Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - Perhaps last weekend's loss to Boston College was
more telling than people had imagined for Villanova.
The Wildcats dropped their second straight game in as many weeks, this time to
Fordham in a 27-24 surprise on Saturday. The No. 8-ranked team in
the nation was outplayed in the second half, just like they were last weekend.
Villanova led 21-17 at halftime after coming back from an early deficit, and
built on that lead with a field goal to open the third quarter. But Fordham
quarterback Michael Nebrich didn't allow it to remain that way.
After a third-quarter field goal, Nebrich scampered for a 4-yard score
early in the fourth quarter to give Fordham (2-0) the 27-24 lead. Nebrich and
Carlton Koonce combined to rush for 173 yards and two touchdowns.
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No. 1 North Dakota State (2-0) 56, Ferris State (0-1) 10
Led by quarterback Brock Jensen, the Bison had a much easier time in Week 2
versus Division II Ferris State than they did in their Week 1 matchup with
Kansas State. Jensen was 19-of-23 for 259 yards and two touchdowns while also
rushing for a touchdown.
The Bison defense forced three turnovers, and scored on one of them - a 44-
yard interception return by Zach Colvin.
No. 5 Towson (2-0) 49, Holy Cross (0-2) 7
Peter Athens was 17-for-23 for 232 yards and two touchdowns and scored on a
24-yard run, sparking Towson to its fifth straight win dating back to last
Terrance West rushed for 121 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries, while
Thomas Bradley scored on a 90-yard interception return.
Central Michigan (1-1) 24, No. 11 New Hampshire (0-1) 21
The only time Central Michigan led in this game was at the final whistle on
Ron Coluzzi's game-ending 27-yard field goal.
Cooper Rush, who didn't start at quarterback for Central Michigan but entered
late in the first quarter, dominated the UNH passing defense by passing for
326 yards and three touchdowns, including a 97-yard strike to Titus Davis,
who totaled 184 yards and two scores receiving.
Quarterback Andy Vailas led the Wildcats in their first game of the season
with 156 yards passing and a touchdown.
No. 17 Stony Brook (1-0, 1-0 CAA) 24, Rhode Island (0-2, 0-1) 0
Stony Brook pitched a shutout in its first-ever CAA Football game, forcing
three fumbles and limiting Rhode Island to 67 rushing yards on 31 carries.
Reuben Johnson collected two of the fumbles and forced the other one.
Quarterback Lyle Negron was efficient offensively, completing 12-of-19 pass
attempts for 186 yards and one touchdown and breaking off a 59-yard run en
route to 65 yards on the ground. Marcus Coker (23 carries, 78 yards) and
Jaimie Williams both scored touchdown runs.
No. 9 Northern Iowa (2-0) 45, Drake (0-2) 14
Last week, Northern Iowa won at FBS Iowa State. The Panthers kept that momentum
rolling Saturday with the decisive victory over Drake.
Walter Payton Award candidate David Johnson (who rushed for 199 yards and two
scores last week) ran for 143 yards and a touchdown - his eighth straight game
over 100 yards. As a team, Northern Iowa gained 267 yards on the ground.
No. 16 Wofford (1-1, 1-0 SoCon) 21, The Citadel (0-2, 0-1) 10
Wofford's Michael Weimer threw for two touchdowns, overcoming an interception
that was returned for a score, and Donovan Johnson rushed for 149 yards and
a touchdown as the Terriers won the Southern Conference opener for both teams.
In a matchup of triple option offenses, Wofford outrushed The Citadel, 280
yards to 154. The win was the Terriers' 15th straight in the series.
No. 10 Georgia Southern (2-0) 59, Saint Francis (Pa.) (0-1) 17
Georgia Southern had 551 total yards against the outmatched Red Flash, who were
making their season debut.
William Banks rushed for three touchdowns and Jerick McKinnon completed his
three pass attempts, including two for touchdowns, as he and Kevin Ellison
combined on 245 passing yards.
North Carolina A&T (1-0)) 24, No. 21 Appalachian State (0-2) 21
Coming off its first winning season since 2003, North Carolina A&T opened its
campaign with a surprising win at Appalachian State, which fell to 0-2 for the
only the third time in 20 years.
A&T scored touchdowns on two returns, Tony McRae on a 91-yard kickoff return
and D'Vonte Grant on a 57-yard interception return.
Kameron Bryant, in relief of ASU starting quarterback Jamal Jackson-Londry,
threw two touchdown passes in the final 5:23, but the Mountaineers' rally fell
No. 23 Lehigh (1-0) 51, Central Connecticut State (0-2) 44
Lehigh rallied from a 20-point fourth-quarter deficit and didn't lead until
Sean Farrell scored on an 11-yard run in the second overtime.
Lehigh (1-0) stunned CCSU (0-2) by overcoming a 37-17 deficit in the final 10
minutes of the fourth quarter, including two of Brandon Bialkowski's four
Farrell's 2-yard run with 3:32 left tied the game at 37-37, but Lehigh failed
to convert the extra point, which forced the overtime.
Bialkowski finished 18-of-29 for 366 yards, completing seven passes to Lee
Kurfis for 222 yards. Nick SanGiacomo threw for three touchdowns and Rob
Hollomon rushed for 160 yards and three touchdowns for CCSU.
No. 24 Coastal Carolina (2-0) 35, Furman (0-2) 28
It took everything Coastal Carolina had to hold off a relentless Furman
attack, but when a fourth-down conversion attempt came up short, the
Chanticleers were able to kneel out the clock.
Running back Lorenzo Taliaferro and receiver Matt Hazel led the way for
Coastal, each with a rushing touchdown. Quarterback Alex Ross accounted for a
touchdown through the air and on the ground.
No. 25 Bethune-Cookman (2-0) 66, Virginia Union (0-1) 14
This week's scoring explosion was a complete 180 of Bethune-Cookman's Week 1
performance - a 12-9 win at Tennessee State - as the Wildcats took advantage
of a weaker Virginia Union team for the lopsided victory.
Defense ruled for B-CU, which forced three interceptions, two
of which were returned for touchdowns. Three different quarterbacks - Quentin
Williams, Jackie Wilson and Brodrick Waters - each threw a touchdown.
No. 15 Richmond (1-0) at North Carolina State (1-0), 6 p.m.
No. 20 James Madison (1-0) at Akron (0-1), 6 p.m.
No. 6 South Dakota State (1-0) at North Dakota (1-0), 7 p.m.
No. 4 Sam Houston State (1-0) at Texas A&M (1-0), 7 p.m.
No. 14 Eastern Illinois (1-0) at Southern Illinois (0-1), 7 p.m.
Western Oregon (0-0) at No. 2 Eastern Washington (1-0), 7:05 p.m.
No. 7 Central Arkansas (1-0) at Colorado (1-0), 8 p.m.
No. 3 Montana State (1-0) at SMU (0-1), 8 p.m.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff (0-1) at No. 18 McNeese State (1-0), 8:30 p.m.
No. 12 Cal Poly (1-0) at Fresno State (1-0), 10 p.m.
No. 13 Montana (1-0)
No. 19 Illinois State (0-1)
No. 22 Northern Arizona (0-1)
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