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2015 Week 13 FCS Rankings (November 16 – November 22)

November 15, 2015
Top-ranked Jacksonville State celebrates their fifth Ohio Valley Conference title after defeating Southeast Missouri State 56-28 in Jacksonville, AL. (photo courtesy of jaxstategamecocks.com)

Top-ranked Jacksonville State celebrates their fifth Ohio Valley Conference title after defeating Southeast Missouri State 56-28 in Jacksonville, AL. (photo courtesy of jaxstategamecocks.com)

Eli Jenkins tossed three touchdown passes while Troymaine Pope and Christian LeMay, each, rushed for two scores in top-ranked Jacksonville State’s 56-28 drubbing of Southeast Missouri State at JSU Stadium in Jacksonville, AL, giving the hosts their fifth Ohio Valley Conference championship. Jenkins threw all of his touchdown strikes, two to Josh Barge, in the first half to lead the Gamecocks (9-1, 7-0 OVC) to 21-7 halftime advantage. After the break, Burgess-Snow Field took a beating as Pope scored twice in the third quarter, en route to a 137-yard day and LeMay notched his pair of touchdown runs in the final quarter, piling up 124 yards. The Redhawks were led by Dante Vandeven, who passed for 239 yards and a score and rushed for 29 yards and another touchdown. Tremane McCullough rushed for 49 yards and a score and caught six passes for 104 yards.

Alex Ross passed for 262 yards and tied a school record with five touchdown passes and De’Angelo Henderson extended his FCS-record for consecutive games with a touchdown run as second-ranked Coastal Carolina blasted Kennesaw State 45-13 at Brooks Stadium in Conway, SC. Ross threw four of his scoring strikes in the first half as the Chanticleers (9-1, 4-1 Big South) built a 31-6 advantage at the break. Leading 38-13 early in the fourth quarter, Henderson sent the crowd assembled at Benton Field into a frenzy as he rushed for a 1-yard score, pushing his FCS record to 24 straight games with a scoring run, ending his day with 103 yards on the ground. Osharmar Abercrombie added 85 yards on the ground while Chris Jones paced the receivers with game highs of six receptions for 131 yards and two touchdowns. Tyrell Blanks added two receiving scores and Bruce Mapp added a touchdown grab. Despite the lopsided score, the Owls (6-4, 2-3 Big South) rushed for 275 yards, led by Jake McKenzie and Trey Chivers, who tallied 85 and 64 yards, respectively.

Easton Stick’s 1-yard quarterback sneak with 35 seconds remaining capped a furious fourth-quarter comeback and vaulted #3 North Dakota State past Youngstown State 27-24 at Stambaugh Stadium in Youngstown, OH. The Bison (8-2, 6-1 MVFC), who didn’t find the end zone until Stick’s first of two touchdowns with just over four minutes into the third quarter, trailed 24-10 entering the final stanza. King Frazier cut the lead to 24-17 on a 7-yard touchdown run only 38 seconds into the fourth quarter and the Penguins (5-5, 3-4 MVFC) saw their lead evaporate, further, to 24-20 on Cam Pederson’s 40-yard field goal with 9:57 left on the clock. After three subsequent three-and-out defensive stands, North Dakota State drove the pigskin 54 yards in nine plays to finish off the rally on Stick’s score. Youngstown State began their next drive on their own 30-yard line after a 27-yard kickoff return from Jody Webb, but two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties and an 8-yard sack of Hunter Wells sealed the host’s fate for the day.  Bruce Anderson led the Bison’ rushing attack with 67 yards on, only, four carries while Frazier added 64 yards and Stick chipped in with 42 while passing for 176 yards. Webb paced the Penguins rushers with 132 yards on five carries and two touchdowns, including a 77-yard scoring gallop in the third quarter, and Ricky Davis added 61 yards and a score.

While #4 McNeese State had the week off, Kyle Paris rushed for two fourth-quarter touchdowns and Nick Farina returned an interception 43 yards for another late score as South Dakota State erased a 10-point deficit in the final stanza and defeated South Dakota 30-23 at the DakotaDome in Vermillion, SD. The fifth-ranked Jackrabbits (8-2, 5-2 MVFC) led 10-7 early in second quarter on Taryn Christion’s 10-yard run, but were outscored 13-0 over the next 26 minutes until Paris’ first of two 2-yard blasts cut their deficit to 20-17 less than a minute into the final quarter. Paris’ second rushing touchdown came with 8:43 left in regulation and, 73 seconds later, Farina notched his pick-six to give the visitors a lead that they would not relinquish. Christion and Zach Lujan combined for 281 passing yards, Paris led the team with 56 rushing yards while Jake Wieneke led all receivers with 180 yards on six receptions. Ryan Saeger passed for 266 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 29 yards and another score to lead the Coyotes (5-5, 3-4 MVFC) as Michael Fredrick was the offensive workhorse for the hosts, amassing 143 yards on 31 totes.

Rounding out the top-ten, #6 Illinois doubled up Southern Illinois 42-21, #7 Harvard had its 22-game winning streak snapped by Pennsylvania 35-25, #8 Richmond lost at Villanova 21-20, #9 William & Mary handled Towson 31-17 and #10 Northern Iowa ran roughshod over Missouri State 41-0.

Montana blew out #11 Eastern Washington 57-16, #12 James Madison inched past Delaware 24-21, #18 Chattanooga took control of the Southern Conference after holding off #13 The Citadel 31-23, #14 Charleston Southern, the Big South’s regular-season champion, defeated Liberty 31-24 and #21 Portland State nipped #15 Southern Utah 24-23

#16 North Carolina A&T kept Delaware State winless with a 27-6 pasting, #17 Fordham squeaked by Georgetown 38-31, #19 Dayton stayed undefeated after dispatching Marist 28-21 and #20 Sam Houston State rolled past Northwestern State 59-21.

#22 Dartmouth remained in the fight for the Ivy League title with a 34-18 win at Brown, #23 Eastern Illinois remains in the playoff picture after knocking off Tennessee-Martin 23-21, #24 Grambling State mauled Arkansas-Pine Bluff 49-21 and #25 Central Arkansas kept their post-season aspirations alive after beating Nicholls State 34-31.

Following their blowout win over Eastern Washington, Montana rejoins the top-25 at #20 while the Eagles drop out of the top-25 for the first time since 2011.


Week 12 results and Week 13 rankings and opponents:(All scheduled game times ET)

1. Jacksonville State (9-1, 7-0 OVC) This week: vs. Murray State (3-7, 2-5 OVC) Sat 11/19 2:00PM
(LW – 1) Last week: defeated Southeast Missouri State (4-6, 3-3 OVC) 56-28

2. Coastal Carolina (9-1, 4-1 Big South) This week: at Liberty (5-5, 2-3 Big South) Thu 11/19 7:30PM
(LW – 2) Last week: defeated Kennesaw State (6-4, 2-3 Big South) 45-13

3. North Dakota State (8-2, 6-1 MVFC) This week: vs. Missouri State (1-9, 0-7 MVFC) Sat 11/19 3:30PM
(LW – 3) Last week: won at Youngstown State (5-5, 3-4 MVFC) 27-24

4. McNeese State (9-0, 8-0 Southland) This week: at Lamar (5-5, 4-4 Southland) Sat 11/19 7:00PM
(LW – 4) Last week: IDLE

5. South Dakota State (8-2, 5-2 MVFC) This week: at Western Illinois (5-5, 4-3 MVFC) Sat 11/19 2:00PM
(LW – 5) Last week: won at South Dakota (5-5, 3-4 MVFC) 30-23

6. Illinois State (8-2, 6-1 MVFC) This week: vs. South Dakota (5-5, 3-4 MVFC) Sat 11/19 1:00PM
(LW – 6) Last week: won at Southern Illinois (3-7, 2-5 MVFC) 42-21

7. William & Mary (8-2, 6-1 CAA) This week: at #11 Richmond (7-3, 5-2 CAA) Sat 11/21 12:00PM
(LW – 9) Last week: defeated Towson (6-4, 4-3 CAA) 31-17

8. Northern Iowa (6-4, 4-3 MVFC) This week: vs. Southern Illinois (3-7, 2-5 MVFC) Sat 11/21 5:00PM
(LW – 10) Last week: won at Missouri State (1-9, 0-7 MVFC) 41-0

9. Charleston Southern (9-1, 6-0 Big South) This week: at FBS #2 Alabama (9-1, 6-1 SEC-W) Sat 11/21 4:00PM
(LW – 14) Last week: defeated Liberty (5-5, 2-3 Big South) 31-24

10. Chattanooga (8-2, 6-1 Southern) This week: at FBS #14 Florida State (8-2, 6-2 ACC-A) Sat 11/21 3:00PM
(LW – 18) Last week: defeated #13 The Citadel (7-3, 6-1 Southern) 31-23

11. Richmond (7-3, 5-2 CAA) This week: vs. #7 William & Mary (8-2, 6-1 CAA) Sat 11/19 12:00PM
(LW – 8) Last week: lost at Villanova (6-4, 5-2 CAA) 21-20

12. James Madison (8-2, 5-2 CAA) This week: vs. Villanova (6-4, 5-2 CAA) Sat 11/21 12:00PM
(LW – 12) Last week: won at Delaware (3-7, 2-5 CAA) 24-21

13. The Citadel (7-3, 6-1 Southern) This week: at South Carolina (3-7, 1-7 SEC-E) Sat 11/21 12:00PM
(LW – 13) Last week: lost at #18 Chattanooga (8-2, 6-1 Southern) 31-23

14. Portland State (8-2, 5-2 Big Sky) This week: at Eastern Washington (6-4, 5-2 Big Sky) Sat 11/21 5:05PM
(LW – 21) Last week: defeated #15 Southern Utah (7-3, 6-1 Big Sky) 24-23

15. North Carolina A&T (9-1, 7-0 MEAC) This week: vs. North Carolina Central (7-3, 6-1 MEAC) Sat 11/21 1:00PM
(LW – 16) Last week: defeated Delaware State (0-10, 0-7 MEAC) 27-6

16. Fordham (9-2, 5-1 Patriot) This week: IDLE
(LW – 17) Last week: won at Georgetown (4-6, 2-3 Patriot) 38-31

17. Southern Utah (7-3, 6-1 Big Sky) This week: vs. Northern Arizona (7-3, 5-2 Big Sky) Sat 11/21 5:00PM
(LW – 15) Last week: lost at #21 Portland State (8-2, 5-2 Big Sky) 24-23

18. Harvard (8-1, 5-1 Ivy) This week: at Yale (6-3, 3-3 Ivy) Sat 11/19 2:30PM
(LW – 7) Last week: lost to Pennsylvania (6-3, 5-1 Ivy) 35-25

19. Sam Houston State (7-3, 6-2 Southland) This week: at #25 Central Arkansas (7-3, 7-1 Southland) Sat 11/21 6:00PM
(LW – 20) Last week: defeated Northwestern State (3-7, 3-5 Southland) 59-21

20. Montana (6-4, 5-2 Big Sky) This week: at Montana State (5-5, 3-4 Big Sky) Sat 11/21 2:00PM
(LW – NR) Last week: defeated #11 Eastern Washington (6-4, 5-2 Big Sky) 57-16

21. Dayton (10-0, 7-0 Pioneer) This week: at Drake (4-6, 3-4 Pioneer) Sat 11/21 2:00PM
(LW – 19) Last week: defeated Marist (5-5, 4-3 Pioneer) 28-21

22. Dartmouth (8-1, 5-1 Ivy) This week: vs. Princeton (5-4, 2-4 Ivy) Sat 11/21 12:00PM
(LW – 22) Last week: won at Brown (4-5, 2-4 Ivy) 34-18

23. Eastern Illinois (6-4, 6-1 OVC) This week: vs. Eastern Kentucky (6-4, 5-2 OVC) Sat 11/21 2:00PM
(LW – 23) Last week: won at Tennessee-Martin (5-4, 5-2 OVC) 23-21

24. Grambling State (8-2, 8-0 SWAC-W) This week: IDLE
(LW – 24) Last week: won at Arkansas-Pine Bluff (1-9, 0-8 SWAC-W) 49-21

25. Central Arkansas (7-3, 7-1 Southland) This week: vs. #19 Sam Houston State (7-3, 6-2 Southland) Sat 11/21 6:00PM
(LW – 25) Last week: won at Nicholls State (2-8, 2-6 Southland) 38-31

Dropped Out: #11 Eastern Washington

Also Receiving Consideration:

Northern Arizona (7-3, 5-2 Big Sky), Pennsylvania (6-3, 5-1 Ivy), Eastern Washington (6-4, 5-2 Big Sky), Villanova (6-4, 5-2 CAA), Bethune-Cookman (8-2, 6-1 MEAC), Duquesne (7-3, 4-1 NEC), San Diego (8-2, 6-1 Pioneer), Western Carolina (6-4, 4-2 Southern), Eastern Kentucky (6-4, 5-2 OVC), Prairie View A&M (7-2, 7-1 SWAC-W), North Carolina Central (7-3, 6-1 MEAC), New Hampshire (6-4, 4-3 CAA), Western Illinois (5-5, 4-3 MVFC), North Dakota (6-4, 4-3 Big Sky), Colgate (6-4, 5-0 Patriot), St. Francis (PA) (6-3, 4-1 NEC), Jacksonville (8-2, 5-2 Pioneer), Tennessee-Martin (5-4, 5-2 OVC), Towson (6-4, 4-3 CAA), Youngstown State (5-5, 3-4 MVFC)

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