following drive, but had to settle for Taylor Rowan's 22-yard field goal. That was the beginning of the end for the Leathernecks.

UNI quarterback Eric Sanders (8-of-8, 93 yards, one TD) gave his team the lead with a five-yard jaunt with 1:37 left to make it 14-3 at the half, and the second half was all Northern Iowa.

Western Illinois wouldn't manage another first down until the fourth quarter, and finished with only nine for the game as UNI's tough defense limited the Leathernecks to 163 yards. Donaldson had 17 carries for 80 yards, and without them, things would have been even worse.

WIU quarterback Matt Barr was harassed all night, hitting just 3-of-12 passes for 19 yards and one interception before being pulled in the fourth quarter.

Northern Iowa ended the game with 448 yards and could have had more if the Panthers hadn't cleared their bench early.

Ironically, the game gives FCS fans an interesting comparison of the top two teams in the Sports Network's Top-25 poll.

Western Illinois hosted North Dakota State on Sept. 29, with the Bison winning 41-28.

NDSU took advantage of four WIU turnovers and broke out to a 17-7 lead before the Leathernecks charged back for a 21-17 advantage. The Bison scored twice in the final three minutes of the half to go to the locker room with a 31-21 edge.

North Dakota State outscored WIU 10-7 in the second half to finish off a 41-28 victory. The Bison rolled up 385 yards - including 136 yards and three TDs on the ground by Tyler Roehl - but allowed 316 to the Leathernecks.

Donaldson managed 97 yards on 19 carries, with three touchdowns against the stout North Dakota State defense.

Make what you will of the comparison and also take note that Northern Iowa and North Dakota State will face two other common opponents before the year is finished - Illinois State and Southern Utah. And, of course, next year the two will meet as opponents in Gateway Conference action.

CAJUN COOKING

The menu in the Nicholls State press box on Saturday night called for seafood gumbo. And while the Colonels' culinary skills were a hit, NSU's football prowess came up a little short in a Southland Conference first-place showdown.

McNeese State hadn't played a team with a winning record until this game, but that didn't slow down the Cowboys in this one. After trading first-quarter touchdown drives with the Colonels, McNeese State dominated the game.

It was the Derrick Fourroux show, as the sophomore quarterback scored on a one-yard run to tie it at 7-7 and then tossed touchdown throws of one and 17 yards to Brandon Broussard and Kris Bush. Fourroux was 10-of-19 passing for 85 yards and rushed 15 times for 101 yards. Bush added to the Cowboys' offensive prowess with 18 carries for 105 yards.

Nicholls State rushed for 246 yards out of its triple-option and was only out- gained 366-338 in total offense, but three fumbles killed the Colonels. John Vigors, Vaalyn Jackson and Darrick Brown came away with the turnovers for McNeese State.

With wins over Sam Houston State and Nicholls State already under their belts, the Cowboys may not face another serious challenge before meeting strong-armed Nathan Brown and Central Arkansas at home in the final week of the regular season.

DON'T COUNT YOUR CONFERENCE TITLES ...

A lot of Southern Conference observers were ready to cede the league title to Wofford after the Terriers finished off a tough three-game stretch with wins over Appalachian State, Furman and The Citadel.

But just when you thought the SoCon race was all figured out, Elon stepped up to obliterate all sense of common sense.

The Phoenix did exactly what they needed to do against No. 7 Wofford Saturday afternoon on the road, forcing four turnovers and scoring two quick touchdowns to put the Terriers' triple-option on its heals.

Freshman quarterback Scott Riddle found Terrell Hudgins for a 34-yard scoring strike and hit Michael Mayer for a seven-yard TD connection to give Elon a 14-0 lead with three minutes left in the first period.

Wofford rallied to within 14-13 in the second quarter, but Patrick Mugan missed the extra point to keep the Terriers behind. In the second half, Elon scored 10 more points on Andrew Wilcox's 35-yard field goal and a one-yard TD hook-up between Riddle and Hudgins to finish off the upset.

Riddle was 41-of-51 for 343 yards, and the Phoenix managed to gain 99 yards on the ground, 75 on 15 carries from Dontae Taylor. Hudgins had 14 catches for 136 yards.

Wofford rambled for 323 rushing yards, but the Terriers' passing game regressed with just 77 yards.

With the loss by Wofford and Georgia Southern's 38-35 upset of Appalachian State, seven of the eight teams in the league are still in the race for the conference title. Wofford, Elon and The Citadel all have one loss, while Appalachian State, Chattanooga, Furman and Georgia Southern have two losses.

It should make for an interesting finish in this competitive league.

UPSET SATURDAY

Elon's upset of Wofford was just one of many surprises in one of the more entertaining weeks of the season. In all, eight ranked teams suffered losses.

No. 10 Hofstra received its biggest test of the season after a 6-0 start and wilted to New Hampshire 40-3, as quarterback Ricky Santos returned from a shoulder injury with a 19-of-23 passing day for 262 yards and four TDs against one of the top defenses in the nation.

No. 12 Youngstown State could relate to Hofstra. The Penguins started the season with four wins in their first five games, but since losing a tough 24-17 decision to Southern Illinois, they have been in free fall.

YSU struggled to a 24-23 win at home against winless Southern Utah last week, but looked to have righted its ship when the Penguins took a quick 10-0 lead against Illinois State in the first quarter. But Youngstown State's offense managed little the rest of the game.

A 77-yard scoring burst by Geno Blow sparked the Redbirds on the path to a comeback and Luke Drone's 69-yard touchdown aerial to Jason Horton gave ISU the lead, 20-13, with 1;37 left in the first half.

Drone, who has struggled through a disappointing senior year, came through with probably his best game of the season, hitting 19-of-30 passes for 278 yards and two TDs. His 14-yard TD pass to Kevett Mickle in the first minute of the fourth quarter gave the Redbirds a 27-16 lead and the Kye Stewart-led defense made it stand up.

No. 19 Cal Poly would have liked to put a rewind on the start of its game at South Dakota State on Saturday night. Adam Monke took the opening kickoff back 91 yards for a touchdown, and Cal Poly was playing catch-up almost the entire rest of the night in a 48-35 loss.

Cal Poly managed to tie the game at 7-7 and 14-14 before the Jackrabbits pulled away to make it 28-14 at halftime.

Cory Koenig was the difference-maker for SDSU, scoring on runs of 32, 46, 52 and 11 yards on a night where he rushed 21 times for 259 yards. Cal Poly quarterback Jonathan Dally ran 30 times for 153 yards and three scores and hit 7-of-15 passes for 115 yards and another TD, but once again the Mustang defense couldn't slow down an opponent.

Ryan Berry provided balance for South Dakota State, completing 13-of-20 passes for 121 yards and two TDs - with no interceptions.

No. 22 Eastern Washington's 42-7 loss wasn't exactly an upset, as it came at the hands of FBS school Brigham Young.

Just as Cal Poly had gotten off to an ominous start, so did EWU. Eagle QB Matt Nichols had a pass intercepted by Corby Hodgkiss and returned 39 yards for a touchdown to give BYU the lead just a minute and a half into the game.

Nichols pulled the Eagles to within 14-7 early in the second quarter with a 28-yard TD pass to Aaron Boyce, but the Cougars outscored EWU 28-0 the rest of the way. Nichols was 20-of-32 for 216 yards, but he tossed two costly interceptions and his backup, Alex Smart, threw a third pick.

Another problem for the Eagles offensively was the lack of a running game. EWU was limited to 42 yards.

No. 16 Yale just missed being an upset victim by winning 26-20 at Penn in triple-overtime.

In a classic defensive struggle, both teams managed but 10 points in regulation before the game took more of an offensive vein in the extra sessions.

Mike McLeod (35 carries, 147 yards, three TDs) was credited with scoring on a one-yard blast in the third OT, even though YES network replays showed he failed to break the plane of the goal before being tackled. But the Bulldogs failed on a two-point conversion pass.

After being held three times at the one-yard-line, Penn running back Jon Sandberg appeared to have tied the game when he turned a broken play into a TD pass to fullback Nick Cisler. It would have been Sandberg's (34 carries, 110 yards) second touchdown pass of the game.

But the Ivy League officials got into the act again, flagging one of the Penn linemen for being illegally downfield in an interpretation of the rules that may have been to the letter, but certainly wasn't in the spirit of the rules.

When Yale cornerback Casey Gerald knocked away a pass from Penn's Bryan Walker to Braden Lepisto, the Bulldogs had dodged a big upset bullet.

No. 20 Montana State scored 20 points in the final 16 minutes to beat Sacramento State 20-9 and avoid another top-25 loss.

Cory Carpenter, subbing at quarterback for an injured Jack Rolovich, tossed a 39-yard scoring pass to tight end Elliot Barnhart to put the Bobcats in front for good.

PASSING ANOTHER TEST

No. 21 Eastern Kentucky should be considering the fate of Wofford this week as it prepares for another Ohio Valley Conference challenge. The Colonels passed another test by blasting Tennessee State 49-7 in a battle of league unbeatens, but EKU still remains three wins away from a championship coronation.

Murray State, Austin Peay and Tennessee Tech will be gunning for upsets, but they won't come easy after the way the Colonels took Tennessee State apart.

With EKU holding a 14-7 lead and TSU threatening in the second quarter, Derrick Huff turned things in the Colonels' favor with an 88-yard interception return for a touchdown. It was one of four turnovers for the Tigers and was part of 42 unanswered points for EKU.

Eastern Kentucky piled up 537 yards, 364 on the ground as C.J. Walker (10 carries, 138 yards, one TD) and Bobby Washington (18 carries, 134 yards, two TDs) broke the century mark.

A CLASSIC OF A CLASSIC

One of the storied rivalries in the SWAC is anytime that Grambling and Jackson State meet, and Grambling won another classic game 30-20 over JSU.

Grambling quarterback Brandon Landers overcame a pair of interceptions to throw for 348 yards and a touchdown. But the key play of the game was Zaire Wilborn's four-yard fumble recovery return for a touchdown to give GSU a 30-17 lead in the third period.

Jackson State cut that lead to 10 points with a 27-yard Eric Perri field goal early in the fourth quarter, but Grambling's defense made sure that the game didn't get any closer.

JSU was limited to 25 yards on the ground, but Jimmy Oliver and Tray Rutland combined for 328 yards to keep the Tigers close.

MAGIC MOMENTS

No. 15 Delaware State appeared to be in some trouble with Morgan State threatening to take an eight-point lead in a key MEAC game. But the game changed when MSU's Courtney Anderson fumbled just before crossing the goal line.

Cornerback Akeem Green scooped up the fumble deep in the end zone and raced 107 yards for a touchdown that gave the Hornets a 22-17 lead on the way to a 25-17 victory.

Another great defensive effort was turned in by Northern Arizona safety Cyrus Igono, returning an interception for a touchdown and blocking a punt for a safety in the Lumberjacks' 29-20 victory over Weber State.

Davidson set a unique NCAA record with three safeties in one quarter against Drake. Pinned in deep by the punting of Cody Elder, Drake's long-snapper sent three snaps over the head of his punter for safeties.

Drake battled back to tie the game at 21 on Scott Phaydavong's 17-yard scoring surge and a two-point pass from Derek Retherford to Greg Smith with 5:14 remaining.

But Davidson got into field goal range with 1:24 left for Elder to boot a 20- yard field goal to win it.

It may have been a tough year to date for Montana's Lex Hilliard, but the senior running back set a Grizzly record for career touchdowns as he rushed for 112 yards and two scores in No. 3 Montana's 52-7 smearing of winless Northern Colorado.

Montana defensive end Kroy Biermann got the best of just one half of play, turning in three sacks, six tackles, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and a blocked field goal before retiring for the day.

You don't normally think of Holy Cross and Lafayette when you are considering Patriot League champions. But those two teams picked up key wins to move a step closer to a potential PL championship game in two weeks.

Holy Cross belted Lehigh 59-10 behind 375 yards and three touchdowns passing from Dominic Randolph. Ryan Maher caught nine balls for 165 yards and a TD on a day when the Crusaders scorched the Lehigh defense for 544 yards.

Fordham won its fourth straight game with a 34-23 victory over Lafayette.

John Skelton hit 19-of-26 passes for 323 yards and a pair of scores and also ran for another touchdown. His TD throws of 37 yards to Sylvester Clarke and 51 yards to David Moore late in the third period broke open a 20-16 game.

CELEBRATING 100

The rivalry between Harvard and Princeton, which began in 1877, put 100 candles on its cake Saturday. Harvard struggled to a 13-10 halftime lead before pulling away for a 27-10 victory at home.

Quarterback Chris Pizzoti had a game worthy of such a stage, completing 23- of-35 passes for 365 yards and two touchdowns. Cheng Ho added 113 yards rushing and one TD on 24 carries.

Harvard's defense earned a share of that anniversary cake by limiting Princeton to 222 yards and forcing three turnovers.

MID-MAJOR SHOWDOWN

In another battle between undefeated conference opponents, Central Connecticut State took a major step towards the Northeast Conference title with a heart- thumping 21-13 victory over Wagner.

Jason Butler (26 carries, 108 yards) scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns on runs of 17 and three yards to pull Wagner within one point with 5:29 left. But the Seawolves missed the extra point.

Pinned deep in its own territory with less than three minutes left, CCSU pulled a reverse to Josue Paul out of its play book and Paul raced 82 yards for a game-clinching touchdown.

CCSU held Wagner to 225 yards of offense. Wagner had contained the Blue Devils' option-based attack to 175 rushing yards before Paul's game-breaking play.

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