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Around FCS: Simply Amazing

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Few of the 8,924 fans in the stands for Saturday afternoon's Weber State-Portland State game at Portland's PGE Park could have anticipated what they were about to see when PSU took a 7-3 lead after one quarter.

When it was all over several hours later, they had witnessed one of the most incredible games in FCS history, with Weber State holding on for a 73-68 victory.

The teams combined for 141 points to break the FCS record of 125 set in Sacramento State's 64-61 victory over Cal State Northridge on Nov. 4, 2000, and also beat the NCAA Division I of 136, established earlier this season when Boise State downed Nevada 69-67 in four overtimes.

It also shattered the all-divisions record of 136, set in 1968 when North Park routed North Central 104-32 in a Division III game. Georgia Tech slaughtered Cumberland 220-0 in 1916, but that was in the days before the NCAA compiled records.

The 73-68 score was just the start of the numbers, however.

The teams rolled up 1,189 yards of total offense, with Weber State finishing with 687 and Portland State adding 502. The 20 touchdowns between the two teams broke the FCS mark of 17, and the all-divisions mark of 19.

Weber State quarterback Cameron Higgins hit on 22-of-36 passes for 334 yards and four touchdowns, and rushed nine times for 106 yards and three more scores. Wildcat running back Trevyn Smith had 38 attempts for 225 yards and a score.

Portland State true freshman quarterback Drew Hubel, playing in just his third college game, completed 35-of-56 throws for 485 yards, no interceptions and a record-tying nine touchdowns. He matched Willie Totten of Mississippi Valley State, who had nine TD passes on Sept. 1, 1984 against Kentucky State.

Hubel had scoring throws of 12, 15, 21, 28, 22, 9, 22, 15 and 8 yards as he set an NCAA record for a freshman. It reads more like a set of lotto numbers than a football performance.

Four of his touchdowns went to Tremayne Kirkland (13 catches for 177 yards), and four more were grabbed by David Lewis (eight catches for 114 yards). Kenneth Mackins (six catches, 83 yards) added the other touchdown reception.

Hubel broke the school record of eight TD throws shared by the legendary Neil Lomax and John Charles. He also snapped the Big Sky record of seven touchdown passes.

Bryant Eteuati of Weber State got into the fun with 341 all-purpose yards. Eteuati had an 84-yard kickoff return to set up one score, and a 77-yard punt return for another touchdown.

Eteuati finished with seven kickoff returns for 211 yards, six punt returns for 97 yards, two pass receptions for 28 yards and a 23-yard touchdown and rushed for five yards on a fake punt.

Tim Toone had eight catches for 135 yards and Mike Phillips added eight more for 131 yards to give the Wildcats two more offensive threats.

For those who might be led to believe that there was no defense, PSU linebackers Jordan Senn and Andy Schantz combined for 30 tackles. Schantz also had 1.5 tackles for loss, a forced fumble and an 84-yard fumble recovery return for a touchdown.

"I've never been a part of anything that wild," WSU coach Rob McBride told the Salt Lake City Tribune. "You were hoping you could stop them on a couple of possessions."

Weber State erupted for 35 points in the second quarter to take a 38-27 lead, but Portland State roared back to score on its first two possessions of the second half to go ahead 41-38.

The Wildcats used Eteuati's 84-yard kickoff return to set up Higgins for a go- ahead TD pass to Phillips from four yards out, and it was 45-41 with WSU ahead again.

But Hubel's 22-yard scoring strike to David Lewis made it 48-45 in favor of the Vikings.

It was then that the Wildcats finally began to get the better of Portland State. Higgins had another four-yard TD pass to Akamu Aki to give Weber State the lead again at 52-48.

Eteuati's 77-yard punt return for a touchdown made it 59-48 at the end of the third quarter, and a four-yard scoring run by Higgins pushed the lead to 66-48.

But Portland State stormed back with touchdown passes of 15 yards from Hubel to Lewis and eight yards between Hubel and Kirkland, with Smith's two-yard scoring plunge sandwiched between, and it was a 73-62 game with 2:55 remaining.

With Weber State driving for a game-clinching score, Schantz recovered a fumble and took it back 84 yards for a touchdown that pulled PSU to within five points with 31 seconds left.

But the Vikings failed on a two-point conversion pass, and their onside kick attempt was recovered by Weber State to end the game.

It harkened back to a 2001 Portland State-Weber State matchup - the previous highest-scoring contest in PSU history - when the Vikings won 65-43 and the two teams combined for 1,264 yards.

"You came away glad you won," said McBride.

ANOTHER FCS VS FBS WIN

The Portland State-Weber State wasn't the only wild one on an absolutely amazing weekend of FCS games.

Delaware knocked off Navy 59-52 in Annapolis, Md. to give FCS yet another win over an FBS opponent. It is also believed to be the highest point total ever for an FCS team against an FBS foe.

This game also started in pedestrian fashion when Navy ran out to a 14-7 first-quarter lead. But there wasn't much defense the rest of the way.

Delaware rallied to tie it three times in the second quarter, as the two teams left the field with a 28-28 deadlock at halftime.

Navy took another lead just 72 seconds into the third quarter, but Delaware tied it once more at 35 when Joe Flacco fired his third touchdown pass of the game. Flacco, who finished with 30 completions on 41 attempts for 434 yards, added his fourth TD pass with 4:16 left in the third period when he found Aaron Love free for a 34-yard scoring strike to give the Blue Hens a 42-35 advantage.

When Jon Striefsky added a 36-yard field goal in the first minute of the fourth quarter, the Hens finally had some breathing room for the first time at 45-35.

Navy drove for a score to cut the lead to three again with 10 minutes left, 45-42, but the Blue Hens used their big offensive line and running back Omar Cuff to make sure they wouldn't let this one slip away.

Cuff (28 carries, 141 yards, four TDs) banged in from the one to increase the lead back to 10 at 52-42 and added a 37-yard scoring scamper after Navy had driven for another TD to put Delaware ahead 59-49. Cuff's 28 touchdowns this year are a new Delaware single-season record.

Navy added a 29-yard field goal from Joey Bullen with 31 seconds left to keep the Midshipmen's hopes alive, but then ran out of time.

Delaware allowed Navy to score on eight of 12 possessions, but forced the Midshipmen into a pair of lost fumbles that turned the tide.

"There is no margin for us," said Navy head coach Paul Johnson, who won two FCS championships at Georgia Southern. "We can't turn the ball over twice and win. We can't miss a turn with the ball. Defensively, we tried about everything we know of. We have to get better at what we have. We were beat physically, but there were other mistakes too."

"If they don't turn the ball over, you're not going to beat those guys," Delaware coach K.C. Keeler added. "They have a great offense and that's why they have been to a bowl game the last four years."

HANGING ON

One team that probably wasn't expecting a wild finish was Wofford, in a game that matched the Southern Conference's first-place team against last-place Western Carolina last Thursday in a game televised by ESPNU.

The Terriers seemed to be in perfect control when they pounded out a 34-0 lead in the second quarter and took a 37-3 edge to the locker room on Patrick Mugan's 30-yard field goal as time expired. Few would have realized how important Mugan's kick would turn out to be.

Wofford's defense took the second half off, which made for a nervous ending for the No. 11-ranked Terriers. Catamount freshman quarterback Adam Hearns (10-of-16 for 107 yards passing) threw two third-quarter TD passes and senior Todd Spitzer (13-of-20 for 234 yards and three TDs passing) added another as WCU trimmed the lead to 44-24.

Things still seemed comfortable well into the fourth quarter, but Mike Malone's two-yard scoring burst with 8:53 remaining allowed WCU to begin to think about an upset with the game now at 44-31.

Mugan again gave Wofford some more space when his 32-yard field goal increased the lead to 47-31, but Spitzer split the Terrier secondary for a 42-yard scoring strike to Eddie Cohen and a 27-yard completion to Marquel Pittman in between a defensive stop by the energized Catamounts. Suddenly, it was 47-44 after a Jonathan Parsons PAT with 1:27 remaining.

But WCU's hopes finally ended when the Catamounts couldn't recover the ensuing onside kick and Wofford was finally able to run out the clock.

Wofford piled up 513 yards and had 100-yard rushing performances fro, Kevious Johnson (15 carries for 128 yards and a touchdown) and Adrian Young (24 carries for 115 yards and two scores), but the Terriers left the field with a less-than-pleasant taste in their mouths after nearly letting this game slip away.

COMING BACK

While Wofford was hanging on, Northern Iowa was displaying another reason why it is ranked No. 1. The Panthers were stymied for three quarters by a tremendous defensive effort from Youngstown State, before rallying for a 14-13 victory.

Northern Iowa was held to a season-low 102 rushing yards and was out-gained 330-272, but still found a way to win.

YSU bolted to a 13-0 first-half lead on a 28-yard TD aerial from Tom Zetts (25-of-35 for 245 yards) to Derrick Bush and a pair of Brian Palmer field goals. But the Penguins left the door open for UNI with a pair of turnovers and couldn't score again.

Northern Iowa, playing before a sellout crowd of 16,528 in the UNI Dome, finally got on the board when Eric Sanders (16-of-20 for 170 yards) fired a 29-yard scoring toss to Johnny Gray with 12 minutes to play.

The Panthers got back into scoring territory with just less than five minutes remaining and Gray played the superhero role again with an 18-yard scoring jaunt on a reverse. Billy Hallgren's extra point finally pulled UNI in front.

Zetts and company had one more chance to win, getting the ball back one last time with 1:34 left. But linebacker Brannon Carter's interception of a Zetts pass allowed the Panthers to hold on.

"The way we were able to maintain our poise was key to the game," said Northern Iowa coach Mark Farley. "You never saw us lose our poise and confidence."

CUTTING IT CLOSE

Northern Iowa wasn't the only ranked team to win by the slimmest of margins. Richmond and Delaware State also came away with one-point victories.

Richmond captured a key Colonial Athletic Association game with a 17-16 decision at James Madison. The Spiders only managed 245 yards of offense, but their defense came up big by forcing three turnovers as Richmond forged a three-way tie atop the CAA's South Division standings with Delaware and JMU.

Safety Stephen Howell intercepted a Rodney Landers pass with 58 seconds left, and the ball on the Spider 10-yard line to preserve the win after Richmond blew most of a 17-0 first-half lead. Howell also had a fumble recovery and led the Spiders with 10 tackles.

Richmond scored on a 21-yard field goal from Andrew Howard in the first period, and on Eric Ward's 10-yard TD connection with Scott Riddell and a four-yard touchdown burst from Tim Hightower (28 carries, 102 yards) in the second quarter.

Landers, meanwhile, was suffering through maybe his worst day as a starter. He was held to 8-of-22 passing for 129 yards and one interception, though he managed 79 yards rushing on 16 carries. But the Dukes couldn't find the end zone after Landers hit Bosco Williams on a 61-yard scoring strike late in the second quarter.

Richmond's defense forced JMU to settle for three Dave Stannard field goals in the second half, the final one with six minutes remaining, and Howell's big play capped off the win.

The No. 11 Spiders host No. 23 Villanova this Saturday before going to No. 7 Delaware the following week. JMU, now ranked 12th, travels to Delaware this Saturday in still another key CAA game.

Delaware State took a 7-0 first-quarter lead at South Carolina State in a crucial MEAC contest, but the Hornets then watched as SCSU stormed back for a 16-7 lead after three quarters on three Stephen Grantham field goals and a 13- yard scoring scamper from quarterback Cleveland McCoy.

With William Ford running 28 times for 161 yards and McCoy adding 102 yards on 15 carries and hitting 9-of-17 passes for 93 yards, the Bulldogs were able to play keep-away from the Hornets.

But although Delaware State was limited to 253 yards, the Hornets persevered and made it a 16-14 in the first minute of the fourth quarter on Adam Shrewsbury's one-yard TD blast.

Ryan Robinson made the defensive play of the day in a very cleanly played game when he forced McCoy to fumble at the SCSU 43 with just under three minutes remaining. Ron Spinner recovered for the Hornets, who were able to drive into field goal range for Peter Gaertner's game-winning 38-yard field goal with 2.6 seconds to play.

Combined with Norfolk State's shocking 17-10 loss to Howard, Delaware State moved into sole possession of first place with three games to play.

Norfolk State was limited to minus-15 yards rushing against Howard. NSU quarterback Casey Hansen threw for 238 yards on 17-of-32 passes, but was harassed constantly by the Bison defense. He lost 31 yards in sacks and managed just one touchdown on a four-yard pass to Jeremy Wicker in the second quarter.

Brian Johnson threw for 196 yards and two touchdowns for Howard, which was 2-3 in conference and 3-4 overall before the win.

Norfolk State can still earn a tie for the MEAC title and the automatic bid by winning its last three games, including a Nov. 10 encounter at Delaware State.

ANSWERING SOME QUESTIONS

Montana has been one of the most perplexing teams in the country this season. The Grizzlies are ranked No. 1 nationally in scoring defense, allowing just 11 points per game, are 8-0 overall, and 5-0 in conference play. But the offense has struggled to put up points after getting into Big Sky Conference play.

Many viewed Saturday's game at Northern Arizona as a major test for the Grizzlies and they passed it with solid enough marks, winning 21-16.

After struggling to a 7-6 halftime advantage on Cole Berquist's three-yard TD pass to Ryan Bagley, Montana took control in the third quarter with a seven- yard scoring hook-up between Bergquist and Eric Allen and Lex Hilliard's five- yard TD dash to make it 21-9. Both drives chewed up 80 yards.

Northern Arizona piled up 505 yards of offense against Montana, but two turnovers proved costly as NAU lost the ball at the Grizzly 27 and 13 on two drives. Still, the Lumberjacks cut the lead to five points with 4:42 remaining on Alex Henderson's eight-yard scoring burst.

Henderson finished with 16 carries for 126 yards, while Lance Kriesien was 18- of-34 passing for 268 yards. All-American receiver Alex Watson had his best game of the year with 11 catches for 171 yards.

But Montana made sure there would be no comeback by running out the rest of the clock behind Hilliard and company. Hilliard, who has battled injuries throughout the season, banged out 146 yards on 32 carries.

Defensive end Kroy Biermann led the defensive charge for Montana with a sack, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and four tackles. Linebacker Tyler Joyce added 10 tackles for the Grizzlies.

AN UPSETTING DAY

Montana State had positioned itself for a run at the playoffs and the Big Sky title, but that plan pretty much came undone when the Bobcats lost to previously winless Northern Colorado 16-13.

The Bobcats struggled throughout the day offensively, but tied the game with 47 seconds left on a nine-yard Jack Rolovich-to-Demetrius Crawford TD toss, following a blocked UNC punt.

But Cory Fauver returned the ensuing kickoff 51 yards to set up Zak Bigelow's game-winning field goal from 37 yards out with four seconds left. The win snapped a 16-game losing streak for Northern Colorado (1-8).

Hofstra was upset for the second week in a row, losing 35-31 to Villanova. Villanova scored on a 43-yard interception return from Martel Moody, a 95-yard kickoff return by Angelo Babbaro and a 17-yard fumble recovery and return by Tim Kukucka.

Losing 31-21 in the fourth quarter, Hofstra rallied for 10 points, but came up short.

San Diego also fell victim to the upset bug, losing 35-16 to Dayton in a game that threw the Pioneer Football League into a three-way tie.

Kevin Hoyng directed the Flyers to the home-field win by hitting 23-of-29 passes for 252 yards and two touchdowns. Hoyng also rushed 19 times for 127 yards.

San Diego quarterback Josh Johnson was 18-of-41 for 230 yards and two TDs, but was running for his life most of the day. Johnson also gave up his first interception of the season.

Central Arkansas put a big hit on Nicholls State's playoff hopes with a 49-42 overtime win at home. Trailing 35-21 early in the fourth quarter, fullback Broderick Cole scored from two yards out and quarterback Nathan Brown (28- of-44 for 338 yards and four TDs) threw a pair of fourth-quarter touchdown passes to put the Bears up 42-35.

Vin Montgomery's 20-yard touchdown pass to Michael Okoronkwo tied the game for Nicholls State with 34 seconds left in regulation, but Brent Grimes (19 carries, 115 yards) scored for his third rushing TD of the game to put UCA back in front in overtime.

Montgomery then made a bad pitch that was recovered by Bears defensive end Josh Fay to end the overtime thriller.

SAVING THE DAY

Appalachian State free safety Corey Lynch has long had a flare for the dramatic, from a game-saving interception in his first home appearance as a freshman to his blocked field goal to clinch a season-opening win over Michigan.

Lynch added to his highlight reel of game-saving plays Saturday with an interception on the final snap of the game to preserve the Mountaineers' 34-27 victory over Furman in a key Southern Conference contest and add to the lore of one of the fiercest rivalries in FCS.

"As soon as I saw the pump fake, I knew (quarterback Renaldo Gray) was going to go deep," said Lynch, who helped the No. 10 Mountaineers (6-2 overall, 2-2 in league) stay alive in the Southern Conference title race with. "If we lose again, we're (probably) not going to the playoffs."

One of the leading candidates for the Buck Buchanan Award, which goes to the top defensive player in FCS, Lynch added a team-high 12 tackles, seven of them solo stops, with one tackle for loss and a pass break-up. Lynch almost had another blocked punt, but Furman's Trent Hawk tucked the ball away as Lynch charged through the line and managed to get it away.

Furman, which began the year ranked No. 11 in the Sports Network Top-25 poll, fell out of the race and completely out of the playoff picture. The Paladins slid to 3-5 and 1-3, their worst record this late in the season since 1994 when they finished 3-8 and 2-4 in current Vanderbilt coach's Bobby Johnson's first year directing the program.

Trailing 34-20 to ASU after Julian Rauch's 27-yard field goal midway through the fourth quarter, Furman cut the lead in half on fullback Jerome Felton's second touchdown of the game from a yard out with 3:27 remaining.

The Paladins failed on an onside kick attempt when ASU linebacker Pierre Banks recovered the ball at the Furman 41. The Mountaineers moved to the Paladin 24 before the drive stalled, but Clifton Dortch blocked Rauch's 41-yard field goal attempt with 1:11 left to give Furman one more chance.

Out of time outs, Gray (17-of-24 for 154 yards passing, 16 carries for 103 yards rushing) drove the Paladins down to the ASU 29 with six completions and spiked the ball to give them once last play with seven seconds to go.

But Lynch would have the final word nine plays later when he picked off that pass at the goal line and returned it 47 yards to end the game.

ASU quarterback Armanti Edwards returned to form to help the Mountaineers pile up 511 yards.

Playing for the first time last week after four of Appalachian State's first six games, Edwards had generated 398 yards of total offense and 220 yards on the ground, but committed two key interceptions last week in a shocking 38-35 loss to Georgia Southern.

But on Saturday, Edwards was back in his comfort zone in directing ASU's high- octane attack with 16-of-24 in passing for 211 yards and a 19-yard TD pass to Hans Batichon. More importantly, Edwards had his first turnover-free performance of the season.

Edwards and Kevin Richardson combined for 250 yards rushing. Edwards squeezed out 126 yards and TD runs of six and seven yards on 28 carries, while Richardson pounded out 124 yards in 21 attempts.

THE WILD, WILD SOUTH

The Southern Conference went into last week's games with seven of eight teams still in contention for the league crown. After wins by Wofford, Appalachian State, Elon and Georgia Southern, it's down to five teams battling it out for the title.

Elon eliminated Chattanooga 38-28 at home. The Phoenix built a 35-21 halftime lead behind the strong arm of freshman quarterback Scott Riddle (36-of-51 for 359 yards and three TDs, with one interception) and let their defense hold on in the second half.

Riddle set a single-season records for completions (254), passing yards (2,606) and touchdown passes (23) for the Phoenix.

Michael Mayer had 11 receptions for 114 yards, while T.J. Clegg and Terrell Hudgins added nine catches each for Elon. Two of Hudgins' receptions were for scores of seven and 51 yards.

Antonio Miller was 27-of-46 for 268 yards and a pair of touchdowns for Chattanooga. Miller also caught a 33-yard TD strike from receiver Clint Woods, who in addition to his passing duties caught 11 passes for 94 yards.

But the Mocs could only manage one score in the second half and struggled to just 129 yards on the ground.

Georgia Southern relied on the magic of quarterback Jayson Foster once again and some key defensive plays for a 21-17 victory at home against a very good team from The Citadel.

Losing 17-6 in the fourth quarter and being held in check by a strong Bulldog defense, Foster scored on a 15-yard scamper and then threw a double-reverse pass to Raja Andrews for a two-point conversion to make it 17-14 with 12:36 to play.

Foster then escaped for an 80-yard touchdown run on the Eagles' next possession to finally put Georgia Southern in front 21-17 with 7:28 on the clock.

The Eagle defense held The Citadel on a 4th-and-1 deep in Georgia Southern territory late in the game to preserve the victory. The Bulldogs were hampered in their comeback efforts when Payton Award candidate and quarterback Duran Lawson was forced from the game with a knee injury in the fourth quarter.

Wofford and Elon remain tied at 4-1 in the SoCon, with Georgia Southern, The Citadel and Appalachian State all a game back in the loss column. The race will lose one or two more teams this weekend, with Appalachian State traveling to The Citadel and Wofford hosting Georgia Southern in key games.

ANOTHER SOUTHERN STORY

This writer capped off an interesting southern swing of watching Wofford- Western Carolina and Appalachian State-Furman by taking in a Big South Conference nightcap of Gardner-Webb and Charleston Southern on Saturday night.

It hasn't been the best of years out of conference for the Big South, which had made some serious national noise in the previous two seasons. But this is a league that is building for the future, and there still is a championship to be decided here, even if it doesn't carry with it an automatic playoff bid.

Gardner-Webb positioned itself for a shot at the title by hanging on to a 29-25 victory over a scrappy Charleston Southern squad.

All-American receiver Duvaughn Fagler, playing despite an injured shoulder, had experienced a rough night, dropping several passes before he made a highlight-reel catch in the back of the end zone on an 11-yard pass from Stan Doolittle (17-of-28 for 200 yards) to put the Bulldogs ahead again with 3:42 remaining.

GWU then survived a Hail Mary pass from CSU's Eli Byrd to Geral Stevenson that was batted down in the end zone to finish out a wild game. The lead changed hands eight times before the Bulldogs finally won.

Jada Ross got the Buccaneers off to a good start early, racing 77 yards with a fumble recovery for a touchdown just four minutes into the game, and things didn't let up until the finish.

Patrick Hall rushed 13 times for 100 yards and touchdowns of nine and 46 yards for Gardner-Webb, while Dobson Collins grabbed 10 passes for 114 yards.

Linebacker Mario Brown tied teammate Cedric McGowan with 10 tackles and made an acrobatic interception to stop one fourth quarter drive by the Buccaneers in GWU territory. Defensive lineman Quantavis Jackson sacked Byrd in the end zone in the first quarter for a safety to get the Bulldogs on the scoreboard.

Sidney Bryant came off the bench to complete 19-of-29 passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns for the young Charleston Southern club, but the Buccaneers still came up a little bit short.

Gardner-Webb is leading the league with a 2-0 record and is awaiting games at Coastal Carolina on Nov. 10 and at home against Liberty on Nov, 17 in contests that will decide the Big South title.

WRAPPING UP A WILD WEEKEND

Two FCS players had three interceptions to help their teams to key wins.

Doug Hewlett came away with three interceptions to help Harvard to an important 28-21 Ivy League victory over Dartmouth.

His first interception at the Harvard three stopped a Dartmouth drive in the second quarter, and his second on a deflection at the Big Green 27 late in the third quarter set up Harvard's final touchdown, giving the Crimson a 28-14 lead in the first minute of the fourth period.

Hewlett then ended Dartmouth's final drive with a third pick-off to clinch the victory as the Big Green were trying to score an equalizing touchdown. Hewlett added seven tackles, five of them solo stops and a pass deflection. He became the first Harvard player to intercept three passes in a game since 1967.

Derrick Huff grabbed three interceptions to key Eastern Kentucky's defensive effort in a 46-35 Ohio Valley Conference win over Murray State.

Two of Huff's interceptions stopped Murray State drives inside the Colonel 20. Huff also had two pass breakups and a career-high 10 tackles. The three interceptions gave him eight INTs in nine games. He ranks third nationally with .89 interceptions per game.

Elsewhere, Monmouth's David Sinisi tied a school record with five touchdowns rushing as he piled up 192 yards on 26 carries for Monmouth. The defending Northeast Conference champions crushed Central Connecticut State, 51-36.

Iona took a big step towards the final MAAC championship with a 28-23 victory over nine-time champion Duquesne.

Running back Dane Samuels picked up 193 yards rushing, 103 yards receiving and scored two touchdowns for the Gaels.

Missouri State's Gerald Davis had five touchdowns and 82 yards rushing as the Bears downed hapless Indiana State 63-7.

Cade Thompson threw for 317 yards and three touchdowns as Tennessee-Martin got back on the winning track with a 55-20 victory over Southeast Missouri State, while Matt Nicholls had 328 yards through the air and three TDs as Eastern Washington stopped Sacramento State 38-30.

Samford got past Tennessee Tech 59-52 as Jefferson Adcock tossed up 472 yards of passing and five touchdowns.

Tech's Larry Shipp turned in the second best all-purpose yardage day in school history, with 301 yards in the Ohio Valley Conference loss.

Shipp returned one kickoff 88 yards for a touchdown for his third kickoff return TD of the season. He had another kickoff return for 22 yards and seven receptions for 191 yards, the third-highest receiving yardage total in Tennessee Tech history.

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