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FCS Top 25 Roundup - Week 1

By Craig Haley, FCS Executive Director/Senior Editor

(SportsNetwork.com) - Here's a number that's bigger than the 24 seniors whose departure was supposed to make North Dakota State vulnerable this season:

Twenty-five - as in the Bison's new record winning streak on the FCS level.

On Saturday, the three-time reigning FCS champions ignored their offseason losses and picked up where they left off in January with a 34-14 victory over Iowa State in Ames.

As first-year head coach Chris Klieman won his debut, NDSU pulled away from the 1992-95 Penn and 2001-02 Montana squads that also had 24-game winning streaks on the FCS level. It also marked the fifth straight season in which the Bison (1-0) have beaten an FBS opponent, including three from the Big 12 (Iowa State as well as Kansas in 2010 and Kansas State last year).

Senior running back John Crockett stole the show from Iowa State. On NDSU's first play from scrimmage after the Cyclones (0-1) had taken a 14-0 lead in the opening minute of the second quarter, Crockett ran for a career-long 80-yard touchdown to reverse the momentum. He went on to rush for two more touchdowns and finish with 138 yards on 18 carries.

The Bison scored 34 unanswered points. New starting quarterback Carson Wentz settled in well while completing 18-of-28 passes for 204 yards. Also, the Bison defense was its usual stifling self in holding the Cyclones to 253 yards and forcing interceptions by star safeties Christian Dudzik and Colten Heagle.

The Bison, who next visit Weber State, entered the season ranked No. 2 behind Eastern Washington, but they could leap-frog the Eagles in Monday's new rankings.

The Sports Network FCS Top 25

Saturday, Aug. 30

All Times ET

No. 1 Eastern Washington (1-0) vs. Montana-Western (0-0), 9:05 p.m.

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No. 3 Southeastern Louisiana (0-0) vs. Jacksonville (0-0), 8 p.m.

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No. 4 New Hampshire (0-0) at Toledo (0-0), 7 p.m.

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No. 5 Montana (0-0) at Wyoming (0-0), 4 p.m.

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No. 7 Coastal Carolina (0-0) at The Citadel (0-0), 6 p.m.

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No. 8 McNeese State (0-0), Idle

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Iowa (1-0) 31, No. 9 Northern Iowa (0-1) 23

UNI quarterback Sawyer Kollmorgen threw for 380 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions, while running back David Johnson had 203 receiving yards, including 53-, 60- and 70-yard (a touchdown) catches.

The Panther had beaten Iowa, 27-16, when they last met in 2012.

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No. 10 South Dakota State (0-0) at Missouri (0-0), 3:30 p.m.

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No. 11 Fordham (0-0) vs. Saint Francis, Pa. (0-0), 6 p.m.

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No. 13 Towson (0-0) vs. Central Connecticut State (0-0), 6 p.m.

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No. 15 Tennessee State (0-0) vs. Edward Waters (0-0), 7 p.m.

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No. 17 Sam Houston State (0-1) vs. Alabama State (0-0), 7 p.m.

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No. 18 Montana State (0-0) at Arkansas State (0-0), 7 p.m.

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No. 19 William & Mary (0-0) at Virginia Tech (0-0), 4 p.m.

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No. 20 Richmond (0-0) vs. Morehead State (0-0), 6 p.m.

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No. 21 Furman (0-0) vs. Gardner-Webb (0-0), 7 p.m.

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No. 22 Bethune-Cookman (0-0) at FIU (0-0), 7 p.m.

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No. 23 Northern Arizona (0-0) at San Diego State (0-0), 7 p.m.

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Illinois (1-0) 28, No. 24 Youngstown State (0-1) 17

Despite controlling two-thirds of the game clock, Youngstown State fell in a credible effort against its Big Ten counterpart. Penguins sophomore Martin Ruiz rushed for 115 yards and a touchdown on 33 carries.

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No. 25 Maine (0-0) vs. Norfolk State (0-0), 6 p.m.

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Thursday, Aug. 28

Central Michigan (1-0) 20, No. 14 Chattanooga (0-1) 16

Chattanooga quarterback Jacob Huesman and wide receiver Tommy Hudson connected on a pair of second-quarter touchdowns to spark the Mocs to a 16-0 lead, but Central Michigan ran off the final 20 points to win the first-ever meeting between the two programs.

Blake Serpa's interception of Huesman (12-for-23, 137 yards, three interceptions) set up Cooper Rush's 26-yard touchdown pass to Courtney Williams midway through the third quarter to give the Chippewas the lead for good, 20-16.

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Minnesota (1-0) 42, No. 16 Eastern Illinois (0-1) 20

A year after leading the FCS in scoring offense at 48.2 points per game, Eastern Illinois was held scoreless in new coach Kim Dameron's debut until it managed three touchdowns in the game's final seven minutes.

EIU quarterback Andrew Manley rushed for a touchdown and threw for two, finishing 18-for-34 for 200 yards. Jalen Whitlow also saw plenty of action at quarterback, gaining 187 yards of total offense, as the Panthers moved on from having 2013 Walter Payton Award winner Jimmy Garoppolo behind center.

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Friday, Aug. 29

Syracuse (1-0) 27, No. 12 Villanova (0-1) 26, 2 OTs

Quarterback John Robertson (305 total yards) was stuffed on an attempted two- point conversion up the middle at the end of the second overtime, denying Villanova an upset. The Wildcats had closed within 27-26 on Robertson's 9-yard touchdown pass to Gary Underwood.

Villanova had the chance to pull out a win in the fourth quarter, but kicker Chris Gough missed a 25-yard field goal attempt with 12 seconds left.

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Michigan State (1-0) 45, No. 6 Jacksonville State (0-1) 7

Jacksonville State running back DaMarcus James, who rushed for 1,477 yards and an Ohio Valley Conference-record 29 touchdowns last season, was limited to 17 yards on three carries. Starting quarterback Eli Jenkins threw a pair of interceptions as the Gamecocks fell behind 38-0 in the first half.

The Gamecocks' lone touchdown came on Max Shortell's 9-yard touchdown pass to Markis Merrill early in the third quarter. Shortell was 10-of-18 for 117 yards.

08/30 15:48:42 ET

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