Week 4 FCS Top 25 Roundup

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Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Villanova came back in a big way Saturday.

The 20th-ranked Wildcats, coming off a much-needed bye week, easily disposed of 16th-ranked Stony Brook, 35-6, in CAA Football action for their first win of the season.

Sophomore quarterback John Robertson, the 2012 Jerry Rice Award winner, looked like his freshman self against the Seawolves, completing 9-of-12 pass attempts for 140 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 119 yards and a score.

Just hours after news broke that Stony Brook would be without star running back Marcus Coker for the remainder of the season due to an abdominal injury, Seawolves running backs managed just 87 rushing yards against Villanova (1-2).

The Seawolves (1-2) also will be without cornerback Reuben Johnson for the rest of the season because of a left knee injury.

After turning the ball over nine times in their first two games, the Wildcats didn't give the ball away on Saturday. Reducing the number of turnovers, along with getting healthy, was high on coach Andy Talley's to-do list coming out of the bye week.

Lyle Negron completed the lone Stony Brook touchdown to receiver Malcolm Eugene midway through the fourth quarter.

No. 1 North Dakota State (3-0) 51, Delaware State (0-3) 0

The ESPN "College Gameday" crew in Fargo may have stood a better chance of scoring on two-time defending FCS champion North Dakota State, which limited Delaware State to 189 yards in the shutout, and helped coach Craig Bohl to his school-record 92nd career win.

Marcus Williams returned his 20th career interception for a 33-yard touchdown, giving him six career interception returns for a score to tie the FCS record first set by Murray State's William Hampton (1993-96).

Quarterback Brock Jensen threw three touchdowns in the first half and set the NDSU career record for pass completions with 538, passing Steve Walker's 535 from 2004-07.

No. 4 Towson (4-0) 35, North Carolina Central (2-2) 17

The Tigers improved to 4-0 as Terrance West rushed for two more touchdowns (he now has 11 this season) and 139 yards. Freshman back Darius Victor also saw action, recording 53 yards and two touchdowns on six carries.

The host Eagles gained a mere two net rushing yards in the loss.

No. 5 Sam Houston State (3-1) 52, Incarnate Word (2-2) 21

Senior tailback Timothy Flanders became the Southland Conference's all-time leading rusher while churning out 157 yards and two touchdowns in Sam Houston State's lopsided win.

Flanders upped his career total to 4,851 yards, surpassing Claude Mathis' 4,694 yards for Southwest Texas from 1994-97.

Brian Bell connected on two of his four touchdown passes to Torrance Williams, who had nine receptions for 122 yards.

Nebraska (3-1) 59, No. 6 South Dakota State (3-1) 20

South Dakota State running back Zach Zenner was his usual productive self against FBS Nebraska, gaining 202 yards rushing with two touchdowns, but it wasn't enough for the Jackrabbits against the Cornhuskers, who gained 645 yards.

South Dakota State will host the nation's top team in North Dakota State next weekend.

No. 7 Northern Iowa (3-0) 26, Northern Colorado (1-2) 7

Northern Iowa won on the road as Sawyer Kollmorgen passed for season-high 248 yards and one touchdown, and David Johnson pushed his streak of 100-yard rushing games (121) to nine and consecutive games with a touchdown to 12.

Linebacker Jake Farley, son of UNI head coach Mark Farley, collected a season- high 13 tackles to reach double digits for the third time this season.

Northern Illinois (3-0) 43, No. 8 Eastern Illinois (3-1) 39

Six passing touchdowns from Jimmy Garoppolo wasn't enough for Eastern Illinois as FBS Northern Illinois complete a come-from-behind victory after trailing 20-0.

Garoppolo (450 yards, six touchdowns, two interceptions) and Erik Lora (14 receptions, 198 yards, three touchdowns) were once again the stars for the Panthers.

No. 9 Montana (3-0) 47, Oklahoma Panhandle State (1-3) 17

The Grizzlies didn't need huge performances from their key players Saturday to overtake Panhandle State. They scored on six of their first seven possessions and freshman halfback John Nguyen rushed for 144 yards.

Quarterback Jordan Johnson was the top passer for the Grizzlies with just 59 yards passing and a touchdown. Three players attempted at least four passes for Montana, while 11 players received at least one carry.

Gardner-Webb (3-1) 3, No. 10 Wofford (2-2) 0.

Jordan Day played the hero for Gardner-Webb for the second consecutive week, connecting on a 35-yard field goal with just under 11 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter for the game's only score.

A week ago, Gardner-Webb tripped another nationally ranked team, Richmond.

No. 12 McNeese State (4-0) 43, Weber State (1-2) 6

McNeese State averaged over eight yards per carry in a 363-yard ground assault.

Marcus Wiltz (140 yards, one touchdown) and Kelvin Bennett (122, two) fueled the win. The Cowboys committed 13 penalties in the win.

No. 15 Coastal Carolina (4-0) 50, Hampton (0-4) 17

The Chanticleers jumped out to a 40-0 lead at halftime largely behind running back Lorenzo Taliaferro and quarterback Alex Ross.

Taliaferro finished with two rushing touchdowns, while the Chanticleers scored six touchdowns on the ground.

No. 17 James Madison (3-1) 34, Charlotte (2-2) 7

James Madison's Dae'Quan Scott carried the ball 35 times for 176 yards and two touchdowns.

Freshman signal caller Matt Johnson completed just 50 percent of his passes for the 49ers, throwing for 98 yards. Charlotte struggled on third down attempts, converting on three of 16 tries. The two teams combined for nine turnovers.

Florida State (4-0) 54, No. 19 Bethune-Cookman (3-1) 6

Florida State rolled to a 40-0 lead before Bethune-Cookman's Jackie Wilson scored on a 7-yard run in the third quarter.

Anthony Jordan had 81 yards on 15 carries in the loss.

No. 21 Fordham (4-0) 52, Columbia (0-1) 7

Fordham quarterback Michael Nebrich was sensational again in his team's fourth win. It was the Rams' fourth consecutive Liberty Cup win over Columbia.

Carlton Koonce ran for 158 yards and two touchdowns, while receiver Brian Wetzel topped the pass catching stats with 116 receiving yards and two touchdowns. The Rams did lose four fumbles, however.

No. 23 Richmond (2-2) 30, Liberty (2-2) 21

Despite 10 penalties, Richmond got enough contributions from the running game to outlast the Flames.

Jacobi Green gained 181 yards rushing, while T.J. Moon scored twice. Receiver Ben Edwards eclipsed 100 yards (101) on nine receptions.

No. 22 Lehigh at Princeton

South Dakota at No. 25 Northern Arizona

No. 3 Montana State at Stephen F. Austin

No. 13 Central Arkansas at Missouri State

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