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2016 FCS Week 5 Top-25 Rankings

September 25, 2016
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)

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