Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - It felt like CAA Football night in Top 25
action on opening night of the 2012 FCS season Thursday.
Three of the five games within The Sports Network FCS Top 25 involved CAA
The lone one to fall was last year's CAA champion, the No. 7-ranked Towson
Tigers, whose 41-21 loss at Kent State marked the fourth time in five seasons
that they opened with a defeat against an FBS opponent.
Meanwhile, the 14th-ranked New Hampshire Wildcats beat Holy Cross of the
Patriot League, 38-17. Both of the Wildcats' inexperienced quarterbacks, Sean
Goldrich and Andy Vailas, contributed well in the win.
No. 15 Delaware, which missed the FCS playoffs last season, beat Division II
West Chester, 40-24, to extend its series win streak to 19 straight games. The
series, however, mercifully ended for the visiting Golden Rams after
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1. Sam Houston State (0-0), Idle
Last year's Southland Conference champion and FCS runner-up hosts Incarnate
Word in its season opener Sept. 8.
2. North Dakota State (1-0), Robert Morris, 7 p.m. Saturday
3. Georgia Southern (0-0) vs. Jacksonville, 6 p.m. Saturday
4. Montana State (0-0) vs. Chadron State, 9:05 p.m. Thursday
5. James Madison (0-0) vs. St. Francis (Pa.), 6 p.m. Saturday
6. Appalachian State (0-0) at East Carolina, noon Saturday
7. Kent State (1-0) 41, Towson (0-1) 21
Towson couldn't find its run game - 2011 Jerry Rice Award winner Terrance West
was held to 31 yards on 14 carries - and the Golden Flash never looked back.
8. Old Dominion (0-0) vs. Duquesne, 6 p.m. Saturday
9. Northern Iowa (0-0) at Wisconsin, 3:30 p.m. Saturday
10. Wofford (0-0) at Gardner-Webb, 6 p.m. Saturday
11. Montana (0-0) vs. South Dakota, 3:30 p.m. Saturday
12. Eastern Washington (0-0) at Idaho, 9 p.m. Thursday
13. Youngstown State (0-0) at Pittsburgh, 6 p.m. Saturday
14. New Hampshire (1-0) 38, Holy Cross (0-1) 17
Any questions the Wildcats had at the QB position were answered. Sean Goldrich
and Andy Vailas combined to go 25-for-35 for 252 yards and three touchdowns.
15. Delaware (1-0) 41, West Chester (0-1) 21
Too close for comfort late, but the Blue Hens gladly took the win as Bowling
Green transfer Trent Hurley threw for 310 yards and three touchdowns, with
16. Lehigh (0-0) vs. Monmouth, 12:30 p.m. Thursday
17. Stony Brook (0-0) vs. Central Connecticut State, 6 p.m. Saturday
18. Eastern Kentucky (0-0) at Purdue, 3:30 p.m. Saturday
19. Illinois State (0-0) vs. Dayton, 2 p.m. Saturday
20. Stephen F. Austin (0-0) vs. Southwestern Oklahoma, 7 p.m. Friday
21. Maine (0-0), Idle
The Black Bears, coming off a 9-4 season, visit Boston College in their opener
22. Jacksonville State (0-0) at Arkansas, 7 p.m. Saturday
23. Indiana State (0-0) at Indiana, 8 p.m. Saturday
24. Central Arkansas (0-0) at Ole Miss, 7 p.m. Saturday
25. Harvard Crimson (0-0), Idle
When the Ivy League season begins Sept. 15, the defending champion Crimson
host San Diego in non-conference action.
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