NCAA: Top 10 Roundup
08-31-2013 04:07 PM
North Dakota State stuns Kansas State 24-21
MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Led by a senior quarterback unflappable under pressure, North Dakota State rallied from a two-touchdown hole to beat the defending Big 12 champion Kansas State 24-21 on Friday night.
Brock Jensen backed into the end zone for the go-ahead score with 28 seconds left to cap an 18-play, 80-yard drive that ate up 8 1/2 minutes and left the Wildcats virtually no time to try for a tying field goal.
Jensen threw for 165 yards and two touchdowns for the Bison, who have made a habit of knocking off bigger and more glamorous schools. Three years ago it was the Wildcats' in-state rival Kansas, two years ago it was Minnesota from the Big Ten, and last year Colorado State was bitten.
Sam Ojuri had 10 carries for 127 yards, and John Crockett also ran for 50 yards for the Bison. Ryan Smith caught eight passes for 72 yards and a touchdown.
Montana State runs over Monmouth in 42-24 rout
BOZEMAN, Mont. -- Montana State ran wild on Monmouth in the first half and cruised to a 42-24 win in the season opener for both teams Thursday night.
MSU scored three touchdowns in the first quarter to go up 22-0, the last a 90-yard run by Shawn Johnson. The Bobcats rolled up 388 total yards, including 205 rushing by halftime, before a stadium record 21,007 fans. They finished with 561 total yards.
Brad Daly led the defensive charge for the Bobcats. The end had four quarterback hurries, four tackles for loss, a sack and a forced fumble in the first half alone. He set up a touchdown for tackle Craig Ashworth by harassing Brandon Hill into a bad throw. He then blocked the quarterback and raced to the sideline for a second block, allowing Ashworth to score.
Cody Kirk ran for two first-half scores, setting a Montana State career record for rushing touchdowns with 31.
Central Arkansas welcomes Incarnate Word to DI, 58-7
CONWAY, Ark. -- Jatavious Wilson caught two touchdown passes and returned a kickoff 93 yards as Central Arkansas beat Incarnate Word 58-7 during a sweltering season opener Thursday night.
It was 97 degrees at game time
Incarnate Word was playing its first game of Division I football. It was quite the welcome from Central Arkansas' Bears, who have reached the FCS playoffs the previous two seasons. Blake Veasley scored the game's first two touchdowns -- rushing from 11 and 18 yards -- three minutes apart. Danzel Williams also scored two TDs for the Bears, who scored at least twice in every quarter and piled up 523 yards of total offense.
Incarnate Word, a San Antonio school that didn't begin playing football until 2009, scored on Trent Brittain's 38-yard run with four minutes remaining.
Boston College beats Villanova 24-14
BOSTON -- Alex Amidon had 13 catches for 146 yards and a touchdown as Boston College recovered from a slow start to beat Villanova 24-14 on Saturday and win its first game under head coach Steve Addazio.
Andre Williams ran for 114 yards on 23 carries for the Eagles (1-0), who won just twice last season and fired head coach Frank Spaziani.
John Robertson ran for 94 yards and passed for 158 more for Villanova (0-1). Jamal Abdur-Rahman caught one TD pass and had a 47-yard touchdown run on a fake punt on the game's opening drive.
The Wildcats, a top 10 team in the Football Championship Subdivision, also led 14-7 before Boston College scored the next 17 points. The Eagles took the lead for good on a two-play drive that included a 36-yard pass to Bobby Wolford and a 24-yard run by Williams to make it 21-14.
Balanced Ball State beats Illinois State 51-28
MUNCIE, Ind. -- Keith Wenning passed for three touchdowns and ran for two and Ball State defeated Illinois State 51-28 in the season opener for both teams.
Willie Snead caught two of Wenning's touchdown passes and finished with nine catches for 164 yards. Wennin was 24 of 40 for 340 yards.
Illinois State led 21-9 before Wenning hit Javond Williams to make it 21-16 at half. Ball State opened the second half with the two touchdowns passes to Snead before Wenning scored his fifth touchdown on a 3-yard run. Jahwan Edwards and Horactio Banks each had rushing touchdowns to conclude the six-touchdown run for the Cardinals.
Illinois State, coming off a FCS quarterfinal appearance finish last season, was led by Jared Barnett who was 20-for-29 with two touchdowns. Collin Keoshian also scored two touchdowns for the Redbirds. The two teams have not played since 1993, renewing the series dating to 1957.