FCS Roundup: Liberty edges No. 1 Coastal Carolina for Big South title

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Liberty edges No. 1 Coastal Carolina 15-14 to win Big South title

CONWAY, S.C. — Liberty blocked a field goal with three seconds to play in a 15-14 comeback win against top-ranked Coastal Carolina on Saturday to end the Chanticleers’ 11-game winning streak and claim the Big South Conference title.

Liberty’s John Lunsford kicked the go-ahead 32-yard field goal with 1:20 to play, and Coastal Carolina drove nine plays later to the 6, but Alex Catron’s 24-yard field goal try was blocked.

Stephon Masha was 20 of 30 for 285 yards and an interception for Liberty (8-4, 4-1). Darrin Peterson caught four passes for 113 yards, setting a school single-season receiving record of 1,214 yards.

Masha threw a 72-yard TD pass to Peterson in the third quarter, but the two-point conversion attempt failed.

Alex Ross threw a 33-yard TD pass to Bruce Mapp and De’Angelo Henderson scored on a 19-yard run and Coastal Carolina (11-1, 4-1) led 14-6 at halftime.

No. 2 New Hampshire overcomes six turnovers, beats Maine

ORONO, Maine — New Hampshire overcame six turnovers to beat Maine 20-12 on Saturday, securing the Colonial Athletic Association title and a spot in the FCS tournament.

New Hampshire (10-1, 8-0) has won 10 games in a row, a school record.

Sean Goldrich, who came into the game completing 71.2 percent of his passes and averaging 308 yards passing per game, completed just 14 of 31 for 169 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions. He had thrown just two interceptions in five starts for the Wildcats this season.

Trailing 20-6 in the fourth quarter, Maine (5-6, 4-4) recovered a fumble, setting up a 1-yard touchdown run by Drew Belcher but a missed extra point left it a 20-12.

After forcing a New Hampshire punt, the Black Bears took over on their own 1 with 2:40 left, but a pass from Belcher was intercepted by Nick Cefalo to seal it.

Jenkins, No. 3 Jacksonville State top Southeast Missouri 49-30

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. — Eli Jenkins threw for three touchdowns, including a 58-yarder to Bo Brummel, to keep Jacksonville State undefeated in Ohio Valley Conference matchups this season with a 49-30 win against Southeast Missouri on Saturday.

Jacksonville State (10-1, 8-0) ripped off 21 consecutive points in the first quarter on touchdowns from DaMarcus James, who ran it in from the 14, Brummel’s catch, and a 30-yard pass from Jenkins to Ruben Gonzalez to take a lead that was never challenged.

Jenkins finished with 200 yards on 11-of-16 passing with one interception. James finished with 111 yards on 12 carries and two scores, while Troymaine Pope had 114 yards rushing, including an 18-yard touchdown. Also scoring was Dalton Screws, who grabbed a 36-yard TD pass, and Christian LeMay, who punched in the Gamecocks’ final TD from the 1.

Kyle Snyder led the Redhawks (5-7, 3-5) with 205 yards passing and three touchdowns.

No. 4 North Dakota State takes down No. 20 Youngstown State

FARGO, N.D. — Carson Wentz threw for two scores and ran for another to lead North Dakota State to a 38-14 win against Youngstown State on Saturday.

Wentz connected with Zach Vraa for 18 yards, added a 17-yard rushing TD and hit Andrew Bonnet for a 9-yarder to give North Dakota State a 28-0 halftime lead.

John Crockett carried it 28 times for 168 yards and had a 4-yard TD for North Dakota State (11-1, 7-1 Missouri Valley Football Conference). King Frazier rushed for 45 yards and added a 10-yard score in the fourth quarter.

Hunter Wells threw for 135 yards and two scores for Youngstown State (7-5, 4-4), but was hurt by three interceptions.

Christian Dudzik had two picks, Nick DeLuca had the other, Derek Rivers recovered a fumble and the Bison defense held the Penguins to 216 total yards.

No. 5 Eastern Washington races past Portland State 56-34

PORTLAND, Ore. — Jabari Wilson rushed for three touchdowns and Vernon Adams Jr. passed for 309 yards and two more as Eastern Washington scored six TDs after halftime, defeating Portland State 56-34 Friday night and winning its third-consecutive Big Sky Conference championship.

The three-peat is a first for Eastern (10-2, 7-1), which also earns the Big Sky’s automatic berth to the FCS playoffs for the eighth time in 11 seasons.

Wilson, a sophomore starting in place of Quincy Forte (ankle), rushed for a career-high 132 yards. He scored on runs of 1 and 6 yards to put the Eagles up 35-20 after halftime.

After the Vikings (3-9, 2-6) closed to 35-27 on Kieran McDonagh’s third TD pass, Eastern scored three quick TDs on a long pass to Copper Kupp, a 90-yard kickoff return by Shaq Hill and a pick six covering 73 yards by Tevin McDonald.

Portland, down 14-0 early, tied with two TDs in 47 seconds just before halftime.

No. 6 Villanova edges Delaware on road

NEWARK, Del. — John Robertson threw for 217 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner in the final seconds, to give Villanova a 35-28 win against Delaware on Saturday.

Robertson also led in rushing with 117 yards for the Wildcats (10-2, 7-1 Colonial Athletic Association). Kevin Monangai added 71 yards and two scores.

Monangai scored twice in the first quarter — on a 2-yard run and a 3-yard pass reception from Robertson — to give Villanova an early 13-0 lead. Robertson found Poppy Livers for a 42-yard score early in the second and the Wildcats led 20-7 at the break.

Delaware went ahead 28-27 late in the fourth on a scoring run by Jalen Randolph. But with just under 2 minutes to play, Robertson helmed a 68-yard drive culminating in a 21-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Gulyas for the win.

Trent Hurley threw for 212 yards and two touchdowns for the Fightin’ Blue Hens (6-6, 4-4).

No. 7 Illinois State tops Southern Illinois 44-29 to share MVC title

NORMAL, Ill. — Tre Roberson passed for three touchdowns, Marshaun Coprich rushed for more than 100 yards for the 11th time this season, scoring twice, and Illinois State defeated Southern Illinois 44-29 on Saturday to win 10 games for the first time in school history while earning a share of the Missouri Valley Conference championship.

The Redbirds (10-1, 7-1), whose only other title came in 1999, started quickly with Robertson hiting Cameron Meredith for a 30-yard touchdown and Lechein Neblett for a 70-yarder before the Redbirds adding a safety in the first quarter.

Roberson finished 14 of 23 for a career-high 319 yards. Meredith had a career high of 182 yards on eight catches, his third-straight 100-yard game, and Neblett had four catches for 125.

Coprich’s two touchdowns gave him a school record 21 this season.

Southern Illinois (6-6, 3-5) got three touchdown passes from Mark Iannotti.

Illinois State had 602 total yards.

Blocked punt helps Army beat No. 8 Fordham

WEST POINT, N.Y. — Larry Dixon tied a career high with three touchdowns on 158 yards to become the fourth player in school history with 3,000 yards rushing as Army came back to beat Fordham 42-31 on Saturday.

Terry Baggett added 52 yards rushing and a score, and quarterback A.J. Schurr ran for 70 yards off the bench for the Black Knights (4-7), who topped Fordham for the fourth time in four meetings.

Mike Nebrich was 27 for 38 for 352 yards, three scores, and an interception for the Rams (10-2). Brian Wetzel added 193 receiving yards on 12 catches, including a 65-yard touchdown.

Fordham — which already clinched at least a share of the Patriot League title and a trip to the NCAAs — lost for the first time since Sept. 6 at Illinois.

No. 9 Chattanooga eases past Furman 45-19

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Jacob Huesman threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more as Chattanooga extended its undefeated conference record with a 45-19 win against Furman on Saturday.

Huesman finished with 257 yards passing and 103 yards rushing to lead a Chattanooga offense that racked up 499 total yards. Furman had 325 yards overall.

Keon Williams added to the numbers for the Mocs (9-3, 7-0 Southern Conference) with 97 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Tommy Hudson had 84 yards receiving.

Huesman ran for two scores in the first half and threw for a third, a 17-yarder to Faysal Shafaat, in the final 32 seconds of the second quarter. Henrique Ribeiro added a 39-yard field goal and the Mocs were up 24-7 at the break.

Williams ran for two scores in the third and Huesman hit Shafaat again in the fourth.

P.J. Blazejowski threw for 127 yards for the Paladins (3-9, 2-5).

No. 10 Southeastern Louisiana rolls past winless Nicholls State

THIBODAUX, La. — Marquis Hayes scored on an 88-yard run and Devante Scott had a 77-yard receiving touchdown as Southeastern Louisiana rolled to a 62-3 win against Nicholls State in the River Bell Classic on Thursday night.

The Lions (9-3, 7-1) earned a share of the Southland Conference title. Nicholls State finished 0-11, 0-7.

Scott, who finished with career-highs of 7 catches for 196 yards to go over 1,000 for the season, had the first big play, hooking up with Bryan Bennett to give the Lions a 7-3 lead.

Hayes, listed has a wide receiver, had 6 carries for 199 yards and the TD in the fourth quarter.

Jordan Barnett replaced Bennett early in the game and completed 12 of 19 passes for 193 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for a score.

The Tigers piled up 634 yards, 314 on the ground, and held the Colonels to 279.

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