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2016 FCS Week 5 Top-25 Rankings

Senior LB Kevin Barry (#42) celebrates his 44-yard interception return with teammates Nick Panucci (#48), Kevin Sears (#21) and CJ Parvelous (#30) as Sacred Heart blasted Stony Brook 38-10. (photo courtesy of sacredheartpioneers.com)

Senior LB Kevin Barry (#42) celebrates his 44-yard interception return for a TD with teammates Nick Panucci (#48), Kevin Sears (#21) and CJ Parvelus (#30) as Sacred Heart blasted Stony Brook 38-10 and makes its 2016 rankings debut. (photo courtesy of sacredheartpioneers.com)

Week 4 of the FCS campaign provided a standard share of upsets, including a nail-biter in Terre Haute, IN, a pair of top-ten teams took tough losses and three teams make their 2016 debut in the rankings.

Eli Jenkins passed for 224 yards, rushed for 121 and accounted for four touchdowns to lead second-ranked Jacksonville State to an easy 48-19 win over Liberty in Lynchburg, VA. The Gamecocks (3-1, 0-0 OVC) dominated the host Flames (1-3, 0-0 Big South) from the opening whistle, out-gaining their opponent 563-181. Roc Thomas added 111 rushing yards and a score as Jacksonville State scored five touchdowns on plays of 50 yards or more: a 51-yard strike from Jenkins to Thomas less than three minutes into the game, a 76-yard run by Jenkins late in the first quarter, Josh Barge’s 75-yard punt return in the second quarter, Shaq Davidson’s 69-yard touchdown reception from Jenkins early in the fourth quarter and Justice Owens’ 87-yard run with 1:27 to play.

Jeremiah Briscoe threw for 369 yards and three touchdowns as #3 Sam Houston State rolled up 632 yards of offense in a 52-16 shellacking of Houston Baptist at Husky Stadium in Houston. Briscoe tossed a pair of first-half touchdowns passes and Javin Webb rushed for two first-quarter scores as the Bearkats (3-0, 2-0 Southland) built a 31-6 halftime advantage. Remus Bulmer, who rushed for a game-high 124 yards, found the end zone twice in first six minutes of the final quarter to put the exclamation point on the victory. Terrance Peters rushed for 104 yards and Tony Dawson added a touchdown pass for the Huskies (2-2, 1-2 Southland).

Derrick Craine rushed for 222 yards and two touchdowns and Alejandro Bennifield accounted for three more scores as #4 Chattanooga stayed undefeated with a 41-21 victory over Samford at Finley Stadium. The Mocs (4-0, 2-0 Southern) couldn’t shake the pesky Bulldogs (2-1, 0-1 Southern) until late in the third quarter, when Craine scored on a 35-yard gallop to give the hosts a 31-14 lead. Devlin Hodges passed for 314 yards and two touchdowns for Samford, with Kelvin McKnight catching both scoring passes and amassing 143 receiving yards on nine receptions.

Kyle Lewis’ 39-yard touchdown reception from Dano Graves with 4:29 to play provided the winning margin as #16 Cal Poly upset #5 Montana 42-41 at Spanos Stadium in San Luis Obispo, CA. The game featured five lead changes, two blown double-digit leads, three turnovers and a missed late field goal attempt in the Big Sky opener for both teams. Graves passed for 157 yards and three touchdowns as the Mustangs (3-1, 1-0 Big Sky) rushed 54 times for 274 yards and three scores while passing, only, ten times in their third consecutive win over the Grizzlies (2-1, 0-1 Big Sky). Brady Gustafson set a Montana record with 47 completions on 59 attempts for 418 yards and two touchdowns while Jerry Louie-McGee set another school record by logging 21 receptions for 155 yards and caught both of Gustafson’s touchdown throws. The Grizzlies had a chance to take a late lead after Graves’ touchdown pass, but freshman kicker Tim Semenza’s 48-yard field goal attempt sailed wide-right with 1:55 to play.

In other games of note, #9 William & Mary was upset at home by Elon 27-10, Sacred Heart blasted #11 Stony Brook 38-10 on Long Island and, in the most exciting finish of the day, Kenyota Rollins recovered a fumble cause by Jonas Griffith’s strip-sack of Jake Kolbe with less than two minutes to play to preserve Indiana State’s 34-31 upset of #19 Illinois State in Terre Haute, IN.

#20 Western Illinois joined the ranks of FCS teams that defeated FBS teams on Saturday by upsetting Northern Illinois 28-23 in DeKalb, IL. The Leathernecks built a 28-7 lead midway through the third quarter and, after allowing three straight scoring drives in the final quarter, forced two turnovers on downs to end the Huskies’ comeback.

Dropping out of the rankings this week, along with Illinois State, are Colgate (#22) and Portland State (#24), while Indiana State (#21), Sacred Heart (#22) and Albany (#24), each, make their 2016 debuts.

1. North Dakota State (3-0, 0-0 MVFC) This week: vs. Illinois State (2-2, 0-1 MVFC) Sat 10/01 2:00PM ET
(LW – 1) IDLE

2. Jacksonville State (3-1, 0-0 OVC) This week: IDLE
(LW – 2) won at Liberty (1-3, 0-0 Big South) 48-19

3. Sam Houston State (3-0, 2-0 Southland) This week: vs. Stephen F. Austin (3-1, 2-0 Southland) Sat 10/01 4:00PM ET
(LW – 3) won at Houston Baptist (2-2, 1-2 Southland) 52-16

4. Chattanooga (4-0, 2-0 Southern) This week: at East Tennessee State (2-1, 1-1 Southern) Sat 10/01 12:00PM ET
(LW – 4) defeated Samford (2-1, 0-1 Southern) 41-21

5. Charleston Southern (2-2, 1-0 Big South) This week: at #8 Coastal Carolina (3-1, IND) Sat 10/01 6:00PM ET
(LW – 6) won at Monmouth (2-1, 0-0 Big South) 35-7

6. Eastern Washington (3-1, 1-0 Big Sky) This week: vs. UC Davis (2-2, 1-0 Big Sky) Sat 10/01 4:05PM ET
(LW – 7) won at Northern Arizona (1-3, 0-1 Big Sky) 50-35

7. The Citadel (3-0, 2-0 Southern) This week: at Western Carolina (1-2, 0-1 Southern) Sat 10/01 3:30PM ET
(LW – 8) IDLE

8. Coastal Carolina (3-1, 0-0 IND) This week: vs. #5 Charleston Southern (2-2, 1-0 Big South) Sat 10/01 6:00PM ET
(LW – 10) defeated Furman (0-4, 0-1 Southern) 41-21

9. Villanova (3-1, 1-0 Colonial) This week: at Elon (2-2, 1-0 Colonial) Sat 10/01 3:30PM ET
(LW – 12) won at Lafayette (1-3, 0-0 Patriot) 31-14

10. Richmond (3-1, 0-1 Colonial) This week: vs. Towson (1-2, 0-1 Colonial) Sat 10/01 3:30PM ET
(LW – 13) defeated #22 Colgate (1-2, 0-0 Patriot) 38-31

11. Western Illinois (3-0, 0-0 MVFC) This week: at #17 South Dakota State (1-2, 0-0 MVFC) Sat 10/01 7:00PM ET
(LW – 20) won at Northern Illinois (0-4, 0-0 MAC/W) 28-23

12. Cal Poly (3-1, 1-0 Big Sky) This week: at North Dakota (2-2, 1-0 Big Sky) Sat 10/01 2:00PM ET
(LW – 16) defeated #5 Montana (2-1, 0-1 Big Sky) 42-41

13. James Madison (3-1, 1-0 Colonial) This week: vs. Delaware (2-1, 0-0 Colonial) Sat 10/01 1:30PM ET
(LW – 14) won at Maine (0-3, 0-1 Colonial) 31-20

14. Eastern Illinois (3-1, 1-0 OVC) This week: at Southeast Missouri State (1-3, 1-0 OVC) Sat 10/01 7:00PM ET
(LW – 15) defeated Austin Peay (0-3, 0-2 OVC) 56-35

15. Montana (2-1, 0-1 Big Sky) This week: vs. Southern Utah (2-1, 1-0 Big Sky) Sat 10/01 4:30PM ET
(LW – 5) lost at #16 Cal Poly (3-1, 1-0 Big Sky) 42-41

16. Northern Iowa (1-2, 0-0 MVFC) This week: vs. Southern Illinois (2-1, 0-0 MVFC) Sat 10/01 5:00PM ET
(LW – 17) IDLE

17. South Dakota State (1-2, 0-0 MVFC) This week: vs. #11 Western Illinois (3-0, 0-0 MVFC) Sat 10/01 7:00PM ET
(LW – 18) IDLE

18. Youngstown State (2-1, 0-0 MVFC) This week: vs. South Dakota (1-2, 0-0 MVFC) Sat 10/01 4:00PM ET
(LW – 21) IDLE

19. North Carolina A&T (2-1, 0-0 MEAC) This week: vs. Hampton (1-2, 1-0 MEAC) Thu 9/29 7:30PM ET
(LW – 23) IDLE

20. Dartmouth (2-0, 0-0 Ivy) This week: vs. Pennsylvania (0-2, 0-0 Ivy) Sat 10/01 7:00PM ET
(LW – 25) won at Holy Cross (1-3, 0-0 Patriot) 35-10

21. Indiana State (3-1, 1-0 MVFC) This week: vs. Missouri State (2-1, 0-0 MVFC) Sat 10/1 3:00PM ET
(LW – NR) defeated #19 Illinois State (2-2, 0-1 MVFC)

22. Sacred Heart (4-0, 0-0 NEC) This week: at Wagner (2-1, 0-0 NEC) Sat 10/1 6:00PM ET
(LW – NR) won at #11 Stony Brook (2-2, 1-0 Colonial) 38-10

23. William & Mary (2-2, 0-1 Colonial) This week: at New Hampshire (2-2, 1-0 Colonial) Sat 10/01 3:30PM ET
(LW – 9) lost to Elon (2-2, 1-0 Colonial) 27-10

24. Albany (4-0, 1-0 Colonial) This week: IDLE
(LW – NR) defeated St. Francis (PA) (1-3, 0-0 NEC) 20-9

25. Stony Brook (2-2, 1-0 Colonial) This week: IDLE
(LW – 11) lost to Sacred Heart (4-0, 0-0 NEC) 38-10

Dropped out: #19 Illinois State, #22 Colgate, #24 Portland State

Also Receiving Consideration:

Central Arkansas (3-1, 2-0 Southland), Colgate (1-2, 0-0 Patriot), Delaware (2-1, 0-0 Colonial), Eastern Kentucky (1-2, 0-0 OVC), Elon (2-2, 1-0 Colonial), Fordham (2-1, 0-0 Patriot), Harvard (2-0, 0-0 Ivy), Illinois State (2-2, 0-1 MVFC), New Hampshire (2-2, 1-0 Colonial), Southern Illinois (2-1, 0-0 MVFC), Southern Utah (2-1, 1-0 Big Sky), Stephen F. Austin (3-1, 2-0 Southland), Tennessee State (3-0, 0-0 OVC), Towson (1-2, 0-1 Colonial), Wofford (3-1, 1-0 Southern)

2016 NFL Week 2 All-Time Top-50 Statistical Movement

Denver Broncos DB Aqib Talib celebrates following his 9th career interception return for a touchdown in a 34-20 win over Indianapolis,, tied for 4th-best in NFL history. (photo courtesy of Evan Semón/CBS)

Denver Broncos DB Aqib Talib celebrates following his 9th career interception return for a touchdown in a 34-20 win over Indianapolis, tied for 4th-best in NFL history. (photo courtesy of Evan Semón/CBS)

A quartet of future Hall of Famers continued to build their enshrinement resumés, passing impressive names as they move closer to the top of the NFL’s statistical lists.

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald caught six balls for 81 yards and a touchdown in a 40-7 pasting of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, with the touchdown reception being his 101st, passing Tim Brown and Steve Largent for eighth on the league’s all-time list. The score, also, tied Largent for 21st in all-time touchdowns scored (101), moving Fitzgerald ahead of Franco Harris and Curtis Martin. In addition, the 13-year veteran from Pittsburgh tied current Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten for career receptions with 1,032.

Indianapolis running back Frank Gore rushed for 44 yards and caught three passes for 19 yards and a touchdown as the Colts lost 34-20 at Denver. Gore, in his 12th season out of Miami (FL), passed Franco Harris for 13th on the NFL’s rushing list (12,043), tied Calvin Johnson, Joe Perry, Andre Rison, Herschel Walker and Steve Smith for 47th on the all-time touchdown list (84) and moved past Warrick Dunn for 17th in yards from scrimmage with 15,331.

In that same game, Aqib Talib registered his ninth interception return for a touchdown, picking off an Andrew Luck pass and sprinting 46 yards for the score. The pick-six vaulted the former Kansas Jayhawk past Eric Allen, Ronde Barber and Charles Tillman & into a tie with Ken Houston, Deion Sanders and Aeneas Williams for 4th all-time while the ninth non-offense touchdown ranks 21st in league history, moving the 9-year veteran past Adam Jones and 18 others and into a tie Darren Sproles and 11 others.

Also, Drew Brees, now, stands third in passing yards after throwing for 263 yards in New Orleans’ 16-13 loss to the New York Giants. The future Hall of Famer, now in his 16th year out of Purdue, passed Dan Marino in the loss and sits at 61,589 passing yards. Brees, who has missed, only, eight games since being named a starting quarterback in 2002 with the San Diego Chargers, could, conceivably, pass the only two players ahead of him in passing yards, Peyton Manning and Brett Favre, midway through the 2018 season and is under contract through 2017.

PASSING

Passes Completed

Philip Rivers (3,504) passed Kerry Collins for 13th
Aaron Rodgers (2,673) passed Ken Anderson, Kurt Warner, Steve Young and Brad Johnson for 33rd

Pass Attempts

Eli Manning (6,296) passed Kerry Collins for 11th
Philip Rivers (5,399) passed Joe Montana for 16th
Jay Cutler (4,400) passed Y.A. Tittle for 38th
Joe Flacco (4,149) passed Ron Jaworski and tied Steve Young for 47th
Aaron Rodgers (4,117) tied Ron Jaworski for 49th

Passing Yards

Drew Brees (61,589) passed Dan Marino for 3rd
Eli Manning (44,762) passed Drew Bledsoe for 10th
Carson Palmer (40,615) passed Joe Montana for 15th
Matt Ryan (33,487) passed Steve Young and Phil Simms for 29th
Joe Flacco (28,882) passed Len Dawson and Rich Gannon for 49th

Passing TDs

Ben Roethlisberger (278) passed Vinny Testaverde for 12th
Carson Palmer (264) passed Dave Krieg for 15th
Matt Ryan (207) passed Jay Cutler and tied Randall Cunningham for 36th

Sacked

Drew Brees (334) passed Steve Beuerlein for 28th
Alex Smith (332) tied Steve Beuerlein for 29th
Aaron Rodgers (312) passed Terry Bradshaw, Greg Landry and Eli Manning & tied Joe Ferguson for 39th
Eli Manning (311) passed Greg Landry for 41st

Sacked Yards Lost

Eli Manning (2,156) passed Roger Staubach for 39th

RUSHING

Rushing Attempts

Adrian Peterson (2,412) passed O.J. Simpson for 26th
Chris Johnson (2,109) passed Earnest Byner and Willis McGahee for 35th

Rushing Yards

Frank Gore (12,143) passed Franco Harris for 13th
Chris Johnson (9,498) passed Shaun Alexander for 32nd
DeAngelo Williams (7,990) passed James Brooks and Garrison Hearst for 50th

RECEIVING

Receptions

Larry Fitzgerald (1,032) tied Jason Witten for 9th
Antonio Gates (850) passed Rod Smith for 26th

Receiving Yards

Steve Smith (14,015) passed James Lofton for 10th
Brandon Marshall (11,406) passed Keenan McCardell and Rod Smith for 29th

Receiving TDs

Larry Fitzgerald (101) passed Tim Brown and Steve Largent for 8th
Anquan Boldin (75) passed Torry Holt and Nat Moore & tied James Lofton for 32nd
Andre Johnson (69) passed Raymond Berry, Art Monk and Rod Smith for 41st

SCORING & OTHER OFFENSE

Touchdowns

Antonio Gates (105) tied Tim Brown for 17th
Larry Fitzgerald (101) passed Franco Harris and Curtis Martin & tied Steve Largent for 21st
Frank Gore (84) tied Calvin Johnson, Joe Perry, Andre Rison, Herschel Walker and Steve Smith for 47th

Points Scored

Matt Bryant (1,348) tied Stephen Gostkowski for 32nd

Non-Offensive TDs

Aqib Talib (9) passed Adam Jones and 18 others & tied Darren Sproles and 11 others for 21st

Yards From Scrimmage

Frank Gore (15,331) passed Warrick Dunn for 17th
Steve Smith (14,402) passed Reggie Wayne for 27th

All-Purpose Yards

Steve Smith (18,464) passed LaDanian Tomlinson for 7th
Andre Johnson (14,193) passed Cris Carter for 44th
Adrian Peterson (14,085) passed Bobby Mitchell for 47th

PUNT & KICK RETURNS

Kick Returns

Ted Ginn (289) passed Tyrone Hughes for 12th
Devin Hester (280) tied Eric Metcalf for 14th
Brandon Tate (195) passed Ronney Jenkins, Al Carmichael, Dennis Gentry, Abe Woodson, Andre Coleman and Steve Odom for 41st

Kick Return Yards

Devin Hester (6,984) passed Ron Smith for 13th
Brandon Tate (4,805) passed Tim Dwight, Timmy Brown and Al Carmichael for 39th

Punt Returns

Devin Hester (294) passed Vai Sikahema for 10th
Ted Ginn (214) passed Mike Nelms and Deion Sanders for 35th

Punt Return Yards

Adam Jones (1,762) passed Neal Colzie for 49th

Punt Return TDs

Eddie Royal (3) passed Dez Bryant, Randall Cobb, Marc Mariani and many others & tied Tavon Austin, Travis Benjamin, Will Blackmon, Dwayne Harris, Micah Hyde, Leodis McKelvin, Marcus Sherels and 42 others for 40th

SERVICE


Games Played

Shane Lechler (256) passed Tim Brown, Irving Fryar and Earl Morrall & tied David Binn and London Fletcher for 32nd
Sebastian Janikowski (254) tied Charles Woodson for 38th

Games Started

Drew Brees (218) passed Andre Reed, Justin Smith and Mike Webster for 37th

KICKING

Extra Points Made

Sebastian Janikowski (525) passed Jim Turner and Matt Bahr for 20th
Matt Bryant (433) passed Don Cockroft and Rian Lindell for 36th
Josh Brown (430) passed Shayne Graham for 39th

Field Goals Made

Phil Dawson (388) passed David Akers and Sebastian Janikowski for 9th
Matt Bryant (305) passed Pat Leahy and Jim Turner for 25th

PUNTING

Punts

Jon Ryan (764) passed Louie Aguiar for 48th

Punting Yards

Andy Lee (47,113) passed Mark Royals for 12th
Jon Ryan (34,178) passed Mike Saxon, David Lee, Jason Baker and Mike Scifres for 42nd

FUMBLES

Total Fumbles

Eli Manning (100) passed Steve McNair for 17th
Jay Cutler (86) tied Walter Payton for 27th
Philip Rivers (83) passed Steve Beuerlein, Trent Dilfer, Joe Ferguson and Ben Roethlisberger & tied Steve DeBerg and Greg Pruitt for 32nd

DEFENSIVE INTERCEPTIONS

Interception Return TDs

Aqib Talib (9) passed Eric Allen, Ronde Barber and Charles Tillman & tied Ken Houston, Deion Sanders and Aeneas Williams for 4th

SACKS

Total Sacks

Julius Peppers (137.5) passed Jared Allen and DeMarcus Ware and tied Richard Dent and John Randle for 7th
Tamba Hali (87.0) passed Willie McGinest and tied Justin Smith for 47th

2016 FCS Week 4 Top-25 Rankings

Cam Pedersen (#36) celebrates with Cole Davis (#7) after his 37-yard field goal attempt split the uprights as time expired and gave top-ranked North Dakota State a 23-21 win over FBS #13 Iowa. (photo courtesy of gobison.com)

Cam Pedersen (#36) celebrates with Cole Davis (#7) after his 37-yard field goal attempt split the uprights as time expired and gave top-ranked North Dakota State a 23-21 win over FBS #13 Iowa. (photo courtesy of gobison.com)

Week 3 of the FCS season provided numerous exciting finishes, stunning upsets and, quite possibly, the most volatile shuffling of the top-25 in recent years.

Cam Pedersen’s 37-yard field goal as time expired capped a fourth-quarter comeback that propelled top-ranked North Dakota State past FBS #13 Iowa 23-21 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, IA. King Frazier rushed for 99 yards and a touchdown while the Bison defense held the Hawkeyes to 231 yards of offense. North Dakota State (3-0, 0-0 MVFC) has defeated two FBS opponents in 2016 and have won six straight games against FBS foes. The victory was, also, the fourth for an FCS squad over a ranked FBS team since the two divisions split in 1978.

Stacey Bedell rushed for 100 yards and four touchdowns as Stony Brook upset #2 Richmond 42-14 at LaValle Stadium. The Seawolves (2-1, 1-0 Colonial) forced Richmond (2-1, 0-1 Colonial) quarterback Kyle Lauletta into three interceptions and shut down the Spiders’ running game, allowing, only, 32 yards on 20 carries while blanking the visitors in the second half.

Eli Jenkins’ 14-yard touchdown run with 6:44 to play lifted #3 Jacksonville State to a 27-26 victory over #11 Coastal Carolina. Jenkins threw for 248 yards and a pair of scores and added 111 rushing yards along with his game-winning scamper for the Gamecocks (2-1, 0-0 OVC) while Roc Thomas rushed for 144 yards on 25 carries. The Chanticleers (2-1, IND), in the first year of their transition to the FBS, allowed 534 yards of offense and 30 first downs while being dominated in time of possession.

Jeremiah Briscoe passed for 328 yards and three touchdowns to lead #4 Sam Houston State to a 44-31 victory at Lamar. Corey Avery rushed for 136 yards and a touchdown as the Bearkats (2-0, 1-0) rolled up 598 yards of offense in their Southland Conference opener. Despite trailing 30-3 at halftime, Lamar (0-3, 0-1 Southland) engineered four second half touchdown drives, led by quarterback Andrew Allen’s two touchdown passes and long scoring runs from Carson Earp and Brendan Langley.

Alejandro Bennifield rushed for a touchdown and passed for another score as #5 Chattanooga opened its Southern Conference schedule by beating Furman 21-14 at Paladin Stadium in Greenville, SC. C.J. Board’s 33-yard touchdown run opened the scoring for the Mocs (3-0, 1-0 Southern) in the first quarter and the visitors upped their lead to 21-0 at halftime on touchdown runs from Derrick Craine and Bennefield. The Paladins (0-3, 0-2 Southern) made the game interesting with a pair of fourth-quarter touchdown runs, but a failed on-side with 1:01 to play allowed Chattanooga to escape with the win.

In, arguably, the craziest finish of the day, #15 Eastern Washington, successfully, converted a fake field goal for a touchdown with 43 seconds remaining to defeat #12 Northern Iowa 34-30 on the red turf of Roos Field in Cheney, WA. Trailing 30-28, the Eagles (2-1, 0-0 Big Sky) lined up for a 40-yard field goal into the wind, but holder Reilly Hennessey, who replaced quarterback Gage Gubrud in the third quarter, found tight end Beau Byus for a 23-yard touchdown strike and a four-point lead. Following a missed two-point conversion, the Panthers (1-2, 0-0 MVFC) had one final possession to regain the lead, but Cal Twait fumbled on the opening play and the hosts ran out the clock.

In addition to Richmond losing via upset, South Dakota State and Illinois State drop out of the top-10, following losses to Cal Poly and Eastern Illinois, respectively. James Madison, Portland State and North Carolina A&T took losses, but to FBS programs, while dropping out of the rankings are McNeese State, Towson, Eastern Kentucky and New Hampshire.

Stony Brook returns to the rankings at #11, Cal Poly and Eastern Illinois make their 2016 debuts at #15 and #16, respectively and Dartmouth grabs the final spot in the rankings following their 22-21 win over New Hampshire.

1. North Dakota State (3-0, 0-0 MVFC) This week: IDLE
(LW – 1) won at FBS #13 Iowa (2-1, 0-0 Big Ten/W) 23-21

2. Jacksonville State (2-1, 0-0 OVC) This week: at Liberty (1-2, 0-0 Big South) Sat 9/24 7:00PM ET
(LW – 3) defeated #11 Coastal Carolina (2-1, IND) 27-26

3. Sam Houston State (2-0, 1-0 Southland) This week: at Houston Baptist (2-1, 1-1 Southland) Sat 9/24 8:00PM ET
(LW – 4) won at Lamar (0-3, 0-1 Southland) 44-31

4. Chattanooga (3-0, 1-0 Southern) This week: vs. Samford (2-0, 0-0 Southern) Sat 9/24 2:00PM ET
(LW – 5) won at Furman (0-3, 0-1 Southern) 21-14

5. Montana (2-0, 0-0 Big Sky) This week: at #16 Cal Poly (2-1, 0-0 Big Sky) Sat 9/24 3:00PM ET
(LW – 6) IDLE

6. Charleston Southern (1-2, 0-0 Big South) This week: at Monmouth (2-1, 0-0 Big South) Sat 9/24 1:00PM ET
(LW – 7) IDLE

7. Eastern Washington (2-1, 0-0 Big Sky) This week: at Northern Arizona (1-2, 0-0 Big Sky) Sat 9/24 7:00PM ET
(LW – 15) defeated #12 Northern Iowa (1-2, 0-0 MVFC) 34-30

8. The Citadel (3-0, 2-0 Southern) This week: IDLE
(LW – 10) won at Gardner-Webb (1-2, 0-0 Big South) 31-24

9. William & Mary (2-1, 0-0 Colonial) This week: vs. Elon (1-2, 0-0 Colonial) Sat 9/24 7:00PM ET
(LW – 13) defeated Norfolk State (1-2, 0-0 MEAC) 35-10

10. Coastal Carolina (2-1, 0-0 Big South) This week: vs. Furman (0-3, 0-1 Southern) Sat 9/24 6:00PM ET
(LW – 11) lost at #3 Jacksonville State (2-1, 0-0 OVC) 27-26

11. Stony Brook (2-1, 1-0 Colonial) This week: vs. Sacred Heart (3-0, 0-0 NEC) Sat 9/24 6:00PM ET
(LW – NR) defeated #2 Richmond (2-1, 0-1 Colonial) 42-14

12. Villanova (2-1, 1-0 Colonial) This week: at Lafayette (1-2, 0-0 Patriot) Sat 9/24 6:00PM ET
(LW – 17) defeated #21 Towson (1-2, 0-1 Colonial) 40-21

13. Richmond (2-1, 0-1 Colonial) This week: vs. #22 Colgate (1-1, 0-0 Patriot) Sat 9/24 3:30PM ET
(LW – 2) lost at Stony Brook (2-1, 1-0 Colonial) 42-14

14. James Madison (2-1, 0-0 Colonial) This week: at Maine (0-2, 0-0 Colonial) Sat 9/24 12:00PM ET
(LW – 14) lost at North Carolina (2-1, 0-0 ACC/C) 56-28

15. Eastern Illinois (2-1, 0-0 OVC) This week: vs. Austin Peay (0-2, 0-1 OVC) Sat 9/24 2:00PM ET
(LW – NR) won at #9 Illinois State (2-1, 0-0 MVFC) 24-21

16. Cal Poly (2-1, 0-0 Big Sky) This week: vs. #5 Montana (2-0, 0-0 Big Sky) Sat 9/24 3:00PM ET
(LW – NR) won at #8 South Dakota State (2-1, 0-0 MVFC) 38-31

17. Northern Iowa (1-2, 0-0 MVFC) This week: IDLE
(LW – 12) lost at #15 Eastern Washington (2-1, 0-0 Big Sky) 34-30

18. South Dakota State (1-2, 0-0 MVFC) This week: IDLE
(LW – 8) lost to Cal Poly (2-1, 0-0 Big Sky) 38-31

19. Illinois State (2-1, 0-0 MVFC) This week: at Indiana State (2-1, 0-0 MVFC) Sat 9/24 3:00PM ET
(LW – 9) lost to Eastern Illinois (2-1, 1-0 OVC) 24-21

20. Western Illinois (2-0, 0-0 MVFC) This week: at Northern Illinois (0-3, 0-0 MAC/W) Sat 9/24 3:30PM ET
(LW – 18) IDLE

21. Youngstown State (2-1, 0-0 MVFC) This week: IDLE
(LW – 20) defeated Robert Morris (0-3, 0-0 NEC) 38-6

22. Colgate (1-1, 0-0 Patriot) This week: at #13 Richmond (2-1, 0-1 Colonial) Sat 9/24 3:30PM ET
(LW – 22) won at Yale (0-1, 0-0 Ivy) 55-13

23. North Carolina A&T (2-1, 0-0 MEAC) This week: IDLE
(LW – 24) lost at Tulsa (2-1, 0-0 AAC/W) 58-21

24. Portland State (1-2, 0-0 Big Sky) This week: at Southern Utah (1-1, 0-0 Big Sky) Sat 9/24 8:00PM ET
(LW – 19) lost at FBS #8 Washington (3-0, 0-0 PAC-12/N) 41-3

25. Dartmouth (1-0, 0-0 Ivy) This week: at Holy Cross (1-2, 0-0 Patriot) Sat 9/24 1:05PM ET
(LW – NR) defeated #25 New Hampshire (1-2, 0-0 Colonial) 22-21

Dropped out: #16 McNeese State, #21 Towson, #23 Eastern Kentucky, #25 New Hampshire

Also Receiving Consideration:

Albany (3-0, 1-0 Colonial), Central Arkansas (2-1, 2-0 Southland), Delaware (2-1, 0-0 Colonial), Eastern Kentucky (1-2, 0-0 OVC), Fordham (1-1, 0-0 Patriot), Harvard (1-0, 0-0 Ivy), Indiana State (2-1, 0-0 MVFC), New Hampshire (1-2, 0-0 Colonial), Sacred Heart (3-0, 0-0 NEC), Samford (2-0, 0-0 Southern), Southern Illinois (2-1, 0-0 MVFC), Southern Utah (1-1, 0-0 Big Sky), Stephen F. Austin (2-1, 1-0 Southland), Tennessee State (3-0, 0-0 OVC), Towson (1-2, 0-1 Colonial)

2016 NFL Week 1 All-Time Top-50 Statistical Movement

Arizona WR Larry Fitzgerald (#11) beats New England CB Logan Ryan (#26) on the end zone fade for his 100th career touchdown in the Cardinals 23-21 loss to the Patriots. (photo courtesy of Rob Schumacher/azcentral sports)

Arizona WR Larry Fitzgerald (#11) beats New England CB Logan Ryan (#26) on the end zone fade for his 100th career touchdown in the Cardinals 23-21 loss to the Patriots. (photo courtesy of Rob Schumacher/azcentral sports)

With Week 1 of the 2016 season in the books, a pair of future Hall of Famers moved closer towards certain enshrinement in Canton, OH.

Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald became the tenth player in NFL history to record, at least, 100 touchdown receptions, reached the plateau on Sunday night in a 23-21 loss to the New England Patriots. The 13-year veteran from Pittsburgh had tied Hall of Famer and Green Bay Packers legend Don Hutson with his 99th scoring catch earlier in the contest and reached the century mark in the fourth quarter on a fade route toward the corner of the end zone. Fitzgerald caught eight passes for 81 yards against the Patriots, moving him past Isaac Bruce for 10th place in receptions (1,026) and into 14th place on the receiving yards list (13,447) ahead of Torry Holt. In addition, his 100th career touchdown tied Franco Harris and Curtis Martin for 22nd in total touchdowns while his 81 yards vaulted him into 36th position in yards from scrimmage (13,510), passing Holt and John Riggins.

Ben Roethlisberger put together another outstanding effort in front of a national audience during the lid-lifter of Monday night’s week-ending doubleheader. Roethlisberger completed 27 of 37 passes for 300 yards and three touchdowns in the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 38-16 demolition of the Washington Redskins and leaped past big names in the history of the NFL. The 13-year vet from Miami (OH) moved past Kerry Collins for 12th in completions (3,503), Hall of Famer Dan Fouts for 12th in passing yards (43,295) and passed Hall of Famer Joe Montana while tying Vinny Testaverde for 12th in touchdown passes (275). Roethlisberger, also, became the first quarterback in league history to complete, at least, 500 passes to three different teammates: Hines Ward, Heath Miller and Antonio Brown.

Meanwhile, a new name appeared in the league’s all-time top-50 statistical lists: DeAngelo Williams. The 11-year running back from Memphis rushed for a pair of scores in Pittsburgh’s win at Washington. moving him past Mike Alstott and Jamal Lewis for 50th place with 59 touchdowns.

PASSING

Passes Completed

Ben Roethlisberger (3,503) passed Kerry Collins for 12th
Philip Rivers (3,487) tied Kerry Collins for 13th
Joe Flacco (2,502) passed Jake Plummer for 41st

Pass Attempts

Philip Rivers (5,375) passed Donovan McNabb for 17th
Matt Ryan (4,569) passed Steve McNair for 31st
Joe Flacco (4,104) passed Kurt Warner for 49th
Aaron Rodgers (4,081) passed Kurt Warner for 50th

Passing Yards

Ben Roethlisberger (43,295) passed Dan Fouts for 12th
Carson Palmer (40,307) passed Johnny Unitas for 17th
Matt Ryan (33,091) passed Ken Anderson, Troy Aikman and Y.A. Tittle for 31st
Jay Cutler (31,624) passed John Brodie for 39th

Passing TDs

Drew Brees (432) passed Tom Brady for 3rd
Ben Roethlisberger (275) passed Joe Montana and tied Vinny Testaverde for 12th
Carson Palmer (261) tied Dave Krieg for 15th
Matt Ryan (204) passed Jim Everett for 38th

Passes Intercepted

Eli Manning (200) passed Dave Krieg for 27th

Sacked

Drew Brees (332) tied Steve Beuerlein for 28th
Alex Smith (328) passed Philip Rivers for 30th
Eli Manning (309) passed Terry Bradshaw for 41st
Aaron Rodgers (307) tied Terry Bradshaw for 42nd

Sacked Yards Lost

Ben Roethlisberger (2,879) passed Ken Anderson for 12th
Philip Rivers (1,990) passed Steve Grogan and Jon Kitna for 48th

RUSHING

Rushing Attempts

Matt Forte (2,057) passed Ahman Green for 38th

Rushing Yards

Frank Gore (12,099) passed Thurman Thomas for 14th
Adrian Peterson (11,706) passed Fred Taylor for 16th
Matt Forte (8,698) passed Terry Allen for 37th

Rushing TDs

DeAngelo Williams (59) passed Mike Alstott and Jamal Lewis for 50th

RECEIVING

Receptions

Jason Witten (1,029) passed Isaac Bruce for 9th
Larry Fitzgerald (1,026) passed Isaac Bruce for 10th
Brandon Marshall (885) passed Keenan McCardell for 21st

Receiving Yards

Larry Fitzgerald (13,447) passed Torry Holt for 14th
Anquan Boldin (13,230) passed Andre Reed for 16th

Receiving TDs

Larry Fitzgerald (100) passed Don Hutson and tied Tim Brown and Steve Largent for 8th

SCORING & OTHER OFFENSE

Touchdowns

Larry Fitzgerald (100) tied Franco Harris and Curtis Martin for 22nd

Yards From Scrimmage

Larry Fitzgerald (13,510) passed Torry Holt and John Riggins for 36th
Anquan Boldin (13,459) passed Torry Holt and John Riggins for 37th
Matt Forte (12,873) passed Earnest Byner for 48th

All-Purpose Yards

Andre Johnson (14,184) tied Cris Carter for 44th

PUNT & KICK RETURNS

Kick Returns

Ted Ginn (283) tied Tyrone Hughes for 12th

Punt Returns

Devin Hester (292) tied Vai Sikahema for 10th
Darren Sproles (276) tied Jacoby Jones for 13th

Punt Return Yards

Darren Sproles (2,617) passed Karl Williams, Kelvin Martin, Wes Welker and Dennis Northcutt for 19th
Ted Ginn (2,307) passed Kevin Williams for 27th

SERVICE

Games Played

Phil Dawson (264) passed Lomas Brown, Jason Elam and Jan Stenerud for 24th
Shane Lechler (255) passed Charles Woodson and tied Tim Brown, Irving Fryar and Earl Morrall for 34th

Games Started

Drew Brees (217) passed Julius Peppers and tied Andre Reed, Justin Smith and Mike Webster for 37th

KICKING

Extra Points Made

Sebastian Janikowski (521) tied Jim Turner for 21st
Phil Dawson (451) passed Jay Feely for 32nd
Matt Bryant (430) passed Josh Brown and Shayne Graham for 38th

Field Goals Made

Sebastian Janikowski (387) passed Phil Dawson and David Akers for 9th
Matt Bryant (303) passed Matt Bahr and Mark Moseley for 27th
Stephen Gostkowski (279) passed Shayne Graham for 32nd

PUNTING

Punts

Donnie Jones (986) passed Jeff Gossett for 23rd
Dustin Colquitt (895) passed Tommy Barnhardt for 31st
Jon Ryan (757) passed John Jett and Mike Scifres for 49th

Punting Yards

Donnie Jones (44,874) passed Brian Hansen for 16th
Dustin Colquitt (40,078) passed Nick Harris for 28th
Jon Ryan (33,869) passed Tom Blanchard for 46th

FUMBLES

Total Fumbles

Eli Manning (99) passed Chris Chandler and Michael Vick and tied Steve McNair for 17th
Jay Cutler (85) passed Steve DeBerg, Greg Pruitt, Terry Bradshaw, Len Dawson and Fran Tarkenton for 28th
Ben Roethlisberger (82) passed Bobby Layne and Steve Grogan and tied Steve Beuerlein, Trent Dilfer, Joe Ferguson and Philip Rivers for 34th

Fumbles Recovered

Ryan Fitzpatrick (29) passed Kermit Alexander, Tom Brady, Philip Rivers and Phil Simms and tied Rickey Jackson, Jason Taylor and Johnny Unitas for 26th
Jay Cutler (26) passed Drew Brees and 15 others and tied Charlie Conerly, Lynn Dickey, Kevin Greene, Ken O’Brien and Dan Pastorini for 37th
Ben Roethlisberger (25) passed Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and nine others and tied Tiki Barber, Terry Bradshaw, Don Meredith, Brian Sipe, Danny White and Michael Vick for 43rd

SACKS

Total Sacks

DeMarcus Ware (136.0) tied Jared Allen and Julius Peppers for 9th
Terrell Suggs (107.5) tied Pat Swilling for 23rd
Mario Williams (97.0) passed Elvis Dumervil and Warren Sapp for 36th

2016 FCS Week 3 Top-25 Rankings

Lance Dunn outruns Nzuzi Webster for a 25-yard touchdown in overtime to cap top-ranked North Dakota State's heart-stopping 50-44 win over Eastern Washington at the Fargodome in Fargo, ND. (photo courtesy of gobison.com)

Lance Dunn (#10) outruns Nzuzi Webster (#6) for a 25-yard touchdown in overtime to cap top-ranked North Dakota State’s heart-stopping 50-44 win over Eastern Washington at the Fargodome in Fargo, ND. (photo courtesy of gobison.com)

For the second time in three weeks, the nation’s top-ranked team was taken to overtime, but survived. Five-time defending national champion North Dakota State held off #13 Eastern Washington 50-44 in Fargo, ND. Lance Dunn rushed for 128 yards, including the game-winner from 25 yards out in overtime. Dunn’s second touchdown of the day followed Tre Dempsey’s interception of Eastern Washington’s Gage Gubrud, who threw three picks on the day, including one that was returned 40 yards for a score by Nick DeLuca. Before leaving with a shoulder injury, EWU wide receiver Cooper Kupp scored a pair of touchdowns, setting a new FBS/FCS record of 61 while surpassing the 5,000 career receiving yards plateau.

Second-ranked Richmond used a smothering defense to blank Norfolk State 34-0 in winning their 11th consecutive home opener. The Spiders held the visiting Spartans to 122 total yards and forced three turnovers while David Jones sparked the hosts’ special teams squad with a 68-yard punt return for a touchdown. Quarterback Kyle Lauletta added scoring passes of 20 and 51 yards, but threw two interceptions.

Jerry Louie-McGee returned a second quarter punt 81 yards for a touchdown as #15 Montana upset #3 Northern Iowa 20-14 at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls, IA. Despite gaining, only, 206 yards in the game, the Grizzlies built a 20-7 halftime advantage and used a stifling defense that held Panthers quarterback Aaron Bailey to 16 of 37 completions for 194 yards.

FBS #21 LSU used backups at quarterback and running back and beat #4 Jacksonville State 34-13, but the roster moves were not an ounce of disrespect to last year’s FCS runner-up squad. Danny Etling replaced struggling starting quarterback Brandon Harris after two possessions and Derrius Guice subbed for injured Heisman Trophy candidate Leonard Fournette in the backfield and played solid games. Etling passed for 100 yards and a touchdown and added a rushing score while Guice piled up 155 yards on 19 carries and a touchdown. The host Tigers scored 27 points in the second quarter, capped by a 60-yard punt return by Tre’Davious White to take control of the game before the break. Payton Award candidate Eli Jenkins led the Gamecocks with 330 combined yards and a touchdown pass.

Alejandro Bennefield accounted for all five of his team’s touchdowns as #6 Chattanooga blanked Presbyterian 34-0. Bennefield threw four touchdown passes, three to Xavier Borishade, and added a 9-yard scoring run early in the second half. The Mocs’ defense held the visiting Blue Hose to 196 yards. Presbyterian’s lone bright spot on the offense was Darrell Bridges, who tallied 89 yards on 18 carries.

In other FCS notes, Week 2 yielded three more teams beating FBS competition. #14 Illinois State beat Northwestern 9-7 as Sean Slattery’s 33-yard field goal bounced off the left post and through the uprights as time expired to give the Redbirds their first win over a Big Ten school in ten attempts. North Carolina A&T fifth-year senior and third-string quarterback Oluwafemi Bamiro found Denzel Keyes for a 15-yard touchdown strike in the fourth overtime to defeat Kent State 39-36 and, in Oxford, OH, Mitch Kimble threw two touchdown passes in the final four minutes to rally Eastern Illinois past Miami (OH) 21-17.

North Carolina A&T’s overtime victory moved the Aggies into the rankings at #24 and New Hampshire, courtesy of a 39-28 win over Holy Cross, enters the top-25 in the final spot. Stony Brook (#24) and Northern Arizona (#25) fall out of the rankings this week.

 

1. North Dakota State (2-0, 0-0 MVFC) This week: at FBS #13 Iowa (2-0, 0-0 Big Ten/W) Sat 9/17 12:00PM ET
(LW – 1) defeated #13 Eastern Washington (1-1, 0-0 Big Sky) 50-44 (OT)

2. Richmond (2-0, 0-0 Colonial) This week: at Stony Brook (1-1, 0-0 Colonial) Sat 9/17 12:00PM ET
(LW – 2) defeated Norfolk State (1-1, 0-0 MEAC) 34-0

3. Jacksonville State (1-1, 0-0 OVC) This week: vs. #11 Coastal Carolina (1-0, IND) Sat 9/17 2:00PM ET
(LW – 4) lost at FBS #21 LSU (1-1, 0-0 SEC/W) 34-13

4. Sam Houston State (1-0, 0-0 Southland) This week: at Lamar (0-2, 0-0 Southland) Sat 9/17 8:00PM ET
(LW – 5) IDLE

5. Chattanooga (2-0, 0-0 Southern) This week: at Furman (0-2, 0-0 Southern) Sat 9/17 7:00PM ET
(LW – 6) defeated Presbyterian (0-2, 0-0 Big South) 34-0

6. Montana (2-0, 0-0 Big Sky) This week: IDLE
(LW – 15) won at #3 Northern Iowa (1-1, 0-0 MVFC) 20-14

7. Charleston Southern (1-2, 0-0 Big South) This week: IDLE
(LW – 7) lost at FBS #3 Florida State (2-0, 0-0 ACC/C) 52-8

8. South Dakota State (1-1, 0-0 MVFC) This week: vs. Cal Poly (1-1, 0-0 Big Sky) Sat 9/17 7:00PM ET
(LW – 9) defeated Drake (0-2, 0-0 Pioneer) 56-28

9. Illinois State (2-0, 0-0 MVFC) This week: vs. Eastern Illinois (1-1, 0-0 OVC) Sat 9/17 3:00PM ET
(LW – 14) won at Northwestern (0-2, 0-0 Big Ten/W) 9-7

10. The Citadel (2-0, 1-0 Southern) This week: at Gardner-Webb (1-1, 0-0 Big South) Sat 9/17 6:00PM ET
(LW – 8) defeated Furman (0-2, 0-0 Southern) 19-14

11. Coastal Carolina (2-0, 0-0 Big South) This week: at #3 Jacksonville State (1-1, 0-0 OVC) Sat 9/17 2:00PM ET
(LW – 10) defeated Florida A&M (0-2, 0-0 MEAC) 49-10

12. Northern Iowa (1-1, 0-0 MVFC) This week: at #15 Eastern Washington (1-1, 0-0 Big Sky) Sat 9/17 7:05PM ET
(LW – 3) lost to #15 Montana (2-0, 0-0 Big Sky) 20-14

13. William & Mary (1-1, 0-0 Colonial) This week: vs. Norfolk State (1-1, 0-0 MEAC) Sat 9/17 6:00PM ET
(LW – 11) won at Hampton (1-1, 0-0 MEAC) 24-14

14. James Madison (2-0, 0-0 Colonial) This week: at North Carolina (1-1, 0-0 ACC/C) Sat 9/17 3:30PM ET
(LW – 12) defeated Central Connecticut State (0-2, 0-0 NEC) 56-21

15. Eastern Washington (1-1, 0-0 Big Sky) This week: vs. #12 Northern Iowa (1-1, 0-0 MVFC) Sat 9/17 7:05PM ET
(LW – 13) lost at #1 North Dakota State (2-0, 0-0 MVFC) 50-44 (OT)

16. McNeese State (1-1, 0-0 Southland) This week: vs. Stephen F. Austin (1-1, 0-0 Southland) Sat 9/17 7:00PM ET
(LW – 16) lost at Louisiana-Lafayette (1-1, 0-0 Sun Belt) 30-22

17. Villanova (1-1, 0-0 Colonial) This week: vs. #21 Towson (1-1, 0-0 Colonial) Sat 9/17 3:30PM ET
(LW – 17) defeated Lehigh (0-2, 0-0 Patriot) 26-21

18. Western Illinois (2-0, 0-0 MVFC) This week: IDLE
(LW – 19) defeated #25 Northern Arizona (0-0, 0-0 Big Sky) 34-20

19. Portland State (1-1, 0-0 Big Sky) This week: at FBS #8 Washington (1-0, 0-0 PAC-12/N) Sat 9/17 8:00PM ET
(LW – 18) lost at San Jose State (1-1, 0-0 MWC/W) 66-35

20. Youngstown State (1-1, 0-0 MVFC) This week: vs. Robert Morris (0-2, 0-0 NEC) Sat 9/17 4:00PM ET
(LW – 20) lost at West Virginia (2-0, 0-0 Big 12) 38-21

21. Towson (1-1, 0-0 Colonial) This week: at #17 Villanova (1-1, 0-0 Colonial) Sat 9/17 3:30PM ET
(LW – 21) defeated St. Francis (PA) (0-2, 0-0 NEC) 35-28

22. Colgate (0-1, 0-0 Patriot) This week: at Yale (0-0, 0-0 Ivy) Sat 9/17 1:30PM ET
(LW – 22) IDLE

23. Eastern Kentucky (1-1, 0-0 OVC) This week: at Ball State (1-1, 0-0 MAC/W) Sat 9/17 3:00PM ET
(LW – 23) defeated Pikeville (2-1, 1-0 MSC/NAIA) 55-14

24. North Carolina A&T (2-0, 0-0 MEAC) This week: at Tulsa (1-1, 0-0 AAC/W) Sat 9/17 2:00PM ET
(LW – NR) won at Kent State (0-2, 0-0 MAC/E) 39-36 (4OT)

25. New Hampshire (1-1, 0-0 Colonial) This week: at Dartmouth (0-0, 0-0 Ivy) Sat 9/17 7:00PM ET
(LW – NR) defeated Holy Cross (1-1, 0-0 Patriot) 39-28

Dropped out: #24 Stony Brook, #25 Northern Arizona

Also Receiving Consideration:

Dartmouth (0-0, 0-0 Ivy), Delaware (2-0, 0-0 Colonial), Eastern Illinois (1-1, 0-0 OVC), Fordham (1-1, 0-0 Patriot), Harvard (0-0, 0-0 Ivy), Holy Cross (1-1, 0-0 Patriot), Indiana State (1-1, 0-0 MVFC), Liberty (1-1, 0-0 Big South), Samford (2-0, 0-0 Southern), South Dakota (1-1, 0-0 MVFC), Southern Illinois (1-1, 0-0 MVFC), Southern Utah (1-1, 0-0 Big Sky), Stony Brook (1-1, 0-0 Colonial), Tennessee State (2-0, 0-0 OVC), Yale (0-0, 0-0 Ivy)

2016 FCS Week 2 Top-25 Rankings

Richmond senior DL Winston Craig (#98) celebrates with his teammates after sacking Virginia QB Kurt Benkert in the Spiders' 37-20 win over the Cavaliers in Charlottesville. (photo courtesy of Mark Gormus/Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Richmond senior DL Winston Craig (#98) celebrates with his teammates after sacking Virginia QB Kurt Benkert in the Spiders’ 37-20 win over the Cavaliers in Charlottesville. (photo courtesy of Mark Gormus/Richmond Times-Dispatch)

The first full week of FCS action saw few surprises, while three ranked teams knocked off FBS programs.

#2 Richmond defeated Virginia 37-20 as Kyle Lauletta threw for 337 yards and three touchdowns, giving the Spiders their first win over the Cavaliers since 1946 and their fourth win against an FBS squad in their last nine matchups. Brian Brown caught two of Lauletta’s scoring passes while Gordon Collins rushed for 114 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries.

J’Veyon Browning’s 1-yard touchdown run with 2:49 remaining in regulation lifted fifth-ranked Northern Iowa to a 25-20 win at Iowa State. Panthers dual threat quarterback Aaron Bailey threw for 135 yards, rushed for 114 more and accounted for a pair of touchdowns in the victory. Northern Iowa forced four turnovers, including a pair of late-game interceptions tossed by Iowa State quarterback Joel Lanning, as the Cyclones turned the ball over on their final three possessions.

#17 Eastern Washington, known for scheduling top-flight opponents early in the season, held off Washington State 45-42. Eagles quarterback Gage Gubrud scampered to the end zone from 30 yards out with 1:39 to play to give the visitors a 10-point lead and, despite a late scoring run from the Cougars’ Gerard Wicks, headed home to Cheney with a victory. Gubrud passed for 474 yards and five touchdowns with three off the scoring strikes corralled by Cooper Kupp, who caught 12 passes for 206 yards.

Elsewhere, #9 South Dakota State, #10 William & Mary, #18 Villanova, #20 Towson, #21 Colgate, #22 Eastern Kentucky and #25 Northern Arizona lost to FBS programs. The only ranked team to lose to a fellow FCS club was 15th-ranked North Dakota, who fell at Stony Brook. The loss dropped the Fighting Hawks from the rankings while the Seawolves entered the top-25 at #24.

1. North Dakota State (1-0, 0-0 MVFC) This week: vs. #13 Eastern Washington (1-0, 0-0 Big Sky) Sat 9/10 3:30PM ET
(LW – 1) IDLE

2. Richmond (1-0, 0-0 Colonial) This week: vs. Norfolk State (1-0, 0-0 MEAC) Sat 9/10 6:00PM ET
(LW – 2) won at Virginia (0-1, 0-0 ACC-C) 37-20

3. Northern Iowa (1-0, 0-0 MVFC) This week: vs. #15 Montana (1-0, 0-0 Big Sky) Sat 9/10 5:00PM ET
(LW – 5) won at Iowa State (0-1, 0-0 Big 12) 25-20

4. Jacksonville State (1-0, 0-0 OVC) This week: at FBS #21 LSU (0-1, 0-0 SEC/W) Sat 9/10 7:30PM ET
(LW – 3) defeated North Alabama (0-1, 0-0 GSC/D2) 31-12

5. Sam Houston State (1-0, 0-0 Southland) This week: IDLE
(LW – 4) defeated Oklahoma Panhandle State (0-1, IND/D2) 59-21

6. Chattanooga (1-0, 0-0 Southern) This week: vs. Presbyterian (0-1, 0-0 Big South) Sat 9/10 2:00PM ET
(LW – 6) defeated Shorter (0-1, 0-0 GSC/D2) 66-0

7. Charleston Southern (1-1, 0-0 Big South) This week: at FBS #3 Florida State (0-0, 0-0 ACC/C) Sat 9/10 12:30PM ET
(LW – 7) defeated Kentucky State (0-1, 0-0 SIAC/D2) 57-7

8. The Citadel (1-0, 1-0 Southern) This week: vs. Furman (0-1, 0-0 Southern) Sat 9/10 6:00PM ET
(LW – 8) won at Mercer (0-1, 0-1 Southern) 24-23

9. South Dakota State (0-1, 0-0 MVFC) This week: vs. Drake (0-1, 0-0 Pioneer) Sat 9/10 7:00PM ET
(LW – 9) lost at Texas Christian (1-0, 0-0 Big 12) 59-41

10. Coastal Carolina (1-0, 0-0 Big South) This week: vs. Florida A&M (0-1, 0-0 MEAC) Sat 9/10 7:00PM ET
(LW – 11) won at Lamar (0-1, 0-0 Southland) 38-14

11. William & Mary (0-1, 0-0 CAA) This week: at Hampton (1-0, 0-0 MEAC) Sat 9/10 6:00PM ET
(LW – 10) lost at North Carolina State (1-0, 0-0 ACC/A) 48-14

12. James Madison (1-0, 0-0 CAA) This week: vs. Central Connecticut State (0-1, 0-0 NEC) Sat 9/10 6:00PM ET
(LW – 12) defeated Morehead State (0-1, 0-0 Pioneer) 80-7

13. Eastern Washington (1-0, 0-0 Big Sky) This week: at #1 North Dakota State (1-0, 0-0 MVFC) Sat 9/10 3:30PM ET
(LW – 17) won at Washington State (0-1, 0-0 PAC-12/N) 45-42

14. Illinois State (1-0, 0-0 MVFC) This week: at Northwestern (0-1, 0-0 Big Ten/W) Sat 9/10 3:30PM ET
(LW – 14) defeated Valparaiso (0-1, 0-0 Pioneer) 50-13

15. Montana (1-0, 0-0 Big Sky) This week: at #3 Northern Iowa (1-0, 0-0 MVFC) Sat 9/10 5:00PM ET
(LW – 13) defeated St. Francis (PA) (0-1, 0-0 NEC) 41-31

16. McNeese State (1-0, 0-0 Southland) This week: at Louisiana-Lafayette (0-1, 0-0 Sun Belt) Sat 9/10 7:00PM ET
(LW – 16) defeated Tarleton State (0-1, 0-0 LSC/D2) 33-3

17. Villanova (0-1, 0-0 Colonial) This week: vs. Lehigh (0-1, 0-0 Patriot) Sat 9/10 6:00PM ET
(LW – 18) lost at Pittsburgh (1-0, 0-0 ACC/C) 28-7

18. Portland State (1-0, 0-0 Big Sky) This week: at San Jose State (0-1, 0-0 MWC/W) Sat 9/10 4:30PM ET
(LW – 19) defeated Central Washington (0-1, 0-0 GNAC/D2) 43-26

19. Western Illinois (1-0, 0-0 MVFC) This week: vs. #25 Northern Arizona (0-0, 0-0 Big Sky) Sat 9/10 4:00PM ET
(LW – 23) won at Eastern Illinois (0-1, 0-0 OVC) 38-21

20. Youngstown State (1-0, 0-0 MVFC) This week: at West Virginia (1-0, 0-0 Big 12) Sat 9/10 2:00PM ET
(LW – 24) defeated Duquesne (0-1, 0-0 NEC) 45-10

21. Towson (0-1, 0-0 CAA) This week: vs. St. Francis (PA) (0-1, 0-0 NEC) Sat 9/10 6:00PM ET
(LW – 20) lost at South Florida (1-0, 0-0 AAC/E) 56-20

22. Colgate (0-1, 0-0 Patriot) This week: IDLE
(LW – 21) lost at Syracuse (1-0, 0-0 ACC/A) 33-7

23. Eastern Kentucky (0-1, 0-0 OVC) This week: vs. Pikeville (2-0, 1-0 MSC/NAIA) Thu 9/8 7:00PM ET
(LW – 22) lost at Purdue (1-0, 0-0 Big Ten/W) 45-24

24. Stony Brook (1-0, 0-0 Colonial) This week: at Temple (0-1, 0-0 AAC/E) Sat 9/10 1:00PM ET
(LW – NR) defeated #15 North Dakota (0-1, 0-0 Big Sky) 13-9

25. Northern Arizona (0-1, 0-0 Big Sky) This week: at #19 Western Illinois (1-0, 0-0 MVFC) Sat 9/10 4:00PM ET
(LW – 25) lost at Arizona State (1-0, 0-0 PAC-12/S) 44-13

Dropped out: #15 North Dakota

Also Receiving Consideration:

Bethune-Cookman (0-0, 0-0 MEAC), Dartmouth (0-0, 0-0 Ivy), Eastern Illinois (0-1, 0-0 OVC), Fordham (0-1, 0-0 Patriot), Harvard (0-0, 0-0 Ivy), Holy Cross (1-0, 0-0 Patriot), Indiana State (1-0, 0-0 MVFC), Liberty (0-1, 0-0 Big South), New Hampshire (0-1, 0-0 Colonial), North Carolina A&T (1-0, 0-0 MEAC), North Dakota (0-1, 0-0 Big Sky), South Dakota (0-1, 0-0 MVFC), Southern Illinois (0-1, 0-0 MVFC), Southern Utah (0-1, 0-0 Big Sky), Yale (0-0, 0-0 Ivy)

2016 FCS Pre-Season Top 25 Rankings

North Dakota State has won five consecutive FCS titles. Despite losing star QB Carson Wentz to the NFL, there's no reason to think that the Bison won't make it six in 2016.

North Dakota State has won five consecutive FCS titles. Despite losing star QB Carson Wentz to the NFL, there’s no reason to think that the Bison won’t make it six in 2016.

 

1. North Dakota State (13-2, 7-1 MVFC, 2015 National Champion)
vs. #7 Charleston Southern (10-3, 6-0 Big South, 2015 Quarterfinalist) Sat 8/27 7:30PM ET

2. Richmond (10-4, 6-2 Colonial, 2015 Semifinalist)
at Virginia (4-8, 3-5 ACC-C) Sat 9/3 3:30PM ET

3. Jacksonville State (13-2, 8-0 OVC, 2015 Runner-Up)
vs. North Alabama (9-3, 6-1 GSC/D2, 2nd Round, D2) Thu 9/1 7:00PM ET

4. Sam Houston State (11-4, 7-2 Southland, 2015 Semifinalist)
vs. Oklahoma Panhandle State (5-5, IND) Sat 9/3 7:00PM ET

5. Northern Iowa (9-5, 5-3 MVFC, 2015 Quarterfinalist)
at Iowa State (3-9, 2-7 Big 12) Sat 9/3 8:00PM ET

6. Chattanooga (9-4, 6-1 Southern, 2015 2nd Round)
vs. Shorter (2-8, 1-6 GSC/D2) Thu 9/1 7:00PM ET

7. Charleston Southern (10-3, 6-0 Big South, 2015 Quarterfinalist)
at #1 North Dakota State (13-2, 7-1 MVFC, 2015 National Champion) Sat 8/27 7:30PM ET

8. The Citadel (9-4, 6-1 Southern, 2015 2nd Round)
at Mercer (5-6, 2-5 Southern) Thu 9/1 7:00PM ET

9. South Dakota State (8-4, 5-3 MVFC, 2015 1st Round)
at Texas Christian (11-2, 7-2 Big 12, Won Valero Alamo Bowl) Sat 9/3 8:00PM ET

10. William & Mary (9-4, 6-2 CAA, 2015 2nd Round)
at North Carolina State (7-6, 3-5 ACC/A, lost Belk Bowl) Thu 9/1 7:30PM ET

11. Coastal Carolina (9-3, 4-2 Big South (2016 IND), 2015 1st Round)
at Lamar (5-6, 4-5 Southland) Sat 9/3 8:00PM ET

12. James Madison (9-3, 6-2 CAA, 2015 Semifinalist)
vs. Morehead State (7-4, 6-2 Pioneer) Sat 9/3 6:00PM ET

13. Montana (8-5, 6-2 Big Sky, 2015 2nd Round)
vs. St. Francis (PA) (7-4, 4-2 NEC) Sat 9/3 8:00PM ET

14. Illinois State (10-3, 7-1 MVFC, 2015 Quarterfinalist)
vs. Valparaiso (1-9, 1-7 Pioneer) Sat 9/3 7:00PM ET

15. North Dakota (7-4, 5-3 Big Sky)
at Stony Brook (5-6, 3-5 CAA) Thu 9/1 7:00PM ET

16. McNeese State (10-1, 9-0 Southland, 2015 2nd Round)
vs. Tarleton State (3-7, 1-5 LSC/D2) Sat 9/3 7:00PM ET

17. Eastern Washington (6-5, 5-3 Big Sky)
at Washington State (9-4, 6-3 PAC-12/N, won Hyundai Sun Bowl) Sat 9/3 8:00PM

18. Villanova (6-5, 5-3 CAA)
at Pittsburgh (8-5, 6-2 ACC/C, lost Northrup/Grumman Military Bowl) Sat 9/3 1:30PM ET

19. Portland State (9-3, 6-2 Big Sky, 2015 2nd Round)
vs. Central Washington (5-5, 3-3 GNAC/D2) Sat 9/3 5:30PM ET

20. Towson (7-4, 5-3 CAA)
at South Florida (8-5, 6-2 AAC/E, lost Miami Beach Bowl) Sat 9/3 7:00PM ET

21. Colgate (9-5, 6-0 Patriot, 2015 Quarterfinalist)
at Syracuse (4-8, 2-6 ACC/A) Fri 9/2 7:00PM ET

22. Eastern Kentucky (6-5, 5-2 OVC)
at Purdue (2-10, 1-7 Big Ten/W) Sat 9/3 12:00PM

23. Western Illinois (7-6, 5-3 MVFC, 2015 2nd Round)
at Eastern Illinois (7-5, 7-1 OVC, 2015 1st Round) Thu 9/1 7:00PM ET

24. Youngstown State (5-6, 3-5 MVFC)
vs. Duquesne (8-4, 5-1 NEC, 2015 1st Round) Thu 9/1 7:30PM ET

25. Northern Arizona (7-4, 5-3 Big Sky)
at Arizona State (6-7, 4-5 PAC-12/S, lost Motel 6 Cactus Bowl) Sat 9/3 10:45PM ET

Also Receiving Consideration:

Bethune-Cookman (9-2, 7-1 MEAC), Dartmouth (9-1, 6-1 Ivy), Eastern Illinois (7-5, 7-1 OVC; 2015 1st Round), Fordham (9-3, 5-1 Patriot; 2015 1st Round), Harvard (9-1, 6-1 Ivy), Indiana State (5-6, 3-5 MVFC), Liberty (6-5, 3-3 Big South), New Hampshire (7-5, 5-3 CAA; 2015 1st Round), North Carolina A&T (10-2, 7-1 MEAC), South Dakota (5-6, 3-5 MVFC), Southern Illinois (3-8, 2-6 MVFC), Southern Utah (8-4, 7-1; 2015 1st Round), Tennessee-Martin (7-4, 6-2 OVC), Western Carolina (7-4, 5-2 Southern), Yale (6-4, 3-4 Ivy)