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2016 FCS Week 10 Top-25 Rankings

Senior RB Jonah Hodges rushed for 175 yards and two touchdowns in San Diego's 27-3 win at Marist, launching the Toreros into this week's rankings. (photo courtesy of scottphoto.net and usdtoreros.com)

Senior RB Jonah Hodges rushed for 175 yards and two touchdowns in San Diego’s 27-3 win at Marist, launching the Toreros into this week’s rankings. (photo courtesy of scottphoto.net and usdtoreros.com)

Week 9 yielded few surprises as teams around the country position themselves for post-season consideration, whether it be for an automatic bid, a hosting gig or an at-large berth, culminating in the championship game on January 7 in Frisco, TX. Only one team dropped from the rankings this week while a west coast team makes its 2016 debut.

Week 9 Roundup

Eli Jenkins passed for two touchdowns and rushed for a third as top-ranked Jacksonville State remained unbeaten in the OVC with an easy 47-14 win over Eastern Illinois at Burgess-Snow Field in Jacksonville, AL.

Jeremiah Briscoe threw for 325 and five touchdowns in little more than a half of action and Davion Davis caught six passes for 184 yards and three touchdowns as #2 Sam Houston State continued their streak of not trailing for a second of the 2016 season with a 66-17 demolition of Texas Southern in non-conference action at Bowers Stadium in Huntsville, TX.

Cam Jackson rushed for 124 yards and two touchdowns as #3 The Citadel stayed undefeated by piling up 427 rushing yards and breezed to a 45-10 victory over East Tennessee State at Johnson Hagood Stadium in Charleston, SC.

Jake Kolbe threw two touchdown passes and ran for a third and La’Darius Newbold added a 92-yard interception return for a late touchdown to seal the deal as Illinois State upset #4 South Dakota State 38-21 at Hancock Stadium in Normal, IL.

Chase Morlock and King Frazier, each, rushed for a touchdown and #5 North Dakota State’s defense intercepted four Eli Dunne passes en route to a 24-20 win over Northern Iowa at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls, IA.

Shane Bucenell threw three touchdown passes and London Johnson passed for a score and rushed for two more to lead #6 Charleston Southern past Bucknell 49-28 in non-conference action at Buccaneer Field in Charleston, SC.

Gage Gubrud passed for 327 yards and four touchdowns and All-World receiver Cooper Kupp caught eight passes for 140 yards and three scores to lead #7 Eastern Washington past #24 Montana 35-16 on the red turf of Roos Field in Cheney, WA.

Richardre Bagley rushed for 126 yards and two touchdowns and Alejandro Bennifield threw two touchdown passes as #8 Chattanooga survived a 277-yard, 2-touchdown performance from Western Carolina running back Detrez Newsome in a 38-25 victory at Whitmire Stadium in Cullowhee, NC.

Jah-Maine Martin rushed for 120 yards and two touchdowns while Kenneth Daniels added 100 yards on the ground and two scores to lead #10 Coastal Carolina to a 48-17 road win over Presbyterian at Bailey Memorial Stadium in Clinton, SC.

Bryan Schor threw for 306 yards and five touchdowns and #11 James Madison’s defense held visiting Rhode Island to 102 yards of offense, including quarterback Jordan Vazzano to 4-of-25 passing for 12 yards and five interceptions, as the Dukes dismantled the Rams 84-7 at Bridgeforth Stadium in Harrisonburg, VA.

Tarik Cohen rushed for 145 yards and three touchdowns as #13 North Carolina A&T ran past Florida A&M 42-17 at Aggie Stadium in Greensboro, NC and remained undefeated in the MEAC.

John Santiago returned the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown and Brady Oliveira added a 17-yard touchdown run to lift #14 North Dakota past Weber State 27-19 at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, ND to keep the Fighting Hawks unbeaten in the Big Sky.

Dano Graves threw three touchdown passes and five different Mustangs rushed for touchdowns as #15 Cal Poly rolled up 674 yards of offense, 527 on the ground, in a 59-47 shootout win over Sacramento State at Hornet Stadium in Sacramento, CA.

Trevor Knight tossed three touchdown passes and #22 New Hampshire’s defense intercepted four passes, including a 43-yard pick-six by Prince Smith, Jr. as the Wildcats moved into second place in the Colonial with a 43-14 win over #16 Stony Brook at Cowell Stadium in Durham, NH.

Darien Townsend’s 79-yard punt return for a touchdown with 9:19 to play provided #17 Youngstown State their first lead of the day and proved to be the game-winner in the Penguins’ 13-10 win over Indiana State at Stambaugh Stadium in Youngstown, OH.

Hayden Hildebrand passed for 207 yards and three touchdowns and Tyler Williams returned an interception 32 yards for another score as #18 Central Arkansas stayed undefeated in the Southland with a 45-10 win over Southeastern Louisiana at Strawberry Stadium in Hammond, LA.

Sean McGuire hit Joey Borsellino for a 2-yard touchdown pass on third-and-goal with 32 seconds remaining on the clock as #19 Western Illinois rallied from a 31-14 halftime deficit to beat South Dakota 35-34 at the DakotaDome in Vermillion, SD.

DeVante Kincade carved Arkansas-Pine Bluff’s defense for a career-high 457 passing yards and six touchdowns, part of Grambling State’s 743 yards of total offense, as the Tigers demolished the Golden Lions 70-0 in front of 18,543 fans at Robinson Stadium in Grambling, LA.

Nick Fitzgerald passed for 417 yards and five touchdowns and added 119 rushing yards and two scores on the ground as Mississippi State held off #21 Samford 56-41 at Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville, MS. In the loss, Devlin Hodges threw for 468 yards and four touchdowns while Karel Hamilton caught 14 passes for 213 yards and two scores.

Joseph Viviano III accounted for two touchdowns and 267 combined yards to keep #23 Harvard undefeated in the Ivy League with a 23-21 victory over Dartmouth at Memorial Field in Hanover, NH.

Nick Shafnisky threw for 238 yards and a score while rushing for 108 yards and three touchdowns and Dominick Bragalone added a career-high 192 rushing yards and three touchdowns to lead #25 Lehigh to a 58-37 victory over Fordham at Goodman Stadium in Bethlehem, PA.

Joining the top-25 this week is San Diego, who rode the legs of Jonah Hodges to the tune of 175 rushing yards and two touchdowns in a 27-3 road win over Marist at Tenney Stadium in Poughkeepsie, NY.

Week 10 Rankings

1. Jacksonville State (7-1, 4-0 OVC) This week: at Southeast Missouri State (3-5, 3-2 OVC) Sat 11/05 2:00PM ET
(LW – 1) defeated Eastern Illinois (5-4, 3-3 OVC) 47-14

2. Sam Houston State (8-0, 6-0 Southland) This week: vs. McNeese State (5-4, 4-3 Southland) Sat 11/05 7:00PM ET
(LW – 2) defeated Texas Southern (3-5, 3-3 SWAC-W) 66-17

3. The Citadel (8-0, 6-0 Southern) This week: vs. #21 Samford (6-2, 4-1 Southern) Sat 11/05 2:00PM ET
(LW – 3) defeated East Tennessee State (3-5, 1-5 Southern) 45-10

4. North Dakota State (7-1, 4-1 MVFC) This week: vs. #16 Youngstown State (6-2, 4-1 MVFC) Sat 11/05 3:30PM ET
(LW – 5) won at Northern Iowa (3-5, 2-3 MVFC) 24-20

5. Eastern Washington (7-1, 5-0 Big Sky) This week: at #15 Cal Poly (6-2, 4-1 Big Sky) Sat 11/05 9:05PM ET
(LW – 7) defeated #24 Montana (5-3, 2-3 Big Sky) 35-16

6. Charleston Southern (5-2, 2-0 Big South) This week: vs. Gardner-Webb (3-6, 1-2 Big South) Sat 11/05 12:00PM ET
(LW – 6) defeated Bucknell (3-5, 2-1 Patriot) 49-28

7. Chattanooga (8-1, 6-1 Southern) This week: IDLE
(LW – 8) won at Western Carolina (1-7, 0-6 Southern) 38-25

8. Richmond (7-1, 4-1 Colonial) This week: vs. #10 James Madison (7-1, 5-0 Colonial) Sat 11/05 3:30PM ET
(LW – 9) IDLE

9. Coastal Carolina (6-2, IND) This week: vs. Monmouth (4-5, 0-4 Big South) Sat 11/05 2:00 PM
(LW – 10) defeated Presbyterian (2-6, 1-2 Big South) 48-17

10. James Madison (7-1, 5-0 Colonial) This week: at #8 Richmond (7-1, 4-1 Colonial) Sat 11/05 3:30PM ET
(LW – 11) defeated Rhode Island (1-8, 0-6 Colonial) 84-7

11. Villanova (6-2, 4-1 Colonial) This week: at Maine (5-3, 4-1 Colonial) Sat 11/05 12:00PM ET
(LW – 12) IDLE

12. North Carolina A&T (7-1, 5-0 MEAC) This week: vs. South Carolina State (3-4, 3-1 MEAC) Sat 11/05 1:00PM ET
(LW – 13) defeated Florida A&M (3-6, 3-3 MEAC) 42-17

13. South Dakota State (5-3, 4-1 MVFC) This week: vs. Missouri State (4-4, 2-3 MVFC) Sat 11/05 3:00PM ET
(LW – 4) lost at Illinois State (4-5, 2-4 MVFC) 38-21

14. North Dakota (7-2, 6-0 Big Sky) This week: at Northern Colorado (5-3, 3-2 Big Sky) Sat 11/05 2:05PM ET
(LW – 14) defeated Weber State (5-3, 4-1 Big Sky) 27-19

15. Cal Poly (6-2, 4-1 Big Sky) This week: vs. #5 Eastern Washington (7-1, 5-0 Big Sky) Sat 11/05 9:05PM ET
(LW – 15) won at Sacramento State (1-8, 1-5 Big Sky) 59-47

16. Youngstown State (6-2, 4-1 MVFC) This week: at #4 North Dakota State (7-1, 4-1 MVFC) Sat 11/05 3:30PM ET
(LW – 17) defeated Indiana State (4-5, 2-4 MVFC) Sat 10/29 4:00PM ET

17. Central Arkansas (7-1, 6-0 Southland) This week: at Stephen F. Austin (4-4, 3-3 Southland) Sat 11/05 4:00PM ET
(LW – 18) won at Southeastern Louisiana (4-4, 4-2 Southland) 45-10

18. Western Illinois (6-2, 3-2 MVFC) This week: vs. Illinois State (4-5, 2-4 MVFC) Sat 11/05 2:00PM ET
(LW – 19) won at South Dakota (4-4, 3-2 MVFC) 35-34

19. Grambling State (6-1, 5-0 SWAC-W) This week: at Alabama A&M (3-5, 3-4 SWAC-E) Sat 11/05 3:00PM ET
(LW – 20) defeated Arkansas-Pine Bluff (1-7, 1-5 SWAC-W) 70-0

20. New Hampshire (6-3, 5-1 Colonial) This week: IDLE
(LW – 22) defeated #16 Stony Brook (5-3, 4-1 Colonial) 43-14

21. Samford (6-2, 4-1 Southern) This week: at #3 The Citadel (8-0, 6-0 Southern) Sat 11/05 2:00PM ET
(LW – 21) lost at Mississippi State (3-5, 1-3 SEC-W) 56-41

22. Harvard (6-1, 4-0 Ivy) This week: vs. Columbia (2-5, 1-3 Ivy) Sat 11/05 1:00PM ET
(LW – 23) won at Dartmouth (3-4, 0- Ivy) 23-21

23. Lehigh (7-2, 4-0 Patriot) This week: vs. Bucknell (3-5, 2-1 Patriot) Sat 11/05 12:30PM ET
(LW – 25) defeated Fordham (5-3, 2-1 Patriot) 58-37

24. San Diego (7-1, 6-0 Pioneer) This week: vs. Puebla (8-0, CONADEIP) Sat 11/05 9:00PM ET
(LW – NR) won at Marist (4-4, 4-1 Pioneer) 27-3

25. Stony Brook (5-3, 4-1 Colonial) This week: vs. William & Mary (3-5, 1-4 Colonial) Sat 11/05 2:00PM ET
(LW – 16) lost at #22 New Hampshire (6-3, 5-1 Colonial) 43-14

Dropped out: #24 Montana

Also Receiving Consideration:

Dayton (7-2, 5-1 Pioneer), Duquesne (5-3, 2-1 NEC), Maine (5-3, 4-1 Colonial), Montana (5-3, 2-3 Big Sky), North Carolina Central (6-2, 5-0 MEAC), Northern Arizona (4-4, 3-2 Big Sky), Pennsylvania (5-2, 4-0 Ivy), Prairie View A&M (5-3, 5-1 SWAC-W), Princeton (5-2, 3-1 Ivy), St. Francis (PA) (6-3, 4-0 NEC), South Dakota (4-4, 3-2 MVFC), Southern (5-2, 5-0 SWAC-W), Tennessee-Martin (5-4, 4-1 OVC), Weber State (5-3, 4-1 Big Sky), Wofford (5-3, 3-2 Southern)

2016 FCS Week 9 Top-25 Rankings

Jaylen Hill (#11) roars past Devin Borders (#88) with one of three pick-sixes on the day for top-ranked Jacksonville State in their 24-7 win at Eastern Kentucky. (photo courtesy of jsugamecocksports.com)

Jaylen Hill (#11) roars past Devin Borders (#88) with one of three pick-sixes on the day for top-ranked Jacksonville State in their 24-7 win at Eastern Kentucky. (photo courtesy of jsugamecocksports.com)

Week 8 of the FCS schedule showed little change in the rankings, as the top 11 teams scored victories. Two other matchups of top-25 teams, in the MVFC, went the way of the higher ranked squads and two teams fall out of this week’s rankings, replaced by one team returning and another making its 2016 debut.

Week 8 Wrap-Up

Joel McCandless, Jaylen Hill and Reggie Hall each returned an interception for a touchdown and Josh Clemons rushed for 149 yards as top-ranked Jacksonville State defeated Eastern Kentucky 24-7 in Richmond, KY.

Jeremiah Briscoe threw for 419 yards and three touchdowns, two to Deon Hutchinson, to lead #2 Sam Houston State past Nicholls State 38-21 in Southland action in Thibodaux, LA.

Kailik Williams returned an interception 13 yards for a pick-six with 5:57 left in regulation and Cody Clark’s 21-yard field goal in overtime held up following a forced fumble as #3 The Citadel stayed undefeated with a 24-21 win over Wofford in Spartanburg, SC.

Taryn Christion passed for 189 yards and two touchdowns and Brady Mengarelli rushed for 74 yards and a score to keep #4 South Dakota State undefeated in the MVFC with a 24-10 win over #14 Youngstown State in Brookings, SD.

King Frazier rushed for 89 yards and two touchdowns as five-time defending FCS champion #5 North Dakota State defeated #17 Western Illinois 21-13 in Macomb, IL.

#6 Charleston Southern’s defense held Presbyterian to 102 yards of total offense and Robert Mitchell rushed for 113 yards and two touchdowns in the Buccaneers’ 38-3 blowout win over the Blue Hose in Charleston, SC.

Gage Gubrud shredded Montana State’s defense for 520 passing yards and four touchdowns as #7 Eastern Washington stayed undefeated in the Big Sky with a 41-17 victory on Bozeman, MT.

Richardre Bagley rushed for 189 yards and two touchdowns and Alejandro Bennifield added a rushing and passing score to lead #8 Chattanooga to a 30-13 over VMI at historic Finley Stadium in Chattanooga, TN.

Kyle Lauletta passed for 223 yards and two touchdowns and Deontez Thompson added a 116 yards rushing and score as #9 Richmond breezed past Elon 35-7 in Elon, NC.

Alex Searce notched a pick-six and added an end zone fumble recovery for a second score as #10 Coastal Carolina held off Central Connecticut State 33-25 in Conway, SC.

#11 Richmond was idle and will look to stay undefeated in the Colonial against hapless Rhode Island on Saturday.

Blake Kemp passed for four first half touchdowns and Corbin Jountti rushed for two scores in Northern Arizona’s 45-34 upset of #12 Montana in Flagstaff, AZ.

Aaron Forbes ran for 151 yards and two touchdowns as #13 Villanova waltzed past Albany 24-13 at Villanova Stadium in Philadelphia to remain within a half-game of the top spot in the Colonial.

Tarik Cohen rushed for 133 yards, passing the 5,000 rushing yards mark, and Lamar Reynard threw for 191 yards and three scores to keep #15 North Carolina A&T in the FCS post-season host discussion with a 34-7 win over Howard in Washington, DC.

Keaton Studsrud rushed for a score and threw two touchdown passes, including the game-winner to Josh Seibel with 14:09 to play, as #16 North Dakota avoided a road upset and stayed undefeated in the Big Sky with a 28-21 victory at Idaho State in Pocatello, ID.

Dano Graves rushed for two touchdowns and Kyle Lewis sealed the victory with a 91-yard run with less than three minutes to play as #18 Cal Poly defeated UC Davis 21-16 in San Luis Obispo, CA.

#19 Stony Brook’s defense forced five turnovers, including Jaheem Woods’ 55-yard fumble return for a score only 1:12 into the game, and Stacey Bedell rushed for 120 yards and two touchdowns in the Seawolves’ 28-3 demolition of Delaware in Newark, DE.

Hayden Hildebrand passed a touchdown and Keshawn Ledet added a rushing score as #20 Central Arkansas held off Lamar 22-12 in Conway, AR and stayed undefeated in the Southland.

DeVante Kincade threw for 326 yards and four touchdowns and Martez Carter added 91 rushing yards and a score as #21 Grambling State pummeled winless Mississippi Valley State 59-10 in Itta Bena, MS.

Devlin Hodges completed 32 of 49 passes for 375 yards and two touchdowns, both to Karel Hamilton, who caught 16 passes for 208 yards to lead #22 Samford past Western Carolina 30-17 in Birmingham, AL.

Joseph Viviano III passed for 215 yards and two touchdowns and scored the winning touchdown in overtime from one yard out to inch Harvard past #23 Princeton 23-20 at Princeton Stadium.

Jesse Blackburn caught an 87-yard touchdown pass from KD Humphries and Mareio McGraw bolted for a 77-yard scoring run as Murray State rallied from a 9-point fourth quarter deficit to upset #24 Eastern Illinois 40-38 in Charleston, IL.

Prince Smith, Jr. returned an interception 16 yards for a touchdown and Ryan Sosnak returned a fumble 39 yards to paydirt to lift #25 New Hampshire to a 21-7 win over Towson at Johnny Unitas Stadium in Towson, MD.

While Harvard reenters the rankings, Lehigh makes its 2016 debut as Brad Mayes passed for 287 yards and three touchdowns and Dominick Bragalone rushed for 182 yards and two scores in the Mountain Hawks’ 46-14 drilling of Holy Cross in Worcester, MA.

Week 9 Rankings

1. Jacksonville State (6-1, 3-0 OVC) This week: vs. Eastern Illinois (5-3, 3-2 OVC) Sat 10/29 3:00PM ET
(LW – 1) won at Eastern Kentucky (2-5, 1-3 OVC) 24-7

2. Sam Houston State (7-0, 6-0 Southland) This week: vs. Texas Southern (3-4, 3-3 SWAC-W) Sat 10/29 7:00PM ET
(LW – 2) won at Nicholls State (3-4, 3-2 Southland) 38-21

3. The Citadel (7-0, 5-0 Southern) This week: vs. East Tennessee State (3-4, 1-4 Southern) Sat 10/29 2:00PM ET
(LW – 3) won at Wofford (4-3, 2-2 Southern) 24-21 (OT)

4. South Dakota State (5-2, 4-0 MVFC) This week: at Illinois State (3-5, 1-4 MVFC) Sat 10/29 3:00PM ET
(LW – 4) defeated #14 Youngstown State (5-2, 3-1 MVFC) 24-10

5. North Dakota State (6-1, 3-1 MVFC) This week: at Northern Iowa (3-4, 2-2 MVFC) Sat 10/29 7:00PM ET
(LW – 5) won at #17 Western Illinois (5-2, 2-2 MVFC) 21-13

6. Charleston Southern (4-2, 2-0 Big South) This week: vs. Bucknell (3-4, 2-1 Patriot) Sat 10/29 11:45AM ET
(LW – 6) defeated Presbyterian (2-5, 1-2 Big South) 38-3

7. Eastern Washington (6-1, 4-0 Big Sky) This week: vs. #24 Montana (5-2, 2-2 Big Sky) Sat 10/29 3:35PM ET
(LW – 7) won at Montana State (2-6, 0-5 Big Sky) 41-17

8. Chattanooga (7-1, 5-1 Southern) This week: at Western Carolina (1-6, 0-5 Southern) Sat 10/29 3:30PM ET
(LW – 8) defeated VMI (3-4, 1-3 Southern) 30-13

9. Richmond (7-1, 4-1 Colonial) This week: IDLE
(LW – 9) won at Elon (2-5, 1-3 Colonial) 35-7

10. Coastal Carolina (5-2, 0-0 IND) This week: vs. Presbyterian (2-5, 1-2 Big South) Sat 10/29 2:00PM ET
(LW – 10) defeated Central Connecticut State (1-6, 0-2 NEC) 33-25

11. James Madison (6-1, 4-0 Colonial) This week: vs. Rhode Island (1-7, 0-5 Colonial) Sat 10/29 3:30PM ET
(LW – 11) IDLE

12. Villanova (6-2, 4-1 Colonial) This week: IDLE
(LW – 13) defeated Albany (4-3, 1-3 Colonial) 24-13

13. North Carolina A&T (6-1, 4-0 MEAC) This week: vs. Florida A&M (3-5, 3-2 MEAC) Sat 10/29 1:00PM ET
(LW – 15) won at Howard (1-7, 1-4 MEAC) 34-7

14. North Dakota (6-2, 5-0 Big Sky) This week: vs. Weber State (5-2, 4-0 Big Sky) Sat 10/29 2:00PM ET
(LW – 16) won at Idaho State (2-5, 1-3 Big Sky) 28-21

15. Cal Poly (5-2, 3-1 Big Sky) This week: at Sacramento State (1-7, 1-4 Big Sky) Sat 10/29 9:00PM ET
(LW – 18) defeated UC Davis (2-6, 1-4 Big Sky) 21-16

16. Stony Brook (5-2, 4-0 Colonial) This week: at #22 New Hampshire (5-3, 4-1 Colonial) Sat 10/29 2:00PM ET
(LW – 19) won at Delaware (2-5, 0-4 Colonial) 28-3

17. Youngstown State (5-2, 3-1 MVFC) This week: vs. Indiana State (4-4, 2-3 MVFC) Sat 10/29 4:00PM ET
(LW – 14) lost at #4 South Dakota State (5-2, 4-0 MVFC) 24-10

18. Central Arkansas (6-1, 5-0 Southland) This week: at Southeastern Louisiana (4-3, 4-1 Southland) Sat 10/29 8:00PM ET
(LW – 20) defeated Lamar (3-4, 3-2 Southland) 22-12

19. Western Illinois (5-2, 2-2 MVFC) This week: at South Dakota (4-3, 3-1 MVFC) Sat 10/29 3:00PM ET
(LW – 17) lost to #5 North Dakota State (6-1, 3-1 MVFC) 21-13

20. Grambling State (5-1, 4-0 SWAC-W) This week: vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff (1-6, 1-4 SWAC-W) Sat 10/29 3:00PM ET
(LW – 21) won at Mississippi Valley State (0-8, 0-6 SWAC-E) 59-10

21. Samford (6-1, 4-1 Southern) This week: at Mississippi State (2-5, 1-3 SEC-W) Sat 10/29 3:30PM ET
(LW – 22) defeated Western Carolina (1-6, 0-5 Southern) 30-17

22. New Hampshire (5-3, 4-1 Colonial) This week: vs. #16 Stony Brook (5-2, 4-0 Colonial) Sat 10/29 12:00PM ET
(LW – 25) won at Towson (1-6, 0-4 Colonial) 21-7

23. Harvard (5-1, 3-0 Ivy) This week: at Dartmouth (3-3, 0-3 Ivy) Sat 10/29 1:30PM ET
(LW – NR) won at #23 Princeton (4-2, 2-1 Ivy) 23-20 (OT)

24. Montana (5-2, 2-2 Big Sky) This week: at #7 Eastern Washington (6-1, 4-0 Big Sky) Sat 10/29 3:35PM ET
(LW – 12) lost at Northern Arizona (4-4, 3-2 Big Sky) 45-34

25. Lehigh (6-2, 3-0 Patriot) This week: vs. Fordham (6-2, 3-0 Patriot) Sat 10/29 12:30PM ET
(LW – NR) won at Holy Cross (3-5, 1-2 Patriot) 46-14

Dropped out: #23 Princeton, #24 Eastern Illinois

Also Receiving Consideration:

Dayton (6-2, 4-1 Pioneer), Eastern Illinois (5-3, 3-2 OVC), Fordham (5-2, 2-0 Patriot), North Carolina Central (6-2, 5-0 MEAC), Northern Arizona (4-4, 3-2 Big Sky), Northern Iowa (3-4, 2-2 MVFC), Pennsylvania (4-2, 3-0 Ivy), Princeton (4-2, 2-1 Ivy), Sacred Heart (6-1, 1-1 NEC), St. Francis (PA) (5-3, 3-0 NEC), San Diego (6-1, 5-0 Pioneer), South Dakota (4-3, 3-1 MVFC), Southern (4-2, 4-0 SWAC-W), Tennessee State (5-2, 2-1 OVC), Weber State (5-2, 4-0 Big Sky)

2016 FCS Week 8 Top-25 Rankings

#13 South Dakota State defeated #1 North Dakota State 19-17 and took possession of the Dakota Marker for the first time since 2009. (photo courtesy of gojacks.com)

#13 South Dakota State defeated #1 North Dakota State 19-17 and took possession of the Dakota Marker for the first time since 2009. (photo courtesy of gojacks.com)

One loss does not a season make, but it sure creates headlines – especially if it involves a five-time defending champion team and one second on the clock.

Taryn Christion found Jake Wieneke for a 2-yard touchdown with one second remaining to lift #13 South Dakota State past top-ranked North Dakota State 19-17 at the Fargodome in Fargo, ND. The Jackrabbits (4-2, 3-0 MVFC) fell behind, 17-3, in the early minutes of the third quarter following Easton Stick’s 26-yard scoring run for the Bison (5-1, 2-1 MVFC), but closed to within a touchdown on Christion’s 12-yard touchdown pass to Dallas Goedert with 5:26 to play in the third quarter. Chase Vinatieri’s 42-yard field goal trimmed the deficit to 17-13 at the 11:04 mark of the final quarter, capping a 5-play, 25-yard drive. South Dakota State’s defense held the defending champs to 20 yards on eight plays on their next two drives before embarking on their game-winning possession. With 2:28 on the clock, Christion, who passed for 303 yards and two touchdowns, engineered a 14-play, 80-yard drive that culminated with his pass to Wieneke on fourth-and-one from the North Dakota State two-yard line. The victory gives the Jackrabbits the Dakota Marker, the annual prize awarded to the winner of the matchup, for the first time since 2009.

Eli Jenkins rushed for two touchdowns and passed for a third while Josh Clemons added a pair of rushing scores to lead #2 Jacksonville State past Austin Peay 34-14 at Burgess-Snow Field in Jacksonville, AL. The Gamecocks (5-1, 2-0 OVC) led, only, 14-7 at halftime, but used a relentless ground attack led by Clemons (143 yards) and Jenkins (117) yards to keep the Governors (0-6, 0-5 OVC) winless in 2016.

Jeremiah Briscoe threw for 404 yards and six touchdowns as #3 Sam Houston State pummeled Abilene Christian 48-21 at Bowers Stadium in Huntsville, TX. The Bearkats (6-0, 5-0 Southland) built a 48-7 lead through three quarters as Briscoe, Remus Bulmer, Tyler Scott and Nathan Stewart ran roughshod through the Wildcats (0-7, 0-5 Southland). Bulmer rushed for 73 yards and a score and, also, caught a touchdown pass while Scott caught eight passes for 130 yards and a touchdown and Stewart added five receptions for 129 yards and two scores.

Dominique Allen rushed for 135 yards and two touchdowns as #7 The Citadel defeated #4 Chattanooga 22-14 in a battle of undefeated Southern Conference squads at Hagood Stadium in Charleston, SC. Allen passed, only, four times in the game as the Bulldogs (6-0, 4-0 Southern) rushed 77 times for 342 yards and had, nearly, a two-to-one advantage in time of possession. Cam Jackson rushed for 69 yards and Tyler Renew added 65 yards for The Citadel, who never trailed in the game. Alejandro Bennifield passed for 240 yards and a touchdown for the Mocs (6-1, 4-1 Southern) while running back Derrick Craine tallied 35 yards and a rushing touchdown.

Elsewhere, Charleston Southern and Eastern Washington were idle, #8 Villanova was shut out at #9 Richmond 23-0 and #10 Coastal Carolina defeated former Big South foe Gardner-Webb 17-7.

Dropping out of the rankings this week are #17 Albany, who lost at Maine, and #22 Harvard, after a loss at Holy Cross. Replacing the Great Danes and Crimson are Princeton (#23) and Eastern Illinois, who reenters the top-25 at #24.

1. Jacksonville State (5-1, 2-0 OVC) This week: at Eastern Kentucky (2-4, 1-2 OVC) Sat 10/22 3:00PM ET
(LW – 2) defeated Austin Peay (0-6, 0-5 OVC) 34-14

2. Sam Houston State (6-0, 5-0 Southland) This week: at Nicholls State (3-3, 3-1 Southland) Sat 10/22 4:00PM ET
(LW – 3) defeated Abilene Christian (0-7, 0-5 Southland) 48-21

3. The Citadel (6-0, 4-0 Southern) This week: at Wofford (4-2, 2-1 Southern) Sat 10/22 1:30PM ET
(LW – 7) defeated #4 Chattanooga (6-1, 4-1 Southern) 22-14

4. South Dakota State (4-2, 3-0 MVFC) This week: vs. #14 Youngstown State (5-1, 3-0 MVFC) Sat 10/22 3:00PM ET
(LW – 13) won at #1 North Dakota State (5-1, 2-1 MVFC) 19-17

5. North Dakota State (5-1, 2-1 MVFC) This week: at #17 Western Illinois (5-1, 2-1 MVFC) Sat 10/22 7:00PM ET
(LW – 1) lost to #13 South Dakota State (4-2, 3-0 MVFC) 19-17

6. Charleston Southern (3-2, 1-0 Big South) This week: vs. Presbyterian (2-4, 1-1 Big South) Sat 10/22 6:00PM ET
(LW – 5) IDLE

7. Eastern Washington (5-1, 3-0 Big Sky) This week: at Montana State (2-5, 0-4 Big Sky) Sat 10/22 2:00PM ET
(LW – 6) IDLE

8. Chattanooga (6-1, 4-1 Southern) This week: vs. VMI (3-3, 1-2 Southern) Sat 10/22 2:00PM ET
(LW – 4) lost at #7 The Citadel (6-0, 4-0 Southern) 22-14

9. Richmond (6-1, 3-1 Colonial) This week: at Elon (2-4, 1-2 Colonial) Sat 10/22 3:30PM ET
(LW – 9) defeated #8 Villanova (5-2, 3-1 Colonial) 23-0

10. Coastal Carolina (4-2, 0-0 IND) This week: vs. Central Connecticut State (1-5, 0-2 NEC) Sat 10/22 2:00PM ET
(LW – 10) won at Gardner-Webb (3-4, 1-0 Big South) 17-7

11. James Madison (6-1, 4-0 Colonial) This week: IDLE
(LW – 11) won at #19 New Hampshire (4-3, 3-1 Colonial) 42-39

12. Montana (5-1, 2-1 Big Sky) This week: at Northern Arizona (3-4, 2-2 Big Sky) Sat 10/22 7:00PM ET
(LW – 12) defeated Sacramento State (1-6, 1-3 Big Sky) 68-7

13. Villanova (5-2, 3-1 Colonial) This week: vs. Albany (4-2, 1-2 Colonial) Sat 10/22 3:30PM ET
(LW – 8) lost at #9 Richmond (6-1, 3-1 Colonial) 23-0

14. Youngstown State (5-1, 3-0 MVFC) This week: at #4 South Dakota State (4-2, 3-0 MVFC) Sat 10/22 3:00PM ET
(LW – 14) defeated Northern Iowa (2-4, 1-2 MVFC) 14-10

15. North Carolina A&T (5-1, 3-0 MEAC) This week: at Howard (1-6, 1-3 MEAC) Sat 10/22 1:00PM ET
(LW – 15) won at Bethune-Cookman (0-5, 0-3 MEAC) 52-35

16. North Dakota (5-2, 4-0 Big Sky) This week: at Idaho State (2-4, 1-2 Big Sky) Sat 10/22 4:35PM ET
(LW – 16) defeated Southern Utah (3-3, 2-2 Big Sky) 45-23

17. Western Illinois (5-1, 2-1 MVFC) This week: vs. #5 North Dakota State (5-1, 2-1 MVFC) Sat 10/22 7:00PM ET
(LW – 18) won at Missouri State (3-3, 1-2 MVFC) 38-35

18. Cal Poly (4-2, 2-1 Big Sky) This week: vs. UC Davis (2-5, 1-3 Big Sky) Sat 10/22 9:05PM ET
(LW – 20) won at Portland State (2-5, 1-3 Big Sky) 55-35

19. Stony Brook (4-2, 3-0 Colonial) This week: at Delaware (2-4, 0-3 Colonial) Sat 10/22 1:00PM ET
(LW – 21) defeated Rhode Island (1-6, 0-4 Colonial) 14-3

20. Central Arkansas (5-1, 4-0 Southland) This week: vs. Lamar (3-3, 3-1 Southland) Sat 10/22 7:00PM ET
(LW – 23) won at McNeese State (3-4, 2-3 Southland) 35-0

21. Grambling State (4-1, 3-0 SWAC-W) This week: at Mississippi Valley State (0-7, 0-5 SWAC-E) Sat 10/22 3:00PM ET
(LW – 24) IDLE

22. Samford (5-1, 3-1 Southern) This week: vs. Western Carolina (1-5, 0-4 Southern) Sat 10/22 7:00PM ET
(LW – 25) vs. VMI (3-3, 1-2 Southern) 55-21

23. Princeton (4-1, 2-0 Ivy) This week: vs. Harvard (4-1, 2-0 Ivy) Sat 10/22 1:00PM ET
(LW – NR) defeated Brown (1-4, 0-2 Ivy) 31-7

24. Eastern Illinois (5-2, 3-1 OVC) This week: vs. Murray State (1-5, 1-2 OVC) Sat 10/22 2:00PM ET
(LW – NR) won at Tennessee Tech (2-5, 2-3 OVC) 30-24

25. New Hampshire (4-3, 3-1 Colonial) This week: at Towson (1-5, 0-3 Colonial) Sat 10/22 3:30PM ET
(LW – 19) lost to #11 James Madison (6-1, 4-0 Colonial) 42-39

Dropped out: #17 Albany, #22 Harvard

Also Receiving Consideration:

Albany (4-2, 1-2 Colonial), Dayton (5-2, 3-1 Pioneer), Fordham (4-2, 1-0 Patriot), Harvard (4-1, 2-0 Ivy), Lehigh (5-2, 2-0 Patriot), North Carolina Central (5-2, 4-0 MEAC), Pennsylvania (3-2, 2-0 Ivy), Sacred Heart (5-1, 0-1 NEC), San Diego (5-1, 4-0 Pioneer), South Dakota (3-3, 2-1 MVFC), Tennessee-Martin (4-3, 3-1 OVC), Tennessee State (5-1, 2-1 OVC), Wagner (4-2, 2-0 NEC), Weber State (4-2, 3-0 Big Sky), Wofford (4-2, 2-1 Southern)

2016 FCS Week 7 Top-25 Rankings

Sophomore QB Easton Stick (#12) fires the ball downfield during top-ranked North Dakota State's 27-3 blowout of Missouri State in Springfield, MO. (photo courtesy of inforum.com)

Sophomore QB Easton Stick (#12) fires the ball downfield during top-ranked North Dakota State’s 27-3 blowout of Missouri State in Springfield, MO. (photo courtesy of inforum.com)

At the midpoint of the FCS schedule, only one thing is for sure: the five-time defending champions appear to be on a non-stop course for a record sixth straight title.

Top-ranked North Dakota State rolled Missouri State 27-3 at the Plaster Sports Complex in Springfield, MO. King Frazier rushed for 126 yards and two touchdowns while the Bison (5-0, 2-0 MVFC) held the host Bears (3-2, 1-1 MVFC) to 176 yards of offense and 11 first downs on the day.

Josh Clemons rushed for 110 yards and three scores while quarterback Eli Jenkins compiled 243 yards of offense and a touchdown to pace second-ranked Jacksonville State to a 40-21 victory over Tennessee Tech at Burgess-Snow Field in Jacksonville, AL. Clemons scored all three of his touchdowns in the first half as the Gamecocks (4-1, 1-0 OVC) built a 33-7 lead at the break and Jacksonville State’s defense forced five Golden Eagles (2-4, 2-2 OVC) turnovers, including three interceptions of Tennessee Tech quarterback Michael Birdsong.

Corey Avery and Jeremiah Briscoe accounted for 8 touchdowns to lead #3 Sam Houston State past pesky Incarnate Word 63-48 at Benson Stadium in San Antonio. Avery rushed for 212 yards on 17 carries while Briscoe passed for 203 yards to keep the Bearkats (5-0, 4-0 Southland) undefeated on the season. Trent Brittain did his best to keep the Cardinals (1-5, 1-3 Southland) in the game, throwing for 258 yards and four scores and adding a rushing touchdown while Broderick Reeves rambled for 102 yards and a score.

Alejandro Bennifield passed for four touchdowns and ran for a fifth while Derrick Craine bruised his way to 160 yards and a score to lift fourth-ranked Chattanooga to a 52-31 win over Southern Conference foe Mercer at Finley Stadium. Bennefield tallied all four of his scoring strikes in the first half as the Mocs (6-0, 4-0 Southern) built a 38-3 lead at the half and never looked back. The Bears (2-3, 1-2 Southern) were led by wide receiver Marquise Irvin, who snared four balls for 139 yards and a touchdown.

Fifth-ranked Charleston Southern’s game with Division-2 Albany State (GA) was cancelled, due to Hurricane Matthew.

Elsewhere, #6 Eastern Washington defeated Northern Colorado 49-31 behind Gage Gibrud’s 435 passing yards and five touchdowns, The Citadel, ranked seventh, blasted Division-2 North Greenville 38-14, #8 Villanova walloped Rhode Island 35-0, #9 Richmond rallied to beat #17 Albany 36-30 in triple overtime and #10 Coastal Carolina was idle.

The highest ranked team to lose this week was #13 Northern Iowa, whose rally fell short in a 28-25 loss at South Dakota. In addition to the aforementioned #17 Albany losing to #9 Richmond, the only other ranked team to lose in Week 6 was #25 Cornell, who ended up on the short end of a 29-13 score at #23 Harvard.

With their losses, Northern Iowa and Cornell fall out of the rankings and are replaced by a pair of teams making their 2016 debuts: Grambling State (#24), who was idle, and Samford (#25), after crushing winless Furman, 38-21.

1. North Dakota State (5-0, 2-0 MVFC) This week: vs. #13 South Dakota State (3-2, 2-0 MVFC) Sat 10/15 3:30PM ET
(LW – 1) won at Missouri State (3-2, 1-1 MVFC) 27-3

2. Jacksonville State (4-1, 1-0 OVC) This week: vs. Austin Peay (0-5, 0-4 OVC) Sat 10/15 2:00PM ET
(LW – 2) defeated Tennessee Tech (2-4, 2-2 OVC) 40-21

3. Sam Houston State (5-0, 4-0 Southland) This week: vs. Abilene Christian (0-6, 0-4 Southland) Sat 10/15 4:00PM ET
(LW – 3) won at Incarnate Word (1-5, 1-3 Southland) 63-48

4. Chattanooga (6-0, 4-0 Southern) This week: at #7 The Citadel (5-0, 3-0 Southern) Sat 10/15 3:00PM ET
(LW – 4) defeated Mercer (2-3, 1-2 Southern) 52-31

5. Charleston Southern (3-2, 1-0 Big South) This week: IDLE
(LW – 5) vs. Albany State (GA) (2-3, 1-1 SIAC/D-2) Cancelled

6. Eastern Washington (5-1, 3-0 Big Sky) This week: IDLE
(LW – 6) defeated Northern Colorado (3-2, 1-1 Big Sky) 49-31

7. The Citadel (5-0, 3-0 Southern) This week: vs. #4 Chattanooga (6-0, 4-0 Southern) Sat 10/15 3:00PM ET
(LW – 7) defeated North Greenville (3-3, IND/D2) 38-14

8. Villanova (5-1, 3-0 Colonial) This week: at #9 Richmond (5-1, 2-1 Colonial) Sat 10/15 3:30PM ET
(LW – 8) defeated Rhode Island (1-5, 0-3 Colonial) 35-0

9. Richmond (5-1, 2-1 Colonial) This week: vs. #8 Villanova (5-1, 3-0 Colonial) Sat 10/15 3:30PM ET
(LW – 9) won at #17 Albany (4-1, 1-1 Colonial) 36-30 (3 OT)

10. Coastal Carolina (3-2, 0-0 IND) This week: at Gardner-Webb (3-3, 1-0 Big South) Sat 10/15 1:30PM ET
(LW – 10) IDLE

11. James Madison (5-1, 3-0 Colonial) This week: at #19 New Hampshire (4-2, 3-0 Colonial) Sat 10/15 12:00PM ET
(LW – 11) defeated William & Mary (2-4, 0-3 Colonial) 31-24

12. Montana (4-1, 1-1 Big Sky) This week: vs. Sacramento State (1-5, 1-2 Big Sky) Sat 10/15 4:30PM ET
(LW – 12) defeated Mississippi Valley State (0-6, 0-4 SWAC) 67-7

13. South Dakota State (3-2, 2-0 MVFC) This week: at #1 North Dakota State (5-0, 2-0 MVFC) Sat 10/15 3:30PM ET
(LW – 14) won at Southern Illinois (2-3, 0-2 MVFC) 45-39

14. Youngstown State (4-1, 2-0 MVFC) This week: vs. Northern Iowa (2-3, 1-1 MVFC) Sat 10/15 7:00PM ET
(LW – 15) won at Illinois State (2-4, 0-3 MVFC) 20-6

15. North Carolina A&T (4-1, 2-0 MEAC) This week: at Bethune-Cookman (0-4, 0-2 MEAC) Thu 10/13 7:30PM ET
(LW – 16) defeated Norfolk State (1-5, 0-3 MEAC) 35-0

16. North Dakota (4-2, 3-0 Big Sky) This week: vs. Southern Utah (3-2, 2-1 Big Sky) Sat 10/15 2:00PM ET
(LW – 19) won at Sacramento State (1-5, 1-2 Big Sky) 40-7

17. Albany (4-1, 1-1 Colonial) This week: at Maine (2-3, 1-1 Colonial) Sat 10/15 12:00PM ET
(LW – 17) lost to #9 Richmond (5-1, 2-1 Colonial) 36-30 (3 OT)

18. Western Illinois (4-1, 1-1 MVFC) This week: at Missouri State (3-2, 1-1 MVFC) Sat 10/15 3:00PM
(LW – 18) defeated Indiana State (3-3, 1-2 MVFC) 36-35

19. New Hampshire (4-2, 3-0 Colonial) This week: vs. #11 James Madison (5-1, 3-0 Colonial) Sat 10/15 12:00PM ET
(LW – 20) won at Elon (2-4, 1-2 Colonial) 13-10

20. Cal Poly (3-2, 1-1 Big Sky) This week: at Portland State (2-4, 1-2 Big Sky) Sat 10/15 5:30PM ET
(LW – 21) IDLE

21. Stony Brook (3-2, 2-0 Colonial) This week: vs. Rhode Island (1-5, 0-3 Colonial) Sat 10/15 4:00PM ET
(LW – 22) won at Towson (1-4, 0-3 Colonial) 27-20

22. Harvard (4-0, 2-0 Ivy) This week: at Holy Cross (2-4, 1-1 Patriot) Sat 10/15 1:00PM ET
(LW – 23) defeated #25 Cornell (3-1, 1-1 Ivy) 29-13

23. Central Arkansas (4-1, 3-0 Southland) This week: at McNeese State (3-3, 2-2 Southland) Sat 10/15 7:00PM ET
(LW – 24) IDLE

24. Grambling State (4-1, 3-0 SWAC-W) This week: IDLE
(LW – NR) IDLE

25. Samford (4-1, 2-1 Southern) This week: vs. VMI (3-2, 1-1 Southern) Sat 10/15 3:00PM ET
(LW – NR) won at Furman (0-6, 0-3 Southern) 38-21

Dropped out: #13 Northern Iowa, #25 Cornell

Also Receiving Consideration:

Cornell (3-1, 1-1 Ivy), Dayton (4-2, 2-1 Pioneer), Eastern Illinois (4-2, 2-1 OVC), Fordham (3-2, 1-0 Patriot), Lehigh (4-2, 1-0 Patriot), Missouri State (3-2, 1-1 MVFC), Northern Iowa (2-3, 1-1 MVFC), North Carolina Central (4-2, 3-0 MEAC), Princeton (3-1, 1-0 Ivy), Sacred Heart (4-1, 0-1 NEC), San Diego (4-1, 3-0 Pioneer), Southern Utah (3-2, 2-1 Big Sky), Tennessee State (4-1, 1-1 OVC), Weber State (3-2, 2-0 Big Sky), Wofford (4-2, 2-1 Southern)

2016 FCS Week 6 Top-25 Rankings

Once again, Cooper Kupp is doing Cooper Kupp things, as the Eastern Washington WR caught 12 passes for 274 yards and 2 TDs while setting the NCAA Division-1 receiving yards record in the Eagles 63-30 win over UC Davis. (photo courtesy of goeags.com)

Once again, Cooper Kupp is doing Cooper Kupp things, as the Eastern Washington WR caught 12 passes for 274 yards and two TDs while setting the NCAA Division-1 career receiving yards record in the Eagles’ 63-30 win over UC Davis. (photo courtesy of goeags.com)

Five-time defending champion North Dakota State remains atop the rankings with a resounding conference win, a top-five club needed a blocked PAT in double overtime to head home with a victory and five teams shuffle out of this week’s top-25 rankings.

Easton Stick passed for 256 yards and three touchdowns and North Dakota State’s defense kept Illinois State off the scoreboard in the second half en route to a 31-10 win at the Fargodome in Fargo, ND. The Bison (4-0, 1-0 MVFC) trailed 10-7 less than two minutes into the second quarter after the Redbirds (2-3, 0-2 MVFC) found the end zone on an 18-yard strike from Jake Kolbe to Anthony Fowler, but Stick countered with his trifecta of scoring passes before halftime – to Rj Urzendowski, Lance Dunn and Nate Jensen – to give the defending champs a 28-10 lead before turning to the defense to control the second half.

Jeremiah Briscoe threw for a school record seven touchdown passes as #3 Sam Houston State won the 91st Battle of the Piney Woods, cruising to a 63-28 win over Stephen F. Austin at NRG Stadium in Houston. Briscoe, who, also, set a career high with 438 passing yards, tossed five scoring strikes in the first half as the Bearkats (4-0, 3-0 Southland) built a 42-7 lead at the break. Nathan Stewart caught five passes for a game-high 183 yards and two touchdowns while Yedediah Louis snared seven balls for 119 yards and a pair of scores. The Lumberjacks (3-2, 2-1 Southland) were led by the quarterback duo of Hunter Taylor and Zach Conque, who combined for 379 passing yards and three touchdowns.

Derrick Craine rushed for three touchdowns to lead fourth-ranked Chattanooga to an easy 37-7 victory over East Tennessee State at Tipton Stadium in Johnson City, TN. The Mocs (5-0, 3-0 Southern) used a smothering defense to limit the Buccaneers (2-2, 1-2 Southern) to 132 total yards while forcing a pair turnovers and four three-and-out possessions.

Johnny Robinson blocked a point-after-touchdown attempt in the second overtime to preserve #5 Charleston Southern’s 59-58 thrilling victory over former conference mate and #8 Coastal Carolina in Conway, SC. The Buccaneers (3-2, 1-0 Big South trailed after one quarter, 21-7, as DeAngelo Henderson rushed for three touchdowns to stake the Chanticleers (3-2, IND) to an early lead. Shane Bucenell rallied Charleston Southern in the second quarter with two of his four touchdown passes on the day to give the visitors a 23-21 advantage at recess. The teams traded multiple scores in the second half, with the lead changing hands six times, until Ryan Granger forced overtime with a 35-yard field goal as regulation time expired. Each overtime featured touchdowns by both teams, with the lone difference being Robinson blocking Granger’s PAT, shocking the 10,213 fans at Brooks Stadium.

#6 Eastern Washington used a 35-point third quarter to bludgeon UC Davis 63-30 on the inferno-red turf of Roos Field in Cheney, WA. In the game, Cooper Kupp, already the all-time Division-1 leader in receiving touchdowns, caught 12 passes for 274 yards and two scores, breaking Terrell Hudgins’ career mark for receiving yards with 5,417. Hudgins, who played for Elon between 2006 and 2009, owns the career receptions mark with 395, 43 more than Kupp’s total of 352.

Five teams, #14 Eastern Illinois, #20 Dartmouth, #21 Indiana State, #22 Sacred Heart and #23 William & Mary drop out of the rankings following losses while two teams, North Dakota (#19) and New Hampshire (#20) return to the top-25 and three clubs: Harvard (#23), Central Arkansas (#24) and Cornell (#25) make their 2016 debuts.

1. North Dakota State (4-0, 1-0 MVFC) This week: at Missouri State (3-1, 1-0 MVFC) Sat 10/8 3:00PM ET
(LW – 1) defeated Illinois State (2-3, 0-2 MVFC) 31-10

2. Jacksonville State (3-1, 0-0 OVC) This week: vs. Tennessee Tech (2-3, 2-1 OVC) Sat 10/8 2:00PM ET
(LW – 2) IDLE

3. Sam Houston State (4-0, 3-0 Southland) This week: at Incarnate Word (1-4, 1-2 Southland) Sat 10/8 7:00PM ET
(LW – 3) defeated Stephen F. Austin (3-2, 2-1 Southland) 63-28

4. Chattanooga (5-0, 3-0 Southern) This week: vs. Mercer (2-2, 1-1 Southern) Sat 10/8 4:00PM ET
(LW – 4) won at East Tennessee State (2-2, 1-2 Southern) 37-7

5. Charleston Southern (3-2, 1-0 Big South) This week: vs. Albany State (GA) (2-3, 1-1 SIAC/D-2) Sat 10/8 11:45AM
(LW – 5) won at #8 Coastal Carolina (3-2, IND) 59-58 (2 OT)

6. Eastern Washington (4-1, 2-0 Big Sky) This week: vs. Northern Colorado (3-1, 1-0 Big Sky) Sat 10/8 4:00PM ET
(LW – 6) defeated UC Davis (1-4, 0-2 Big Sky) 63-30

7. The Citadel (4-0, 3-0 Southern) This week: vs. North Greenville (3-2, IND/D2) Sat 10/8 2:00PM ET
(LW – 7) won at Western Carolina (1-3, 0-2 Southern) 37-14

8. Villanova (4-1, 2-0 Colonial) This week: vs. Rhode Island (1-4, 0-2 Colonial) Sat 10/8 12:00PM ET
(LW – 9) won at Elon (2-3, 1-1 Colonial) 42-7

9. Richmond (4-1, 1-1 Colonial) This week: at #17 Albany (4-0, 1-0 Colonial) Sat 10/8 3:30PM ET
(LW – 10) defeated Towson (1-3, 0-2 Colonial) 31-28

10. Coastal Carolina (3-2, 0-0 IND) This week: IDLE
(LW – 8) lost to #5 Charleston Southern (3-2, 1-0 Big South) 59-58 (2 OT)

11. James Madison (4-1, 2-0 Colonial) This week: vs. William & Mary (2-3, 0-2 Colonial) Sat 10/8 3:30PM ET
(LW – 13) defeated Delaware (2-2, 0-1 Colonial) 43-20

12. Montana (3-1, 1-1 Big Sky) This week: vs. Mississippi Valley State (0-5, 0-4 SWAC) Sat 10/8 4:30PM ET
(LW – 15) defeated Southern Utah (2-2, 1-1 Big Sky) 43-20

13. Northern Iowa (2-2, 1-0 MVFC) This week: at South Dakota (1-3, 0-1 MVFC) Sat 10/8 3:00PM ET
(LW – 16) defeated Southern Illinois (2-2, 0-1 MVFC) 42-21

14. South Dakota State (2-2, 1-0 MVFC) This week: at Southern Illinois (2-2, 0-1 MVFC) Sat 10/8 7:00PM ET
(LW – 17) defeated #11 Western Illinois (3-1, 0-1 MVFC) 52-14

15. Youngstown State (3-1, 1-0 MVFC) This week: at Illinois State (2-3, 0-2 MVFC) Sat 10/8 3:00PM ET
(LW – 18) defeated South Dakota (1-3, 0-1 MVFC) 30-20

16. North Carolina A&T (3-1, 1-0 MEAC) This week: vs. Norfolk State (1-4, 0-2 MEAC) Thu 10/6 7:30PM ET
(LW – 19) defeated Hampton (1-3, 1-1 MEAC) 31-9

17. Albany (4-0, 1-0 Colonial) This week: vs. #9 Richmond (4-1, 1-1 Colonial) Sat 10/8 3:30PM ET
(LW – 24) IDLE

18. Western Illinois (3-1, 0-1 MVFC) This week: vs. Indiana State (3-2, 1-1 MVFC) Sat 10/8 4:00PM ET
(LW – 11) lost at #17 South Dakota State (2-2, 1-0 MVFC) 52-14

19. North Dakota (3-2, 2-0 Big Sky) This week: at Sacramento State (1-4, 1-1 Big Sky) Sat 10/8 9:00PM ET
(LW – NR) defeated #11 Cal Poly (3-2, 1-1 Big Sky) 31-24

20. New Hampshire (3-2, 2-0 Colonial) This week: at Elon (2-3, 1-1 Colonial) Sat 10/8 3:30PM ET
(LW – NR) defeated #23 William & Mary (2-3, 0-2 Colonial) 21-12

21. Cal Poly (3-2, 1-1 Big Sky) This week: IDLE
(LW – 12) lost at North Dakota (3-2, 2-0 Big Sky) 31-24

22. Stony Brook (2-2, 1-0 Colonial) This week: at Towson (1-3, 0-2 Colonial) Sat 10/8 7:00PM ET
(LW – 25) IDLE

23. Harvard (3-0, 1-0 Ivy) This week: vs. #25 Cornell (3-0, 1-0 Ivy) Sat 10/8 1:00PM ET
(LW – NR) defeated Georgetown (3-1, 0-0 Patriot)

24. Central Arkansas (4-1, 3-0 Southland) This week: IDLE
(LW – NR) won at Abilene Christian (0-5, 0-3 Southland) 58-27

25. Cornell (3-0, 1-0 Ivy) This week: at #23 Harvard (3-0, 1-0 Ivy) Sat 10/8 1:00PM ET
(LW – NR) won at Colgate (1-3, 0-0 Patriot) 39-38

Dropped out: #14 Eastern Illinois, #20 Dartmouth, #21 Indiana State, #22 Sacred Heart, #23 William & Mary

Also Receiving Consideration:

Dartmouth (2-1, 0-1 Ivy), Eastern Illinois (3-2, 1-1 OVC), Grambling State (4-1, 3-0 SWAC-W), Indiana State (3-2, 1-1 MVFC), McNeese State (3-2, 2-1 Southland), Missouri State (3-1, 1-0 MVFC), Northern Colorado (3-1, 1-0 Big Sky), Princeton (2-1, 1-0 Ivy), Sacred Heart (4-1, 0-1 NEC), Samford (3-1, 1-1 Southern), San Diego (3-1, 2-0 Pioneer), Stephen F. Austin (3-2, 2-1 Southland), Southern Illinois (2-2, 0-1 MVFC), Tennessee State (4-0, 1-0 OVC), Wagner (3-1, 1-0 NEC)

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