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2015 Week 14 FCS Rankings (November 23 – November 29)

November 23, 2015
Jacksonville State QB Eli Jenkins was a one-man wrecking crew vs. Murray State. The redshirt junior threw two touchdown passes and rushed for three more scores in a 42-20 win over the Racers. The Gamecocks received the top overall seed in the Division I Football Championship after their 10-1 (8-0 OVC) season. (photo courtesy of jaxstategamecocks.com)

Jacksonville State QB Eli Jenkins was a one-man wrecking crew vs. Murray State. The redshirt junior threw two touchdown passes and rushed for three more scores in a 42-20 win over the Racers. The Gamecocks received the top overall seed in the Division I Football Championship after their 10-1 (8-0 OVC) season. (photo courtesy of jaxstategamecocks.com)

Eli Jenkins accounted for five touchdowns as top-ranked Jacksonville State bludgeoned Murray State 42-20 at Burgess-Snow Field at JSU Stadium in Jacksonville, AL. The Gamecocks (10-1, 8-0 OVC) built a 21-6 halftime lead and were never threatened in the second half as Jenkins tallied two of his three rushing touchdowns, for 24 and 65 yards, respectively, and connected, for the second time, with Josh Barge on a 27-yard score. Jenkins passed for 212 yards and rushed 130 more while Troymaine Pope added 78 yards on the ground and a touchdown. Barge caught seven passes for 92 yards and two scores to pace the Gamecocks, who will have a first-round bye, as the top seed in the NCAA Division I Football Championship and will host the winner of Chattanooga/Fordham on December 5.

Josh Woodrum connected with B.J. Farrow on a 40-yard touchdown pass with 1:27 remaining to lift Liberty to a 24-21 upset of second-ranked Coastal Carolina at Williams Stadium in Lynchburg, VA. The Flames (6-5, 3-3 Big South) took a 17-14 lead only four seconds into the fourth quarter on a 28-yard field goal from John Lunsford, but gave up the lead with 3:59 remaining in regulation on De’Angelo Henderson’s second touchdown run of the night to put the Chanticleers (9-2, 4-2 Big South) ahead 21-17. Undaunted, Woodrum marched his team down the field for the winning points on a seven play, 85-yard drive which included a 21-yard pass completion to Darrin Peterson on 4th-and-8 from the Flames’ 32-yard line with 2:32 to play. Coastal Carolina had a chance to move down the field to, at least, tie the game, but their final drive stalled on their own 44-yard line, where the Flames extinguished the remaining time on the clock. Woodrum completed 19 of 30 passes for 260 yards and two touchdowns, Peterson led the Liberty receiving corps with 4 receptions for 70 yards and Desmond Rice rushed for 76 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries. For the Chanticleers, Henderson rushed 11 times for 89 yards and two touchdowns and extended his FCS record for consecutive games with a rushing touchdown to 25. Alex Ross passed for 325 yards and a touchdown, including an 83-yard completion to Chris Jones that set up Henderson’s fourth-quarter touchdown. Jones led all receivers with six receptions for 168 yards and a score. The Chanticleers will host The Citadel in the first round of the NCAA Division I Football Championship.

Easton Stick threw for four touchdowns and Lance Dunn rushed for 125 yards and a score as third-ranked North Dakota State rolled past Missouri State 55-0 at the Fargodome in Fargo, ND. While Stick passed for 189 yards, the Bison (9-2, 7-1 MVFC) hammered their way to 412 rushing yards, led by Dunn and King Frazier, who notched 77 yards on eight carries and a touchdown. The North Dakota State defense was brilliant throughout the day, holding the visiting Bears (1-10, 0-8 MVFC) to 171 yards of offense. The Bison received a first-round bye as the number-three seed in the NCAA Division I Football Championship and will play host to the Montana/South Dakota State winner on December 5.

Derrick Milton, Ryan Ross and Daniel Sams, each, rushed for over 100 yards as McNeese State threw a smothering defense at their hosts in a 20-14 win over Lamar at Provost Umphrey Stadium in Beaumont, TX. The Cowboys (10-0, 9-0 Southland), who finished the regular season as the lone undefeated team in the FCS following Dayton’s loss at Drake earlier in the day, built a 17-7 lead after the first quarter and held off the host Cardinals (5-6, 4-5 Southland) despite a late touchdown pass for Lamar in the fourth quarter. Milton tallied a game-high 138 yards while Ross and Sams scored a touchdown while rushing for 126 and 104 yards, respectively. The McNeese State defense was in control throughout the contest, allowing 176 yards of offense, including 45 on the Cardinals’ late touchdown drive. The Cowboys were given the fourth seed and a bye in the NCAA Division I Championship and will host the winner of Sam Houston State/Southern Utah on December 5 at Cowboy Stadium in Lake Charles, LA.

Sean McGuire’s 7-yard touchdown run in the second overtime lifted Western Illinois to a 30-24 win over fifth-ranked South Dakota State before a sparse crowd at Hanson Field in Macomb, IL. The teams see-sawed throughout the game with neither club holding more than a 7-point advantage. The Jackrabbits (8-3, 5-3 MVFC) trailed 3-0 after the first quarter, but took a 10-3 lead at the half after Brady Mengarelli’s 8-yard touchdown run with 1:32 before recess. The Leathernecks (6-5, 5-3 MVFC) tied the game at ten with 5:24 to play in the third quarter on Devin Moore’s 2-yard run and took a 17-10 inside the first minute of the final quarter as McGuire hit Isaiah Lesure for a 3-yard score. The Jackrabbits tied the game when Kyle Paris capped a 9-play, 75-yard drive with a 2-yard touchdown run with 1:35 remaining in regulation. After both teams traded interceptions to end the first 60 minutes of play, each club scored on their possession of overtime. After Jay Carlson’s 35-yard field goal attempt was no good , Western Illinois took four plays to reach paydirt and, eventually, be awarded a spot in the NCAA Division I Football Championship. The Leathernecks will host Dayton in a first-round matchup while the Jackrabbits will travel to Montana to face the Grizzlies on November 28.

Rounding out last week’s top-ten, #6 Illinois State earned a first-round bye with a 46-0 blanking of South Dakota. #7 William & Mary fell to #11 Richmond 20-9, dropping the Tribe from a, likely, first-round bye and into a first round home matchup with Northeast Conference champion Duquesne while the Spiders received a bye and will host the William & Mary/Duquesne winner on December 5. #8 Northern Iowa dispatched Southern Illinois 49-28 and will face Eastern Illinois in the first-round, after the 23rd-ranked Panthers defeated Eastern Kentucky 21-7. #9 Charleston Southern lost to Alabama 55-6 but, still, secured a first round bye and will host the winner of Coastal Carolina/The Citadel. #10 Chattanooga lost to Florida State 52-13 and will host Fordham in a first round game in the NCAA Division I Football Championship.

#12 James Madison defeated Villanova 38-29 and secured a first-round bye and will host the Colgate/New Hampshire victor. #13 The Citadel upended in-state FBS foe South Carolina 23-22 and will travel north on US 17 to face Coastal Carolina at Brooks Stadium. #14 Portland State was awarded a first-round bye after a 34-31 win at Eastern Washington and host a second-round matchup with the Northern Iowa/Eastern Illinois winner. 15th-ranked North Carolina A&T fell at home, 21-16, to North Carolina Central to, suddenly, end their season after hopes of a playoff selection.

#16 Fordham was idle and will travel to Chattanooga to face the Mocs in a first-round playoff battle. #17 Southern Utah defeated Northern Arizona 49-41 to win the Big Sky regular-season title, but were relegated to a first-round road game at Sam Houston State after the #19 Bearkats dropped #25 Central Arkansas out of the rankings with a 42-13 victory. #18 Harvard ended its season with a 38-19 win over Yale, their ninth consecutive win over the Bulldogs, and secured a portion of the Ivy League title for the third straight season. #20 Montana defeated Montana State in a 54-35 shootout and will host South Dakota State in a first-round pairing on November 28.

#21 Dayton dropped out of the top-25 after losing their first game of the 2015 season, 27-17 at Drake, and will host Western Illinois in a first-round matchup. #22 Dartmouth capped their campaign with a share of the Ivy League title after a 17-10 victory over Princeton and #24 Grambling State had the week off before their season-ending contest vs. Southern.

Teams entering the rankings this week are Bethune-Cookman at #23 after their 35-14 win over Florida A&M, Duquesne at #24 courtesy of the Dukes’ 30-20 home victory against St. Francis (PA) and North Carolina Central at #25 after their win at North Carolina A&T.

Week 13 results and Week 14 rankings and opponents: (All scheduled game times ET)

1. Jacksonville State (10-1, 8-0 OVC) This week: IDLE
(LW – 1) Last week: vs. Murray State (3-8, 2-6 OVC) 42-20

2. North Dakota State (9-2, 7-1 MVFC) This week: IDLE
(LW – 3) Last week: defeated Missouri State (1-10, 0-8 MVFC) 55-0

3. McNeese State (10-0, 9-0 Southland) This week: IDLE
(LW – 4) Last week: won at Lamar (5-6, 4-5 Southland) 20-14

4. Illinois State (9-2, 7-1 MVFC) This week: IDLE
(LW – 6) Last week: defeated South Dakota (5-6, 3-5 MVFC) 46-0

5. Northern Iowa (7-4, 5-3 MVFC) This week: vs. #21 Eastern Illinois (7-4, 7-1 OVC) Sat 11/28 5:00PM
(LW – 8) Last week: defeated Southern Illinois (3-8, 2-6 MVFC) 49-28

6. Charleston Southern (9-2, 6-0 Big South) This week: IDLE
(LW – 9) Last week: lost at FBS #4 Alabama (10-1, 6-1 SEC-W) 56-6

7. Chattanooga (8-3, 6-1 Southern) This week: vs. #16 Fordham (9-2, 5-1 Patriot) Sat 11/28 1;00PM
(LW – 10) Last week: lost at FBS #16 Florida State (9-2, 6-2 ACC-A) 52-13

8. Richmond (8-3, 6-2 CAA) This week: IDLE
(LW – 11) Last week: defeated #7 William & Mary (8-3, 6-2 CAA) 20-9

9. Coastal Carolina (9-2, 4-2 Big South) This week: vs. #11 The Citadel (8-3, 6-1 Southern) Sat 11/28 2:00PM
(LW – 2) Last week: lost at Liberty (6-5, 3-3 Big South) 24-21

10. James Madison (9-2, 6-2 CAA) This week: IDLE
(LW – 12) Last week: defeated Villanova (6-5, 5-3 CAA) 38-29

11. The Citadel (8-3, 6-1 Southern) This week: at #9 Coastal Carolina (9-2, 4-2 Big South) Sat 11/28 2:00PM
(LW – 13) Last week: won at South Carolina (3-8, 1-7 SEC-E) 23-22

12. Portland State (9-2, 6-2 Big Sky) This week: IDLE
(LW – 14) Last week: won at Eastern Washington (6-5, 5-3 Big Sky) 34-31

13. South Dakota State (8-3, 5-3 MVFC) This week: at #19 Montana (7-4, 6-2 Big Sky) Sat 11/28 3:00PM
(LW – 5) Last week: lost at Western Illinois (6-5, 5-3 MVFC) 30-24 (2OT)

14. William & Mary (8-3, 6-2 CAA) This week:vs. #24 Duquesne (8-3, 5-1 NEC) Sat 11/28 3:30PM
(LW – 7) Last week: lost at #11 Richmond (8-3, 6-2 CAA) 20-9

15. Southern Utah (8-3, 7-1 Big Sky) This week: at #18 Sam Houston State (8-3, 7-2 Southland) Sat 11/28 3:00PM
(LW – 17) Last week: defeated Northern Arizona (7-4, 5-3 Big Sky) 49-41

16. Fordham (9-2, 5-1 Patriot) This week: at #7 Chattanooga (8-3, 6-1 Southern) Sat 11/28 1:00PM
(LW – 16) Last week: IDLE

17. Harvard (9-1, 6-1 Ivy) This week: Season Complete
(LW – 18) Last week: defeated Yale (6-3, 3-3 Ivy) 38-19

18. Sam Houston State (8-3, 7-2 Southland) This week: vs. #15 Southern Utah (8-3, 7-1 Big Sky) Sat 11/28 3:00PM
(LW – 19) Last week: won at #25 Central Arkansas (7-4, 7-2 Southland) 42-13

19. Montana (7-4, 6-2 Big Sky) This week: vs. #13 South Dakota State (8-3, 5-3 MVFC) Sat 11/28 3:00PM
(LW – 20) Last week: won at Montana State (5-6, 3-5 Big Sky) 54-35

20. Dartmouth (9-1, 6-1 Ivy) This week: Season Complete
(LW – 22) Last week: defeated Princeton (5-5, 2-5 Ivy) 17-10

21. Eastern Illinois (7-4, 7-1 OVC) This week: at #5 Northern Iowa (7-4, 5-3 MVFC) Sat 11/28 5:00PM
(LW – 23) Last week: defeated Eastern Kentucky (6-5, 5-3 OVC) 21-7

22. Grambling State (8-2, 8-0 SWAC-W) This week: vs. Southern (6-4, 6-2 SWAC-W) Sat 11/28 5:00PM
(LW – 24) Last week: IDLE

23. Bethune-Cookman (9-2, 7-1 MEAC) This week: Season Complete
(LW – NR) Last week: defeated Florida A&M (1-10, 1-7 MEAC) 35-14

24. Duquesne (8-3, 5-1 NEC) This week: at #14 William & Mary (8-3, 6-2 CAA) Sat 11/28 3:30PM
(LW – NR) Last week: defeated St. Francis (PA) (6-4, 4-2 NEC) 30-20

25. North Carolina Central (8-3, 7-1 MEAC) This week: Season Complete
(LW – NR) Last week: won at #15 North Carolina A&T (9-2, 7-1 MEAC) 21-16

Dropped Out: #15 North Carolina A&T, #21 Dayton, #25 Central Arkansas

Also Receiving Consideration:

Northern Arizona (7-4, 5-3 Big Sky), Pennsylvania (7-3, 6-1 Ivy), North Dakota (7-4, 5-3 Big Sky), Dayton (10-1, 7-1 Pioneer), North Carolina A&T (9-2, 7-1 MEAC), San Diego (9-2, 7-1 Pioneer), Central Arkansas (7-4, 7-2 Southland), Western Carolina (7-4, 5-2 Southern), Prairie View A&M (8-2, 8-1 SWAC-W), New Hampshire (7-4, 5-3 CAA), Eastern Washington (6-5, 5-3 Big Sky), Western Illinois (6-5, 5-3 MVFC), Colgate (7-4, 6-0 Patriot), Villanova (6-5, 5-3 CAA), Jacksonville (9-2, 6-2 Pioneer), Tennessee-Martin (7-4, 6-2 OVC), Towson (7-4, 5-3 CAA), Morehead State (7-4, 6-2 Pioneer), Weber State (6-5, 5-3 Big Sky), South Carolina State (7-4, 6-2 MEAC)

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