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2015 Week 11 FCS Rankings (November 2 – November 8)

November 1, 2015
Junior linebacker Seth Harrelson gets in on the Gatorade bucket dousing of head coach Jamey Chadwell following Charleston Southern's 33-25 victory over previously-undefeated and top-ranked Coastal Carolina at Buccaneer Field. (photo courtesy of csusports.com)

Junior linebacker Seth Harrelson gets in on the Gatorade bucket dousing of head coach Jamey Chadwell following Charleston Southern’s 33-25 victory over previously-undefeated and top-ranked Coastal Carolina at Buccaneer Field. (photo courtesy of csusports.com)

Austin Brown passed for 252 yards and two touchdowns and Charleston Southern’s defense stopped top-ranked Coastal Carolina on a fourth-and-four from the 8-yard line with less than 30 seconds to play as the Buccaneers defeated the Chanticleers 33-25 at Buccaneer Field. Charleston Southern (7-1, 4-0 Big South) led 27-15 at the break behind the arm of Brown and the rushing tandem of Mike Holloway and Ben Robinson who, each, rushed for a first-half score. After the teams traded field goals in the third quarter, Buccaneer kicker Tyler Tekac’s 25-yard field goal extended the hosts’ lead to 33-18 with 11:27 to play in regulation. Following a short kickoff, Coastal Carolina began their next possession on their own 33-yard line and drove 67 yards in eight plays, capped by a De’Angelo Henderson 9-yard touchdown run to cut the deficit to eight points. Charleston Southern failed to recover a subsequent onside kick, but neither team would score again, as the squads traded three-and-out possessions before the Chanticleers’ final drive that ended eight yards short of paydirt. Chanticleer quarterback Alex Ross passed for 274 yards and rushed for 50 yards and a score while Henderson added 90 yards on the ground and extended his FCS-record streak of consecutive games with a rushing touchdown to 22.

Tre Robertson scored on a 5-yard touchdown run and Marshaun Coprich added a 2-point conversion with 2:58 to play as Illinois State rallied to defeat #20 Indiana State 27-24 in Normal, IL and take over the top spot in this week’s rankings. The second-ranked Redbirds (7-1, 5-0 MVFC) trailed by 12 points at halftime as the Sycamores (4-4, 2-3 MVFC) built a 21-9 advantage on three touchdown passes from Matt Adam to Robert Tonyan, Jr. Indiana State increased their advantage to 24-9 with 3:35 to play in the third quarter, but Coprich’s 44-yard scoring run, only 62 seconds later, brought the Hancock Stadium fans to their feet as Illinois State trailed by eight, 24-16. Sean Slattery’s 23-yard field goal inched the Redbirds to within 24-19, less than three minutes into the final quarter, and the Redbirds held the Sycamores scoreless leading up to the eight-play, 82-yard drive which provided the hosts the winning margin. Coprich rushed for 165 yards while Robertson added 61 yards on the ground and two touchdowns while passing for 121 yards. Adam passed for 230 yards and three touchdowns to Tonyan, Jr., who caught nine passes for 117 yards.

Eli Jenkins threw for a career-high 324 yards and a pair of touchdowns and Miles Jones rushed for 110 yards to lead #3 Jacksonville State to a 34-0 white-washing of #13 Eastern Kentucky. The Gamecocks (7-1, 5-0 OVC) built a 24-0 halftime lead and were never threatened by the visiting Colonels (5-3, 4-1 OVC) to stay undefeated in-conference. Josh Barge, who tallied nine receptions for 158 yards, caught both of Jenkins’ touchdown passes and Troymaine Pope added a scoring run while Dawson Wells intercepted a Bennie Coney pass for a 48-yard score as his defensive mates held Eastern Kentucky to 175 yards of offense.

Jacobi Green sliced and diced for 186 yards and two touchdowns and David Green intercepted Neven Sussman four times in fourth-ranked Richmond’s 38-31 win over Albany at Robins Stadium. Kyle Lauletta passed for two touchdowns and rushed for a third while Brian Brown corralled eight passes for 178 yards and a score as the Spiders (7-1, 5-0 CAA) remain the lone undefeated team in the Colonial. Despite trailing by 28 points in the third quarter, the Great Danes (2-6, 1-4 CAA) made a game of it, as Sussman threw one of two touchdown passes to to Anthony Manzo-Lewis and ran for a score and Dione Alston added a 96-yard kickoff return to keep fans in the stands instead of leaving for the parking lot.

Jordan West passed for 121 yards and two touchdowns, both to Cooper Kupp, as #5 Eastern Washington rallied to beat Weber State 14-13 on the red turf of Roos Field. Following West’s second scoring strike to Kupp 6:07 into the third quarter that gave the Eagles (6-2, 5-0 Big Sky) the eventual margin of victory, the visiting Wildcats missed three field goals on consecutive possessions to allow Eastern Washington to remain undefeated in the Big Sky Conference. Despite being outgained 412-189 by Weber State (4-5, 3-3 Big Sky), the Eagles’ defense surrendered, only, one touchdown and a pair of field goals.

Elsewhere in the FCS Top-25, #6 North Dakota State held off a game Southern Illinois squad to win 35-29, #7 James Madison lost at #16 William & Mary 44-41, #8 Fordham’s late rally fell short in a 31-29 loss at Colgate, #9 Chattanooga breezed by Western Carolina 41-13 and #10 McNeese State scratched out a 15-13 victory at Abilene Christian.

#11 Harvard scored a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns and blocked a field goal as time expired to extend their winning streak to 21 games with a 14-13 win over #14 Dartmouth. #12 South Dakota State blasted Missouri State 39-0, #15 Portland State mauled #18 Montana 35-16, #17 Northern Iowa ripped #23 South Dakota 20-7 and #19 Sam Houston State got by Division-2 powerhouse Texas A&M-Commerce 38-24.

Wrapping up last week’s top-25 scoreboard, #21 North Carolina A&T hammered Florida A&M 28-10, #22 Dayton stayed undefeated by powering past Jacksonville 31-14, #24 The Citadel kept pace with Chattanooga atop the Southern Conference with a hard-fought 21-19 win over Mercer and #25 Western Illinois fell out of the rankings after a 23-21 home loss to Youngstown State.

Falling out of the rankings with Western Illinois this week are #18 Montana and #23 South Dakota. Making their 2015 debuts, along with Charleston Southern at #18, are Eastern Illinois at #21 following their 34-20 win at Murray State and Southern Utah at #22, who outgunned Cal Poly 54-37.

Highlighted games this week include a top-ten battle between #1 Illinois State and #10 South Dakota State as the Redbirds look to keep, at least, a one-game advantage in-conference, #2 Jacksonville State at #21 Eastern Illinois with both squads at 5-0 in the OVC and #18 Charleston Southern travels to Georgia to face Kennesaw State as the Buccaneers can clinch, at least, a share of the Big South regular-season title with a win over the Owls.

Week 10 results and Week 11 rankings and opponents:

(All scheduled game times ET)

1. Illinois State (7-1, 5-0 MVFC) This week: at #10 South Dakota State (6-2, 3-2 MVFC) Sat 11/7 3:00PM
(LW – 2) Last week: defeated #20 Indiana State (4-4, 2-3 MVFC) 27-24

2. Jacksonville State (7-1, 5-0 OVC) This week: at #21 Eastern Illinois (5-3, 5-0 OVC) Sat 11/7 2:00PM
(LW – 3) Last week: defeated #13 Eastern Kentucky (5-3, 4-1 OVC) 34-0

3. Richmond (7-1, 5-0 CAA) This week: at New Hampshire (4-4, 2-3 CAA) Sat 11/7 3:00PM
(LW – 4) Last week: defeated Albany (2-6, 1-4 CAA) 38-31

4. Eastern Washington (6-2, 5-0 Big Sky) This week: vs. Northern Arizona (5-3, 3-2 Big Sky) Sat 11/7 6:05PM
(LW – 5) Last week: defeated Weber State (4-5, 3-3 Big Sky) 14-13

5. Coastal Carolina (7-1, 2-1 Big South) This week: vs. Gardner-Webb (3-5, 2-2 Big South) Sat 11/7 3:30PM
(LW – 1) Last week: lost at Charleston Southern (7-1, 4-0 Big South) 33-25

6. North Dakota State (6-2, 4-1 MVFC) This week: vs. Western Illinois (4-4, 3-2 MVFC) Sat 11/7 3:30PM
(LW – 6) Last week: won at Southern Illinois (3-5, 2-3 MVFC) 35-29

7. Chattanooga (7-1, 5-0 Southern) This week: at Mercer (3-5, 0-4 Southern) Sat 11/7 4:00PM
(LW – 9) Last week: defeated Western Carolina (5-3, 3-2 Southern) 41-13

8. McNeese State (8-0, 7-0 Southland) This week: vs. #15 Sam Houston State (6-2, 5-1 Southland) Sat 11/7 7:00PM
(LW – 10) Last week: won at Abilene Christian (2-6, 2-5 Southland) 15-13

9. Harvard (7-0, 4-0 Ivy) This week: at Columbia (2-5, 1-3 Ivy) Sat 11/7 1:00PM
(LW – 11) Last week: defeated #14 Dartmouth (6-1, 3-1 Ivy) 14-13

10. South Dakota State (6-2, 3-2 MVFC) This week: vs #1 Illinois State (7-1, 5-0 MVFC) Sat 11/7 3:00PM
(LW – 12) Last week: won at Missouri State (1-7, 0-5 MVFC) 39-0

11. Portland State (7-1, 4-1 Big Sky) This week: at Northern Colorado (4-4, 2-4 Big Sky) Sat 11/7 2:00PM
(LW – 15) Last week: defeated #18 Montana (4-4, 3-2 Big Sky) 35-16

12. William & Mary (6-2, 4-1 CAA) This week: at Elon (3-5, 2-3 CAA) Sat 11/7 12:00PM
(LW – 16) Last week: defeated #7 James Madison (7-2, 4-2 CAA) 44-41

13. Northern Iowa (4-4, 2-3 MVFC) This week: vs. #24 Indiana State (4-4, 2-3 MVFC) Sat 11/7 5:00PM
(LW – 17) Last week: defeated #23 South Dakota (4-4, 2-3 MVFC) 20-7

14. James Madison (7-2, 4-2 CAA) This week: IDLE
(LW – 7) Last week: lost at #16 William & Mary (6-2, 4-1 CAA) 44-41

15. Sam Houston State (6-2, 5-1 Southland) This week: at #8 McNeese State (8-0, 7-0 Southland) Sat 11/7 7:00PM
(LW – 19) Last week: defeated Texas A&M-Commerce (7-2, 6-0 LSC D-2) 38-24

16. Fordham (7-2, 3-1 Patriot) This week: vs. Bucknell (4-4, 1-2 Patriot) Sat 11/7 1:00PM
(LW – 8) Last week: lost at Colgate (4-4, 3-0 Patriot) 31-29

17. North Carolina A&T (7-1, 5-0 MEAC) This week: at South Carolina State (5-3, 4-1 MEAC) Sat 11/7 1:30PM
(LW – 21) Last week: won at Florida A&M (1-7, 1-4 MEAC) 28-10

18. Charleston Southern (7-1, 4-0 Big South) This week: at Kennesaw State (6-2, 2-1 Big South) Sat 11/7 1:00PM
(LW – NR) Last week: defeated #1 Coastal Carolina (7-1, 2-1 Big South) 33-25

19. Dayton (8-0, 5-0 Pioneer) This week: at Morehead State (5-3, 4-1 Pioneer) Sat 11/7 1:00PM
(LW – 22) Last week: defeated Jacksonville (6-2, 3-2 Pioneer) 31-14

20. The Citadel (6-2, 5-0 Southern) This week: vs. VMI (2-7, 1-4 Southern) Sat 11/7 2:00PM
(LW – 24) Last week: defeated Mercer (3-5, 0-4 Southern) 21-19

21. Eastern Illinois (5-3, 5-0 OVC) This week: vs. #2 Jacksonville State (7-1, 5-0 OVC) Sat 11/7 2:00PM
(LW – NR) Last week: won at Murray State (2-6, 1-4 OVC) 34-20

22. Southern Utah (6-2, 5-0 Big Sky) This week: at Montana State (4-4, 2-3 Big Sky) Sat 11/7 3:40PM
(LW – NR) Last week: defeated Cal Poly (2-6, 1-4 Big Sky) 54-37

23. Eastern Kentucky (5-3, 4-1 OVC) This week: vs. Tennessee-Martin (4-3, 4-1 OVC) Sat 11/7 1:00PM
(LW – 13) Last week: lost at #3 Jacksonville State (7-1, 5-0 OVC) 34-0

24. Indiana State (4-4, 2-3 MVFC) This week: at #13 Northern Iowa (4-4, 2-3 MVFC) Sat 11/7 5:00PM
(LW – 20) Last week: lost at #2 Illinois State (7-1, 5-0 MVFC) 27-24

25. Dartmouth (6-1, 3-1 Ivy) This week: vs. Cornell (0-7, 0-4 Ivy) Fri 11/6 8:00PM
(LW – 14) Last week: lost at #11 Harvard (7-0, 4-0 Ivy) 14-13

Dropped Out: #18 Montana, #23 South Dakota, #25 Western Illinois

Also Receiving Consideration:

Grambling State (6-2, 6-0 SWAC-W), Northern Arizona (5-3, 3-2 Big Sky), Youngstown State (4-4, 2-3 MVFC), Montana (4-4, 3-2 Big Sky), South Dakota (4-3, 2-3 MVFC), Pennsylvania (4-3, 3-1 Ivy), Western Illinois (4-4, 3-2 MVFC), Central Arkansas (5-3, 5-1 Southland), Bethune-Cookman (7-2, 5-1 MEAC), Alcorn State (5-2, 4-1 SWAC-E), Tennessee-Martin (4-3, 4-1 OVC), Western Carolina (5-3, 3-2 Southern), Prairie View A&M (5-2, 5-1 SWAC-W), Duquesne (6-3, 3-1 NEC), Kennesaw State (6-2, 2-1 Big South), San Diego (6-2, 4-1 Pioneer), South Carolina State (5-3, 4-1 MEAC), North Dakota (5-4, 3-3 Big Sky), North Carolina Central (5-3, 4-1 MEAC), Towson (5-3, 3-2 CAA)

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